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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

A Vegan Guide to Rural Nova Scotia

I want veganism to be accessible to everyone, so this is my guide to being vegan outside of the city in Nova Scotia. I grew up all over rural NS and have to say, even though I don't get there much anymore, you'd be surprised at the options you can find. Find the vegan guide to Halifax (HRM) here: Vegan Halifax

Pro tip: Almost all mainstream grocery store has a section with plant based milks, meat, cheeses, snacks, etc. Check the natural aisles in both Sobeys and Superstore. Many places also have restaurants that are willing to veganize items for you if nothing appears on the menu. It's important to ask questions.

Welcome to The Vegan Peach's Vegan Guide to Rural Nova Scotia. 

Annapolis Royal: 
  • Annapolis Natural Foods local natural foods store that carries specialty vegan items, cruelty free cleaning and beauty supplies, bulk foods and snacks. 
  • Leo's Cafe made-to-order sandwich with this sunflower spread and veggies, just specify no cheese.
  • Old Town Pub offers a veggie burger. 
  • Garrison House apparently has two vegan entrees. 
  • Pachamama fully vegetarian cafe. Everything is made vegan but they do carry dairy milk for coffee. They have handmade gelato, raw chocolates, muffins, lunch specials, granola parfaits, snacks, smoothies, etc. and carry almond milk and coconut for coffee at no extra charge.
  • The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery marks vegan items on the menu. Offers a veggie curry, hummus platter, noodle salad and a dark chocolate tarte.
  • Sunflower Market sells cruelty-free beauty and cleaning supplies, bulk foods and other specialty items.
  • Brownstone Cafe offers a hummus dip platter, Black Bean & Mushroom Veggie Burger, as well as a few items that look like they may be able to be veganized upon request. 
  • The Moonlight Restaurant offers deep fried tofu with black bean sauce and also a mushroom chop suey. Rice noodles can be used in place of noodles that have egg in several of their meals.
  • Little Christo's has a number of options including falafel, hummus and other Mediterranean cuisine. 
  • The Tall and Small Cafe offers both almond and soy for beverages. Smoothies, sandwiches, a veggie burger and wraps. 
  • Bean There Cafe has almond and soy for drinks and bagels that are vegan friendly. 

Beaver Bank:
  • Beaver Bank Station offers a sweet potato and black bean burger and a few other items on the menu that has vegetarian options (inquire for vegan). 

  • Union Street Cafe have a veggie burger, hummus platter, salads and veggie curry. 
  • Rising Sun Natural Foods carries specialty vegan food and cruelty-free products.
  • South Shore Natural Foods sells cruelty-free products, supplements and other specialty items.
  • Lanna Thai Kitchen serves veggie springrolls, curry dishes and other dishes that sound like they can be veganized if asked.
  • 27 South at Best Western has a portobello burger, salad, as well as a couple dishes that sound like they easily can be veganized (vegetable wrap without cheese). 
  • Fancy Pants Cafe: Lunch menu has a vegan sandwich, plus salad and the daily soup is always vegan; also a weekend pizza night with one vegan pizza and salad.
  • Compass Rose Salon and Lunches Salon/cafe, they offer almond milk for drinks, as well as a veggie burrito and 2 items can be made vegan upon request, the rice bowl and beet burger. 
  • Kiwi Cafe doesn't have a lot on their menu but you will see a little note stating they will make vegan items upon request. They do have a veggie burger on the menu but not sure on the vegan status. They have a vegan power ball available and offer tea, coffee, etc. 
  • Cup of Soul offers a vegan panini and veggie burger   

  • Valley Natural Foods offers local products as well a variety of natural grocery products.
  • The Country Store specialty vegan foods, cruelty free products, supplements and more.
  • Green Elephant Cafe Offers daily items, some of which are vegetarian and occasionally vegan, such as noodle bowls, chili, and soups. 
  • The Crossing offers a vegan portobello burger (including vegenaise). A couple other dishes look like they can be veganized as well.
Hackett's Cove: 
  • The Finer Diner has vegan dhal, bean salad and falafel. Informed by someone who has been there: "Seems they serve the Falafel on Naan bread and it does contain milk and eggs they said. Same with Dahl. You can get the Falafel on rice with just the chili sauce, but the naan is not vegan. We didn't ask if they had a substituent, like a pita or wrap, but that's a possibility."
  • Trellis Cafe has a veggie burger, soup, curry and hummus plate. 
  • Hubbard's Cove Coffee offers a vegan panini and soy milk for drinks. They are currently working on expanding their vegan options. 
Kentville/New Minas: 
Mahone Bay: 
  • Rebecca's Restaurant extensive vegan menu, almost everything can be made vegan.
  • Mateus Bistro offers 2 vegan salads and a peanut rice bowl.  
  • P'Lover's is a really cool environmental store. Their are two other locations in Dartmouth and Halifax. They sell vegan books, cruelty-free cleaning and beauty products and sometimes get in vegan chocolate and other neat items.
  • Cosmic Hippie  Boutique lots of cool items here. It's on the list for the cruelty-free beauty products they sell. 
  • The Barn is a coffeehouse that carries soy, almond and coconut milk, as well as a vegan brownie, energy balls, oatcakes and occasionally cake.  
  • The Biscuit Eater offers sandwiches, soups, salads and chilis that are available vegan.
  • Masstown Market has a vegetarian chili and have customizable sandwiches as well.You can also find packaged snacks and such in their grocery area, such as, Belsoy pudding, Pur gum and mints, Daiya pizza, Sheese and other miscellaneous items. 

New Glasgow:  
  • Baked Food Cafe offers a large selection of marked vegan options including multiple burgers, stew, salad, baked goods, soups and so much more. 

  • Supernutrition sells bulk foods, specialty items, supplements and cruelty-free items.
  • The Beandock carries soy milk for drinks and can make vegan sandwiches and wraps.
  • Charlotte Lane has a Thai veggie rice bowl.
  • The Ships Galley offers a portobello burger than can be made vegan suitable without cheese.
  • Bike & Bean has soy and almond milk for drinks and also sometimes has vegan baked goods from The Lively Bakery.
  • Mariposa Natural Market & Cafe sells cruelty free products, specialty vegan goods and also has a cafe attached which is all vegetarian. 
  • Mezza  now has a location in Tantallon and offers a vegan falafel wrap or Lebanese plate.
  • T.A.N. Coffee has soy milk for drinks and also has vegan treats.
  • The Rolled Oat has vegan food items such as bowls, wraps and sandwiches and vegan baked goods. 
  • Troy Restaurant offers quite a few vegan options, as well as options that can be made vegan including a vegetable kebab, hummus and falafel.
  • EOS Fine Foods specializes in natural food, specialty vegan products and cruelty-free living.
  • T.A.N. Coffee has soy milk for drinks and also has vegan treats.
  • Just Us has a location at the Wolfville market, as well as downtown Wolfville and another in Grand Pre which is just outside Wolfville. They offer soy and almond milk for drinks and select locations also carry a few vegan food options. 
  • Joe's Food Emporium has a huge menu with marked vegetarian options, many of which can be made vegan. Offers pasta dishes, Mediterranean food and stirfry's.   
  • Le Caveau has a separate vegetarian menu and are great about making vegan food upon request. 
  • Blomidon Inn has a thai tofu curry that is vegan on their dinner menu. 
  • Yarmouth Natural Foods sells cruelty-free products, bulk foods and specialty items.
  • Sip Cafe offers almond, soy and coconut milk for drinks and also has vegan brownies.  
  • The Shanty Cafe has an extensive menu which offers many items that can be veganized. Reported that the staff knows in the ingredients very well and will answer all questions.
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  1. Wonderful list! Makes me want to visit Nova Scotia and eat all the vegan food :)

    1. Why thank you. We have so much to offer here! :D

  2. Wonderful list! Makes me want to visit Nova Scotia and eat all the vegan food :)

  3. I was just in Antigonish, and the Brownstone told me that I could have a salad or french fries. They didn't say anything about the options you have here. Just an FYI...maybe the staff that I spoke with was misinformed, or maybe the one that you spoke with is.

    1. That's very strange. I got this info from a vegan that lives there.

  4. Great list Alex! I have a couple suggestions too. :)

    Leo's Cafe in Annapolis Royal does a made-to-order sandwich with this yummy sunflower spread and veggies, just specify no cheese.

    Yarmouth: The Shanty Cafe is AMAZING! They are socially responsible (from their website: Our mandate is to provide meaningful employment to individuals who face barriers to employment as a result of disability, mental illness, age, language, literacy, etc. Our mission is to do this in a professional restaurant environment which brings a variety of ethnic and organic menu items to our community) and the very multicultural menu has tonnes of veganizable stuff. They make their own bread which is vegan and delicious, and everything with plantains is a must-have. They know their menu ingredients inside out and make everything to order. An oasis in Lobster-land!

    Wolfville: Le Caveau at Grand Pre winery has a separate vegetarian menu and are absolutely amazing at making anything vegan. Once I went and the chef came out and told me the exciting ingredients they had that day and told me could pretty much make anything I liked. I ended up with chanterelle vegan risotto that was one of the best things I've eaten. They also always have acadiana tofu on the veg menu in some capacity, and the frequently vegan soup of the days are great. It's fine dining for sure but great for a special occasion.

    Blomidon Inn also has a thai tofu curry that is vegan. I believe it is only on their dinner menu though.

    Just Us in Grand Pre has vegan oatcakes, plain and chocolate dipped!


    1. Good lord called you Alex again! I'm so sorry, ASHLEY. (I told you I have a good friend called Alex Leslie, right? I do have attention to detail most of the time!) :)

    2. Ahh you rock, thanks for all the suggestions! I should have known you'd know more places. THANKS!! :D

    3. You are the one making it available! I will report whatever I find. :) ASHLEY. :)

  5. is it just me or is downtown dartmouth kinda failing the Vegan game? We moved here in September from Halifax and other than Liv's (on wyse rd so not downtown) there doesn't seem to be much in the way of Veg*n places... or even options?

    I walked all down Portland and Alderney unable to get almond milk for my coffee. What am I missing? Where are all the cool Vegan hang outs? I know belly full of veggies has since closed but surely there is somewhere to get something to eat right?

    1. Wow sorry I never responded. Dartmouth is very much lacking on the vegan front. Two if by Sea offers soy milk but i don't think they have any vegan food options. Big Life Whole Foods have a few options but their hours are awful and they are kinda expensive.

  6. It is really a helpful blog to find some different source to add my knowledge. I came into aware of new professional blog and I am impressed with suggestions of author.

  7. I am so glad I found you and this post! We are moving from British Columbia (the sunshine coast) to Nova Scotia this spring - we just don't know where yet. A vegan friendly community with lots of wild natural spaces for our canine pals to hike with us are the two most important considerations on where to live. We want to avoid hunting, mining, clear cutting, and all the other hubristic human pursuits that break our hearts as much as possible. So far Wolfville and Lunenburg are considerations, do you have an insights for two earth loving, energetically sentive vegans who just want to find some peace. Thank you!!!