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With Christmas dinners and treats in full swing, those who adhere to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle can feel left out of the fun sometimes.

That being said, there are plenty of options in and around Victoria that take those diets into consideration while still offering an array of tasty choices.

If turkey and stuffing isn’t your thing, these eight local vegan and vegetarian restaurants are sure to mix up your holiday dining options.

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Bunny’s Nook Kitchen

Committed to providing healthy and delicious food to greater Esquimalt, Bunny’s Nook has been serving vegan breakfast options and desserts since 2019

  • Where: Bunny’s Nook, 904b Esquimalt Road
  • When: Tuesday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Virtuous Pie

Virtuous Pie is all about creating food that tastes great!

Virtuous Pie makes a delicious range of plant-based pizza and ice cream that is good for your body and supports a healthy planet. 

  • Where: Virtuous Pie, 530 Pandora Avenue
  • When: 
    • Monday to Sunday, 11: 30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Be Love

Be Love uses 95%  organic plant-based ingredients, mindfully sourced according to local and seasonal availability. Everything we serve is wheat, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free.

  • Where: Be Love, 1019 Blanshard Street
  • When: Monday to Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., excluding Tuesdays

Nourish Kitchen and Cafe 

Nourish Kitchen and cafe serves a naturally diverse menu that includes thoughtfully sourced whole foods, offering quality meat dishes and vegan meals. 

The cafe aspires to create soul-touching, health-giving recipes to share within greater Victoria. 

  • Where: Nourish Cafe, 225 Quebec Street
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Lotus Pond – Vegetarian Restaurant

At Lotus Pond, this well-known local restaurant has been serving delicious vegan Chinese cuisine for over 20 years.

  • Where: Lotus Pond, 617 Johnson Street
  • When: Wednesday to Sunday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant

Since 1990 Green Cuisine has been committed to sustainability.

The local vegetarian restaurant is a regular contributor to environmental and vegan organizations, serving only sustainable plant foods. 

  • Where: Green Cuisine, 560 Johnson Street
  • When: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Rebar

​​Since 1988, Rebar has been one of Victoria’s favourite restaurants and juice bars, featuring fresh, healthy, predominantly vegetarian fare. 

The upbeat atmosphere and vibrant, tasty food have led critics to describe Rebar as inventive, hip, and visionary. Rebar is for everyone –  strict vegans, vegetarians (full and part-time!)

  • Where: Rebar, 50 Bastion Square
  • When: Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fern Cafe and Bakery 

Expect to be thrown back in time with some childhood classics, or be able to spot some of your old favourites you haven’t had in years.

The Fern bakery loves to shake things up with its famous cinnamon buns and donuts on the daily!

The Fern Cafe features an array of vegan comfort food consisting of housemade burgers, hand-cut fries, sandwiches, mac n cheese, fried chicken, and more!

  • Where: Fern Cafe and Bakery, 1115 North Park Street
  • When: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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