Plant-Based Picks of DTNW

Thursday, February 11, 2021

In Downtown New West, there is nothing you can’t find in a restaurant. Local produce? International dishes? Dietary restrictions? No problem. If you prefer vegetarian or vegan cuisine, New West has everything you need. 

One of our favourite picks is Banh Mi Bar. The staff are friendly, the subs are delicious and the salad rolls are light but nourishing! Grab an iced coffee and pudding with your lunch, and enjoy the plant-based delightfulness of Vietnamese cuisine. V Cafe is home to more Vietnamese delectability, including vegetarian banh mi subs and salad rolls. Even better, they can deliver to your door via DoorDash!

banh mi

If you’re in the mood for a lighter meal, try out the plant-based menu at Old Crow Coffee Co. Their hummus toast is topped with arugula and an agave drizzle, and their avocado toast is home to layers of spices and citrus notes on a crunchy loaf. For a heartier option, try their fully plant-based “grilled chez” that will keep you warm during these chilly days.

old crow hummus toast

Just steps away, you can get your hands on some sweet vegan treats at Hive Cafe. Cookies, cinnamon buns and pizza pretzels are available on select days. Pair these with a coffee and you're set to take on the day. You can get them in-store or delivered right to you via UberEats or DoorDash!

Hive Cafe vegan cookies

Just up the street, Hide Out Cafe offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten free lunch options including soups, sandwiches and pastries. If you need a caffeine boost, their espresso is locally roasted in Burnaby and tastes amazing. This coffee will knock your socks off. 

hide out cafe

For classic soups, sandwiches and salads, visit Columbia Street Sandwich Company. The friendly staff can adapt most sandwiches to your dietary desires – just ask! They’re also open early if you need a coffee and a breakfast sandwich, and close at 3pm if you’re more of the late lunch type.

columbia salad

Last but not least, Taverna Greka has some amazing veggie-based appetizers including spanakopita, made of spinach and feta wrapped in puff pastry. They also feature Greek and caesar salads, as well as a veggie bake called moussaka. This is your spot for a Greek dinner with vegetarian options! Delivery is available Fri + Sat 5:00pm-8:00pm.

spinach pie

Other great spots like Serious Coffee Plaza 88, Spud Shack, Piva Modern Italian, Craft Cafe and Pizzeria Ludica have some plant-based options as well – just ask!

No matter your dietary preferences, there is something for you to devour any day of the week! Try a few of our top picks and let us know what you think on social media, tag us @downtownnewwest

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