Alberta: A Round Up of the Best Dairy-Free Eateries and Shops

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Last Update in August 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Alberta that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!) that’s divided into restaurants & shops by city (first) and major chains found throughout the state (second). And we’ve started a section for specialty dairy-free foods produced in this state.

We Update Continuously! You can ignore the original date on this post going forward. We update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new recommendation, change, or closure.

Alberta: A Round Up of the Best Dairy-Free Eateries and Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Continuously updated with new restaurants, recommendations, etc!Photo from Sky Bistro in Banff, Alberta

Dairy-Free Alberta: Recommended Restaurants & Shops

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city and then by the restaurant or shop name. For large chains with locations throughout the state, see the Major Restaurant & Grocery Chains section below. We have dedicated posts with dairy-free details for many of the big guys.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Airdrie

  • Chronic Tacos – See our Chronic Tacos Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Noodlebox – This fast casual Asian chain serves bowls with various sauces and add-ins. Most of their bowl options can be ordered dairy-free, and many can be vegan.
  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • The Mash – Craft beer and craft pizza go hand in hand at this local brewpub. Their pizza dough is made with upcycled spent grain from the beer production. They offer dairy-free cheese as an option, so most of their pizzas can be ordered without dairy.
  • Treats by Carla – She doesn’t have a storefront, but you can order and pick up from her gluten-free kitchen. Her specialty is chocolate confections, and she makes all types of dairy-free goodies, from cookies n’ cream white chocolate bars to seasonal “Cadbury creme eggs.”

Banff

  • Banff Ave Brewing Co ⭐️ – They label which items on their menu can be made dairy-free, gluten-free, and/or vegan. And the dairy-free options are plentiful! In fact, the majority of their pub-style menu can be ordered without dairy, including burgers, fish & chips, fried chicken, bowls and salads, and several snacks (like onion rings and wings!).
  • Banff Sweet Shoppe – You’ll find candy galore at this nostalgic store. They of course have many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan sugary products to choose from.
  • Beavertails – These artisanal Canadian pastries are made with whole wheat flour, hand-stretched, and fried. They can be ordered dairy-free and vegan on request.
  • Farm & Fire ⭐️ – Their menus are labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan options. Brunch offers a couple dairy-free possibilities, like French toast or a classic egg breakfast. Dinner has a good handful of locally-inspired dairy-free dishes.
  • JK Bakery Cafe – They offer dairy-free breads and sandwiches, and offer two made-from-scratch soups daily, typically with at least one dairy-free option.
  • Juniper Bistro ⭐️ – Located in the Juniper Hotel, you’ll find this helpful restaurant serving breakfast, midday grazing food, and dinner. Their menu is littered with dairy-free and vegan possibilities throughout the day. In the morning, they have a range of egg-centric dishes that can be ordered dairy-free. During the grazing hours, they actually have a plant platter with vegan meats and cheeses, and at night, dairy-free dishes like roast chicken and burgers are available. They also have a couple dairy-free desserts.
  • Larkspur Lounge – This bistro and cocktail lounge is located at The Rimrock Resort. They offer some dairy-free light bites and mains, like charcuterie, a salad, fish and chips, Thai curry, and a vegan burger.
  • Nourish Bistro ⭐️ – Pretty much everything on the menu at this fine vegetarian restaurant and eco-bar dairy-free and vegan or can be made vegan by swapping in the local dairy-free cheese alternatives they use (cashew-based). They also have icons on each menu item to help cover all types of allergen concerns. They serve an array of tapas, mains, and desserts, along with weekend brunch.
  • Park Distillery Restaurant and Bar – They offer a separate plant-based menu that details vegan options, including appetizers and casual entrees. Additional menu items can be ordered without dairy, including burgers.
  • Sky Bistro – Enjoy the gondola transport to this mountainous spot, and prepare to be rewarded with allergy-friendly service. They clearly label their menu with dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan options, and they have a little something for everyone. Dairy-free options includes salads, starters and mains pasta, chicken, duck, and seafood choices. Dinner does offer a broader range of options than lunch.
  • The Block Restaurant – Their lunch and dinner menus have Asian influences, and many dairy-free choices. They also have vegan or gluten-free options.
  • The Radiant ⭐️ – This hip spot serves an elevated menu that’s labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan options. They have several dairy-free small plates, usually a dinner plate or two, a couple dessert choices, and even a vegan charcuterie plate complete with dairy-free cheeses.
  • Whitebark Cafe – Their daily vegan pastries include coffee cake, a couple savory house-made pastries, and a muffin or two. They also have a full coffee bar with milk beverage options.
  • Wild Flour Bakery – They have vegan breads and treats daily, along with dairy-free soups and sandwiches for lunch. They also have a full coffee bar, complete with milk beverages and vegan hot chocolate.

Calgary

  • Amandine Bakery – “Calgary’s cake specialist” is happy to accommodate special diet needs. They bake dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan cakes on custom order.
  • Amato Gelato Cafe – They’re constantly experimenting with new vegan options. They always have dairy-free sorbetto on hand, but you might also find creamy Tofulati gelato (soy-based), cocktail floats, cakes, croissants, and other treats.
  • Andaro’s Pizza – They share ingredients of all crusts, sauces, and toppings on their website. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, dairy-free crusts (including gluten-free), a few sauce options, and many toppings.
  • Avatara Pizza – Everything is gluten-free at this artisan pizzeria and food truck. They offer dairy-free cheese alternative, so all of their pizzas can be ordered without dairy (all of their meats are dairy-free too!). They also have some salad and “snack” options.
  • Baked Doughnuts – This gluten-free bakery offers order and pick-up, and delivers doughnuts throughout the local area with 48 hours notice. All of their doughnuts are also vegan, except for the keto varieties. They focus on healthier baking, but offer enticing flavors like white chocolate raspberry and PB brownie pretzel. Their doughnut base ingredients are flour blend( rice, chickpea, millet, corn), flax seed, pea protein, cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking powder, apple cider vinegar, soy milk, apple sauce, and vanilla extract.
  • Basil Box ⭐️ – This is a build-your-own Asian-style bowl chain that clearly labels each component for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. At last check, their entire menu appeared to be gluten-free, and almost everything was dairy-free.
  • Beavertails – These artisanal Canadian pastries are made with whole wheat flour, hand-stretched, and fried. They can be ordered dairy-free and vegan on request.
  • Bliss & Co – You can order vegan cupcakes in chocolate and/or vanilla from this cupcakery.
  • Chronic Tacos – See our Chronic Tacos Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Cookie Mama – This dessert shop is about much more than cookies, they also bake cupcakes, full-size cakes, and have dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan treat options. They also have dairy-free and gluten-free “vice cream” in several flavors.
  • Copper Branch ⭐️ – This is a vegan restaurant chain that serves power bowls, burgers, sandwiches, soups, all-day breakfast (gluten-free bagel sandwiches are a feature), smoothies, coffee drinks, and desserts.
  • EatCrow Snack Bar ⭐️ – Their menu includes dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan labels. They have several dairy-free choices, including chicken wings, fried chicken, sweet and sour chicken, and a few vegan dishes (like a banh mi tofu burger).
  • Euphoria Cafe – This local little cafe is special diet friendly. They offer some dairy-free pastries daily, including paleo and gluten-free options, blend dairy-free and gluten-free smoothie bowls, make vegan paninis, have gluten-free wraps, and make their own power balls.
  • Famoso – This Canadian pizza chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge, and has plant-based pizzas (like pepperoni) on the menu. They’re made with a neapolitan crust, rossa sauce, and vegan cheese.
  • Heaven Restaurant & Market – Everything is gluten-free, but they also cater to other special diets. They make dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free empanadas in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours. Their menu includes other Venezuelan and Mexican entrees with dairy-free and vegan options.
  • Howie’s Pizza – This local pizza shop offers Daiya dairy-free mozzarella as a cheese option for your pizza.
  • Inglewood Drive In – They offer dairy-free Dole Whip soft serve, and their chocolate dip is reportedly dairy-free, too. As for their savory menu, they are happy to share ingredients to help you with a custom order.
  • Jugo Juice – This Canadian chain blends smoothie with almond milk or coconut water. Just be sure to skip the protein – they use whey. They also serve some wraps and salads that can be ordered dairy free.
  • La Diperie – You’ll have to resist many of their desserts, but you’ll be rewarded with their edible vegan cookie dough. It’s available in four flavours. They often have at least one vegan soft serve flavour and a couple other cool dairy-free treats, too.
  • Lakeview Bakery – They focus on special diets specifically, and have dairy-free breads, cakes, and other pastries. They also bake various gluten-free and vegan options, and carry specialty items, like dairy-free butter and local cheese alternative.
  • Leopold’s Tavern – They have a plant-based section on their menu, which includes onion rings, poutine, burgers, nachos, and quesadillas. Some additional items on their menu can be ordered without dairy.
  • MELTwich – This grilled cheese chain has a full plant-based menu. It includes a few vegan melts, the Impossible burger, and a couple poutines. Additional menu items can be custom ordered dairy-free, including burgers, bowls, and additional toppings on vegan grilled cheeses and poutines.
  • Noodlebox – This fast casual Asian chain serves bowls with various sauces and add-ins. Most of their bowl options can be ordered dairy-free, and many can be vegan.
  • Ollia Macarons & Tea – Most of their macarons are naturally gluten-free, and they typically have some clearly labeled dairy-free macarons in store. Sometimes dairy-free meringues are also available. And they have macaron cakes that can be ordered dairy-free.
  • Pizza Bob’s Classic Pie – They offer Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative, plus dairy-free crusts and sauces.
  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.
  • REGRUB ⭐️ – This is a self-proclaimed “boutique burger and shake bar” that serves a huge menu of meat burgers (most of which can be ordered dairy-free), meatless burgers, and has a decadent menu of dairy-free (freak) shakes. They have cheeseshakes, brownie mania, and more. They also offer some fun vegan sides, like cashew cheese truffle fries and cauli bites.
  • Righteous Gelato Factory and Coffee Bar – Enjoy scoops of their popular dairy-free gelato and sorbetto direct from the source. It’s also their testing ground, so you might find small batch pints and scoops that aren’t available in stores yet. They make dairy-based gelato, but also have full dairy-free lines of gelato and sorbetto.
  • saVeg Cafe ⭐️ – This all-vegan restaurant serves breakfast and a big menu of bowls, burgers, wraps, and other entrees for lunch and dinner. They also have a full smoothie and coffee bar.
  • Sweet Rice – These gluten-free mochi donut bakers offer dairy-free flavors on Saturdays. They don’t have a storefront, so you must order in advance for pick up.
  • Sweet Tooth Ice Cream – You can order almost any flavor without dairy at this rolled ice cream shop. They offer a dairy-free coconut milk ice cream base, and a plethora of mix-in and topping options.
  • Thai Onzon – This is a vegetarian Thai restaurant with a heavily vegan menu, and even some vegan cake slices for dessert. They also have gluten-free choices.
  • The Mash – Craft beer and craft pizza go hand in hand at this local brewpub. Their pizza dough is made with upcycled spent grain from the beer production. They offer dairy-free cheese as an option, so most of their pizzas can be ordered without dairy.
  • The Village Flatbread Co. – Everything about this pizza place says natural and organic, but it’s also a gluten-free and Halal establishment. They shun wheat, seafood, and pork, and have options for nearly every dietary need. In terms of dairy-free, “The entire menu can be made dairy free. Only menu items listed with cheese as an ingredient have dairy. Simply substitute the regular cheese for original vegan mozzarella, new vegan cheeze, or no cheese at all on any menu item. You can also create your own pizza from over 30 dairy free ingredients” They also state their “vegan Cheese(s) are NOT Daiya, melt, and taste delicious.” An interesting claim!
  • V Burger ⭐️ – Calgary’s plant-based, vegan burger spot offers breakfast sandwiches, a big range of burgers, onion rings, fries, tots, chick’n, and more. For dessert, they have dairy-free ice cream, shakes, cookies, and ice cream sandwiches.
  • Velvet Cafe – They have dairy-free and gluten-free meal options available to go, and usually some desserts, too.
  • Village Ice Cream – Their menu includes a couple creamy vegan flavors daily, like strawberry milk tea and toasted coconut. The options often change seasonally.
  • Yann Haute Patisserie – This French pastry shop offers at least one type of dairy-free macaron daily (all flavours are naturally gluten-free), and you can order dairy-free, gluten-free macaron cakes.

Canmore

  • 4296 – This is an elevated dining experience, serving craft cocktails and “pop culture cuisine.” They offer several innovative vegan small, medium, and large plates, as well as a dessert.
  • An Edible Life ⭐️ – They make all types of prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menus are labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo options, and dairy-free customers will find a lot to choose from. They also have a full list of desserts, many of which are dairy-free, including raw cheezecakes.
  • änkôr – Their seasonal, elevated menu is labeled with dairy-free and gluten-free options, and items that can be made dairy-free and/or gluten-free. When we looked, this included a few first course items, and one main course option.
  • Beavertails – These artisanal Canadian pastries are made with whole wheat flour, hand-stretched, and fried. They can be ordered dairy-free and vegan on request.
  • Blake ⭐️ – This restaurant, brewery, and distillery labels all food items on their menu that can be made dairy-free, gluten-free, or vegan. And most items on their menu can be made dairy-free! This includes little plates, dumplings, salads, big plates, fried chicken, burgers, and more. They also offer a few rich flavours of house-made, coconut-based, dairy-free ice cream for dessert.
  • Communitea Cafe ⭐️ – Their entire food menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan items. At last check, all of their fresh and sauteed bowls were dairy-free, and they had some sandwich, wrap, and snack options. They also have a full coffee bar with almond and oat milk available. And, you can often find some sweet treats, too.
  • Elita Restaurant – They can make most items on their menu dairy-free on request, and also make many gluten-free options. They serve a boisterous array of salads, sandwiches, and entrees, and also have a section with some vegan items.
  • Harvest Cafe – Their all-day menu is filled with dairy-free options. They have a vegan wrap, panini, and chili, and offer dairy-free cheese, so most of their wraps and paninis can be made without dairy. They also offer salads, usually have a daily dairy-free soup option, and have some vegan treats.
  • Lovely Ice Cream – Their small batch, artisan ice cream always includes a dairy-free flavour or two, like spicy margarita, pina colada, or orange one.
  • Market Bistro – Their menu is a mix of casual elegance and it’s labeled with dairy-free and gluten-free options. The dairy-free items include a couple small plates (like tuna crudo), meal salads, an entree (duck confit at last check) and a gluten-free dairy-free chocolate cake.
  • PeakEats – They specialize in super light, compact, dehydrated, healthy meals to order. So they can easily accommodate food allergy and special diet requests. They also label their meals and snacks for various top allergens – but use caution as we did see a couple mis-labels.
  • The Summit Cafe – This isn’t the spot for multiple dietary needs, but they are happy to make accommodations for dairy-free and gluten-free guests, specifically.
  • The Wood – Their casual menu contains several vegan options, including yam fries, garlic fries, a healthy bowl, the beyond vegan burger, and even chocolate cake. Some additional burgers and sides can also be ordered dairy-free.
  • Toniq Juice Bar ⭐️ – Their entire superfood smoothie menu is dairy-free, and so are their healthy sweet snacks. They’re mostly vegan, but some contain raw honey. They also have a full coffee bar with vegan hot chocolates and lattes that can be prepared with house-made nut mylk or oat mylk (dairy milk is available).
  • Valbella Gourmet Foods – This deli and marketplace supports local producers, and also offers a good amount of dairy-free options. They offer charcuterie (please note their pates contain whey), prepared meats, some dairy-free pot pies, and more. They do make items with dairy, but have some great surprises.

Cochrane

  • Mehtab East Indian Cuisine – The owner contacted us to say their restaurant has “a lot of dairy-free options.” They also proudly share, “We serve most allergies Gluten Free, Nuts Free, Dairy free, Keto, Vegan.”
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Edmonton

  • Basil Box ⭐️ – This is a build-your-own Asian-style bowl chain that clearly labels each component for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. At last check, their entire menu appeared to be gluten-free, and almost everything was dairy-free.
  • Bliss Baked Goods ⭐️ – Enjoy the aroma of fresh baked bread and friendly customer service at this family-run, dairy-free, nut-free, and kosher pareve bakery. They bake an array of breads, donuts, danishes, muffins, cupcakes, and so much more. They also make savory deli items and baked goods. And of course, they make custom cakes! There are a lot of vegan options available (“sausage” rolls, breads, and cinnamon buns), and they do bake some gluten-free goodies, too.
  • Bloom Cookie Co. ⭐️ – Thank you to Christine H. for recommending vegan bakery. They specialize in cookies (obviously!), but she says they also swirl dairy-free soft serve in the summer months.
  • Cafe Mosaics ⭐️ – Their menu is vegetarian, but labeled for vegan and allergy needs. Most menu items are vegan. They serve breakfast all day, have a big menu for lunch and dinner, have a full coffee bar, and even source plant-based beer and house wine.
  • Celebrate Gluten Free – This local gluten-free bakery and cafe offers many dairy-free options, including breads, buns, cookies, muffins, donuts, cupcakes and cakes. They also have some vegan products.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan cinnamon roll bakery. See our Cinnaholic Post for more details.
  • Copper Branch ⭐️ – This is a vegan restaurant chain that serves power bowls, burgers, sandwiches, soups, all-day breakfast (gluten-free bagel sandwiches are a feature), smoothies, coffee drinks, and desserts.
  • Famoso – This Canadian pizza chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge, and has plant-based pizzas (like pepperoni) on the menu. They’re made with a neapolitan crust, rossa sauce, and vegan cheese.
  • Food in the NūD – This “clean eating” whole food bakery with a focus on paleo and plant-based sweets and savories. They offer some lunch options, pastries, breads, and also bake celebration cakes.
  • For the Love of Cheese ⭐️ – This is a “vegan cheezery.” They have a big range, including cheeze balls, baked feddah, grated parmazahn, and more. You can find them at the local farmer’s markets on the weekends, and also in local stores.
  • Fuss Cupcakes – Thank you to Sonya for emailing this recommendation in! We contacted the bake shop to confirm their options (since they weren’t on their website or social), and they sent us the following. “We do make both vegan friendly and gluten free friendly cupcakes. They are available in store everyday, with assorted flavours. We do also make vegan friendly and gluten free friendly cakes on preorder! For both the cupcakes and cakes, custom orders can be placed for some custom designs, if needed for a special occasion.”
  • Good Stock Foods ⭐️ – This is a family run plant-based market that sells house made, chef prepared frozen meals and locally made specialty products. They also make their own line of dairy-free cheese alternative.
  • Greenhouse Health Food Eatery ⭐️ – Their restaurant menu is filled with meals to go, and almost everything is dairy free. Their menu is primarily gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan, too.
  • Jugo Juice – This Canadian chain blends smoothie with almond milk or coconut water. Just be sure to skip the protein – they use whey. They also serve some wraps and salads that can be ordered dairy free.
  • Kind Ice Cream – Their “always” ice cream flavours include two creamy cashew- and coconut-based vegan scoops: Lemon and Jammy Raspberry and Mud Pie. They also typically have a seasonal vegan flavor on rotation.
  • Kinnikinnick Fresh ⭐️ – This famous gluten-free bakery sells products in stores throughout North America, but they also have their own bakeshop and store in Edmonton. You’ll of course find most of their products in the shop, but they also have unique-to-store seasonal baked goodies that are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, and soy, with vegan options.
  • La Poutine – They offer dairy-free cheese and can make many of their poutines vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
  • Leopold’s Tavern – They have a plant-based section on their menu, which includes onion rings, poutine, burgers, nachos, and quesadillas. Some additional items on their menu can be ordered without dairy.
  • LovePizza – Despite having just a few locations, this Alberta pizzeria went to the trouble of creating an allergy guide, and labels their build-your-own menu for vegan options. For pizzas, their traditional crust is dairy-free (not the gluten-free one), they have a few sauce options, they offer Daiya cheese alternative, and a plethora of toppings (check their chart as a couple prepared meats do contain dairy). They also have tots with a few dipping sauce options.
  • MELTwich – This grilled cheese chain has a full plant-based menu. It includes a few vegan melts, the Impossible burger, and a couple poutines. Additional menu items can be custom ordered dairy-free, including burgers, bowls, and additional toppings on vegan grilled cheeses and poutines.
  • myFRIES – This poutine establishment is completely gluten-free, and they offer vegan gravy and Daiya dairy-free cheese, so you can order several of their menu items without dairy.
  • Padmanadi ⭐️ – This all-vegan, casual restaurant serves an Asian-style menu that’s heavy on Chinese dishes.
  • Ohana Donuts – This Hawaiian-inspired donut shop makes vegan and gluten-free Ohana bites, which are like oversized donut holes.
  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.
  • Remedy – This chai bar, breakfast spot, and Indian food restaurant offers a few dairy-free options for each meal. They have bagels with vegan cream cheese or PB&J, and serve vegan wraps and some Indian entrees for lunch and dinner. And they can make your chai or coffee drink with  soy, almond or oat milk.
  • Rio Vida gluten free bakery and Ready to eat Food products – This strictly gluten-free bakery caters to a variety of special diet needs. They have prepared and take away sweets and savories, and everything can be made dairy-free, egg-free, or nut-free on request. They can also swap in different sweeteners, and have keto and many vegan options.
  • Sugar Free & More – Their focus is sugar-free and keto, but there are some dairy-free finds at this shop and bakery.
  • Sweet Pea Café & Playhouse ⭐️ – Fresh baked pastries, smoothies, healthy bowls, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, desserts, and coffee drinks, it’s all dairy-free and vegan at this entertaining plant-based cafe.
  • Tiffin India’s Fresh Kitchen – Their menu is labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. They have a build-your-own plate style of menu along with made-to-order shareable snacks.
  • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt – This froyo chain typically has a couple rotating dairy-free flavours, which can be sorbets and/or creamy soy-based varieties.
  • Uproot Food Collective – This is a marketplace for local food producers, and they offer a unique selection of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan products.
  • Yelo’d Ice Cream + Bake Shoppe – Their Filipino influenced flavours rotate every two weeks, but they always have a few dairy-free flavours. When we looked, they had five, including Ube, Cocoa Cookies’n’Cream, Buko Pandan, and more. We’ve read they also blend vegan milkshakes, on request.

Fort Saskatchewan

  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Grande Prairie

  • Jugo Juice – This Canadian chain blends smoothie with almond milk or coconut water. Just be sure to skip the protein – they use whey. They also serve some wraps and salads that can be ordered dairy free.
  • Off The Wheaten Path ⭐️ – This is a dedicated vegan and gluten-free bakery, cafe, and shop. They serve a broad menu for breakfast and lunch, have meal prep available, and bake an array of sweet treats – including “cheesecakes.” They also make organic cotton candy.
  • OMG! Cupcakes – They bake vegan cupcakes and gluten-free, dairy-free cupcakes on select days of the week. But they also freeze some, so they are available all week. And they have added vegan cookies to their selection.

Jasper

  • Beavertails – These artisanal Canadian pastries are made with whole wheat flour, hand-stretched, and fried. They can be ordered dairy-free and vegan on request.
  • Famoso – This Canadian pizza chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge, and has plant-based pizzas (like pepperoni) on the menu. They’re made with a neapolitan crust, rossa sauce, and vegan cheese.
  • Jasper Brewing Co ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. Dairy-free items that can be ordered include crispy wings, salad, pasta, ramen, salmon, and a few burgers.
  • The Raven Bistro – They offer vegan selections on their menu, including salads, bowls, and even desserts. Several additional menu items can be ordered dairy free.

Leduc

  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Lethbridge

  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Lloydminster

  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Medicine Hat

  • Annegret’s – This is a European-style chocolatier and shop that offers a vegan selection, including various dark chocolate bars.
  • Fresh Healthy Cafe – They note allergens on their menu of smoothies, bowls, wraps, and salads. They do use dairy, but offer a good selection of dairy-free menu items, and some can be made dairy-free by custom order.
  • La Diperie – You’ll have to resist many of their desserts, but you’ll be rewarded with their edible vegan cookie dough. It’s available in four flavours. They often have at least one vegan soft serve flavour and a couple other cool dairy-free treats, too.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.
  • Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt – This froyo chain typically has a couple rotating dairy-free flavours, which can be sorbets and/or creamy soy-based varieties.

Okotoks

  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.

Red Deer

  • Famoso – This Canadian pizza chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge, and has plant-based pizzas (like pepperoni) on the menu. They’re made with a neapolitan crust, rossa sauce, and vegan cheese.
  • Jugo Juice – This Canadian chain blends smoothie with almond milk or coconut water. Just be sure to skip the protein – they use whey. They also serve some wraps and salads that can be ordered dairy free.
  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Sherwood Park

  • Famoso – This Canadian pizza chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge, and has plant-based pizzas (like pepperoni) on the menu. They’re made with a neapolitan crust, rossa sauce, and vegan cheese.
  • Jugo Juice – This Canadian chain blends smoothie with almond milk or coconut water. Just be sure to skip the protein – they use whey. They also serve some wraps and salads that can be ordered dairy free.
  • Noodlebox – This fast casual Asian chain serves bowls with various sauces and add-ins. Most of their bowl options can be ordered dairy-free, and many can be vegan.
  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Spruce Grove

  • Famoso – This Canadian pizza chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge, and has plant-based pizzas (like pepperoni) on the menu. They’re made with a neapolitan crust, rossa sauce, and vegan cheese.

St. Albert

  • Famoso – This Canadian pizza chain offers Daiya dairy-free cheese alternative at no extra charge, and has plant-based pizzas (like pepperoni) on the menu. They’re made with a neapolitan crust, rossa sauce, and vegan cheese.
  • LovePizza – Despite having just a few locations, this Alberta pizzeria went to the trouble of creating an allergy guide, and labels their build-your-own menu for vegan options. For pizzas, their traditional crust is dairy-free (not the gluten-free one), they have a few sauce options, they offer Daiya cheese alternative, and a plethora of toppings (check their chart as a couple prepared meats do contain dairy). They also have tots with a few dipping sauce options.
  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Stony Plain

  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.

Strathmore

  • Quesada – They offer a great allergen and special diet filter online to help plan your order. This is a build-your-own burrito, burrito bowl, or taco spot. At last check, their meats and meat alternatives were dairy free (the fish items contain dairy), as were both types of beans, rice, and all toppings, except cheese and sour cream. All of their salsas, guacamole, and most of their sauces are also dairy-free, and they even have a special vegan sauce.

Waterton

  • Beavertails – These artisanal Canadian pastries are made with whole wheat flour, hand-stretched, and fried. They can be ordered dairy-free and vegan on request.

Whitecourt

  • Red Swan Pizza – They offer vegan cheese, which you can order on their traditional, thin, or regular gluten-free crust. Their classic pizza sauce, a few other sauces, and their veggie toppings are dairy-free. They offer a plethora of protein options, so be sure to reference their allergen guide carefully. They also have dry ribs, chicken bites, wings, and potato wedges available without dairy.

Alberta: A Round Up of the Best Dairy-Free Eateries and Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Continuously updated with new restaurants, recommendations, etc!Photo from Blake in Canmore, Alberta

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Alberta

Some recommended restaurant and store chains are getting too big for our city listing britches. They have many locations, or are rapidly growing, and you might stumble across them in a number of towns in this state. Click on them for more dairy-free details.

  • Freshii –  This chain serves bowls, salads, wraps, and smoothies. They offer a detailed allergen menu, and each menu category has at least one or two dairy-free options, ordered as is. But most items can be ordered without dairy easily, since all of their bases, proteins, broths, and toppings (aside from cheese) are made without milk (at the time of our review). Just verify the sauces, as a few contain milk-based ingredients.
  • Marble Slab Creamery – This Canadian ice cream chain offers a handful of vegan flavours made with coconut milk, including coconut, pina colada, strawberry banana, and chocolate. They reportedly have options for ordering these flavors in smoothies, milkshakes, or sundaes without dairy. They have many dairy-free mix ins and toppings, but their cones all contain dairy.
  • Nutters Everyday Naturals – This is a Canadian natural food store chain that carries a good selection of dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and other special diet foods.
  • Panago Pizza – See our Panago Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pita Pit – See our Dairy-Free Pita Pit Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pizza 73 – They offer dairy-free cheeze and plant-based “meats” for their pizzas, and have a detailed ingredient list for each pizza component and menu item. A couple of their classic and traditional pizza doughs are made without dairy, but do have “may contain” warnings for potential cross-contamination. They also offer three gluten-free and dairy-free crust options. Some additional items like wings, fries and onion rings can be ordered without dairy.
  • The Chopped Leaf – They offer a big menu of hand-crafted salads, grain bowls, wraps, sandwiches, soups, and more. They clearly indicate allergens, and even indicate dairy-free options. They have a good selection for dairy-free, gluten-free, and even vegan guests, plus build your own choices.
  • Wok Box – This is a fresh Asian chain in Canada that is special diet friendly. They offer an allergen guide with their nutrition information, and naturally, most of their Asian menu is dairy-free. They also label which items can be made vegan and/or gluten-free.

Alberta: A Round Up of the Best Dairy-Free Eateries and Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Continuously updated with new restaurants, recommendations, etc!Photo from V Burger in Calgary, Alberta

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Alberta

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Alberta. So you have a good chance of finding their products at grocery stores, restaurants, and/or other shops in this state. Keep an eye out!

  • Canmore Pasta Co – Their filled pastas do contain dairy, but they offer a fresh range of dairy-free pastas (contain egg) and a few gluten-free, dairy-free gnocchi flavors, too.
  • Care Bakery – They bake gluten-free, dairy-free buns, breads, and pizza crusts that are sold in stores, but you also might find local restaurants that use them. Some of their products are egg-free and vegan, too.
  • Dwarf Stars – This vegan chocolatier runs a dairy-free, egg-free facility, and makes bon bons, various pumpkin seed butter cups, and more. They create various white, milk, and flavored chocolates, and also have sugar-free / keto options available.
  • Flora Fromage – They make dairy-free, nut-based cheese alternatives in a range of flavors and types, including meltable mozzarella and ricotta. They sell locally and also offer delivery.
  • Glowfood Creamery – This vegan cheese company is based in Banff, and ferments a few varieties of cashew cheeses and sour cream.
  • Kinnikinnick Foods – They bake gluten-free, dairy-free products, and also make mixes. Their products are sold throughout North America, but you’ll find a very good selection in their home province of Alberta.
  • Nabati Foods – They make dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan cheese alternatives and “cheesecakes” that you can find in many natural food stores.
  • Natural Kitchen Delights (NKD) – Their unique range of dark chocolate bars is ethically sourced, single origin, dairy-free, and sweetened purely with maple syrup.
  • Nora’s – This vegan ice creamery makes dairy-free pints filled with cashew- and coconut milk-based flavors.
  • Prairie Melt – Yes, there are a lot of vegan cheesemakers in Alberta! This is an allergy-friendly product that you can reportedly spread, crumble, or melt.
  • Righteous Gelato – This small batch, Canadian gelato company does churn some dairy-filled gelato, but they also have a plant-based gelato line and a sorbetto line, both of which are boldly labeled as dairy-free. Their creamy dairy-free line includes several chocolaty and nutty indulgences.

Alberta: A Round Up of the Best Dairy-Free Eateries and Shops with vegan and gluten-free options. Continuously updated with new restaurants, recommendations, etc!Photo from Glowfood Creamery in Banff, Alberta

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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Leah Moldowan is an Associate Editor for Go Dairy Free and she runs the vegan blog love me, feed me. Leah creates delicious recipes and stunning photography to inspire others to nourish their bodies with good food.

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