British Columbia: Recommended Restaurants for Dairy-Free in BC

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Updated in 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in British Columbia that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

British Columbia Restaurants for Dairy-Free Diners. Pictured: The Juice Truck in Vancouver

Local British Columbia Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.

⭐️ = 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.)

Burnaby

  • JJ Bean Coffee Roasters – This coffee shop and bakehouse is heavily located in Vancouver with a few locations in neighboring cities. They Their food menu includes quick sweet and savory bites, with many dairy-free and vegan options available (and usually a gluten-free item or two). They usually have some muffins, vegan burritos, coconut yogurt parfaits, and other goodies to choose from. For their coffee and tea drinks, they have almond, soy, and oat milk available at most locations.

North Vancouver

  • Mount Royal Bagel Factory – Thank you to Maureen for recommending this bagelry, “My anaphylaxis to dairy daughter has been eating the bagels for over 10 years. it was her first bakery! According to the bakery, they hand-make Montreal style bagels from-scratch daily in their BC Kosher certified facility. They do serve dairy cream cheese, but offer almond butter as an option.

Surrey

  • Pikanik ⭐️ – They no longer have a retail storefront, but you can still pick up or get delivery from this award-winning dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and soy-free bakery. They make artisan breads, cakes, pastries, and more. They also supply goodies to stores throughout British Columbia and Canada!

North Vancouver

  • JJ Bean Coffee Roasters – This coffee shop and bakehouse is heavily located in Vancouver with a few locations in neighboring cities. They Their food menu includes quick sweet and savory bites, with many dairy-free and vegan options available (and usually a gluten-free item or two). They usually have some muffins, vegan burritos, coconut yogurt parfaits, and other goodies to choose from. For their coffee and tea drinks, they have almond, soy, and oat milk available at most locations.

Port Moody

  • JJ Bean Coffee Roasters – This coffee shop and bakehouse is heavily located in Vancouver with a few locations in neighboring cities. They Their food menu includes quick sweet and savory bites, with many dairy-free and vegan options available (and usually a gluten-free item or two). They usually have some muffins, vegan burritos, coconut yogurt parfaits, and other goodies to choose from. For their coffee and tea drinks, they have almond, soy, and oat milk available at most locations.

Vancouver

  • Blue Heron ⭐️ – This creamery was the first all-vegan cheese shop in British Columbia. They use cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, and coconut milk to make their varied selection of cheeses – from burrata to blue to mozzarella. They also make and sell their own dairy-free butters, yogurt, and preserves.
  • Cartems Donuts – It’s a best-kept secret that Cartems’ yeast and cake donut doughs are vegan! Not all of their icings and toppings are dairy-free, but most are. Their vegan donuts are carefully labeled, and they offer vegan, gluten-free donuts daily at each of their three locations. To go with your donut, Cartem’s Donuterie also has a big beverage selection. It includes hot and iced espresso drinks, chai lattes, and hot chocolate with an option for dairy-free almond milk.
  • Edible Flours Vegan Bakery ⭐️ – This sweet shop specializes in pretty cakes and cupcakes, including custom made delights. But they also have a store full of cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other sweet delights, along with daily gluten-free options, and even keto-friendly treats.
  • Fairy Cakes ⭐️ – This little bakery serves a variety of Fairy Cakes (cupcakes), coffee cakes, and cheesecakes that are all vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and nut-free. Gluten-free varieties are available if needed as well. And they do bake custom cakes.
  • Heirloom – This vegetarian restaurant serves brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and fancy cocktails with an emphasis on fresh, healthy ingredients. A good portion of their menu is vegan, and most menu items can be made dairy-free with a vegan cheese swap. They do offer eggs, and gluten-free options are clearly labeled.
  • JJ Bean Coffee Roasters – This coffee shop and bakehouse has locations dotted around the city. They Their food menu includes quick sweet and savory bites, with many dairy-free and vegan options available (and usually a gluten-free item or two). They usually have some muffins, vegan burritos, coconut yogurt parfaits, and other goodies to choose from. For their coffee and tea drinks, they have almond, soy, and oat milk available at most locations.
  • MeeT on Main ⭐️ – Everything at this friendly restaurant is vegan, from the poutine to the cronuts. They focus on Canadian comfort food with a big menu of burgers, bowls, desserts, and more.
  • The Juice Truck ⭐️ – Despite the mobile name, this juice shop is parked at a few store locations throughout Vancouver. Beyond cold-pressed juices, they blend dairy-free smoothies, and serve a small menu of casual plant-based food.
  • The Naam – Vancouver’s oldest vegetarian restaurant just keeps on cooking. They do serve eggs and dairy, but have many vegan options, including buckwheat crepes, tofu scrambles, croissants, and Daiya cheese as an option for their broad breakfast and lunch menus.
  • Umaluma Dairy-Free Gelato ⭐️ – Each rich, house-made flavor of their dairy-free “Italian gelato” uses a base of organic coconut milk, roasted cashews, and hemp seeds. They use organic spices, extracts, sweeteners, and other pure ingredients to make their creative range of flavors. And every variety is plant-based. However, a few do use wild flower honey, so they aren’t all strictly vegan.
  • Virtuous Pie ⭐️- Everything at this modern pizzeria is dairy-free and vegan. The rich nut based cheeses and crusts are made in house, and they source ingredients locally. They do offer a gluten-free crust, too. For dessert, they specialize in handcrafted plant-based ice cream! Their creative dairy-free flavors are available by the scoop in a cup, waffle cone, or gluten-free waffle cone. They have two locations in Vancouver, one near UBC and one in Chinatown.

Victoria

  • Be Love – Fresh food, juices, and smoothies are the specialty at this family run, plant-based establishment. All of their food is dairy-free, gluten-free, processed sugar-free, and they source almost completely organic ingredients.
  • Cavalier Cakes ⭐️ – Theresa, the owner, emailed in to let us know about their completely dairy-free bakery. “Theresa and Keith, the owners, are both allergic to dairy so they started Cavalier Cakes to cater to clients, with allergy concerns, who cannot buy from regular bakeries for risk of cross-contamination.” They are a private, by appointment and order only bakery (with classes and workshops!) that specializes in allergy concerns, such as gluten, dairy, and nuts. They also cater to vegan and parve needs. Every order is created from scratch.
  • Green Cuisine Vegetarian Restaurant ⭐️ – Changing times have morphed this buffet-style restaurant into a classic vegan restaurant with takeout, delivery, and an expansive menu. They offer pizzas, burgers, salads, juices, smoothies – you name it! They also have a full vegan and gluten-free bakery and dairy-free gelato to enjoy your desserts a la mode.
  • Very Good Butchers ⭐️ – What began as a market stall on Denman Island has now grown into BC’s first plant-based and vegan butcher, complete with restaurant and deli. They create a variety of plant-based meat alternatives from a base of beans, vegetables, barley, and wheat gluten, and everything is soy-free! Their hot food menu includes a bit range of burgers and sandwiches, but they also serve brunch and offer local dairy-free cheeses.
  • Virtuous Pie ⭐️- Everything at this modern pizzeria is dairy-free and vegan. The rich nut based cheeses and crusts are made in house, and they source ingredients locally. They do offer a gluten-free crust, too. For dessert, they specialize in handcrafted plant-based ice cream! Their creative dairy-free flavors are available by the scoop in a cup, waffle cone, or gluten-free waffle cone. They have one location in Victoria.

West Vancouver

  • CherryBerry Frozen Yogurt Bar – The flavors rotate at this Midwestern chain, but at any given time, you can usually find at least a few dairy-free flavors. They offer creamy vegan Silk almondmilk frozen yogurt in Chocolate and Vanilla. And they swirl numerous dairy-free sorbets, including Chocolate Fudge and a variety of fruity flavors. The staff has ingredient information, and can open new topping bags if cross-contamination is a concern.
  • Heirloom – This vegetarian restaurant serves brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and fancy cocktails with an emphasis on fresh, healthy ingredients. A good portion of their menu is vegan, and most menu items can be made dairy-free with a vegan cheese swap. They do offer eggs, and gluten-free options are clearly labeled.

Most Popular Chains in British Columbia for Dairy-Free Diners

There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.

BC-Only Chains

National Chains

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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