Ontario: The Best Dairy-Free Eateries from Pubs to Pastry Shops

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Last Update in November 2021! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, ice cream shops, and stores in Ontario 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.

Dairy-Free Ontario: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options

Dairy-Free Ontario: 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.)

Ajax

  • Choko-Mocko Gluten Free Bakeshop ⭐️ – Somehow, they manage to make crepes, croissants, cookies, brownies, breads, and so much more without gluten, dairy, eggs, grains, and even sugar! They have so many paleo, keto, and vegan options that are sweet, savory, and available as grocery items.
  • Il Fornello – They have a smattering of restaurants in the greater Toronto area, all renowned for wood-fired pizza and fine Italian cuisine. They offer a full vegan menu that varies from location to location, but is quite extensive at all. It includes salads, pastas, pizzas with dairy-free cheeses, and desserts. Many more menu items can be made “just dairy-free,” too.

Aurora

  • Chocolate Favoris – They offer dairy-free soft serve flavors and frozen dessert bars that can be dipped in vegan dark chocolate. They have some other sweet treat options, too.

Barrie

  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • Cakes by Design – This peanut- and tree nut-free bakery makes stunning cakes and cupcakes, and offers other decadent pastries. According to the owners, “we can also make some products without the use of eggs, milk or gluten.”
  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.
  • Moose Winooski’s – This log cabin restaurant was recommended years ago by reader Claire, “We phoned the manager of our local Moose and were assured that our servers would be happy to help, and that the kitchen staff is trained to make substitutions in the case of allergies.  They were very helpful in making sure that whatever I ordered was dairy-free.” Fast forward ten years, and they now have a complete plant-based menu with dairy-free sheeze quesadillas, garlic “budder” bread, and many vegan “faux meat” options. Additional items on their menu are naturally dairy-free or can be made dairy-free easily.
  • The Vegan Pantry ⭐️ – This grab-and-go spot is a full bakery with an array of sweet treats. But they also make pizzas, other hot meals, freezer meals, and deli items.
  • 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.

Brantford

  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.
  • The Healthy Rabbit – They have a huge dairy-free drink menu, with smoothies, wellness shots, lattes, kombucha on tap, and local beer and cider. They also have a healthy-sized dessert menu that’s all vegan and gluten-free, and mostly raw. Their savory food menu does contain dairy, but there are plenty of dairy-free dishes and options to fulfill.

Burlington

  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • Boon Burger Cafe ⭐️ – This is a vegan restaurant, serving plant-based alternatives to cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, brats, poutine, pizzas, and more. Most items can be ordered gluten-free, too. They also offer some desserts, like soft serve, cookies, and ice cream sandwiches.
  • Crema di Gelato – They offer a fresh array of dairy-free fruit sorbets, and their very popular dark chocolate flavor.
  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.
  • J. Crawford Fine Desserts ⭐️ – They don’t have a storefront, but this bakery takes orders for pick-up or delivery, and all of their treats are dairy-free and gluten-free. They offer a sweet array of treats, from mini cheesecakes to caramel-covered brownies. They also bake custom order cakes and cupcakes.
  • Kelly’s Bake Shoppe ⭐️ – It’s all in the family at this vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free, mother-daughter bakery. They make all local favorites, from cupcakes to Nanaimo bars, and deliver throughout the greater Toronto area.
  • Lettuce Love Cafe ⭐️ – This feel good restaurant offers friendly staff and healthy, all vegan and gluten-free cuisine. They serve a popular array of grain bowls for lunch and dinner, but also have a big menu of sandwiches, burgers, salads, sharables, smoothies, and brunch on weekends. And of course, they offer a full coffee bar and a nice array of dairy-free, egg-free desserts.
  • Primal Cravings ⭐️ – Their ready-made paleo meals and desserts are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, grain-free, legume-free, refined sugar-free, and frozen for your convenience.
  • The Vegan Pantry ⭐️ – This grab-and-go spot is a full bakery with an array of sweet treats. But they also make pizzas, other hot meals, freezer meals, and deli items. This is their second location. Their original shop is in Barrie.
  • Turtle Doves – This is a dedicated gluten-free bakery, and all of their muffins, cupcakes, cakes, and non-cheese breads are dairy-free. They also take custom orders.
  • Union Jack Fish & Chips ⭐️ – Both their regular and their gluten-free batters for their fish and chips (they offer haddock, pollock, halibut, and cod) are dairy-free! All gluten-free orders are cooked in a separate, dedicated fryer.

Cambridge

  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • Café du Monde Crêperie – This food truck and cafe offers two types of vegan crepes, classic and gluten-free buckwheat. They also have a gluten-free, vegan waffle options, and plenty of toppings to go around.
  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.
  • Indulge Ice Cream – They offer dairy-free Dole Whip as a soft serve option.
  • Little Mushroom Dining Lounge / Market – Their business has transitioned with the times, but they still have craft cocktails on order (which are labeled if vegan), and carry a range of local products, including oatmilk ice cream from local plant-based company Rock Our World Ice Cream Bar. They also make frozen prepared meals with some vegan options.
  • Nook Vibrant Kitchen ⭐️ – This was once a juice company, but they pivoted to be a local plant-based meal delivery service. Everything they make is free of dairy, egg, gluten, peanut, and refined sugar. They still offer juice cleanses and house-made mylks, but now they also have weekly meal programs where you can choose from a rotating selection of fully-prepared dishes.
  • No Udder – This is an all-vegan ice cream shop! They offer scoops, pints, and quarts to go, in a range of creamy flavors. They also make ice cream case in house. They offer regular and gluten-free cones, and have one sugar-free, keto flavor daily. In addition to frozen dessert, they have a small store of other vegan foods.
  • Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca – They have a vegano pizza on the menu and offer dairy-free cheese alternative, so most of their pizzas can be ordered dairy free.
  • Rio Nectar – They offer dairy-free acai bowls, smoothies, and parfaits. You can also custom order from their salad and sandwich menus.
  • Sugar Daddies Bakery – This is a keto, sugar-free bakery, and they do use quite a bit of dairy. But they have a handful of dairy-free breads and often have a dairy-free meal or two. They also sell select products in stores.
  • The Healthy Rabbit – They have a huge dairy-free drink menu, with smoothies, wellness shots, lattes, kombucha on tap, and local beer and cider. They also have a healthy-sized dessert menu that’s all vegan and gluten-free, and mostly raw. Their savory food menu does contain dairy, but there are plenty of dairy-free dishes and options to fulfill.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Collingwood

  • Bad Vegan ⭐️ – This bakeshop is dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. They make a selection of brownies, cookies, cupcakes, and more.
  • Dog it Poutine – A reader recommended this local spot, and said their gravy is dairy-free and gluten-free. But they actually offer a wide range of toppings, and also have sausages and vegan dogs.
  • Gluten Free Me – This is a gluten-free bakery and shop that does sell some dairy-free options.
  • Press Juice Co. – Their smoothie menu is mostly dairy-free (they do offer whey), and they have a good selection of savory vegan eats, like bowls and sandwiches. They also serve warm drinks like hot cocoa and superfood chai, and make their almond milk in house.
  • Nicky’s Doughnuts & Ice Cream – They have a couple vegan flavors of freshly baked, yeast-rasied doughnuts daily.
  • Press Market ⭐️ – This is an organic plant-based restaurant, cafe, and smoothie bar. Their menu includes healthy breakfasts, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and bowls.
  • Sol Kitchen ⭐️ – They focus on local and organic cuisine, and label their menu for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. They have many dairy-free options, for order or grab-and-go meals, and even offer dariy-free options for paninis and quesadillas.
  • Summit Social House – This is a bike cafe for coffee and drinks that offers vegan grilled cheese on their main menu, and usually has some vegan and gluten-free treats on hand. They also

Concord

  • 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.

Etobicoke

  • 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.

Guelph

  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • Decadently Yours – This is a cupcake shop that offers rotating flavors of vegan and gluten-free cupcakes daily. They also take custom orders for both cakes and cupcakes.
  • Chocolate Favoris – They offer dairy-free soft serve flavors and frozen dessert bars that can be dipped in vegan dark chocolate. They have some other sweet treat options, too.
  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.
  • Newton’s No Gluten ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free bakery with a mostly dairy-free and egg-free menu of items. This includes breads, buns, cupcakes, cookies, fruit pies, dinner pies, muffins, dessert bars, and more.
  • Piatto Pizzeria + Enoteca – They have a vegano pizza on the menu and offer dairy-free cheese alternative, so most of their pizzas can be ordered dairy free.
  • Rio Nectar – They offer dairy-free acai bowls, smoothies, and parfaits. You can also custom order from their salad and sandwich menus.
  • The Conscious Kitchen ⭐️ – They offer a vegan meal delivery service in the regional area. Their menu changes weekly.

Hamilton

  • Chocolat On James – They have some dark chocolate vegan confections, including barks, sponge toffee, peanut butter cups, and oreos.
  • Coven Market ⭐️ – This is a vegan market and bakery with fresh baked breads and desserts daily, a sandwich counter, and a big selection of specialty foods.
  • Crumbled – No crumb is wasted at this bakery. They layer crumbled cake in parfait glasses with frosting. They offer a couple vegan varieties, like snickers and cookies & cream.
  • Darling Donuts – On order, they offer many flavours of vegan or gluten-free and vegan mini donuts.
  • East Hamilton Cheese Company – This is a dairy cheese shop, but they also carry Green Goddess vegan cheeses with a gourmet selection of flavours.
  • French Revolution Bakery – Although they do use dairy in many of their baked goods, they reportedly offer dairy-free pies – sweet and savory – including hand pies. They also bake some dairy-free breads, and often have some premade meal options.
  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.
  • Green Bar ⭐️ – This is a plant based, healthy, quick-service café serving light breakfast, bowls, sandwiches, entrees, desserts, and smoothies. They also serve waffles on the weekends and offer grab-and-go items.
  • Hambrgr – They focus on local, hormone and antibiotic-free meats, and offer a vegan burger and gluten-free / vegan buns as an option. They also have an array of toppings and sauces with many dairy-free choices.
  • Marci’s Bakery ⭐️ – This is a vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free bakery. In fact, everything Marci bakes is free of the top ten food allergens. They offer online ordering and pick up or shipping, and you might see Marci’s goodies at other shops and restaurants in Southern Ontario. They make all types of breads and sweets.
  • Morden’s Organic Farm Store – They are located in the Dundas area, and sell wild and organically raised meats that are free range, nitrate-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free. They also sell local produce and locally made products, like gluten-free, dairy-free granola.
  • Odd Burger ⭐️ – Fast food is the feature at this all-vegan restaurant chain. They serve a “classic” breakfast menu, plus burgers, chickun sandwiches and strips, salads, wraps, and sides (including onion rings!). Their dessert menu boasts soft serve, shakes, cookies, and Nanaimo bars.
  • Planted in Hamilton ⭐️ – Everything is dairy-free at this plant-based, gluten-free, and kosher restaurant & bakery. They offer a full menu of shareables, bowls, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and entrees, and also serve a decadent dessert menu. On the bakery side, you can order from an array of donuts, cookies, brownies, cakes, and cheesecakes.
  • Redchurch Cafe & Gallery – You can choose between almond, coconut, soy, and oatmilk for your latte or hot cocoa (yes, it’s dairy free!). And you can enjoy vegan quick bread or energy balls from their bakery selection. On the savory side, they have vegan soup, and a vegan sandwich on the menu, but many more sandwiches can be ordered without dairy.
  • Soups from Me to You ⭐️ – Their menu is listed by diet type, and they have a section for dairy-free options online. It includes a selection of broths and soups, packaged and ready for pick up, along with various smoked meats. They also list gluten-free, nut-free, and plant-based soups.
  • Sweet Jesus – One of their core flavors is vegan bounty killah – vegan coconut soft serve with shredded toasted coconut, vegan dark chocolate sauce.
  • The Burnt Tongue – They’re most known for their soups, and have a few dairy-free options daily.
  • The Empowered Vegan ⭐️ – This is a plant-based meal deliver service that offers pick up or delivery throughout the region.
  • Trish’s Gluten Free Bakery – Their daily selection includes some dairy-free breads, cookies, turnovers, and a torte. And you can custom order various pastries, cakes, cupcakes, pies, breads, dessert bars, and cookies without dairy, or even vegan.
  • Union Jack Fish & Chips ⭐️ – Both their regular and their gluten-free batters for their fish and chips (they offer haddock, pollock, halibut, and cod) are dairy-free! All gluten-free orders are cooked in a separate, dedicated fryer.

Kanata

  • Chocolate Favoris – They offer dairy-free soft serve flavors and frozen dessert bars that can be dipped in vegan dark chocolate. They have some other sweet treat options, too.

Kingston

  • Pizza Studio – Like many places in New Brunswick, they use “lactose-free” instead of “dairy-free,” which is confusing. But they do offer a vegan, dairy-free cheese alternative, and have a range of sauces, toppings, and crusts to choose from. Ask in store for allergy information.

Kitchener

  • Four All Ice Cream Factory – They offer a couple rotating vegan flavors daily. When we looked, they had a creamy chocolate brownie chunk and roasted strawberry & rhubarb sorbet. They are also able to make vegan ice cream cakes.
  • Ice Cream 2 – They offer dairy-free Dole Whip and typically have a sorbet option, too.
  • Little Mushroom Kitchen(er) – They are open inside Descendants Brewery, and are serving lunch and dinner with some dairy-free and vegan options.
  • Moose Winooski’s – This log cabin restaurant was recommended years ago by reader Claire, “We phoned the manager of our local Moose and were assured that our servers would be happy to help, and that the kitchen staff is trained to make substitutions in the case of allergies.  They were very helpful in making sure that whatever I ordered was dairy-free.” Fast forward ten years, and they now have a complete plant-based menu with dairy-free sheeze quesadillas, garlic “budder” bread, and many vegan “faux meat” options. Additional items on their menu are naturally dairy-free or can be made dairy-free easily.
  • Winnie’s Gluten Free Bakery – They offer a selection of dairy-free items, including some breads, brownies, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, empanadas, frozen meals, and more.

LaSalle

  • Mary’s Mindful BakeHouse ⭐️ – Everything at Mary’s is free of dairy, gluten, grains, legumes, nightshades, refined sugars, and any funny business. They have a storefront, but also take advance orders. Their menu includes everything from pies to bagels to Nanaimo bars. They also make celebration cakes. This spot was also recommended to us by James.

London

  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • Chil Frozen Yogurt Bar – They have a dairy-free almond milk and/or quinoa milk ice cream base with dozens of vegan flavor options, and a good selection of toppings. Beyond ice cream, they offer some vegan desserts, including “cheesecakes” and apple pie.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan cinnamon roll bakery. See our Cinnaholic Post for more details.
  • Odd Burger ⭐️ – Fast food is the feature at this all-vegan restaurant chain. They serve a “classic” breakfast menu, plus burgers, chickun sandwiches and strips, salads, wraps, and sides (including onion rings!). Their dessert menu boasts soft serve, shakes, cookies, and Nanaimo bars.
  • Pizza Studio – Like many places in New Brunswick, they use “lactose-free” instead of “dairy-free,” which is confusing. But they do offer a vegan, dairy-free cheese alternative, and have a range of sauces, toppings, and crusts to choose from. Ask in store for allergy information.
  • Plant Matter Cafe ⭐️ – This hip coffeehouse is open during weekday “business hours,” serving an all-vegan food menu of sandwiches, wraps, salads, bowls, and all-day breakfast. Their drink menu has coffeehouse favorites plus healthy shakes, beer, wine, and cider.
  • 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.

Markham

  • Pizza Studio – Like many places in New Brunswick, they use “lactose-free” instead of “dairy-free,” which is confusing. But they do offer a vegan, dairy-free cheese alternative, and have a range of sauces, toppings, and crusts to choose from. Ask in store for allergy information.

Meaford

  • The Frauxmagerie ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free artisan cheesemaker that crafts aged and fresh frauxmage with a base of cashews. They also sell their products in stores.

Mississauga

  • 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.
  • Bloomer’s ⭐️ – Over the years, donuts have become the focal point at this all-vegan bakery. But they also bake bread, bagels, cookies, pies, cinnamon buns, and more, and take custom cake orders for special occasions. And of course, you can grab a barista beverage to go with your pastry.
  • Dolled Up Cupcakes – This nut-free cupcakery offers vanilla and chocolate dairy-free and gluten-free cupcakes on order (they contain eggs).
  • Eva’s Original Chimneys ⭐️ – Thanks to Lisa for recommending this shop and restaurant for their vegan-heavy menu. Most of their chimney cakes are vegan, they offer several vegan chimney cone options that can be filled with vegan vanilla soft serve and topped with one of their dairy-free house-made sauces. They also have a full menu of vegan burgers, tacos, and some pizzas.
  • Fresh ⭐️ – This vegan restaurant chain is Toronto’s plant-based empire, but they also have a location in Mississauga. Their menu offers a big array of healthy cuisine for lunch and dinner, in the form of bowls, salads, burgers, shareables, and more. They also have a big menu of smoothies and juices, coffee drinks, alcoholic beverages, and desserts.
  • Nourishmoi ⭐️ – This all-vegan restaurant keeps it clean with plant-based salads, sandwiches, bowls, brunch, smoothies, and more. They also shun refined sugars and use whole grains (gluten-free options are available).
  • Raw Aura Organic Cuisine ⭐️ – This vegan, gluten-free, raw food restaurant was recommended to us by Trudy. Their menu is a healthy spin on comfort food favorites, like ravioli, pizza, nachos, and more.
  • Raw Blendz – Thank you to Lisa for this recommendation. This is a mostly dairy-free, heavily plant-based restaurant that serves juices, smoothies, savory bowls, wraps, and salads.
  • Stuffies Pastries – They swirl vegan, soy-based vanilla and matcha soft serve into fish-shaped (taiyaki) gluten-free, vegan waffle cones, which you can garnish with a range of toppings. They offer some vegan and gluten-free savory lunch items, too.
  • Sweet Jesus – One of their core flavors is vegan bounty killah – vegan coconut soft serve with shredded toasted coconut, vegan dark chocolate sauce.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Nepean

  • Chocolate Favoris – They offer dairy-free soft serve flavors and frozen dessert bars that can be dipped in vegan dark chocolate. They have some other sweet treat options, 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.

Niagara Falls

  • Il Gelato di Carlotta – This is more than an ice cream shop. They do offer dairy-free sorbetto in dark chocolate and a few fruit flavors. And they have vegan caramel topping, vegan cones, and vegan gluten-free cones. But they also offer gluten-free and vegan muffins, have a full coffee bar, and freeze house-made frozen vegan gluten-free lasagna for convenience.
  • Sweet Jesus – One of their core flavors is vegan bounty killah – vegan coconut soft serve with shredded toasted coconut, vegan dark chocolate sauce.
  • The Kasbah – This Mediterranean restaurant has a big menu, with quite a few vegan options – including appetizers, pizzas, burgers, and dishes like moussaka. Additional menu items are, or can be ordered dairy-free, and they have many gluten-free options.

Oakville

  • 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.
  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • Boon Burger Cafe ⭐️ – This is a vegan restaurant, serving plant-based alternatives to cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, brats, poutine, pizzas, and more. Most items can be ordered gluten-free, too. They also offer some desserts, like soft serve, cookies, and ice cream sandwiches.
  • Il Fornello – They have a smattering of restaurants in the greater Toronto area, all renowned for wood-fired pizza and fine Italian cuisine. They offer a full vegan menu that varies from location to location, but is quite extensive at all. It includes salads, pastas, pizzas with dairy-free cheeses, and desserts. Many more menu items can be made “just dairy-free,” too.
  • Julia’s Joyful Kitchen ⭐️ – Everything is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free at this healthy bakery. They bake all types of treats, including cookies, brownies, dessert bars, muffins, bagels, breads, cupcakes, and more.
  • Lettuce Love Cafe ⭐️ – This feel good restaurant offers friendly staff and healthy, all vegan and gluten-free cuisine. They serve a popular array of grain bowls for lunch and dinner, but also have a big menu of sandwiches, burgers, salads, sharables, smoothies, and brunch on weekends. And of course, they offer a full coffee bar and a nice array of dairy-free, egg-free desserts.
  • Moo Free Beverages ⭐️ – They make pure dairy-free milks, but also deliver vegan meals, bakery goods, and pantry items in the local area.
  • Nyla’s Room / Bliss Gelato – Not only do they make an assortment of fruit sorbets, they also churn rice milk-based, dairy-free gelato in various flavours, like smoothe chocolate, Jamaican coconut, and chocolate hazelnut.
  • Organic Garage – This is a full-service natural grocery store with many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan products and brands. They offer dairy alternatives, baked goods, frozen food, and more.
  • The Flavour Fox – Their waffle cones are dairy-free and nut-free, and they also have gluten-free sugar cones. They typically offer at least one creamy vegan gelato flavour (oat milk based) and several flavours of vegan sorbet.

Orleans

  • Chocolate Favoris – They offer dairy-free soft serve flavors and frozen dessert bars that can be dipped in vegan dark chocolate. They have some other sweet treat options, too.

Oshawa

  • 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.
  • Pizza Studio – Like many places in New Brunswick, they use “lactose-free” instead of “dairy-free,” which is confusing. But they do offer a vegan, dairy-free cheese alternative, and have a range of sauces, toppings, and crusts to choose from. Ask in store for allergy information.
  • 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.

Ottawa

  • 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.
  • Black Walnut Bakery – At last check, all of their breads and buns were dairy-free (some contain eggs). They also offer a few flavors of dairy-free muffins that rotate into their schedule (check availability), baked gluten-free vegan power bars, churn vegan ice cream made with coconut milk, and make several dairy-free soups (with vegan options).
  • Burrito Sensei – This unique poke bowls spot offers a range of raw, cooked, and vegetarian options, with some naturally dairy-free choices. You can choose a bowl or seaweed-wrapped “burrito.”
  • Chickpeas ⭐️ – They are touted as Ottawa’s first and only vegan hummus and falafel eatery – which is probably true. Their menu centers on hummus plates and falafel pitas, but the also have items like Mediterranean salads.
  • Chris’s Ice Cream – They pack pints for pick up or delivery, and typically have at least one creamy dairy-free flavour, made with coconut milk.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan cinnamon roll bakery. See our Cinnaholic Post for more details.
  • Delightful Tastes – This is a nut-free bakery, but they also offer a selection of vegan cakes. They work on custom order.
  • Holey Confections – Their daily menu includes a selection of yeast-raised vegan donuts. They’re made with cashew milk.
  • Juice Monkey – All of their smoothies, juices, and lattes are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own protein bowls and tacos with dairy-free and vegan options.
  • Little Jo Berry’s ⭐️ – This is a vegan bake shop, cafe, and pantry. They offer a whimsical array of sweet pastries and cakes, offer some savory take-home meals and sides, and have a small market of specialty vegan goods.
  • Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen – They scoop unique vegan flavors like White Chocolate & Strawberry Marble, Dalgona & Coffee, Black Sesame, and “Honey” & Rhubarb, but usually have a classic like Chocolate, too. You can also buy chocolate-dipped vegan ice cream pops.
  • Oat Couture ⭐️ – Yes, there really is an oatmeal cafe. They use only organic, gluten-free oats, and their menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options.  They have sweet bowls, savoury bowls, overnight oats, baked oats, oat smoothies,  granola, and of course, oat milk for your latte (almond and soy milks are available too).
  • Paradise Poke – Get your Hawaiian fix at this poke shop. Most of their options are naturally dairy-free, including their sauces. They also label vegan options, and have salmon, tuna, shrimp, grilled chicken, organic tofu, and organic beets as protein options to suit a range of diets.
  • Pi Rho True Food Grill – This is a build your own bowl place with a Mediterranean spin. They have an allergen guide to make ordering easy, and offer a range of dairy-free options for making your own salad or grain bowl. Note that their pita does contain milk. At last check, they had many topping options, and all of their proteins were dairy-free, with some vegan and gluten-free options.
  • Pure Kitchen – Their vegetarian menu is plant forward, and has vegan options for pretty much everything. They serve appetizers, hot and cold bowls, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts. Enjoy options like poutine with cashew cheese and salads with coconut bacon and seed parmesan. Their menu also includes many gluten-free options.
  • Strawberry Blonde Bakery ⭐️ – Everything is vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free (they do use coconut) at this local bake shop. They offer a generous menu of breakfast pastries, savory breads and meals, and desserts. They also have a full coffee bar and take custom cake orders.
  • The Carp Custom Creamery – Their scoop menu usually has at least one creamy vegan flavor, and they pack additional flavors into pints for purchase. The flavors include fruity sorbets and classics like vanilla, chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter.
  • The Joy of Gluten Free ⭐️ – Most of their breads are dairy-free and they make several dairy-free sweet treats, like carrot cake, various pies, cookies, and dessert bars. They also make some savory dairy-free pot pies.
  • The Merry Dairy – Despite their name, this ice cream shop does have dairy-free options. They typically have a couple vegan flavors daily, like peach bellini sorbet, chocolate, and creamy mint chip. They can also make dairy-free and vegan ice cream cakes.
  • The Table Vegetarian Restaurant – Their menu is clearly labeled with vegan and gluten-free options, and most items are vegan. They offer kebabs, wraps, fritters, tacos, and more.
  • Thimblecakes ⭐️ – This pretty little shop specializes in vegan cupcakes, cakes, and a petite selection of other pastries. They also bake custom cakes and make gorgeous wedding cakes, and have gluten-free options available.
  • Trillium Bakery – This cozy bake shop offers a selection of vegan goodies, including muffins and cookies. They have some additional breads, baked power bars, sweet pies, and dinner pies that are also dairy free.
  • Voila Gluten Free Bakeree – They offer vegan breads and chocolate cake, but have many more items that are dairy-free or can be custom ordered.
  • Zak’s Diner – They have vegan shakes in several flavors, each made with a frozen banana base. They also offer dairy-free cheese, so select menu items can be ordered without dairy. At last check, their buns weren’t dairy-free, but you could get a lettuce wrap.

Richmond Hill

  • Il Fornello – They have a smattering of restaurants in the greater Toronto area, all renowned for wood-fired pizza and fine Italian cuisine. They offer a full vegan menu that varies from location to location, but is quite extensive at all. It includes salads, pastas, pizzas with dairy-free cheeses, and desserts. Many more menu items can be made “just dairy-free,” too.

Sudbury

  • Beards Coffee Bar & Bakery ⭐️ – Thank you to Melissa for recommending Beards Coffee Bar & Bakery to us via Facebook. It appears to be a completely vegan shop! She says she loves their donuts, which they do on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They also rotate croissants, cupcakes, tarts, and cinnamon buns, and bake custom order cakes. We’ve been told gluten-free options are also available.
  • Flurples ⭐️ – This tiny little vegan ice cream shop is really a walk-up window open seasonally (from late spring to early fall). They have dairy-free soft serve, double scoop cones, sundaes, floats, and shakes, and have a rather selection of sweet toppings.
  • Tucos Taco Lounge ⭐️ – Thanks again to Melissa! She recommended this all-vegan restaurant and seasonal food truck serving “authentic Mexican cuisine.” Melissa likes the torta best, but she also said the nachos are “out of this world.” They use Daiya for the cheese alternative, and feature all types of vegan proteins, including tempeh and soy chorizo. Their menu is clearly labeled for gluten, too. They are open for lunch and dinner (limited days), and in the warm months, they have outdoor seating available to enjoy a cerveza or margarita al fresco.

St. Catharines

  • Beechwood Doughnuts ⭐️ – Forget Tim Horton’s, this local vegan bakery handmakes an array of classic and creative donuts daily.
  • Hambrgr – They focus on local, hormone and antibiotic-free meats, and offer a vegan burger and gluten-free / vegan buns as an option. They also have an array of toppings and sauces with many dairy-free choices.
  • Union Jack Fish & Chips ⭐️ – Both their regular and their gluten-free batters for their fish and chips (they offer haddock, pollock, halibut, and cod) are dairy-free! All gluten-free orders are cooked in a separate, dedicated fryer.

Stoney Creek

  • Truffles & Gelato / Bliss Gelato – Not only do they make an assortment of fruit sorbets, they also churn rice milk-based, dairy-free gelato in various flavours, like smoothe chocolate, Jamaican coconut, and chocolate hazelnut.
  • Union Jack Fish & Chips ⭐️ – Both their regular and their gluten-free batters for their fish and chips (they offer haddock, pollock, halibut, and cod) are dairy-free! All gluten-free orders are cooked in a separate, dedicated fryer.

Sturgeon Falls

  • Chez Jean-Marc Bakery – This is a 100% gluten-free boulangerie that typically offers a big selection of dairy-free baked goodies, too.

Tecumseh

  • Carrots N’ Dates – This full service restaurant and bake shoppe focuses on whole foods, and offers a heavily vegan menu. They serve brunch, lunch, and dinner, with a great selection of vegan pancakes, toasts, bowls, and more. Their vegan desserts include raw cakes, dessert bars, cookies, and more. They do seem to lump dairy and eggs together with their menu labels, so you have to ask on some items if just dairy free.
  • Slinky’s Ice Cream – They have two flavors of dairy-free Dole Whip daily (the options rotate), and they pack them into grab-and-go pints – so there are often more flavors available.

Thornbury

  • Pom Pom ⭐️ – This small-batch, plant-based ice cream company runs a seasonal scoop shop. Their flavors rotate, but always include a good selection of classics and creative flavors.

Toronto

  • Aish Tanoor ⭐️ – This Middle Eastern restaurant is a kosher meat establishment, so there should be no dairy on the premises. They offer a big menu of sandwiches, salads, schnitzel, and more.
  • Almond Butterfly ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free bistro and bake shop that’s extremely special diet friendly. Most of their brunch, lunch, and dinner menus can be ordered dairy-free, and they have many vegan options. And at last check, all of their baked goodies were dairy-free – including cupcakes, cookies, muffins, cinnamon buns, and more. Their bakery includes vegan options, too.
  • Ba-Li Laffa ⭐️ – This is a kosher glatt restaurant, so their entire menu is dairy-free. They serve a Mediterranean menu with a big array of starters, salads, sandwiches, and other entrees.
  • Bang Bang Ice Cream & Bakery – They offer a few flavors of vegan ice cream daily, typically a sorbet and a couple creamy flavors made with coconut milk. They also bake a couple vegan and gluten-free cookie varieties for making ice cream sandwiches.
  • Bar Vegandale ⭐️ – Their food is by Doomies, and the menu is all vegan. It includes many dishes that definitely don’t sound vegan, like fried shrimp, animal-style mac, and peanut butter bacon cheeseburgers. They also serve cookies, fried oreos with ice cream, and shakes for dessert.
  • 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.
  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • Bindia Indian Bistro – Free from icons can be found on their menu for top allergens, gluten, and vegan diets. Their dairy-free items include some appetizers and a large selection of main dishes.
  • Bistro Grande ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan guests. Their dairy-free options are plentiful, with some starters, salads, paninis, pastas, and fish and chips on their main menu. They also serve a couple dairy-free brunch options, but their dessert menu is off limits for dairy-free guests.
  • Bloomer’s ⭐️ – Over the years, donuts have become the focal point at this all-vegan bakery. But they also bake bread, bagels, cookies, pies, cinnamon buns, and more, and take custom cake orders for special occasions. And of course, you can grab a barista beverage to go with your pastry. They have two locations in Toronto.
  • Bloom Sushi ⭐️ – You won’t find any fish at this vegan sushi chain. Their petite menu includes a selection of maki, and starters like miso soup and gyoza.
  • Booyah – They offer a menu of vegan cashew-based ice cream flavors, along with a couple of sorbets. They also offer vegan cookies for ice cream sandwiches.
  • Bunner’s Bakeshop ⭐️ – Cupcakes, cheesecakes, cinnamon buns, breads, pot pies … you can fulfill nearly every baked craving at this popular vegan and gluten-free bakery. And you won’t feel like you are missing out. They were once voted the best bakery in Toronto.
  • Churnt Up – Their flavors rotate weekly, but they usually have at least one dairy-free option. When we looked, it was double chocolate.
  • Cinnaholic ⭐️ – This is an all-vegan cinnamon roll bakery. See our Cinnaholic Post for more details.
  • Cock-A-Doodle-Doo Gluten-Free Bakeshop ⭐️ – Their entire bakery is dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and corn-free, and they have many egg-free and vegan options. They bake all types of cookies, dessert bars, muffins, cakes, pies, and more.
  • Coco Market – They scoop “better-for-you” vegan gelato and offer a big selection of dairy-free snacks and pantry supplies, along with vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options.
  • Delight Organic Fair Trade Chocolate ⭐️ – They offer a few dairy-free chocolates churn a selection of dairy-free ice creams, with flavors like chocolate peanut butter chip, vanilla coconut, wild blueberry, and mocha latte. They offer scoops seasonally, and also pack the flavors into pints. They also make vegan, gluten-free coconut cones.
  • Dr. Laffa – This local Mediterranean chain isn’t dairy-free, but they do offer a good dairy-free selection of menu items, and even some options from their bakery.
  • Easy Restaurant – This retro diner serves all-day breakfast and lunch with classic American and some Mexican-inspired dishes. They offer dairy-free and vegan quesadillas using Wandering Deli mozza, dairy-free smoothies, and are friendly to dairy-free and gluten-free guests with custom orders.
  • Electric Love Bakeshop ⭐️ – This is a kosher pareve bakery, so everything is dairy-free. They offer an array of cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies, challah, and more. They also have vegan and gluten-free options.
  • Eva’s Original Chimneys ⭐️ – Thanks to Lisa for recommending this shop and restaurant for their vegan-heavy menu. Most of their chimney cakes are vegan, they offer several vegan chimney cone options that can be filled with vegan vanilla soft serve and topped with one of their dairy-free house-made sauces. They also have a full menu of vegan burgers, tacos, and some pizzas.
  • Famoso – This is a small Canadian pizza chain that 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.
  • Farmr – This is a local meal delivery service that brings fully cooked entrees in zip-top pouches. They offer a quick diet search, and have many dairy-free dishes available. They also have gluten-free and vegan options available.
  • Fearless Meat – You can order a dairy-free burger or a vegan burger at this fast food spot. They also swirl dairy-free Dole Whip soft serve.
  • Fit Organix ⭐️ – This is a meal delivery service offering a vegan meal plan and a “regular” meal plan that contains meat and eggs, but is still free from gluten, dairy, corn, soy, shellfish, pork and peanuts.
  • Flock Rotisserie – They use special diet icons, like dairy-free and gluten-free. They do have some dairy-free items as is, like their chicken and a couple sides. But you can also custom order a few of their boxes without dairy.
  • Fresh ⭐️ – This vegan restaurant chain is Toronto’s plant-based empire. They have multiple locations around the city, a smattering in other Ontario cities, and even a presence in the U.S. Their menu offers a big array of healthy cuisine for lunch and dinner, in the form of bowls, salads, burgers, shareables, and more. They also have a big menu of smoothies and juices, coffee drinks, alcoholic beverages, and desserts.
  • Gemaro Bakery ⭐️ – This is a dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free shop that offers an array of breads, frozen meals to go, sweet baked goods, and even gelato. They offer dishes like lasagna, pot pies, spanakopita, pizzas, and more, for you to heat and eat.
  • Gia – This “plant forward” Italian restaurant is mostly dairy-free and vegan. Their elevated menus include a selection of small plates in addition to some unique mains, like spaghetti funghi with truffle butter and cashew ricotta and risotto Milanese with saffron and anise.
  • Goodbye Gluten ⭐️ – This bakery, kitchen, and grocery store is strictly gluten-free, and everything they make in house is nut-free, too. All of their baked goods are also dairy-free (with many vegan options), and their grab and go, freshly prepared meals are labeled with dairy-free and vegan choices. Paleo and keto customers will also find some items to choose from.
  • Good Rebel Vegan Provisions ⭐️ – This isn’t a big store, but they pack a mighty selection of dairy-free items, including various dairy alternatives, with various pantry, refrigerated, and frozen products.
  • Grandmama’s Waffles – Their menu includes a few flavors of vegan and gluten-free coconut cream waffles. You can also order vegan waffle sandwiches with their vegan soft serve or house coconut milk ice cream.
  • Harlem Bodega ⭐️ – Their meaty and cheesy all-vegan menu focuses on casual Puerto Rican food, like pastelillos,
  • Hello123 ⭐️ – If you’re in the West Queen West neighborhood, then you might want to pop into this completely vegan restaurant and bar. They boast eclectic comfort food menus for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in a modern but cozy atmosphere. They also have a decadent dessert menu (including dairy-free cheesecakes!) and a big drink menu o house cocktails, vegan wines, draught beer and cider, kombucha, fresh-squeezed juices, superfood coffee lattes, and more.
  • Hielito Bits – This is a paleta – or Mexican popsicle – shop, with a big selection of dairy-free flavors. The flavors include options like pina colada, mango chile, and lime.
  • Honey Bee Meals ⭐️ – This meal delivery service is exclusively gluten, nut, soy, dairy and refined sugar free, and they have vegan options. You can order individual meals or meal plans.
  • Howie T’s Burger Bar ⭐️ – This kosher glatt burger joint is dairy-free, right down to the pareve cheese on some of their burgers. They also serve chicken sandwiches, chicken fingers, franks, and fries.
  • Hype Food Co. ⭐️ – This bakery is free from gluten and the “priority” allergens, which includes dairy, eggs, nuts, peanuts, soy, sesame, and more (in Canada). They offer an array of vegan cupcakes and cookies daily, and also have a few flavors of dairy-free Dole Whip ready to swirl. And they do take custom cake and cupcake orders.
  • Il Fornello – They have a smattering of restaurants in the greater Toronto area, all renowned for wood-fired pizza and fine Italian cuisine. They offer a full vegan menu that varies from location to location, but is quite extensive at all. It includes salads, pastas, pizzas with dairy-free cheeses, and desserts. Many more menu items can be made “just dairy-free,” too.
  • Impact Kitchen ⭐️ – This is a gluten-free eatery with dairy-free, vegan, and paleo options – but please note that some of their paleo items contain butter (as noted). For dairy-free guests, they have toasts, some brunch items, a big selection of bowls, soups and stews, and several baked goodies. They also sell grab-and-go chia pudding, collagen pudding, pickled items, soups, and more.
  • 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.
  • Karine’s ⭐️ – Breakfast all day, sandwiches, and Middle Eastern sides are specialties at this counter-serve spot. They offer a full vegan menu and many gluten-free options. But the real treat is the array of vegan and gluten-free goodies baked fresh daily on the premises. They are all dairy free, wheat free, and egg-free, and often made with local and organic ingredients.
  • Kensington Natural Bakery ⭐️ – This is a vegan bakery that also offers juices and pre-made meals to go. Their bakery menu includes croissants, cookies, pies, danishes, cakes, and much more. They also have gluten-free options.
  • Kupfert & Kim ⭐️ – This is a “wheatless and meatless” plant-based cafe with locations around the city. They offer brunch and lunch, and dinner, depending on the location. Their menu includes an array of toasts, bowls, waffles, smoothies, smoothie bowls, coffee and tea drinks, and sweet treats.
  • Lady Marmalade – Thanks to Chantele for recommending this breakfast and lunch spot. “Great menu! It has a ton of vegan options and vegetarian options. Plus, they will substitute ANYTHING, even during busy hours.” They also have gluten-ree options available.
  • Lebanese Garden ⭐️ – Their menu is labeled with dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan icons, and almost everything is dairy-free, including the desserts!
  • Leo and Co. Bakery ⭐️ – Their baked goods are always free from gluten, grains, dairy, refined-sugar, peanuts, legumes, and soy. All of their treats are paleo-friendly, and they offer options for vegan, keto, and AIP guests. Their menu includes cookies, donuts, poptarts, cakes, and more.
  • Loaded Pierogi – Their menu is dairy loaded, but the pierogis themselves are dairy-free, so you can custom order your toppings.
  • Lollicakes ⭐️ – This certified kosher bakery is peanut and tree nut-free and offers a big selection of dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan cakes, cupcakes, and other pastries.
  • LOV ⭐️ – This pretty cafe chain offers a fresh all-vegan menu. It includes a diverse array of starters and entrees, ranging from mushroom risotto with cashew cream to king fu burgers with miso coleslaw.
  • Machino Donuts ⭐️  – This is a strictly vegan donut shop. They have several flavors of classic, filled, and specialty donuts daily.
  • Magic Oven – They offer prepared meals for pick-up, delivery, and at local farmer’s markets. Their menus boast fresh ingredients and include many dairy-free, vegan, plant-based, and gluten-free options.
  • Marron Bistro ⭐️ – This is a fine dining, kosher meat, dairy-free restaurant. Their menu includes a selection of unique appetizers and flavorful beef, chicken, lamb, and seafood centered mains.
  • M!LK Vegan Gelato ⭐️ – Their scoops are made with a base of oat and coconut milks, and come in a range of rotating flavors. They offer more than a dozen flavors daily, with a mix of classic, refreshing, and uniquely indulgent options. It’s located next to the vegan Pizzeria Du, so you can enjoy a cone after you have a slice!
  • North of Bombay ⭐️ – They label their menu for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan customers at this Indian restaurant, and close to half of their dishes are dairy free.
  • Odd Burger ⭐️ – Fast food is the feature at this all-vegan restaurant chain. They serve a “classic” breakfast menu, plus burgers, chickun sandwiches and strips, salads, wraps, and sides (including onion rings!). Their dessert menu boasts soft serve, shakes, cookies, and Nanaimo bars.
  • Off the Hook – They reportedly offer a range of dairy-free, gluten-free fish and chips (to order) and have many vegan items on their menu, including “fish” and chips, burritos, and poutine.
  • On Third Thought ⭐️ – This all-vegan gelato and wine shop serves 8 to 13 vegan gelato flavors daily, with options ranging from innocent Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Peanot Butter (made with Sunbutter) to indulgent Sangria and Pina Colada. They also sell vegan wines by the bottle (yes, wine can contain dairy!).
  • Organic Garage – This is a full-service natural grocery store with many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan products and brands. They offer dairy alternatives, baked goods, frozen food, and more.
  • Nanashake ⭐️ – Everything at this cool vegan nice cream shop is dairy-free, including sundaes, shakes, freezer pops, and nanacakes. Many gluten-free topping options are also available.
  • Nani’s Gelato – They typically offer a dairy-free sorbetto and a creamy dairy-free coconut milk-based gelato among their flavors.
  • PAI – The chefs at this Thai restaurant note note which items contain dairy, or other top allergens, on the menu. As you might expect, most items are dairy-free, and they even have a couple dessert options. They also note which items can be ordered gluten-free and have a separate vegan menu.
  • Pizza Studio – Like many places in New Brunswick, they use “lactose-free” instead of “dairy-free,” which is confusing. But they do offer a vegan, dairy-free cheese alternative, and have a range of sauces, toppings, and crusts to choose from. Ask in store for allergy information.
  • Pizzeria Du ⭐️ – Their all-vegan pizza menu includes a selection of classic and gourmet toppings. They also make their own dairy-free cheeses and ranch dressing.
  • Planta ⭐️ – Despite the meaty names on the menu, everything at this Toronto restaurant chain is plant-based, dairy-free, and vegan. They bridge gourmet and casual in their unique restaurants across town, including Planta Yorkville, Queen, Cocina, and Burger.
  • Prime on Avenue ⭐️ – This fine dining steakhouse is a glatt kosher restaurant, so their menu is dairy-free. It includes a big range of meat and seafood entrees.
  • Sheli’s Burgers and Fried Chicken ⭐️ – Believe it or not, this comfort food restaurant is kosher and dairy free. They serve burgers, with or without dairy-free cheese, chicken sandwiches, tacos, fries, onion rings, and of course, fried chicken pieces, wings, and tenders. They also have classic dairy-free ice cream and shakes for dessert.
  • Soma Chocolatemaker – At each of their locations, they offer a selection of dairy-free chocolate bars and confections.
  • Stuffies Pastries – They swirl vegan, soy-based vanilla and matcha soft serve into fish-shaped (taiyaki) gluten-free, vegan waffle cones, which you can garnish with a range of toppings. They offer some vegan and gluten-free savory lunch items, too.
  • Sweet Jesus – One of their core flavors is vegan bounty killah – vegan coconut soft serve with shredded toasted coconut, vegan dark chocolate sauce.
  • Sweets from the Earth ⭐️ – This vegan bakery actually keeps two separate baking facilities one that is nut-free and one that is gluten-free. Their goodies include cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, cookie dough, and more. They mostly package their goodies and sell them online and in stores, but also have a bakery outlet, where you can walk in and shop.
  • The Belgian Chocolate Shop – They aren’t a dairy-free establishment, but do offer a good size selection of dairy-free chocolates, along with custom order packages and seasonal treats.
  • The Bread Essentials – This bakery is certified gluten-free and they’re also nut-free. They have many dairy-free options, though they aren’t clearly labeled – just ask. This includes breads, pastries, and some vegan items.
  • The Chicken Nest ⭐️ – This is a glatt kosher restaurant, so their entire menu is dairy free. They serve a huge eclectic menu with Asian, Middle Eastern, and American fare.
  • The Paleo Palate Cafe – Unfortunately, they use ghee in most of their baked goods. But they do offer a vegan focaccia and a few vegan chocolate treats on their menu, which are made without dairy.
  • The Simple Kitchen ⭐️ – Their menu is mostly dairy-free and gluten-free, with many options for paleo and keto customers. They serve waffles and toasts for all day breakfast, grain-free baked goodies, lattes, smoothies, superfood bowls, and other items on special, like paninis with cashew cheese. They also sell a range of special diet-friendly pantry items.
  • Three Sisters Cafe – Their daily menu caters to special diet customers, and includes a full vegan menu with cashew quiches, samosas, oatmeal, smoothies, and all types of pastries. They also have gluten-free and keto options, and have some additional dairy-free items beyond the vegan menu.
  • Tori’s Bakeshop ⭐️ – They opened in 2012 as Toronto’s first plant-based cafe. Their menu includes various pastries and cakes, and they do have gluten-free options.
  • Touti Cafe – Only the sorbetto is dairy-free at this gelato shop, but they always have several flavors to choose from.
  • Umami Sushi ⭐️ – Sure, there are a lot of dairy-free options at sushi restaurants, but not many are completely dairy-free, like this one. Their menu includes a big selection of sushi, build-your-own poke bowls, and noodle dishes, for guests who prefer cooked items.
  • Vegan Danish Bakery ⭐️ – This pretty shop offers a range of vegan pastries daily, along with coffee, tea, a full ice cream sundae menu, and sandwiches for lunch. They also bake custom order cakes and cheesecakes.
  • Wandering Deli ⭐️ – This is an artisan dairy-free cheese shop. They offer an array of havartis, mozzas, and more.
  • Whisked Gluten-Free Bakery ⭐️ – Everything they bake is free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. They also offer a good dairy-free selection, with breads, muffins, cinnamon buns, cookies, cakes, and more. Egg-free and vegan options are also available.
  • XO Gelato – They offer a big selection of dairy-free sorbets daily, including several fruit varieties and often chocolate.
  • Zoup – See our Zoup Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.

Vaughan

  • Chocolate Favoris – They offer dairy-free soft serve flavors and frozen dessert bars that can be dipped in vegan dark chocolate. They have some other sweet treat options, too.
  • Il Gelato di Carlotta – This is more than an ice cream shop. They do offer dairy-free sorbetto in dark chocolate and a few fruit flavors. And they have vegan caramel topping, vegan cones, and vegan gluten-free cones. But they also offer gluten-free and vegan muffins, have a full coffee bar, and freeze house-made frozen vegan gluten-free lasagna for convenience.
  • Odd Burger ⭐️ – Fast food is the feature at this all-vegan restaurant chain. They serve a “classic” breakfast menu, plus burgers, chickun sandwiches and strips, salads, wraps, and sides (including onion rings!). Their dessert menu boasts soft serve, shakes, cookies, and Nanaimo bars.
  • OraCakes⭐️  This shop makes raw, vegan, gluten free, and soy free cheesecakes with whole foods. They’re sold as single-serves (muffin cup sizes) in a range of flavors. They don’t have a storefront, but offer order and pick up.
  • Organic Garage – This is a full-service natural grocery store with many dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan products and brands. They offer dairy alternatives, baked goods, frozen food, and more.
  • Stuffies Pastries – They swirl vegan, soy-based vanilla and matcha soft serve into fish-shaped (taiyaki) gluten-free, vegan waffle cones, which you can garnish with a range of toppings. They offer some vegan and gluten-free savory lunch items, too.

Waterdown

  • Bliss Kitchen ⭐️ – Everything they make is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and corn-free. Their menu centers on healthy bowls, tacos, burgers, and loaded fries. But they also offer smoothies, smoothie bowls, coffee drinks, and desserts.
  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.

Waterloo

  • Beertown – They have a very impressive “plant-based” vegan menu, with many burgers, bowls, and shareables – like nachos and truffle fries with “varmesan.” Many more menu items can be ordered dairy free, and they have gluten-friendly options.
  • CE Food Experience ⭐️ – This artisan bakery is very friendly to special diets. They clearly label dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, and vegan baked goods, and have many options for everyone. In fact, most of their menu is dairy-free, and a good portion is vegan and/or gluten-free. They offer breads, all types of sweets, and some savory dishes, like pot pies.
  • Famoso – This is a small Canadian pizza chain that 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.
  • Four All Ice Cream – They offer a couple rotating vegan flavors daily. When we looked, they had a creamy chocolate brownie chunk and roasted strawberry & rhubarb sorbet. They are also able to make vegan ice cream cakes.
  • Goodness Me! – This is a local, full-service, natural grocery store that also has a big supplement section. They offer many dairy alternative products and also have a plethora of other dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods available.
  • Odd Burger ⭐️ – Fast food is the feature at this all-vegan restaurant chain. They serve a “classic” breakfast menu, plus burgers, chickun sandwiches and strips, salads, wraps, and sides (including onion rings!). Their dessert menu boasts soft serve, shakes, cookies, and Nanaimo bars.

Windsor

  • Forgot the Flour – They don’t have a storefront, but they offer order and pick up. Everything is gluten-free and they have quite a few dairy-free options, plus a whole menu of vegan sweets – including cheesecake!
  • Healthy Creations – Though they don’t label for it, this gluten-free bakery offers many dairy-free products. Most of their breads and buns are dairy-free, and they have some dairy-free scones, cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, sweet loaves, cookies, biscotti, and more. Many of their items do use eggs, but they offer vegan options in just about every baked good category.
  • Healthy Mama ⭐️ – This is a vegan whole food restaurant with many raw options. Their menu is filled with nutritious burgers, bowls, mac and cheeses, smoothies, lattes, and desserts.
  • Odd Burger ⭐️ – Fast food is the feature at this all-vegan restaurant chain. They serve a “classic” breakfast menu, plus burgers, chickun sandwiches and strips, salads, wraps, and sides (including onion rings!). Their dessert menu boasts soft serve, shakes, cookies, and Nanaimo bars.
  • Plant Joy ⭐️ – This all vegan donut shop offers a daily array of decadent flavours, and even more that you can order ahead for pick up.
  • Taloola Cafe – Their smoothie menu is surprisingly dairy-heavy, but they have some savory dairy-free and vegan options on their breakfast and lunch menu.
  • The Vegan Gardiners ⭐️ – This is Windsor’s first plant-based deli. They make their own artisanal vegan cheeses, meats, and mylks.

Woodstock

  • Plant Inspired Kitchen ⭐️ – This is a vegan meal delivery service with menus that change weekly. They offer delivery in Woodstock, Innerkip, and Ingersoll. They also bake desserts, which are sold locally.

Dairy-Free Ontario: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free options Photo from Oat Couture in Ottawa

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Ontario

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Panago Pizza – See our Panago Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pizzaiolo – You’ll only find this pizza chain in Ontario, but they have a lot of them! And you won’t want to miss their vegan menu. It includes some unique plant-based creations, some made with dairy-free cheese and some made cheese-free. You can also build-your-own dairy-free pizza, and even get a dairy-free and gluten-free pizza crust (contains eggs). This is a 100% nut-free restaurant chain, too.
  • Pizza Nova – It has Italian roots, but this pizza chain is firmly planted in the greater Toronto area with about 140 locations. They have a plant-based pepperoni menu, and offer Daiya dairy-free cheese as an option for all of their pizzas and panzerottis (like calzones). Their classic pizza dough and sauce and gluten-free dough is dairy-free and vegan. They also have a very detailed allergen chart available.
  • Pizza Pizza – See our Pizza Pizza Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • Pizzaville – All of their crusts (including gluten-free) and their classic pizza sauce are dairy-free, and they offer a dairy-free mozzarella cheese for pizzas. They have some additional dairy-free menu items, which you can discover with their detailed allergen chart.
  • 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.
  • Swiss Chalet – See our Swiss Chalet Dairy-Free Menu Guide for full details.
  • 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.
  • The Works Craft Burgers & Beer – This Ontario chain offers a detailed allergen menu that makes custom ordering easy. At last check, all of their buns are dairy-free, including a gluten-free and a vegan option. All patties are also dairy-free, except for the cheese-stuffed one. And they offer a good selection of dairy-free sauces, classic toppings (you do have to ask on these), and sides.

Dairy-Free Ontario: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Union Jack Fish & Chips in Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, and Stoney Creek

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Ontario

These dairy-free friendly companies don’t have their own retail location, but are in Ontario. 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!

  • Chocosol – This is a completely vegan, bean-to-bar chocolatier. They offer a range of chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, and more.
  • Culcherd – They make a unique range of dairy-free, plant-based butters and cheese alternatives.
  • Eastend Vegan – Their dairy-free nut cheezes are packaged in jars, and are sold in a selection of flavors.
  • Gay Lea Foods – Though owned by a dairy company, they make a popular dairy-free coconut spray whip that’s sold refrigerated.
  • NAGI – This is the polish word for “naked” and the name of an Ontario-based vegan snack bar company.
  • Pasta Tavola – They make dairy-free pasta sauces and they also make both dairy-filled and plant-based raviolis. Be sure to pick up the plant-based / dairy-free ones if looking.
  • Sweets from the Earth – This vegan bakery actually keeps two separate baking facilities one that is nut-free and one that is gluten-free. Their goodies include cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, cookie dough, and more.
  • Two Bears – This dairy-free, gluten-free oat milk company also makes canned lattes for grab and go.
  • Vegan Stokes Cheese – They make a selection of dairy-free hard cheeses and cheese spreads, which you can buy online or at local specialty shops.
  • VegCheese – Want to make poutine at home? This artisanal dairy-free cheese company makes vegan cheese curds. They also make some other soy-based cheeses.
  • Yellofruit – They use bananas for the base of their dairy-free frozen dessert pints. They do ship nationwide, but you’ll find them more easily in Ontario.
  • Yoso – This dairy-free yogurt company started with soy-based products. But now they have soy, oat, coconut, and almond/cashew yogurts.

Dairy-Free Ontario: Recommended Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Vegan Stokes Cheese

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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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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