Prince Edward Island: Steadily Growing with Dairy-Free Options

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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 on Prince Edward Island 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 Prince Edward Island: Best Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Nimrod’s in Stratford

Dairy-Free Prince Edward Island: Best 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.)

Cavendish

  • Doughnuts By Design – They offer vegan and gluten-free cupcakes daily, and every Saturday, they make a few flavors of vegan and gluten-free donut balls. They’re located in Avonlea Village.
  • 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.

Charlottetown

  • 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. This shop is open seasonally.
  • Breadworks Bakery – They focus on organic rustic breads, and have a broad selection. At last check, all of their breads were dairy-free and egg-free, and most were vegan-friendly (a few contain honey).
  • Cedar’s Eatery – This Lebanese restaurant offers the usual vegan options on their menu – hoummous, tabouli, and falafel. But they offer additional dairy-free meat items.
  • Doughnuts By Design – They offer vegan and gluten-free cupcakes daily, and every Saturday, they make a few flavors of vegan and gluten-free donut balls. They’re located in the Founder’s Food Hall.
  • Famous Peppers – This pizza spot offers their own house cashew cheese alternative, has a vegan pizza on the menu (plus some vegetarian ones that can be ordered vegan), and most of their pizzas can be custom ordered dairy free. They also make grilled sandwiches.
  • Farmacy+Fermentary – This kombuchary (is that a word?) is run by Heart Beet Organics farm. They have several of their house kombuchas on tap, sell many local foods, and they serve healthy bowls and sandwiches. Most of their menu is, or can be made dairy-free with Fauxmage cashew cheese.
  • Fiamma Pizza – They partnered with their neighbor in Founders Food Hall, Stir It Up, to create a vegan pizza for their menu, including vegan crumbles and cashew cheese sauce. They also offer vegan garlic fingers, and most of their pizzas can be ordered dairy free. This is a Famous Peppers restaurant.
  • Gahan House – We’re not sure if they will continue to update their dairy-free menu, but this pub is known for great dairy-free options. At last check, they had burgers, fish and chips, and several other seafood dishes, but of course, check on their latest options. They also have many options for gluten-free guests.
  • Gaia’s Urban Eatery – Most of the menu at this healthy vegetarian restaurant is, or can be ordered vegan. They serve a big menu of hot bowls, flatbreads, burgers, and various other dishes – including dessert.
  • Goji’s Neighborhood Treatery – This is an ice cream and froyo shop with rotating options for dairy-free soft serve. They have creamy flavors made with almond milk or coconut milk, and offer dairy-free Dole Whip flavors.
  • Hopyard – Their small plates menu includes a few unique vegan options, a few more that can be ordered dairy-free, and at last check, they had vegan, gluten-free chocolate cake, for dessert.
  • Kent Street Market – Their inventory focuses on local goods and foods, but they also have quite a big range of dairy alternatives and plant-based products from all around.
  • Lai Thai – According to this Thai restaurant, “The only menu item containing dairy products is our thai milk tea drink. Everything else in the menu is dairy-free.” They offer a full menu of noodles, soups, curries, and stir fries.
  • Leezen – This is a vegetarian shop that imports foods from Taiwan, but also carries some North American brands. They offer a big and unique selection of vegan items.
  • Lil’ Darlings, Plant Deli ⭐️ – Located in the Founder’s Food Hall, this is PEI’s first vegan deli. They serve bowls, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and soups, and use dairy-free cheeses and cashew sour cream. They also package and sell their house meat alternatives.
  • MacroMom ⭐️ – The former owner of a vegan restaurant opened this macrobiotic spot at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market Co-op. They make various foods to go and meals, and everything is reportedly dairy-free and vegan.
  • NON LA – Most of the menu at this vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant is dairy-free, or can be ordered dairy-free, and much of it is vegan friendly. Their menu focuses on banh mi, soups, and spring rolls, but they also offer nut pate, coffee drinks with almond or oat milk, bubble tea, and some dairy-free smoothies (several of their smoothies do contain Greek yogurt).
  • 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.
  • Pita Pit – See our Dairy-Free Pita Pit Menu Guide for full details.
  • Rawsome Juice Bar ⭐️ – Their dairy-free, plant-based menu is simple, with an array of juices, mylks, cleanses, and healthy smoothies. They also sell their juices at the farmer’s market and several coffee shops on the island.
  • Receiver Coffee Company – Their menu is filled with vegan options for breakfast and lunch, and a few additional items can be ordered without dairy. They also typically have some vegan baked goods and snacks, and milk beverages for your coffee drink. Menus and options vary slightly by location, and gluten-free options are also available.
  • Simply for Life – This local nutrition shop carries a range of special diet foods. Their pre-made meals focus on keto, and are not dairy-free friendly, but they have many dairy-free packaged products.
  • Splendid Essence – The menu is vegetarian at this Chinese restaurant, and at last check, everything could be ordered dairy-free. They do use milk in some of their teas, but dairy-free options are available. Almost everything is vegan, but they do have eggs in some dishes – which can be omitted.
  • Stir It Up ⭐️ – This all-vegan kitchen serves a casual menu of burgers and other comfort foods, like “fish” and chips. They also offer grab and go meals. Look for them in the Founders Food Hall. They have gluten-free buns available.
  • The Root Cellar – This natural food store offers a good selection of frozen and pantry foods for special diets, including dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
  • The Water Prince Corner Shop – Their seafood chowder is dairy-free and gluten-free, and they let us know about half of their menu can be ordered without dairy. They don’t have a consistent bread supplier, so sometimes their breads are dairy-free, but sometimes they aren’t – so check. But they “do make efforts to accommodate as many dietary needs as possible. Also in dealing with fresh seafood we tend to keep any added ingredients minimal and so it is easier to modify when restrictions come up.”
  • Truckin’ Roll – They have two local food trucks, each rolling Thai-inspired ice cream to order. They have a dairy-free coconut cream base option (sweetened with maple syrup) and offer some delicious extras, like vegan brownies.

Green Gables

  • 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.

Hunter River

  • 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. This shop is open seasonally.

Kensington

  • Kitchen Witch Tea Room – They were temporarily closed when we updated, so we couldn’t get full menu details. But this bakery and tea house offers dairy-free breads, plus vegan and gluten-free options. They are reportedly very friendly to special diet customers.

Montague

  • Famous Peppers – This pizza spot offers their own house cashew cheese alternative, has a vegan pizza on the menu (plus some vegetarian ones that can be ordered vegan), and most of their pizzas can be custom ordered dairy free.

New Glasgow

  • 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. This shop is open seasonally.

North Rustico Harbour

  • Blue Mussel Cafe – Their menu is clearly labeled for top allergens. Their dairy-free dishes aren’t plentiful, but they have a couple seafood appetizers, a salad, and vegan wellington – at last check. A few other dishes can be custom ordered without dairy.

Saint Peters Bay

  • Black & White Cafe & Bakery – They offer dairy-free (custom order) and vegan sandwiches made with local Fauxmage cheese alternative. They typically have some other vegan options, including soup, and baked goods, like biscotti and muffins. For coffee drinks, they have oat, almond, and soy milks available.

Souris

  • The Poke Shack – This is the spot for fresh fish and shellfish, and they have ample dairy-free options for poke bowls, sushi rolls, and more.

Stratford

  • Nimrod’s – Their quick-serve location offers vegan breakfast sandwiches, dinner sandwiches, and most of their burgers and fresh bowls can be ordered dairy-free.

Summerside

  • Ann Cakes & Cafe – This is a quaint spot for coffee, eats, and dessert. They offer a few dairy-free food options on the menu, including a vegan stew and some creamy soups. On the pastry side, they have a gluten-free, dairy-free lemongrass cake, sweet tofu dessert, and a savory dairy-free pate chaud.
  • Glow Juicery ⭐️ – This plant-based juice shop makes their own almond mylks, cleanses, raw food salads and snacks, and smoothies.
  • Holman’s Ice Cream Parlour – They offer two house-made, dairy-free sorbet flavors daily, and have started to get a little more creative with the flavors.
  • Kool Breeze Ice Cream Barn – They have a rotating flavor of dairy-free Dole Whip soft serve each week.
  • Pita Pit – See our Dairy-Free Pita Pit Menu Guide for full details.

Dairy-Free Prince Edward Island: Best Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Gahan House in Charlottetown

Restaurant & Grocery Chains found throughout Prince Edward Island

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.

Thus far, we’ve been able to add all chains to their respective cities above!

Dairy-Free Prince Edward Island: Best Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Famous Peppers in Charlottetown and Montague

Local Dairy-Free Food & Drink Producers in Prince Edward Island

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

  • Fresh Start Fauxmage – They make creamy cultured dairy-free cheese from cashews, in addition to a baked feta. They’re sold across Canada, but easier to find in their home-province of Prince Edward Island.
  • Fritz Chocolates – Belgian-style chocolate made right in St Peters Bay. Their dark chocolates are dairy-free.

Dairy-Free Prince Edward Island: Best Restaurants & Shops with vegan and gluten-free optionsPhoto from Fresh Start Fauxmage

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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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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