Many articles, studies, health experts and even vegan athletes show that limiting meat consumption is good for our health and many studies also show that it is good for the environment. According to the article, Eat less meat to avoid dangerous global warming, scientists say, in the Guardian, cutting meat consumption would also cut worldly emissions. The same Oxford research demonstrates that diets high in processed meats are a great burden to global health.
As a mostly plant-based family (we eat some dairy (butter) and fish still), it can be difficult to find restaurants that cater to your needs. I’ve noticed that Calgary is getting better over the years but when looking for hearty vegetarian meals we were often eating the same things: falafel wraps, pad thai with tofu, vegetarian Indian buffets, which is great and all but our go-to’s were getting old. Lately, there are increasingly more and more options in restaurants and Calgary has added a few more vegan or vegetarian places to the list. Here are a few of my faves!
This quaint little cafe in the heart of Kensington offers a delicious menu of all raw and vegan options but, meat eaters, don’t let that deter you, the menu is delicious! They also offer kombucha on tap as well as a little market and board games! A great place to spend a meatless Monday!
A staple in the vegan/vegetarian scene in Calgary, the Coup has a great menu of vegan and vegetarian options which in my opinion are amazing! Some dishes are more filling than others but they are all worth a shot. I have a few favourites like their Vietnamese sub and their tempeh shawarma but, you likely won’t be disappointed with and of the flavours coming from here! Also, check out their drink specials because they are always unique and interesting!
This place has it all! In the quaint and ever up & coming Bowness, the extensive menu offers a wide variety of vegan, vegetarian with even some pescetarian options as well! There is absolutely something for everyone and only the freshest and most local ingredients are used!
A Thai bistro with an insane amount of choices, I personally love their pad thai and their “chicken” satay skewers. They have lots of vegan “meat” options and traditional Thai food that is made vegan. I’ve never had a bad meal here and it is pretty authentic! Dine in or take it to go they also offer their vegan meats and sauces for purchase at the Calgary Farmers Market!Their staff are also incredibly friendly and lots of fun and don’t forget they have a Veggie Truck as well! They are expanding in the city and this is definitely a vegan place you need to check out in YYC!