When we visited Kingston, we had a mission to try the most delicious vegan food in the city. As it turns out, writing this vegan Kingston guide wasn’t a terribly difficult task as there are so many veg-friendly restaurants in town. While finding vegan and vegetarian eats may have been tricky years ago, that’s no longer the case! So, we set out to find the best veg-friendly and vegan restaurants in Kingston, Ontario.
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Kingston has the most restaurants per capita in Canada, making it the foodie capital of the country. It’s second to New Orleans in the entirety of North America. Whether you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet or like to sprinkle plant based eats into your diet, these establishments are all incredible. You can’t go wrong when dining at any of them.
There’s only one 100% vegan restaurant in Kingston, and that’s Copper Branch. Copper Branch is a chain out of Montreal, and I’ve had it numerous times in Toronto and other cities in southern Ontario. We didn’t dine at Copper Branch because we wanted to try restaurants that were unique to Kingston. But, I will mention it as a possibility in this blog post if you’d like to try a completely plant-based restaurant in Kingston.
Vegan Kingston: Atomica
Atomica specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and Italian comfort food, including an entire section devoted to vegan meals. On their plant-based menu, you can choose from tofu bao buns, Caesar salad, Caprese mac & cheese, fungi pizza, or the carne finta pizza. Atomica uses innovative ingredients like cashew mozzarella, fungi bacon, walnut parmesan, and fennel tofu sausage.
There are some other vegan dishes that aren’t on the plant-based menu, like the loaded hummus that I couldn’t resist ordering (pictured at the top of this blog post). Paired with the vegan Caprese mac & cheese, and you might want to wear your stretchy pants in advance (or a stretchy dress, in my case!). The flavours are bang on, making Atomica a restaurant in Kingston that you need to check out.
Vegan Food in Kingston: Chez Piggy
Chez Piggy, known to locals as “The Pig”, is a sweet restaurant tucked down an alleyway. Dining on its patio is an unforgettable experience as you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Europe. Chez Piggy’s stone building is actually a renovated abandoned stable. It exudes charm and romance, making it the perfect dining choice for you and your other half.
The menu is easy to navigate as someone who follows a vegan diet. There’s a “V” next to every item that can be made vegetarian or vegan upon request, and I was pleased to see quite a few Vs! Our server brought us freshly baked bread with oil and vinegar before our meal arrived, which is always welcomed!
I started with the Baby Greens + Nabulsi Salad (omitting the cheese) and opted for the Kimchi + Tofu Stew as my main. Both dishes were really tasty and I’d return to Chez Piggy in a heartbeat to try some of their other offerings.
Other dishes on the menu that are vegan or can be prepared vegan are: house Caesar salad, beet and avocado salad, skillet huevos rancheros, the vegan scramble, farmer’s breakfast, triple decker sandwich, grilled cheese avocado toast, frites, aioli, tinga poutine, Korean mandu potstickers, hummus and Pan Chancho pita, creamy mushroom gnocchi, linguini aglio olio, and cauliflower and eggplant tagine.
Veg-Friendly Restaurants in Kingston: Northside Espresso and Kitchen
Northside Espresso and Kitchen is a cute cafe in downtown Kingston that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or a coffee break. Justin and I went there for lunch one day and we adored their quiet, plant-filled patio. The menu is about 50% vegan and the plant-based options are marked with a V.
I suggest ordering the Spring Brekkie Bowl. It’s one of the most unique bowls I’ve ever eaten (yes, there’s popcorn in it!). There’s a mix of crispy grains, legumes, roasted asparagus, kale, chickpea hummus, lemon vinaigrette, and more. Pair it with an oat milk latte for the perfect midday meal.
There are a few other vegan dishes on the menu, all clearly marked with a “V” next to them. These include: coconut rhubarb raw oats and the avo smash.
Best Brewery for Vegans: Stone City Ales
Stone City Ales is a craft brewery in Kingston that also has a small menu of pub fare. We were delighted to sample some pints on the patio while noshing on some delicious eats for lunch. They have a variety of beer on tap with something for every taste.
A good portion of the menu is vegan or has items that can be made vegan. For instance, the nachos comes with a vegan queso and Beyond meat by default. We couldn’t resist splitting the nachos and the hummus sandwich, where hummus and veggies were served on fluffy pita bread.
They also had a vegan mac & cheese on the menu, and it seems as though the food menu is always rotating. I noticed on their Facebook page that there was a vegan pop-up one weekend, and they introduced vegan jalapeno poppers as a special. I’m sure when you go there, you’ll find something delicious to eat!
The Grocery Basket
The Grocery Basket has two locations in Kingston (as well as a food truck), and one of their shops was right across the street from our hotel. It’s a quick serve / grab and go breakfast and lunch joint that also has a small selection of grocery items. There are a few vegan menu items, including fruit smoothies and bagel sandwiches.
Their fresh produce is locally sourced and seasonal. For instance, the berries come from The Blueberry Patch in Prince Edward County. Other local produce vendors are Patchwork Gardens, Forman Farms and Unity Farm, all from Kingston.
We had the vegan veggie bagel, which had lots of veggies and a herb & garlic vegan spread. In addition, we tried the vegan breakfast sandwich (Beyond Meat breakfast sausage, vegan cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms). Definitely try the purple passion smoothie, too. Everything was made to order (and quickly, I might add!) and very tasty.
The location by the waterfront has some seating downstairs and a little loft upstairs with a few tables. At their location on Princess Street, there’s a rooftop patio where you can enjoy your food from up above the city.
Plant-Based Breakfast at Pan Chancho
Pan Chancho is a favourite place to dine in Kingston, and it’s also an artisanal bakery, too. While they have loads of grab and go items, Justin and I went to Pan Chancho for breakfast. It goes without saying that you need to try their coffee or espresso bevvie for breakfast. I also suggest that you try the red quinoa berry bowl.
Eating quinoa for breakfast might sound a little strange, but trust me, it works here. There’s red quinoa, puffed rice, fresh berries, grapes, granola and a coconut lime cream. It’s light, refreshing, and delicious. I wish I knew how to make this one at home as I could eat it every day!
Their menu does change from time to time, but here are the other vegan offerings at the time that we visited: a little bit nutty smoothie, southwestern breakfast wrap, and the cafe salad.
AquaTerra at the Delta Hotel Kingston
AquaTerra is located within the Delta Hotel where we stayed, but anyone can feel free to dine here anytime. It was a convenient choice for us, as we only had to go down a couple of flights of stairs to reach it. We dined at AquaTerra for breakfast.
There’s only one vegan item on the menu, but we were both pleased to order it: the Avocado Smash. It’s grilled sourdough, charred corn & tomato salsa, radish & pea tendrils, and everything bagel spice. Yum!
Harper’s Burger Bar
Justin and I last visited Harper’s Burger Bar back in 2015, so it’s been quite a while since we dined there. Back then, it was one of the only spots in town that had something vegan on the menu, so we were super grateful for that. The vegan Kingston scene has exploded compared to six years ago, but Harper’s Burger Bar remains a great place to find vegan food in Kingston.
They used to offer the most delicious chickpea burger on the menu. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available, but they have replaced it with a Beyond Meat patty. I am delighted to see that all of the vegan items on the menu have a little star next to them. Plus, there are way more vegan sides and dishes than before!
The vegan items at Harper’s Burger Bar are: fries, waffle fries, mean green potato salad, green salad, “the health nut” salad, Sol Veggie Patty burger, and the Beyond Meat burger.
Kingston Vegan Restaurants: Copper Branch
Copper Branch is a vegan restaurant chain that’s expanding across Canada and has even gone worldwide. This restaurant started in Montreal and there are tons of locations all across southern Ontario (and beyond). You can find a Copper Branch location in Strasbourg, France!
You’ll find loads of delicious plant-based eats that are quick and convenient choices. There’s burgers, sandwiches, nachos, poutine, waffles, and smoothies. Vegan desserts are also available.
Kingston Coffee House
Kingston Coffee House is a cozy cafe across from Springer Market Square. It’s a very vegan-friendly coffee shop, featuring lots of vegan beverages and desserts. You can make practically any drink vegan by using a plant-based milk (oat, soy, almond).
They also have vegan baked goods on hand, too. There’s a little basket at the front with vegan and gluten-free treats. Plus, there are other vegan treats on hand, and they are all clearly marked as such. I ordered an Americano with oat milk and a vanilla flavour shot, and Justin got an iced chocolate with a plant-based milk (it tasted like a fudgsicle!).
CRAVE Coffee House & Bakery
CRAVE Coffee House & Bakery is a locally owned and operated cafe in town that’s very vegan-friendly (and they have gluten-free food, too!). Grab a coffee with plant-based milk, a vegan cookie, or perhaps a meal from their grab and go section.
I stopped by one morning for an iced Americano, but I was also pretty excited to see vegan meals and desserts, too. It’s a great spot to grab a snack or a meal on the go. Plus, their coffee shop has loads of seating (both indoors and outdoors), so I could see getting comfortable to do some work on my laptop there, too.
Kingston Public Market
The Kingston Public Market is the oldest market in Ontario, and it happens every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Springer Market Square (April to November). There are an assortment of vendors selling fresh produce and locally made products.
Whether you’re looking for some fresh fruits and veggies or a wonderful handmade gift, it’s worth strolling through this historic market in a heritage setting. The backdrop of Kingston City Hall makes the market feel more like you’re in Europe than Canada.
This is the perfect option for anyone looking for farm fresh ingredients to whip up an amazing vegan dish at home. If you’re visiting Kingston for a few days, I suggest stopping at the Kingston Public Market just before heading out of town. You can bring home delicious fruits and veggies, so you won’t even need to hit up the grocery store when you get home!
More Vegan Restaurants in Kingston, Ontario
Looking for more veg-friendly places to dine in Kingston? Here are a few more honourable mentions that we’ll have to try next time:
- Knifey Spooney (100% vegan pop-up/catering service)
- Eggsquis Kingston
- Mango Thai and Pan-Asian Cuisine
- Mesa Fresca Kingston
- Miss Bāo Restaurant + Cocktail Bar
- Saber’s Taste of India
- Sally’s Roti Shop
- Score Pizza
- Woodenheads Gourmet Pizza
Where to Stay in Kingston, Ontario
Looking for an excellent Kingston hotel to book? We loved staying at the Delta Hotel Kingston. It’s centrally located and truly in the perfect location as we were able to walk almost everywhere. The staff were helpful and friendly from check-in to check-out, and we really felt right at home.
The room itself is really spacious with a comfortable king-sized bed and a large desk in case you need to get any work done. We were also wowed by the fireplace: we didn’t use the fireplace in the summer, but the TV rises out of the fireplace when you push a button (and you can hide it again if you choose!).
With the AquaTerra restaurant attached to the hotel, you can order from the room service menu if you wish. Other amenities include a fitness centre and an indoor rooftop pool. The Delta Hotel Kingston also provides complimentary fast Wi-Fi, and there’s a covered parking lot surrounding the hotel, too.
More Vegan Guides in Ontario
I’ve written tons of vegan restaurant guides in Ontario (and around the world)! Here are a few more cities near Kingston with fantastic vegan food options: