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14 Hotspots For Healthy Eating in Montreal

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For many, the start of a new year is all about “clean eating”, but what’s the point if it doesn’t actually taste good? Rest assured that the restaurants below offer healthy options that taste just as good as they are for you, because the last thing you want to do is deprive yourself by subsisting off of lifeless salads.

There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options to be found across town, like Sushi Momo and Kleine Shoppe, and no shortage of eats for the carnivores out there too, from curries at Pumpui to poke at Venice. Whether you’re focused on health, dietary restrictions, or just want fresh, flavourful food, this map should have something that fits your criteria, no matter how specific it is.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mandy's (multiple locations)

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5033 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
QC H4A 1S8, Canada
(514) 227-1640
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Salads often get a bad rap for being bland and boring, but not at Mandy’s. Their entire menu is dedicated to creative salads that will get you excited about eating your veggies. Eat in or take your greens to-go from multiple locations across the city.

2. La Panthère Verte (multiple locations)

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2153 MacKay St, Montreal
QC H3G 2J2, Canada
(514) 903-4744
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With multiple locations across Montreal, it’s always nice to know that there’s probably a Green Panther near by should you need to grab something both healthy and affordable, from satisfying smoothies to some of the best falafel you can find in town.

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3. Soupesoup (multiple location)

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649 rue Wellington, Montreal
QC H3C 1T2, Canada
(514) 759-1159
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Although it’s known for soup, this Montreal chain has a surprisingly thorough selection of relatively good-for-you desserts too. It’s not hard to justify treating oneself to something sweet after enjoying a hearty potage.

4. Venice (multiple locations)

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440 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal
QC H2Y 2T3, Canada
(514) 985-0686
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Tacos, pizza, poke bowls: Venice has tons of cravable yet guilt-free California-vibing cuisine to enjoy. Much of the menu is vegetarian, if not vegan, and there are plenty of gluten free and dairy free choices too. It’s a trip to the west coast without even leaving the island, plus there are multiple locations to choose between.

5. Lola Rosa (multiple locations)

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545 rue Milton, Montreal
QC H2X 1W5, Canada
(514) 287-9337
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Lola Rosa is a hit spot for vegetarian or vegan takes on your favourite comfort food classics. It’s got everything from a lighter version of poutine with mushroom and black bean gravy, to mac and cheese loaded with spinach, jalapenos, aged cheddar, and havarti.

6. Chuchai

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4088 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2W 2M5, Canada
(514) 843-4194
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This Plateau mainstay does Thai food with a twist; everything is vegetarian and vegan friendly with the addition of actually-good faux meats to replace the duck, beef, and fish found in traditional dishes. Chuchai is known for its “Thaipas”, small plates with Thai flare.

7. Omnivore (multiple locations)

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4351 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2W 1Z8, Canada
(514) 303-5757
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Lovers of Middle Eastern eats rejoice: Omnivore has all of the kafta, fattouche, and hummus your heart could possibly desire. As the name suggests, there are plenty of meaty and meatless options to choose from so carnivores and herbivores alike will leave happy. Now with a location in the Latin Quarter.

8. Aux Vivres (multiple locations)

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4631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1R2, Canada
(514) 842-3479
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One of the pioneers of vegetarian and vegan dining in Montreal, Aux Vivres is a reliable go-to if you’re looking for meatless options or just want something fresh, tasty, and generous with the vegetables. There’s an array of bowls, burgers, and salads to choose from, and brunch on weekends.

9. Résonance

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5175a du Parc Ave., Montreal
QC H2V 4G4, Canada
(514) 894-7543
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Looking for live music while you enjoy some light, healthy bites? Resonance Café on Parc up in Mile End is a sound bet (no pun intended) to satisfy both ears and palate. There's an all-day breakfast in addition to bowls, sandwiches, soups, salads, and snacks on a menu tailored to fit both winter and summer.

10. Birona Hummus Bar

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5417 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(438) 386-6228
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Think hummus and what typically comes to mind is a simple puree of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon. Birona kicks this base recipe up several notches by topping their hummus with a variety of combinations from the simple “Francais” with mushrooms, garlic butter, and white wine, to the more elaborate “Le Marocain” with ground meat, almonds, and cinnamon. There’s also over ten different salads to choose from, and you can build your own too.

11. Sushi Momo

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3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada
(514) 825-6363
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All-vegan Sushi Momo’s offerings satisfy those sushi cravings without relying on fresh seafood to make their rolls taste good. Using ingredients like jackfruit, tofu, and mushrooms instead, with plenty of delicious sauces, it’s hard to miss the fish.

12. Kleine Shoppe

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3027 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1N9, Canada
(514) 379-1253
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Whether you avoid gluten for health reasons or just prefer not to eat it, Kleine Shoppe makes gluten-free food not just appetizing, but enticing. It also pride itself on being dairy-free, and mostly plant-based, with offerings from banh mi tacos to beet pâté.

13. Falafel Yoni

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54 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada
(514) 424-7767
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For healthy options that taste like they should be worse for you than they are, look no further than Falafel Yoni. All falafels here are fried to order, and they’re delightfully crunchy, especially when loaded with plenty of pickled veg. Don’t forget the chocolate tahini bites for a little something sweet.

14. Épicerie Pumpui

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83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada
(514) 379-3024
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Jessie Mulder’s classic Thai curries are the definition of filling comfort food that soothes the soul, but doesn’t leave you feeling worse for wear for having eaten too much of it. The menu changes regularly, and while it’s a little heavier than most places on this map, dishes are well-balanced, chock full of vegetables, and with plenty of spice.

1. Mandy's (multiple locations)

5033 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H4A 1S8, Canada

Salads often get a bad rap for being bland and boring, but not at Mandy’s. Their entire menu is dedicated to creative salads that will get you excited about eating your veggies. Eat in or take your greens to-go from multiple locations across the city.

5033 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
QC H4A 1S8, Canada

2. La Panthère Verte (multiple locations)

2153 MacKay St, Montreal, QC H3G 2J2, Canada
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With multiple locations across Montreal, it’s always nice to know that there’s probably a Green Panther near by should you need to grab something both healthy and affordable, from satisfying smoothies to some of the best falafel you can find in town.

2153 MacKay St, Montreal
QC H3G 2J2, Canada

3. Soupesoup (multiple location)

649 rue Wellington, Montreal, QC H3C 1T2, Canada

Although it’s known for soup, this Montreal chain has a surprisingly thorough selection of relatively good-for-you desserts too. It’s not hard to justify treating oneself to something sweet after enjoying a hearty potage.

649 rue Wellington, Montreal
QC H3C 1T2, Canada

4. Venice (multiple locations)

440 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal, QC H2Y 2T3, Canada

Tacos, pizza, poke bowls: Venice has tons of cravable yet guilt-free California-vibing cuisine to enjoy. Much of the menu is vegetarian, if not vegan, and there are plenty of gluten free and dairy free choices too. It’s a trip to the west coast without even leaving the island, plus there are multiple locations to choose between.

440 Rue Saint-François-Xavier, Montréal
QC H2Y 2T3, Canada

5. Lola Rosa (multiple locations)

545 rue Milton, Montreal, QC H2X 1W5, Canada

Lola Rosa is a hit spot for vegetarian or vegan takes on your favourite comfort food classics. It’s got everything from a lighter version of poutine with mushroom and black bean gravy, to mac and cheese loaded with spinach, jalapenos, aged cheddar, and havarti.

545 rue Milton, Montreal
QC H2X 1W5, Canada

6. Chuchai

4088 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W 2M5, Canada

This Plateau mainstay does Thai food with a twist; everything is vegetarian and vegan friendly with the addition of actually-good faux meats to replace the duck, beef, and fish found in traditional dishes. Chuchai is known for its “Thaipas”, small plates with Thai flare.

4088 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2W 2M5, Canada

7. Omnivore (multiple locations)

4351 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W 1Z8, Canada

Lovers of Middle Eastern eats rejoice: Omnivore has all of the kafta, fattouche, and hummus your heart could possibly desire. As the name suggests, there are plenty of meaty and meatless options to choose from so carnivores and herbivores alike will leave happy. Now with a location in the Latin Quarter.

4351 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2W 1Z8, Canada

8. Aux Vivres (multiple locations)

4631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T 1R2, Canada

One of the pioneers of vegetarian and vegan dining in Montreal, Aux Vivres is a reliable go-to if you’re looking for meatless options or just want something fresh, tasty, and generous with the vegetables. There’s an array of bowls, burgers, and salads to choose from, and brunch on weekends.

4631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2T 1R2, Canada

9. Résonance

5175a du Parc Ave., Montreal, QC H2V 4G4, Canada

Looking for live music while you enjoy some light, healthy bites? Resonance Café on Parc up in Mile End is a sound bet (no pun intended) to satisfy both ears and palate. There's an all-day breakfast in addition to bowls, sandwiches, soups, salads, and snacks on a menu tailored to fit both winter and summer.

5175a du Parc Ave., Montreal
QC H2V 4G4, Canada

10. Birona Hummus Bar

5417 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

Think hummus and what typically comes to mind is a simple puree of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon. Birona kicks this base recipe up several notches by topping their hummus with a variety of combinations from the simple “Francais” with mushrooms, garlic butter, and white wine, to the more elaborate “Le Marocain” with ground meat, almonds, and cinnamon. There’s also over ten different salads to choose from, and you can build your own too.

5417 Boulevard St-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. Sushi Momo

3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3L6, Canada

All-vegan Sushi Momo’s offerings satisfy those sushi cravings without relying on fresh seafood to make their rolls taste good. Using ingredients like jackfruit, tofu, and mushrooms instead, with plenty of delicious sauces, it’s hard to miss the fish.

3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada

12. Kleine Shoppe

3027 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1N9, Canada

Whether you avoid gluten for health reasons or just prefer not to eat it, Kleine Shoppe makes gluten-free food not just appetizing, but enticing. It also pride itself on being dairy-free, and mostly plant-based, with offerings from banh mi tacos to beet pâté.

3027 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1N9, Canada

13. Falafel Yoni

54 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K8, Canada

For healthy options that taste like they should be worse for you than they are, look no further than Falafel Yoni. All falafels here are fried to order, and they’re delightfully crunchy, especially when loaded with plenty of pickled veg. Don’t forget the chocolate tahini bites for a little something sweet.

54 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada

14. Épicerie Pumpui

83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K7, Canada

Jessie Mulder’s classic Thai curries are the definition of filling comfort food that soothes the soul, but doesn’t leave you feeling worse for wear for having eaten too much of it. The menu changes regularly, and while it’s a little heavier than most places on this map, dishes are well-balanced, chock full of vegetables, and with plenty of spice.

83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada

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