Raise your hand if you’ve ever had difficulty finding vegan treats that actually taste good? Yeah, us too. If you have any dietary restrictions, you know the struggle all too well. But guess what? It ends now. Serving up such colourful confections as pumpkin cinnamon buns and gourmet “pop tarts,” these vegan-friendly spots are making our mouths water. As we do at FLARE HQ, we carried out some cavity-inducing research for the next time you’re craving something sweet. Here are the most delicious vegan treats available across the country. Turns out, you really can have your (vegan) cake and eat it too.
Best Vegan Bakeries in Vancouver
The Gluten Free Epicurean
Find it: 633 E. 15th Ave., glutenfreeepicurean.ca
The low-down: With a diverse roster of gluten-free goodies, this charming spot boasts an airy, minimalist interior that makes the perfect backdrop for noshing on vegan sweets. Plus, they offer baking classes based on their vegan chocolate cake recipe, so you can learn from the pros (#score).
Prices: $2.95 to $6 each
What to order: In fall, stop in on a Saturday morning and indulge in a maple pecan pumpkin cinnamon bun ($3.85)—it’s their weekend speciality.
Find it: 2280 W. Broadway, edibleflours.ca
The low-down: With an open-concept kitchen and a mouth-watering display of baked goods, this modern bakery uses high-quality ingredients (think organic flour and unrefined sugars) for all of its sweet treats.
Prices: $1.75 to $3.75 each
What to order: The champagne strawberry cupcake ($3.75), a scrumptious vanilla cake with tart pink champagne-strawberry icing swirled on top
Find it: 3586 Fraser St., fairycakescupcakes.ca
The low-down: The name of this bakery is almost as cute as its quaint interior. In the snug seating area, surrounded by the prettiest power blue walls, vegan eaters can sink their teeth into a cupcake made in the dairy-, egg- and nut-free kitchen.
Prices: $2.25 to $4.25 each
What to order: The Fairy Cake ($4), which is an adorably named cupcake topped with a carefully crafted dollop of icing in a unique flavour, such as piña colada, root beer or key lime
Two Daughters Bake Shop
Find it: 121 1st St. E., twodaughtersbakeshop.ca
The low-down: What inspired owner and head baker Lisa Reichelt to open up shop? You guessed it, her two daughters. When her youngest was diagnosed with severe allergies, Reichelt started her own business, creating gluten-free and vegan pastries everyone can enjoy.
Prices: $2 to $3.50
What to order: When you take a bite out of the brownie ($3.50), you won’t even know it’s gluten- and dairy-free—the organic rice milk gives it that distinct melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Vegan Pudding Co.
Find it: 422 Richards St., veganpuddingco.com
The low-down: Grab a cup of gourmet pudding at this adorable takeout window in Gastown. With flavours like green tea, crème brûlée and black sesame, you’re sure to find something you like. It’s just too bad this is the only vegan custard pudding shop in Canada.
Prices: $3.85 to $4.75 each
What to order: Dip your spoon into the matcha green tea pudding ($4.75) with roasted black sesame sauce—it’s basically an adult version of the pudding you had in your childhood lunch box.
Best Vegan Bakeries in Calgary
Find it: 1508 14 St. SW, cookiemamacalgary.com
The low-down: Calling all cookie enthusiasts! This local gem is home to mouth-watering vegan cookies, cakes and cupcakes, all of which have a homemade touch, just like your mama’s baking.
Prices: $3.25 to $4.95 each
What to order: The Blue Jeans V ($3.25), a vegan version of the popular Blue Jeans cookie. This dark chocolate cookie also has dark chocolate chunks, so it promises to induce a major sugar high (it’s gluten-free, too).
Find it: 1327A 9 Ave. SE, littletucker.ca
The low-down: Laura Incognitto started her bakery in 2015, focusing on plant-based raw desserts. Incognitto crafts delicious snacks and sweets that are free of preservatives and fillers—and Little Tucker’s Instagram offers up huge wellness inspo (plus snaps of its beautifully decorated cheesecakes, energy bites and tarts).
Prices: $4 to $65
What to order: The pumpkin pie ($55), which serves 12, is topped with a cinnamon walnut crumble for a healthier take on this classic autumnal treat.
First Date Confections
Find it: Amaranth Market (1407 4th St. SW), Vitality Tap (420 2 St. SW, #201), Raw Eatery and Market (1142 Kensington Cres. NW), Outside the Shape (1222 10th Ave. SE), firstdateconfectionary.com
The low-down: This local business creates beautiful handcrafted chocolates that are free of nuts, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and refined sugar. Trust us: The little treats taste amazing, as they’re naturally sweetened with Medjool dates.
Prices: $2 to $3 each; $6 to $16 for a box
What to order: For a spicy sample, try the Hot Date box ($6), which comes with three sweet treats that pack a punch—they’re dusted with sweet and salty ancho chili, smoky urfa biber and the licorice-flavoured pasilla chili!
Find it: 722 11 Ave. SW, brulee.ca
The low-down: This gourmet pâtisserie can whip up made-to-order vegan versions of its scrumptious pastries and baked goods. Plus, you’ll find featured seasonal menus, such as the autumnal pumpkin-, caramel- and apple-flavoured goodies.
Prices: $1.75 to $5
What to order: The pumpkin bundt cake ($5), with a decadent pumpkin purée and spices, which can be made sans dairy for a gourmet version of pumpkin pie
Best Vegan Bakeries in Edmonton
Bliss Baked Goods
Find it: 10710 142 St. NW, blissbakedgoods.ca
The low-down: This family owned and operated bakery is entirely kosher and dairy- and nut-free, so customers with all types of allergies and diets can enjoy the scrumptious sweets, which include freshly baked breads and rave-worthy vegan doughnuts.
Prices: $1 to $4
What to order: The palmier ($1 to $1.50), a French delicacy shaped like an elephant’s ear (très cute, non?) that’s made of puff pastry, sugar and butter, or one of the specialty vegan doughnuts ($1.50) in finger-licking flavours like cinnamon sugar, chocolate, honey glaze and more
Find it: 10158 82 Ave. NW, flirtcupcakes.com
The low-down: With brightly coloured walls and cupcakes to match, this locally owned bakery is so Instagrammable—and it always has an assortment of vegan and gluten-free options on hand.
Prices: $3.50 each
What to order: The red velvet cupcake with a creamy vegan vanilla cream cheese frosting
Find it: 12809 66 St. NW, nabati.ca
The low-down: This takeout-only bakery proves plant-based sweets are anything but flavourless. Using dates, nuts and superfoods as base ingredients, its bakers whip up treats that taste just as good as they look.
Prices: $5 to $10 each
What to order: The blueberry lavender cake ($7) with pretty swirls of blueberry and notes of fresh lavender. Bonus: It comes in a cup for a perf pick-me-up on the go.
Blue Rose Baking Co.
Find it: In the warmer months, you can sample these tasty treats at various markets around the city. Head to The Tea Girl and Remedy for Blue Rose cupcakes, or order online at bluerosevegan.ca.
The low-down: Edmonton local and avowed vegan Sarah Louise started her own baking biz for people who want to treat themselves with cruelty-free confections.
Prices: Vary, depending on the location
What to order: A hefty slice of the Bumble Berry QT pie ($8), which is chock full of juicy berries tucked inside a flaky crust
Best Vegan Bakeries in Saskatoon
The Karma Conscious Café & Eatery
Find it: 157 2nd Ave. N., thekarmacafe.ca
The low-down: This vegetarian café is all about promoting good karma. A portion of the proceeds from sales of their grub is donated to local charities, so you can give back while you dig in.
Prices: $2.49 to $3.99 each
What to order: The Super Sonic ball ($2.99), a 100 percent raw treat that delivers a burst of energy thanks to nuts and dried fruit. (It’ll keep you going long past your morning Americano, we promise.)
The Griffin Takeaway
Find it: 3311 8 St. E., griffintakeaway.com
The low-down: For your next workday, leave the kale salad at home and stop by this takeaway lunch shop and bakery for a hearty (and totes flavourful) sammie. Grab a scrumptious pastry to save for a mid-afternoon refuel.
Prices: $2.50 to $10 each
What to order: A thick slice of dairy-free banana chocolate chip or banana walnut bread ($8.50) for an upgrade to your weekday brekkie or a pumpkin pie doughnut ($3.50) for a seasonal snack
Citizen Café & Bakery
Find it: 18 23 St. E., citizencafeandbakery.ca
The low-down: This homey spot not only serves up gourmet treats (we see you, delish “pop tarts”), but also has a quirky interior to match. The bright yellow chairs, colourful chalkboard menus and antique clocks give the café its upbeat vibe.
Prices: $4 to $6 each
What to order: One of their gourmet “pop tarts” ($4.25 each), which come in flavours that are anything but basic: think sweet potato–pecan, pumpkin pie and apple-cinnamon
Best Vegan Bakeries in Winnipeg
Cocoabeans Bakeshop & Café
Find it: 774 Corydon Ave., cocoabeansbakeshop.com
The low-down: As Manitoba’s first entirely gluten-free resto, this intimate eatery has mastered the art of vegan baking, too. From delicious cookies to hearty muffins, something here is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth—sans dairy and eggs.
Prices: From $4 each
What to order: The gingerbread cranberry muffin ($4) with pumpkin purée, molasses, dried cranberries and seasonal spices is a substantial snack packed with fall flavours.
Find it: 669 Stafford St., sweetimpressions.ca
The low-down: The minute you open the door of this beautiful bakery, you’ll feel like you stepped inside a Pinterest mood board. With menus printed in calligraphy, brightly coloured confections and a freakin’ doughnut wall, the interior decor is almost as chic as the sweet treats.
Prices: $1.08 to $6 each
What to order: The adorable (and totally Instagram-worthy) hand-decorated vegan sugar cookies ($6 each), which come in a variety of sweet designs. We love the colourful flowers and the seasonally apropos watercolour leaves—they’re almost too cute to eat.
Find it: 326 Broadway, ohdoughnuts.com
The low-down: With a rotating daily menu, this sustainable doughnut shop is frying up gourmet vegan creations in a variety of cavity-inducing combinations (we mean that in the best way possible).
Prices: $3 to $4 each
What to order: Over 47 flavours can be made vegan (NBD), but we’re currently drooling over the dark chocolate pretzel, hibiscus glaze and lemon rosemary.
Best Vegan Bakeries in Toronto
Through Being Cool Vegan Baking Co.
Find it: 1277 Bloor St. W., @tbcvegan
The low-down: Vegan food is a passion at this minimalist bakery and grocery store. There is no shortage of dairy- and egg-free sweets, condiments and hearty meals, so you can find something to munch on morning, noon and night.
Prices: $2.50 to $4.50 each
What to order: The vegan chocolate croissant ($3.25) for the flavours of Paris right in the Six
Find it: 2188 Queen St. E., torisbakeshop.ca
The low-down: With a scalloped awning, pops of sage green and baristas decked out in bow ties, this all-natural organic bakery boasts serious old-school vibes. Pop in for a sweet (and healthy) treat that is dairy-, egg- and refined sugar-free.
Prices: $1.75 to $8.85 each
What to order: End the day on a sweet note with a spelt dark chocolate chip cookie ($2.50), with organic spelt flour, dark chocolate chips, Canadian maple syrup and molasses.
Find it: 207 Augusta Ave., cosmictreats.ca
The low-down: This Kensington Market staple was founded in 2015 by business (and life) partners Tim and Elliot, who decided to go vegan together. Since then, they’ve been serving up vegan goods for brunch, lunch, dins and dessert.
Prices: $2 to $20 each
What to order: The ice cream sandwich ($6), composed of a scoop of cashew-based ice cream (the flavours change on the daily) in between two vegan cookies of your choice—we recommend classic chocolate chip
Find it: 244 Augusta Ave., 3054 Dundas St. W., bunners.ca
The low-down: Stop by one of the bricks-and-mortar bakeries (there are locations in the Junction and Kensington Market) to sample the sweets IRL, or check out Bunner’s cookbook for some recipe inspo.
Prices: $1 to $5 each
What to order: The maple tahini cookie ($2.50) is one of Bunner’s OG treats, combining savoury and sweet for a flavour unlike anything you’ve ever had before.
Kupfert & Kim
Find it: 140 Spadina Ave., 100 King St. W., kupfertandkim.com
The low-down: This plant-based restaurant has you covered with grab-and-go salads, bowls and snacks, perfect for in between meetings or during a quick lunch break.
Prices: $3.75 each
What to order: The PB&J energy ball ($3.75), with dates, peanut butter, raisins, raspberries and a pinch of salt. Wash it all down with a nutrient-packed smoothie.
Best Vegan Bakeries in Ottawa
Strawberry Blonde Bakery
Find it: 114B Grange Ave., strawberryblondebakery.com
The low-down: The bakers at this quirky shop understand the struggle to find tasty vegan sweets, so they make sure to whip up tons of freshly baked goodies that don’t skimp on flavour. Plus, the turquoise statement wall out front makes for a bold backdrop for your next #vegantreats snap.
Prices: $2 to $4.50 each
What to order: The tang of the gluten-, nut- and dairy-free lemon square ($3.95) will tickle your taste buds.
Little Jo Berry’s
Find it: 1303 Wellington St. W., littlejoberrys.com
The low-down: The owner and head baker of this vegan café, Little Jo, has a culinary background in vegan and gluten-free baking, so you know the sweets coming out of the kitchen are made with TLC (tastiness, love and care, obvi).
Prices: $1.75 to $3.25 each
What to order: For an autumnal treat, try the chai spice cupcake topped with cinnamon icing ($3), or throw it waaay back with Little Jo’s take on the Twinkie ($3.25).
The Joy of Gluten Free
Find it: 617 Bank St., 250 Greenbank Rd., thejoyofglutenfree.com
The low-down: This award-winning bakery specializes in gluten-free baking (it has more than 22 different kinds of gluten-free flour), but there are plenty of vegan options too.
Prices: $2 to $4 each
What to order: The quinoa crunch cookie ($2.25), which is made with almonds, organic quinoa and sugar but tastes just like a peanut butter cookie (you’ll never know the difference)
Find it: 817 Bank St., wildoat.ca
The low-down: This from-scratch bakery and café takes “homegrown” to a whole new level. The owners also operate the Wild Oat Farm, located just outside Ottawa, where they grow their own fruit and veg for the extensive health-conscious menu.
Prices: $1 to $7 each
What to order: The peanut butter chocolate bar ($3.50), sweetened with maple syrup, or the spicy brownie ($2.50) with chipotle powder for an unexpected kick
Find it: 369 Bank St., thimblecakes.ca
The low-down: The interior of this downtown vegan bakery is the perfect balance of old and new. The vintage furniture and modern light fixtures provide an inviting atmosphere, but the shiny glass cases full of confections—with dainty decorations and swirls of pastel frosting—steal the show.
Prices: $2.25 to $3.80 each
What to order: The gluten-free pumpkin scone ($3.75), smothered with a light dairy-free glaze made from coconuts, cinnamon and corn
Best Vegan Bakeries in Montreal
Find it: 167 Pins Ave. E., sophiesucree.com
The low-down: The bright pink entrance and simply chic decor of this vegan bakery might be stunning, but the beautifully crafted three-tiered confections truly take the cake.
Prices: $2.50 to $6 each
What to order: The pistachio coconut blondie ($4), with nothing but good-for-you ingredients, such as sunflower oil, flaxseed, coconut and pistachios
Pâtisserie Petit Lapin
Find it: 342 Ave. Victoria, patisseriepetitlapin.com
The low-down: This brightly lit spot, with pops of turquoise and a whole lot of gorg treats, was the first gluten-, lactose- and allergy-free bakery to open in Montreal. It all started when owner Viviane Nguyen couldn’t find a birthday cake for her one-year-old son, who has severe allergies. Just like that, her biz was born.
Prices: $2.50 to $3.95 each
What to order: Can we talk about the friggin’ cute doughnuts ($2.75 each)? With their pretty pastel frosting and smiling faces made out of icing, vegan sweets have never looked more dainty.
Café Dei Campi
Find it: 1360 Rosemont Blvd., @cafedeicampi
The low-down: This Italian café, pâtisserie and co-working space is an Instagrammer’s paradise. With a wooden bar, a chalkboard wall and fairy lights hanging from the ceiling, it’s the perfect place to snap while you snack.
Prices: $1.75 to $5 each
What to order: The totally irresistible and aesthetically gorgeous hand pies ($4.25 each)—BRB, ordering the one with rhubarb, pistachio and cardamom
La Panthère Verte
Find it: 3515 Ave. Lacombe, 5265 Chemin Queen Mary, 1735 Rue Saint-Deni, 145 Ave. du Mont-Royal E, 2153 Rue Mackay, 160 St-Viateur E, thegreenpanther.com
The low-down: With six eateries dotted around La Belle Ville, this vegan joint uses locally sourced organic ingredients for its ethical food. Not only are the sweets to die for, but you’ve got to sample the hearty bowls, falafel and freshly made smoothies, too.
Prices: $2.95 to $5.95
What to order: The rave-worthy energy balls ($3.45 each), in flavours like Boules de Bienoix (dates, hazelnuts, cacao, maca powder and cayenne pepper) and Boule de Neige (dates, coconut, ginseng, goji berries and spicy ginger)
Find it: 640 Courcelle St., lechedesserts.ca
The low-down: Located in the up-and-coming St-Henri neighbourhood, this artisanal doughnut shop embodies the rustic-meets-industrial vibe of the area, with exposed-brick walls, wooden beams and intimate seating.
Prices: $3 each
What to order: The artisanal beignes ($3 each) in five mouth-watering flavours: passion fruit, lime coconut, cinnamon sugar, apple cider and apple compote
Best Vegan Bakeries in Halifax
Odell’s Gluten-Free Bakery & Café
Find it: 3555 Robie St., odellsgfcafe.com
The low-down: From the outside, this gluten-free bakery looks like just any other house on the street. But step inside, and you’ll be in pastry heaven. With its tempting displays of breads, cakes and other sweets, this low-key spot won’t be a secret for much longer.
Prices: $1.75 to $4.25 each
What to order: A classic chocolate cupcake ($3.75) made with coconut milk and gluten-free flour, and topped with no shortage of decadent dairy-free chocolate icing
Find it: 6250 Quinpool Rd., 3061 Gottingen St., iloveheartwood.ca
The low-down: Heartwood is the destination for a delectable vegan meal, from appetizers to dessert. The killer brunch menu, flavourful sammies and (of course) delectable treats, guarantee you won’t leave hungry.
Prices: $2.75 to $7.50 each
What to order: A slice of the carrot cake or Cocobanana pie ($7.50) for a sweet finale to an epic meal
Find it: 2156 Windsor St., wildleek.ca
The low-down: Vegan comfort food is the thing at this up-and-coming resto. The can’t-miss-it green exterior will draw you in, but the nutrient-rich smoothies and one-of-a-kind baked goods will have you coming back for seconds and thirds.
Prices: $3 to $4 each
What to order: One (or two) of the Campfire S’mores Bars ($4.50 each), with marshmallows, coconut and dark chocolate on an almond and pecan crust, drizzled with a date caramel sauce
Sweet Hereafter Cheesecakery
Find it: 6148 Quinpool Rd., sweethereafter.ca
The low-down: Who says vegans can’t have cheesecake? This luxe locale is serving up artisanal “cheese” cake in a lavish environment. The black walls, quilted gold booths and bold wallpaper boast serious gothic-chic vibes, and we are living for it.
Prices: $8 per slice
What to order: There are 10 vegan flavours ($8 per slice), so indulge in the chocolate raspberry for something fruity, the Black Forest for a full-on chocolate fest or the strawberry vanilla for a more traditional take on this drool-worthy dessert.
Best Vegan Bakeries in St. John’s
Tulip Baroo Bakery
Find it: 168 Water St., tulipbaroo.ca
The low-down: This quirky bakery proves that making vegan and gluten-free sweets doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavour and artistry. Turning out treats with delicate icing flowers, edible pearls and intricate designs, these pastry pros have mastered the craft of taste and technique.
Prices: $1.60 to $4.25 each
What to order: One of the signature cupcakes ($3.25), which look just as good as they taste—we suggest the I Hemp Heart Banana, with hemp hearts, bananas, vegan cream cheese and coconut butter
Nourish Kitchen & Bakery
Find it: 1304 Topsail Rd., nourishkitchenandbakery.com
The low-down: Specializing in gluten-free baking, this kitchen and bakery uses locally sourced ingredients to whip up heavenly from-scratch confectioneries, freshly baked bread and seasonally inspired snacks.
Prices: $3 to $8.95 each
What to order: Treat yo’self with zero guilt with a gluten- and dairy-free sticky cinnamon roll ($4.25).