Finding food on the road when you follow a specific diet/lifestyle can be challenging. But it can also be exciting when you discover delicious gems. Charlottetown is a small city but boasts some amazing options for vegans. Non-vegans listen-up too! If you’re looking for top-notch quality eats, i.e. the freshest, best, made from scratch, seasonal, organic, local produce look no further than Charlottetown’s vegan restaurants!
Let this be your handy guide to the tastiest vegan eats in the city! For more local vegan scoop be sure to follow @theveganlocal ‘s instagram and ask her all of your vegan travel questions.
My Plum, My Duck
This place is a big deal – opening in 2017 it was PEI”s first vegan restaurant. It is 99% vegan (there is one fresh fish option on the menu). MPMD is the lovechild of the amazing Chef Sarah Forrester-Wendt. It’s small, cheerful, quiet and has a naturally hip vibe. Slide into church pew seating, admire the vase of fresh flowers on the table, listen to cool tunes and check-out great local art on the walls. Local Kombucha is on tap by Heartbeet Organics. Sip on it or another local beverage (the kimchi caesar with local vodka is a revolution). Our favourite special is Thursday nights’ 2-for-1 Veggie Burgers. It’s a crazy good deal for crazy good food. Homemade everything: sourdough bun, garlic aoili, tomato jam, bean burger served with fresh greens and a raspberry vinaigrette and roasted veggies with more garlic aoili for dipping.
*Order an item from the to-go lunch menu and take it with you. Tomorrow’s healthy & delicious lunch/beach picnic is sorted. Isn’t that what vacation is all about?! Banbridge staff favourites include spicy tahini noodles and kale salad.
* For dessert buy a tub of INDULGE coconut ice-cream (it is vegan, dairy-free, uber-creamy and just what you need to celebrate being in PEI).
*Follow MPMD’s social media for daily specials.
*They offer delivery through skip the dishes.
Stir it Up
Owners Aurora and Kevin started up this bangin’ take-away cafe in 2018. It’s safe to say islanders have been in love ever since. Stir-it-Up is tucked away at the back of Back Alley Music (the coolest record store). It’s a takeaway cafe except in the summer when you can eat on picnic tables in the back yard. They’re inspired by the Caribbean, grow their own greens and the menu changes seasonally. The house salad and dotty’s burger are staff favourites. Amazing grab n go salads and mooless macs (tastes like a big mac). They also serve an assortment of very yummy vegan baked goods and locally roasted receiver coffee and kombucha by heartbeet organics.
*Browse records while you wait
*Call-ahead and place an order for pick-up (they also deliver).
*Check out their instagram for current info and foodie fan photos!
Groceries, grab ‘n’ go, sundries
For vegans (and people with other special diets) traveling can be challenging which is why many guests take advantage of the well-equipped kitchens in our Banbridge Apartments. Cooking on your vacation can save you money and is a fun way to try local fare. There are plenty of options for every diet that will have you feeling like you’re in foodie paradise.
The Rootcellar, PEI’S number one health store, a beloved island hotspot since the 70s. You’ll find a wide range of natural vegan snacks, beverages, and grocery items not to mention a wonderful selection of best-selling natural and vegan cosmetics, skincare, supplements, essential oils, etc.
Hot Tip: Stock up on cases of La Croix sparkling water, Califia Farms cold brew coffee snack bars and bags of cheezies for your beach cooler. Don’t forget to top up on natural sunscreen and mosquito spray (PEI summer necessities).
Riverview Country Market
Riverview Country market has fresh produce and an assortment of local and gourmet imports. They have a neat selection of vegan groceries and frozen vegan meals made in house. They usually have at least one vegan to-go option (sandwich, soup or salad). Check-out their instagram for current offerings.
Hot tip: Get a coffee while you shop by locally roasted Caledonian Coffee. They have dairy-free milk alternatives and you can get fun specialty coffees too like a spirulina london fog, golden mylk latte, raw cacoa hot choc or a bullet proof coffee!
Kettle Black Marché
The new sister to the popular Kettle Black Cafe has great baked goods and grab ‘n’ go options. They serve up great specialty coffee too.
The Charlottetown Farmers’ Market
For the very best of PEI’s fertile red soil get your groceries at the Charlottetown Farmers Market. Local, organic produce at its finest. Get a bag of greens or organic PEI new potatoes…. better than any potato you’ve ever tasted!) and your supper is set. Find everything from a yummy lunch (a variety of world food vendors), sweets, bread, herbs, kombucha, preserves, coffee and fresh flowers.
Wednesdays and Saturdays 9am-2pm
Queen Street Market
Find some different vendors here that you won’t see at the Charlottetown Farmers Markets. From farm stands to Afghani cuisine and vegan doughnuts!