Reading Time: < 1 minute The 'vegan mecca' is located On Queen St. West in downtown Toronto (Image: Instagram)
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rapidly growing vegan movement has spawned a neighbourhood of its very own, a
growing commercial area formerly referred to as ‘Vegandale’.

is described on its website as ‘a mecca for the ethically minded and hungry,
with the best of vegan food, and service, coexisting in one block in downtown
Toronto’ – and draws its name from a Saturday Night Live sketch featuring Justin Timberlake dressed as tofu.


businesses which currently make up the self-described ‘land without milk and
honey’ currently include The Imperative, Mythology Dinner, and the-ever-popular

Doomie’s is
famed for its vegan junk food, and Vegan Sidekick selfies zone, where diners
can take photos surrounding by the famed artist and activist’s work.

is a bar and upscale diner, serving refined vegan takes on such classics as
wings, poutine, and Caesar salad.

The Imperative is not a restaurant but a store tailored to vegan and ethically
minded consumers, offering clothing, beauty products, and homewares.


Despite its
small start, Vegandale is set to be twice the size by year’s end.

additions to the neighbourhood include Vegandale Bracitorium, Prohibition Pie,
and NYM.

While they
appear to be producers of booze and desserts, specifics about these
establishments seem to have been kept deliberately under wraps.

Milkshakes are one of many vegan options at Doomie’s in Vegandale (Photo: Instagram)
Milkshakes are one of many vegan options at Doomie’s in Vegandale (Photo: Instagram)


Also on the
horizon for Vegandale is the Vegandale Food Drink Festival, which will hit
Chicago, Toronto, and New York this year – as well as one location which as yet
has been kept secret.

The Toronto festival will be at Garrison Common on August 11-12.

Emily Court

Emily Court is a writer and content creator published in Plant Based News, Raise Vegan, Living Vegan and The Financial Diet. A self-described "recovering vegan hothead," she is now a pragmatic member of Vancouver's vibrant and growing plant-powered community. Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, she holds a BA in Spanish and certificate in Intercultural Communication from Dalhousie University, where her thesis focused on topics of cultural and gender-based discrimination. She aims to apply a privilege-conscious and culturally sensitive approach to her work in all fields.