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8 ways to enjoy plant-powered eating in Fredericton

8 ways to enjoy plant-powered eating in Fredericton

One of the first things we do in any new town is ask where to find the vegan options, those restaurants who excel at delicious plant-based fare. And we’re not alone. According to a 2018 study, one in 10 Canadians identifies as vegan or vegetarian, and with the release of Canada’s plant-powered food guide earlier this year that number is expected to rise.

The good news is that Fredericton’s food scene is keeping up with the move to plant-based eating. When we threw out the call to our local vegan community, the recommendations came pouring in. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite personal favourites for every occasion.

Gather the gang for brunch

Fredericton fave Isaac’s Way serves up vegan options throughout the day, but as a brunch spot it’s hard to beat with a mouth-watering vegan Hollandaise sauce drizzled over the vegan poutine or smoked tofu Benedict.

Isaac's Way

Break for lunch

The Abbey Café was one of the first restaurants in the city to boast an (almost) exclusively vegan menu and they quickly developed a devoted following for their paninis, burritos, bowls and nachos. We also love that cozy, quirky Café Loka offers vegan versions of most lunch options and mouth-watering vegan desserts -- worth walking a few blocks out of the downtown core!

Find a food truck

Since they burst onto the Fredericton food scene last fall, Veg Out’s plant-based take on street food favourites has drawn die-hard vegans and veg-curious types alike. You can find their food truck at the Boyce Market on Saturdays or follow their Facebook page for updates on their location through the week. Hit them up early in the day though, their donairs, souvlakis and chili dogs are known to sell out!



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Grab a slice

Tucked in the basement of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Milda’s Pizza serves up the best wood-fired pizza in town including a fully-vegan option. You can also find them at the Garrison Night Market on Thursdays and the Boyce Farmer’s Market on Saturdays.

Milda's Pizza

Make a dinner date

Cozy up with the one you love at Cinnamon Café, an intimate downtown eatery. Drawing on delicious Persian cuisine, their fully vegan and vegetarian menu is a feast for the senses. Number One Noodle is one of our favourite dinner spots with a wide range of delicious options including pad thai, pho and tofu rice paper rolls.

Head to the market (all the markets!) 

Fredericton loves its markets and its markets love serving up plant-based options. At Thursday’s Garrison Night Market, we love grabbing dim sum and the turmeric rice special from Zensation and taking in the free concert at Officers' Square. On Saturdays, samosas from the Boyce Market are a Fredericton tradition. Yummy Samosas makes it easy for market-goers with a clearly posted vegan menu. Other market favourites are Hana’s Ethiopian Food and Saffron Indian Foods at the Saturday Cultural Market.


Treat yourself to something sweet

If you think vegan food can’t be decadent, think again. Sweeten up your Saturday with a stop by Fuller Confection and From Scratch Bakery at the Boyce Farmers Market. New kids on the block Vegan Haven have set up shop at the Cultural Market with a selection of home-baked tarts, cookies, cinnamon buns and whoopee pies that would make any grandma proud. The charming Chesspiece Patisserie has upped their vegan game lately including introducing a vegan cronut and their Queen Street Creamery ice cream truck offers the most decadent vegan-friendly ice cream options right down to the crispy, golden waffle cone.

From Scratch Bakery

Catch the buzz (or chill out!) while taking in some live music

Tucked away on Mazzuca’s Lane, Affirmation Lounge serves up delicious non-alcoholic herbal cocktails and coffees. Whether you need to perk up or calm down, they’ve got a blend for you. They’re introducing more vegan treats and food over the summer. Over on Regent Street, the Tipsy Muse is always hopping. This trendy café offers up vegan lattes, vegan bagels and cream cheese and a selection of treats from Holly’s Whole Food Kitchen. Both Affirmation and the Muse boast active line-ups of live music.

Tipsy Muse

We hope this list has your mouth watering for some delicious plant-based meals. Got a favourite we missed? Share it on the comments or tag us (@Upwell.Life) on Instagram or Facebook.

Heather Allaby and Eric St-Amand are the co-founders of Upwell.Life, a online media platform aimed at making a more-balanced, joyful and fulfilling life more attainable. You can follow them on Instagram or Facebook at @Upwell.Life.