Mississauga is a large metropolitan city located 20 minutes outside of downtown Toronto. It is home to the largest international airport in Canada, Lester B. Pearson International Airport, named after Canada’s 14th prime minister. The city’s name was inspired by the Indigenous People, the Mississauga of the New Credit, who initially inhabited the area. Mississauga is made up of a collection of small villages. The area features unique neighborhoods that are home to amazing restaurants, galleries, and shops. Mississauga is a melting pot of ethnicities with an exceptional food scene. Keep reading for the top three vegan restaurants that you won’t want to miss when visiting the city.
The Cold Pressery
The Cold Pressery is a 100% vegan café featuring an abundant smoothie menu, delicious almond milk lattes, and even better food. Long wood tables, plenty of basil plants, and a great playlist make up a communal dining room. You will feel right at home as if you’re visiting a friend’s house instead of a restaurant. I recommend the 5 & 10, which is a blend of cacao, banana, dates, and espresso, and tastes more like a sinful dessert than a smoothie. If you’re hungry, the chipotle tacos and avocado toast are a must-try.
Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday you can find Bloomers Bakery’s handmade vegan donuts at The Cold Pressery. My personal favorite is the cinnamon sugar, but there aren’t any bad decisions when it comes to a Bloomer’s donut. Soft, chewy and with the perfect amount of bounce, these donuts are sure to impress even a hard-core carnivore.
Work off your breakfast in a stereotypically Canadian fashion by heading over to The Rec Room for some axe throwing. The Rec Room is Mississauga’s go-to space for games and entertainment. If axe throwing isn’t up your alley you can also try your hand at bowling, pool, and ping pong. Wind down with some arcade games before heading to Raw Aura for dinner.
If you’re looking for a guilt-free, indulgent dinner, look no further than Raw Aura. A staple in the Port Credit neighborhood, this raw, vegan, refined-sugar-free, and gluten-free restaurant takes classic comfort foods and creates them into nutritious dishes that taste better than the originals. The taco salad started as a special, but due to demand, it has become a part of the regular menu and never fails to find a place at my table when I visit. This taco salad is hands down the best taco salad I’ve eaten anywhere, even before becoming plant-based. Other standout dishes include the pad Thai and beet ravioli, but you will not be disappointed no matter what you order.
Since the day it opened, Sweet Jesus has been a hotspot for Instagram-worthy ice cream cones. There is only one vegan cone on the menu, but the Bounty Killa makes up for that in flavor. Coconut soft serve topped with shredded coconut and finished with a shell-like dark chocolate drizzle reminds you of a classic chocolate bar, but the Bounty Killa blows it out of the water when it comes to taste.
Finding vegan options when traveling can be tough, but in Mississauga the options are plentiful! Starting with a standard avocado toast, then heading south of the border for the most mouth-watering salad and ending the day with a sweet treat. Spend your day exploring the art, culture and food scenes in this vibrant city to see what makes Mississauga so special.