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Discover Vancouver: Restaurants


With life (hopefully) returning to some sense of normalcy soon, we wanted to highlight some sustainable restaurants in the lower mainland worth checking out this summer. When scoping out places to eat, we aim for restaurants that limit their impact on the environment by:

  • Locally sourcing ingredients

  • Providing vegan options

  • Reducing the amount of waste

  • Commiting to fair trade practices and products


In general, we want to highlight places that demonstrate that they are leaders in the community in the fight against climate change! We’ll be highlighting more amazing sustainable restaurants in the future, so make sure to check back often and follow us on instagram @seederubc !


Aphrodite's Organic Cafe

https://www.organiccafe.ca/


  • Located on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, Aphrodite’s is only a quick bus ride away from both UBC and downtown Vancouver. They work directly with local farms and producers to ensure that their menu has the smallest ecological footprint possible. Their famous pies source local and organic ingredients, while their full cafe menu is made from scratch and customizable to fit any diet.


Shizen Ya

https://shizenya.ca/


  • Shizen Ya is the first natural food Japanese restaurant chain in North America which serves sushi with only brown rice, and salad with organic vegetables. They now have multiple locations in the Vancouver area, including on Hornby Street, Denman Street, and West Broadway. Sure to fill your sushi craving, they also have an assortment of gluten-free and vegan options!


Kind Cafe

https://www.kindcafe.ca/


  • As the name suggests, the family-run Kind Cafe is committed to being kind to our community and planet. Their menu is plant-based, and they work closely with local suppliers to source fresh ingredients. With a truly zero-waste experience, make sure to bring your own cup/container for take out!


Farmer’s Apprentice

https://farmersapprentice.ca/


  • Farmers Apprentice holds a special place in my heart as the first farm-to-table restaurant I experienced in Vancouver. They locally source their ingredients, resulting in an ever changing menu that evolves from one day to the next. With a cozy and vibrant environment, Farmers Apprentice is a great place for small friends and family get-togethers!


We would love to hear from you! If you have any recommendations of other sustainable stores, brands, products or restaurants please let us know on instagram @seederubc or seeder.ubc@gmail.com


**Disclaimer: We do acknowledge that the most sustainable options are plant based, however we are all about making small changes in your lifestyle that add up. So consider supporting some local businesses that apply more sustainable practices to the foods you already love!

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