Where can we get some decent vegan cheese Toronto? This city’s vegan scene has been exploding recently and it only looks to continue going this way. One piece of fuel that will add to this fire is the addition of the soon to be Vegan Cheese Deli near Queen and Roncesvalles, Wandering Deli!
The shop is called Wandering Deli, they will be located at 1645 Queen St W. and will offer over 15 different types of their own vegan cheese which are primarily made from cashew/almond milks with coconut kefir culture, pumpkin and sunflower seed and more. Some of their flavours will include Havarti, Smoky Paprika Ash, Almond Feta, Almond Mozzarella and Savoury Sage. They also plan to carry cheese made from other producers as well so it will be a one stop shop for all your vegan cheese needs.
They ran a crowdfunding project on Indiegogo with a target of $18,500. The project is now closed but they met the amount of $15,420 so they got very close to their goal! Also on that page they stated that they hope to have their shop open by mid February so we will hopefully be able to visit them soon. Until then you can always find them Mondays at The Sorauren Farmers Market.
Vegan Cheese Toronto – Where to Find
We can’t wait for our own exclusively vegan cheese shop to open but we also need to know where else we can get our hands on some decent options. Well, nowadays you can find vegan cheese at almost any grocery store which is amazing but most places will only have the Daiya shredded stuff and maybe one other to choose from. Don’t get me wrong, this is great and a big improvement from the past, but it’s nice to have a bit of variety so there are three other shops worth noting that aren’t just cheese shops but have a decent variety to choose from.
Yamchops is a vegan butcher and they have a location in Little Italy at 705 College St. and inside the Stackt Market at Bathurst and Front. They don’t have a massive selection of vegan cheese but they will have some brands that are hard to find anywhere else. They also offer free shipping to Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec for orders over $99 if you are interested in shopping online. If you have never been here before though you should really try their ready made stuff because they have so many amazing meals to choose from.
This place has pretty much all your vegan grocery needs covered which of course includes vegan cheese. If you are not lucky enough to live near to their location in Parkdale at 1591 Dundas St. W. you can also order from them online. They have a large selection in store but an even wider selection online so be sure to check them out.
Located at 348 Danforth and 125 Southwood Drive The Big Carrot is a wonderful natural food store that has been around forever. They do not offer delivery but have a good selection of vegan cheese in-store and also offer a rewards program.
The Best Vegan Cheese Toronto has to Offer
Now lets take a look at the best vegan cheese brands out there because there can be big differences in taste with each type. Here (in no typical order) is my list of the top brands to try:
Culcherd is a Toronto-based company that makes artisanal butter and cheese. Their cheese flavours are Original, Herb & Garlic, Sharp & Smokey, Tomatoe & Olive, Jalapeño and Everything Bagel which are all hand crafted. And their butter is palm oil-free!
Kite Hill is an awesome company that makes plant based Yogurt, Cheese, Dips, Sour Cream and more. We suggest that you try their cream cheese made from artisanal almond milk and cultured to add to the flavour!
Milk plants hug cows is what they say. This award winning vegan cheese is superb and they offer a few different varieties such as several different cheese wheels, Vegan Mozzarella, Cream Cheese, Road Cheese and Vegan Butter! They are based out of California but you can find them at certain Sobeys, Loblaws and Longo’s.
Violife Foods – Vegan Cheese Toronto
Violife offers several varieties of cheese but we like the slices the best because they are soft and melty and go great on sandwiches. They also offer shredded and cream cheese as well and everything comes with a ton of flavour options.
Available in over 90 stores across Canada, this family nun business is sure to satisfy you vegan cheese cravings. They offer several different types of Cream Cheese, an Artisanal Feta, a Brie Stye and Zesty Nacho. They are also GMO, gluten and soy free and a Canadian Company!
Tofutti makes slices, cream cheese and sour cream but what we recommend you try first is their Better than Cheese Ricotta.
Follow Your Heart – Vegan Cheese Toronto
Some say Follow Your Heart makes the best vegan plain cream cheese out there and it is definitely a task to make it a tasty option. Another signature product of theirs is the Parmesan Stye Shredded Cheese which incorporates organic chickpea miso paste which adds some really nice flavour. They also offer slices and everything comes in multiple flavours.
This Canadian company has products in over 1200 stores across the country and you can find them at Sobeys, Whole Foods and Farmboy among others. They have six types to choose from which includes a blue cheese. What’s the best thing about their products? They’re organic!
Field Roast makes some awesome vegan sausages but they also produce some very nice cheese. They make their cheese from coconut oil and seasoned with traditionally fermented soybean curd which is called Chao in Vietnamese.
Another Canadian company with great vegan cheese for the list. They make their hand crafted artisanal cheese here in Toronto and it is made with a base of organic soy milk and coconut oil. Vegcheese can be found in boutique grocers across Ontario.
Sold in over 3,000 stores throughout the US but unfortunately not sold here in Canada yet. But be on the lookout for them because this non-dairy cheese company delivers some quality cheeses and you can choose from Soft French-Style or Aged Nut Cheeses and also a New York Style Cashew Cream Cheese. They are environmentally conscious, use minimal ingredients and add probiotics to their cheeses. Sign up for our mailing list and we’ll let you know as soon as they start selling in Canada.
Have we missed a favourite of yours? What vegan cheese do you use Toronto?