Ski fare was once all about schnapps and a steaming bowl of goulash, a combo guaranteed to warm the body from the inside out. But just as skiing has come a long way from the long, skinny skis of old, ski sustenance has evolved too. True to form, Whistler is keeping pace. Just last season Whistler Blackcomb introduced its first on-mountain vegetarian restaurant at the Raven’s Nest. It’s just another sign of the changing times as skiers look for greater variety, healthier options and more fun with their food. If you’re looking for the best Whistler vegan restaurants, it has never been easier than it is today.
Ingrid’s Village Café
Ingrid’s may sound like the kind of place for a perfect bowl of goulash and a shot of schnapps to send you on your way, but there’s more to Ingrid’s than the simple name suggests. While it may be home to a delicious chicken schnitzel burger, Ingrid’s has come a long way since the schnitzel burger ruled supreme. It has become one of the go-to spots for vegetarian and vegan food, evolving with the changing tastes of Whistler’s skiers. In the 2014 annual local readers survey at Pique Newsmagazine, Ingrid’s Village Café also took home the title of Best Quick Lunch — quick, delicious and nutritious. And it’s arguably one of the best locations in town, just on the edge of Village Square.
The Green Moustache
The Green Moustache was voted best vegetarian food in the Best of Whistler readers’ poll in 2014. This is so much more than a vegetarian/cold-pressed juice and smoothie hotspot. You can actually start to feel the good food work inside you as soon as you eat it. The salads are heaped with satisfying amounts of fresh ingredients and the wraps are delicious too. You haven’t really tried a wrap until you’ve try a collared green wrap at the Green Moustache. And let’s not forget about the sweet stuff. The Green Moustache raw desserts are gluten-free and dairy-free and sweetened with only dates, honey or maple syrup. Yum!
The Royal Taste of India/Tandoori Grill
Indian food tends to pull more than its weight when it comes to vegetarian options. There are two Indian hot spots in Whistler — the long-established Tandoori Grill and the more recent Royal Taste of India. From the Whistler vegan restaurants we’ve suggested, these are certainly your more traditional restaurant options, and are places that can spice up your vegetarian dining in more ways than one.
Olives Community Market
It’s a little further afield in Function Junction but Olives, an organic grocery store, is a bustling hive of activity and great finds. Its goal is to become to the first “natural convenience store.” While it might not be technically be considered a Whistler vegan restaurant, it’s definitely worth the trip to Function to see what’s in store. You will find great options here to satisfy your vegetarian or vegan soul within.
There’s a Village of Whistler Vegan Restaurants to Choose From
Don’t let this short list fool you. Vegetarian and vegan options are abound throughout the village. Our guide to Whistler vegan restaurants is just the starting point. Many of the fine dining establishments found in the village will gladly cater to various dietary requirements with prior notification. If you’d like assistance in planning your dining experiences in Whistler, contact our expert concierge services today, they will be more than happy to find the perfect place for your dining preferences.