Whether you’re a devoted vegan or just want to incorporate more plant-based dishes into your daily meals, these vegan spots in Philly offer some of the most creative, bright, and tasty dishes in the city. There’s something for every kind of vegan on this list, even those with an insatiable sweet tooth. Looking for a list of some of Philly’s most notable vegan dishes? Check out our illustrated guide here.Read More
27 Places to Get Excellent Vegan Food in Philadelphia
Committed herbivores and hardcore carnivores alike will find something to love at Philly’s vegan restaurants, bakeries, and cafes
1. All the Way Live Cafe (multiple locations)
This Germantown vegan staple serves up an all-raw menu filled with vegetables and fruit. Go for the butternut squash soup and the chickpea and portobello burger, and round out the meal with apple pie made with a date-nut crust or the coconut-based cheesecake. The restaurant’s Chestnut Hill location is temporarily closed, but the Germantown outpost is open Thursday to Sunday for indoor dining, pickup, and delivery.
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2. The Nile Cafe
Vegan soul food is what’s on offer at the Nile Cafe in Germantown, a casual spot serving vegan entrees like barbecue chicken alongside collard greens, cabbage, and cornbread. Make sure to get a slice of house-made cake or a scoop of non-dairy ice cream too. Order online for pickup, or stop by for outdoor dining. Very limited indoor dining is available, too.
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3. Little Man's Juice Bar and Grill
Looking for comfort food? This northeast Philly spot has you covered, whether you want the vegan version of a McGriddle for breakfast, an Impossible burger for lunch, a buffalo chicken cheesesteak for dinner, or just some cheese fries or General Tsos wings to snack on. For one of the most popular staples on the menu, try the cheesesteak spring rolls.
4. Crust Vegan Bakery
This women-owned and operated bakery sells a continuously rotating menu of vegan baked goods, including seasonally inspired pop tarts, cheesecakes, cookies, scones, and coffee cakes. Find the Manayunk bakery open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., or swing by all-vegan cafe Grindcore House’s West Philly location, where Crust pastries are always on the menu.
5. Algorithm Food Truck
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Roaming throughout the city, Algorithm’s food truck serves up flavor-packed vegan options, like seitan cheesesteaks with Calabrian chili whiz, watermelon “tuna” tacos, and Korean BBQ fries. Executive chef Cody Ballard works closely with local vendors (such as Câphé Roasters for coffee, Blackbird for protein, Giordano Garden Groceries for produce, and Merzbacher’s and Baker Street for bread) to put into practice its community-driven mission. Check out the Algorithm website and Instagram for up-to-date information on when and where they’re parking their cerulean blue truck.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Goldie, the Philly-favorite falafel shop from the Zahav team, serves up falafel sandwiches, fries (try them shawarma-spiced), and not-to-miss tahini-based shakes in flavors like mint chocolate and Turkish coffee. The long-awaited location in Fishtown is open now. Order online or in person for pickup.
7. Float Dreamery
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Since last summer, Float Dreamery has developed quite the cult following. The “cow-lorie free” (cheeky, just like all their Instagram captions) gelato venture operates out of Castellino’s side window every Saturday. But to secure a pint, you’ll need to preorder on Tuesday; weekly menus go up at noon, with an average sell-out time of an hour or less. The popularity comes as no surprise, with innovative flavors like the Wild Child, made with a black cocoa base, peppermint fluff swirls, gluten-free red velvet chunks, chocolate chips, and fudge, and the Honky Tonky, featuring a base made with caramelized sugar, peanut butter ribbon swirls, and Cracker Jack bits. Saturday pickups are from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Didn’t snag a preorder? There are always a few walk-up pints, along with Float’s signature frozen ice cream hoagies, and some Saturdays, there are scoop options, too.
8. Primary Plant Based
Just a year after debuting as a pop-up out of Khyber Pass Pub, Primary Plant Based opened its first brick-and-mortar this November in Northern Liberties. Chef Mark McKinney helms the menu, featuring creative, vegetable-focused dishes that range from kohlrabi hand pies to yuba noodle salad to jackfruit carnitas sandwiched between plantain French toast. The BYOB is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for indoor dining and takeout.
9. Unit Su Vege
Tucked in the art museum area, this vegetarian and kosher Chinese restaurant serves an extensive, mostly vegan menu of dumplings, steamed buns, soups, fried rice, noodle dishes, and stir-fries, plus dairy-free ice cream and other desserts. Most items are vegan, but there are some dishes, like the lo mein and sesame noodles, made with egg noodles. Takeout and delivery are available.
10. Soy Cafe
The menu is mostly vegan at the long-running Soy Cafe. The Northern Liberties spot has a coffee shop feel but the food options are extensive — breakfast sandwiches, soups, filling salads, wraps, pastries, and more. Stop in or order delivery online.
11. Blackbird Pizzeria
Once described by many Philly vegans as having the best (dairy-free) pizza in town, this fully vegan Northern Liberties spot has shifted its menu to fully focus on sandwiches, like the popular vegan cheesesteak with house-made Whiz, and sides, including seitan wings that come in flavors like root beer barbecue and habanero buffalo. Order online for pickup or delivery.
12. Luhv Vegan Deli (multiple locations)
Luhv serves up vegan deli fare at its Hatboro bistro and Reading Terminal Market stand. The market location sells cold cuts and sliced cheeses to go along with sandwiches, like smoked golden beet lox and cream cheese on a bagel and a top-notch Reuben on rye. If you haven’t tried it yet, start with the tuna salad — it’s a customer favorite for good reason. Order online for pickup or delivery.
13. Tomo Sushi & Ramen
It’s not always easy to find exciting vegan sushi options, but Tomo delivers with an entire menu of vegan rolls that feature ingredients like eel made out of eggplant and tuna made out of marinated tomato. They also serve up a popular plant-based ramen, filled with savory ingredients like seitan teriyaki and black fungus mushrooms. And there’s vegan mochi, too.
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14. 20th Street Pizza
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Mark Mebus of vegan favorite Blackbird Pizzeria opened this Rittenhouse restaurant selling square pan pies with perfectly chewy crust along with classic round pies with topping choices like vegan sausage. Don’t sleep on the garlic knots. Order online for pickup or delivery.
15. HipCityVeg (multiple locations)
With five locations in the Philly area (and two more on their way), two in D.C., and one in New York City, fast-casual eatery HipCityVeg is becoming a meat-free empire, offering salads, sandwiches, and burgers that are as hearty and filling as their non-vegan counterparts. Order online for pickup or delivery.
16. Bar Bombón
A milk-free tres leches cake? If anyone can make it work, it’s Nicole Marquis, best known for vegan chain HipCityVeg. In Rittenhouse, her Bar Bombón infuses Philly’s vegan scene with Latin flavors. Everything on the menu is plant-based, like the popular steak empanadas and buffalo cauliflower tacos, paired with cocktail options like a salted grapefruit margarita. Order online for takeout or delivery, or stop by for outdoor or indoor dining.
17. Charlie Was a Sinner
This narrow, candlelit lounge infuses its cocktail menu with intriguing ingredients, like egg-free egg whites, Brazilian banana liqueur, fennel shrub, and tangerine marmalade. The eclectic food menu includes ricotta with grilled sourdough bread, sliders with jalapeño jam, and caramelized eggplant bao buns. Order pickup or delivery online. Outdoor and indoor dining are available, too, and the bar is open until 2 a.m.
18. Dottie's Donuts (multiple locations)
Known for its creative and indulgent, yeast-raised vegan donuts, Dottie’s regularly offers everything from donuts stuffed with fried Oreos to donuts oozing with Nutella cheesecake to donuts with holes filled by a separate slice of cake. While flavors rotate regularly, the most popular remains the Dunkaroos, a birthday cake donut stuffed with buttercream and topped with vanilla glaze, cookie crumbles, and sprinkles. Dottie’s is open for walk-up orders seven days a week at both locations. Call for daily flavors.
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Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby reinvented meatless dining in Philly by making vegetables — not meat substitutes — the star at Vedge, an elegant eatery set in a former mansion. Through culinary skill and maybe a little magic, rutabaga gets turned into fondue and radishes impersonate sushi. Vedge also has a killer cocktail menu and natural wine list. It’s open for takeout and indoor dining.
20. Monster Vegan
Monster Vegan, located in the Center City space that once occupied Valanni Social Club, is serving up some hair-raising, spine-tingling, deceptively plant-based Italian food. Owned and operated by couple Ron Tadeo and Lauren Margaretta, who came together over a love of horror films (hence the name), are dishing out classic pasta dishes like spicy rigatoni bolognese and truffle alfredo spaghetti. They also offer less Italian-leaning dishes such as fried chicken banh mi and fajita chicken egg rolls. Open for takeout and delivery Tuesday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call or place orders online.
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21. Tattooed Mom
Whether you’re interested in fun cocktails, graffiti, billiards, or vegan food, Tattooed Mom has it all. Try the top-selling Nashville hot chicken sandwich, featuring gluten-based “chicken” that’s doused in Nashville-style hot sauce. Pair it with tots for the ultimate T-Mom experience, and wash it all down with a cocktail like the Cosmo Cloud, a cosmopolitan that’s poured over a cup of strawberry cotton candy. Tattooed Mom is open daily for outdoor and indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Nourish is rebuilt and ready to serve in a new location after a fire tragically ripped through the old restaurant last September. Now you can find Nourish’s lauded Italian and Jamaican dishes like vegan oxtail, alfredo chickpeas, and fried enoki mushroom sandwiches at the new location on South 9th Street. Wash your meal down with made-to-order natural juices or superfood smoothies. Nourish is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
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23. Batter & Crumbs
In South Philly, this vegan bakery and cafe is where to go for a pumpkin spice latte and a cinnamon roll or a flaky, savory “spinach jawn” pastry. Batter & Crumbs also carries Four Worlds Bakery sourdough bagels and a rotating selection of sandwiches and other dishes from various vegan venues. Order online for takeout, use Caviar/Doordash for delivery, or dine both indoors or outdoors.
24. The Tasty
The charmingly retro Tasty takes on diner fare, minus the meat and dairy. Head here early for pork roll, egg, and cheese on a kaiser roll, or pick up a lunchtime sandwich like the BLT with coconut bacon or the Buffalo chik’n cheezsteak on a Sarcone’s roll. Call ahead for pickup (and when you do, be sure to ask what baked goods are available).
25. Triangle Tavern
This casual South Philly staple brings an old school Italian feel and a menu that caters to both omnivores and vegans alike. From spaghetti and meatballs to wings to pizza to mozzarella sticks to cheesesteaks, most menu options come in meat-free, dairy-free versions. Be sure to grab an order of garlick-y broccoli rabe to share. And check Instagram for seasonal specials, like the Gobbler, sandwiching seitan turkey (or real turkey), rosemary mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce between a seeded Carangi roll. Triangle is currently open for curbside takeout or delivery only.
26. Miss Rachel's Pantry
Step up dinnertime with a five-course meal made for two at this charming restaurant housed behind a South Philly garage door. The menu changes every week, but always includes biscuits, a salad with house-made cheese, soup, a pasta course, a hearty entree, and dessert, typically a seasonal cake with house-made ice cream. Reservations to the BYOB are required. Dinner dates are released on the first Friday of every month.
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27. UnSoul Food
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Once a vegan catering company and pop-up operation founded by married couple Bryon and Nathasa Dockett, UnSoul Food now operates out of a permanent home at 1801 South 4th Street. The dairy-free, nut-free menu features classic comfort dishes like award-winning mac and cheese, seafood gumbo, and sweet potato cinnamon rolls. Stop in Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. to grab a meal at the bar, or order online for pickup or delivery.