Whether you’re a devoted vegan or just want to incorporate more plant-based dishes into your diet, 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.Read More
28 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)
All The Way Live serves vegan and raw fare in Germantown and Chestnut Hill. Go for the butternut squash soup and the chickpea and portobello burger, and round out the meal with apple pie or coconut-based cheesecake. Both locations are open Thursday to Sunday for 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 delivery.
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3. Crust Vegan Bakery
Wholesale vegan bakery Crust opened a retail shop near its commercial kitchen in Manayunk last year, and you can stop by to pick up white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, zucchini bread, brownies, and cinnamon buns. It’s open Wednesday to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
4. Algorithm Food Truck
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Catch Algorithm food truck serving really excellent seitan cheesesteaks with Calabrian chili whiz, watermelon tuna tacos, and Korean BBQ fries all over the city. Executive chef Cody Ballard works closely with local vendors (such as Caphe Roasters for coffee, Blackbird and Philly Tempeh for protein, 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.
5. pom pom
Pom Pom, a fast-casual spot located in Fishtown, can be your plant-based cheerleader with delicious menu staples like Impossible smash burgers, a griddled braised green melt, and butternut squash mac and cheese, plus rotating specials. From the team that brought Soup Kitchen to Fishtown comes a clean space, with lots of plants and an airy vibe, thanks to its open garage door. The menu consists of a mix of vegetarian and vegan items, but all dishes can be made vegan. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, and Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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6. Float Dreamery
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Float Dreamery, a new “cow-lorie free” (cheeky, just like all their Instagram captions) gelato venture that operates out of Castellino’s side window every Saturday, could be considered the vegan version of 1-900-Ice-Cream, as they sell out almost every week. That comes as no surprise, with flavors like MMM Matcha Say which is made with a matcha base, wild blueberry jam, and white chocolate flecks, and I-Cupo made with a vanilla base, lemon curd, and bits of olive oil cake on the menu. If they’re sold out for the week, fret not, they have some walk-up pints available at the window along with rotating scoops and ice cream sandwiches. Preorders open on Tuesdays at noon and can be placed online. Pickups are every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
West Philly’s vegan sandwich shop focuses on vegan meals, with a few seafood options too — hence the vegan-ish moniker. On the vegan side, go for a thick bacon cheeseburger (with mushroom bacon and cheddar cheez) or try a spicy chickpea burger with apricot chutney, and don’t forget an order of fries with dairy-free cheese sauce. Order online for pickup or delivery.
8. Unit Su Vege
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. There are some non-vegan items, like egg noodles. Takeout and delivery are available.
9. 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.
10. Blackbird Pizzeria
Described by many Philly vegans as having the best (dairy-free) pizza in town, Blackbird in Northern Liberties also makes a popular vegan cheesesteak using garlicky seitan. Root beer barbecue wings and cheese fries round out the menu. Order online for pickup or delivery.
11. 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.
12. 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 and classic round pies with topping choices like vegan sausage. Don’t skip the garlic knots. Order online for pickup or delivery.
13. HipCityVeg (multiple locations)
With five locations in the Philly area and two in D.C., 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.
14. 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 hearts of palm ceviche with jicama, avocado, and jalapeno (and the spicy habanero-infused margarita.) Order through the restaurant or use Caviar/DoorDash for delivery. Outdoor and indoor dining is available.
Goldie, the Philly-favorite falafel shop from the Zahav team, serves up falafel sandwiches, fries, and not-to-miss tahini-based shakes in flavors like chocolate and Turkish coffee. Order online or in person for pickup.
16. Charlie Was a Sinner
This narrow, candlelit lounge infuses its cocktail menu with vegetal ingredients like purple sweet potato, beet brandy, and wheatgrass. The eclectic food menu includes ricotta with grilled sourdough bread, sliders with jalapeño jam, and seitan satay with peanut sauce. Order pickup or delivery online. Outdoor and indoor dining are available.
17. Pure Sweets & Co.
In Rittenhouse, P.S. & Co specializes in cold-pressed juices and offers an organic, vegan, gluten-free cafe menu that spans cuisines. In the morning, go for a breakfast burrito or acai bowl. For dinner, choose from options like French bread pizza and a barbecue tempeh sandwich, followed by tiramisu. Order online for pickup.
18. Primary Plant Based
Though Primary Plant Based is currently on hiatus while Chef Mark McKinney searches for a space to relaunch his vegan pop-up permanently, McKinney’s dishes employ vegetables in thrillingly delicious ways that are worth waiting for. Fingers crossed that the new permanent location will offer dishes featured on the previous menu, like the roasted kohlrabi hand pie, yuba noodle salad, and the celery root schnitzel sandwich. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram for announcements about the brick-and-mortar to come.
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, mushrooms become ribbons of pasta and radishes impersonate sushi. Vedge also has a killer cocktail menu and natural wine list. It’s open for takeout, indoor, and outdoor 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 birria tacos with elote. 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. The Chocolate Alchemist
For micro-batch vegan chocolate bars that’ll melt in your mouth and hazelnut spread that’ll level up your toast game, head to the Chocolate Alchemist’s website to place mail orders. You can also find them for sale at Riverwards Produce and The Headhouse Farmers Market.
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.
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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. Grindcore House (multiple locations)
Long-running vegan coffee shop Grindcore House serves sandwiches and bagels with its lattes, plus baked goods from local vegan bakeries. A second location in West Philly offers a similar menu. Both are open for pickup; order online.
26. Miss Rachel's Pantry
Step up Friday night dinner with a multi-course meal made for two, available for pickup or dine-in at Miss Rachel’s Pantry. The menu changes every week, but always includes biscuits, a vegetable dish with house-made cheese, a soup, an entree, and dessert. On Wednesdays through May, a la carte items are available for pickup or delivery. Preordering is required.
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27. V Marks the Shop
It’s not a restaurant per se, but there’s plenty to eat at V Marks the Shop, a little vegan grocery store offering all types of pantry and fridge items along with a selection of baked goods and prepared foods. Call for pickup or get delivery via Mercato.
28. UnSoul Food
Philadelphia, PA 19148
What was once a vegan catering company and pop-up operation founded by married couple Bryon and Nathasa Dockett has now found a permanent home at 1801 South 4th Street. UnSoul Food offers vegan versions of classic comfort dishes like award-winning mac and cheese, seafood salad, and sweet potato cinnamon rolls. Catch UnSoul Food and other vegan vendors outside of the shop on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Philly Vegan Night Market. Open Wednesday thru Sunday for takeout with varying menus and hours. Order online for pickup.