Beyond being America’s 5th largest city, and the birthplace of both the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, Philly is a top Vegan hub. They have an abundance of fully vegan bakeries, cafes, and restaurants.
So many actually that I had to break this post into two parts, or it would never load for you. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss part 2, which will focus on vegan activities in the city and vegan eateries in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Everyday I see droolworthy pics of Dottie’s gorgeous vegan donuts in my Insta feed, and I wish I had them all. Located on the cusp of Philadelphia’s Spruce Hill, this fully vegan donutery has been so successful in their inaugural year that they are opening a second location this month. I’ve begged them via many comments to please please please offer shipping, but it’s clear that they don’t need to. It’s awesome to see vegan businesses thriving.
Holy crap the food here looks amazing!!! Located on the edge of Queen Village, and soon to be neighbors with the new Dottie’s Donuts, Blackbird Pizzeria pie toppings include tofu scramble, rosemary garlic seitan, roasted beets, vegan garlic butter, Daiya, truffle oil, and tofu ricotta. Besides vegan pizza and calzones, this fully vegan pizzeria offers sandwiches like Seitan Chick’n Parm and they were just voted best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philadelphia, for the second year in a row. They’re also killing it with their Seitan Wings which are served with a creamy cucumber dip. And they have you covered with vegan cupcakes, whoopies and cookies baked in-house. Yum!
Located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, V Street is a fully vegan bar and eatery focusing on high-end street food with a variety of ethnic-fusions, and crafted cocktails. This is a cool date location, but relaxed enough for friends to meet up. The vibe is sophisticated-minimalist with a repurposed nod. Their elegantly plated dishes include Korean Fried Tempeh Tacos, Peruvian Fries, and Za’atar Grilled Corn. Brunch and desserts too!
Vedge is one of the most famous fully vegan restaurants in the US. Their menu is an elegant celebration of plants which are artfully plated. Keep your phone on the table, you’ll be instagramming the whole meal. This is a place for foodies looking for a culinary experience. Menu offerings are closer to tapas sized portions that include Rutabaga Fondue, Salt Baked Beets, Asparagus Colcannon, and Seared Maitake Mushroom. Located inside of a historic mansion complete with original woodwork, fireplaces, and a marbletop bar.
Fully vegan coffeehouse, featuring pastries from Newman’s Boulangerie (Newman’s insta here) and Dottie’s Donuts, located between Dickinson Narrows & Pennsport. What I love about this place is that they often will donate all cash sales to a particular non-profit such as APLU and Planned Parenthood.
Super cute fully vegan diner, where breakfast is available all day, is located in the Passyunk Square neighborhood. Everything on the menu sounds amazing but I’m dying to try the Chick’n & Waffles, Bayou Biscuits & Gravy, and an Omelet. The menu, in traditional diner-style, is huge. How do you choose between a Buffalo Chick’n Sammy and the Cheezsteak? They also have a seperate gluten-free menu.
This fully vegan latin-food bistro has an airy and transportive atmosphere inside as it looks like a high-end island resort. Such a gorgeous location for brunch. The diverse menu includes Mushroom Empanades, Peruvian Crispy Potatoes, Breakfast Mexican Flatbread, and Sticky Apple Pancakes. (I get so hungry writing these travel food guide posts.)
P.S. & CO.
This fully vegan bakery and cafe, located in the Rittenhouse Square area, has a rustic Instagrammable vibe and is perfect for brunch or dinner. The artfully illustrated menu includes Vegan Cheeseboards, Tiramisu, Beet Guac Burgers, Avocado Toast, Meatball Subs, and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. A cool feature of P.S. & Co., is their meal plan service. For a fee you can order a week’s worth of healthy meals.
HIP CITY VEG
With three locations around Philadelphia, this vegan restaurant is incredibly accessible. A perfect spot for a quick burger, sandwich, salad, milkshake or breakfast.
CHARLIE WAS A SINNER.
High-end fully vegan vintage-style bar and restaurant that promises ‘strong drinks and small plates’. The menu includes items like Zuchini Crabcake-Sliders, Potato Croquettes, Charred Brussels Sprouts, Papperdelle, and Shepherd’s Pie. Desserts are a thing to save room for here. They serve Meyer Lemon Cake and Brown Sugar Apple Empanadas. Located in an old brothel in Center City, this vegan restaurant has a film noir/Maltese Falcon vibe. A dark interior that resembles a 40’s hotel bar. The lack of explaination for the name and the absence of any social platforms only adds to the mysterious allure of this spot.
Wiz Kid is a quick service fully vegan eatery, located in the Logan Square area, is owned by the same folks as Vedge and V Street. The menu is small but amazing! They feature bread from Philly Bread, a fully vegan wholesale artisan bakery, but also offer gluten-free options.
This is your spot for fully vegan falafel, fries, and shakes. Goldie’s is fully vegan and located in the Rittenhouse Square area.
Super healthy quick service fully vegan cafe in Philadelphia’s Center City area. Interestingly, Plant Pure Cafe’s menu is inspired by T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study (Dr. Campbell’s institute is located in Ithaca, NY – read my vegan travel guide for Ithaca here). The cafe also offers meal plans for the entire week.
Have you visited Philadelphia? Do you have a fav place to eat or tips to share? Please leave them below as they help me and others who read this post.
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