In a city known for their cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches, the idea of going vegan might seem impossible. But in the past few years, Philly has become a serious plant-based paradise with so many amazing meatless dishes that even Rocky would consider going vegan. Here's a guide to some of our favorite spots!
This 100% plant-based, fast-casual restaurant is a vegan’s dream. The multi-location HipCityVeg has menu items like ranch chicken sandwiches, vegan cheesesteaks, and even vegan milkshakes. Take it to go, and have yourself a beautiful plant-based picnic in Rittenhouse Square.
This entirely vegan coffeehouse in South Philly is one of our favorite places to swing by after a long run. The white chocolate lattes with coconut, almond, or soy milk are a delicious way to get your caffeine fix. But it’s the bagels and vegan cream cheese that make Grindcore House a Sunday brunch must. Fitt Tip: this place also sells Dottie’s vegan donuts — a crown jewel that even non-vegans devour in seconds.
If you’re like us, your biggest concern with veganism is the whole “pizza issue”. Trust us – we get it, but Northern Liberties’ Blackbird Pizzeria makes it easy to make the switch thanks to vegan cheese and fresh produce. Our suggestion? Try the Balboa: seitan (wheat gluten), arugula, pumpkin seed pesto, and tofu ricotta. No one will judge you for ordering a whole pie to yourself.
The man behind Philly favorites like Federal Donuts, Dizengoff, and Zahav also created this vegan falafel shop that’s consistently spotted with lines out the door. The limited menu may seem simple—falafel (in a salad or wrap), fries, and tahini shakes—but the flavors are anything but. People just can’t seem to get enough of the Israeli spice blends, the rich milkshakes, and the perfectly crisp falafel.
You won’t meet a vegetarian in Philly who doesn’t love V Street. This Rittenhouse restaurant features vegan takes on diverse ethnic street eats, like Dan Dan Noodles and Korean Fried Tempeh Tacos, that keep people talking for months after. Plus, there’s an awesome happy hour featuring Turkish coffee, coconut water, and horchata. Fitt Tip: as of May 2019, V Street and vegan cheesesteak phenomenon Wiz Kid have merged into one plant-based powerhouse.
A major complaint among vegans and vegetarians is that there’s not enough variety — not that we don’t love you, tofu. But Midtown’s Bar Bombón attracts vegans and non-vegans together with its delicious and creative Latin-inspired menu. Sure, there’s some seitan, but Bombon “beefs” up their dishes with other substantial ingredients like maitake mushrooms, roasted cactus, buffalo cauliflower, and fried yucca. They have a killer brunch menu and a full bar as well, so go ahead and enjoy that veggie-friendly Sunday Funday!
Vedge takes vegan to the next level, making plants totally posh. This Midtown spot is super popular among the Philly foodie scene, even for non-vegans. Vedge has even been called one of the best vegan restaurants in America (judge for yourself). Save room for dessert because their ice cream sampler—with rotating flavors like spicy Mexican chocolate and strawberry-rhubarb—will make you wonder how something so decadent can be dairy-free. Just make sure you make a reservation because this destination fills up fast.
Take two steps into P.S. & Co., and you’ll think you’ve stumbled into a millennial's version of Narnia, complete with exposed brick and greenery everywhere. Take a glimpse at the organic, gluten-free, plant-based menu, and you'll realize that the dishes are just as amazing as the decor. One bite of the French bread pizza, and you too will become a believer.
Choolaah has some of the most flavorful and healthy eats in the city. This King of Prussia Town Center eatery combines Indian favorites with BBQ, and their menu features both vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options. We recommend the veggie masala bowl with rice or the legendary Choolaah Salad with veggie croquettes. It’s good to be plant-based here, but with so many options available, it may take you some time to make up your mind.
If you’re looking to take your vegan adventure to Fishtown, look no further than this cozy café under the El. With kombucha on tap and menu items like banana chocolate bread pudding and vegan waffle bites, you won’t miss meat for a moment. The buffalo cauliflower might not actually be addictive, but we can’t seem to stop eating it.
Mozzarella sticks, wings, pigs in a blanket… bar food has never been known for being particularly vegetarian-friendly. Until now. Thanks to Charlie was a sinner., patrons can order avocado toast and the famed zucchini “crab cake” sliders. They’ve got some of the tastiest mocktails in the city and, did we mention you also can get an alcoholic wheatgrass shot?
When MOM’S Market opened in Philadelphia, we were pretty thrilled. So we were beyond stoked to find Naked Lunch, their in-store restaurant that is vegetarian and all-organic! Grab a Jammed Yam (stuffed sweet potato) or a sushi bowl packed with miso-tofu. Plus, with draft kombucha and raw juices, you can sip while you snack — all after you shop!
Warning: come to Mama’s during a weekday lunch break and you can expect to wait in a lengthy line. But your reward will be sweet (well, actually savory...). They’ve got some of the best falafel in town, and their hot sauce packs a serious punch. Mix it up with the eggplant platter and a side of grape leaves. And since we’re all about going green, it’s worth noting Mama’s is cash-only, so hit the ATM on your way.