Heading to Philadelphia but worried about what in the world you’re going to eat? Have no fear, the city of brotherly love is full of amazing vegan food and, if you’re like me and need gluten-free options, they’ve got that too! You can start your day with a sinfully sweet Boston Cream Donut and end it with spicy chorizo tacos or a slice of cheesy pizza—if you need something on the healthier side, they’ve got that too! Your trip doesn’t have to just be a gluttonous adventure! So, get back to planning what walking tours you’re going to do, museums to explore, and so many other fun things in the city and leave the hard work of where to eat to me! Without further ado, check out these 10 amazing restaurants for the best vegan food in Philadelphia.
The 10 best restaurants for vegan food in Philadelphia
#1 The Tasty
1401 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
This retro American diner has cornered the market on vegan breakfast and brunch comfort food in Philadelphia. They are flipping classic American pancakes, thick-cut French toast, fully loaded tofu scrambles, biscuits and gravy, and so much more goodness that your eyes won’t believe. If this is your first visit to Philly, you can’t miss their selection of the classic Philly Cheese Steaks—from a traditional cheesesteak smothered with mozzarella and caramelized onions to a slightly spicy buffalo chick’n cheeze steak. For my gluten-free friends, check out their selection of tofu scrambles piled high with tofu feta, coconut bacon and so much more. Their staff is great at accommodating allergies or special requests.
Hip tip: The Tasty is just a quarter-mile from Batter and Crumbs (the next spot on this list). I suggest you grab lunch (or breakfast) here and then walk over to Batter and Crumbs for a sweet treat!
#2 Batter & Crumbs Café
1401 Reed St, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Need a place to start your day with a caffeine fix and a sugary treat? This is the place for you! This vegan café features delicious house-made baked goods as well as treats, grab-and-go snacks, and sandwiches from local vegan start-ups like Tattooed Mom, Chef Reeky, High Fidelity Bakery, and Okie Dokie Donuts. You really can’t go wrong starting your day with a strawberry rose or a Nutella latte and one of Okie Dokie’s vegan and gluten-free donuts! Oh wait, I lied, you also can’t miss their mini vegan cannoli, cupcakes, and chick’n and waffle sandwich—oh hell, just get one of everything, it’s too hard to decide!
#3 Charlie Was a Sinner
131 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
With a name like that, whether you’re a vegan or not, you’re immediately intrigued to find out what this hip little spot is all about. Rich velvet benches and glittering chandeliers create a sexy vibe that beckons you to sit back and unwind—a perfect spot for a date night or a night on the town with friends. The small plates style menu of fresh veggie-forward dishes is next level, right down to the styling. Be sure to check out their Mediterranean Board, which features their special Maverick cheese and pine nut ricotta. The cheese is worthy of a standing ovation. Many of the dishes are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free.
#4 Hip City Veg
3 locations in Philadelphia: 18th Street, S. Broad Street, & 40th Street
This is vegan fast food at its finest—Philadelphia is lucky to have such an amazing option. I hope to see more Hip Cities pop up throughout the US. The fast-casual menu is loaded with juicy burgers, Philly’s finest vegan cheesesteak, salads, frozen treats, and even a breakfast menu (who doesn’t want to wake up with a Maple Crispy Chick’n sandwich and golden hash browns)?! And, there are many gluten-free options, they even have a separate gluten-free menu so diners can be sure their dish is safe. You honestly can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but I was really impressed by the jerk tofu that I added to their creamy Caesar salad. The texture of the tofu with the kick of spice was a 10/10! You can also find Hip City Veg in another vegan-friendly East Coast city, Washington DC!
#5 Nourish Plant Based Café
943 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Right in the heart of the bustling Italian market, Philly’s new vegan café and juice bar is open all day to ensure that you are properly fueled. The menu is influenced by hints of Italy and Jamaica which can be seen in the vegan scallops (sautéed trumpet mushrooms) and pure pesto pizza to the jerk veggie steak. This is also another great place to try a vegan Philly cheesesteak! If you’re looking for vegan and gluten-free options, check out their raw foods and salads. Many of the options are gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. Just ask their helpful staff to assist you!
Photo credit: Nourish Plant Based Cafe
#6 P.S. & Co.
1706 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
The one and only spot in Philadelphia that is 100% vegan and gluten-free. No need to scour the menu or ask a million questions about what’s safe and what’s not—hooray! This delightful café is open for breakfast and lunch (the café is closed after 4 pm but online ordering is available until 6 pm) and is baking up some of the most amazing and beautiful vegan and gluten-free cakes, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and more sinful sweets to put you in a carb coma. But I’m sure you want more than sweets. To balance that sweet tooth, check out their salads packed with nutrient-dense superfoods, French bread pizza with a sweet potato crust, and savory delights to start your morning off right. Aside from food, they also have a great selection of fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, and coffees.
Photo credit: PS & Co.
#7 Bar Bombon
133 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Interested in authentic Puerto Rican cuisine? I thought that would be an emphatic yes! Their homemade tortillas are filled with buffalo cauliflower, chorizo spiced Impossible beef, smoked tempeh, and more. Aside from savory tacos, be sure to check out their house-made nachos smoothed in vegan cheese, black beans, cumin crema, and add on blackened chick’n for an extra kick! On the weekends, start off with a stop here for brunch with a special breakfast egg torta (Just Egg, smoked tempeh, cheese, peppers, and onions) and sweet plantains—that sweet and savory combo sounds like heaven! Many of the items on the menu can also be made gluten-free.
Photo credit: Bar Bombon
#8 20th Street Pizza & Blackbird Pizza
108 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
614 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (Blackbird)
In need of a slice of cheesy vegan pizza? Depending on where you are in Philadelphia you must hit one of these two amazing pizzerias. 20th Street Pizza is the sister shop to Blackbird Pizza, both are serving up epic pizza pies from plain Jane cheese to the ultimate vegan supreme (tomato sauce with cashew mozzarella, onion, green pepper, vegan sausage, and mushrooms). They also have an array of creative toppings like lemon ricotta, roasted tomatoes, and thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes. Aside from pizza, Blackbird also serves up a selection of hearty sandwiches like country-fried seitan on a hoagie or a seitan parm smothered in rich marinara and melty Violife mozzarella. Unfortunately, the pizza isn’t gluten-free.
#9 Monster Vegan
1229 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
No nightmares or scary monsters here, just good ole fashion vegan comfort food and deliciously spooky cocktails. If you’re craving a hearty bowl of rigatoni bolognese or truffle mac ‘n’ cheese, then this is the spot for you! Monster Vegan whips up crowd favorite dishes with a vegan twist that is so deliciously tasty you might have a “is this really vegan” moment! Aside from stuffing yourself with addictive noodles, they also have a selection of eye-popping sandwiches, crisp salads, and of course, specialty desserts—how can you say no to an Oreo beignet!? No dish is complete without one of their spooky cocktails from the fun Zombie Beach Party (rum, blue curacao, combier, pineapple juice, and lime) to the foreboding Beware of Blob-arita (jalapeño infused tequila, strawberry puree, rhubarb bitters, and lime), proceed with caution!
Photo credit: Monster Vegan
1221 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Be delighted with some of the best vegan dining at this chic little spot in the city center. All the dishes focus on local and seasonal vegetables, infused with a mix of mouth-watering flavors. The star-studded veggie dishes have all been carefully curated by James Beard-nominated chefs, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, so you know you’re in for a culinary treat. Right down to the aquafaba “egg whites,” in their cocktails, no ounce of creativity has been spared. Be sure to order multiple dishes to share with the table—to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the deliciousness! Many of the items on the menu can be made gluten-free.
Now that you know where the best vegan food is in Philadelphia, you might need a little help with where to stay and what to do. You’re in luck! Be sure to check out our lineup of the best eco-friendly hotels in Philadelphia, the 8 best things to do in Philly, and if you want a complete no-nonsense vegan guide, we’ve got that too!