Vegan Foodie Alert! The 9 Best Vegan Spots in Philadelphia
By: Annie Kearney
Edited by: Kayla Morano
Philly is known for cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches, but what many people don’t know is we have a whole world of vegan delights to offer. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a sit-down meal, our local spots have it all! How can we choose between buffalo cauliflower bites and vegan pizza? Using our recommendations throughout this post you can create a vegan Philly food tour of your very own!
photo credit: @charlie_was
1. Bar Bombón
Located right off of Rittenhouse Square, Bar Bombón is one of Philly’s most popular vegan spots. Offering some of the best Latin food in the city, with a vegan twist of course, this spot has something for everyone. The menu features classic Latin dishes including house-made queso, buffalo cauliflower tacos, and vegan Philly steak empanadas. Every single item on the menu is vegan and tasty - even the biggest carnivores enjoy Bar Bombón. We can’t forget to mention that the menu offers delicious margarita pitchers. Can you ever go wrong with a margarita pitcher? The answer is never.
133 S. 18th Street, Rittenhouse
photo credit: Bar Bombon
Charlie Was A Sinner offers a classic bar vibe with some great vegan food. Whether you want to snack on some artichoke frites or feast on a roasted cauliflower steak, you’ll surely leave with a full, healthy, happy belly. Did we forget to mention owner Nicole Marquis also owns Bar Bombón? So you know this spot is also packed with flavor.
131 S. 13th Street, Midtown Village
Craving a classic cheesesteak and pizza? Blackbird Pizzeria is the spot to enjoy these Philadelphia classics, but totally vegan! Root Beer BBQ wings and a seitan parm sandwich are just two of the many classic eats they have to offer. Though they are now strictly a sammy and wings shop, you can check out their sister restaurant, 20th Street Pizza for some tasty vegan pizza.
614 N. 2nd Street, Northern Liberties
S 20th Street Pizza has a pizza our heart. Feast on the classics like plain cheese or a white pie. If you’re really feeling adventurous try out their Balboa, a pie topped with vegan sausage, pesto, and lemon ricotta. Can you say YUM?
108 South Street, Rittenhouse
photo credit: 20th Street Pizza
If you’re looking to eat some good vegan food while supporting a local black-owned business, look no further. The Nile Cafe is one of few black-owned vegan spots in Philly that offer food for the soul. From delicious jerk chicken to collard greens, your tummy will be full. They hold the title of Philly’s longest running vegan restaurants, which is reflected through their classic menu.
6008 Germantown Ave, Germantown
Dining at Vedge is somewhat of a rite of passage for Philly vegans. As one of the few sit-down vegan spots in the city, Vedge is arguably the vegan restaurant king of Philadelphia. Their menu offers no shortage of delicious eats, including a rutabaga fondue served with a hot pretzel. Try to tame your tummy grumbles.
1221 Locust Street, Midtown Village
Sometimes fast food is a necessity. When you’re on the go and looking for a quick vegan bite, Goldie has your back. They feature some great Israeli bites and make an array of milkshakes including Turkish coffee and mint chocolate. Next time you need a quick meal, skip the burger chains and head right for Goldie.
1526 Sansom Street, Center City
Veganish is another black-owned vegan restaurant featuring great bar food classics. You can find yummy vegan burgers, chick’n cheezsteaks, and many sandwiches on this menu. Bring your fish-loving friends, as Veganish offers an array of pescetarian dishes along with their full vegan menu. I mean, it’s called Veganish for a reason.
1214 N. 52nd Street, West Philadelphia
photo credit: Veganish Philly
9. Tattooed Mom
Craving some delicious bar food, great cocktails, and a fun, eclectic atmosphere? The menu at Tattooed Mom is full of vegan dishes that you may have thought were impossible to perfect. The menu includes vegan corn dogs and a vegan version of Philly’s famous cheesesteak. Truly something for everyone here. No need to worry about where to go for drinks after; Tattooed Mom offers an alcohol list with unique, fun cocktails including the Pop Rocket with Pop Rocks candy mixed in!
530 South Street, Queen Village
There are many amazing vegan spots in this big city. These are just some of the few that are all different and special in their own way. We hope you try some of these yummy vegan delights.