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9 Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana

Po’boys, Jambalaya, Brunch, Baked Goods, and MORE!

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The regional cuisine of New Orleans may not be considered to be a vegan-friendly destination at first glance. The local cuisine highlights gumbo, crawfish, Po’boys, beignets, etouffee, jambalaya, and muffaletta. This means every defining meal is meat or fish in a stew or sandwich. Does that means the vegan restaurants in New Orleans fall flat?

While we would love to see more plant-based versions of some of New Orleans’s regional delicacies, we were certainly able to eat very well in New Orleans on a plant-based diet in all of the neighborhoods we visited. New Orleans has surely kept up with the demand and veganized some of its least vegan-friendly options. We’re confident you’ll be able to have wonderful dining memories at the restaurants below.

Breads on Oak

Breads on Oak is now a fully vegan bakery and cafe, and one of our favorites in the country! Choose from a selection of organic breads, fresh pastries including their incredible brioche, and their all-day breakfast. You can’t go wrong with anything you order here.

Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana - breads on oak

Green Goddess

The Green Goddess can be found on Exchange Place, a side street tucked away from the busier streets of the French Quarter. Here you will find French, Thai, Creole, and Cajun style cuisine that has many vegetarian and vegan options. Dish options might include vegan croquettas, crimini “escargot”, and bananas foster.

 

Shaya

In 2016, Shaya won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant in the U.S. In 2017, Chef Zachary Engel won the Rising Star award. Needless to say, you’ll be in good hands. Shaya’s menu highlights Israeli cuisine while also integrating influences of North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Greece. Every dish highlights seasonal, responsibly-sourced, and locally-sourced ingredients from Louisiana. Vegans will have plenty of options to choose from and may book a returning trip to New Orleans based off this one restaurant.

This juice bar was voted the #8 best juice bar in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler, so you’ll be in good hands. You can get juices, smoothies, and light snacks at this neighborhood favorite.

Carmo

Carmo specializes in tropical cuisine, featuring dishes from Southeast Asia, West Africa, the Caribbean, and more. They have plenty of vegan and veggie options including the Vegan Ceviche, almost all of the salads, Banquette Breads which can be made with vegan cheese, sausages, and a Kahlua Chocolate Pecan Cake. You won’t want to leave without having one of their cocktails, too!

Gumbo Shop

Traditional gumbo may be known to be a blank canvas for New Orleans true Creole flavors, but Creole can easily be done without animal products. Here you can get a vegetarian gumbo of the day, which is usually also vegan as it’s a beans and rice base. They also sometimes have a vegetarian or vegan Po’boy and many veggie sides to go along with your gumbo.

Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana - gumbo shop

Killer Poboys

Po’boys are a must when in New Orleans. This fast-casual restaurant is located just one block north of Bourbon Street, which is a great location for anyone in desperate need of carbs and late-night eats. They always have vegan options, such as Po’boys with cauliflower, sweet potato, and other specials of the day, so you’ll be able to join in on the fun.

Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana - killer poboys
Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana - killer poboys

Seed

This plant-based and sustainable cafe has a craveable menu that kept us coming back for more. With items such as Mango + Kale Salad, Seed Gumbo, Seed Club Sandwich, Étouffée, and Southern Fried Poboy, this is one of the best vegan restaurants in New Orleans to try plant-based versions of local delicacies.

Satsuma Cafe

Satsuma Cafe serves hearty and nutritious salads, sandwiches, wraps, cold-pressed juices, and coffee drinks. Their options will surely help you power through a long day of sightseeing without weighing you down.

Best Vegan Restaurants in New Orleans, Louisiana - satsuma

Other vegan restaurants in New Orleans that we’d love to try one day:

Meals from the Heart Cafe: a cafe at the French Market that serves vegan and gluten-free options for breakfast and lunch.

Hivolt Coffee: a coffee shop with light vegan breakfast options in the Lower Garden District.

Sneaky Pickle: casual vegetarian restaurant in St. Claude.

Maya: Nuevo Latino Cocina: pan-Latin cuisine with vegetarian options.

District Donuts: donuts, sandwiches, burgers, beer, and coffee.

The Vintage: happy hour food, cocktail bar, beignets.

Superfood Bar: raw vegan menu of smoothies, juices, salads, and wraps.

Raw Republic: raw vegan menu of juices, plant-based milks and coffee blends, smoothies, tonics, salads, toasts, bowls, noodles, and more!

The Daily Beet: small cafe for smoothies, juices, toasts, and spreads.

Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar: an eclectic cafe that serves breakfast on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.

Auction House Market: a diverse market where you can find Indian cuisine at Tava, wraps at SOLA DELI, and vegan macarons at Mac & Moon.

If you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to know your favorite spots so we can visit them the next time we’re in town. Feel free to share your favorites, or places you hope to visit in New Orleans one day, in the comments below.
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  1. Caroline Nassrah says

    So many actual vegan restaurants in New Orleans, but you only mention 2 vegan restaurants. The Seed pictures are extremely old, from before it was sold, closed, remodeled, and reopened with a new menu. Superfood Bar closed a year ago.

    This article is showing updated August 2, 2020. Very disappointing.

    1. Brianne Nemiroff says

      We have visited many destinations over the years which means that some photos are not as recent as we would hope. We do check our notes and photos according to new menus but this must have slipped through the cracks. I will look into this and see if we can be provided updated imagery.
      I will say that we do feature all vegan restaurants whenever possible, but we feel we should also feature venues that are vegan-friendly as they are often more convenient for travelers, especially when they’re traveling with non-vegans, and want to try veganized versions of regional favorites.

      1. Caroline Nassrah says

        That’s great news to hear, but I hope you guys get to come back and try our Vegan Restaurants, rather than just restaurants with vegan options. Vegan Wit a Twist recently moved and has a lounge open late on the weekends in the heart of the CBD, Sweet Soulfood is cafeteria-style with so many amazing options including classic New Orleans food (jambalaya, red beans & rice, pralines, etc), Kindred (comfort food & frozen daiquiris), and more… and that’s not even really mentioning the food trucks and pop-ups (Original Thought, Coalesce, etc).

        Side-note – Saba has good vegan options and the owner (Chef Shaya) there won the James Beard award for Shaya (and left with the whole sexual harassment John Besh scandal). Bearcat has the best vegan & non-vegan brunch.

        There are multiple New Orleans vegan Facebook groups that have a wealth of information.

        Thank you for your response.

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