10 Vegan Restaurants in Philadelphia You Must Experience

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10 Vegan Restaurants in Philadelphia You Must Experience

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We were unaware how truly incredible the vegan restaurants in Philadelphia had become before visiting for the first time. We didn’t know Center City was flooded with stellar vegan restaurants, that innovation in the plant-based community had become so normalized that we could find everything from vegan corn dogs to vegan fine dining around the city. Whatever you’re craving, Philly has it. And many of the restaurants are within walking distance of each other!

The Best Vegan Restaurants in Philadelphia

Vedge

After dining at over 200 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, Vedge has stood out as our favorite among them all. Vedge’s seasonal menu, crafted by James Beard nominated Chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, is one of the few that truly celebrates seasonal produce in all its wonder, playing around with preparation, texture, flavor, and presentation to consistently wow their diners with their passion and innovation. If someone ever claims that eating vegetables is “boring,” here’s where you take them to prove them wrong.

Highlights: Our favorites change with their seasonal menu.

Rutabaga Fondue at Vedge in Philadelphia

Rutabaga Fondue at Vedge in Philadelphia

Seasonal Chocolate Dessert

Seasonal Chocolate Dessert

Seasonal Mushroom Dish

Seasonal Mushroom Dish

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Miss Rachel’s Pantry

While many dining experiences can feel impersonal, especially the more “fine” dining you get, this is the exact opposite. At Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Rachel Klein makes you feel like she’s throwing you a personal dinner party and cooking you stellar vegan meals on par with Vedge uptown. Make sure to reserve your spot weeks in advance as she sells out very quickly! Note, Miss Rachel’s Pantry is also a catering company in Philadelphia so her restaurant is only open (reservations only) on Fridays and Saturdays.

Highlights: Whatever she’s making that evening.

Front door to Miss Rachel\'s Pantry

Front door to Miss Rachel\'s Pantry

Seitan chicken dish

Seitan chicken dish

Mushroom dish

Mushroom dish

Caprese appetizer

Caprese appetizer

Rachel Klein and Brianne Nemiroff

Rachel Klein and Brianne Nemiroff

Goldie

We were recommended to visit Goldie by a local food journalist. He said that their tehina milkshakes were out of this world, and he was right! We have since made a point to grab one every time we’re in town. If you’re a light eater, try to share a shake with a friend as tehina is high in protein and can fill you up pretty quickly. This fast casual restaurant also serves falafel and fries if you’re looking for a savory addition to this treat.

Highlights: Milkshakes (Original or Turkish Coffee).

HipCityVeg

One of the things you can easily miss on a plant-based diet is the easy fast casual dining experience. While there are many places you can get a veggie wrap or veggie burger, this plant-based restaurant takes it to the next level with an array of burgers, chick’n sandwiches, salads, breakfast sandwiches, and shakes. Fulfill your craving for junk food without indulging on any junk.

Highlights: Crispy HipCity Ranch, Jerk Caesar Salad, Seasonal Milkshake.

The outside of HipCityVeg in Chinatown Washington D.C. with the pumpkin milkshake
Seasonal Pumpkin Milkshake from HipCityVeg

Bar Bombón

A few doors down from HipCityVeg is the stylish Bar Bombón where you can enjoy veganized Puerto Rican dishes for brunch, lunch, dinner, or happy hour. All of their proteins are made with non-GMO soy and organic grains and they make their tortillas from scratch in house. 

Highlights: Cubano Club Slider, Peruvian Yucca.

Charlie was a sinner.

This snug low-lighted bar is ideal for those looking for a classy night out on the town. This menu dabbles in a little of everything. You can enjoy everything from bao buns and noodles to cauliflower steak and avocado toast. If you’re looking for a place to eat pre-theatre or after a movie, this bar is open from 4pm to 2am.

Pro tip: Try to grab a booth by the back to avoid the majority of the commotion. However, if you like people-watching, try to snag a table near the door. 

Highlights: Caramelized Eggplant Bao Buns, Espresso Milkshake, Ricotta, Potato Gnocchi.

Ricotta

Ricotta

Brussel sprouts, grapes, and pomegranate seeds

Brussel sprouts, grapes, and pomegranate seeds

Carmelized Eggplant Bao Buns

Carmelized Eggplant Bao Buns

Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes

Spiked milkshake with cookies

Spiked milkshake with cookies

Luhv Vegan Bistro and Deli

Reading Terminal Market was in desperate need of a vegan food stall. Luckily, they added a renown food stall in late 2018. Luhv is the first vegan stand in Reading Terminal Market as well as the first vegan deli on the East Coast. Regulars love the tuna salad sandwich and the rueben sandwich and we cannot wait to visit their stall one day.

Other vegan restaurants in Philadelphia worth mentioning:

Grindcore Coffee: vegan coffee house with light bites and metal music as the house soundtrack.

P.S. & Co.: vegan cafe and bakery with gluten-free options.

The Tasty: vegan diner with biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, cheesesteaks, and more.

White Dog Cafe: a popular veg-friendly restaurant in University City with a separate vegetarian menu, over half of which can be made vegan (including all three of the entrees).

Outside of White Dog Cafe

Outside of White Dog Cafe

Vegan salad at White Dog Cafe

Vegan salad at White Dog Cafe

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Vegan tater tots at White Dog Cafe

Vegan tater tots at White Dog Cafe

Decor in White Dog Cafe

Decor in White Dog Cafe

If you have any recommendations of your own, we’d love to know your favorite spots so we can visit them next time we’re in town. Feel free to share your favorites, or other vegan restaurants in Philadelphia one day, in the comments below.

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Our names are Benjamin Hagerty and Brianne Nemiroff. We’re a married couple originally from California. Since we became a couple in 2009, we have always been passionate about travel, both locally and abroad. We were inspired to take a long-term trip in 2017 to explore more of Canada and the U.S. and we soon realized that this wasn’t just a lengthy trip, but a new lifestyle choice, and that we were destined to explore.

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