Top Vegan Cities in the US
If you’re looking for a city in which you can walk to your favorite vegan restaurant, look no further than this list!
Long gone are the days when all the vegan restaurants in the country could be crammed onto a single piece of paper. More vegan restaurants are opening up every day, and some of the country’s top cities are home to vegan restaurants for every cuisine and occasion. Here are some of the most vegan-friendly cities in the US.
Atlanta is rapidly becoming one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the US. The city is home to the famed Slutty Vegan, which now has four locations in the greater Atlanta area and was the “Best Burger” winner in the 2022 VegOut Awards. Long-standing vegan restaurant Soul Vegetarian has been serving up vegan soul food since 1979, and there’s no better place for raw vegan food than Tassili’s Raw Reality. The city is home to countless vegan pop-ups and food trucks, so there’s an option for something good to eat no matter what part of town you’re in.
If you’re looking to move to a city that’s home to almost as many vegans as there are pine trees, look no further than Portland. The city houses dozens of vegan restaurants, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that doesn’t have something vegan-friendly on its menu. With several vegan food carts in the iconic Portland food halls and long-standing restaurants like the newly reopened Homegrown Smoker and classic vegan cheese shop Vtopia, Portland is a vegan mecca no matter what you’re in the mood for.
Los Angeles, CA
One of the top vegan-friendly cities, Los Angeles is a dream for vegan foodies. Not only are there vegan restaurants tucked into every neighborhood of the massive city, but Los Angeles has one of the biggest collections of vegan food trucks making the rounds. And if you’re craving vegan food but want to spend your day outside, there’s a vegan pop-up event in or around LA just about every day of the week. Some of the best vegan restaurants in the country call LA home—such as Pura Vita, Monty’s Good Burger, and Cena Vegan—and Vegan Street Fair, the world’s largest vegan festival, takes over North Hollywood every March.
New York, NY
When it comes to vegan food, New York has both quality and quantity. With almost 100 vegan restaurants spread across the city, you’re never too far away from a hole-in-the-wall vegan cafe or a fine dining experience whose fully vegan menu draws even the most dedicated meat-eaters. Screamers Pizzeria is one of the best vegan pizza joints in the nation and is a must whether you’re visiting or planning to settle down in the city, while Beyond Sushi—the winner of “Best Sushi” in this year’s VegOut Awards—takes vegan sushi to a whole new level and will have you coming back week after week to try the whole menu.
Las Vegas, NV
The vegan scene in Las Vegas has absolutely exploded over the last number of years. There are now fully vegan restaurants inside iconic hotels, vegan meal prep and catering services, and delivery options from dozens of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. If you’re a fan of brunch, Las Vegas has more vegan brunch options than just about everywhere else. From the chicken & waffles at Tacotarian to the crab cake Benedict at The Modern Vegan, you’ll never spend another morning hungry.
While it might be tempting to write Texas off as a meat-and-potatoes type of state, Austin couldn’t be further from that. The capital is packed with vegan coffee houses, vegan gastropubs, vegan ice cream shops, and some of the best vegan restaurants in the country. Arlo’s has you covered for your late-night burger cravings, Rebel Cheese serves up some of the best small-batch vegan cheese you’ll ever have, and the pizza at Li’l Nonna’s will have you converting all your friends to vegan pizza lovers.
This true foodie city has become much more vegan-friendly over the last few years. There are dozens of vegan restaurants scattered throughout the various neighborhoods, with more vegan spots popping up every year. Philadelphia is home to one of the only 100% vegan cocktail lounges in the country, Charlie was a sinner., where you can sip on craft cocktails made with vegan egg whites while dining on vegetable-forward dishes. HipCityVeg—a fast-casual vegan burger and sandwich joint—has several locations in the city, and Dottie’s Donuts sells out of their craft vegan donuts daily. And if you’re looking for a fine dining experience, Vedge was the “Best Upscale Restaurant” winner in the 2022 VegOut Awards.
Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.
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