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How to Spend 24 Hours in Seattle: Vegan Food Edition

Experience the Pacific Northwest’s iconic vegan scene in the Emerald City.


Experience the Pacific Northwest’s iconic vegan scene in the Emerald City.

Take in the crisp city air in this eastern Washington tourist favorite. From Egg & Cheese Bagel Sandwiches to Peach Turkish Delights, Seattle is sure to wow you!

Capitol Hill

Break out your hiking boots and begin your upward journey toward the hip foodie haven of Capitol Hill. Prepare for a sweet treat at LGBTQ+-owned vegan donut shop Dough Joy. Specializing in vibrant, airy bites such as their famous Pride donut and Everything But the Bagel donut, at Dough Joy, it’s always Pride Month! Wash down your colorful fare with a Rose Latte or Lavender Powerpuff quencher.

Just steps away in Capitol Hill is the darling vegan Jewish deli, Ben & Esther’s. With locations in Washington, Oregon, and California, they offer up such delights as vegan Lox or Egg & Cheese Bagel Sandwiches. Enjoy with latkes or knishes.

Interested in something a bit more upscale? You can’t miss Plum Bistro, an award-winning plant-based restaurant famous for their Veggie Monster Pizza and Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. Pro tip: Do yourself a favor and order their Mac & Yease for an out-of-body vegan mac ‘n’ cheese experience.

Close your journey to Capitol Hill with a well-deserved sweet treat at Frankie & Jo’s, Seattle’s favorite vegan, gluten-free, gum-free, stabilizer-free, and soy-free ice cream parlor. With unique flavors such as Chocolate Tahini Supercookie and Beet Strawberry Rose, this spot promises to bring “Plant Magic” to your world (and stomach!).

Ben & Esther's

Ben & Esther’s Photo by Allie Mitchell

Pike Place Market

No trip to Seattle would be complete without a stroll through Pike Place Market. Plan to enjoy vegan Jackfruit Nachos and El Cheapo Margaritas at El Borracho, a fully vegan Mexican establishment nestled off 1st Avenue. On the way out, purchase a handful of fresh Rainier cherries at various booths or Peach Turkish Delights at longtime vendor Turkish Delight. Can’t get enough of the vegan eats at Pike Place? Consider joining a Pike Place Plant-Based Food Tour with Sum Good Northwest.

South Lake Union

Escape the market bustle in South Lake Union, the tech heart of Seattle. On your walk from the market, keep your eyes open for stunning views of Seattle’s Space Needle to the left. Close to the lake, stop by Ba Bar Green for a tasty to-go bite. Among their impressive all-vegan menu you’ll find Sweet Potato Laksa, Kimchi Fried Rice, and Chilled Tofu & Mustard Greens. Or consider stopping by Plantiful Superfoods for a vegan Lemongrass Tofu Bánh Mì or Double Gangnam Style Chicken Burger.

Finally, consider ending your day with a satiating bowl of Pumpkin Curry with Garlic Jackfruit or Kati Satay at Kati’s Vegan Thai Food in the heart of South Lake Union. Drive around the lake to watch the sunset on the vast skyline from Gas Works Park for an unforgettable end to a beautiful day!

Kati Vegan Thai

Courtesy of Kati Vegan Thai

Allison van Tilborgh

Allison van Tilborgh

Allison is a digital media consultant, writer, and aspiring vegan-feminist scholar living in the Orlando, Florida area. She’s the founder of The Sanford Vegan, a vegan media brand, through which she connected with VegOut. As an early reader of VegOut Magazine, she dreamed of one day putting her own writing on the national stage (spoiler alert: that dream came true!). Allison loves experimenting with plant-based cooking and reading up on the latest trends in veganism and animal rights scholarship.

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