Travel can be tricky for vegans. But when the hippies moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, they brought their alternative lifestyle with them. Yoga, conscious living, and veganism. This, and the abundance of fresh local ingredients, is what makes visiting LA such a joy for plant-based connoisseurs.
Want to know where to find the perfect helping of vegan comfort food, or where to cure your hangover with a delectable donut? We’ve done the research and picked some amazing vegan restaurants in Los Angeles that even your carnivore friends will fall for. It’s important to feel saintly when in the City of Angels, so without further ado here are our recommendations for some of the best vegan food in LA…
Sage Vegan Bistro
This popular spot in Echo Park is perfect for a lazy brunch, or a lively Friday night. The perfect place to start the party with all of joy of Jackfruit Nachos on the menu! With an extensive menu on offer, this is one of the vegan restaurants in Los Angeles that you will come back to again and again to try and taste it all.
Brunch is the real star at this pretty cafe in Highland Park, which is more family friendly than industrial hipster cool. The gluten free pancakes with coconut whip will make your day, or maybe even your year!
Crossroads Kitchen and the Impossible Burger
Crossroads is a great brunch spot, famous for Isreali vegan chef Tal Ronnen, and now for the Impossible Burger. So-called due to an innovative (but still secret) recipe and the extremely meaty feel of the patty. This is the meatiest meatless burger known to mankind… (try saying that fast after a few drinks!) Order with truffle fries and huge Bloody Marys to top off this delectable meal.
In the trendy heartland of Silver Lake, Flore is a cute café style eatery with indoor and outdoor seating and a welcoming counter displaying all manor of mouthwatering vegan cakes. The innovative food, (in true American style) comes out in huge portions, so unbutton your trousers! The mashed potato with mushroom is perfect comfort food.
A vegan donut shop with a DIY ‘build your own’ counter service, where you can add sprinkles, fruit, nuts and all sorts to your delicious donut base. There are also ready made donuts, donut cakes, and donut muffins… Duffins? Or would it be a Mufnut? Okay that last one sounds kinda rude!
This small café, with its bar stools and counter is a spot made for a quick indulgence. And totally guilt free (unless you count the sugar rush!) Try the ‘Chocolate from the Crypt,’ a chocolate cake donut topped with chocolate glaze, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and chocolate shavings. All washed down with unlimited coffee. The ideal wake up call!
Doomie’s Home Cookin’
This is one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles if you’re looking for some finger-lickin’ vegan American soul food, served in a basket. This cheap ‘n cheerful spot has everything from fried shrimp to chicken fingers, and it’s all vegan friendly! The Pulled ‘Pork’ is a stand-out dish, even though we’re still a little confused by the name, but trust us… it’s all meat-free, vegan fast food.
One of the highest regarded vegan restaurants in LA, (frequently by Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce no less!), Café Gratitude is a concept restaurant. Each dish is seeped in positive vibes and there is an emphasis on clean eating. The food is tasty, innovative, and a little unexpected, but it really works! The Larchmont location is bright and airy and on the large side for a vegan eatery.
My Vegan Gold
Thai vegan food lovers rejoice! In need of an instant pick me up? You need the sticky orange chicken with sesame seeds. Don’t leave without the ultimate #vegan Instagram shot beside the ‘VEGANISM’ sign. This place is guaranteed to fill you up as quick as you pull in likes!
LA is full of celebrities and some of them have turned their hand to one of life’s greatest pleasures. Not only does Moby’s cute, candlelit restaurant offer some seriously tasty food and one of the largest vegan wine lists I’ve ever seen, it’s one of the best vegan restaurants in Los Angeles for spotting a local celebrity! Little Pine has none of the hippy vibes of some of the smaller vegan restaurants, but offers some of the finest food, impeccable service, and a low-lit woody atmosphere. You may even catch a glimpse of Moby himself, (sitting on his own, 2 tables down!). A touch of pure vegan class – Oh DARHling!
Although not exclusively vegan, don’t be put off, as there are plenty of delicious options at Elf for you. A small, super cozy eatery in Echo Park. Whatever you do, don’t miss the tahini and avocado puree, and if the highly Instagrammable rosewater and date truffles are on the menu, you’re in for a real treat.
Native Foods Cafe
This is a fun fast food joint close to UCLA, and great value for money. The refillable watermelon mint juice is fresh AF and don’t forget to try the lox (carrots) and cream cheese (cashew) bagel. An unlikely hero of the menu.
A West Hollywood vegan institution, Gracias Madre hits the spot for ambience, dreamy cocktails, and tacos. No wonder it’s a firm favourite with locals for some affordable vegan food. The patio out back is the place to be, so grab a cocktail (or two), go outside, and enjoy that Californian sunshine!
This 100% vegan pizzeria only has a couple of tables so is pretty much a take-out spot, but has a loyal customer base and the gluten-free crust is to die for! Get yours to go and take in the views in nearby Barnsdall Park.
This airy converted theatre caters for vegetarians and omnivores too, but their vegan selection is the true source of their notoriety! Their Happy Hour (3-7pm) offers up cheap tasty pizzas and snacks… perhaps one of the cheapest spots for vegan food in LA!
Vinh Loi Tofu
In an small unassuming plaza in Reseda, in LA’s San Fernando Valley, this simple, no frills spot offers up possibly the best tofu in town. The owner and chef, Kevin, will greet you like an old friend and whip up the freshest spring rolls and ‘Iron Man Pho’ in no time. Worth the drive? Hell YES!
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