The Rose City routinely ranks among the best destinations worldwide for vegetarian and vegan travelers — just ask Forbes or PETA. Many of the city’s eateries, including dive bars, brunch spots and even Voodoo Doughnut (notorious for its bacon maple bar), offer plant-based options, making dining out a cinch for vegans.
Don’t want to settle for limited options? More than 50 Portland restaurants are entirely vegan. Whether you’re hankering for pastries, pizza or sushi — or shopping for cruelty-free fashion — these all-vegan spots have you covered.
Ikea-chic Canteen offers addictive whole-food dishes like walnut taco salad, maca-banana-almond butter smoothies and hearty quinoa bowls topped with maple tempeh and hazelnuts. Raw foodies must try Pixie Retreat, purveyors of crave-worthy “bakn’ cheez burger” collard wraps and decadent desserts oozing with caramel, almond butter and rich vanilla cream.
Dairy-free folk flock to Vtopia Cheese Shop and Deli for gooey melts and platters loaded with nut-based bries, caramelized camembert and other cashew cheeses. Bend-based Next Level Burger re-imagines classic diner chow with six types of juicy patties, hot dogs, chili cheese fries and creamy milkshakes.
If fake meat isn’t your thing, try Plant-Based Papi. Chef Jewan Manuel serves up jackfruit birria tacos, beer-battered portobellos, and a jalapeño cheddar burger made from mung beans and walnuts instead of soy or seitan.
Portland is also home to the only U.S. location of British Columbia-based Virtuous Pie. Their menu includes vegan ice cream, pizza and classic comfort foods like mac and (cashew) cheese, meatballs and garlic knots.
For a once-in-a-lifetime eating experience, reserve a spot for the nightly nine-to-12-course tasting menu at Farm Spirit, where farm-to-fork plates might include braised artichoke, sweet and sour squash, herb-crusted filbert cheese or lemon-spruce vegan meringue with berry sorbet.
Speaking of brunch, the pumpkin cinnamon rolls at Blossoming Lotus are legendary — these gooey treats pack the heft of a small gourd. Other popular plates at this globetrotting eatery include live nachos, bibimbap and Thai salads.
Believe it or not, many of Portland’s best plant-based eats double as drinking snacks. Vegans love sister bars Bye and Bye, located in Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District, and Sweet Hereafter, located on Southeast Belmont. Both bars are known for their flavorful tofu bowls, and even carnivores crave their signature subs stuffed with meatballs or buffalo soy curls.
Indian-inspired The Sudra serves some of the city’s tastiest bar food, including cruciferous pakora, chickenless tikka masala and kale-infused dosas at their N Mississippi and Laurelhurst outposts. For classic greasy goodness, feast on faux mozzarella sticks and bacon cheeseburgers at punk music venue Black Water Bar.
Learn More About Portland’s Vegan Scene
Where can I get vegan pizza in Portland?
Boxcar Pizza sells vegan Detroit-style pizza from their location inside The Zipper on 2701 NE Sandy Blvd.
For vegan pizza with toppings you won’t find anywhere else, visit Secret Pizza Society at 7201 NE Glisan St.
Virtuous Pie, located at 1126 SE Division St. serves all-vegan pizzas and other Italian comfort food.
Many other restaurants and pizzerias in Portland have vegan options.
How many vegan restaurants does Portland have?
Gluten-free vegans get their share of sweets in Portland – Petunia’s Pies & Pastries runs a gluten and animal-free kitchen. Their menu sports savory lunch options and dreamy vegan ice cream sundaes as well as plenty of cupcakes, cookies and doughnuts. Vegan Sweetpea Baking Company also offers a terrific savory lunch menu — think hot seitan-stacked sandwiches and cheesy bacon croissants — in addition to an extensive list of pastries and baked goods.
What began as a backyard experiment eventually became Baby Blue wood-fired vegan pizza cart on Southeast Hawthorne. Enjoy a classic Margherita made with “not-zarella” or Chiky Parm made with breaded fake chicken.
Pressed for time? You’ll only need an hour to explore the world’s first vegan mini-mall, located in Southeast Portland, across the street from Revolution Hall. Score cruelty-free tees and accessories at Herbivore Clothing or sweet treats at Sweetpea without ever leaving the block. Those wishing to memorialize the moment can even get a guaranteed vegan tattoo at Scapegoat Tattoo.
In the Gateway district of Northeast Portland, you can snag a vegan sando from Rad Magic Subsor get a coffee and a plant-based pastry from Jet Black Coffee. Both share a parking lot with vegan grocery store Food Fight.
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