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.
Boxcar Pizza, located in The Zipper, a food court with indoor and outdoor seating, serves up vegan Detroit-style pizzas with traditional and not-so-traditional toppings. Try the best-selling Bianca, made with mozzarella, ricotta, sausage, garlic and fresh basil. Vegans must try spunky Vegan Junk Food when craving plant-based comfort food. Get yourself a Smashburger and chili cheese fries, and wash it down with a peanut butter shake.
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 Vancouver-based Virtuous Pie. Their menu includes vegan ice cream, pizza, and classic comfort foods like mac and (cashew) cheese, meatballs and garlic knots.
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Blossoming Lotus specializes in excellent plant-based fare. Enjoy the fresh, high-quality food in their dining room, which is sleek, stylish and totally free of frills. Their pumpkin cinnamon rolls are legendary. Other popular plates at this globe-trotting eatery include live nachos, bibimbap and Thai salads.
One fun way to test a vegan spot? Take a carnivore friend and order a few of the hottest menu items — in Ferementer’s case, try the Fermenter Burger, the Koji Beet Reuben or the Oven JoJos. When it all disappears in a matter of minutes, you’ll know how legit the food really is (and your friend might find themselves seeing vegan food in a whole new light). Fermenter also offers a nice selection of beer and wine, plus delicious house-made beverages like kefir, kombucha and ginger beer. The space itself — cool and clean, with plenty of patio seating — is the cherry on top.
At Epif, you’ll enjoy cuisine inspired by South America’s Andes region — they take robust dishes that are traditionally heavy on the meat and reimagine them with clever vegan twists. The decor is clever too, with a bar top crafted from skateboard remnants, tables made from repurposed bleachers and additional seating made from repurposed church pews.
Believe it or not, many of Portland’s best plant-based eats double as drinking snacks. Vegans love sister bars The Bye and Bye, located in Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District, and Sweet Hereafter, located on Southeast Belmont Street. 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, chicken-less tikka masala and kale-infused dosas at their Mississippi and Laurelhurst outposts. For classic greasy goodness, feast on faux mozzarella sticks and bacon cheeseburgers at punk music venue Black Water Bar.
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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. For a dedicated vegan doughnut shop, try Doe Donuts. All of their doughnuts are made from scratch with fresh, local ingredients (the ice cream is great too).
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.
With creations like carrot corn dogs and quinoa pasta, Flourish has become a favorite for vegans. Located at St. Johns Beer Porch, the house-made veggie burger with a beet-lentil-walnut patty is also a big hit. Vegan sushi fans can indulge in vegan and gluten-free delights at SushiLove, located at CORE PDX. Boasting rolls with hearts of palm and miso-glazed sweet potato, even non-vegans will find something to love.
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. Ice Queen is a great spot for plant-based ice cream, ice pops and paletas (a frozen, fresh-fruit-based treat).
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 Food Fight Grocery.
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