One of my favorite things about visiting a new city is finding all of the hidden plant-based gems. I always get excited when traveling to the west coast because I know that I'm in for tons of vegan options. Before I left, someone suggested I join the 'Vegan Seattle' Facebook group to get some ideas. The week before I left, I posted to ask if anyone had some recommendations for a first-time vegan visitor and within an hour I had almost THIRTY (yes, 3-0) vegan restaurant recommendations. I did my best to visit the top recommendations, but barely made a dent. I was in Seattle for 6 days but was at a full-day conference for 4 of them, so unfortunately those days I only got the night/dinner out. Below you'll find a few favorites that I visited and a recommendation list of restaurants as recommended by locals and individuals from the Vegan Seattle page. I hope you enjoy!
Pike Place Market
I'll start with the obvious. Pike Place Public Market is one of the best places to get fresh fruits and veggies! There are many different fruit and vegetable stands that offer local produce for great prices. I would recommend going here one of the first days you are in Seattle to stock up on fruits and veggies for the rest of your stay. You can also find places that have great dried fruit and nuts that are so delicious! The Public Market is open on Monday-Saturday from 9-6 and on Sundays from 9-5. Don't forget your reusable bag!
The Juice Emporium is inside Pike Place market so it makes a great follow-up recommendation. They only use whole fruits, veggies, and freshly squeezed juice for all of their smoothies. There are no artificial ingredients, sugar, or other additives which makes it a great option for a snack to sip on while visiting the market. Everything here will naturally be vegan and gluten-free.
Wayward Vegan Cafe
I got this recommendation in the Vegan Seattle facebook page. Wayward is a great vegan cafe for comfort and health foods. They have entire breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus (as well as a full page of gluten-free options!) Click here to view their entire menu.
I sat up at the bar and had great conversation with the servers and had tons of great recommendations. I ended up getting the Lost Souls Scramble which is seasoned tofu scramble with green peppers, onions, broccoli,
and carrots served with garlic steamed greens and toast (and I added avocado and their "chicken" breast). This is a great option for a filling plant-based meal in Seattle and will please any vegan or non-vegan, making it a great option for any group of travelers.
Another recommendation I received from the vegan Seattle page. I ended up accidentally coming at happy hour, but still got a delicious meal. Plum Bistro is an organic vegan restaurant on the corner of 12th and Pike Street- not too far of a walk from Capitol Hill Station. I got the 'Mac and Yease' which was the weirdest but most delicious Mac and Cheese I have ever had! I tried to get the waiter to tell me what was in it but he said it was a secret. I also got a side of soy chorizo which was delicious, but the waiter looked at me like I was crazy when I ordered a side of it. He deemed my meal "The Oklahoman" which was hilarious, but also sometimes you just want a little taste of some random foods, right?
Here are their menus:
A few friends and I decided to give this place a try when we were in downtown Seattle. Sweetgrass is a whole food, primarily plant-based restaurant that offers big salads, grain bowls, and smoothies/smoothie bowls. This was arguably one of my favorite places we went because the food was just so fresh and it left me feeling perfectly satisfied. I had the buddha bowl which is the picture on the right (coconut brown rice, sprouted soaked quinoa, kale, brussels sprouts, shaved red cabbage, shredded carrots, avocado, lentils, mira bar crumble, tamarind-lime vinaigrette).
Their menu has tons of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options as well as hot and cold drinks. I didn't get to try their golden milk latte, but I can only imagine how yummy it would be!! I ended up going back for dinner one day to get the acai bowl to-go and ate it on the rail back to Seatac (where my Airbnb was) and it was delish. 10/10 would recommend.
Frankie & Jo's Ice Cream
This place is a MUST-GO. The best ice cream I've ever had.. and everything is vegan and gluten free. I got the 'Gingered Golden Milk' topped with 'Salty Caramel Ash' which had activated charcoal! You can look at their unique list of flavors here.
Seriously just their entire little store I was obsessed with. Check out their website to be completely blown away as well. They are located near Seattle University which gives it a neat campus feel around the area. Don't miss out on this gem!!
Other noteworthy restaurants I didn't get to try:
- No Bones Beach Club (Seattle Tiki Bar with the best vegan eats and fresh made cocktails.)
- Heartbeet (organic superfood cafe with smoothies, juices, elixirs, kombucha, and dairy- and gluten-free food and dessert)
- Chaco Canyon Cafe (delicious vegan restaurant)
- Araya's Place (delicious vegan thai food and bar- there's two locations so look out for both)
- Annapurna (Indian foods with many vegan options!)
- Pizza Pi (completely vegan pizza restaurant- and actually the first in America!)
- Sizzle Pie (offers an entire menu of completely vegan pizzas)
- Mighty-O Donuts (organic and vegan donut shop!)
- 701 Coffee (coffee shop that is vegan and gluten-free friendly!)
- Blossom Vegetarian (authentic Vietnamese food- in Renton, WA)
- Honor Society (great coffee shop with tea and other food items such as chia bowls, toasts, and bowls & salads. See menu here)
- Cinnamon Workers (Bake shop with classic, cinnamon-centric, vegan & gluten-free pastries plus coffee drinks)
- El Borracho (vegan mexican options, a salsa bar, and homemade vegan nacho sauce!)
- Pike Place Chowder (has one vegan/gf chowder- see here)
- Pike Place Nuts (tons of different types of raw and roasted nuts with unique flavors)
- Bottega Italiana (vegan sorbettos and gelato)
- Rachel's Ginger Beer (great ginger beer with unusual flavors)
- Alibi Room (has vegan pizza and gluten free crust)
- The Crumpet Shop (vegan tea and crumpets! Here's an article about this place)
- Honest Biscuits (vegan biscuit option with a vegan lentil-based gravy)
- Shy Giant (a few flavors of fresh soft serve vegan frozen yogurt and ice cream)
- Bang Bang Cafe (tons of vegan options like burritos, mac and cheese, and sandwiches. They have soy chorizo and vegan chile!)
- Jasmine ( a few vegetarian options)
- Cafe Wyld (in Everett- but they have local, vegan and organic food straight from the earth and also offer a variety of holistic healing sessions in their Cafe)
- The Cookie Counter (vegan owned and operated ice cream shop with gluten free cones- menu)
- Cycle Dogs (100% vegan street fare and elaborate hot dogs)
- Next Level Burger (100% Plant Based Burger Joint with tons of options!)
- Chuminh Tofu and Vegan Deli (plant-based Vietnamese food!)
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