Seattle’s always been a leader on the forward-thinking front (Space Needle, anyone?!), therefore it came as no surprise that the city’s vegan game was right up there with the nation’s best in terms of its deliciously fresh, and local, plant-based fare – being impressively listed on PETA’s “Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities of 2016.”
While most regular eateries offer some fine veggie options to keep you going in a crunch, the abundance of top-notch exclusively vegan spots here means it’s highly unlikely you’ll have to lean-on any side-dishes for nourishment!
Although spoiled for choice in this pioneering plant haven, we thought we’d point you in the direction of our top 5 “go-to” meatless breakfast, lunch and dinner joints.
Pro-Tip: Keep some room for dessert…(You’re welcome!)
THE BEST VEGAN FARE IN SEATTLE
1. CINNAMON WORKS
Situated in the forever bustling Pike Place Market, this petite kerbside bakery is a must for breakfast. While not fully vegan in this instance, their cruelty-free offerings include a small, but superb, selection of pastries. Favourites include the Vegan Almond Poppyseed Muffin and Maple-Frosted Cinnamon Roll, which are utterly mouthwatering. Also highly recommended is their Heirloom Coffee from The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. Being perfect to pair with your choice of baked good…take both along with you for a stroll around the marketplace, or grab a table in the nearby Post Alley and watch the world go manically by!
Where? Pike Place Market
When? 8am – 6pm Everyday
2. EMMY’S VEGE HOUSE
Nestled in Bainbridge Island’s teeming downtown, this incredible little spot is well-worth the 35 minute scenic ferry ride from Seattle’s Pier 52. Operating kiosk style, cash only orders are taken for their vast array of delicious Asian cuisine. It’s outdoor seating only, but this just makes for a delightful people-watching experience while you relax over lunch. Top picks include the Lotus Root Salad, Kabob Noodle, and BBQ Duck. But don’t panic, it’s 100% vegan, and all meat offerings on the menu are actually completely meat-free (phew!). And, with the added fact that it’s super inexpensive…you just might be tempted to stick around for seconds!
Where? Bainbridge Island
When? 10.30am – 7pm Everyday, Except Sunday
3. PLUM BISTRO
Located in Seattle’s trendy Capitol Hill, this thriving plant-based hotspot is the ideal place to unwind for dinner. Its chic yet cozy interior creates a delightful ambience, that pairs nicely with this eatery’s equally swish menu. With its aim to make “veganism accessible to everyone,” offerings such as the Skillet Lasagna and Spicy Cajun Mac ‘N’ Yease would convert any skeptic in a heartbeat! Other excellent choices include the Sauteed Maitake Mushrooms, and their gourmet Buffalo Portobello burger. Boasting a great drinks list, they have a lovely selection of non-alcoholic beverages, but for those of you who like a tipple, their gin-based Moonlight cocktail is just the perfect preamble to a mouthwatering feast ahead! Droolllllll….
Where? Capitol Hill
When? Mon – Thurs 11am – 9.30pm | Friday 11am – 10pm | Saturday 10am – 3pm, 4 – 10pm | Sunday 10am – 3pm, 4 – 9.30pm
4. HARVEST BEAT
Google maps considers this venue a “sophisticated vegan dinner spot,” and we couldn’t agree more! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or simply in the mood for something a little more upscale, this cool Wallingford neighborhood retreat will not disappoint. Focusing on in-season ingredients only, their menu is pre-fixe but changes every few weeks to reflect the best in available, local, organic ingredients. Five courses are typically served, and can be accompanied, if you wish, with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic pairing. With its current offerings including items such as “alder-smoked morel mushroom, nigella seed and cashew cheese mung bean crepe with a roasted garlic stinging nettle pesto topped with sautéed morels, parsnip chips, and chive blossoms,” this will give you some idea of the kind of lusciousness to expect. Advance booking is strongly advised, as they only have one sitting per night – so, definitely do NOT miss the beat on this one!
When? Wed – Sat 7pm – 9pm | Sun 6.30pm – 8.30pm
5. SUGAR PLUM
Part of the Plum Bistro family as noted above, this once again 100% vegan gem is one of the best reasons you’ll ever have to save some room for dessert! Although, being a brisk 15 minute walk from its parent operation, you’ll be more than ready to take your pick of the yummiest selection of baked goods, sorbets, sherbets, and ice creams that we’ve seen yet…Avocado Blackberry Cheesecake flavor anyone? As for Plum’s soft serve, their chocolate and vanilla flavors are just to die for! A truly original and stylish little joint, it’s definitely worth rounding off your night here, yet perfect to pop by any time of day should a sugar craving kick in!