Are you a Vegan visiting Oakland? Yes? Great! Oakland has been named by VegNews as the most Vegan friendly city in the Bay Area! Below we will take you through a couple of the best places to fill up your vegan belly for each mealtime of the day!
1) Timeless Coffee Roasters
This is an ALL vegan coffee shop! So get your latte with soy or almond milk, bite down on some delish breakfast pastries, and also treat yourself to some decadent chocolate because you can find all that here! Why not try a mocha at this location?
2) Donut Farm
Maybe you are in the mood for a Donut? Stop by Donut Farm on San Pablo Avenue. This donutery has been serving up perfect vegan donuts since 2006. Get the simple classics such as vanilla glaze or for 50c more get a variety of special flavors such as orange creamsicle, chocolate coconut, and a variety of other exciting flavors. Stop by on the weekend for raised donuts! If you are in the mood for something savory, they also offer great vegan takes on a breakfast burrito and tofu scrambles!
1) Golden Lotus
Golden Lotus Restaurant serves vegan Vietnamese cuisine. It’s conveniently located in Downtown Oakland on the corner of Franklin and 13th street. They’ve been in the business for over 20 years and have developed some creative and delicious vegan versions of beloved Vietnamese dishes. Try the clay pot rice and the pho, though everything you order is quite fit for lunching!
2) Hella Vegan Eats
This restaurant had begun as a popular San Francisco based food truck! Luckily, Hella Vegan Eats has teamed up with the very popular Classic Cars West Beer Garden and thus has found a permanent residence in Oakland. Here, they offer up a full menu of mouth-watering vegan nourishment such as a fried “chicken” and biscuit sandwich and even poutine! You will hella fall in love with the food and the vibe! Their hours change, so be sure to check on their website before you head over!
1) Souley Vegan
Souley Vegan is located on Broadway Ave near Jack London Square. Once you dine here you will never be able to go back enough times! This restaurant serves up completely vegan Louisiana-style southern soul food! Can you believe it? Get your Southern Fried Tofu with a side of vegan Mac and Cheese and collard greens! How about some BBQ tofu and corn bread? Owner and Chef, Tamearra Dyson, has been cooking these signature dishes since she was 18 years old! Stop in for excellent food made with true love!
Oh, you’re looking for an upscale vegan restaurant for date night? Millennium offers the perfect setting. Originally located in San Francisco, it moved to the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland. The menu offers globally inspired, innovative vegan dishes made from locally sourced and organic ingredients from small farms. The menu is changing all the time as ingredients become available based on season. This is not only sustainable, but gives Millennium’s chefs a great opportunity to get creative with the menu. And you can expect that every course is plated in a beautiful, elegant way just for you!
1) Curbside Creamery
Curbside Creamery offers a more rustic, artisanal vibe served up along with your scoops. They specialize in a “gourmet take” on classic ice cream flavors, for example, bourbon whiskey vanilla. It’s ice cream for the refined pallet. Try out their offerings of cashew based vegan ice cream as well!
2) Vegan Donut Gelato
Vegan Donut Gelato is a real treat! It’s located on the lower east side of Lake Merritt. It’s “vegan from the heart”! Satisfy your sweet tooth on one of their classic gelato flavors and even pair it with a vegan donut! No animal products are used and all ingredients are organic and from sustainable sources. Vegan from the heart indeed!
Vegan Donut Gelato
411 E 18th St, Oakland, CA 94606
Written by Jessi