Vegan Philadelphia | My favorites!

Moving to Philadelphia hasn't been the best thing ever, but I'm getting used to the city. One of the things I do enjoy is all the vegan eats! Courtney and I have been exploring the city and trying new restaurants as much as possible.  Here's what we've tried so far...


// Blackbird Pizzeria //
We did some research on vegan restaurants in Philadelphia before we visited in May, so we knew we had to try this all vegan pizza place. Since then, it's been my favorite place to eat in Philly. Mostly because I love their pizza!

They have a variety of specialty pizzas (by the slice, small, or large), sandwiches, and other vegan goodies. I love love love their 'Haymaker' pizza (pictured above) with seitan sausage, red onions, garlic butter, tomato sauce, and Daiya cheese. Courtney and I always order the large so that we have leftovers for lunch the next day. It reheats really well in the oven.

Although I like their pizza better, the 'Seitan Cheesesteak' is the best vegan cheesesteak I've had! I also like their 'wings', but the sauces they serve aren't my favorite. Next time I visit, I might ask for no sauce on the wings.

Oh, oh, oh! The last time we went, they had chili cheese fries as a special. They were SO good, but only a limited time thing so I hope they eventually come back.

Photo by Courtney

// HipCityVeg //
This was another place that we visited when we were in Philly in May and have loved ever since. I haven't eaten here as much as Blackbird, but since it's pretty close to the apartment, I bet I'll be eating here a lot.

Courtney is obsessed with their Crispy HipCity Ranch burger, but I love their Philly Steak best. I've heard good things about their Jerk Caesar Salad, so I'm looking forward to trying that next time.

Don't forget a Groothie or a  Five Dollar Shake (I love chocolate)!

// Su Xing House //
Interestingly, Courtney's dad found this place. We went with our families when they were in town helping us move. Their menu is huuuuge, so it's a good place to go with a group and order family style. I can't seem to find a menu online, but everything we tried was good!

They have a lot of fake meat dishes, which I always enjoy with Chinese food. My favorite thing we ordered was General Tso's Tofu with Broccoli!

It's a good thing this place isn't super close, or I'd be eating a lot of takeout.

This seems to be a popular place with the vegans in Philadelphia as it shows up often on Instagram under the 'veganphilly' hashtag. We just tried this coffeehouse today and I cannot wait to go back.

I'm always overwhelmed when I visit an all vegan restaurant that has lots of choices. I don't know what to order because I want to try everything. I love that Grindcore has plenty of options without being overwhelming.

I ended up ordering a plain bagel with pumpkin cream cheese, a cannoli, and a toasted marshmallow soy latte. Don't judge. Courtney was a bit more reserved and ordered an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and a pumpkin muffin. We ended up sharing everything and I must say, the everything bagel with scallion cream cheese was perfect!

I wish I wouldn't have ordered so many sweet things and gone with a sandwich and bagel (split with Courtney) instead. Their sandwiches looked so good! 

I will say that this is a hipster's paradise. They were out in full force when we visited.

// sweetgreen //
Although I've only been here once, I love any place where you can 'make your own'. This salad spot is exactly that.

I love that I have all the salad options I could ever want, without all the prep work. You definitely pay for the convenience, but everything is in season and super fresh, which is worth it in my opinion. Especially when you want something healthy, but fast! 

Also, they have all the vegan dressings and not obvious toppings marked, which is very helpful!

// Reading Terminal //
This is a really fun (and delicious) place to visit even if you aren't vegan. There are so many choices!

My favorites are...
Miller's Twist for the best, but non-vegan, soft pretzels
Flying Monkey Bakery for vegan baked goods
Metropolitan Bakery for a vegan mini lemon bundt cake
Nanee's Kitchen for Indian food

Although those are my favorites, there are so many more vendors to choose from.


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