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Local’s Guide to the Best Vegan Food in Minneapolis

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Looking for the best vegan food in Minneapolis? So were we, so we had to find out! 

If you’re planning a trip to Minneapolis anytime soon, you will be quite surprised to discover just how vegan friendly the city is! Plus, with St. Paul just across the river, you’ll get even more bang for your vegan-dining-buck!

Plus, since Minneapolis is the city of lakes, there are plenty of activities to partake. Especially important to burn off some calories and make a little space in your belly to try even more awesome vegan food.

I recommend checking out the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park for paddle-boarding, kayaking, and biking.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite restaurants with the best vegan food in Minneapolis and St. Paul..

The Best Vegan Food in Minneapolis

Pizza Nea

Vegan Pizza from Pizza Nea in Minneapolis

Being a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria, Pizza Nea accommodates to all dietary needs, including gluten free! Quite a few of their pizzas are already vegan, but you can veganize anything on the menu.

If you’re looking for a traditional Italian pizza, this is the place you need to check out while in Northeast Minneapolis. Head over to Glam Doll donuts for a dessert afterwards (mentioned below).

  • Location: Northeast
  • What to try: The Salsicce with Herbivorous Butcher meat and cheeses

Muddy Waters

Vegan Breakfast at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis

Located in one of my favorite areas of uptown, you really can’t go wrong at Muddy Waters for weekend brunch, lunch, or even dinner and late night drinks and snacks.

It truly is an all-in-one kinda place. Looking for a not-dog, tacos, or a jerk rice bowl? Muddy Waters has a variety of options to choose from.

  • Location: Uptown
  • What to try: Buttermilk biscuits and gravy for Brunch or Korean bbq mock duck tacos

J. Selby’s

Vegan Tacos at J. Shelbys in Minneapolis

Opened in 2017, J. Selby’s is a 100% vegan restaurant in St. Paul that not only offers lunch and dinner but an incredible weekend brunch as well. You will find everything you ever dreamed of eating here – so come hungry and I promise, you will leave happy. It’s well worth the cross over the river.

  • Location: Summit area, St. Paul
  • What to try: EVERYTHING

People’s Organic

Whether you are craving breakfast or lunch, People’s Organic serves both all day. I often head here when I need comfort or healthy food. With sandwiches, buddha bowls, and chili, People’s Organic will hit the spot. Bonus: feel free to do a little shopping on nearby Hennepin Avenue afterwards.

  • Location: Uptown
  • What to try: Black bean chili or the veggie hash

The Herbivorous Butcher

Being the first ever vegan butcher and cheese shop to hit Minneapolis, The Herbivorous Butcher is a vegan haven. Everything is made on-site, and they serve weekly hot sandwich & soup specials. They have meat and cheese plates for purchase, different packages during the holidays, and even a vegan starter kit. I recommend checking them out online too for home deliveries.

  • Location: Northeast
  • What to try: Cheeses – Gouda & Brie, Meat – Chorizo

French Meadow

Vegan Pasta at French Meadow in Minneapolis

If you are looking for a good place to go for just about any meal, French Meadow is the place you need to be. Located in uptown, they serve a wide variety of choices. From pastas to salads to sustainable bowls and more. They also have the best tempeh reuben I’ve ever had.

Although not all items are vegan, you can veganize just about everything on their menu.

  • Location: Lyndale Ave
  • What to try: Earth wings & Veggie Burger

Ginger Hop

As an Asian-fusian eatery, Ginger hop has combined the likes of Thailand, China, Korea, and Vietnam. If you are craving curry, noodles, rice or sandwiches, you’ll be sure to find it here. Enjoy a walk on the stone arch bridge before or after for a gorgeous view of the city!

  • Location: St. Anthony Main
  • What to try: Udon noodle curry bowl with mock duck

Namaste Cafe

Nameste Minneapolis

My go-to restaurant in Minneapolis is Namaste, I just LOVE this place. Almost everything that isn’t listed as vegan on the menu can be veganized upon request and they have daily lunch box specials. It’s a great place for lunch or dinner. Monday is 1/2 off bottles of wine night, and Tuesday is date night.

  • Location: Uptown
  • What to try: Coconut Spinach Curry or Chili namaste if you like something extra spicy

Fig + Farro

Just opening its doors in early 2018, Fig + Farro is a vegan tapas-like hot spot. Serving small portions for all to try, you can substitute and request just about everything in vegan form. The menu changes daily so everything is in season and fresh. They also host a weekend brunch not to be missed.

  • Location: Uptown
  • What to try: Roasted curried cauliflower

Vo’s Vietnamese

Vos Vietnamese Vegan Food Minneapolis

This Vietnamese restaurant’s menu has an entire page just for vegans! It’s also one of the least expensive places I’ve eaten at in the city, and it also has the largest portions too! I visit this location usually once every two weeks so I can get my fix, it’s that good!  Vo is also a great host so you’ll always feel at home!

  • Location: Uptown
  • What to try: Everything!

Pizza Luce

If you are looking for a great pizza joint, that serves up huge slices topped with lots of veggies and other toppings, then head straight to Pizza Luce in Minneapolis. With multiple locations, you’ll be near one no matter where you’re staying in the city.

Luce also serves pastas, hoagies, and great appetizer choices for when you’re craving something other than pizza.

  • Location: Downtown, Uptown & Seward
  • What to try: The Rustler

Crepe and Spoon

Crepe and Spoon Vegan Crepes in Minnepolis

This ice cream and crepe spot just opened in 2017 and they specialize in vegan treats. They offer around 12 rotating ice cream flavors, and offer the option to add a crepe! I mean, why not?!

They also have a couple savory crepe options served with Herbivorous Butcher meats and cheeses.

My all-time-favorite flavor for just about anything sweet is pistachio, and their ice cream made from these delicious nuts didn’t disappoint.

  • Location: Northeast
  • What to try: Crepe & Jam

Glam Doll Donuts

Serving up all the donuts you can fit into your mouth, Glam Doll has been all the rage since they opened in 2013. If you are a donut lover (who isn’t?) they cater to vegans with 8-10 delectable daily varieties.

Note: Only the Eat Street location serves vegan donuts.

  • Location: 2605 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
  • What to try: Cosmopolitan Girl

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The Best Vegan Food in Minneapolis

Author Bio

Alli is an environmental science teacher in Minneapolis who enjoys eating as much vegan food as is available. She has been a vegan since 2012 and when she isn’t trying a new restaurant, she enjoys cooking up dishes at home. Her favorite dishes include a good tofu scramble, banana nice cream and of course, pizza.

Alli is a part-time travel blogger at Alli’s Adventures and enjoys traveling the world as much as possible and experiencing other cultures, a few favorite locations are Rome and Stockholm. She enjoys spending her summers at the lake in Minnesota, reading, running and enjoying nature.


  1. The Northeast location of Glam Doll does not have vegan donuts – only the Eat Street location does. Something to do with the kitchen being smaller, so they couldn’t prevent cross-contamination.

  2. Love this!! Moving to Minneapolis soon and excited that theres such a vibrant vegan scene!!

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