I spent five days in Oregon recently. During my trip I was determined to find the best vegan food in Portland.
I put in a huge amount of effort devouring countless vegan meals, drinking copious amounts of coffee and tea, and even visiting a vegan strip mall.
Here is all the amazing vegan restaurants, cafes, and shops I found in Portland Oregon.
Vegan Food in Portland
There weren’t enough meals in the day to try all the vegan fare Portland has during my short visit. Luckily I have the ability to eat large quantities, rest, and repeat.
Los Gorditos – Vegan Mexican Food in Portland
Los Gorditos isn’t a completely vegan restaurant in Portland, but they do have a separate menu entirely made up of veganized Mexican dishes.
I tried the vegan chorizo tacos, the vegan soy curl tacos, and rice and beans. I grew up in Texas so I know what good Mexican food tastes like, and this was it. Absolutely delicious.
Sweetpea Baking Company
Sweetpea Baking Company is a vegan restaurant that specializes in baked items and vegan wedding cakes but also has a lunch menu. They are located in the vegan strip mall in Portland, which makes it a great spot to refuel after a few hours of retail therapy.
I had a tasty toasted seitan sandwich slathered with a tangy sauce and stuffed with tomatoes and diced pickles and served with a fresh salad and crispy pickle. It was a quite messy but fully satisfying nonetheless.
TIP: Stop by on Saturday mornings when they serve fresh donuts starting at 9:00 am.
Blossoming Lotus Vegan Restaurant
Blossoming Lotus serves an organic vegan menu for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. I ate here with two friends and since none of us felt the need to show restraint our table ended up looking like a medieval feast at a royal wedding.
The stand out dishes were the baked brie (yes, baked. vegan. brie!), the Mac n’ Cheese, and the BBQ Bowl.
The brie was a gooey nut milk brie served with crusty french bread, berry compote, and fresh Granny Smith apples. Every single drop of this heavenly treat was scraped from the ramekin before the server removed our plate.
The BBQ Bowl came with tender and meaty soy curls slathered in BBQ sauce, sautéed veggies, creamy mac & cheese, and fluffy cornbread! As much as I tried I couldn’t come close to finishing the huge portion I was served. Maybe it was all the cheese?
Petunia’s Pies and Pastry
I was warned that it was possible to developing a serious addiction to Petunia’s Pies and Pastry shop so I put off visiting until my last day in Portland. The entire experience was a shot of endorphin for my senses. Pink and white decor, sugar laden treats everywhere, and Stumptown coffee on offer.
The Marionberry crumble I had was a sweet, tart, buttery delight. It’s worth planning a trip to Portland just to visit Petunia’s and have it.
Vegan Shopping in Portland
Yup, Portland has a vegan shopping mall. Crazy right? Even more crazy, Portland has a vegan strip club! I didn’t go there so let’s talk about the mall instead.
The vegan strip mall in Portaland has shops where you can get vegan groceries, vegan clothing, vegan books, and vegan paraphernalia…like the “Praise Seitan” button I purchased for $1.00. You can even get an awesome vegan tattoo from the all vegan tattoo shop. Here is a rundown of the shops in the mall.
Herbivore Clothing is one of the best places I’ve been to in a long time. There is a wide selection of vegan clothing including some awesome pullovers and tank tops. They also have loads of tote bags, jewelry, stickers, buttons, books, purses, and other stuff all promoting the vegan lifestyle.
Food Fight in Portland
Food Fight is a vegan grocery store that has been around since 2003. They have everything including fresh produce, chocolate, haggis, chap stick, and even vegan condoms.
I picked up some dark chocolate filled with mint cream as a gift but greedily wished I would have gotten some for myself after tasting it!
Scapegoat Tattoo Shop in Portland
Yes, even your next tattoo can be vegan. Scapegoat Tattoo is a vegan owned and operated tattoo shop in Portland’s vegan shopping mall.
It took a lot of restraint on my part not to indulge in another tattoo, but if ink is in your future and you’re in Portland this is the place to get it done.
Great Places for Coffee or Tea in Portland
I’ve had coffee all over the world in countries like Guatemala, Italy, and Colombia but Portland takes the prize for the best brew I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Here are a few of my favorite spots.
Courier Coffee Bar
Courier roasts all of its own coffee, is environmentally friendly, (they use recycled bags, mason jars, and bicycles for delivery), and has vegan granola on their menu.
The coffee isn’t for the faint of heart, and some have said its caffeine content is stronger than a shot of cocaine. The flavors are delicate and delicious and will keep you coming back for more.
Saint Simon’s tiny little storefront offers handcrafted coffee and a few baked goods. I fell in love immediately and made a trip to the shop part of my morning routine while I was in Portland. Their coffee is full flavored, light, and acidic, and it left me buzzing all day.
Tea Chai Te
If coffee isn’t your thing there are plenty of tea houses in Portland. Tea Chai Te has over 120 different high quality teas for your enjoyment. The shop is super cozy and a great place to sit while reading a book and sipping the day away.
Needless to say, I loved Portland. It has everything you could ever want if you’re living an animal friendly lifestyle and definitely deserves to be ranked as one of the top vegan cities in the world!
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