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Vegan Portland Guide – Best Vegan Restaurants in Portland & More

In Oregon, United States, Vegan Travel by Randi Delano, Creator and Owner, Veggie Visa20 Comments

Looking for a vegan Portland guide? Then you’re in the right place. Here are the best vegan restaurants in Portland! Plus, the best vegan shops and a few exceptional vegan friendly restaurants and cafes to choose from!

Portland Oregon is known for being an extremely vegan friendly city. Vegan restaurants, cafes, and shops abound. There’s even a vegan strip mall and vegan tattoo shop in Portland! You can get everything you need as a vegan in this awesome city. Even good vegan vibes! There are so many options, you’ll need a good vegan Portland guide to steer you to the best vegan restaurants in Portland when visiting.

Luckily, I’ve done some extensive research for you! I’ve eaten a lot of vegan tacos, sandwiches, desserts, and even a mac n’cheese or two, just to find the best vegan restaurants in Portland Oregon.

Here’s what I found!

Vegan Portland Guide – The Best Vegan Restaurants in Portland, Awesome Vegan Shops and Vegan Friendly Gems!

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Blossoming Lotus Vegan Restaurant – Vegan Restaurant in Portland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Blossoming Lotus is one of the best known vegan restaurant in Portland, and for good reason. This organic vegan restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends.

I had the pleasure of eating here with two friends. Since none of us felt the need to show restraint our table ended up looking like a medieval feast at a royal wedding… minus tortured animals of course.

The stand out dishes on the table were the baked vegan brie, the Mac n’ Cheese, and the BBQ Bowl.

The nut-based brie was baked to gooey perfection and served with crusty french bread, berry compote, and fresh Granny Smith apples. It was absolutely heavenly. Every last speck was scraped from the ramekin before the server removed our plate.

The hearty BBQ Bowl included tender, 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. Maybe it was all that cheese?

Sweetpea Baking Company

vegan Sandwich from Sweetpea Baking Company in Portland

This vegan restaurant and bakery specializes in vegan cakes, vegan sweets, and vegan breakfast and lunch.

Sweetpea Baking Company is located in Portland’s vegan strip mall, making it a great spot to refuel after a few hours of retail therapy.

I had a tasty toasted vegan P. Cole sandwich. This seitan based vegan sandwich is composed of grilled ciabatta, slathered with a tangy sauce and stuffed with tomatoes and diced pickles. A fresh salad and crispy dill pickle balanced this deliciously dense sandwich. Eating it did prove to be a bit of a challenge considering the generous amount of drippy sauce. It was incredibly satisfying nonetheless.

TIP: Stop by on Saturday mornings when they serve fresh vegan donuts starting at 9:00 am! Recent flavors include Earl Grey, cinnamon twist, hot chocolate, and a gluten and soy-free almond chai. YUM!!

Petunia’s Pies and Pastry – Vegan Restaurant in Portland

Vegan Marionberry Crumble from Petunia’s Pies and Pastry Portland, Oregon

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. It was truly difficult to decide but I ended up choosing the Marionberry crumble since I’ve never had the pleasure of sampling this fruit before. And what a good choice it was. The crumble was a sweet, tart, and buttery.

Honestly, it’s worth planning a trip to Portland just to visit Petunia’s.

The Bye and Bye – All Vegan Pub in Portland

Bye and Bye Vegan Pub in Portland Oregon

Who doesn’t love pub grub? The Bye and Bye serves it up vegan style and have really outdone theirselves.

Vegan BBQ Tofu and Brussels Sprouts Bowl at the Bye and Bye Vegan Restaurant Portland

Choose one of their awesome bowl dishes like the BBQ Tofu and Brussels sprouts with brown rice. Hankering for a sandwich? Word is their vegan reuben is one of the best! Tempeh, vegan cheese, sauerkraut, remoulade sauce and mustard, all served on rye bread with chips and salsa…yummm! Wash everything down with one of their stellar beers and you’re totally set.

With it’s chill atmosphere, excellent food, and craft beers The Bye and Bye is one of the best vegan restaurants in Portland!

Los Gorditos – Vegan Mexican Food in Portland

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Los Gorditos isn’t a completely vegan restaurant in Portland, but they do have a separate menu entirely made up of veganized Mexican dishes.

Having grown up in Southeast Texas I’d venture a guess that at least 60% of my body’s growth during adolescent years was fueled on Mexican food. So when I recommend a Mexican restaurant you know you can trust me. 

Such is the case with Los Gorditos in Portland. Just looking at the above picture is making my mouth water. Their vegan chorizo tacos are superb, the vegan soy curl tacos exceptional, and the rice and beans…totally on point!

So go, and go hungry! You won’t be disappointed.

Vegan Shopping in Portland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Yup, Portland has a vegan strip mall. Crazy, huh? Even more crazy is the fact that Portland has the world’s only vegan strip club. It even has a vegan buffet. Craving vegan food more than vegan boobies, I decided to opt for the strip mall.

The vegan strip mall in Portland has a vegan grocery store called Food Fight, a vegan clothing store called Herbivore Clothing, a vegan tattoo shop called Scapegoat Tattoos, and the aforementioned Sweetpea.

Here is a rundown of the shops in the mall.

Herbivore Clothing – Vegan Clothing Shop in Portland

Herbivore Clothing, Portland, Oregon

Herbivore Clothing is one of the best places I’ve been to in a long time.

This all vegan clothing and accessories store in Portland has a wide selection of vegan pullovers, tees, and tank tops. They also have loads of vegan tote bags, jewelry, stickers, buttons, books, purses, and other stuff all promoting a vegan lifestyle.

I couldn’t resist and picked up one of their “Praise Seitan” buttons as a memento of my visit. 

Food Fight – Vegan Grocery Store in Portland

Food Fight Grocery Portland, Oregon

Food Fight is a Portland vegan grocery store that’s been around since 2003. Shelf upon shelf is stocked full of vegan goodies like fresh produce, chocolate, vegan haggis, chap stick, and even vegan condoms.

I bought some dark chocolate filled with mint cream as a gift for a friend. After tasting it, I greedily wished I would have gotten some for myself!

Scapegoat – Vegan Tattoo Shop in Portland

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Scapegoat Tattoo is a vegan owned and operated tattoo shop in Portland’s vegan shopping mall. This tattoo shop has 13 artists tattooing a variety of styles. They’re open 7 days a week and unlike a lot of shops they can accommodate walk-ins in addition to appointments.

Unfortunately, when I visited I wasn’t planning to get another tattoo, but will absolutely get one the next time I’m in Portland.

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.

Jet Black Coffee Company

Vegan Scone at Jet Black Coffee in Portland

Get your caffein fix and sample vegan sweets from some of the best vegan shops in Portland all in one place. Jet Black Coffee Company is a cozy cafe located in the vegan strip mall in Portland. They serve delicious coffee and tea, including interesting concoctions like vanilla cardamom lattes and ginger spiced Chai.

They also serve pastries and baked items from Petunia’s Bakery, Shoofly Vegan Bakery, Sweetpea Baking Company, and Bowery Bagels. Really, what more could you ask for?

Courier Coffee Roasters

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.

Be forewarned, 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

Saint Simon Coffee Shop Portland, Oregon

Saint Simon’s tiny little storefront offers handcrafted coffee and a few baked goods.

I fell in love immediately and made a trip to Saint Simon 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. Additionally, 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 need to live a vegan lifestyle, and is one of the top vegan cities in the world!

About the Author

Randi Delano, Creator and Owner, Veggie Visa

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Randi is the creator and owner of the vegan travel and lifestyle website Veggie Visa, and the co-creator and owner of the travel website Just a Pack. She's vegan, loves to cook, do yoga, and workout. She is happiest when laying on a beach in a foreign country. Her favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel, she love cows, goats, bees, and cacti. Her written work has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, XOJane, and A Women’s Thing. Randi also has a background in marketing, culinary arts, and is a Certified Health Coach.

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  1. Omg, I had no idea it has THIS many vegan options. The strip mall is especially surprising and enticing. I can already see you coming back 😉

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      Yes, it was great. Looking forward to the next visit…whenever that is. 🙂
      There were plenty of things I left out of the article too. Nearly anywhere you go in Portland has vegan options. Like the vegan banana chocolate cake I had at another coffee shop. Such a great town.

  2. Randi, you made me want to go to Portland! Fantastic article full of great places to go. Loved it.

  3. Love Portland! Three visits there so far (all for the Veg Fest) and will probably return in Nov for it again!
    Did you eat at Portobello? Another great vegan restaurant. Also there are two vegan bars (good food and dessert too) called the Bye and Bye and Sweet Hereafter. Same owners, Also Voodoo Donuts have vegan donuts too. Oh ya and the food trucks Native Bowl and Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ. So more places for you to try on your next visit if you haven’t tried those ones yet 🙂 I’m sure that I’m missing some too! So many vegan food options in Portland, just awesome!!

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      Awesome tips Lori! Thank you. I have heard about Portobello bud didn’t make it. How are the people in Voodoo?

      What’s your favorite vegan dish you’ve had in Portland?

      Must be heaven to live there as a vegan. I can’t want to go back and try even more great vegan spots. Thank you 😀

  4. I am a local Portlander and love all the vegan options we have in our city! We often frequent ¿Por Que No? (we eat there at least twice a week!), Laughing Planet, and our most favorite restaurant is Portobello Vegan Trattoria (fine dining but not expensive at all!). Among other places, Back to Eden , Vita Café, Tidbit Food Farm (food carts pod that has a lot of vegan options), and Hammy’s (vegan pizza delivery). Lots of awesome places to try! Hope you enjoyed your visit and all your future visits.

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      Hi Candy! I loved my time in Portland and will have to go back to try more vegan options. You’re really lucky to live there 😀 I keep heard (and keep hearing about) Portobello but there just wasn’t enough time to try everything! Too many incredible options there. I felt so spoiled.

  5. Wow Fantastic article! I LOOOOOVE PDX and have eaten at all of these! Great choices. 🙂

  6. A local Portlander here 🙂 I’m sad Departure is not mentioned on the list – it’s a very popular local foodie place! It has an amazing view of Portland and an awesome separate vegan menu. Looks like you had a fab time in PDX!

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      Gosh, so many great options for vegans in one place. Too many to try in the short time I was there…but I did my best. 😀

  7. Oh this article makes me want to go home and eat at all of our favorite restaurants!

    Next time, you will have to go to Harlow on Hawthorne. I’ll give another shout out to Por Que No. Visit the Pyro Pizza food cart and get vegan pizza with Daiya cheese. Papa G’s on Division is a-ma-zing. I could go on!

    You’ll also have to try Coava Coffee and Heart Coffee.

    Thanks so much for this great piece showing off my city!

  8. I’m headed to Portland in a few days and so excited by this post! A vegan strip mall? Who knew! I’m afraid I’m going to gain weight with all these vegan delights 🙂

    1. Author

      Hey Sherrie! Thanks for the comment. I’m so glad you found the post useful. I hope you have a great time and love every moment! 🙂

  9. Portland is vegan paradise! The seitan sandwich looks delicious, definitely putting that on my list of must haves! Pinning this for my portland trip!

  10. I like how Los Gorditos consider having a menu for vegan people. I will definitely visit them when I go to Portland. Thank you for compiling this interesting source.

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