Dining options in Center City are more diverse than ever, with hundreds of restaurants offerings cuisines from across the world. From fine dining to fast-casual, takeout and cafes, hungry passerby can always find something to satisfy, including plant-based and vegan options. This October, Center City District celebrates National Vegetarian Month by highlighting some of the best meat-free eats in the region!
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Shuffling through Philadelphia’s famous food hall can be overwhelming, but when it comes to plant-based dishes, one spot stands out among the rest. LUHV Vegan Deli offers classic over-the-counter fare like corned beef specials and Reubens on rye, in addition to breakfast sandwiches, hoagies and groceries to go. All items are 100% vegan.
Location: 51 Noth 12th Street
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Hearty, fresh and completely plant-based, HipCityVeg elevates the average fast food experience. From burgers and chick’n sandwiches to tofu wraps and salads, options are plentiful and change often, including seasonal milkshakes. With multiple locations scattered throughout Center City, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a quick meal.
Location: 127 South 18th Street | 121 South Broad Street
P.S. & Co.
Philadelphia’s only 100% organic, plant-based, gluten-free, kosher parve café is a true must-visit for vegans and veggie-lovers willing to try something new. P.S. & Co. is committed to providing great tasting food that is nutrient-driven, focusing on healthful ingredients instead of processed substitutes. Offerings include protein-packed amaranth porridge, hearty tempeh bowls, tacos and endless baked goods.
Location: 1706 Locust Street
Hours: Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Su Xing House
Authentic Chinese cuisine isn’t hard to find in Philly. And at Su Xing House, it’s even easier to enjoy classic dishes without the hassle thanks to their fully vegetarian menu. Spicy Szechuan tofu, veggie lo mein, sesame buns and more are all available to dine-in or takeout.
Location: 1508 Sansom Street
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Authentic Puerto Rican recipes are reimagined for made-to-order plant-based meals at Bar Bombon. Stunning décor and theming is woven throughout the restaurant, which includes its popular outdoor streetery. Dishes range from buffalo cauliflower tacos and queso dip to Philly steak empanadas and tasty cocktails. And, of course, homemade tortillas made the old way, “just like Abuela did.”
Location: 133 South 18th Street
Hours: Mon-Tues: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. | Wed-Thurs: 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. | Fri: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. | Sat: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | Sun: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
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Charlie was a sinner
Small plates and strong drinks are made to perfection at Charlie was a sinner. The cozy restaurant feels moody yet elegant, with luxe chandeliers and unique artwork. The all-vegan menu features a diverse mix of flavors that are meant for sharing, including oyster mushroom “calamari,” eggplant bao buns, potato gnocchi and silken tofu and mushroom ramen.
Location: 131 South 13th Street
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 4 p.m.-11 p.m. | Fri-Sat: 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
“A Vegetable Restaurant” may sound like a simple concept, but at Vedge, James Beard-nominated chefs transform local seasonal ingredients to provide a high-end dining experience. The menu is ever-evolving as new flavors and techniques are celebrated, and over the past 25 years, a few classics remain on standby. Currently, options include eggplant braciole, smoked portabella carpaccio, stuffed avocado and spicy Dan Dan noodles.
Location: 1221 Locust Street
Hours: Tues-Sat: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
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Monster Vegan is a scary good restaurant specializing in comfort food and creepy cocktails. With classic horror films playing in the background, diners can enjoy their drinks served in glasses shaped like pumpkins and skulls before diving into dinner. Chicken cutlet sandwiches, pasta, wings, burgers – every option is a winner.
Location: 1229 Spruce Street
Yellow Bicycle Canteen
Yellow Bicycle Canteen is a cozy café that serves quick and healthy bites with veggies at the forefront. The dishes are simple, yet inventive, with flavors reminiscent of their meat counterparts. Options include carrot lox bagels, buffalo chickpea sandwiches and black bean burritos.
Location: 930 Locust Street
Hours: Sun-Sat: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Unit Su Vege
Located by the Rodin Museum, Unit Su Vege offers kosher and vegetarian Chinese cuisine at affordable prices. In addition to dishes like General Tso’ tofu, udon noodle soup and steamed dumplings, they also offer vegan ice cream, milk teas and smoothies.
Location: 2000 Hamilton Street Unit 106
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. | Sun: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
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