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5 Best Vegan Restaurants in Boston

Ariane Vigna | February 24, 2021 | Food & Drink

By Chloe plant-based restaurant in Boston

By Chloe serves delicious fast-food style fixes with a fully plant-based menu.

By now you've certainly heard the case for vegetarianism and veganism. Eating less meat is good for the environment, it feels good to the body, and it helps you explore entirely new flavor profiles. Efforts to protect biodiversity and preserve the future of our planet isn’t so painful when it means picking up delicious plant-based food from your favorite neighborhood eatery.

Switching to vegan-friendly options may have been a challenge a few years ago, but amazing vegan spots have slowly but surely popped up around the city. Fear not: there’s way more than salads at these restaurants.

From pizza to tacos, ice cream and sweet treats: you name it, they bring it to you. Whether you’re looking for grain bowls to-go or a fancier dinner for two at a local diner, these are a few of the best vegan restaurants and menus in Boston.

See also: 9 Best Pizza Places in Boston

Life Alive

Various locations / Website

Life Alive’s colorful and creative grain bowls and salads will have you whip your phone out for a quick Instagram shot. Its promise? Organic and therapeutic food to revitalize your body and nurture your soul. The small chain has locations downtown and all around Boston, so you can pay them a visit in Back Bay, Brookline and Cambridge, or in Lowell and Salem. Let yourself be surprised by a different, fresh menu at each location. Popular items include the Elvis Alive smoothie with peanut butter, bananas, raw cacao, gelato and coconut milk; an Acai bowl with blueberry, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, hemp seeds and almond granola; as well as strawberry steel-cut oats with maple, cinnamon, spiced walnuts and Greek yogurt.

Veggie Galaxy

450 Mass. Ave. / Website

Veggie Galaxy is our town’s classic meat-free spot, and for good reason. Its traditional diner atmosphere and charming retro decor set it apart from modern takes on the vegetarian and vegan experiences. Delicious pancakes, french toast and waffles await.

See also: The 7 Best Ice Cream Shops in Boston

By Chloe

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Various locations / Website

From the Seaport to Fenway and Back Bay, this New York City import has planted its seed in Boston. By Chloe’s creative take on local favorites like lobster rolls and clam chowder earn a well-deserved spot on our vegan restaurant bucket list. The chain offers an entirely vegan menu with classic salads, sandwiches and pesto meatball subs for lunch. If you’re looking for the perfect afternoon snack, ice cream and smoothies can satisfy your sweet tooth. Bonus: the bright atmosphere and modern decor make for an incredible Instagram “phone-eats-first” story.

Cocobeet

100 City Hall Plaza / Website

Cocobeet brings fresh cold-pressed juices and smoothies to active foodies. Organic, raw, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, non-HPP and locally sourced: you’re only getting the healthy stuff. Its “Plant Packed Living” philosophy will lift your mood, increase your stamina and clear your mind. If you’re looking for more than a juice cleanse, the menu offers a variety of lunch and dinner options, like a scrumptious almond hummus, sundried tomato and kale sandwich, or baked cauliflower falafels. You can also indulge in all-day sweet treats such as raw brownie truffles, sea salt caramel pie and raspberry coconut yogurt.

See also: The 5 Best Cookie Spots in Boston

Fomu

481 Cambridge St. / Website

Whether you find yourself in Fenway, Allston, the South End or Jamaica Plain, Fomu has got to have drawn your attention already. The vegan ice cream is to-die-for, and it's turning a lot of heads. Fomu’s core ice cream flavors are made with a coconut base, but others use fruit bases, cashews or almonds. If you’re looking for more goodness, try some of the shop’s signature baked goods: salted chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip brownies and magic bars.



Photography by: Boston Globe / Getty