Most come to New Orleans in hopes of Cajun boiled seafood, hearty and authentic Creole cuisine and brunch favorites such as shrimp and grits, or chicken and waffles. But what about those looking for a New Orleans experience fit for a plant-based lifestyle? Whether you’re a full vegan, flexible vegan or just trying something new there’s no need to worry. New Orleans is filled with dozens of vegan-friendly restaurants, bakeries and bars that make plant-based dining in New Orleans easy and enjoyable.

Breakfast + Brunch

 

Rebecca Todd
Breads on Oak

Breads on Oak

Nestled along Oak Street, Breads on Oak is a plant-based bakery and cafe known for its wide selection of organic, artisan baked goods. Their all-day breakfast menu features housemade specials like the Pumpkin Cheddar Biscuit with a tofu scramble and vegan andouille sausage, the Egg O’Vegan made with vegan egg, cheese and Canadian bacon, an assortment of plant-based pastries and more. 

Justen Williams
La Macarena Pupuseria and Latin Cafe

La Macarena Pupuseria

Just minutes from the St. Charles Streetcar is La Macarena Pupuseria and Latin Cafe - a colorful, eatery specializing in pupusas and other El Salvadoran cuisine. While it is known for its delicious pork-stuffed pupusas, flautas and specialty chicharron, La Macarena’s menu also includes a number of delicious plant-based Salvadoran specialties. Their Vegan Bliss Brunch comes complete with a vegan pupusa, tamale, black bean tostada and Mayan seasoned veggies. Try it alongside an order of yuca frita or sweet fried plantains for a complete plant-based, Salvadoran brunch. 
 

Rebecca Todd
Slim Goodies

Slim Goodies

Hearty meets healthy at Slim Goodies. A classic diner, Slim Goodies prepares quintessential breakfast and brunch foods with a selection of plant-based adjustments. The Garden Slammer is a breakfast tofu scramble served with soy bacon and mixed veggies. Try this or one of their other slammer options made with tofu for plant-based perfection.

Paul Broussard
Bearcat Cafe

Bearcat Cafe

This Uptown-based sit down cafe offers the best of both worlds with its good and bad cat menus. While both equally delicious and freshly prepared, the good cat menu offers full flavor with no regret. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu items such as pancakes, tofu scrambles, black bean sausage, ranchero and much more. Pair your meal alongside one (or a few) of their specialty bottled kombuchas, teas, lemonades, limeades and cold brews. 

Paul Broussard
Daily Beet New Orleans

The Daily Beet

Looking to start your day on a lighter note? Look no further than the Daily Beet. Conveniently located in New Orleans Central Business District, the Daily Beet serves a variety of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and light breakfast bites. Try their house acai bowl topped with goji berries, coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey, or opt for something more savory with their avocado toast made with cherry tomatoes, sea salt and chili flakes.

Lunch

 

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Carmo

Carmo

Pulling inspiration from Southwest Asia to East Africa, Carmo is a tropical cafe with an extensive selection of vegan eats and treats. Try one of their freshly prepared salads, banquette breads, sandwiches and housemade bowls or baked goods during afternoon in New Orleans’ Arts District.

Rebecca Todd
Tal’s Hummus

Tal’s Hummus

An Israel-inspired restaurant using only the best ingredients, Tal’s Hummus serves fresh and fulfilling Mediterranean cuisine. Their selection of Israeli street foods made for plant-based diets includes the Flatbread Vegan Shawarma and Vegan Chicken Pita. Pair it alongside house-made hummus or tabbouleh quinoa for a globally inspired plant-based lunch.  

Rebecca Todd
Raw Republic

Raw Republic

An ideal post-workout refresher or post-weekend detox, Raw Republic is a raw vegan cafe and wellness studio. Cold-pressed juices, made-to-order smoothies and grab-and-go meals are made available at this Uptown favorite. Enjoy an Aztec Wrap made with walnut taco meat, pico de gallo, avocado and chimichurri, and complete your meal with lemon chia pudding for a satisfying sweet.

Dinner

 

Rebecca Todd
1000 Figs

1000 Figs

Cool Cousin recommended, 1000 Figs is Mediterranean eatery within New Orleans’ Esplanade Ridge. Enjoy their variety of mouth-watering falafel dishes. Choose between the falafel sandwich and the falafel platter for a true Mediterranean experience in the Crescent City.

Rebecca Todd
Pizza Delicious

Pizza Delicious

The name says it all. Pizza Delicious is just across the street from Crescent Park in the Bywater. It is loved by many not only for its delicious and ever-changing menu, but also for its wide range of dishes fit for any type of eater. Enjoy vegan spaghetti, stuffed artichokes and salads - or stick with the restaurant’s namesake and build your own delicious vegan pizza from scratch. Their list of seasonal and local veggies make the pizza as delicious as the name implies.

Photos Courtesy of Catahoula Hotel
Piscobar Kitchen

Piscobar Kitchen

Located inside of the Catahoula Hotel is Piscobar Kitchen. Their menu offers 100% plant-based, southeast Asian cuisine. Curry noodles, fiery Chinese eggplant and pickled bok choy are among the many Asian-inspired eats to choose from. Pair your meal with a drink from the award-winning craft cocktail bar, Pisco Bar.

Justen Williams
SoBou

SoBou

Rated one of the top 10 restaurants in New Orleans, Sobou offers a small selection of vegan-friendly starters and entrees. The cauliflower and quinoa meatballs are plant-based delicacies marinated with coconut and turmeric sauce for an extra kick. Enjoy this with purple beet & citrus salad with no whipped goat-cheese for a savory vegan experience. 

This is just a small taste of vegan eats in New Orleans (see our full list here). Make sure to call ahead to any of our local restaurants and bakeries to ask about vegan-friendly options that may not be listed on their menu.