Where to find amazing vegetarian and healthy eats and drinks in the scenic northwest

Photo credit: linda’s vegetarian village / faceook

Photo credit: linda’s vegetarian village / faceook

Whether you’re a lifelong vegan, gluten-free guru or just like to squeeze in some heart-healthy meals to balance out the junk food in your life, eating well is easy to do in NW Philly. Plus, with the gorgeous Wissahickon Valley Park and Schuylkill River just a few steps or short drive away, you can pair it with a beautiful walk, run or ride while you burn some calories.

All the Way Live Cafe

Germantown

This simple, health-conscious Germantown cafe serves creative vegan and raw foods like nut burgers, soulful greens, quinoa salad and fresh juices. And gluten-free folks will love their spelt, black rice and zucchini pastas - just make sure to save room for their mouth-watering desserts.

All the Way Live Cafe (6108 Germantown Avenue)

Àse Yoga Studio and Tea Room

East Falls

This all-vegetarian tea room is perfect for groups looking to enjoy a calming beverage while connecting on a deeper level. You can also join them for one of their many workshops, which often include a healthy three course meal like vegetarian zucchini and kale lasagna, carrot pesto and southern cooked collard greens, and of course, certified organic tea.

Àse Yoga Studio and Tea Room (4054 Ridge Avenue)

Banjara Indian Bistro

Chestnut Hill

Banjara offers Indian cuisine for every level of heat seeker. They tone down the use of chilies and enhance some of the richer ingredients to create dishes that are gentler, but retain the flavor, aroma and texture for which Indian cuisine is rightfully famous. And with loads of vegetables in their dishes, it’s a meal that is not only pleasing to the palate but healthy as well.

Banjara Indian Bistro (8705 Germantown Avenue)

Boostin’ Bowls

Manayunk

Boostin’ Bowls has everything Manayunk needs for a town on the go — fresh, energizing, seasonal food to fuel your day! Since she opening in September 2017, Manayunk has been buzzing about the açaí berry and their delicious bowls. Choose from the extensive menu of creations or make your own! You can also find smoothies, avocado toast, and vegan treats here.

Boostin’ Bowls (100 Levering Street)

Cin Cin

Chestnut Hill

Sometimes you just can’t decide on one cuisine, but at this Pan-Asian / French-fusion eatery you don’t have to. Vegetarians will find a nice selection of  dishes on the menu like mixed veggies with tofu and wild mushroom goat cheese strudel, but for a real treat let their chef create a memorable evening of exquisite vegetarian gourmet dishes (2 person minimum).

Cin Cin (7838 Germantown Avenue)

The Couch Tomato Café

Manayunk

This neighborhood favorite offers vegan and gluten-free soups like their signature tomato basil, which you can pair with a regular or gluten-free grilled cheese for dipping, organic artisan pizzas available with vegan cheese and gluten-free or whole wheat crust, build-your-own-sandwiches with creative healthy and veggie toppings, and even vegan dessert options. Stop by to check out their recently launched all vegan menu!

The Couch Tomato Café (102 Rector Street)

Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange

Mt. Airy

Flip over the menu of this cozy, dimly lit spot with patio seating, downtown-style drinks and country-inspired American chow for a full list of vegetarian spins on the main menu. Diners especially love the vegetarian poutine and veggie burgers, which are half-priced on Mondays. And for the pescatarians, check out their buck-a-shuck oysters.

Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange (7152 Germantown Avenue)

The Flower Cafe at Linda’s

Germantown

A hidden gem on what is arguably one of the cutest streets in Philadelphia. For more than 20 years the friendly owner Linda has been serving outstanding healthy, vegetarian and raw fare to her devoted patrons, who especially love the veggie burger and kale salad.

The Flower Cafe at Linda’s (48 Maplewood Mall)

The Juice Merchant

Manayunk

Full of fresh fruit and vegetables, this restaurant’s menu is a vegetarian’s heaven. The Juice Merchant uses organic ingredients in all of their juices, smoothies, and dining options including fresh hummus, unique salads, and veggie sandwiches. Not to mention, a portion of every juice sale goes to Philabundance!

The Juice Merchant (4330 Main Street)

The Juice Room

Mt. Airy

Whether you’re doing a juice cleanse or just want to stop for a healthy and delicious pick-me-up, The Juice Room offers a wide variety of fresh, made-to-order juices and smoothies. You can also add an extra punch to help fight cold season, bust your belly or feel more focused.

The Juice Room (7127 Germantown Avenue)

Le Bus

East Falls

From breakfast through dinner, this Philly-favorite menu is well stocked with lots of veggie, gluten-free and just generally healthy soups, salads, sandwiches, appetizers and entrees. Vegans and meat-eaters alike especially love their cauliflower “wings” and vegan burger, and if your diet allows don’t miss those fresh baked cookies.

Le Bus (4201 Ridge Avenue)

Linda’s Vegetarian Village

Germantown / Mt. Airy

This eccentric eatery is one of NW Philly’s go-to spots for a vegan, vegetarian or raw food meals, largely due to the welcoming and informative owner who also teaches nutritional classes. Menu favorites include a vegetarian platter with assorted salads, veggie BLT on flatbread, “chicken” salad and raw vegan cheesecake.

Linda’s Vegetarian Village (6381 Germantown Avenue)

Malelani Cafe

Mt. Airy

Stop by on any given Friday night - or Sunday afternoon - and you might find an open mic comedy jam or a three-piece reggae band. You’ll definitely find one of the most vegetarian-friendly menus in Mt. Airy—Mediterranean by way of South Africa.

Malelani Cafe (6734 Germantown Avenue)

The Nile Cafe

Germantown

If you’re looking for plentiful portions of vegan & vegetarian soul food in a laid-back, counter-serve eatery, look no further than The Nile Cafe. All of their healthy creative entrees are made from wheat or soy, packed full of flavor and pair wonderfully with their homemade fruit juices and smoothies.

The Nile Cafe (6008 Germantown Avenue)

Royal’s Restaurant

West Oak Lane

Flavor is on the menu at this vegetarian-friendly Jamaican eatery. Their friendly staff serves huge portions of tofu with jerk, curry or brown sauce; black bean stew with yellow rice; boiled green bananas; and if fish and seafood fit your diet you’ll find a long list of options from the sea.  

Royal’s Restaurant (7802 Limekiln Pike)

Saigon Noodle Bar

Chestnut Hill

Saigon Noodle Bar is the newest addition to the Market at the Fareway in Chestnut Hill.  They offer delicious Vietnamese cuisine including Vermicelli-Rice, Vegetarian Pho, Banh Mi, and bubble tea. Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-8pm.

Saigon Noodle Bar (8221 Germantown Avenue in the Market at the Fareway)

Shan Chuan

East Falls

Fallsers veggies love Shan Chuan for their many vegan options, like vegetable makis and a large selection of mock-meat Chinese favorites including General Tso’s, Orange “Beef” and Sesame “Chicken.

Shan Chuan (4211 Ridge Avenue)

Yiro Yiro

Roxborough

Greek food is notoriously healthy and Yiro Yiro is no exception. Their mouth-watering falafel, particularly delicious with spicy tzaziki and feta dip, is a filling meat-free and affordable quick meal, or try one of their not-just-Greek salads like the Nisi with shredded kale mix, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions and feta with a lemon vinaigrette.

Yiro Yiro (6024 Ridge Avenue)