Vegans have conquered Portland, transforming Rose City into a treasure trove of delectable plant-based dining and street-munching experiences. Portlanders can start their days with gluten-free, vegan donuts and munch on flavorful plant-based street eats for lunch. Are you looking for the best vegan breakfasts in Portland? Be prepared to feel incredibly spoiled for choice, for Portland offers one of the boldest and most diverse vegan food scenes in the United States. From hip joints to casual cafes here are the best places for vegan breakfast in Portland Oregon (in no particular order, they’re all awesome)...
1. Jam On Hawthorne – a hip spot which serves award-winning vegan-friendly American breakfasts
Jam On Hawthorne is your friendly neighborhood breakfast joint, much like Luke’s Diner from Stars Hollow. The café is famous for its delicious plant-based breakfast spreads, infused with rich and bold flavors and served in generous portions. They have an extensive menu brimming with vegan, vegetarian, and meat-based treats, perfect for a fun breakfast hangout with your non-vegan friends.
This joint is famous citywide for its savory cocktails, especially the mimosas and the bloody marys, and creatively inventive desserts. We love their Grand Marnier French toast, blueberry chia pancakes, and breakfast burritos. Waffle lovers can explore a wealth of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.
Address: 2239 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214, United States.
2. Rabbits Café – a modern vegan eatery with healthy meat-free dishes
Rabbits Café is home to one of the most delicious vegan breakfast items in Portland, famous for its savvy plant-based bowls, salads, and burritos. The café is 100% vegan, and the eclectic interiors create a cozy and refreshing ambiance. Their recipes are a creative blend of flavorful spices, colorful veggies, and crunchy nuts, elevated by homemade sauces like tahini and fresh coleslaw.
The large servings, amazing prices, and friendly servers will have you coming back for more. We strongly recommend their Incredi-bowl – packed with the delectable goodness of tahini-soaked kale, soy curls, and rice dribbled with peanut sauce!
Address: 555 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97204, United States.
3. Supernova Vegan – try the seasoned tofu egg with country sausage patty
Supernova Vegan offers a delightful selection of our favorite street food guilty pleasures with a vegan twist using plant-based ingredients. This is one of the best vegan breakfast joints in Portland, and we love how their recipes offer more variety in meat substitutes other than soy-based products.
Their breakfast menu offers a unique take on plant-based recipes, such as seasoned tofu egg on a classic English muffin, mozzarella-loaded tofu scramble, and breakfast tacos loaded with fiery peppers and zesty herbs. We strongly recommend their Space Cowboy Sandwich to experience the glorious combination of savory BBQ sauce, crispy tempeh, and Chao cheese.
Address: 2215 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, United States.
4. Off The Griddle – serves one of the best vegan breakfasts in Portland
The ultimate vegan-friendly stop for a classic all-American breakfast spread with delicious comfort foods like waffles, cooked breakfasts and all the dairy-free cheesy goodness your tastebuds can handle. Off The Griddle combines a delectable menu with rustic-chic décor, laid-back ambiance, and super-friendly staff.
We strongly recommend their Mushroom Melt Waffle, unless you want to try the Berries + Cream waffle to bite into the richness of chia-berry jam and fresh berries. Their breakfast burritos are a riotous blend of scintillating plant-based ingredients and savory sauces, and the walnut meatloaf is a true vegan masterpiece.
Address: 6526 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206, United States.
5. Paradox Café – everything from vegan french toast to vegan pancakes
Famous for its rich and decadent vegan French toast, the Paradox Café will win you over with its eclectic interiors and unpretentiously homely vibe. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a comforting vegan breakfast one fine morning, head over to the Paradox Café to overwhelm and excite your taste buds.
Their French toast and tempeh Reuben are divine, and the corn cake is an unbelievably delicious combination of sweet and sharp flavors, loaded with apple chunks and glazed with maple syrup. They also serve spicy and savory poutine, but the tofu burritos with generous dollops of sour cream and salsa have a special place in our hearts.
Address: 3439 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214, United States.
6. Nectar Café – a vegan cafe and fresh juice bar open early for breakfast
The Nectar Café is a delightful treasure trove of all kinds of waffles – sweet, spicy, savory, and fruity, and the menu will tempt you to experiment with exciting new palettes. They have an extensive selection of vegan desserts, breakfast burritos, salads, wraps, scrambles, and waffles.
Vegans who don’t share the universal love for tofu have much to rejoice about here, for they have amazing tofu-free options, like the Portland Scramble. Their scrambles are colorful and flavorful, packed with saucy vegetables, like zucchini and butternut squash, and topped with vegan sausages, nuts, and sauces.
The chic Boho décor, peach interiors, and macramé wall hangings create a lovely ambiance to linger around and enjoy an indulgent breakfast with your friends.
Address: 1925 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213, United States.
7. Blossoming Lotus – a vegan cafe serving unique Asian style breakfasts
The Blossoming Lotus is famous for its 100% plant-based menu and classic farm-to-table experience, with most of the ingredients sourced from local farmers. The talented team behind this creative vegan breakfast joint has a knack for transforming our favorite non-vegan guilty pleasures into a nutritious plant-based recipe.
Their homemade grain nachos are blended with wholesome nuts to create a hearty treat, lathered with avocados and salsa sauce. Their Maca Mocha, a plant-based frappe, is a masterful work of art created with maca, cacao nibs, roasted espresso beans, and rich nutty flavors. Their indulgent Korean bowl, Mac n Cheese, and BBQ glazed soy curls are highly recommended.
Address: 1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97212, United States.
8. DC Vegetarian – a well-known spot with hearty vegan eats including breakfasts
DC Vegetarian is one of the best vegan cafes in Portland for an American breakfast spread with fresh and delicious plant-based ingredients. They have everything you want and more, from burgers, sandwiches, and salads, to cheesy melts, spicy bagels, and decadent desserts.
Their vegan rendition of the classic Philly cheesesteak is all the rage in Portland, fixed with seasoned tofu, creamy homemade seitan, and beautifully glazed peppers and onions. We love how they’ve recreated some iconic meaty recipes with plant-based alternatives, like the bacon cheeseburger featuring tempeh bacon and dairy-free cheese.
Address: 5026 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206, United States.
9. Cafe Eleven – a cute coffeehouse with some great vegan options
An adorable little coffee shop with a lively atmosphere, Café Eleven is famous for its friendly and talented baristas and the largest spread of vegan bagels and sandwiches. It is home to one of the finest cold brews in Portland, and the beans are ethically sourced from female-run coffee farms.
If you’re a sandwich lover, this vegan joint will spoil your taste buds with the most indulgent bagel sandwiches. Their meatless egg sandwiches are slathered with roasted vegetables, homemade seitan, and vegan bacon. The rates are amazing, and the bagel sandwiches have a beautiful and crunchy texture.
Address: 435 NE Rosa Parks Way, Portland, OR 97211, United States.
10. Down to Earth Cafe – for tasty gluten-free and vegan options
The Down to Earth Café is home to one of the tastiest vegan breakfasts in Rose City, famous for its stuffed French toast and classic waffles. This artsy and eclectic café serves traditional American breakfast staples with a healthy and eco-conscious vegan twist. The waffles are incredible, elevated with a crunchy and colorful blend of syrup-glazed bananas, blueberries, and strawberries.
Their selection of Breakfast Benedicts is tempting, to say the least, served with spinach, vegan ham, and other vegetarian options. They also have a variety of nutritious smoothies, and customers can customize their scrambles and omelets to enjoy their perfect breakfast spread.
Address: 7828 SW 35th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, United States.
11. DITTO – a cart with vegan grilled sandwiches and great vegan breakfast options
Portland’s favorite vegan food truck, DITTO is famous for its saucy and grilled sandwiches. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that DITTO serves the best vegan sandwiches in the city, slathered with bold flavors and rich textures. The ingredients are fresh, and we love how they pair complimenting items to create a powerful burst of delicious flavors.
For instance, tempeh bacon is paired with creamy avocado and grilled jalapenos to create Ditto’s best-selling sandwich, the Widow. Lilith is another ingenious creation that pairs perfectly seasoned BBQ soy curls with the tangy goodness of avocado lime cream.
Address: 1027 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, United States.
12. Fru Fru Terra – a great place for a quick vegan restaurant
One of Portland’s finest vegan joints for dairy-free cheese and colorful salads, Fru Fru Terra offers a classic deli experience with indulgent plant-based meals. Their breakfast items are curated with artisanal plant-based cheeses, organic chocolate, gluten-free bread, and seasoned nuts.
We strongly recommend their cheeseboards to sample a decadent variety of handcrafted, artisanal cheese, such as sharp cheddar, smoked whiskey, and their signature blend, the jam chèvre.
Address: 1628 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201, United States.
13. The Hazel Room – a vintage style teahouse known for its breakfast and brunch options
The Hazel Room has an appealing old-world charm and a scrumptious vegan menu to offer a rewarding sensory experience. Their Bee Gee Breakfast is an iconic ode to classic countryside flavors and traditional platters of mushroom gravy slathered over freshly-made biscuits.
The Biscuit Benedict is another savory treat with a scintillating blend of tempeh, hollandaise, and arugula mounted atop a crunchy cheddar-scallion biscuit. Those who crave an indulgent breakfast spread of sweet and savory flavors can enjoy their French Connection, including vegan eggs, French toast, and more treats.
Address: 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, United States.
14. Sweetpea Baking Co. – an all-vegan business featuring tasty baked treats
Sweetpea is the oldest and earliest 100% vegan bakery to serve Portland’s vegan communities, and it offers a delightful menu of decadent plant-based baked goods. They have an extensive selection of cakes, pies, pastries, brownies, sandwiches, drinks, and much more.
It’s the perfect venue for a light and comforting vegan breakfast with a delicious tofu scramble, a veggie-loaded bagel sandwich, or a classic chocolate croissant topped with fresh blueberries.
Address: 1205 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214, United States.
15. Fuel Cafe – a modern omnivore place with a focus on organic ingredients
A vibrant little neighborhood café famous for its friendly staff and the finest vegan burritos on Alberta Street, the Fuel Café is a must-visit spot to delight your taste buds. They have an extensive selection of delicious vegan sandwiches packed with sautéed vegetables and indulgent sauces.
Fuel Café serves the best cheese jalapeno grits, paired with sautéed onions, kale, spinach, mushrooms, and hollandaise, and a side of poached eggs. The breakfast burritos are loaded with colorful and delicious ingredients, and each bite is packed with handmade sauces.
Address: 1452 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, United States.
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