What follows is the best vegan eatin’ in the city and a google map! It’s also a part of the larger Austin City Guide. If you want to read a longer vegan guide that includes what do in Austin check out A Vegan Tour of Austin. If you are looking for help with South by Southwest or eating downtown look here. For every vegan option that I know of this is my citywide guide. There are also reviews, and top ten lists. I tried to be concise here which is not my strong point!
Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse. The last couple of vegans from out of town that I happen to follow ate at Bouldin every day of their trip. Head to Bouldin Creek bright and early before they run out of the rennedict and the brunch lines get out of hand. They have my favorite tofu scramble in the world (you can get it to replace eggs in and dish) and their tofu bacon is surprisingly delicious.
Wheatsville Co-op. Please don’t blow it off as some campus grocery store, these people know how to cook southern comfort and it is one of the most vegan friendly places I have ever been to. You have to try the popcorn tofu. The best way to do this is in a popcorn tofu po’boy but now they also have buffalo popcorn tofu with blue cheese dressing so it’s a toss up of which is better. You can always stuff a couple extras in your bag for your trip home! They also have my favorite noochy vegan mac and cheese, Red Rabbit donuts, rice krispie treats, black bottom brownies, vegan sushi, frito pie, and a million other things that are all fantastic. You will want to move here like everyone else.
Whole Foods on 6th and Lamar. The company started a couple blocks away and through the years keeps getting bigger and bigger. Walk around the whole store and sample fruit and other things along the way. There is “Greens” a raw/vegan cafe just past all the produce and usually they will let you try whatever they’ve got. Towards the middle of the store is the Lamar Bar where you can sit down and enjoy their specials on tap or you can pick out whatever you like from beer alley. Keep walking past that and you will find the loose tea, the chocolate fountain, and eventually a huge salad and food bar. My advice is to skip all of it and wait in the breakfast taco line with everybody else. It is by the coffee and the pizza. If it is before 1 on weekends or 11 on weekdays you will notice the giant line snaking through the store. The bakery case is right next to it so grab some Big John cookies and kolaches while you wait and marvel at the giant vegan donut.
Juiceland, is definitely a spot you shouldn’t miss. Even their regular juices and smoothies will amaze you. I promise. The “next level” and “even further” sections of the menu are where you will find smoothies like “Kaleibrator” which is coconut water, banana, durian, kale, spirulina, pecan butter, hemp seeds, coconut oil . You can totally become a level 5 vegan just by trying it. It is the same deal with the juices, you could try the “Ninja Bachelor Party” pineapple, jalapeno, celery, kale, spinach, parsley, salt.
Counter Culture started on North Loop as a vegan trailer but has finally become a brick and mortar restaurant and will soon be the center of veganville on the east side. Here on certain nights you can pick up special vegan items from the Rabbit Food pop-up shop or just enjoy their menu which can appease someone following any diet you can imagine from Engine 2 to Gluten Free. I especially love the brunch .
Sweet Ritual If you want a waffle cone or a glitter sundae you are going to have to go a north to the Daily Juice Cafe where you will find Sweet Ritual and their lovely ice cream stand! They have the best soft serve and the most adorable vegan owners and while you are waiting you can get nachos at the Daily Juice!
Gueros is an cute tex-mex place right on south congress to stop for some margaritas and vegan queso! Make sure you ask for the vegan menu if you decide to dine there but the wait can be really long. It is also a great place if you are the only vegan in your group.
Mr. Natural The perfect place to go for Mexican vegetarian food without a wait. Most things are vegan and they too have buffet where you can select from a couple options. They also have a menu which you are welcome to order off that has everything from crispy tacos to milanesa and soya guisado. You will probably love whatever you try, just make sure that you finish up with the vegan tres leches cake. I love their breakfast, tofu can be substituted in any of the egg dishes.
Arlo’s which is all vegan trailer that has items like a Buffalo Chik’n Sandwich and a Bac’n Cheeze Burger. I loved their burger which seemed closer to a meaty steak ‘n’ shake burger than any veggie burger I have ever tried. You can tell it is homemade by the way it looks and you can even see some lentils poking out so it must be healthy. They also have a chipotle burger and a barbecue burger which I haven’t tried but I did get to try the chicken tacos. They were authentic enough with homemade chicken flavored seitan and nice treat after drinking more than I should have at Vegan Drinks.
Capital City Bakery is taking over Austin with the best cupcakes you have ever had. They also have cookies and brownies on their constantly rotating menu so there is always something new to try.
Toy Joy is pretty much the best toy store for ever. Even if you are over the age of 12 you will find so much fun stuff to play with and you will probably have to buy something like a Star Wars lunch box or smurf figurine. They even do free gift wrapping! The back of the store has so much Hello Kittie stuff that you won’t believe it and bubble tea and a vegan ice cream stand! I love the notella milkshake or the faux butterfinger.