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The Best Neighborhoods for Vegans in Orlando

Over the past five years, Orlando’s culinary scene has been making headlines. With a growing number of buzz-about restaurants, food trucks, festivals, and Food Network-featured chefs, foodies in Orlando are spoiled for options—and that includes plant-based spots. And as an environmentally conscious city, it seems new vegan Orlando eateries are popping up every week.

If you’re looking for vegan restaurants in Orlando, start at these neighborhoods that offer plant-based versions of hot dogs, ice cream, pizza, and more. 

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Orlando, Florida

Downtown Orlando

While some may argue Orlando is no more than theme parks, Downtown Orlando would beg to differ. Spend Saturday afternoons strolling through one of the numerous festivals that take over Lake Eola or dance your way down Church Street, the heart of nightlife in Orlando.

While the streets of Downtown Orlando are lined with tacos, burgers, pizza, and more, plenty of vegan food is not-so-hidden on most restaurant menus. There’s plenty of vegan-friendly options to satisfy your stomach, whether it’s two in the afternoon or one in the morning.

Spots to Check Out:
  • The Vegan Hot Dog Cart: A staple located on the corner of Washington Street, PETA declared The Vegan Hot Dog Cart as their No. 1 vegan dog in America.
  • The Greenery Creamery: Downtown Orlando’s little ice cream boutique offers endless vegan ice cream flavors. Just be sure to check their Instagram—they often post their daily flavors to their story.  
  • Swan City Bagels: Since opening inside of Eola General in late 2019, Swan City Bagels has brought a delicious and imaginative twist to many bagel classics. Whether you’re craving a cheesesteak bagel, a pizza bagel, or even just a bagel and some schmear, you’ll find countless vegan options.

The Milk District

While it may have been named for a dairy-based product, The Milk District offers plenty of vegan options. A cultural hub of progressive lifestyle, The Milk District has built a community for artists, families, and entrepreneurs.

The Milk District loves to lift up its local creators, meaning not a month goes by that there isn’t some sort of market to score some local goods. From handmade jewelry to local artists, The Milk District brings together the best that Orlando has to offer. 

Spots to Check Out:
  • Dixie Dharma: If you’re a Cooking Channel fan, you may recognize Dixie Dharma as one of the Orlando restaurants featured on Late Nite Eats. Dixie Dharma can satisfy any late-night craving with its Carolina pulled jackfruit or hillbilly chili dawgs. 
  • Valhalla Bakery: Whether it’s cupcakes or wedding cakes, any baked good you find here is egg-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly. Even their sprinkles are vegan.
  • Leguminati: Simply put, Leguminati is some good vegan eating. Whether you’re craving a simple bagel or an extravagant crunch wrap, Leguminati is one of the best places for vegan food in the entire city.

Mills 50

Mills 50 has brought together creative residents to build a district that is diverse and eclectic. Murals line the streets, with every business, utility box, and even dumpster, offering its own splash of color to the city’s landscape. That vibrancy extends to most menus, with vegan options for every palate.

Spots to Check Out:
  • Dandelion Cafe: 100% plant-based, this Orlando staple offers both healthy vegetarian fare and premium loose leaf tea.
  • Lazy Moon: Go here for a slice and get ready to play some bocce ball; each Lazy Moon location has its own bocce ball league and tournament (they also offer vegan chili).
  • Black Bean Deli: While they may be known for their Cuban sandwich, Black Bean Deli offers plenty of vegan options including empanadas, black beans, rice, plantain, and yuca. 

Winter Park

Located just north of downtown, Winter Park, once considered a winter resort, is a vibrant city that is both an art and nature lover’s dream. Play a few rounds on the golf course, explore the newest exhibit in the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of Natural Art, or walk down it’s bustling main street; there are more than enough activities — and all within walking distance. 

Spots to Check Out:
  • Salata: This newly opened salad bar takes your salads and wraps to the next level. With both tofu and falafel available, you can choose from 40 plus toppings to make a truly decadent dish.
  • Mellow Mushroom: Having added a vegan menu in 2015, the psychedelic national pizza chain has continued to expand its vegan options since then. Choose from tofu, jerk tofu, and marinated tempeh to build a satisfying plant-based pizza.

SoDo

From breweries to doughnut shops, SoDo has experienced a cultural boom over the past few years. What’s now a thriving, urban activity center, SoDo offers the best of work and play. 

With luxury residential buildings, marquee retailers, and local eateries, there’s plenty to do while barely walking a block. SoDo has been ranked as the 27th fastest-growing city by the United States Census Bureau, and its explosion of growth has no end in sight. 

Spots to Check Out:
  • Hungry Pants: Nibble on some crispy cauliflower tots or gorge on a CLT (that’s curry lime tempeh) sandwich—just be sure to leave room for the vegan ice cream and brownies.
  • MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes: Opening early March, SoDo is home to the second MOOYAH located in Central Florida. MOOYAH offers a black bean vegan patty that you can either build the way you want it or smother with sauteed mushrooms, grilled onion, and barbecue sauce.
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