6 low-key, world vegetarian restaurants you should know

There are hundreds of places in Philadelphia where you can get great vegetarian food. Many are now offering specials, like Meatless Mondays at dive bar stalwart Tattooed Mom’s, when vegetarian entrées are half off, and Tiffin Tuesdays, when they offer deep discounts on their vegetarian menu as well (even when you’re ordering online and getting delivery!). But when you want some tastes from around the world and an all-vegetarian menu, you can enjoy a relaxing meal no matter where you live in the city.


Center City

New Harmony
135 N. 9th St. 

Don’t miss the all-you-can-eat dim sum and other Chinese favorites like General Tso’s “chicken.” You can BYOB, it’s vegan, and there is an option for karaoke if you want melody with your harmony.

V Street
1221 Locust St.   

All-vegan world street food-inspired creations (and a full bar) from the celebrity chefs at Vedge who promise a seasonally focused menu with bold spices and adventurous flavors. Open for happy hour and dinner, and reservations are recommended. 


Northeast Philadelphia

Taj India 
10863 Bustleton Ave.

Indian food is usually a safe bet when you’re looking for lots of vegetarian options, but everything on the menu at Taj India is fair game. The BYOB also offers vegan options, and they use freshly ground herbs and spices in all of their dishes. 



Nile Café
6008 Germantown Ave.

Get plentiful portions of vegan and vegetarian soul food at the counter of the Nile Café. Sandwiches, platters and lots of vegan desserts are served up here to the Germantown community. 


South Philadelphia

Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
1408 South St.

Govinda’s offers flavors from around the world, from Kofta subs and yellow lentils to chimichangas and lasagna. There are many vegan options as well, and you can also find vedic, halal, and kosher meals for lunch and dinner. They have a large takeout menu, now offer a buffet, and they’re welcoming to groups. 


West Philadelphia

Kung Fu Hoagies

Catch the tiny West Philly-based Kung Fu Hoagies cart in Clark Park on the weekends for vegan bahn mi, or follow the trail of local festivals and happenings like Veg Fest or Punk Rock Flea Market to get some of their spicy, crunchy creations.