Veganism in Boston

By Liz Luongo

Photo by Ria Huang


Boston’s consumption of vegan food has recently been on the rise. With more meatless options on menus, the vegan lifestyle has become incredibly popular. As a fellow dairy-free student, I know that it is easy to feel stuck with the same food options. No need to worry, however: Boston has some of the best plant-based meals in all corners of the city. You can put your boring tofu orders aside, and instead order a new variety of plant-based foods such as pizza and donuts.

One of the best and oldest vegan diners is Veggie Galaxy. Ranked number 2 on Time Out’s Best Vegan restaurants in Boston, this spot is located just across the Charles in Cambridge, and is known for its extensive vegan menu. This hot spot includes uncommon vegan foods such as mozzarella sticks (yes, you read that right) and french toast. If that wasn’t enough, Galaxy has a delicious vegan bakery (which I have ordered from and highly recommend.)

Next up, the Plantpub restaurant in Fenway Park is worth a visit. Opened just this past July, this restaurant serves 100% plant-based food and craft beer. Plantpub is a perfect stop to pick up some grub right before catching a Red Sox game. Plus, their fried cauliflower wings are 100% a must-try.

During summer 2021, Double Zero, a higher-end vegan restaurant specializing in New York-based pizzeria and wine bar, opened on Newbury Street. The celebrity chef who runs the restaurant, Mathew Kenney, brings plant-based cuisine and Italian food together to make small crafted plates. The menu includes several pizzas, such as truffle cashew cream and the eggplant calzone.

True Bistro is another high-end vegan restaurant based in Sommerville since 2010. While this restaurant is on the pricier side, the menu incorporates beautifully crafted dishes, including oyster mushrooms and cauliflower gratin. With the motto “Extraordinary Cuisine. True Compassion,” Bistro is a well-rounded experience with high end dishes.

Vegan food has certainly become quite trendy here in Boston. With more restaurants opening in all parts of Boston it is attracting more consumers than ever. So, even if you are a cheese-lover, one of these plant-based restaurants might become your next obsession!