California Vegan Travel Guides

California Vegan Travel Blogs

Ultimate Guide to the Best Vegan Pizza in Los Angeles 2020

Happiness is Vegan Pizza in LA Are you craving pizza? Of course you are. You’re human. But where do you go for the best vegan pizza in Los Angeles? I mean the kind of pizza you can’t put down. The […]

Party like a Vegan–Vegan Festivals

We love vegan parties (even though we’re usually working at them)! I would be remiss if I didn’t start this piece off with a disclaimer: We own a vegan sandwich company, and we have been vendors at most of the […]

Spring in California

It’s been a while since I’m back from the spontaneous trip to California in spring though I’d like to share my experiences with you. The first week we spent in Los Angeles. Our apartment was in Echo Park near Silver […]

Eating My Way Through the America’s Best Vegan Cities

I love travel. And I’m a vegan. So my head spun when I found, and I knew I had to contribute! My boyfriend and I have been documenting our trips to our favorite vegan cities, so we decided to […]

Vegan Weekend in San Francisco

When I dream of blue skies, I dream of San Francisco. The city of a thousand views captivates in many ways. My love of walking endlessly from neighborhood to neighborhood began here. My love of wandering from stall to stall […]

48 hours in LA

LA is a study of contrasts, it blew my mind to see how diverse and interesting it was and completely contrary to common perceptions. Also, Los Angeles is freakin' huge. Like, enormous. I'm one of those people who loves hopping [...]

U.S. Vegan Dining Recap

As you know the vegan lifestyle is quite personal and a unique way to live given our historical relationship with animals with regard to clothing and diet. This online platform to share our vegan-specific travel experiences is wonderful. I have […]

Plant Based in the U.S.A!

In October 2014, Francis and I journeyed from Melbourne to America and explored various regions from the East to West Coast. We were a little concerned before we left that we would have trouble finding vegan food for breakfast, lunch […]

Thanksliving Gratitude from Southern California

SAN DIEGO I was born and bred in New England before moving to NYC, and though I love the traditions and sights of a New England Fall, I decided to head West Thanksgiving weekend to trade in the crisp air […]

Summer in NorCal (Part 2)

It’s a funny thing when you live in California for 17 years and never visit the state capital, AKA Sacramento, and I speak from experience. When I first flew in to Northern California to visit my friend Kayle, I landed at Sacramento […]

Summer in NorCal (Part 1)

So, a little known fact about me…I actually grew up in Southern California. Despite this fact, my family and I never really ventured to places like San Francisco or Sacramento (though we did visit Napa once and it was beautiful). […]

California Vegan Travel Videos

Vegan Dining in California

The Butcher’s Daughter Venice

As a human race, it is becoming more and more obvious that our diet – and the way we eat – is changing: Meat is moving off center-stage and the spotlight is turning to fresh fruits and vegetables. At The […]

Real Food Daily LAX – Terminal 4

Real Food Daily in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is in the food court of Terminal 4 (between Gate 42b and Gate 44). The Real Food Daily in the LAX Airport doesn’t have all the options that their full service […]

Plank Coffee

Plank Coffee & Tea specializes in single-origin coffee, espresso drinks, and over 50 organic loose leaf teas. We also offer a great selection of iced beverages to cool you down. We serve a variety of house-made and locally-sourced pastries. There’s […]

The Nectary

The Nectary serves a unique and delicious assortment of 100% organic (all the time) fresh cold-pressed juices, superfood and green smoothies, probiotic beverages (like fruit & herb based kefir and kombucha) and other artisanal decadent living/raw food snacks and sweet treats. […]


In our soothing casual environment, Baagan serves a menu of quick healthy vegan cuisine that is mainly organic. Our menu consists of cooked and fresh raw foods with something to please everyone. Everything is hand-made in-house with fresh ingredients (no […]

California Organics

Organics Focused Grocery Store and Full Service Restaurant. Organic / NON-GMO Verified

Garden to Grill

Serving healthier versions of comfort food. A Large pastry selection. Raw food & macrobiotic choices.

Pushkin’s Bakery

Your exclusive dedicated wheat/gluten and dairy-free bakery in Sacramento.

Pepples Donuts

We make great all organic vegan donuts and have a lunch/brunch restaurant too!

Slice of Life

Slice of Life started in 1974 at the Cotati nightspot “The Inn of the Beginning.” Forty years later, Slice of Life has been reawakened by it’s new owners Keith & Chloe. Keith is a life long vegetarian and Chloe, a […]

Taste Buds

Taste Buds is vegetarian take-out cuisine with a Jamaican/Caribbean flair. We strive to prepare healthy meals using produce organically grown on local farms. Free wifi, outdoor seating, and plenty of vegan options!

Little Pine

Located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, Little Pine offers Mediterranean-inspired California cuisine featuring 100% plant-based produce and ingredients. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and weekend brunch, and features an extensive wine and […]


This bright cafe known for its vegan & gluten-free desserts also offers lunch fare & gift options.

Blue Star Donuts Los Angeles

Blue Star is serving up gourmet donuts for grownups in Los Angeles and other cities around the country. A small selection of vegan donuts are available daily.

Azla Vegan

Azla is a casual Ethiopian vegan restaurant offering gluten free, nut free, and soy free options. Azla is a family run business proudly located in the Mercado la Paloma, near USC.

The Lettuce Inn

You may remember the old knock-knock jokes we all told as kids. Well, my favorite was “Knock-knock. Who’s there? Lettuce. Lettuce who? Lettuce in it is cold outside.” I love that silly joke and have loved salads since I was […]

Seed + Salt

Delicious Northern California clean cuisine. Seasonal, plant-based, gluten free, dairy free. Good fats + good sugars. No GMOs ever. Seed + Salt runs a completely plant based, gluten free kitchen. We use tons of nuts! We use a very small […]

Poqet Donuts

Donut shop in Irvine, California offering a few vegan options.

Moon Juice

Moon Juice is a comprehensive resource for medicinal, cold pressed, certified organic juices, Moon Milks, raw and activated Cosmic Provisions, Moon Dusts, the Moon Pantry, and an apothecary full of miraculous lifestyle tools. They celebrate the unadulterated, exquisite flavors and […]

The Vegan Joint – West LA

Serving up vegan flavors of all types, especially Thai. Join us for pancakes, lentil burgers, soups, sandwich wraps & more! You are what you eat, eat well.

Green Leaves Vegan

Welcome to Green Leaves Vegan Restaurant! Our restaurant uses the finest Vegan ingredients to bring you the healthiest and tastiest alternatives to meat. We are open everyday from 11am to 12 Midnight. Please review our menu and be sure to […]


A plant-based fast casual cafe developed by a chef for the everyday eater. This modern and chic cafe located in the heart of Culver City, Los Angeles, will feature carefully crafted juices, nutritiously centered food and intelligently chosen takeout products. […]

Lake Tahoe Pizza Co

The Lake Tahoe Pizza Company has originated and created several recipes including: Garlic, Pesto, and Hot Chips – our appetizer made from our freshest ingredients. We now serve Pesto chips with our homegrown basil. “Chips” first appeared on our menu […]

Ambrosia India Bistro

Driven by their commitment to providing a healthy alternative to the number of Indian restaurants available for you to choose, Ambrosia was founded in 2007 in Monterey Downtown. Their passion towards their food and service has garnered much critical acclaim through […]

Paprika Cafe

Paprika Café first opened in 1994 as Tabouli Café and has been a go-to spot for great Mediterranean flavoured dishes and sandwiches in Monterey ever since.   Available on Tuesdays at the Farmers Market in Bakers Alley all year long.

Ike’s Place – Monterey

Ike’s Place first opened its door on Halloween of 2007. The man behind the sandwich, Ike Shehadeh, always puts his customers happiness first. That is what sets Ike’s Place aside from the rest. Vegan options are available at this fast […]

Julia’s Vegetarian Restaurant

At Julia’s Vegetarian in Pacific Grove, PA, the kitchen is fusing food styles to create unlimited global vegetarian cuisine. Enjoy live music every Mon-Thur evening beginning at 6:30pm at this eco-conscious and sustainable restaurant.

The Butcher’s Son

Vegan Delicatessen and Bakery

Evolution Fast Food

Evolution Fast Food is the only San Diego drive-thru restaurant offering a healthy, delicious, vegan menu. We use fresh, local ingredients, and promote a healthy lifestyle. Please come taste the Evolution!

Doomie’s Home Cookin’

Great food is great food. ALL of our dishes are VEGAN (MEAT FREE) versions of great American classics! If you are vegan, order any dish or dessert without hesitation.

seed ON THE GO

Our beautifully equipped vegan mobile kitchen will be visiting your Sonoma County neighborhood serving up inventive, healthy and delicious cuisine. The seed ON THE GO menu is rotating, but always includes a fresh variety of 100% vegan meals. Follow us […]

The Stand Natural Food Restaurant

100% vegan menu with gluten free options. Choose from our selection of salads, smoothies, fresh juices, sandwiches, acai bowls, burritos, tamales, soft serve.

True Food Kitchen – Newport Beach

At True Food Kitchen, we believe that healthy food can also be crave-able. We prepare and serve foods crafted to nutritional standards and featuring unique and nutritionally-dense ingredients. Our fresh and naturally great-tasting dishes are memorable, enjoyable and satisfying. This […]

Hip Vegan Cafe – Ojai

Hip Vegan Cafe – Organic – Take out – Special Orders – Catering – Gift Certificates

Café Gratitude – Venice

Café Gratitude is our expression of a world of plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We […]

Rejuice – Santa Monica

Rejuice is an organic beverage and vegan food cafe specializing in organic & vegan juice, smoothies and food.  We use local and organically certified produce; every beverage is cold pressed and hand crafted by our master juicer, Ron Anthony.  We […]

Rejuice – Beverly Hills

Rejuice is an organic beverage and vegan food cafe specializing in organic & vegan juice, smoothies and food.  We use local and organically certified produce; every beverage is cold pressed and hand crafted by our master juicer, Ron Anthony.  We […]

Café Gratitude – Newport Beach

Café Gratitude is our expression of a world of plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We […]

Café Gratitude – Downtown LA

Café Gratitude is our expression of a world of plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We […]

Café Gratitude – Los Angeles

Café Gratitude is our expression of a world of plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We […]

Café Gratitude – San Diego

Café Gratitude is our expression of a world of plenty. Our food and people are a celebration of our aliveness. We select the finest organic ingredients to honor the earth and ourselves, as we are one and the same. We […]

Sanctuary Bistro

Sustainable, local, organic food. By creating a sustainable Bistro that is healthy for the planet, the environment and all living beings we create a sanctuary – a beautiful space to find peace while enjoying local organic healthy vegan food with […]


VegiLicious – Live healthy. Eat Delicious. We take great care to make sure that we aren’t just a vegan restaurant but a great restaurant that satisfies your appetite as well as your body. Our passion for healthy eating and delicious […]

Green Table

Green Table Restaurant in Santa Barbara ushers in a new era of guilt free and healthy comfort cuisine. Our mission is simple, we aim to bring the most delicious, organic homemade foods, cleanses, and drinks, while balancing the body and […]

Treats of Nevada City, CA

Ice cream, sorbets cookies and more with vegan and gluten free options

Cha-Ya Vegetarian

Soba, Udon, Tempura and even our Sushi is all Vegan. Try our signature Cha-Ya roll. It’s a hybrid tempura and sushi roll! Our most popular noodle dish is the hearty Vege-Tofu Curry soup noodle.

Oco Time

Oco Time is a California-Japanese Cuisine Restaurant. We serve our speciality, the “Oco,” California style sushi, and Japanese dishes including vegetarian selections!

Anna’s Vegan Cafe

100% Vegan Restaurant in Sacramento, CA

Amy’s Drive Thru

Amy’s Drive Thru is returning to the roots of American fast food, serving lovingly handcrafted food to nourish hard-working citizens, busy families and road-weary travellers.

Trilogy Sanctuary Cafe

Trilogy is a health and energy bar striving to create an abundance in health through organic food and juice, yoga, meditation, spiritual and nutritional counseling. Trilogy is about balancing mind, body and spirit. True health must address all three aspects. […]

The Natural Sisters Cafe

The Natural Sisters Cafe in Joshua Tree specializes in organic foods, juice and smoothies, and natural baked goods, with vegan options available.

Crossroads Cafe – Joshua Tree

Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree is a multi-cuisine restaurant with vegan options like tofu scramble, polenta with veggies, a vegan burger, and a vegan quesadilla, all clearly labeled on their menu.

Joshua Tree Coffee Company

Joshua Tree Coffee Company is located in the heart of the beautiful village of . . . you guessed it . . . Joshua Tree. They offer fresh, organic, locally roasted coffee, and a variety of non-dairy milk options for […]

Fully Loaded Micro Juicery – Liberty Public Market

Fully Loaded Micro Juicery is a retail Juice Bar in Encinitas Ca. We offer cold-pressed organic juices, nut mylks, our signature 3-day Cleanse and custom cleanses. Experience the energy and vitality achieved by regular cold-pressed organic juice in your bloodstream, […]

Sage Plant Based Bistro Old Town Pasadena

Sage is an organic plant based eatery with a few locations in the Los Angeles area. The food comes from a love of gardening, food, and cooking. Come enjoy our inside spots or our large and accommodating patio at our […]

Donna Jean

Seasonal. Sustainable. Plant Based. Rustic. Comforting. These five words best describe the direction of Donna Jean. This restaurant is a concept that chef Roy has been dreaming about for the past few years and, now that it’s here, we are […]


leCupboard serves fresh, plant-based meals. We aim to make complete nutrition affordable and accessible to everyone. nutrient rich, ethically made, zero waste, no added sugar Available in San Francisco today.

Activities in California

Mooshoes – Los Angeles

MooShoes is a vegan owned and operated boutique featuring a selection of handpicked cruelty-free footwear, handbags, accessories, and vegan lifestyle goods. Visit our stores in NYC + LA or shop at!  

Lollipop Nail Studio

Lollipop Nail Studio uses only the finest quality organic ingredients and oils. We offer the most luxuriant, nourishing nail polish available —safe for your skin, with a delightful variety of shades and colors to match your every whimsical whim. For […]

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.

Frey Winery

At Frey Vineyards we combine the best of modern and traditional winemaking methods to showcase distinctive varietal flavors […] Our organic and Biodynamic farming methods encourage care for the soil, groundwater, and wildlife, promoting rich biodiversity in the vineyard. Ninety […]


Located in the heart of Eagle Rock, Specializing in Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Organic foods (to name a few), All organic produce, All Day Everyday! Live Well…Eat Organically!

Liberty Public Market

Welcome to Liberty Public Market in San Diego, the West Coast’s newest vibrant 7-day-a-week marketplace featuring more than two dozen artisans, their culinary creations, and a market of various local delights. You’ll find everything you need to create your own […]

La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove is a small beach in San Diego, California that is tucked away between sandstone cliffs. It is ideal for snorkelers, swimmers, and scuba divers.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is the site in which two very distinct ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado deserts, meet. The park provides rock climbing, hiking, camping, and other outdoors activities for visitors.

The videos and blogs on this page were contributed by members of our vegan community who recently traveled in the USA and graciously shared their travel experiences. Follow your fellow vegan travelers as they explore California compassionately, meet local vegans and other vegan travelers, and share the amazing vegan food they find during their travels! They share the sites they visited, the places they stayed at, vegan shops they found, and the sites and activities they enjoyed during their time in California. Some also visit animal sanctuaries in the countries they travel to and kindly share the stories of the animals they meet. Join our vegan community and share your travel adventures with our global vegan community and collectively we can show the world how easy it is to be vegan and travel compassionately.

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