Miami’s vegan scene is colorful, tropical, and oh so yummy. It’s super different from anything you can find in NYC–more raw food, more açai and pitaya bowl places, and way more Latin flavors–but that’s exactly what makes it exciting and unique! While Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine is an institution here, I decided to take it a little off the beaten path and check out lesser known gems. And I was beyond impressed!
Love Life Café is located in the trendy neighborhood of Wynnwood, inside the Love Life Wellness Center. They definitely serve the best veggie burger I have ever had–made extra delicious with a fresh pretzel bun. The Arepas are phenomenal too!
I would call this place a truly hidden gem in northern Miami Beach, where the vegan health and juice scene is still developing. Just Juice Me offers fresh and super large açai and pitaya bowls with homemade granola (they are twice as big as what I get in NYC) as well as juices and sweet goodies. Super friendly staff and great spot for a yoga class, too!
I met Drigo at the Coconut Grove Organic Farmers Market–a true weekly vegan paradise–and was blown away by his passion for vegan food, his creativity, and his ability to combine Carribean and Ethiopian flavors in his beautiful taco creations. Definitely a must!
Just WOW! Glaser Organic Farms, available at their own farm location, the Coconut Grove Farmers Market, and in selected Whole Foods Locations, is mind blowing when it comes to raw vegan food. Not only does the company sell the freshest produce (their mangoes are custard!), but they also make their own granola mixes, raw brownies, crackers, raw tiramisu and cheesecakes, nut and seed butters, fresh nutmilks, raw salads and veggie tarts, and the most amazing raw ice cream. Pistachio and maple pecan were my favorite. Hands down the best vegan ice cream I’ve ever had.
While Pura Vida is not entirely vegan, it has a large choice of vegan salads, smoothies, açai bowls and the biggest cookies I’ve ever seen! I loved the green açai bowl, and the homemade coconut granola truly hits the spot!
All vegan, all gluten-free, no refined sugars–what more can you ask for? I loved the oatmeal and peanut butter cookies. Courtney cookies are also available at the Coconut Grove Farmers Market on Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm.
A little bit more of an institution, this Italian-owned, higher-end vegan restaurant in Miami Beach has stunning views and delicious American-European dishes. Friendly service and a great spot if you are looking for a more special place!
Have you been to Miami? What are you favorite vegan-friendly joints?
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