Is Denver Vegan Friendly?

Yes, and you’re gonna love it here!


Close to Ember Hostel


City O’ City (Anything can be made vegan)

everyday 7 am - 2 am

Happy Hour: 3 pm - 6 pm, 11 pm - 2 am

Our first recommendation given to any hungry traveler asking for “good food, close by” is City O’ City. The food is so damn scrumptious you won’t even know it’s all plant based. We highly recommend the Chicken & Waffles complete with bourbon-brined chicken-fried cauliflower with maple syrup and carrot bacon atop a dense savory waffle. It’s a Denver favorite serving up food, coffee, and libations all day and late night. City O’ City is a mere 10 minute walk from the hostel - you could literally eat each meal here!

Make Believe Bakery (vegan)

everyday 12 pm - 9:30 pm (11:30 pm Thur-Sat)

Don’t forget to visit Make Believe Bakery right next to City O’ City for all your vegan sweet desires. We suggest the HoHo cupcake or the Scout cookie. Or any of it, or all of it.


Broadway Market

everyday 7:30 am - 10 pm

A food hall for gathering and grubbing! So many great food options, from 6 different chefs, this is a great place when traveling with Omnis. Did we mention they have a self serve beer wall?!

Maria Empanadas (vegan friendly)

They offer a vegan option with braised veggies & Argentine chimichurri sauce! Or give the Mushroom, Onions, Mozzarella & garlic pouch a try!

Biju’s Little Curry (vegan friendly)

Try the yummy Veg Bowl or hopefully the daily special includes the Grilled Chapati with Roasted Carrots & Coconut Curry. (Just writing those words made my stomach grumble, so delish!)


The Corner Beet (vegan friendly)

everyday 7 am - 4 pm

Their specialty is toast! Need a fresh start to your day? We recommend the Farmer (16-grain garlic bread topped with hard boiled egg and heaped with dressed dijon spring greens) - sub avocado for the eggs and you’ll be licking the plate clean - no judgment. Looking to grub out before you step in line at the Ogden Theater? We recommend the Bahn Mi. Try it, devour it, thank us later. And don’t forget to order something from their coffee and juice bar - so fresh & unique.


South Broadway - still within walking distance

Nooch Vegan Market (vegan)

everyday 11 am - 6 pm

Your new favorite vegan bodega serving up vegan soft serve and so many snacking options. And most days of the week you’ll also find a local vegan food truck taking orders and serving comfort grub. 

Moxie (vegan friendly)

everyday 9 am - 7 pm (4 pm on Sundays)

The offer a vegan sandwich with acorn squash, avocado, onions & a cashew chipotle aioli. The vegetarian salads are also top notch. The Shave Brussels & Farrow Salad is bomb! With several options for all types, this is another great spot to go when eating with Omnis. They also offer Late Night tacos on Friday & Saturday from 11 pm - 3 am. Vegan options include acorn squash or oyster mushroom tacos. 

Sputnik (vegan friendly)

everyday 10 am - 2 am

Are you feening for bellying up to the bar and grubbing on some vegan deep fried yumminess? They offer a full vegan menu, in addition to their normal menu. Choose from a scramble for brunch, corn dogs for a snack, or Cubano sandwich for lunch. What’s more they offer coffee, beer, libations and free wifi. They are right next door to the popular music bar Hi-Dive and serving late night food!


Fire on the Mountain (vegan friendly)

everyday 11 am - 10 pm

Wings!!! Choose from Seitan or Cauliflower wings, with your choice of vegan sauces like raspberry habanero, hot buffalo, bourbon chipotle and many more. 

Somebody People (vegan)

Tue - Sun 5 pm - 10 pm

Not a comfort food joint, but a fresh food vegan spot that specializes in Mediterranean bites focused on the whole vegetable. They also offer vegan wines! Definitely visit their website to ensure a dining spot.




Bubu’s Bowls (vegan friendly)

Mon - Fri 11 am - 5 pm

Like a Noodles & Co but with more fresh options and less noodles. Great spot if you find yourself on the 16th Street Mall.

Next Door (vegan friendly)

everyday 11 am - close

Happy Hour 3 pm - 6 pm & 8 pm - close

This is our go to spot when fresh off the Airport Train with a grumble in our tummy. It’s also the perfect downtown meet up spot with plenty of seating indoors and out with lots of people watching, all while housed in Denver’s “Living Room” at Union Station. We suggest the beet burger (yuummmmyy) or any of their vegan friendly snacks and salads. You can’t go wrong. If you aren’t too full after grubbing, head into MilkBox Ice Creamery (right next door) for some vegan desserts!


A car ride away - it’s worth it!


Watercourse (vegan)

everyday 8 am - 11 pm

Happy Hour 3 pm - 6 pm & 10 - 11 pm (Thur - Sat)

The fully vegan sister restaurant of City O’ City. The location is a 20 minute walk from the hostel or a quick uber ride. The food is amazing and perfectly described as comfort food. There’s no doubt you’ll be full when you leave. They also have coffee and libations and sweets from Make Believe Bakery. 

Beet Box (VEGAN)

everyday 7 AM - 6 PM

This fully vegan bakery offers up the best pastries and scrumptious sandwiches. It’s all prepared fresh daily and with local, organic whole foods. Gluten Free options galore!

Vital Root - Tennyson (vegan friendly)

everyday 10 am - 9 pm

Happy Hour Tues-Sun 3 pm - 6 pm

This cute restaurant in a super quaint neighborhood serves up yummy food in a well designed space, offering both inside and outside seating - not too mention the perfect people watching bar seating with open access to Tennyson. Servings aren’t large, yet a bit pricey. We suggest the happy hour! Cheap tacos, veggie wings and cashew queso!

Hops & Pie - Tennyson (vegan friendly)

Tues-Sat 11 am - 11 pm (Sunday 2 pm - 9 pm)

This Tennyson pizza and sandwich joint offers vegan cheese, housemade vegan sausage and house smoked tofu for alternatives. The place has a chill bar vibe without the bar traffic. But, yes they also pour some great local crafts and cocktails.

Root Down - Northwest (vegan friendly)

all week Dinner 5 pm – 10 pm, Bar until 12 am ish

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4 pm - 6:30 pm

Brunch Fri-Sun 10 am - 2 pm

This is an upscale, reservation suggested restaurant. But, they also have a great happy hour at the bar. Pick from snacks like hummus, sliders, fries and roasted beets. Their brunch options include soyrizo breakfast burrito, scrambled tofu and avocado toast. They even have a spot at the Denver International Airport!

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Food Trucks

Vegan Van


Migration Taco

The Veggie Yeti


Meta Burger (vegan)

Everyday 11 am - 9 pm (4 pm on Sundays)

This plant based burger spot is not be missed. Top your burger with coleslaw or onion jam or pesto, there’s so many ways to enjoy. They offer other favorites like Philly Cheesesteaks or Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and even some salads. Voted best vegetarian burger in the city!

Burger-Fi (vegan friendly)

Everyday 11 am - 10 pm

This burger chain is within walking distance of the hostel and offers three veggie burger options including a vegan Beyond Meat option. Super yummy fast food.

City O’ City


Late Night

City O’ City

Moxie Eatery


Ice Cream

High Point Creamery

Sweet Action

Little Man’s Ice Cream

Check out this awesome video about Denver Vegan Eats.

Andy Ward