Home to most of the world’s A-List celebs and world-famous influencers, Los Angeles is an unsurprising haven for wellness-centric eateries and plant-based restaurants. Featuring vegan pizzas and meat-free burgers, this guide is a sure-fire way to get your green fix in the City of Angels.

Vegan pizzas, meat-free burgers and the plant-based food you should order in LA

Café Gratitude Arts District

In typical LA fashion, Café Gratitude does just what it says on the tin – encouraging diners to give thanks for their food. Dishes are made using local, sustainable ingredients and all are named after positive affirmations such as “Enchanting” (an edamame, kale and broccolini salad), “Awesome” (focaccia topped with aubergine, hemp seed pesto and coconut burrata) and “Humble” (a red-lentil dahl and spinach curry).

California Sun Silver Lake

On Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighbourhood, this pizza restaurant proves that vegans can still enjoy a good ol’ slice now and then. Offering pizza by the slice, in 20-inch pies or Detroit-style deep dish servings, California Sun has plenty of vegan-friendly options and more than 150 different cans of beer to wash it all down.

Gracias Madre West Hollywood

This vegan hotspot offers plant-based Mexican cuisine just off Melrose in West Hollywood. Try traditional dishes with innovative twists such as ceviche made with coconut, tiradito made with watermelon and coconut bacon, and fajitas with poblano peppers, black beans and cashew cream. Pair with a glass of homemade ginger soda or a CBD-infused cocktail.

Cruzer Pizza & Pasta Los Feliz

Those with hard-to-cater-for dietary requirements, Cruzer Pizza & Pasta is the place to be. Offering 100 per cent meat-, dairy- and gluten-free menus, this restaurant serves innovative takes on Italian dishes. Try the vegan buffalo-chicken pizza for a plant-based pie with “chicken”, daiya cheese and vegan ranch sauce, or the pesto pizza topped with spinach, artichoke, garlic and vegan cheese. Gluten-free options are made with a rice-based dough.

Crossroads West Hollywood

Serving meat-free meals in LA’s WeHo district, this eatery provides vegans with an elegant evening option. Favourite LA dishes have been reimagined with an eco-conscious attitude, such as the vegan “chicken” and waffles served with a warm maple sauce or the “All Grown-Up” burger with an Impossible patty, provolone-style cheese, tabasco shallots and truffle fries.

Au Lạc LA Downtown

Au Lạc is a renowned celeb hotspot in DTLA – and for good reason. Not only is the Asian-inspired menu entirely plant-based, its dishes are made by famed chef Ito, who has taken a vow of silence and believes raw food is his divine calling. Dine on small plates such as salt-and-pepper shrimp (it’s made with yam and tastes even better than the real thing) and barbecue pork rolls (made with soy “pork” and almond-based hoisin sauce).

Plant Food + Wine Venice

Near the beach on Abbot Kinney, this is the place to nab a table on the patio for an al-fresco vegan spread. Using locally sourced ingredients, Plant Food + Wine offers meat-free takes on classic dishes, from a raw lasagne made with tomato sauce, pistachio pesto and macadamia ricotta to a version of cacio pepe pasta involving kelp noodles and gluten-free pangrattato. Be sure to order a bottle of organic or biodynamic wine to complete the meal.

Burgerlords Chinatown

Even vegans get cravings for a juicy burger once in a while. In LA’s Chinatown, these plant-based patties can be topped with everything from aubergines and cashews to leeks and vegan cheese. Pair with tofu nuggets, french fries and a vegan milkshake, and you’ll likely have to be rolled out of the place.

Mohawk Bend Echo Park

Sitting across the road from PETA headquarters, this brick-walled gastropub naturally serves some of Los Angeles’ best vegan dishes. Sip on craft beer as you peruse Mohawk Bend’s menu, which offers dishes consisting of locally sourced ingredients, before choosing between The Big Mohawk for two burger patties served with vegan cheese, pickles and onions, or the pepperoni pizza topped with almond ricotta, vegan mozzarella, cashew parmesan and meat-free pepperoni.

by CHLOE. Silver Lake

Sister restaurant to the original New York outpost, by CHLOE. (the brainchild of vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli) serves plant-based versions of hearty home-cooked dishes. Try the sweet potato-based mac ‘n’ cheese, the portobello meatball sandwich or the air-baked fries topped with spicy seitan chorizo and chipotle aioli.

Brennan's Marina Del Rey

Offering everything you might expect from an old-school pub and more, this vegan-friendly gastropub serves traditional American pub fare with plant-based options aplenty. Come for vegan pizzas, buffalo “chicken” wings (made with cauliflower) and other dishes among live music and vintage decor, but be sure to drop in on the third Thursday of the month for the venue’s infamous turtle racing.

Kitchen Mouse Highland Park

This cute neighbourhood café serves gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free dishes. Pop in for brunch to sample its breakfast tacos made with scrambled tofu, the poblano hash or the avocado TLT (featuring tempeh bacon, lettuce and cherry tomatoes) paired with a Mouse Mimosa – sustainable prosecco with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

The Butcher's Daughter Venice

New York’s favoured brunch spot, The Butcher’s Daughter’s LA outpost draws in a crowd of green-eating diners. A restaurant, café and juice bar, the venue calls itself a “vegetable slaughterhouse”, where fruit and vegetables are chopped, filleted and carved onto plates that rival any meat-filled dish. Try the homemade coconut yoghurt with maple-almond granola and berries or, if you fancy a feast, opt for the dolce piccante pizza for a crisp base topped with honey, vegan cheese, pear, fig jam and rocket.

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