Some of Tampa’s earliest history began with immigrant cigar manufacturers from Cuba. A Cuban cigar factory founded in the late 1800’s attracted workers from many other parts of Latin America as well as from Spain, Italy, and Germany. Today, Tampa is a focal point for Cuban culture in Florida, as well as a thriving landscape for the arts. This city by the gulf is teeming with both natural beauty and diverse human interests.
Like many cities around the world, Tampa has seen an explosion in the popularity of vegan restaurants. Locals and tourists can find vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants almost anywhere in the Tampa Bay area. Uniquely, many of the vegan restaurants in Tampa also double as marts to pick up your favorite vegan staples and quick meals.
Here are our top picks for the best vegan restaurants in Tampa!
Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan
Cuisine: Asian, Grab and Go
Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan is catered to “busy vegans on the go.” You can take your pick of ordering to-go or stopping in and checking out the fridges stocked with prepared meals. The menu changes often, but you can find items like raw smoked “salmon” pate, pad thai, and baked ziti. The staff at Pure Kitchen will even warm up the meals for you, making it an ideal spot for picking up a quick lunch. Best of all, Pure Kitchen Organic Vegan carries plenty of gluten-free and raw vegan items to satisfy any kind of eater.
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen & Bakery
Cuisine: American, fast-food casual
Farmacy Vegan Kitchen is a vegan one-stop shop for plant-based meals and on-the-go snacks – from smoothies to Farmacy is just as popular with non-vegans as it is with longtime vegans due to the wide selection of plant-based alternatives to favorites like Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and mac and cheese. For the full Farmacy experience, we highly suggest trying the jerk burger. This Impossible patty topped with grilled onions, garlic aioli, housemade habanero and banana pepper relish will blow you away! Farmacy has three locations across Tampa, so odds are you might end up there more than once.
Voodu Vegan Bistro
Cuisine: Asian, American, Breakfast
For the vegan that can’t decide on what to eat, Voodu Vegan Bistro is here to help you out. With a casual, inviting atmosphere and an equally inviting menu, you don’t have to choose a cuisine. Here, you can have tacos, veggie-filled sandwiches, sushi rolls, and rice bowls all at an affordable price. At Voodu, we recommend trying one of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, the Teriyaki Seduction Roll, vegan teriyaki chicken in a roll with cucumber, carrots, portabella mushrooms, topped with spicy mayo and sambal chili. Make it a tempura roll to really indulge.
For the vegan pizza lover that can’t get enough of trying out new ways to eat pizza, Florish is the perfect spot. Florish is a 100% vegan restaurant that specializes in pizza and grain bowls, with a casual, airy interior that welcomes vegans and non-vegans. To have the best experience at Florish, we recommend creating your own pizza, but do warn that it is hard not to go overboard with the wide range of options. You can take your pick of sauce, cheese, veggies, and vegan protein. Your creations are served on bright blue trays and come out fresh, ready to be devoured.
Vegan International Co. Kitchen & Market
Vegan International Co. Kitchen & Market is located just north of central Tampa and prides itself on serving food fast. Just don’t confuse it with fast food! The spot operates for delivery and carryout orders. Here, you can find vegan alternatives to well-known favorites like meatball subs, chopped cheese sandwiches, and gyros. One of the best items on the menu is the Soul Veggie Plate where you can take your pick of four soul food side dishes like mac and cheese, candied yams, and collard greens. The market part of this vegan hotspot offers frozen meals to enjoy at home, organic juices, and desserts. We suggest picking up dinner and snagging dessert or a milkshake.
Cuisine: American, Asian
Loving Hut is a 100% vegan restaurant with locations across the country. It’s no surprise why it’s popular with vegans. The interior of this Tampa location is simple, ideal for those looking to sample dozens of vegan dishes in a casual space where all you focus on are the plates in front of you. The menu is expansive, and welcoming to those that are either longtime vegans or curious about trying vegan food. There are plenty of soups, salads, and tofu dishes. The Asian selections are some of the most popular on the menu, such as Singapore noodles and udon noodle soup. To get the full Loving Hut experience, try a dish from each cuisine. After you’re done sampling different flavors, browse the dessert menu and try their tofu-based cheesecakes.
3 Dot Dash
Cuisine: American, Casual
Tucked away in the Jug & Bottle Dept., a quaint shop for wine and beer, 3 Dot Dash is an unassuming hideout for vegan food. 3 Dot Dash specializes in what they call “plant-based comfort food,” like burgers served on bakery rolls from a local breadmaker and spicy “chicken” sandwiches. We loved the VLT, a vegan version of the BLT that is drizzled in balsamic mayo on marbled rye bread. Enjoy your meal on the patio and before you go, try the selection of vegan wines for sale in the shop.
Nana’s Restaurant & Juice Bar
Cuisine: Varies, Grab and Go
Nana’s Restaurant & Juice Bar is located in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City and is a family-owned spot for vegan eats. Come for a refreshing smoothie and stay for the inventive menu with ingredients made in-house, fresh, and changing daily. Dishes on rotation include loaded chili with jalapeno cornbread, Dominican root vegetable soup with brown rice and roasted vegetables, and zucchini lasagna. Check their website and Instagram to stay updated as their menu changes daily.
Alyssa is a Chicago-based writer with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University. She leads a vegan lifestyle and when she isn't exploring the latest vegan restaurants in her city, she enjoys film, traveling, and learning new languages.