Non-dairy milks are standard across American coffee chains and independent cafés these days. True, the shop may not carry the specific brand you love (Pacific Soy Barista makes one of the best microfoam, hands down), but vegans can stroll into virtually any given café and confidently assume they won’t have to order their coffee black. However, there’s always that tiny voice reminding you of human error. What if the barista accidentally picks up the two-percent milk, or the cashier thought you said whole milk instead of oat milk? (It’s happened to us before.) The chances are slim, but there is still an inherent risk when you order at a non-vegan coffee shop.

Fortunately, vegan café culture is on the rise. At dedicated plant-based coffee shops, you don’t have to watch the barista like a hawk, and the plant-based pastries are plentiful. We’ve rounded up our favorite vegan coffee shops in the US so you can get your caffeine and pastry fix without a drop of dairy.


Vegan options in non-vegan coffee shops

Vegan coffee shops are sprouting up everywhere—even in the middle of the country like Omaha, NE—but it will still be a while until they penetrate every corner and major metropolitan area of the US. Until then, it’s helpful to know what your options are in chains that serve dairy milk in addition to plant-based alternatives.

Almond and oat milk tend to dominate dairy-free milk options, closely followed by soy milk. We’ve also seen coconut, macadamia, and a super-creamy newcomer—pistachio milk—in some chains and independents.

As far as snacks, sweets, and light meals go, the humble bagel is a reliable option. From Starbucks to Dunkin’ to your local café, a plain bagel is inherently vegan and universally carried amongst coffee purveyors. Instant oatmeal is another common option along with fresh fruit and granola bars (just remember to scan labels for honey when reaching for granola). 

At Starbucks specifically, the Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box is a solid, satiating item for those looking to pair lunch with their latte. The chain also carries Justin’s Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups, That’s It fruit bars, Peter Rabbit fruit purées, and of course, a selection of bagels. 

Peet’s, a smaller yet significant chain 300-plus stores strong, carries even more vegan options. The dark roast specialty shop partnered with Just and Beyond Meat in 2022 to create the Everything Plant-Based Sandwich—a hearty handhold featuring Beyond Breakfast Sausage, Just Egg, and vegan cheddar sandwiched between an everything bagel thin. Peet’s also offers a tasty array of vegan baked goods from blueberry-studded oat bran muffins to glazed lemon poppy scones. 

If you’re in a pastry mood, seek out an independent shop. Cottage bakers will often partner with their local shop to sell their vegan goods. We’ve been pleasantly surprised to find vegan cupcakes at a café in the mountain town of Big Bear, CA, and delectable plant-based brownies across independent roasters in Asbury, NJ.

The 19 best vegan coffee shops in the US

Visit an all-vegan coffee shop for your next dose of caffeine. 

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1Grindcore House

Philadelphia, PA

There’s a reason this Philadelphia mainstay was voted the Best Vegan Coffee Shop by VegNews readers. With two locations in the city, Grindcore House offers a delicious range of beverages (check out the Swamp Thing iced Americano) and food options. Don’t leave without trying one of its Signature Breakfast Sandwiches. Check out the Mickey G, for example, which features baked tofu, vegan sausage, cheese, and maple compound butter, or the Cuban Breakfast Sandwich on an Everything Philly Muffin.
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2 Bunkhouse Coffee Bar

Jensen Beach, FL

Whether you prefer almond, coconut, soy, rice, oat, or hemp milk in your coffee, you’ll find it all in this breezy Florida-based coffee shop in Jensen Beach. Bunkhouse committed to going vegan in 2019 and has since expanded its line of non-dairy options as well as its sweet and savory selection. Pair your latte with a plant-based bagel breakfast sandwich or fuel up for the day with an energizing açai bowl or smoothie. Those who like it sweet shouldn’t sleep on the baked goods. The selection rotates but you can always rely on a gluten-free and vegan cake doughnut or carrot cupcake.
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3 Dear Diary Coffeehouse

Austin, TX

Austin vegans, cyclists, zine enthusiasts, and creatives flock to this local watering hole. The community café offers a comprehensive menu of dairy-free espresso drinks along with phenomenal baked goods and other edible and non-edible products made locally. In the morning, get yourself a soy latte and lemon cream-filled muffin and settle into work. At night, the shop hosts themed nights—like Musical Theater Open Mic—and serves hearty options like tacos, burritos, and Polish kolaches. Dear Diary truly embodies work, eat, and play. 
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4 Familiars Vegan Coffee Shop 

Brooklyn, NY

Sister shop to the popular Toad Style in Brooklyn, NY, this neighborhood vegan café specializes in reliable espresso beverages, a small selection of inventive bagel sandwiches, and Dun-Well Doughnuts. We recommend pairing a classic drink with a doughnut or opting out of the coffee for a spicy kimchi bagel (coffee and kimchi don’t mix). True to its name, Familiars is a local hidden gem and certainly a place one aspires to become a regular at. 
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5 Miffie’s

Orange County, CA

You’ll have to check Instagram to track down this mobile vegan coffee truck, but once you do, you’re in for a treat. The roaming coffee shop serves Orange County, CA with a tight menu of espresso beverages and a few seasonal specials. This winter, get a sip of the Biscoff-sweetened cookie butter latte and Paddington Latte (orange marmalade syrup, oat milk, espresso). They’re only here for the season. 
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6 Dark Hall Coffee 

Phoenix, AZ

This Phoenix, AZ coffee and pastry shop may be small, but its big attitude compensates for it. Dark Hall isn’t the place to meet up with friends and stay awhile or hunker down and work. However, the dark floral wallpaper and gothic art provide this tiny café with pizazz. Plus, there’s coffee and pastries, though the baked goods sell out fast. Arrive early (the shop closes at 2pm daily) and order a black iced coffee and a slice of cake. The combo is a little sweet, a little bitter—just the Dark Hall vibe.
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7 Just What I Kneaded

Los Angeles, CA

While slated as a bakery, this gutsy little Los Angeles brand has a solid espresso and coffee game. The baristas are working with professional-grade machinery to churn out oat milk cappuccinos with silky microfoam alongside the frosted Pop-Tarts, giant cookies, and gooey cinnamon rolls they make every day. The outdoor patio is perfect for working (thank you, WiFi) or catching up with friends over a bear-decorated latte.   
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8 Amateur Coffee 

Omaha, NE

Despite the name, the baristas at Amateur Coffee know what they’re doing. The company roasts its beans on-site for customers to enjoy to-go or purchase by the bag for at-home brews. Whether you order your oat or almond beverage for here or to go, don’t expect a paper cup. All drinks are served in reusable jars. The Omaha, NE café runs an innovative jar program to reduce single-use product waste. Return the jar, and you’ll receive $1 off your next drink order. The café also serves vegan quiche cups, sweet and savory waffles, and pastries from local vegan bakeries. 
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9 Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffee

Overland Park, KS

This plant-based shop is all charm. Based in a cozy house in Overland Park, KS, the café offers a mouthwatering array of sweet and savory treats along with a long list of espresso and tea options. Arrive before 10 AM to take advantage of its daily morning special featuring a 12-ounce latte (or chai) and a house muffin for just $5.50. Outside of this incredible deal, the prices are still fair and the goods are worth every penny. This is the kind of café you want to become a regular at.  
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10Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse

Madison, WI

Mother Fool’s has a lot going on. It’s part café takeaway, part art gallery, and part odds-and-ends grocery store. A bit confusing, sure, but we are confident that anything we purchase from this Madison, WI shop will be vegan. For the espresso beverage, choose from oat or classic soy milk. Don’t sleep on the 64-ounce cold brew concentrate—it’s always nice to have backup coffee in case you can’t get out to your favorite shop.
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11 Dagger Mountain Coffee 

Valparaiso, IN

Come for the oat milk cortado but leave with a bag of freshly roasted beans. The all-vegan Indiana coffee roaster and café prides itself on thoughtful sourcing and epitomizes everything we love about coffee culture—a homey, welcoming space, house-roasted beans, and baristas who are serious about the craft of a good pour-over. However, it’s not pretentious in any way. Dagger Mountain Coffee likes to play, which is evident in some of its unique beverages. If you’re not a coffee purist, try the Orange Creme Latte—made with espresso, orange agave, and oat milk—or the Sass Latte—a rootbeer/latte hybrid of espresso, vanilla agave, root beer flavor, and oat milk.
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12 Coffee and Plants

Pasadena and Studio City, CA

With two locations in Southern California, Coffee and Plants is the first and only fully vegan coffee shop in the Los Angeles area. The minimal seating in this floral-forward shop is always taken, but on any sunny day, there’s always room to linger on the patio. In true LA fashion, the café offers standard espresso drinks along with superfood lattes, vegan baked goods, and Puppuccinos (vegan whip that’s safe for dogs, complete with a bone-shaped dog treat). 
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13 Timeless Coffee

Oakland and Berkeley, CA

Spread across the Oakland and Berkeley, CA area, this micro-chain offers a caffeine kick as well as a sugar high. The cafés house full-scale bakeries complete with customizable celebration cakes as well as the typical tea cakes, scones, and danishes for those on the go. Dairy-free options for coffee drinks include oat, soy, and almond.
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14 Superbloom

San Diego, CA

This coastal San Diego shop’s signature lattes have locals and out-of-towners flocking to its doors. The inventive menu includes a s’mores-inspired smoked mocha topped with a roasted marshmallow and cacao nibs, a Fluffer Nutter latte, and a brown sugar shaken espresso drink. On the less-sweet side, the Boosted Lattes contain functional ingredients designed to help your body operate at its highest level. Of course, those who just want an oat milk cappuccino can order that, too. 
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15 Terms of Endearment

Brooklyn, NY

Coffee and sweets are definitely a term of endearment. The shop focuses on food, but the beverage menu is solid and each drink is crafted by seasoned baristas. Pair your oat or almond latte with a vegan fig-and-prosciutto croissant sandwich, a veggie JUST Egg omelet, or simple crispy smashed potatoes. Finish off the meal with a towering slice of crepe cake or an eye-catching Swiss roll. 
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16 Propaganda Coffee

Lakewood, OH

This café provides an extensive sweet and savory menu, but let’s start with the coffee. The drink menu offers a bit of everything—from tried-and-true espresso drinks to an intriguing beetroot latte. On the food side, the kitchen carries Buddha bowls and breakfast sandwiches along with potato latke waffles and ramen. Don’t leave without a bakery box full of desserts. From the thick lemon lavender scones to towering oatmeal cream pies, you’ll have to visit multiple times to try all of Propaganda’s delightful treats. 
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17Little Barn Coffee House

Los Angeles, CA

This Latina- and LGBTQ-owned coffee shop is the place to go if you’re in the mood for a vegan pastry. Freshly-baked vegan croissant sandwiches, muffins, cakes, and pan au chocolats are just a few of the treats you can expect to find at the Division Street spot.
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18Jet Black Coffee Company

Portland, OR

Walk into Jet Black Coffee Company, and you’re guaranteed to enjoy good food, good coffee, and good music. Founded by two music-loving friends, the café stocks plant-based pastries from local bakeries including Shoofly Vegan Bakery and Sweetpea Baking Company. Savory eats include vegan egg and cheese sandos with the option to add plant-based bacon for an extra burst of flavor. 
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19 Wood Coffee Co

Long Beach, CA

This plant-based, queer-owned vegan coffee shop is about more than just delicious food and coffee (although that is guaranteed). The spot is also striving to be a haven for the LGBTQ+ community. “Coffee is our beginning but our hope is to evolve the space into something more than a coffee shop through hard work and listening to the wants and needs of the community,” the shop’s website reads.
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