A Vegan Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Ready for my broken record soapbox? I love the Midwest and the vegan options are underrated for sure. I recently spent a long weekend in Grand Rapids and I was beyond impressed with what’s going on there with the vegan scene. I researched vegan restaurants Grand Rapids ahead of time but ran across some surprises while there as well. Those are always my favorite.

So, if you’re headed to Grand Rapids, Michigan (which you should be!) and you’re not sure what you can eat, then this vegan restaurants Grand Rapids guide is sure to get you on the right track. And, if you haven’t seen it yet, I’ve already covered the vegan-friendly coffee in Grand Rapids.

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Vegan Restaurants Grand Rapids Map

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Vegan Restaurants Grand Rapids

Rise Authentic Baking Co.

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, SWEETS
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: 
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, EVERYTHING!

Rise Authentic Baking Co. makes delicious vegan and gluten-free treats that are sold all around town in different coffee shops and other establishments. Even better, they’ve partnered with Squibb Coffee (a local coffee shop) on a collaborative bakery and coffee shop, serving not only their baked goods but also coffee, espresso, tea, and kombucha! Everything is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and free of artificial dyes and sweeteners.

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Essential Information about Rise Authentic Baking Co.

Address | 1220 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Hours | 7am-7pm Mon-Fri; 8am-4pm Sat; 9am-4pm Sun
Website | riseauthenticbaking.com

Cyclops Bakeshop

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, SWEETS
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: FULTON ST FARMERS MARKET
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: NO

Here I was strolling through the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market purely because I just love farmers’ markets when I my vegan radar went off. I swear I can spot vegan products before I actually see them. Anyway, I found this little booth with the immaculate, adorable, and delicious vegan sugar cookies.

These are hand-cut, baked, and decorated locally using sustainably sourced, non-hydrogenated organic shortening and organic sugar. The brand is named after the owner/decorator’s previous one-eyed cat named Cyclops.

At the moment, she is only at the Fulton Street Farmers’ Market which takes place on Saturdays year-round. Follow her on Instagram for up to date information on where she is or special pop-up information.

Essential Information about Cyclops Bakeshop

Address | 1145 East Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | Saturdays, 10am-5pm
Website | cyclopsbakeshop.com


Vegetarian Restaurants Grand Rapids

Little Africa

TYPE OF CUISINE: ETHIOPIAN
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE

Little Africa is an all-vegetarian Ethiopian restaurant near downtown.

Essential Information about Little Africa

Address | 956 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 11:30am-9pm Tue-Thu; 11:30am-9:30pm Fri-Sat
CASH ONLY!!!


Vegan-Friendly Restaurants Grand Rapids

Stella’s Lounge

TYPE OF CUISINE: PUB-STYLE
COST: $$
NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

Stella’s Lounge is super cool in every way. It’s like a pub underground (but really above ground) bar with 80s vintage arcade games (that only cost $.25!), rock music playing, a mural on their patio, and they compost or recycle over 90% of their waste. Plus, they have fabulous vegan items. I had the potato buffalo wings – I’ve never had wings made out of potatoes and damn, I’ve been missing out. I also had fried avocado and how is that not a good idea. And, then I had a vegan burger because I didn’t realize I was already full.

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Essential Information about Stella’s Lounge

Address | 53 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 4pm-2am Mon-Wed; 11am-2am Thu-Sun
Website | stellasgr.com.com

Sushi Yama

TYPE OF CUISINE: SUSHI
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES

This is classic, no-frills sushi, but it was a solid option especially downtown. They have veggie rolls – sweet potato (yum!), avocado, kimchi, and cucumber. They also have two vegetable rolls and a peanut and avocado roll.

Essential Information about Sushi Yama

Address | 146 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 11am-7:30pm Mon-Sat
Website | sushiyamamenu.com

Tacos El Cunado

TYPE OF CUISINE: TACOS, LATIN AMERICAN
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN MARKET
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED!

This eatery offers the usual tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, but also features Latin American grocery items and a self-serve salsa bar. They rotate dishes that are popular in Costa Rica and other Central and South American countries. They have many vegan options!

Essential Information about Tacos El Cunado

Address | 435 Ionia Ave SW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 10am-7pm Sun-Thu; 10am-8pm Fri; 9am-8pm Sat
Website | tacosgr.com

Field & Fire Bakery

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, BREAD
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN MARKET
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED!

A bakery located in the Downtown Market that has clearly marked vegan items.

Essential Information about Field & Fire Bakery

Address | 435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 9am-7pm Mon-Thu; 9am-8pm Fri-Sat; 10am-7pm Sun
Website | fieldandfire.com

Field & Fire Cafe

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, SWEETS
COST: $$
NEIGHBORHOOD: BELKAP LOOKOUT
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED!

A cafe that is affiliated with the above bakery. This place was a nice surprise for breakfast. I got the “vegan hot mess skillet” and it came with some vegan sausage that was incredible. It was very filling and I would definitely recommend. They had several vegan items clearly marked on the menu.

Essential Information about Field & Fire Cafe

Address | 820 Monroe Ave NW #100, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 7am-3pm Mon-Fri; 8am-3pm Sat-Sun
Website | fieldandfire.com

Grove

TYPE OF CUISINE: FARM-TO-TABLE
COST: $$$
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

Premium restaurant serves an ever-evolving menu of farm-to-table dishes and sustainable wines with a couple of vegan dishes on their menu.

Essential Information about Grove 

Address | 919 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours | 11am-10pm Tue-Fri; 4pm-10pm Sat
Website | groverestaurant.com

The Electric Cheetah

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE

The Electric Cheetah has a decent sized vegan menu with sandwiches and dishes. In addition to fantastic food, the Electric Cheetah soon became famous for its extensive craft root beer list, and then its in-house root beer.

Essential Information about The Electric Cheetah

Address | 1015 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours | 11am-9pm Mon-Thu; 11am-10pm Fri-Sat; 10am-4pm Sun
Website | electriccheetah.com

Brick Road Pizza Co.

TYPE OF CUISINE: COMFORT FOOD, AMERICAN, PIZZA
COST: $$
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED!

I was really impressed with Brick Road Pizza Co. This was the last thing I ate before heading to the airport and left a great last impression! I got this burger mac – some of the best mac and cheese I’ve ever had with a crumbled beyond burger thrown in along with these delicious breadsticks.

Their vegan menu is large and constantly changing. They have lots of vegan items such as sausage, burgers, chicken nuggets, butter, tofu, cheese, and much more.

Essential Information about Brick Road Pizza Co. 

Address | 1017 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours | 11am-11pm Tue-Sat; 11am-9pm Sun
Website | brickroadpizza.com

Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

TYPE OF CUISINE: COMFORT FOOD
COST: $$
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED!

Vegan soul food? Check out Forty Acres Soul Kitchen!

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Essential Information about Forty Acres Soul Kitchen

Address | 1059 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours | 11am-10pm Tue-Thu; 11am-midnight Fri; 10am-midnight Sat; 10am-10pm Sun
Website | fortyacresgr.com

The Mitten Brewing Co.

TYPE OF CUISINE: AMERICAN, COMFORT FOOD
COST: $$
NEIGHBORHOOD: WEST GRAND
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

The Mitten Brewing Company is a craft brewery & pizzeria set in a restored Victorian-era firehouse with old-time baseball decor and they have a healthy amount of vegan options including cheesy breadsticks, spinach & artichoke dip, an Impossible burger, and more.

Essential Information about The Mitten Brewing Co. 

Address | 527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Hours | 11:30am-midnight Tue-Sat; 11:30am-9pm Sun; 11:30am-10pm Mon
Website | mittenbrewing.com

Wikikiki Poke Shop

TYPE OF CUISINE: POKE, SUSHI
COST: $$
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES

Say that name ten times fast! As soon as I heard about this place in my research, I knew I had to go. The one thing that I commonly say I miss, when people ask me, is sushi. And, this shop has Ahimi “tuna” made out of tomatoes. It looks and tastes just like tuna and, at the time of writing, they’re the only place in Michigan to have it. They also have vegan spicy mayo which is always a win in my book. The O.V.D is vegan as-is and includes the vegan tuna.

Essential Information about Wikikiki Poke Shop

Address | 1146 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours | 11am-9pm Mon-Sat; 12pm-8pm Sun
Website | wikiwikipokeshop.com

The Cheese Lady

TYPE OF CUISINE: CHEESE, SMALL BITES
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: FULTON HEIGHTS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES

I know it seems counterproductive to put a cheese shop on a vegan guide BUT hear me out! This place has about six different vegan cheeses (sourced from Herbivorous Butcher in Minnesota). They will happily let you taste all of them before you decide on a purchase and they make sure to use utensils only used on the vegan cheese.

I grabbed two of my favorites after tasting them all and found some clearly marked vegan crackers to go with them.

Essential Information about The Cheese Lady

Address | 315 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 10am-6pm Tue-Fri; 9am-4pm Sat
Website | thecheeselady.net

Cakabakery

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, SWEETS
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, CLEARLY MARKED

I was walking down the street and my vegan radar went off again! I noticed this bakery with a sticker on their door that they had vegan and gluten-free items! I wasn’t in the market for another sugary baked good, but I made sure to take note of this find!

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Essential Information about Cakabakery

Address | 919 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 10am-6pm Wed-Fri; 9am-3pm Sat
Website | thecakabakery.com


Vegan Ice Cream Grand Rapids

Love’s Ice Cream

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, SWEETS
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: DOWNTOWN MARKET
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES!

So, you know how you can get a flight of beer? I mean that’s cool and all. But, have you really lived until you have gotten a flight of ICE CREAM?! That’s just what you can do at Love’s Ice Cream in the Downtown Market. I got this flight of five vegan flavors and it was delicious. They also had many vegan chocolates made in their chocolate confectionery!

Essential Information about Love’s Ice Cream

Address | 435 Ionia Ave SW Stall 106, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 10am-9pm Mon-Fri; 9am-9pm Sat; 10am-8pm Sun
Website | lovesicecream.com

Furniture City Creamery

TYPE OF CUISINE: DESSERTS, SWEETS
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE

While I didn’t get to visit Furniture City Creamery, this is what their site has to say about their vegan options.

We have a wide range of vegan flavors that go beyond the flavors in the cabinet.  In addition to the ice cream, our home made waffle cones, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and Today’s berry sauce are dairy-free and vegan friendly.  We also offer our shakes and floats in dairy-free vegan friendly options as well as our davenports and our brownie ice cream sandwiches.  We try to ensure dairy-free/vegan friendly folks can have the same ice cream experience as everyone else.

Essential Information about Furniture City Creamery

Address | 958 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Hours | 12pm-9pm daily
Website | furniturecitycreamery.com

Outside Coffee Co.

TYPE OF CUISINE: COFFEE, SMALL BITES
COST: $
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: YES, EVERYTHING!

I touched on how amazing Outside Coffee Co. is in my vegan-friendly guide to coffee in Grand Rapids, but I felt they needed to be included here too. On top of having plant-based milk for coffee, vegan butter for toast, and other items, they also have vegan soft serve!

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Essential Information about Outside Coffee Co. 

Address | 734 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 7 am-7 pm Tue-Sun
Website | outsidecoffeeco.com

Kingfisher Restaurant & Deli

TYPE OF CUISINE: EUROPEAN
COST: $$
NEIGHBORHOOD: EAST HILLS
GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS: UNSURE

You’ll find an eclectic menu of European inspired dishes with an extensive vegan menu.

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Essential Information about Kingfisher Restaurant & Deli

Address | 1001 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids
Hours | 7am-7pm Mon-Fri; 7am-3pm Sat; 9am-3pm Sun
Website | kingfishergr.com


Groceries, Health Stores, & Markets

Harvest Health Foods

Harvest Health is your go-to natural and organic foods store, providing you with a large selection of certified organic produce, bulk items, herbs and spices, gluten-free foods, dairy-free, nut-free and other allergen-free foods, organic beer and wine, an array of local Michigan products, and body care & supplements.

Essential Information about Harvest Health Foods

Address | 1944 Eastern Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Hours | 9am-7pm Mon-Sat
Website | harvesthealthfoods.com

Fulton Street Farmers’ Market

This is Grand Rapids’ longest-running farmers’ market where you can find plenty of fresh and local fruits, veggies, baked goods, and those famous vegan cookies from the top of this guide!

Essential Information about Fulton Street Farmers’ Market

Address | 1145 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours | 10am-5pm Saturday
Website | fultonstreetmarket.org


Grand Rapids Animal Activism

Interested in taking part in animal activism while you’re in the area? Here are a few great options!


Local Vegan Resources

My favorite way to get vegan options in a new place is by joining the local Facebook group. The locals will give the best advice on where to eat, what not to miss and the hidden gems of their city!

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1 Comment

  1. Sarah

    November 15, 2019 at 8:50 PM

    Love this!! And I’m pleased I’ve been to many of them 🙂 I’m like a broken record but Rise is amaaazing!! I haven’t been to Field & Fire yet but my favorite baristas at Madcap recommended it really highly. And Love’s Ice Cream… always amazing! I pick up their vegan chocolate ice cream by the half gallon in Lansing 🙂

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