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12 Best Austin Spots for Vegan Breakfast or Brunch

Updated April 24, 2023

There is nothing better than starting the day with a warm mug of sweet coffee (bonus if you don’t have to pay the plant milk upcharge) and a stack of fluffy pancakes covered in rich maple syrup — I can almost smell it through the screen! Although you’re probably nodding your head in agreement, it’s not always easy to find vegan breakfast spots unless you’re in Austin!

The Austin vegan scene doesn’t stop with smokey Birria tacos or mac-n-cheese-loaded burgers; there is a slew of fantastic restaurants with fantastic vegan breakfast and brunch menus. Whether you’re looking for an all-day breakfast spot with killer breakfast tacos or stacks of thick-cut French toast for brunch, you’ll have more options than you’ll know what to do with in Austin. 

Vegan Breakfast Spots in Austin with Options All Week

It’s the worst when you wake up in the middle of the week craving something spicy or sweet to get your day going and come up empty-handed! Luckily, these fantastic vegan and vegetarian spots offer stellar breakfast menus all week!

Citizen Eatery 

5011 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
Breakfast is served all day & the menu is marked for allergens.
With one look at their cheese-covered scramble or giant breakfast sandwich loaded with sausage, gravy, and melted cheese, you’ll be getting in the car and asking Google for the quickest way here!

This modern meat-free café serves breakfast all day, every day, so there is no need to make a mad dash here to get your hands on any of their comfort food specialties. If you prefer sweet things to start your day, don’t miss their gluten-free fluffy pancakes, best eaten with a side of sunflower seed butter. 

a stack of three golden vegan pancakes on a long white rectangle plate topped with banana and strawberry slices at citizen eatery in austin
Credit: Citizen Eatery

Tellus Joe 

3108 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703
Breakfast is served every day until 2 PM & is mostly gluten-free.
If there’s a vegan version of Cheers, this might be it! Not because it serves bar food, it actually doesn’t, but because as soon as you walk in the door, you’re welcomed like an old friend. Is there a better way to start the day?

For the complete experience, saddle up to the bar to get an update on all that’s going on in Austin and for the best food recommendations —it’s safe to say everything they serve is top-notch. Their breakfast menu is served until early afternoon and is full of Tex-Mex inspiration. Don’t miss the Cosmico tacos; the plant bacon’s texture and smokey/salty flavor is truly out of this world. 

Vegan Nom  

2324 E Cesar Chavez St #A, Austin, TX 78702
Breakfast is served every day until 4 PM & is gluten-free and nut-free friendly.
If you’re craving savory tacos loaded with spicy chorizo, queso, and potatoes, look no further than The Vegan Nom.

This Tex-Mex-inspired vegan food truck is tucked back into a little vegan food truck oasis, sharing space with a vegan burger truck (Nom Burgers), a milkshake truck (Milky Way), and a pizza truck (Possum Pizza), but it’s the only one of the four with a breakfast menu! All of their vegan breakfast taco specialties are loaded with house-made ingredients, but they’re only available until 4 PM.

If you don’t make it in time, don’t fret; their burritos, nachos, and lunch/dinner tacos are stellar!

a single vegan taco in a white tray topped with purple cabbage and guacamole held in front of a graffiti mural at the vegan nom in austin
Credit: Vegan Nom

ATXFOODCO.

517 S Lamar Blvd LOT 1, Austin, TX 78704
Breakfast is served all day, every day & is gluten-free friendly!
If I lived close to this bright green food truck, my bank account would be upset! Every morning I would want to turn up here for a veggie-loaded breakfast taco and walnut milk latte! Their breakfast lineup is small but mighty, everything is focused on delivering flavor-packed dishes that you’ll adore, but they are also insanely good for you!

Aside from tacos covered in their special Green Goddess sauce, they also have berry-topped pancakes and a massive lineup of fruit and veggie-packed smoothies — don’t miss their special Green Juice. 

Mr. Natural

1901 E Cesar Chavez St A, Austin, TX 78702
Breakfast is served every day, except Sunday, with additional brunch options on Saturday.
Forget about pancakes and French toast; you need a giant plate filled with Tofu Migas (tofu scramble simmered in house-made salsa ranchera and mixed with tortilla chips) or a Tex-Mex style Cowboy Scramble with spicy soy-rizo!

This family-run authentic Mexican vegetarian restaurant is hands down one of my favorite places to start the day — you’re guaranteed to walk out of here satisfied. They add to their already epic menu on Friday and Saturday with chick’n and waffles, house-made biscuits, and more!

Boudin Creek

1900 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
Breakfast is served all day, every day & is gluten-free friendly.
Well before Austin was a vegan food mecca, Boudin Creek was pushing the veggie message. The community-focused vegetarian restaurant cares about everything that comes out of its kitchen, from purchasing locally sourced ingredients to community-driven fundraising events and paying its workers a living wage. You can eat here knowing that not only is it benefiting the animals, but also Austin.

Their flavor-packed all-day breakfast menu is vast — good luck choosing just one thing! If you love savory dishes, don’t skip any of their tofu scrambles, the tofu is covered with a crispy and cheesy coating that I’ve never had anywhere else! Along with the scramble, don’t miss their house-made grilled blueberry cornbread cakes — it’s the best cornbread meets pancake that you’ll ever have!

vegan tex mex scramble in front of a blueberry cornbread cake on a wood table at boudin creek in austin

Casa de Luz Village

1701 Toomey Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Breakfast is served until 11 AM every day & is gluten-free friendly.

For an affordable and super healthy start to your day, head down to Casa de Luz.This whole foods plant-based café is skilled at creating healthy and delicious dishes free of oil, refined sugar and mostly gluten-free.

Every morning they serve a mix of breakfast/brunch dishes like porridge with house-made granola, dark leafy greens with nuts and seeds, hot tea, and more. Their breakfast lineup is $10 per person and will have you fueled and ready to tackle whatever is in front of you!

Vegan Weekend Brunch Spots in Austin 

When the weekend rolls around, you’ll want to set your alarm so you don’t miss the special vegan brunch menus at these Austin hot spots!

Rebel Cheese 

2200 Aldrich St, Suite 120, Austin, TX 78723
Brunch is served Saturday & Sunday from 9 AM – 2 PM.
You may have already heard about the epic vegan cheese made at this charming café, but did you realize they also have a stellar weekend brunch? While you can’t skip diving into one of their gorgeous cheese boards, you shouldn’t miss their beautiful croissant breakfast sandwiches, thick-cut strawberry cream French toast, or locally made pastries.

Bistro Vonish 

701 E 53rd St, Austin, TX 78751
Brunch is only served on Sundays & is gluten-free friendly.
You’ll want to set an alarm to make it to this spot. Only on Sundays does this Southern comfort food truck delights its guests with insanely delicious vegan brunch fare! Their menu features sweet cornbread covered in savory gravy and greens, golden Monte Cristo (French toast sandwiched with seitan, cream cheese, and strawberry coulis), icing-covered cinnamon rolls, and so much more!

You really don’t want to miss that French toast sandwich! It’s also set up next to the vegan and gluten-free bakery, Zucchini Kill, just in case you’re in the mood for a sweet treat afterward!

Community Vegan 

1124 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702
Brunch is only served on Sundays.
This vegan food truck thrives on creating incredible dishes that people “used to eat” and probably didn’t ever think they could eat after going vegan! Every Sunday, you’ll want to treat yo’self to a fluffy biscuit sandwich loaded with crispy fried oyster shrooms and vegan egg or a giant syrup-covered Belgian waffle topped with crispy fried chick’n (made from oyster mushrooms) and sweet potato waffle fries. 

Vegan Coffee Shops with Breakfast Options in Austin

If you’re looking to grab a quick caffeine boost and maybe a light and flaky pastry or pop tart, don’t miss these two vegan coffee shops in Austin!

Dear Diary Coffeehouse

1212 Chicon St #103, Austin, TX 78702
This community-focused coffee house has an endless selection of specialty coffee and tea drinks that pair nicely with its house-made breakfast tacos, overnight oats, or fruity yogurt parfait. 

Fat Cats Organic Coffee & Desserts

7020 Easy Wind Dr # 140, Austin, TX 78752
Want a Cuban espresso shot and buttery croissant? Then come here; it’s where all the cool cats in town go when they’re looking for Insta-worthy vegan pastries to pair with the purrfect cup of joe. 

More Vegan Travel Inspiration

Whether you need more help in Austin or inspiration for a future trip, we’ve got you covered. Check out these other vegan travel guides and articles, and let your veggie wanderlust run wild!

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About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad