The Gay Vegans

Coming to L.A.

NOTE:This page is a work in progress!

Los Angeles is our home and here we hope to offer you some of our favorite places to eat and to play. If you’re visiting there are a couple of things to keep in mind:

Traffic. We are used to it. You really have to plan around it. If a restaurant is five miles away it may or may not take you 30+ minutes to get there!

Beaches, mountains, valleys. There is so much to do here. Pace yourself. And when looking at weather keep in mind that weather breaks down to three areas.

Foodies. Los Angeles is a vegan mecca. There are also plenty of places to hike, swim and work out so you can keep up with the eating.

Here we go!

Or favorite beach is Zuma Beach in Malibu. Northwest of Santa Monica and plenty of space to play, swim and surf.

If you need a place to stay in the LA area there are literally hundreds of options. We are still exploring hotels, and while we do that we can already recommend an amazing airbnb in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of LA. This sweet spot is owned by our amazing friends Bettina and James, and is a wonderful place to explore LA from. It’s also walking distance to the Gold Line metro train which gets you to downtown LA in 10 minutes. Check out their place here. If you decide to book with Bettina and James let them know you’re part of The Gay Vegans family and you’ll get a treat!

LA is the vegan capital of the world in my opinion. So many amazing options. We have definitely eaten our way around town. I think a great place to start is Real Food Daily. There are several locations throughout the LA area and there is definitely something for everyone. They have their regular menu along with a list of specials. And they have milkshakes. They are an all-vegan chain. Check them out here.


If you’re going to be in Pasadena, or even close to it, definitely swing by One Veg World. They have one of the best vegan breakfasts we have ever had, and if you’re there on a weekend you might even run into us. They Soysage vegan breakfast muffin (without ketchup) is my favorite. I usually get a couple of those plus one of their delish donuts! And if you feel the need to balance out breakfast, add a side of their scrumptious garlic kale. They also do lunch and dinner.

We both have a huge sweet tooth and within a few days of living here found Donut Friend. Oh my. Almost every donut is vegan and they are delicious. So much creativity with flavors and the selection is endless. They are located in the Highland Park area of LA and definitely worth a stop. Closed on Mondays. Click here for more information.