Just as the name implies, it’s impossible not to become addicted to the tasty treats of Berkeley’s Cinnaholic. The business has redesigned the classic cinnamon roll into a modern delicacy. The freshly baked rolls pair perfectly with the dozens of frosting flavors that are offered — and the long list of toppings, from fruit to nuts to chocolate, is even longer. Customers watch the cinnamon rolls being made right before their eyes. Everything sold in the store is vegan. Located across from the Berkeley campus, people come from miles around just to check it out.
Cinnaholic, 2131 Oxford St, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 510 647 8684
Mac and cheese isn’t just for kids anymore. Homeroom schools all of its guests on the many ways to enjoy this classic, simple meal. While the menu is full of famous combinations, you can also pick and choose what add-ins you would like – bacon for the meat-lovers, pineapple for the sweet tooth, vegan cheese for the vegans – the list of ingredients is endless. Each plate is customizable to fit any dietary need or flavor choice. The minimalist table settings pair perfectly with chalkboards and light blue walls.
Homeroom, 400 40th St, Oakland, CA, USA +1 510 597 0400
This vegan Japanese grotto is a rare gem. With soups, sushi, tempura rolls, salads, and more, there is something for everybody to enjoy at Cha-Ya. The dishes served are detail-oriented, tasty, and fun to look at. The minimalist wooden tables and dining room offer a casual elegance that makes for a very friendly and uplifting atmosphere. Keep in mind that this place is cash only, so come prepared.
Cha-Ya, 1686 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 510 981 1213
Another great option for both vegetarians and meat-eaters is Gather in Berkeley. Its upscale lunch and dinner menus use the freshest ingredients to bring the best to each plate. The menu changes daily, but there is always a fine selection of meat or vegetable dishes. Gather caters and is also known for its wonderful selection of wines. Right by Saturn Café and Cinnaholic, this is one of the fancier locations in the area. Reservations are available, but not required.
Gather, 2200 Oxford St, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 510 809 0400
Mealtimes are an important factor in the bonding of family and friends, and Souley Vegan is the very embodiment of this ideal. The soothing jazz music, community-style seating, and friendly staff make this place feel like home. The plates overflow with hearty portions of the most mouthwatering vegan soul food. The staff treats each guest like a member of the family — a refreshing feeling in the otherwise fast-paced Bay Area. Located only a few blocks from Oakland’s Jack London Square, you could easily make a fun day out of the dining experience.
Souley Vegan, 301 Broadway, Oakland, CA, USA +1 510 922 1615
Flacos is a cozy taquería with lots of personality. Its authentic, vegan Mexican food has received lots of attention, especially the irresistible tamales and tacos. The colorful interior is a fine match for the friendliness found inside. As Flacos’s mission statement — ‘Feed la Revolución’ — implies, Flacos has the best vegan Mexican food around while also helping the planet and promoting health.
Flacos, 3031 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA, USA +1 510 981 8081