The City of Angels, Tinseltown or La La Land, whatever you call Los Angeles, Hollywood put it on the map. But this Californian city is now making a name for itself as a hub for plant-based food.  Here’s our top three vegan and vegetarian cafés in LA:

Malibu Farm

It’s worth the drive out to Malibu for the sensational scenic view over the Pacific Ocean, and hyper cool Californian interior. Malibu Farm is a must visit and where the Glowcation brand began when our Founder Ophelia Froud discovered it. “It’s one of those Glowcations that has it all” she says, “Sensational views over the ocean, sunshine on tap, a quirky location at the end of the pier and fresh, local and seasonal salads with turmeric shots on the side” she adds. “Our top tip is to eat then stroll to the end for a visit to the carefully curated One Gun Ranch store”.

There’s a restaurant and the café, both situated either end of the pier.  Their motto  is “Organic. Fresh. Local”.

Our local Glowstar, Caly (AKA @veganfeelsgood) visits for their colourful juices served in Malibu Farm-stamped glass jars with reusable straws. They are all about fresh, organic and local produce and serve amazing salads, sandwiches and vegan matcha ice-cream.

For Caly’s full review click here

Café Gratitude

Gratitude (the local name if you want to sound like an Angelino) has given all its dishes life affirming names.  When you order, you have to declare yourself as elated or lucky or gracious…and if positivity isn’t your thing, then the amazing raw, plant based dishes probably will be.

This gourmet organic chain now has six branches. Our Glowstar Caly’s favourite is  in Downtown’s Art’s District.

There’s  a large menu with starters, soups, salads, bowls, entrees, desserts and bars. Their signature dish is their selection of six bowls, the Humble is our top choice.

For the full review click here

Backyard Bowls

Backyard Bowls first opened in Santa Barbara selling açai bowls and, after huge success, they expanded the menu and opened in more locations in LA. Our Founder Ophelia Froud first discovered their Santa Barbara branch when staying nearby. “Don’t be put off by the setting in a parking lot. Staff and customers are super friendly and their bowls are some of the best we’ve ever tried” she says. “Our top tip is to share a bowl, as portions are US size!”

Our Glowstar, Caly, loves their Downtown branch.

They sell six delicious juices and we love “Green the Smoothie” with spinach, kale, banana, strawberry, mango, spirulina, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk.

Their avocado toasts are some of the best we’ve had, but their açai bowls are the signature dish.

Try the had the dragon bowl with pitaya, banana, mango, coconut milk, granola, kiwi and coconut flakes. You won’t regret it.

For Caly’s full review click here 

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