Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City

Bakeries to Satisfy Dietary Restrictions 

Finding yummy treats that meet dietary restrictions can prove to be very challenging, especially when so many restaurants and cafes outsource much of their dessert menu to third party bakeries. I have tried, tested and thoroughly researched Jersey City and beyond to come up with this list, a tough prospect I know! This list is by no means comprehensive, as it seems there are so many home businesses (particularly of the cake making variety), that I have yet to discover. However, this should give you a good start. I have come up with a list of Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City.

Cocoa Bakery

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityCocoa bakery tops the list of Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City.This bakery has taken Jersey City by storm since its inception. The owner is a classically trained baker with several sweet treat tricks up her sleeve. Whether it’s gluten free, vegan or just eggless, this place offers several options and it will likely never disappoint as the baked treats are amazing. The cake decorating skills and creative team are also impeccable, great for big events where you want to impress on aesthetic and taste.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options No
Gluten Free Options Yes

Om Sweet Home 

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityI have added this bakery in my list of Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City because its very populer among JC residents.This café and bakery offers up baked snacks and custom cakes that are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, wheat-free, palm oil-free, non-GMO and organic when possible. They also make their own non-dairy butter alternative available for purchase and use it in their baked goodies. It is based in Cliffside Park, NJ but they also have their treats for sale locally at Bwé Kafe in Jersey City & Hoboken. They are a very talented team and the cakes always look top notch and taste delicious. They less formal sweet treat options are also lip-smacking yummy.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options No
Gluten Free Options Yes

WHOS Gluten Free 

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityThis is a local Jersey City establishment where you can place orders online. They started out making wholesome vegan and gluten free granola snacks and now they have branched out into making other sweet treat options like cookies and cakes. You can also find their products in local establishments 9Bar Café and The Big Straw in downtown Jersey City. They have some really fun and quirky cake options like lavender, earl grey tea or mocha.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options Yes
Gluten Free Options Yes

Busy Bee Organics 

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityThis local business is from Jersey City, delivers locally and they also have a stand at Grove Street Market. Their buffins will satisfy any sweet tooth but equally offer up protein, fiber and nutrients (check out my previous blog on BUFFINS here ☺). They will keep you full for a while and you don’t have to feel guilty after consuming them. Due to their insane popularly, you can now even purchase the base buffin mix to make your own at home! Busy Bee Organics also delivers meals, caters and other savory goodies.

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options Yes
Gluten Free Options Yes

Vegan Treats

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey CityIs a bakery based in Bethlehem, PA. The owner really makes up some amazing TRULY vegan desserts that make you wish you lived closer to her shop in PA. Veggie friendly Jersey City hot spots Tea NJ and Subia’s both source several fresh dessert treats from Vegan Treats on a daily basis and they are consistently delicious. Vegan cannoli or Red Velvet, yes please!

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options No
Gluten Free Options Yes

Squirrel and the Bee

This bakery has a year round shop based out of Short Hills, NJ. They also have a table at our local Grove Street Farmer’s Market offering up 100% grainless (gluten-free), refined-sugar-free AND no or low dairy products. The bakery has some of the most amazing brownies, muffins and cakes and even savory loaves, buns and breads. On the days they are not in Jersey City, it’s worth hopping in the car to make the trip to Short Hills, for this bakery!

Egg Free Options Yes
Dairy Free Options Yes
Fully Vegan Options Yes
Refined Sugar Free Options Yes
Gluten Free Options Yes

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Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

You may find yourself hard pressed to find truly VEGAN restaurants in Jersey City as there are only some limited options available. This is a go-to guide laying it out plain and simple, where to go, what to get and whether to bring the kids.

http://www.subiasorganiccafe.comSubia’s 

506 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

This Van Vorst neighborhood staple has been around for over ten years with great success. It is the only TRUE vegan restaurant and pure vegan kitchen in Jersey City. The sister duo team that own the place are extremely knowledgeable and helpful and they will navigate you through any vegan question you have. The menu is comprehensive and there is something for everybody. Even my carnivore meat eating husband was impressed by the vegan rib sandwich. Subia’s also has an amazing dessert selection as well as a thorough juice list for those seeking something on the lighter side – the beet & spirulina combo is a real winner. I would recommend this café style restaurant for anybody seeking a delicious, filling, nutritious comfort food style meal. The home style, casual atmosphere and food make you feel truly welcome the second you sit down to read the menu, ideal for the entire family.

Kid Friendly 5/5

Stroller Friendly 5/5

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5

Pet Shop 

193 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

This relative newbie is a kitschy, fun, trendy local watering hole offering strictly vegetarian food. There are vegan options on the menu as well. Sundays they offer half off glasses on open wine bottles, get there early to avoid disappointment and to score a great bargain on some really delicious wines. The bar staff are extremely knowledgeable on pairing wine and drinks with the food menu. The kitchen offers up fun, modern and diverse fare. The Buffalo Cauliflower starter is a must and the Chili is sure to fill even the hardiest of bellies.

Kid Friendly 3/5   (during brunch hours you will have best luck with strollers and young kids)

Stroller Friendly 3/5

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5   (grilled cheese, soups and chili will all please the younger crowd)

Tea NJ

262 Newark Ave, Jersey City

This café is not strictly vegetarian. However, the menu is helpfully divided into vegan/vegetarian and carnivore sections. Largely a brunch/lunch establishment and café, so plan to wait a bit if you come on the weekend. Tea and coffee connoisseurs will love this place, the tea options are extensive – there are over 30 varieties of tea including traditional and more modern chai and bubble tea. My personal favorite has to be the dirty chai – this is ideal for caffeine lovers of all types – a tea and espresso concoction that will give you a caffeine buzz for hours. The menu offers fresh classic salads, wraps, sandwiches and all day breakfasts.

Kid Friendly 5/5   

Stroller Friendly 3/5 (small and limited space available)

Kid Friendly Foods 5/5   

Tidal Poke 

34 Exchange Pl, Jersey City

Also a relative newbie and always super busy during lunch, a testament to the popularity and success of the only true Poke “POH-keh” and Acai place in town. The menu offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. For Poke and Acai bowl virgins, here’s a quick low down – Poke is an old Hawaiian dish that’s a relatively new phenomenon to non-Hawaiian cities. It is a combination of fresh cubed raw fish, seasoned and served on a bed of vegetables and a base of typically rice or noodles, served cold, think of like a sushi salad of sorts. Poke is delicious and very healthy. Tidal Poke offers vegan and vegetarian Poke bowls. Acai Bowls are equally healthy, light and refreshing and are comprised of fruit and added crunchy goodies – basically thick smoothies topped with granola and fruit, then wolfed down with a spoon.

Kid Friendly 5/5   

Stroller Friendly 5/5

Kid Friendly Foods 3/5   (kids will love fruity, cold Acai Bowls, Poke Bowls may not appeal to all kids)

*Other top notch Jersey City restaurants with vegan dishes on the menu:

Third and Vine

Porta

Kitchen Step

Orale

Koro Koro

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Jersey City

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New Location, Same Old Soul: Northern Soul in Hoboken

New Location, Same Old Soul: Northern Soul in Hoboken
 Northern Soul in HobokenNorthern Soul is a staple haunt of our beloved city. So when they closed their original doors in 2016 many of the locals were devastated by the news. Well despair no more. Northern Soul has nestled itself back into the busy downtown of Hoboken NJ, this time with a prime location under the Sky Club at 700 First St, Hoboken NJ 07030.

 Northern Soul in HobokenThe new NoSo has an enlarged bar space complete with flat screen tv’s for game day and Noso’s staple pool table and vintage jukebox. The dart board is in full effect in the rear of the bar area. From the bar area you can order food and drinks to one of the many high top tables, the space is versatile enough to accommodate both small and large groups comfortably.  

 Northern Soul in HobokenAt the other end there is a semi private dining room with some super cool art work including a mural from Italian Street artist Luca Font. Last but not least they have a super unique custom built Wine Barrel room where you can chill out on leather loveseats or snap a pic in their old school photo booth to bring a piece of soul home with you.

 Northern Soul in HobokenBut if it’s a meal you came for, then a meal you can get. Northern Soul’s new location has a one of a kind menu with a new vision of what food in Hoboken can be. They have both vegetarian and carnivorous options, think healthy comfort food. This is the type of menu that you can feel good feeding yourself or your family off, the type of menu you can eat from a few times a week not just once a month. Best of all it’s priced super reasonably, everything on the menu is under $20 and they have daily specials so there is always something new to try.

Speaking of family, Northern Soul Kitchen & Bar is reinventing the children’s menu with new takes on old classics and some healthy options for good measure. From strawberry preserves with sun butter to staples like burgers and personal pizzas, they have a few ideas up their sleeves for some very inventive kids and even baby food in the future, watch this space!

A recent review on Yelp by Brooke S. for a party gives you a fantastic idea of what a unique and fun experience one family had hosting their 1 year old’s birthday party there. This mom writes, These guys are incredible to work with; very accommodating for any type of party you’re looking to put together. We had a 1-year-old birthday there with 50+ guests and they made the planning and set up process so easy. “

 Northern Soul in Hoboken

Nicole G, another Yelp reviewer, had this to say about the new Noso,The service and atmosphere are great. It has a pool table. bar..music and for those who love sports they have 3 screens. Chicken sandwich and burger both delish! The soul sauce is everything!”