Sweet Temptations: Unveiling the 21 Best Vegan Bakeries in NYC

Explore the Vegan Bakery Scene in NYC to satisfy your Cravings

One of the best parts of exploring a city is seeing what the city has to offer in terms of its food. A city’s food is a window into its soul, and dessert is arguably the best part! When it comes to New York City, there is certainly no shortage of dessert options available.

Looking for something sweet and vegan in NYC? Whether you’re in the mood for vegan donuts or some amazing vegan macarons: we’ve put together the ultimate guide of vegan sweet treats available in NYC to simplify your search. Let’s explore the top 22 NYC vegan bakeries and restaurants with vegan dessert options!

The Best Vegan Bakeries in NYC

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    Confectionery!

    Bakery in East Village
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    Open seven days a week from 12 pm to 8 pm, Confectionery! is another fully vegan bakery in New York City that features handmade desserts. Confectionery! was opened in 2016 as a merger of a vegan bakery and a chocolate shop. Originally, the two shops were Lagusta’s Luscious (which sells vegan chocolates) and Sweet Maresa’s (which sells baked goods). Together forming Confectionery! as one vegan sweet shop, the owners offer up decadent chocolates and stunning baked goods, including cookies, truffles, and even vegan macarons!

    Like other vegan eats on our list, Confectionary! offers select menu items for nationwide shipping.

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    Rawsome Treats

    Café in Lower East Side
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    Founded in 2013 by Watt Sriboonruang, Rawsome Treats was created from a passion for athletic performance and a massive sweet tooth. In Watt’s words, she was “passionate about showing the world that indulgence doesn’t always equal decadence and guilt; it can be healthy and delectable at the same time.” 

    We totally agree! Rawsome Treats follows this ideology throughout its menu, offering delicious raw vegan treats. Have you ever wanted to try a raw vegan pumpkin pie? Rawsome Treats has one! We also love their other top sellers, like their prized TiRAWmisu, Pumpkin Leche, and red velvet cake. Their signature selections are also available for nationwide shipping!

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    Planet Bake

    Café in East Village
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    Welcome to Planet Bake! NYC’s own Planet Bake is a sugar-free, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, and soy-free donut shop. Planet Bake sells donuts that are nutrient-rich while still being sweet, indulgent treats. Made with almond cake, you can customize your very own mixed donut box from Planet Bake to make your ideal flavor combo. 

    Planet Bake likes to switch it up, but some of their current and past flavors include Dark Chocolate, Very Blueberry, Cinnamon Roll, Vanilla Bean, Coffee Cake, and Red Velvet Cake. All of the nutrition facts are available for each flavor, and you can stop by one of NYC’s many locations or order online to enjoy!

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    Little Choc Apothecary

    Vegan Restaurant in Williamsburg
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    Have you been looking for the perfect vegan crepe shop? Look no further; you’ve found it in Little Choc Apothecary! This is one of the best vegan bakeries NYC hast to offer and it offers vegan, gluten-free crepes for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner with ingredients that are local, organic, and fair trade. Choose from a huge list of topping options to customize a sweet crepe, or get adventurous with their savory crepe menu.

    Sweet crepe toppings include newtella, peanut butter, caramel, clotted cream, cherry chia jam, lemon juice, bee-free honey, and more! We also love their burrito savory crepe, which features avocado, coconut bacon, black beans, homemade chipotle hot sauce, and homemade cashew cheese. They even have a pizza crepe that you just have to try for yourself!

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    Le Petit Monstre

    Bakery in Bed Stuy
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    Le Petit Monstre is the best vegan patisserie in New York City, offering imaginative sweet treats like you’ve never seen before. The best part about Le Petit Monstre is that they always seem to be offering something new and exciting. Their Instagram is filled with creative vegan eats and treats, from donuts to tarts to pastries and more!

    We love the look of their blueberry jam-filled donut holes topped with powdered sugar, and you can’t go wrong with trying one of their new treats paired with a fresh coffee. Le Petit Monstre also offers some savory menu items if you’re looking for the best of both worlds for your breakfast or brunch.

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    Terms of Endearment

    Vegan Restaurant in Williamsburg
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    Terms of Endearment is a fully plant-based cafe in New York City that opened in 2019. Famous for its baked goods, the cafe has quickly made its name for itself in NYC. Just a peek at their website will have your mouth watering. They offer gooey chocolatey croissants, pastries, brownies, and smothered-in-frosting cinnamon rolls that you simply must try. 

    Like others on our list, Terms of Endearment also offers some savory options, and the cafe is a great place to sit and enjoy your food and a cup of coffee with a friend or loved one. Terms of Endearment is a must-try for a vegan eater on a trip to NYC! 

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    Chez Alex

    Café in Brooklyn
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    While Chez Alex is not a fully vegan cafe option on our list, they certainly offer their fair share of vegan food options for delicious eats. Vegan eaters should be sure to double-check that the options they are choosing are vegan before taking a bite, but you can rest assured that everything is properly labeled at Chez Alex.

    Some of the pastry options that vegans go crazy for at Chez Alex are their vegan croissant, vegan chocolate chip cookie, vegan double chocolate chip cookie, and the vegan blueberry muffin. The Muffin of the Day at Chez Alex is also always vegan! You can enjoy any one of these vegan pastry options with a hot cup of coffee.

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    Enjoy delicious vegan donuts at Dun-Well Doughnuts

    Café in Williamsburg
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    Another donut option on our list, Dun-Well Doughnuts, is a fully vegan donut shop that specializes in artisanal doughnuts and has a complete coffee and espresso menu. They use locally sourced ingredients and are ethically minded, and their sweet doughnuts are just as delicious as they are creative.

    From fun shapes to unique color frostings, Dun-Well Doughnuts is a must-try donut shop in NYC for vegans and non-vegans alike. We’re big fans of their classic Maple Glazed donut and their unique Peanut Butter & Jelly donut! They also stock fan favorites Coffee Cake, Strawberry Sprinkles, Classic Glazed, and more. You can check out new and exclusive flavors on their Instagram.

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    Simply Sweet offers the best vegan dessert NYC

    Bakery in Coney Island & Brighton Beach
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    Simply Sweet is a plant-based gluten-free dessert shop in NYC that specializes in vegan desserts that are also free of refined sugars. Simply Sweet also uses organic ingredients that “nourish your mind, body, and soul.” The founder, Olesia, was inspired to start Simply Sweet after the birth of her son and the realization that a sugar-heavy diet is not appropriate for everyday eating. After trying these delectable sugar-conscious desserts, we couldn’t agree more!

    Fan favorites at Simply Sweet are their vegan chocolate cake and their dark chocolate with orange and hazelnut. They also offer stunning acai bowls and other handmade chocolate bars.

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    Cloudy Donut

    Café in Brooklyn Heights
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    A plant-based donut shop that offers rotating weekly flavors, Cloudy Donut is another vegan donut shop in NYC that demands a visit! Their flavors are so unique, with offerings in June 2023 such as Sweet Potato Pie, Strawberry Basil Jam, Margarita, and Blood Orange. There are 44 flavors in total that rotate in and out of the shop to always keep things fresh and exciting. 

    Not to mention that the donuts at Cloudy Donut are probably the prettiest donuts you’ve ever seen. Their Blood Orange donut is a rosemary-infused blood orange glaze and a dehydrated blood orange on top. Their fruit-flavored options all come with fresh fruit slices on top, and there are even flavors exclusively for your furry friends!

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    Ovenly

    Bakery in Greenpoint
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    Ovenly is another bakery on our list that is not fully vegan but offers enough vegan options to be worth a visit. Ovenly is women-led and has been in business since 2010. There are plenty of delicious, unique flavors for vegan and non-vegan sweet tooth’s alike to enjoy.

    We’re most excited about their “Secretly Vegan!” Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of their most well-known products. Like other bakeries on our list, Ovenly also ships nationwide, so you can enjoy their treats from anywhere in the U.S.! Ovenly also has two locations in NYC for you to visit.

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    The Love Bakery

    Bakery in Lower East Side
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    The Love Bakery is an NYC bakery that is 100% vegan, gluten-free, adaptogenic, and paleo. In their recipes, they do not include refined sugar, vegetable oil, soy, refined salt, eggs, or dairy. The Love Bakery does not have a storefront but instead offers a curbside pickup location. Orders should be placed 48 hours in advance. 

    The desserts offered by The Love Bakery are simply stunning. We love the look of their Banana Bread Cake which is topped with seasonal fruit, herbs, and florals for decor, and their Energizing Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups look just like the real thing. They also offer ‘The Flower Collection,’ which includes flowers for decoration atop every dessert. Like others on our list, The Love Bakery also ships nationwide for your enjoyment!

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    Innocent Yesterday

    Café in Upper East Side
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    Innocent Yesterday is a plant-based cafe that offers natural, organic ingredients. The founders of Innocent Yesterday aimed to create a cafe that worked as well for non-vegans as it does for vegans while spreading the message of saving the planet.

    They offer a full cafe menu with sweet and savory options, as well as a packed-full display case of cookies, cupcakes, brownies, croissants, puddings, cakes, donuts, and more! Their bakery desserts are also gluten-free and aim to add bright colors to sweet treats.

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    Peacefood Café

    Vegan Restaurant in Greenwich Village
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    Peacefood Cafe is a vegan kitchen and bakery in NYC that offers yummy pastries, most of which are also gluten-free! Peacefood Cafe also has a special pastry menu that features unique additions that rotate in and out on a daily basis.

    Some of their classic menu options that people love are their Chocolate-dipped Macaroon, the Raw Key Lime Pie, and the Strawberry Cheesecake. Some examples of their unique daily pastry options include a Strawberry Churro Scone, a Cinnamon Bun Bread Pudding, and a Pumpkin Raisin Muffin. Peacefood Cafe has two NYC locations for you to choose from.

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    Brooklyn Whiskers Bakery

    Vegan Restaurant in Bushwick
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    Brooklyn Whiskers Bakery is a vegan bakery that opened in NYC in 2016. Their three main focuses are animals, food, and community, which means that they also offer adorable cat-themed items as well as locally sourced goods. Not only is their shop just to die for, but the treats are also amazing too!

    Brooklyn Whiskers Bakery is known for its cakes, including its popular Funfetti cake and unique flavors like Raspberry Earl Grey and Salted Caramel cake. Pies, donuts, and cookies are also available (and yummy). Their Brownies are also big faves!

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    Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery

    Bakery in Greenpoint
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    Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery is a plant-based NYC bakery that uses high-quality ingredients. They are best known for their stunning cakes, which feature big, flavorful toppings. Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery offers a standing menu of tasty vegan cakes and the ability to make a custom vegan cake that can even be shipped!

    We just love the look of their Vegan Vanilla Raspberry Cake with Biscoff Cookies and their Vegan Chocolate Vanilla Black Forest Cherry Cake, which is topped with a huge vegan cinnamon roll! Happy Zoe Vegan Bakery is a must-try for vegan cake lovers in NYC.

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    Clementine Bakery

    Bakery in Bed Stuy
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    Clementine Cafe & Bakery is a vegan bakery with indulgent treats in NYC. They offer a wide variety of sweet vegan desserts, including custom vegan cakes and cupcakes. They only use seasonal, fresh ingredients for their small-batch baked goods and pride themselves on offering a mostly local and sustainably sourced menu. 

    Clementine Cafe and Bakery has two locations in NYC and also offers online shopping options. We love their vegan cake slices for those who aren’t interested in ordering a full cake and the Peanut Butter Blondies. Clementine Cafe and Bakery also have savory options for the non-sweet tooth’s in your life!

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    Levain Bakery

    Bakery in Greenwich Village
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    Opened in 1995, Levain Bakery is not a fully vegan NYC bakery, but it does offer a famous NYC vegan option. Their vegan and gluten-free Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie is practically famous in NYC.

    Levain Bakery is yet another one of the bakeries on our list that offers nationwide shipping. You can order a box of Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies online and enjoy them at any time. Levain Bakery also offers a wide variety of popular merchandise so you can represent your new favorite NYC cookie shop in style.

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    Elisa's Love Bites

    Bakery in East Village
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    Elisa’s Love Bites is a gluten-free and guilt-free artisanal bakery with the philosophy of #wholesomelysweet. Their baked goods do not include refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, food dyes, or harmful additives. Elisa’s Love Bites opened in 2015, and while it isn’t a fully vegan bakery, they also offer a wide variety of vegan options for you to choose from.

    The Pumpkin Bundt Cake and the Bare Essentials Raw Tart are the two most popular vegan options at Elisa’s Love Bites. The bakery also offers custom cakes for birthdays and other special occasions. Like other bakeries on our list, Elisa’s Love Bites also offers nationwide shipping.

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    Senza Gluten by Jemiko (Bakery)

    Café in Hell's Kitchen
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    There are two Senza Gluten by Jemiko locations in NYC; Certified Gluten Free Cafe and Bakery opened in 2018 and newly opened Restaurant located in Hell’s Kitchen, 626 10th Avenue. Both locations are owned and operated by Chef Jemiko L. Solo, who has over 30 years of experience in Kitchen, from which, 10 years he dedicated his time to Gluten Free cooking. 

    While Senza Gluten By Jemiko Certified 100% Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery is not a fully vegan Cafe and Bakery, they do offer plenty of vegan options. Some of which are their vegan & gluten-free Blueberry Muffins are widely popular, as well as their vegan & gluten-free Chocolate Blueberry Banana Almond Coconut Mini Bread Loaf.

    Senza Gluten By Jemiko Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen also offers vegan options, from main course to desserts. They also provide shipping across the US, through their website.

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    Erin McKenna's Bakery

    Bakery in Lower East Side
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    Opened in 2005, Erin McKenna’s Bakery is a NYC classic dessert location. The best part? Erin McKenna’s Bakery is always vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. There’s a mixture of sweet and savory options on the menu, but Erin McKenna’s Bakery is best known for its gorgeous, delicious vegan and gluten-free cakes. They are stunning to look at and even better to eat—that’s why Erin McKenna’s even ships them nationwide and has expanded to include two California locations and one in Florida. 

    If you aren’t feeling up to ordering a whole cake on your trip, you can order just a slice or try out some of their famous donuts!

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