Cafe Flora in Seattle, Washington: Best Vegan + Gluten-Free Eats!

Cafe Flora in Seattle, Washington is a gem nestled in the nice residential neighborhood of Madison Valley. Can I just say how jealous I am of the homeowners nearby who get to WALK for breakfast and brunch!

Cafe Flora is a leading vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free restaurant in Seattle - providing many meals that are customizable and varied in ingredients. It was even voted Best Brunch in Seattle! I've only ever been able to visit during weekend brunch, as that's the only time I am able to vacation on my short Seattle getaways, but I'm sure the rest is just as yummy.

First an abandoned laundromat, the Cafe Flora building has transformed by 1991 when three friends opened the beautiful new restaurant with vegetarian diners in mind. The website proudly states: "Since opening its doors, Cafe Flora has been at the forefront of utilizing local, organic and sustainable produce and herbs and building strong, direct relationships with Washington farms. Its culinary team draws inspiration from international traditions and the availability of abundant, locally grown produce to create imaginative and dynamic vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine."

Full of beautiful plants and trees, in addition to a trickling stone water fountain, the ambiance at Cafe Flora is as unique as its menu. Calming and serene, I would sit all day!

During your visit, you must try their selection of hot sauces! The Bonache habanero hot sauce is pretty fantastic and certainly good for spicing up your otherwise slightly plain-flavored dishes.

Boyfriend Jared chose his favorite dish: the Rancho Colorado Scramble. You choose from eggs or seasoned tofu, then they're scrambled with slow cooked rancho beans, tomatillos, fresh chilis, sweet corn, queso fresco and blue corn tortilla chips. With this scramble, you receive either cheesy grits or roasted potatoes as a side, or you can select to substitute greens or fruit for +$2. He stuck to the potatoes!

I elected to try their huevos rancheros: starting with a bed of blue corn tortillas, topped with black beans, pico de gallo, tomatillo verde, lime crema, avocado, micro greens and overeasy eggs or seasoned tofu. I chose the overeasy eggs, of course - my favorite!

On a previous brunch visit, I tried their breakfast platter and was so pleased by the fresh fruit provided, and the garlicky greens melted in my mouth! What can I say? I love brunch.

In the very first image of this post, you may notice a reddish pink drink next to my dish. This is a glass of their delicious pomelo blood orange carrot juice. You can get either a glass or a shot of this wonderful concoction - it's beautiful! A vibrant blend of pressed blood oranges, pomelos, carrots, cara cara oranges, apples & ginger - loaded with Vitamin C, beta-carotene and age-defying anti-oxidants. Pump my veins with this stuff, please!

Whether you're trying brunch, breakfast, lunch, dinner or one of their delectable desserts, Cafe Flora will knock your socks off! It deserves a spot during your next Seattle trip.

Click here to access the weekend brunch menu we ate from, or here to see the website.

Cafe Flora
2901 E Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112




Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to all of life's problems + that all women should strive to embrace a #girlboss mantra.