If you’re reading this, there is a good chance you’re currently standing in (or landing into) the Denver International Airport. Maybe you’re on your phone while checking out one of the cool murals the Denver Airport is known for and you’re trying to figure out where you’re going to get a bite to eat.
Finding vegan options when you’re traveling is already hard enough and airports add the added element of ‘what if’. You find a decent vegan option as you’re walking through your terminal, but then you wonder ‘what if’ there is a better option further down. This can be especially frustrating at the physically largest airport in the country.
This exact situation happened to me in the Atlanta airport one day and I thought, ‘Why isn’t there a simple guide that shows you all the best vegan options in the airport?’ Well, now there is… cause we made one.
This guide will give you the Best 3 or 4 Vegan Options at each location within the Denver Airport and how to order them if they require any modifications (ex. no cheese). Some locations may even have a link that will take you to a complete vegan options guide for that particular restaurant. Keep in mind, though, that sometimes options at airport locations can differ from the standard menu.
We hope this guide makes your vegan traveling a little less low stress!
Best Vegan Options at A Gates
Freshens (Center Core) – Freshens is a ‘healthy options’ spot that are often found in airports. They have a bunch of vegan smoothies that you can choose from (straight from the menu, no need to modify). You can also ‘create-your-own’ salad as well.
Panda Express (Center Core) – The Eggplant Tofu, Chow Mein and Vegetable Springs are all great vegan options at Panda Express. 2020 Note: We’ve heard many Panda Express’s are running on a limited menu at the moment and the Eggplant Tofu is not on the menu at many locations. Check with your location to confirm availability.
Dunkin’ Donuts (Center Core) – No vegan donuts, but multiple bagel selections (like Everything and Cinnamon Raisin) and Beyond Sausage makes Dunkin’ a solid choice. Dunkin’ also now offers both Almond and Oat Milk (though at an extra charge) which makes many coffee combinations possible.
Starbucks (A32) – Another coffee spot is our final recommendation, maybe you’ve heard of Starbucks. Oat Milk is now available at all Starbucks locations. There is nothing overly special when it comes to getting a bite to eat at Starbucks, but they do have bagels, a lentil bowl and a bunch of different vegan friendly snacks.
Best Vegan Options at B Gates
Jamba Juice (Mezzanine) – Many vegan smoothie options that can be ordered straight off the menu (Protein Berry Workout with Soy Protein and the Greens n’ Ginger are our favorites). They have multiple non-dairy milk alternatives (vanilla coconutmilk, unsweetened almondmilk, soymilk, Oatly oatmilk), including So Delicious Oatmilk Frozen dessert, that you can utilize. A couple different Juice options as well.
Pizza Hut (B21) – Pizza Hut recently added Beyond Meat as a topping option. They have a couple pizza options dedicated to it now. No vegan cheese yet though, so make sure to order with no cheese (although you may end up missing it much less than you think)
Qdoba (Center Core, Mezzanine) – Qdoba has some excellent vegan options. They recently partnered with Impossible Meat and have an Impossible Fajita Bowl with rice, black beans, Impossible Meat, fajita peppers and salsa that can be ordered directly as-is straight off the menu. Low stress ordering and delicious food makes Qdoba a top 3 pick.
We’ve heard good things about the Que Bueno! Mexican Grille and on the Denver Airport Dining Guide it does note on their page that they have vegan options. We’re just not exactly sure what those options are. If you know – please contact us so we can share it here!
(There are also two Starbucks (B80, B89) within the B Gates as well)
Best Vegan Options at C Gates
Root Down (Center Core) – Root Down is an award-winning nationally acclaimed restaurant right inside the Denver Airport. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a large variety of vegan options. If you want something special and unique, as opposed to just a quick grab from a chain, this is the place to try. (Remember the tram inside the airport can pretty quickly take you anywhere in the airport.)
Auntie Anne’s (C26) – Have you walked right by Auntie Anne’s your whole (vegan) life because you assumed there is no way any of those delicious smelling pretzels are vegan? If so, then you’ve been missing out just like I was. The Original, Cinnamon Sugar, Sweet Almond, Raisin AND Jalapeno pretzels are vegan! Just order with no butter and either of the vegan dips – Marinara or Sweet Glaze Dip.
Einstein Bros. Bagels (Center Core) – Ton of great vegan bagel options (honestly way too many to list here – click the Einstein Bros. link to see them all) and Einstein makes pretty good coffee in my opinion. There is also one or two vegan lunch choices as well.
(There is also a Jamba Juice (C32) and a Starbucks (Center Core) in the C Gates as well)
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We hope this guide to the vegan options at the Denver International Airport made your travel just a little bit better! If you have another airport stop in your near future, be sure to check out Vegan Options at Airports main page. We have a growing list of airports there! Or just download the app and get access to them as soon as we add them!
Did we miss a great vegan option at the Denver Airport? We love getting feedback from our community on how we can improve all of our guides. If you know something you think we should be sharing here, please contact us and let us know!
Finally, if you’d like to see all the restaurant locations within the Denver Airport, head over to the Denver Airport Dining Guide.