For my vegan and lactose-intolerant friends and family I cannot imagine the misery they face in not being able to partake in the joy of this sugary-cold dish. Lucky for them (and me) Austin is an accommodating city that offers options for all lifestyles and diets. There are places all around the Austin area that either specialize in or feature vegan ice creams on their menus.
In this map, I have compiled a list of some of the most delicious vegan ice cream locations in Austin, most of them located in the South Austin area. That should come as no surprise since the area is one of the “weirder” parts of the city.
I started at one of my favorite places in Austin, Toy Joy Café. This small café serves vegan soft serve and shakes and is connected to the eccentric toy store of its same name. I had the vegan chocolate shake and immediately was sent into a dreamland of sweet treats.
Next, I ventured into the giant that is Whole Foods where you can find many vegan options to take home and enjoy for those lazy, pajama-wearing days.
People go crazy for my next stop, Bananarchy. As the character George Bluth from Arrested Development once said, “There’s always money in the banana stand!” This stand features frozen bananas with vegan dipping sauce options.
The next place you should try is Daily Juice. Here you can take a little break from just ice cream and grab some sweet, vegan smoothies and drinks. You can either choice from their menu or create your own treat.
Kat’s Ice Cream is a food trailer to my heart. The owner of the same name is a hardworking woman who makes all the ice cream by herself and the results of her labor are absolutely phenomenal.
Hola Aloha is a small, treat trailer that features vegan ice cream flavors that rotate each week keeping you coming back for more.
I ended my adventure at the classic Amy’s Ice Cream, where you can find a delicious vegan option featured on their menu. The flavor is always changing and always divine.
On this sweet path, I no doubt experienced a Candy Lane like euphoria and trust me when I say this, you will too. Plus a vegan treat is healthier and equally as delicious as its dairy counterpart.