To locals, Cafe Flora is known as Seattle’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurant in the area. The restaurant dates back to 1990, where three friends and long-time residents of the Madison Valley neighborhood met to discuss buying a laundromat at the corner of 29th Street and East Madison and converting it to a vegetarian restaurant. Thus, Cafe Flora was born. The group’s motives were simple: to establish a friend, community-based vegetarian restaurant close to home, to develop a restaurant that could stand as a model business in attending to the health of the planet, and to introduce superb non-meat dishes from culinary traditions around the globe, utilizing local, organic, and sustainable produce. Since its opening, Cafe Flora has been at the forefront of utilizing local, organic, and sustainable produce and herbs, building strong relationships with Washington farms.
Its culinary team draws inspiration from international traditional and availability of abundant, locally grown produce to create imaginative and dynamic vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free cuisine. Cafe Flora has also carried its eco-conscious philosophy into its atrium, a charming garden retreat just off the main dining room. The atrium brings al-fresco dining to guest year-round; its natural light, exotic greenery, a bubbling fountain, and natural stone accents create a warm, appealing, and calming environment for guests. The combination of an eco-friendly philosophy, community-based involvement, and cutting-edge dynamic vegetarian cuisine has brought tremendous success to Seattle’s premier vegetarian restaurant.
Cover image courtesy of Cafe Flora