Because of its hub status and snowy location, I have spent many, many hours at the Denver Airport.
Luckily, as far as airports go, it’s not a bad one for the vegan traveler. In addition to several stores where a person can amuse herself during an unexpected layover, there are also many vegan options for times when one’s travel rations have run out.
(Need ideas for travel food? Check out these vegan tips for taking food on a plane.)
Here’s a list of your vegan options and where you can find them at the Denver Airport. (As always, check with your server about the ingredients when you order since menus change.)
Remember, the A, B, and C gates can all be quickly accessed by way of the tram at the lower level of the Denver Airport. If you have the time, go exploring.
Vegan Denver Airport Options
Auntie Anne’s – C Gates, Near gate C26
As long as you ask for the pretzels to be made without butter, these pretzels can be prepared vegan:
- Cinnamon Sugar
- Sweet Almond
Bee Fruity & Nutty – B gates
This kiosk offers a variety of dried fruits and nuts.
Ben & Jerry’s – A gates, Center core
Vegan flavor PB & Cookie is available at all scoop shops. It has an almond milk base, as well as swirls of peanut butter, and chunks of sandwich cookie.
To read my full review of Ben & Jerry’s PB & Cookie, check out this post on Ben and Jerry’s vegan.
Cantina Grill – B Gates Mezzanine & Jeppesen Terminal, East Side Level 6 (Temporarily closed)
Cantina Grill has three different kinds of salsa, a vegetarian taco, burrito, and taco salad, which are vegan without the addition of cheese or sour cream. Their burritos can also be ordered as a bowl.
The black and pinto beans are made without lard. The rice is made with water, not animal-based broth. They also offer tofu sofritos, which are similar to the tofu sofritas at Chipotle.
(Read about the Chipotle sofritas in my post on vegan fast food.)
Cantina Grill has both a to-go area and a restaurant-style area, where food can be ordered at the table instead.
Denver Central Market – A Gates, Near Gate A48
They offer an Impossible burger. Ask about the bun to see if it’s vegan. The Green Giant sushi roll appears to be vegan, as well as miso soup & edamame.
Dunkin’ Donuts – A Gates, Center core, Cell phone lot
Dunkin’ offers Beyond Meat breakfast sausage patties and English muffins or wraps. Request no cheese or egg to make it vegan. The hashbrowns, some bagels (cinnamon raisin, everything, multigrain, plain, and sesame), brown sugar oatmeal (made with water or non-dairy milk) are vegan. They also have almond & oat milk for their coffee.
Einstein Bros. Bagels – C Gates Center Core, Jeppesen Terminal Eastside
Many of the bagels at this chain are vegan. (Obviously the Honey Whole Wheat is out and any that have cheese. The pumpernickel & chocolate chip are also not vegan.)
You can see their nutritional information here. (If it has cholesterol, of course, it’s not vegan since there’s no cholesterol in plant foods.)
Add hummus and veggies, and it’s a filling sandwich for on the go.
Etai’s Bakery Cafe – B gates, Near gate B23
While the rest of the menu doesn’t look vegan-friendly, they do offer a vegan chocolate cake.
Garbanzo – B gates, Center core
They have stuffed pita, salads, plates, and wraps. Vegan filling options include portobello mushrooms and falafel. Fill them out with spreads like hummus, tomato cucumber salad, kalamata olives, and tahini sauce.
Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli – B Gates, Near B87
Three kinds of smoothies at this location appear to be vegan. Double check before ordering that nothing else is added to the drink.
- Triple berry: Strawberries, blueberries, banana, apple juice
- Summer splash: Strawberries peaches, banana, apple juice
- Blueberry monster: Blueberries, banana, apple juice
Jamba Juice – B Gates Mezzanine
For a vegan option, get one of the All Fruit Smoothies or Fruit & Veggie Smoothies.
Lounge 5280 Wine Bar – B Gates Mezzanine
Possible vegan options at Lounge 5280 Wine bar include:
- Marinated mixed Greek olives
- Roasted almonds
- Rosemary bread with olive oil & balsamic glaze
- Edamame-mint hummus
- House salad
Double check with your server before ordering.
Mesa Verde Bar & Grill – A gates Mezzanine (Temporarily closed)
There appear to be several vegan options at Mesa Verde. However, I haven’t ordered there. So be sure to double check with your server before ordering.
Possible vegan options include:
- Chips & guacamole
- Portobello mushroom street tacos (with no cheese)
- Veggie burrito (with no cheese)
- Fresh fruit
Modern Market – B gates, Center core & C gates, Near C28
Modern Market is a Colorado chain focused on natural foods. Almost all of their salads can be made vegan with a few tweaks (i.e. by substituting tofu and/or using avocado instead of cheese.)
Most of their salad dressings, except for the creamy dressings, are vegan, because they use agave syrup instead of honey.
They always have at least one vegan soup. A lot of their sandwiches can be made vegan by substituting tofu.
Current vegan options at Modern Market include:
- Superfood salad with spinach/kale blend, quinoa pilaf, grape, carrot, almond, champagne vinaigrette. This usually comes with feta, so ask that it be omitted.
- Wintergreen salad with spinach, apple, roasted potato, date, walnut, agave herb vinaigrette. This usually comes with goat cheese, so ask that it be omitted.
- Curry split pea soup
- Southwestern tofu scramble with avocado and potatoes. This usually comes with pepper jack cheese, so request that it be omitted.
- They have steel cut oats on the menu that appear to be vegan; however, they aren’t marked vegan. So ask the staff to clarify.
New Belgium Hub – B gates, Near gate B30
New Belgium has a couple of items that appear to be vegan. However, I haven’t had a chance to personally order from there. So double check with your server before ordering.
Possible vegan options include super green salad, hummus, and fries. They also have a falafel burger, but it’s served on a brioche bun with yogurt sauce, both of which aren’t vegan.
Pour La France – B gates, Center core
Pour La France offers soy and almond milk for their coffee beverages.
Qdoba – B Gates, Center Core, Mezzanine
Qdoba has tacos, burritos, and bowls. Plant-based protein options include beans and the Impossible burger.
Que Bueno – B Gates, Near B52
Que Bueno offers burritos, chips, salsa, and guacamole.
I had a vegetable burrito with black beans (request no cheese) and a side of chips & guacamole during my last visit. The vegetables had a good amount of spice on them, making the burrito less bland than some other airport options. It’s also very big, making it large enough for two people to share.
For more heat, ask for a container of sliced jalapeños to go.
Root Down – C Gates
This Denver-area restaurant focused on seasonal and local fare now has an airport location at the top of the escalators from the tram. If you’re looking for a nice, sit-down vegan meal at the Denver airport, this is it.
On the menu, there is a “V” next to the items that can be prepared vegan by request. Be sure to tell your server that you’re vegan.
The last time I was there the veganizable options included:
- Sweet potato fries (with no yogurt)
- Shoyu ramen (with no egg or bacon)
- Spiced carrot hummus
- House salad
- Roasted beets (with no goat cheese)
- Charred broccoli & farro (with no feta)
- Harissa roasted carrot salad (with no feta)
- Veggie burger
- Country fried tofu bento box
- Stonefruit tin-can trifle
On my most recent visit, I ordered the country fried tofu bento box, which came with coconut wild rice, edamame, mushrooms, and a salad. It is vegan by default.
This country fried tofu bento was $22. I was a little disappointed they didn’t fill all of the areas of the bento box for that price point.
Glasses of wine start at $18. So be prepared that dinner for one with wine plus tax and tip can easily veer towards $50.
The bento box was tasty, though, and filling.
I asked about their veggie burger. They make it in house. The server said that it’s completely vegetable-based, no beans or soy.
However, they do use breadcrumbs for binding. So it’s not gluten-free.
If you don’t have time for a sit-down meal, they also have a to-go area that includes a free standing water station.
Possible vegan options include:
- Hummus bento box
- Chia pudding
- Roasted beet salad (without cheese)
Click here for a full review of the DIA location of Root Down.
Starbucks Coffee – A, B & C gates (several locations)
In addition to specialty coffees with soy, coconut, and almond milk, one can typically find oatmeal, bagels with avocado spread, a variety of nuts, dried fruit, and potato chips for sale.
Read more about Starbucks vegan options in this post about vegan fast food.
Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs – B gates, Near B24
Lots of their veggie dogs and burgers can be prepared vegan at Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, as well as french fries, green beans, and sweet potato tots.
I haven’t eaten their personally, but word on the street is that it’s an affordable option, where you basically build your own dog. Plus, they really load up the veggie dogs with vegetables.
See pictures from their standalone location on That Was Vegan?
Timberline Steaks & Grille – C Gates, Center core
They offer a hummus plate & house salad that appear to be vegan. Ask your server before ordering.
Vino Volo – A Gates, Near A49
They have a few options that appear to be vegan-friendly including:
- Cured olives
- Marcona almonds
- Kale & blueberry salad
Double check with your server before ordering.
Wetzel’s Pretzels – B gates, Near B23
As long as you order them without butter, the Wetzel bits & original pretzel are vegan.
Wolfgang Puck Express – B Mezzanine
Wolfgang Puck Express offers a variety of salads with mixed greens and spinach that can be made vegan by omitting the animal products. For easier ordering, sit at the bar and chat with the servers about mixing and matching your salad ingredients.
They also have a changing soup of the day, which may or may not be vegan.
Unfortunately, a cheeseless pizza at Wolfgang Puck Express is not vegan, because the crust is made with honey.
One more note about vegan Denver Airport options:
Lots of the stores with magazines, books, and snacks also have vegan options like dried fruit, nuts, and chips. Keep them in mind for a last minute, grab and go option.
Content updated January 26, 2021. Denver Airport Vegan Guide originally posted July 2013.