I recently visited the adorable little town of Eugene, Oregon to visit my sister, who lives there. It is always exciting to have a local tour guide – my sister has lived there for a couple of years now and knows all the best places for a vegan, beer loving coffee fanatic. Though I don’t always make it, I try to visit Oregon every time I go home to find new places.
What to Do In Eugene, Oregon
Visit the Breweries
One of the best things about the state of Oregon is the incredible beer that originates here. The first time I visited Eugene, I stopped at the uber popular Ninkasi. I first drank Ninkasi Total Domination a few years ago, and it is still one of my favorite IPA’s to date. I’m also a fan of their Maiden in the Shade, Dawn of the Red, and Hop Cooler. We bring a big box of Ninkasi every year when we go on our family camping trip, and the brewery doesn’t disappoint.
This year, we visited a new favorite, Falling Sky Brewery. They have a great outdoor seating area, big tables, and a great variety of beer and food. We got a few different styles and all tried each others beers.
Try Something Vegan
If you’ve never tried vegan food, Eugene is the place to do it! Boasting delicious vegan comfort food, Eugene is full of options for anyone looking for some vegan fare. My favorite go-to cafe in Eugene is the adorable, old-school diner Cornbread Cafe. I visit this place at least once every time I see my sister.
This time, we tried some new restaurants, including Morning Glory Cafe…
And the refreshingly healthy Laughing Planet Cafe:
If you’re vegan, you’ll never go hungry in Eugene, one of the most vegan friendly cities in the US.
Satisfy Your Inner Fat Kid
Though Eugene is full of vegan food, it’s not filled with raw dishes and green juices. This little college town is stuffed with pizza joints and doughnuts to fulfill any junk food desire you could conjure up. Another must-visit is Sizzle Pie, the happening pizza joint that makes the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had. Stop in for happy hour for cheap draft beers and slices, or order up some pies to be delivered. Pro tip: the ranch is 100% vegan and a great dipper, and the Vegan Angel of Doom is NOT TO BE MISSED.
Right down the street from Sizzle Pie is the world class Voodoo Doughnuts. If you’re not completely stuffed with pizza, hit up Voodoo Doughnuts any time (they are open 24 hours on the weekends and until midnight weekdays) to satisfy that sweet tooth. They have an entire shelf of strictly vegan doughnuts – Eugene is the city where vegans are never left out.
Cafe Hopping in Eugene, Oregon
After gorging on junk food and beer, you may need a little pick me up. Eugene is full of adorable little cafes to spend your mornings. One of my favorites is Vero Espresso House – a house remodeled into a coffee shop. Sit on the porch outside to revel in that morning sun, but don’t forget a jacket, as Eugene can get a bit chilly.
These were my favorite things to do during my week in Eugene, Oregon. I’m a bit jealous that my sister gets to live around all of these fabulous places, but that means I get to keep going back to visit!