Philadelphia might be renowned for its cheese steaks and hoagies, but don’t let their carnivorous fixations spoil your Phillies Tickets. Citizens Bank Park was voted the #1 most vegetarian-friendly baseball park by PETA in 2013, so you’re bound to find plenty of animal-free snacks both in and around the stadium. Stop by one of these locations during your next trip to see the Phillies.
South Philly Market
If you’d like to join your carnivorous friends eating ballpark staples, stop by the South Philly Markets to nab some tasty guilt-free classics. These vendors offer vegan hot dogs, vegan chicken sandwiches, black bean burgers, and a variety of other gluten-free snacks for vegan phans. You can also find traditional peanuts, crackerjacks, and popcorn here, along with pretzels, a Philidelphia favorite. You can find South Philly Markets in sections 128, 206, and 318.
Vegans looking for a buffet full of fruits, veggies, and salads can head on over to Philly Fresh. They offer snacks like hummus and pita chips, celery and carrots, “unique sprouted pretzels,” fresh smoothies, and plenty of whole fresh fruit. The Philly Fun and Shanghai salads are also popular choices for veg-heads and vegans alike (just be sure to hold the cheese and chicken). Head to section 138 once you have your Phillies tickets to find this delicious garden of edibles.
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Citizens Bank Park has a selection of gluten-free vegan drinking options. For example, Angry Orchard hard cider is made without gluten and available in cans throughout the park. You can also find bottles of Redbridge beer, a gluten-free brew made with sorghum, a safe alternative to wheat. Woodchuck Amber, an apple-based cider, is also available for those with special dietary needs. Head to section 136 to find the gluten-free beer kiosk with these options.
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Outside of Citizens Bank Park, there are a handful of local restaurants that offer vegan options for phans looking to get a bite to eat before or after the game. Terryin prepares a selection of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisine options with plenty of animal-free choices. Cucumber, Oshinko, avocado, asparagus, and a handful of other vegetable rolls provide a guilt-free taste of the east, along with a few delicious salads featuring ingredients like seaweed and avocado. Terryin is one the corner of S. 4th Street and Snyder Ave, a little over a mile north of the ballpark.
Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian
The crew over at Govinda’s Gourmet Vegetarian market themselves as “a vegetarian’s dream come true” with a menu of entirely meatless dishes that are both vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Many of their dishes offer soy-based alternatives to shrimp, chicken, ham, cheese steak, and more. All of the deserts, including strawberry shortcake, brownies, cookies, cannoli, and cupcakes, are 100 percent vegan as well. Govinda’s is an excellent pit stop for vegan visitors bumming around the heart of downtown Philadelphia near the corner of South and S Broad Streets.
Go beyond the classic peanuts and crackerjacks the next time you’re at Citizens Bank Park and enjoy the game on a guilt-free full stomach.