Fast food

Fast-casual vegan cafe featuring vegan versions of classic American comfort food, from burgers and fries to cheesesteak sandwiches and soy milkshakes. Uses compostable packaging. This its its 2nd outlet, est. 2013. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-11:00pm.

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38 Reviews

First Review by soy_decaf_latte


Points +24

09 Jul 2023

A bit pricey these days, but quality to go with it.

Prices have gone up quite a bit in the years that I've been going here. The Philly Steak tastes different now as well, I had one recently and it did not taste like the last time. It used to be my favorite item, but now the Crispy Classic is. This place's secret sauce is the bomb. The fries are nice but almost always cold (only at this location I've gone to HCV all over) even if you eat them as soon as your order is up.



Points +621

29 Apr 2023

New Menu Items

The Maitake Burger was so fun and delicious! Also, onion rings!!


Points +1927

24 Mar 2023

Great Food, Small Portions

The food is great, and the desserts are great, but the portions are a little small.


Points +16

16 Mar 2023


Amazing menu. Super friendly staff. The Buffalo chick’n and cheesesteak are both great. Give it a try.

Pros: 100% plant based , Great customer service , Friendly staff


Points +608

04 Jan 2023

Lovely Atmosphere

The atmosphere added to the experience quite a bit and the food was delicious. I will definitely come back here if I come back to Philly before my move to Florida!


Points +23

20 Oct 2022

Sweet and yummy Chik’n

Love the Smoky Sweet Christy Chik’n Wrap. The best!

Updated from previous review on 2022-10-20

Pros: Lots of vegan options

Cons: A look pricy but worth it


Points +82

27 May 2022

delicious vegan fast food

everything here is vegan. i always get the chocolate milkshake and the philly cheesesteak (without ketchup). it is such good comfort food and i have doordashed it many times. also, they have a 10% student discout which is great.


Points +167

03 Apr 2022


Really good! A great variety of food. Very fast service too!


Points +1324

02 Feb 2022

Good food, ok seating

The food is good at this location, and the staff is great. However, the seating needs to be updated. The material from the booth was missing significant amounts. It was a little embarrassing bringing my friend here and seeing this. I had the Grilled Disco Chick’n, sweet potato fries, and tangerine turmeric lemonade. All very good. My friend had the Jerk Caesar Salad and the cookies and cream Banana Whip 2.0, which was a huge ice cream bowl. I wish I would have taken a picture. I would still recommend this place for good, fairly quick food. #Veganuary

Pros: All vegan, Good variety of food, Short wait time

Cons: Expensive (it’s a la carte), The seating could be renovated


Points +75

05 Jun 2021

Great to be back inside

Great to be dining back inside and on the tables, especially on this hot day. As the same as the other locations, their chipolte chickin wrap, sweet potato fries, and regular size chocolate milkshake left much to my desire. Ms. Molly is also an excellent cashier.


Points +192

08 Apr 2021

Great food

HipCity really has some of the best food. Their burgers are my favorite, especially the smoke house. I love their fries and shakes as well. And their salads are surprisingly filling.
The problem with Hipcity is they are so dang expensive. It's like 20 bucks for a burger and fries. Neither of which are big at all. It's good, but these vegan places are brutal. I've pretty much stopped going here. Now I just grab some vegan patties from the dollar store, and hook them up with vegan-smoked gouda, a bun, bbq sauce, and crispy onions. It's not as good and I gotta make it myself, but at least I can afford it 😅

Pros: Good food

Cons: Too expensive


Points +70

13 Apr 2020

Convenient Comfort Food

It seems as if the quality had declined over time. The Philly steak is drenched with oil, the salads are average.


Points +3619

19 Feb 2020

Good vegan fast food

Kind of a fast food environment, but fine to hang out over dinner. The items me and my friend got were very tasty.

Pros: Good vegan fast food


Points +33

Mostly Veg
05 Feb 2020

Food quality could be better

A bit overpriced for what you get but the menu has good variety. Some of the food is pretty good, some of it is meh. Considered the go-to vegan restaurant for Penn students but I think Dizengoff, Goldie, and Hummus serve better-quality food

Great banana whips and vegan milkshakes, though

Pros: Menu variety, Nice atmosphere, Great vegan milkshakes

Cons: Expensive


Points +40

26 Jul 2019

I have no idea why this place is popular

I have been vegan for more than twenty years and have eaten in vegan restaurants in three different countries, and I have NO IDEA why, in a city with as many vegan options as Philadelphia has, Hip City Veg is popular. The food is so greasy it gives me a stomach ache, it doesn't taste good, and many of the menu items are nothing more than overly-oily preparations of frozen foods (e.g., Gardein) that could be made to taste much better at home without much effort. I don't recommend this place to anyone.

Please note that I attempted to give this restaurant just one star, but was barred because it is a vegan restaurant.

Pros: It's vegan.

Cons: The food tastes terrible.


Points +61

02 May 2019


I have tried about 4 different burgers from here the Ziggy Burger 10/10, the Bistro Bella 8/10 , Buffalo Bella 9/10, and the disco chik’n 10/10... oh yeah and the fries are literally so good. Don’t forget to ask for the drinks without ice in them... all of the desserts tend to be a little too sweet 7/10 rating for all desserts.


Points +27

27 Apr 2019

This is the best vegan place I've ever been.

My non-vegan friends love this place. It has the best burgers ever. They don't taste like meat, they taste BETTER.

Pros: All vegan, all delicious

Cons: Kinda expensive (10 dollars for a burger)


Points +538

12 Apr 2019

Amazing food quality!

What amazing food! I came here for lunch and ended up with a vegan burger, fries, and cupcake that tasted heavenly compared to other vegan restaurants I’ve been to. The seating isn’t that bad, and the staff were very friendly.


Points +24

21 Mar 2019

Vegan Fast Food, Yessss!

The sandwiches, the fries, the sauces, the desserts! Ugh. I wish I lived closer to Philly to eat here more often. It's by no means healthy food, but gosh darn is it delicious! 100% would recommend!

Pros: DELICIOUS, Fast food

Cons: Not healthy


Points +21

18 Sep 2018

Super friendly and really tasty

Had the curry wrap as a salad and the green lemonade. Both were excellent.

Pros: Lots of vegan options

Cons: Little pricey


Points +20

04 Aug 2018


Location is great, and place is super cute. Food was very fresh and so good. Got the ranch burger and sweet potato fries. A tad bit expensive but not too bad.


Points +49

05 Jun 2018

Not good

It's just very low quality for the price. Quality is almost equivalent to going to a fast food joint, but vegan.


Points +42

03 Apr 2018

Traveling Vegan

Small, lovely cafe.

Pros: Lots of Vegan and Gluten free options

Cons: Small place


Points +28

30 Mar 2018

Fantastic Food

We drove all the way from South Carolina to find the best Philly Steak in town. Awesome sweet potato fries with Siracha Aoli and a Orange Creamcicle milk shake for desert. A must stop when in Philly.

Pros: Geart food and cool atmosphere


Points +20

03 Mar 2018

best food

I haven’t had a meal I didn’t like


Points +97

15 Feb 2018

Yummy Vegan Fast Food

The atmosphere is very urban and stylish. The food is so yummy. My favorite is the cheese steak and fries of course and my children absolutely love the cupcakes. 😂They offer free herbal water which is refreshing! I also like that it is family friendly.

Pros: Nice menu

Cons: It can add up if feeding a family


Points +22

08 Dec 2017


Fast great food would go again

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