Whether you’re looking to eat healthier, seeking to nourish your body and soul with fresh, plant-based meals, or embracing a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, St. Charles has several cafés that will satisfy your needs. And don’t worry, they don’t just serve bowls of lettuce. Check out the diverse menus at these cafés that are sure to make even omnivores drool.

 

Rootbound

 

Rootbound

The large windows at Rootbound give customers a front row seat to Historic Main Street St. Charles. Located at 215 N Main Street, Rootbound is where healthy food meets robust flavor. With juices packed with nutrition, rejuvenating health shots (like the awakening shot), and fresh smoothies, Rootbound has a wide menu with plenty of options to make you feel refreshed. Their menu also caters to diverse tastes, boasting gluten-free pesto, tikka masala, southwest quinoa bowl, gluten and dairy-free waffles, cheesecake, cupcakes, and more. You can get your greens in at any meal of the day here.

 

Peace Love Coffee

 

Peace Love Coffee

Every dish at Peace Love Coffee is crafted with 100% plant-based ingredients. This vegan bakery, café, and market nestled in the lower level of 524 S Main Street carries many traditional favorites in vegan form. From decadent brownies and donuts to their signature “Chicago Dawg” (made with a plant-based hot dog) and caprese “sammy,” Peace Love Coffee has a wide variety of options to meet every desire. Pair your pastry or meal with one of their coffees or teas. Check out their vegan market while you’re there to stock up on all of your favorites at home. Whatever you choose, Peace Love Coffee will provide you with a fun, fresh meal.

 

Bike Stop Cafe Outside

 

Bike Stop Café

Bike Stop Café provides an elevated plant-based experience that is perfect for a lovely breakfast, lunch with friends, or a pit stop while you’re exploring the Katy Trail. Bike gear adorns the far wall and the bright, spacious interior opens up to a large patio with a view of both Saint Charles Main Street and the Missouri River. Bike Stop Café’s menu is mostly vegetarian with some vegan options including an all-day breakfast menu with dishes named after bike-related terms like the Big Wheel (a grilled house made bagel with eggs, cheddar-jack cheese, and ranch), the Schwinn Sandwich (eggs, Havarti, tomato, and red onion on house made bread), and more. Refuel after a bike ride on the trail or a grueling day at work with one of their sandwiches, wraps, or salads paired with a coffee, tea, or smoothie (also available in “boozy” form). Don’t forget to get some of Jodi’s Famous Peanut Butter Balls while you visit; they’re famous for a reason!

 

Frontier Perk Cafe

 

Frontier Perk Café

Frontier Perk Café serves food made with only the finest and freshest ingredients. This charming café with rustic wood floors has a menu that features popular breakfast items, salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, and more. Located on 336 S Main Street, this café has the perfect selection for breakfast, lunch, and an early dinner. Their menu even has vegan and vegetarian options like Vegan Style Spring Rolls and The Vegetarian Sandwich, and it’s also easy to modify other menu items to fit those preferences. Order from their wide selection of coffees and other drinks to pair nicely with your meal. Frontier Perk Café is expanding and adding 108 S Main Street to their resume, too. This bigger location is currently under renovation, but once it's ready, Frontier Perk Café will move there. 336 S Main Street will become St. Charles Coffee & Caperie where they’ll serve crepes, paninis, pastries, and beloved classics. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates on the new space.