Welcome to our latest round-up. This time, we’re presenting some of the best food blog themes for WordPress currently available for 2017. (If you can find WordPress themes somewhere other than the internet, please let us know. We’d especially like to cover those.)
Sometimes there’s a loose order to our collections, and in this case, the top five on the list probably are our favorite. If you visit food or recipe blogs regularly, you’ve likely even seen our fifth place selection, Petit by WPZoom. It seems to get around.
If you’re thinking about starting a food and recipe website, WordPress is doubtlessly the best platform to build it on. It’s a lucrative niche, with the most industrious bloggers bringing in six figures yearly. I’d try my hand it, but I’m the last person who ought to writing a food blog. I can cook toast, frozen pizza, and… that’s about it.
Before we get into it, I should mention that we put together an additional companion piece of the best food & cooking magazine themes, more along the lines of popular sites like Bon Appetit (in case you had a magazine-style design & layout in mind for your site). And if none of those themes are your alley, we’ve also got a list of the best all-around WordPress blog themes for your consideration.
Spiced Blog is a modern, expertly assembled WordPress recipe theme that combines a gorgeous, contemporary design with a top-notch user-experience (and packs in some nice, handy extras on top of them).
This high performance, user-friendly food blog theme includes recipe cards, a “like” system to engage your visitors, MailChimp integration (for growing & managing your mailing list), and more.
Real-time options on the back-end let you tweak and adjust the theme without touching a line of code, and everything is a breeze to setup with the provided 1-click installation.
Spiced Blog also includes the popular Revolution Slider and Swiper premium plugins. The theme is SEO and social-sharing ready.More Info/Download
Next up, Neptune. This food blog & recipe them has sold a ton of copies since its launch in September, in no small part due to its striking, unique design and layout–it’s closer to a magazine layout than a traditional blog layout, and visitors are greeted with cool, grid-style carousel on the homepage, for easy access to your top recipes and posts.
Lots of social features and a robust system for managing & displaying recipe information (including nutritional information), in addition to its distinct design, makes Neptune a stand-out.More Info/Download
Bacon is not only a blog & recipe theme, but functions as a content sharing platform–your visitors can easily sign-up to submit and share their own recipes and content.
Bacon scores big points, not only for it’s clean, minimal design, but for attention to usability. Users can log in on the front-end, with the option of social sign-up/login, and the specialized submission form makes it a cinch to submit unique content.
A “like” system is integrated, and Bacon provides some useful extras, like a servings calculator and smart AJAX searching. Translation-ready too!More Info/Download
Grain & Knot
One of the classiest designs on our list, the fully-responsive design of Grain & Knot carries an air of sophistication and good taste (just to get pretentious about it).
It’s a straight-forward, traditional blog theme that offers a familiar, comfortable UX (that’s user-experience for you non-developer geeks). Plenty of advanced recipe options are integrated–cook times, serving amounts, ingredients–all that good stuff.
The AJAX search is powerful and fast way for users to filter and search your recipe and blog content.More Info/Download
Our favorite of the food blog themes, in terms of both design and features, Basil Recipes is powered by the Cooked plugin, which is included with the download free of charge. (It’s $25 separately.) The theme also supports WooCommerce, so you’ll also be able to set up a shop if necessary.
Basil Recipes has front-end submissions, ratings & reviews, and member profiles integrated as well. A slider and page builder comes with the theme. There’s multiple layouts to choose from, including eight recipe layouts. The theme is responsive and build on a solid HTML5/CSS3 codebase. It’s translation ready and comes with several custom widgets and a selection of shortcodes to make your life a little bit easier.
It’s one of the newest themes on our list, boasting a very contemporary, professional design with five pre-made color schemes to choose from. Can’t go wrong with this one. Top recommendation.More Info/Download
Chow, first released in March, 2015, is feature-packed WordPress recipe theme that combines slick, modern, and user-friendly design with an excellent system for sharing recipes.
The theme is packaged with the FoodiePress plugin, a comprehensive solution for creating and managing recipe data with WordPress. Advanced searching allows site visitors to filter results by ingredients and categories.
Unlike many competing themes, Chow also includes support for microformats and Google recipe view, which provides richer search engine results certain to improve click-thru rates (supported by Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo).More Info/Download
Performance optimized and bloat-free, Foodica by WPZOOM is a clean, user-friendly food blog theme built on the excellent ZOOM framework. The light, airy design is both responsive & retina-ready, providing crisp graphics and a top-notch user experience on devices both big and small.
Along with a selection of useful, standard shortcodes, WPZOOM has included an “Ingredients” shortcode and a “Directions” shortcode that make posting recipes a breeze. Four banner locations allow for Adsense and other advertising, and six different color presets are available to choose from.
An advanced options panel is built-in for additional adjustments and customization. Foodica is WooCommerce compatible, SEO friendly and translation-ready.More Info/Download
Released in May, Cookbook is one the most featured-packed food related themes on our list. More than just a recipe theme, Cookbook is expertly conceived and executed, and it’s one our top picks for building a full-fledged magazine and restaurant review site.
Plenty of modern features are included. Fully responsive and retina-ready, Cookbook is optimized for display across the full spectrum of mobile, laptop and desktop devices. Search engine optimization is baked-in, as well as above average support for advertising (i.e. banner ad management) and monetization.
Several of premium plugins are bundled, including Royal Slider and Visual Composer, and the theme is compatible with popular plugins like bbPress, BuddyPress and Event Calendar out of the box. In addition to putting together a rich magazine, webmasters can use Cookbook to build and nurture a robust community of food, cooking & cuisine enthusiasts.
It’s remarkably versatile, too: there’s a ton of options on the back-end for tweaking and customization the elements. Google fonts, color presets (40+), custom widgets, icons and more give you lots to work with. Cookbook is translation ready (with WPML compatibility) and well documented & supported. Definitely worth a closer look – especially if you’re aiming to build something beyond a simple recipe blog.More Info/Download
Enoki, first released in June 2015, boasts a classy, clean design that comes in two flavors: dark and light. Its minimalistic, contemporary aesthetic is user-friendly, highly readable, and matched up with an impressive set of features.
Food-related features include recipe cards, a custom post type for food & restaurant reviews, star-rated food quotes, and an easy way to search recipes. The theme is extremely versatile, leaving plenty of room open for adjustments and customization via the back-end options panel: tweak colors, select fonts, upload backgrounds, and more.
Social network integration is provided (to help you engage your visitors socially), and Enoki is SEO-optimized to help you score better placement in search engine results. This one is both retina-ready and responsive, for sharp display and excellent UX across the range of mobile & desktop devices.
If you like the look, we recommend having a closer look at the details page for a more thorough rundown of everything Enoki has to offer.More Info/Download
Talisa is another theme hot off the presses. A very modern design featuring large, visually-enticing cover photos, Talsia is responsive and retina ready so it’s going to look just as good no matter what device you pull it up on.
It’s easy to customize, fully-featured and includes detailed video documentation to help you get started. Like Basil Recipes, the theme allows for front-end posting so your editors and users can easily contribute their favorite recipes.More Info/Download
The Kitchen Table
The developer of The Kitchen Table has created a video walk-through that will give you low-down on this fantastic looking theme, but if you don’t feel like clicking through to watch, here’s a quick overview: responsive, retina-ready design, a parallax header, translation ready, user controlled layout, unlimited colors, a sticky menu, 300+ Font Awesome icons, front-end post submission and more.More Info/Download
Recipe – WP Theme For Recipes
The imaginatively titled Recipe theme for WordPress is a complete solution for creating, sharing and managing recipes. Notable features include advanced search capabilities, a rating system, front-end submissions and full support for Google rich snippets.
Members can create profiles, and sign-up easily via Twitter or Facebook using built-in social login support. The Recipe theme is fully responsive.More Info/Download
The responsive, SEO-optimized SocialChef theme takes user engagement to another level by integrating BuddyPress and bbPress. With SocialChef, you can build a robust foodie community where visitors can come together to search, review, discuss, and share recipes (with front-end submission).
The theme boasts a clean, modern design and is fully compatible with Schema.org. 12 pre-defined skins are provided, and the SocialChef theme can be further tweaked and customized using the advanced options panel on the back-end. Translation & WPML ready.More Info/Download
Delice Plus is one of the most user-friendly WordPress food blog themes, with a fun, cute design that’s both responsive and retina-ready – meaning it will look sharp and work perfectly across the full range of mobile devices and screen resolutions.
A simple homepage slider showcases top content, rich snippet support improves search results, and WooCommerce integration provides site owners with the ability to build a full-featured online storefront. Delice Plus is nicely documented and well supported.More Info/Download
If you ever visit recipe sites at all, we guarantee that you’ve seen this theme around, even if you didn’t notice it (the hallmark of good design is that it’s invisible). Built on the ZOOM Framework by WPZoom, few of the themes on this list look the part more than Petit.
It’s responsive, includes a carousel and a slideshow, post ratings, custom widgets and more. Recipe specific shortcodes are also built-in. This is a great solution if you want to keep things simple and go with a design your visitors will respond to intuitively. Highly recommended.
This is a multi-purpose theme that could just as easily be used for photography, fitness or beauty sites, but it lends itself especially well to food blogging and recipes. With a masonry, Pinterest-like layout, Pico supports WooCommerce as well as the Google Recipe format.
This cross-browser compatible theme is built mobile-ready on HTML5 and CSS3. Customize the look by choosing between a horizontal or vertical layout, and adjusting colors in the options panel in the admin. Includes a custom “Recipe” post format.More Info/Download
One of the most minimalist themes on our list in terms of aesthetic, Foodie doesn’t skimp on the features. The download includes a recipe builder, recipe rating system, custom page templates, custom widgets, support for a custom logo and more. Comprehensive documentation is also available.More Info/Download
Another minimalistic theme and, strictly in terms of design, a Siteturner favorite. iCook makes sure your content and photos come first. Developed by TeslaThemes, this responsive theme comes with a recipes gallery and social media sharing. It’s not as feature packed as a theme like Basil Recipes, but it’s perfect if your focus is primarily on writing and you don’t need reviews or any of that stuff.More Info/Download
Food Recipes Theme
It seems like every round-up article we write has at least one theme with an unpretentious name like ‘Food Recipes’. Why put on airs, I guess. This theme is a couple years old now, but its flawless design, laundry list of features, and the developer’s attention to detail keeps it a major player.
Similar to Petit and FoodMagz in layout, Food Recipes allows for front-end submission of recipes using a custom recipes post type. There’s just too many features to summarize succinctly, so if this one catches your eye, click through and take a look.More Info/Download
Ingredients – A Fresh Recipe WordPress Theme
Ingredients is a clean, warm looking WordPress theme made specifically to show off all your favorite recipes. It features two custom post types – a recipe post type (kind of seems like a given at this point, eh) and a review post type. Ingredients is an easy to customize theme, offering unlimited color options, that includes a custom admin panel on the back-end so you can give your site its own distinct look. There’s a built in contact form too!More Info/Download
Released in May, according to the developer WPCook is “probably the most advanced recipes and cooking responsive WordPress theme”. After a quick look, you’ll probably agree with them. We do. If you’ve got it in mind to build super serious foodie site, one that goes well beyond the modest food blog, WPCook is a theme you’ll want to pay attention too.
Extremely flexible and scalable, it’s got custom post types for recipes (with tons of possible fields and the option to submit recipes on the front-end), chef profiles, forum support (bbPress), badges for recipe authors/chefs, an advanced recipes search and more. Other features you’ll find in WPCook: responsive, retina-ready design, cross-browser support, WooCommerce support, LayerSlider, Google fonts, FontAwesome…the list goes on.
The contemporary, flat design doesn’t hurt either. This theme looks great and does everything.More Info/Download
Next up is the Food Blog theme by NimbusThemes. Can you guess its intended use? Like most NimbusThemes products, features like shortcodes, responsive design, color options, typography optons and a extensive options panel come standard. This one also includes the special Recipe Card plugin, allowing you to add SEO-friendly recipes easily. Competitively priced at $39.More Info/Download
Pluto is another Pinterest-type theme, similar to the Pico theme, that uses a masonry grid for the presentation of content. It’s a multi-purpose theme and wasn’t developed specifically for a recipe or food site, so it lacks some of the features of the other themes on our list, like custom recipe post types and recipe reviews. Still, it’s a good option if you don’t require those extras and prefer the grid, Pinterest-like layout.
Built on Bootstrap, it’s fully responsive and retina-ready. Highly customizable with unlimited color options and over 500 Google fonts to choose from. It also comes with a few premium plugins for no extra cost: Mega Menu, Private Messages, User Pro and Visual Composer for page building support.
Also noteworthy: it’s currently the highest rated theme on ThemeForest, which implies the support is just about as good as it gets.More Info/Download
If pastry, cakes and cupcakes are your thing, we’ve got the theme for you! Naomi, designed by Bluchic, offers the perfect aesthetic for a sweets blog (or shop). It’s a responsive theme that looks good on devices big and small, and comes with both a featured slider and a featured widget on the homepage to showcase your top content and treats. Further customize the theme using the theme options panel in the admin, and upload your own custom logo.More Info/Download
Anyway, that’s all for this round-up! Join us next time for the 40+ Best WordPress Mafia and Organized Crime Themes.