If you’re looking for free alternatives to Avenir, here are 5 of the highest-quality look-alikes and similar fonts.
- Montserrat (best overall)
- Eau (underused but great option)
- Nunito (great for body text)
For each, I’ll mention the advantages, disadvantages, and why you might choose it. Ready? Let’s get started.
Though recognizable in its own right, the popular Montserrat is probably the best replacement for Avenir.
Avenir and Montserrat are both clean, geometric sans serif fonts with clean, simple letterforms and relaxed spacing. Avenir’s letterforms are a bit narrower on the whole. Since Montserrat is on Google Fonts, it’s particularly easy to use in your own project.
It’s worth noting that in uppercase, both the overall feel (Montserrat is punchy and stocky) and the unique letterforms of each (Avenir’s “Q”, Monserrat’s “G”) set the two apart a bit more.
What it’s got: 9 weights + italics
Get it at: Montserrat at Google Fonts
The clean-cut Eau is a fantastic font on its own, and a great free alternative to Avenir.
While Montserrat above is almost immediately recognizable in its own right, Eau is basically unused in the wild – and therefore makes a more interesting free alternative to Avenir.
On the whole, Eau has slightly narrower letterforms and a darker normal weight.
What it’s got: 3 weights + italics
Get it at: Eau at Font Squirrel
The underused Manrope is quite similar to Avenir.
The biggest drawback is Manrope’s (current) lack of italics. Apart from that, it’s a very reasonable replacement, albeit with slightly more compact letterforms and closed counters (the gaps in “a”, “c”, & “e”).
What it’s got: 7 weights, no italics; also available as a variable font
Get it at: Manrope at Google Fonts
The free Nunito reads a bit like a “softened” Avenir.
“Wait a second”, you might be thinking. “Why is there a rounded font on this list!?” And I hear you. Here’s the deal. Yes, Nunito is technically a rounded font, meaning it’s not even really in the same category as Avenir. But if you use it at small sizes in particular, you’ll notice that there’s a lot of similarities in their flavor. Think of it like a softer alternative more than some bezier-for-bezier rip of the original.
What it’s got: 7 weights + italics
Get it at: Nunito at Google Fonts
Neutral, simple Mulish makes an interesting alternative to Avenir.
With the glaring exception of the single-storey “a”, Mulish has a lot of the same character as Avenir – easy-going, geometric simplicity, wide counters, etc. It’s worth an honorable mention, even though the “a” rubs me the wrong way!
What it’s got: 8 weights + italics; also available as a variable font
Get it at: Mulish at Google Fonts
Other Avenir Alternatives
If you’re looking to branch out from Avenir, it’s worth checking out some of the other alternatives in this guide. For instance, the Gotham alternatives fall into a very similar category, and the Helvetica alternatives are simply another flavor of clean and simple. For something more friendly, try the Circular alternatives.
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