11 Places to Find Delicious Vegan Food in Edinburgh

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List of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has so much to offer this August – including the Fringe, Europe’s largest arts festival, where you can watch top-notch music and theatre performances and attend literally thousands of comedy shows. And of course, Edinburgh has a rich history that can be explored any time of the year. Luckily for compassionate folk, it’s also a great place to find vegan food! Although its rival Glasgow may have won the title of the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City last year, Auld Reekie gives ethical eaters plenty to choose from.

The following are some of our top choices in Scotland’s capital: 

  • David BannDavid Bann: For posh nosh in Edinburgh, vegans should make for David Bann. Just a stone’s throw from the Scottish Parliament, this gourmet vegetarian restaurant’s inventive, globally inspired menu has plenty for vegans to enjoy.
  • Kalpna: This South Indian vegetarian restaurant offers meat-free food with a healthy dollop of spice. Especially recommended are the vegan thali and the great value of the all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet.
  • Henderson’s: Edinburgh’s original vegetarian restaurant, Henderson’s is still going strong and now has several branches throughout the city. Early birds can turn up at 8 a.m. for breakfast, and throughout the day, it offers a selection of wholesome salads and healthy main dishes.
  • 227The Baked Potato Shop: At lunchtime, you’ll often see queues going out the door at this little spud shop in the heart of the Old Town. It’s known for its generous portions and variety of tasty fillings, and it’s probably the only place in the city that sells vegan haggis samosas!
  • Forest Cafe: This community-owned vegetarian café is a stalwart of Edinburgh’s alternative scene and offers great staples at budget prices. It’s usually also a reliable source of vegan cake.
  • Bread Street Brasserie: This classy bistro, which emphasises seasonal Scottish produce, features clearly-labelled vegan options on its menu and also holds a monthly vegan evening
  • La Favorita: Often labelled the best pizza in Edinburgh, this local favourite just got even better – it now offers pizza with vegan cheese!
  • The Auld Hoose: The perfect spot for those with healthy appetites, this pub is legendary for its enormous vegan nachos and also does a hearty veggie haggis served with traditional neeps and tatties!
  • Filmhouse: Ask to see the vegan menu at this art-house cinema’s café – it includes satisfying options such as chickpea and coconut curry and crispy falafel. If the weather’s dreich, try the soya hot chocolate with vegan marshmallows. CC Filmhouse
  • The Chocolate Tree: Chocoholics will definitely appreciate this pleasing shop and café in Bruntsfield, which offers delights such as dairy-free hot chocolate, decadent vegan chocolate cake and a range of tempting artisan chocolate bars.
  • Piemaker: For all your pastry-based needs, head to this pie shop on South Bridge or Leith Walk. Vegan items are clearly labelled on the menu and include savoury options such as Thai mushroom pie as well as sweet treats, including apple turnovers and cherry pie.


Let us know if we’ve missed any gems by leaving a comment below!

Image: “Filmhouse” by crystalmartel / CC BY 2.0


  • Eri Bab commented on August 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    You missed Bindi’s. It’s a fantastic new(ish) vegetarian / vegan Gujarati/East African fusion restaurant that does the most delicious street food. Near Kalpna’s on Southside, back end of St Patrick Square. Totally recommended.


  • Vegan Food commented on April 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Edinburgh is indeed a very beautiful and awesomely blessed city, one thing that marvels me about this large Conurbation and town is its peacefulness and Quiescence. I will love to let all of you know about Vegalyfe, a one stop online shop, where you can get all the information about the best and incredibly nutritious vegan dishes and recipes.

  • Kevin commented on May 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks so much for the list! I’ve been vegetarian for about a month and never realised there were so many different vegetarian eating establishments in Edinburgh. I will definitely give some of them a try.

  • Bernd commented on May 31, 2015 at 9:45 am

    There is also Mono Cafe.
    I have been there with family (non veggies) and even they loved it!
    Great food for great value!

    • Sinead commented on September 4, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Umm… Mono is in Glasgow, not Edinburgh.

  • Lesley commented on June 3, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Everyone should try the Bread Street Brasserie, they do a vegan only night once a month but always have vegan options the rest of the time. The food is great.

  • E commented on July 6, 2015 at 9:11 am

    You missed Bread St Brasserie, who have a dedicated vegan evening on the first Monday of every month. They also strive to always have vegan options on their a la carte menu. Delicious food and always a creative menu!

  • Sam Brown commented on August 1, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    This Aug 8th (2015) – will be the first Edinburgh Vegan Festival – for more details -http://VeganFestival.co.uk

  • Carole Chapple commented on August 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Also Himalaya in Clerk Street, lovely veggie menu with some vegan options!

  • Debra Riddell commented on August 8, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    It’s a well kept secret that Breadshare in Portobello not only do vegan bread but vegan soups, stews and sweet things.

  • The Edinburgers commented on September 15, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Ah so glad we found this link! We’re meat eaters ourselves but need to book somewhere for a vegan friend. Sounds like any of these places will keep both of us happy and don’t think we’ll miss meat for one night!

  • Rachel commented on October 13, 2015 at 8:35 am


    Just a side note- I don’t think the film house have vegan marshmallows, I asked them and they contain gelatine. I checked a while ago after seeing this on happy cow so perhaps it’s changed…

  • Dawid commented on October 30, 2015 at 11:54 am

    You missed Milk at Morrison Street. They have got some vegan options as well.

    • Anne commented on November 2, 2015 at 9:51 am

      Thanks for letting us know!

  • Shannon commented on November 13, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    There is also now Moon & Hare in Bruntsfield offering vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and raw options including cakes. Yummy vegan porridge and waffles too!

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