27 Places to Find Delicious Vegan Food in Edinburgh
Edinburgh has just been named the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City, knocking rival Glasgow out of the top spot. Edinburgh is at the top of its game for vegan-friendly eateries, and the city also, of course, has so much more to offer.
It’s no wonder that the Scottish capital is number one on the list, since so many fantastic restaurants around the city offer delicious vegan options for the growing market of compassionate foodies. Here are some of our top choices:
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 offers plenty for vegans to enjoy.
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.
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 am for breakfast, and throughout the day, the eatery offers a selection of wholesome salads and healthy main dishes.
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.
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 for vegan cake.
This classy bistro, which emphasises seasonal Scottish produce, features clearly labelled vegan options on its menu and also holds a monthly vegan evening.
Often labelled the best pizza in Edinburgh, this local favourite just got even better – it now offers pizza with vegan cheese!
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.
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.
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.
For all your pastry-based needs, head to this pie shop on South Bridge or Great Junction Street. 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.
This establishment offers a range of vegetarian dishes, and it’s happy to alter dishes in order to make them vegan-friendly.
This baked “tattie” shop has an animal-friendly option with a tasty vegan Bolognese sauce.
This authentic Thai restaurant offers traditional curries with rice, and any dish can be made vegan upon request, making compassionate dining super-simple.
This speciality store offers loads of snacks and ingredients for the vegan cook. It’s a one-stop shop for all your vegan goods.
The Caledonian, part of the Waldorf Astoria, offers luxurious afternoon tea that can be made vegan-friendly upon request. It’s perfect for those looking for a high-class outing.
Anyone who’s eaten at PizzaExpress before will know how easy it is to make its vegetarian pizzas suitable for vegans: simply request one without the cheese. You can find out how to eat vegan at chain restaurants with our handy guide.
This friendly pub has vegetarian menu options that can be made vegan. Enjoy the spicy veggie burger in a laid-back atmosphere.
This vegetarian Indian restaurant also hosts cooking classes to help you make animal-friendly food at home.
Las Iguanas offers a special menu full of delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, making it easy to find food that meets your dietary needs. The South American–inspired cuisine includes a host of Mexican dishes, sides and desserts.
Tucked away in Bruntsfield, Moon & Hare caters to all with plenty of vegan options. Stop by for a cup of hand-roasted coffee and one of its delicious vegan waffles (they’re served all day!).
This cute little restaurant in the New Town is the first Italian vegetarian and vegan pizzeria in Edinburgh with a special menu dedicated just to vegan food. It delivers, too!
Hula Juice Cafe has a lot more to offer than just juice. Here, you can get a selection of fantastic vegan food, including wraps, bagels, salads, and açaí bowls, to enjoy with your smoothie or nut milk latte.
This stylish and contemporary Newington café cooks, bakes, and assembles its food from scratch using seasonal produce when possible. As well as having a variety of tasty vegan options on the menu, it’s happy to veganise many of the other dishes.
This vegan-friendly café in Morningside has picked some of the tastiest dishes from around the world and recreated them using organic ingredients found locally in Edinburgh. From vegan Thai spring rolls to vegan tapas, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Grams is perfect for you. It has a variety of gluten-free and refined sugar-free vegan cakes that look (almost) too good to eat.
Pumpkin Brown is a 100 per cent vegan café in the Grassmarket serving everything from salads to hot dishes. Oh, and it’s dog-friendly, too.
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