Eating Vegan: in Edinburgh

Monday, 29 January 2018

Edinburgh is a wonderful city to be vegan in. I previously favoured Glasgow as it had more fully vegan places, but Edinburgh is quickly catching up with more and more places opening all the time, including Scotland's first fully vegan ice cream and donut shop - yes, it's incredible! Right now, these are the best spots if you are looking for some delicious vegan food in Edinburgh, so if you are planning a trip make sure to pop a few of these on your 'to visit' list! The hardest part is choosing where to go first, although I don't think you can beat freshly made vegan donuts...


103-105 West Bow  |  Good vegan options 
Hula is probably the best all-rounder. Smoothie bowls and porridge for breakfast, avocado toast, sourdough sandwiches and their delicious rainbow bowls for lunch, and lots of cakes, smoothies and juices too. You always know you'll get a good meal when you go to Hula, plus it's got such a good vibe - it's rarely quiet but you can usually always get a table without a wait. 

24 Marchmont Crescent | Almost totally vegan
A recent discovery but a solid contender for maybe my favourite cafe in Edinburgh. Described as a porridge and grains cafe, Brochan serves up the most incredible breakfast ever. It's pretty damn hard to get a decent bowl of oats out with most places lacking an understanding of the vital role that toppings play in porridge enjoyment, but Brochan has nailed it. From banoffee to chai spiced apple and chocolate raspberry, you won't be disappointed with their selection, and they have some amazing sounding granolas and toast too if porridge isn't your jam. A must visit spot to start your day. 

34 Elder Street  |  Fully vegan 
One of Edinburgh's few fully vegan cafes, Holy Cow is a total hidden gem. Just down from the bus station and below street view, you'd easily miss this place if you weren't looking for it. They specialise in burgers and sandwiches but also have incredible cakes. You'll be really full after your visit but it's so worth it.

16 Grassmarket  |  Plant-based 
Home to the prettiest smoothie bowls in town, Pumpkin Brown is a really cute wee cafe on Grassmarket. They do porridge, smoothies and lots of really nice salads and cakes. It's also a great place if you need to grab and go because lots of their products are packed and ready to take away.


23-25 St Leonards Street  |  Good vegan options 
Epic vegan nachos are really the only words needed to describe The Auld Hoose. Cheap and cheerful and unlike anything you've ever seen. They claim to serve Edinburgh's largest nachos and I really don't think anyone could dispute them on this - they are huge! In fact, the regular size serves two people, usually with leftovers, so go hungry. They also serve vegan burgers and hot dogs but I've never known anyone to go here and not get the nachos. 

41 Lothian Street  |  Vegetarian 
100% meat free (and usually vegan) soul food is what Paradise Palms is all about. It's comfort food at it's best so the menu includes things like chipotle macaroni cheese (maybe the best mac and cheese I've had), chilli, hot dogs, and nachos. Get a side of corn too, you won't regret it.

42 Howe Street  |  Vegetarian 
This is one of the few here that I haven't visited myself (yet), but I've heard so many good things that I had to include it. Fully vegetarian, with a huge vegan menu, Nova is a favourite among local vegans. They also have lots of vegan meats so if you're into that then this place is definitely worth a visit. Make sure you book though as the restaurant is tiny! 

25C Thistle Street  |  Fully vegan 
Henderson's has quite a few cafes and restaurants across the city but only one that's fully vegan - you can get lots of vegan options at their other locations too though. If you're after something a bit fancy for a special occasion then this little vegan bistro is great. All the food is super fresh and there are often dishes on the menu that are a bit different. It is a bit expensive compared to other places though, hence why it's the one for something special.


65 Clerk Street  |  Vegetarian 
I'm a huge fan of Herbivore, mainly because their brownies are the best in the world, but also because it's super cute and everything I've ever eaten by these guys has been incredible. It's definitely worth popping in, even if it's just to pick up a brownie...

20 Lochrin Buildings, Gilmore Place  |  Plant-based 
Grassroots has good lunch things, but the cakes win it for me. They stock The Doughnut Family doughnuts and Blitz Patisserie raw cakes, which if you're from around Edinburgh, you'll know all about because they are amazing. The hot chocolate here is also a winner. 

3-5a Sciennes  |  Fully vegan
Donuts, chocolate and truffles that are all vegan - basically the dream. ConsiderIt has it down when it comes to vegan donuts and always have a good selection of flavours; my personal faves include white chocolate honeycomb and the filled salted caramel one. Their hot chocolate is also incredible. Prepare for a wonderful sugar high when you visit because there isn't a savoury item in sight!

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