Vegan in Edinburgh: Where to Eat

Being vegan in Edinburgh is fairly simple once you’ve done your research. Prior to going, I consult the good ol’ internet and always find myself immersed in an ocean of useful information.

My most valued resource for Edinburgh has been the Vegan Edinburgh website, a comprehensive collection of vegan-friendly recommendations revolving around restaurants, cafes and everything in between (thank you Emma)! Here’s where I’ve eaten as a vegan in Edinburgh so far:

Illegal Jack’s

Mexican food is my weakness. When I’m craving something particularly junk-like, I usually turn to this comfort-inducing cuisine. Illegal Jack’s caught my eye for two reasons; it had vegan cheese available and something I’d been wanting to try for a while, pulled jackfruit.

I ordered an enormous bowl of nachos, complete with the sweet, sticky BBQ jackfruit, guacamole and oozy melted cheese and was left in a glorious food coma for the rest of the evening.

Menu
Photo credit: Vegan Edinburgh

Holy Cow

I love cake. I don’t think I could go a week without a little bit of cake; so I dropped in here for a hot drink and a slice of the good stuff.

Holy Cow is a 100% vegan joint in a basement cafe, yet it has a wonderfully light and airy feel about it. The decor is charming, the staff are lovely and it serves a range of lunch foods, including burgers, soups, sandwiches and salads.

David Bann

I reserved a table at David Bann for my birthday meal, as I fancied getting a little dressed up and experiencing the snazzier side of vegan cuisine. I opted for the aubergine, chickpea and cashew koftas, which came with roasted sweet potato in a coconut, courgette and tomato sauce, green beans and toasted almond flakes. Beautiful.

Vegan meal

The Herbivore Kitchen

I love The Herbivore Kitchen so much that I’ve now been a handful of times! Most dishes on the menu are, or can be made vegan friendly. I fancied a sweet breakfast one morning, so ordered the pumpkin pancakes. They came topped with Sgaia streaky bacon (life changing), banana, maple syrup, walnuts and pecans.

Cup of coffee with gold teaspoon

Stack of pancakes

Lowdown Coffee

I stumbled across Lowdown Coffee by accident one time whilst trying to escape a particularly bad rain storm. Their coffee turned out to be some of the best I have had in the UK. Their menu is vegan-friendly and the food is beautifully presented. I’ve never seen such an attractive plate of avocado toast!

Avocado on toast

Overall, I find being vegan in Edinburgh a doddle. Not once have I felt awkward or struggled to find decent food. From the healthy snack to a cheeky wedge of cake, a causal cafe brunch or a bit of posh nosh.

To see what activities you can get up to (between stuffing your face), check out my blog post, FUN Things to Do in Edinburgh.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tjohnson says:

    Great review!

  2. Ben says:

    Great article and will be heading to Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 for the first time in April. I’ll definitely have to checkout a couple of the places you mentioned. Thank you!

    1. Have a wonderful time! You’ll absolutely love it, Edinburgh is a magical city!

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