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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.