A short illustrated guide to some nice vegan-friendly places in Edinburgh. Ideal if you’re a local wanting to track down some new veggie options, on holiday or in Edinburgh for the festival. Hope it helps on your quest for food.
Cafe Nom de Plume
Omnivore. Nice relaxed atmosphere with a great choice of German beers and many vegan options on the menu. Feed your face with veggie haggis, neeps and tatties, baked aubergines or veggie chilli. All their soups are vegan. Great place to drink and nibble. Do yourself a favour and just go.
Omnivore. Based in the Dovecot Studios just off South Bridge, this bright cafe offers a selection of vegan soups, salads sandwiches. Feed yourself on a falafel salad or a hummus, beetroot, tomato, carrot and spinach sandwich. Also, just a great place for a coffee or tea. I mean really great tea and coffee.
The Auld Hoose
Omnivore. Pub vibes with vegan pub grub. Pure comfort food, it’s heaven. I highly recommend the vegan nachos with vegan cheese. Don’t go for the gigantic nachos unless suicidally hungry. It will destroy you, very tasty though. Another treat on the menu are the chips and vegan cheese. And as if that wasn’t enough the Auld Hoose also offers vegan breakfast, vegan burritos and vegan sundaes.
Omnivore. Nice wee cafe close to Haymarket station with very nice staff. Rosemary and cumin roasted vegetable wrap is their go to vegan option, ask to have it heated. Also, they’re pretty much happy to customise anything on the menu for you to suit your needs. Lots of local produce and occasional vegan baked goods.
Baked Potato Shop
Vegetarian. Just off the royal mile and an absolute legend. The hottest tattie in town.
I don’t even know where to start with the choices, there are so many options. Veggie haggis, gazpacho, spicy hummus, bean salad and chickpea salad are few you could go for. It’s an Edinburgh institute, perfect for a quick lunch. Or like anytime, ever.
Omnivore. An Edinburgh based Italian restaurant chain with vegan cheese available. This means you can bum around at home in your comfy pants and get a vegan pizza delivered straight to your sofa. As far as I know they use a rice based cheese alternative.
Omnivore. Wonderful juice bar just off Grassmarket with the best smoothies in town. They also have toasted hummus bagels and usually a vegan soup. If you ask nicely and it’s not crazy busy (i.e. the festival) they will often customise the salad of the day. Very nice people. In addition you will mostly find at least one vegan cake option. Last time I had a courgette lemon cake. I regret nothing.
Vegan. Only recently turned full vegan, this little bistro is a gem with the loveliest people. Great location if you’re in the New Town or shopping on Princes Street. If you only do one thing whilst in Edinburgh, make sure to order the ice cream & espresso affogato.
BBL (Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch)
Omnivore. Take away with home made vegan sausages. The couple that run it are amazing. There is nothing but passion and love for their food. So if you fancy a sausage roll, treat yourself and head to BBL.
Omnivore. Build your own noodle box type-place. Various egg-free noodles available, I usually go for Udon. Also, their tofu is fluffy, chewy and delightful. As one of their venues is close to the Meadows, it’s a great place to stop by on a sunny day to pick up some nice food and sit in the Meadows.
Union of Genius
Omnivore. It’s about soup, all about soup. There are always a few tasty vegan options on the menu, which are served with artisan bread. Great place for lunch. They also have a van on George Square selling their soups. Oh, and vegan granola for breakfast!
The Chocolate Tree
Omnivore. Death by chocolate, the clue is in the name. Run by a local artisan chocolate company, this cafe frequently has home made vegan cakes and desserts on offer. Naturally there is plenty of chocolate bars and other treats. Apparently they also have a vegan chocolate hazelnut spread. It’s on my to do list.
Loudons Cafe and Bakery
Omnivore. Nice daytime venue near Haymarket station with very knowledgable and attentive staff. Had a beautiful quinoa, mushroom, leek and truffle oil burger. Other vegan choices are banana and coconut pancakes, crunchy asian tofu salad and roast aubergines. Extra bonus, vegan chocolate cake. Highly recommend this place for anything from long brunch, quick lunch to just tea and coffee. Pro tip from the barista: warm up your soy milk before adding it to tea to avoid curdling.