Sunday, 21 September 2014

Vegan Food in Edinburgh

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

This is a list with brief descriptions of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh as a vegan. There are more places in the city with vegan options than those on this list, but these are my personal favourites! You can find a more comprehensive list on HappyCow. Unfortunately we don’t have any exclusively vegan venues in the city at present, but I’ve marked those which serve only vegetarian and vegan food with a (v).


Cafés 
Forest Café (v): an alternative arts space in Edinburgh, hosting workshops, music and more.
Chocolate Tree (v): amazing vegan hot chocolate, sorbet and cakes.
Meadowlark No. 39 (v): healthy, tasty food and juices, based in a yoga centre.
Engine Shed (v): a social enterprise tucked away in St Leonard’s, they make delicious homemade tofu and bread.
Himalaya Centre (v): tasty vegan wraps, curries and more.
Union of Genius: delicious soup and breads.

Restaurants 
Henderson’s Bistro (v): Edinburgh’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, with excellent vegan options.
Henderson’s Restaurant (v): slightly more relaxed than the bistro, but a similar style. Also offer canteen-style lunch.
David Bann (v): Classy vegetarian and vegan fine dining, although their vegan offerings are a little limited.
Bindi (v): Gujurati and East African fusion restaurant with a very nice vegan thali.
Yeni: great meze menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, with many vegan choices.
Empires: a great little Turkish place with plenty of vegan offerings. BYOB.
Bread Street Brasserie: fancy food, set inside the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Has a number of vegan options on the menu.

Pubs 
The Auld Hoose: great vegan pub grub, including breakfast up to 5pm, nachos and chips with vegan cheese.
Brass Monkey, Leith: more vegan pub grub, including homemade bean burgers and curry.

Takeaway 
Baked Potato Shop (v): huge portions of baked potatoes with a variety of toppings.
Piemaker: amazing pies with a small vegan selection.

Shops 
Real Foods: a great range of produce, including plenty of options for vegans and the best selection of vegan cheeses and yoghurts in Edinburgh. Two locations in the city.
New Leaf Co-op: a workers’ co-operative with an ethical focus. Has a nut butter grinder with different nuts on offer each day, including chocolate peanut butter on Friday afternoons!
Jordan Valley: a small shop with a number of vegan cheeses, dried and tinned produce.
Earthy: organic produce with many vegan options. Three locations in the city.
Henderson’s Shop and Salad Table: a very small shop stocking some vegan items, with a takeaway salad and snack bar.



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3 comments:

  1. Yeni is one of my favourite restaurants. I'm both sad and happy that they're now so busy that you have to book weeks in advance to eat there!

    I keep forgetting about Empires. I need to check them out!

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  2. I always go to Henderson's Bistro, The Baked Potato Shop & The Chocolate Tree when I'm in Edinburgh and I loved Forest Cafe the one time I got to visit. Real Foods is always a must too. I'll have to try some of the other places on the list next time I'm up there!

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  3. Saiko kitchen is very near no.39 just on Roseneath street across from the marchmont arms, not veggie but a vegan option for every part of the menu and a lot of gluten free stuff too.

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