Vegan Edinburgh – your online guide to eating vegan in Scotland’s capital. This site is run by a vegan living in Edinburgh who wants to give a shout out to all the local places offering great food without any animal meat or by-products like dairy or honey.
It’s really easy to be vegan in Edinburgh, you just need to know where to look. If you are planning your first visit to Scotland’s capital or have been living in the city for years, come with me as we go on a delicious voyage around Edinburgh’s cruelty-free food and drink.
There are many other websites out there that are better at stating the cause than I ever could, but giving the vegan lifestyle a go is better for the planet and better for your health, not to mention reduces the brutal cruelty that happens each and every day in our modern food production line.
But I’m not going to lecture you, I’m just glad you’re here. Whether you’re a fully-fledged vegan or just want to see what’s out there, you are more than welcome to take a look around.
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Emma’s Top 5 Faves
(Updated March 2017)
Don’t know where to start? Here are five of my favourite foodie haunts of the moment. Click through to find out more about each location!
5. The Pakora Bar
Perfect for: A cheap (yet satisfying) lunch
A relatively fresh face on the Edinburgh foodie scene, the Pakora Bar has quickly established itself as a firm favourite with locals – both vegan and omnivore alike. Because of the way their pakora is made, most of the veggie options are also vegan by default. A tasty plate of pakora made from veggies such as cauliflower (pictured), asparagus, mushroom and aubergine really does hit the spot. Delicious!
4. Moon and Hare
Perfect for: A belly-busting breakfast
This charming wee café in Bruntsfield currently has a fully vegan menu, so there are lots of delicious breakfast and lunch items, from the “full moon” waffle (pictured) to tasty baked potatoes and wraps. If you still have room afterwards, be sure to treat yourself to one of their tempting cakes and bakes.
3. The Caffeine Drip
Perfect for: Brilliant meat-free burgers
Coffee and burgers aren’t usually paired together, but this South African café in Edinburgh’s West End nails both absolutely perfectly. Treat yourself to their epic Edinvegan burger (pictured) with sweet potato fries, and wash it down with a delicious dairy-free mocha.
2. Novapizza Vegetarian Kitchen
Perfect for: Moreish dairy-free pizza
This place has a well-established reputation in Edinburgh, and quite rightly so. Located just on the edge of the New Town, Novapizza has an imaginative vegetarian menu including the largest range of vegan pizzas to be found in the city. Whether you’re craving a four seasons, pepperoni (vegan, of course), or just a simple margarita, this place has you covered. Just make sure to leave room for dessert – their vegan cheesecakes are divine!
1. The Auld Hoose
Perfect for: When you are REALLY hungry
Craving a comfort food fix? Look no further than The Auld Hoose. Their huge mountain of vegan nachos (pictured above is the small portion) is bound to satisfy even the most ravenous of appetites. With other options such as burritos, hot dogs and burgers, you are guaranteed a decent feed here. An absolute must-try for any vegan visiting Scotland’s capital!