It was a regular day on Vegan Edinburgh. I was finishing up my latest post, I hit publish and I noticed the count of articles in my website dashboard.
100 posts. Huh.
Has it really been 100 posts?
Apparently so, WordPress doesn’t lie.
Starting Vegan Edinburgh is undoubtedly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I never thought running a website would be so satisfying, and so many people get value from it. And yes, eating so much delicious vegan food is pretty fun too.
Anyway, I thought I would mark this very special milestone with a roundup of my favourite places to eat in the city, as I’ve built up a fair but of experience on the subject, so it seems.
So, without further ado, here are my highlights from the last couple of years. Do you agree with this list? I’d love to hear about your favourite places too, so don’t be shy – weigh in on the comments section below!
Bread Meats Bread
92 Lothian Road, EH3 9BE
The first category was very hotly contested – there are lots of great vegan burger places in Edinburgh, so special mention needs to go to Harmonium and Holy Cow for doing some really special things with their buns!
But my personal favourite is Bread Meats Bread – specifically their “pulled” mushroom sandwich. This sloppy delight is the ultimate in vegan indulgence. Pair with a side of their delicious fries and you’ll be off to junk food nirvana in no time.
Charlotte Lane, EH2 4QZ
Again, there are so many great places to get vegan pizza in Edinburgh and it was really difficult to pick just one. Of course, there’s the wonderful Novapizza in the New Town, the laid-back Civerinos just off the Royal Mile, not to mention all the chains recently getting in on the dairy-free cheese action, such as Pizza Express and Zizzi.
However, I’ve picked @Pizza for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you make your own pizza from scratch, so you have complete control over what toppings go on your pizza. Secondly, the pizza is made in front of you in 90 seconds flat, which is good if you are “I must eat now or I will smash something” hungry (don’t deny it, we’ve all been there). Finally, they have Sriracha. And Sriracha is life.
Best Comfort Food
60 Henderson Street, EH6 6BS
If you’re looking for something to pick you up on a cold dark day, there are loads of options in Edinburgh for vegan comfort food. From the vegan haggis neeps and tatties at Hendersons, the tall stacks of pancakes at the Herbivore Kitchen, or the pulled jackfruit quesadillas at Illegal Jacks, there are lots of vegan ways to turn that frown upside-down!
It doesn’t get more comforting than mac and cheese though, and Harmonium knocks that bad boy out of the park. Their vegan take on this traditional comfort staple is so rich and creamy, you won’t be able to keep the smile off your face when you devour it.
Burr & Co
20 George Street, EH2 2PB
Again, this is a really hotly contested category that really deserves a whole roundup of its own (coming soon)! From the beautiful bakes at Seeds for the Soul to the doughnuts at Considerit and the raw cakes at Grassroots, your sweet tooth is really spoiled for choice in Edinburgh.
At the moment, the cake that keeps haunting my dreams is the chocolate and coconut cake at Burr & Co coffee. This delightfully rich cake has a delicate coconut flavour, is beautifully moist and is completely cruelty-free. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Land of Bourbon
22a Patrick Square EH8 9EY
Exploring Edinburgh on a budget? Don’t worry, there are plenty of vegan eats in Edinburgh that won’t break the bank. The tasty tatties at the Baked Potato Shop will fill you up for relatively little cash, the Piemaker has some great vegan bakes for as little as £2.50, and many of the options at the budget-friendly Mosque Kitchen are naturally meat and dairy free.
However, I am really loving Land of Bourbon at the moment. A big box of their buffalo “wings” are only £3 and are bound to satisfy and delight.
2 – 3 St Patrick Square, EH8 9EZ
Treat yo’self! There are lots of vegan dishes in Edinburgh that are bound to take your breath away, like the completely vegan afternoon tea at Casa Angelina and the monthly three-course spectacular that is vegan night at Bread Street Brasserie.
My personal favourite is the vegan thali at Kalpna. With five different curries, a starter, rice, bread and a vegan dessert all served on a beautiful silver platter, this is one dish that is guaranteed to impress. And yes, it tastes just as good as it looks!
Mr B’s Choice
64 Pleasance, EH8 9RU
Regular readers will know Mr B as my long-suffering husband who I drag out to a fair few of my review outings. As he has to wait patiently while I take the shots before he gets to eat, I think it’s only right that he has a say on where he has enjoyed the most during our vegan adventures.
So, where is Mr B’s favourite place to eat in the city…?
“Because I like sausages. And BBL do nice sausages.”
Well there you have it, folks. Stay tuned for more deep foodie insights in post no.250!
But enough about us. Where are your favourite vegan haunts in Edinburgh? Let me know in the comments 🙂