Fancy something sweet? You’re in luck. The vegan food scene has come a long way in Edinburgh, and long gone are the days where the only way that vegans could finish their meal out was with the lemon sorbet or – even worse – a fruit salad.
The range of vegan desserts in Edinburgh has grown exponentially over the last few years, so let’s take a look at some of the finest examples the city has to offer. From rich chocolate sundaes to creamy vegan cheesecakes, you’re guaranteed to find something that will satisfy your sweet tooth in Scotland’s capital. Read on and get ready to start craving!
Chocolate brownie with poached pear and cherries, Herringbone Goldenacre
2 South Trinity Road, EH5 3NR
Herringbone Goldenacre has a good range of vegan desserts, but this is arguably the most indulgent. This chocolatey brownie comes with a chocolate sorbet that is rich and dark and all sorts of wonderful. Devour with a glass of vegan wine, which you can choose from their wine list that clearly states the vegan tipples available.
Thrive Sundae, Thrive Café:Bar
171 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG
Thrive is the newest face in Edinburgh’s veggie-friendly scene, so be prepared to see their tasty and imaginative vegan dishes all over your Instagram feed for weeks to come. This sundae is made with rich coconut ice cream and served with a beautiful chocolate sauce. And of course, don’t forget the cherry on top.
Caramelised banana, No.1 The Grange
1 Grange Road, EH9 1UH
If you’re looking for a dish with some real wow factor, then this dessert is for you. The idea of a caramelised banana sounds simple enough, but the presentation of this fine dessert really is something else. As you can see from the picture above, it looks like a piece of art. It’s not too heavy a dessert either, so you won’t feel too sluggish after you have enjoyed this gorgeous creation.
Espresso affogato, Hendersons Vegan
25 Thistle Street, EH2 1DX
This particular dessert has a special place in my heart, because it was one of the first dishes I tried after turning vegan. Tasting the smooth vanilla ice cream combined with the rich sweet coffee, I instantly fell in love and realised that being vegan was going to be a walk in the park. 🙂 Hendersons Vegan is an old favourite in Edinburgh’s New Town, and thankfully this lovely dessert can still be found on their menu today.
Gluten-free chocolate brownie, Harmonium
60 Henderson Street, EH6 6BS
Harmonium are well renowned for their comfort food favourites, and their desserts menu is no exception. This rich and decadent chocolate brownie, served with a generous helping of vegan ice cream, is the perfect way to round off any meal. And it’s gluten-free, too!
Peanut butter jelly cheesecake, Novapizza
42 Howe Street, EH3 6TH
Novapizza are famous for their pizzas, but I’m going to let you into a little secret: save some room for dessert, because their cheesecakes are absolutely divine! The kitchen experiments with flavours day-to-day, but the smooth creamy vegan cheese topping with a lovely crumbly base remains consistent no matter what the offering. Don’t leave this restaurant without trying one!
Waffles and ice cream, Affogato
36 Queensferry Street, EH2 4QS
If you’re looking for vegan ice cream in Edinburgh, Affogato is a must. I’ll admit, sometimes after a meal out I will get the check at the restaurant, then head on over to Affogato specifically for dessert. If you still have plenty of room, try their vegan waffles with your choice of ice cream. Ask your server what the dairy-free options are for that day. The peanut butter flavour is my current favourite. 😉
Pineapple Tart Tatin, The Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway, EH15 3QA
The Sheep Heid Inn is Scotland’s oldest pub, and they have a dedicated vegan menu. Keep an eye out for the pineapple tart tatin. This dessert is absolutely gorgeous, with flaky pastry, caramelised pineapple and a creamy coconut sorbet.Whenever you dine at this historic inn, make sure you leave room for pudding!
Vegan cinnamon roll, The Rose Theatre Café
204 Rose Street, EH2 4AZ
Rose Theatre Café offers a great selection of brunch and lunch options, but if you still have room after your soup and sandwich then make sure you grab one of their lovely vegan cinnamon rolls. Moist and sweet, if you see any left on the cake counter I would heartily recommend you take one! They make a really comforting treat.