Summer is here and that only means one thing – holidays! For people in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, most journeys kick off at Edinburgh Airport – so I asked the lovely folks there to give me a tour and show me what is available for vegans.
While travel is getting undeniably easier for vegans as each year goes by, it’s still a good idea to arm yourself with a wee bit of research so you don’t find yourself stuck without any vegan options. Let’s face it, travelling on an empty stomach is not fun!
All of the below information is correct at the time of writing, but the choices are changing and growing all the time so if you think there’s anything that I need to add to this guide, please share your thoughts with me in the comments section below!
Early morning flights can sometimes be quite painful, so you might want to treat yourself to a decent breakfast before you head to your gate. Thankfully, Edinburgh Airport has a couple of options to start your day off right.
If it’s a decent cup of joe you’re after, you’ll be pleased to hear that all the main coffee chains including Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Costa and AMT all offer dairy-free milk alternatives. Most of these places open at 4am, and some are even open 24 hours, so you definitely won’t be stuck without a caffeine fix.
Feeling hungry? EAT currently offer avocado toast at breakfast time, while No.1 Lounge can make a vegan version of their delicious beans on toast. It’s simple, but really hits the spot. You’ll also find the usual fresh fruit salad options at both these outlets.
Lunch and Dinner
Once you’ve got through security. there’s nothing better than grabbing a table in one of the airport’s restaurants and having a nice meal before you board your flight. For many people, this is the official start to the holiday!
All Bar One have a few vegan options on their food menu, from smaller snacks like patatas bravas or kale and hummus flatbread to larger plates like the superfood salad and miso rice bowl. Yo! Sushi can be found next door, with lots of vegan options on the belt and clearly marked on their menu (read my full review of Yo! Sushi here).
At the other end of the airport campus you’ll find the Sir Walter Scott, owned by Wetherspoons. There are a couple of decent options here too, including the superfood pasta, rainbow salad and Mangalorean roasted cauliflower and spinach curry.
No.1 Lounge also have a range of vegan bar snacks and can make their salad options vegan – just ask your server when you order.
If you want something to nibble on during your flight, there’s plenty of places in Edinburgh Airport that offer vegan snacks to grab and go. Yo! Sushi offer some of their favourite dishes to go, including the kaiso seaweed, edamame beans and cucumber maki. Caffè Nero are also currently offering a delicious looking sweet potato falafel and beetroot hummus wrap that is endorsed by the Vegan Society Trademark.
However, the winner for choice when it comes to vegan takeaway snacks is definitely EAT, with several delicious vegan options. At the moment you can choose from the likes of the Indian mezze salad, hummus salad wrap, coronation cauliflower sandwich and the dairy free berry smoothie.
If you need to stock up on last-minute bits and bobs, you’ll find Superdrug right in front of you as you leave the World Duty Free area. I want to give this shop a particular mention because most of their own-brand toiletries, including toothpaste, shampoo and sun cream, have been certified by Cruelty-Free International and are suitable for vegans. The are also excellent value for money – perfect if you need to pick up anything that you may have forgotten to pack.
The vegan offering at Edinburgh Airport is growing all the time. Whether you want a decent meal before your flight, or need to pick up any last-minute bits, there are plenty of options. Hopefully this guide is useful, but if there’s anything you don’t think is covered here, please let me know in the comments below. Happy travels!
For more practical information about Edinburgh Airport, such as transport links, security, flight schedules and other facilities, head on over to their website: edinburghairport.com.