The cosiest vegan-friendly spots in Edinburgh

Vegan spiced apple porridge at Brochan Edinburgh

The nights are getting longer, the days are getting colder… Let’s face it – winter is definitely on its way! Thankfully there are lots of cosy places in Edinburgh where you can curl up and tuck into some of the most wonderfully comforting vegan food that Scotland’s capital has to offer. Here are just a few favourites…

Brochan

Vegan spiced apple porridge at Brochan Edinburgh
Peppermint tea by Eteaket at Brochan Edinburgh
Vegan cinnamon buns at Brochan Edinburgh

24 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh EH9 1HG

There’s nothing quite like tucking into a big warm bowl of porridge on a cold Edinburgh morning, and nobody does porridge quite like Brochan in Marchmont.

This cosy wee café serves up comforting porridge made with Scottish rolled oats cooked slowly with coconut milk, making this bowls of goodness naturally vegan. Enjoy the porridge simply (just make sure you ask to hold the honey) or with yummy toppings inspired by pear crumble, black forest or banoffee pie. Winter blues – be gone!

brochan.co.uk

Himalaya Café

20 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9PR

You can’t get much cosier than this wee café on South Clerk Street. With colourful throw pillows, lots of Tibetan flags and the pleasant background scent of incense, this is a great place to huddle together and enjoy some comforting Himalayan food.

Around half of the menu is vegan-friendly, with delicious options such as dhal, chickpea curry, tofu penang curry and steamed or fried momos (traditional Himalayan dumplings. For the ultimate cosy treat, try a steaming hot mug of their famous masala chai made with soya milk – perfect for warming your soul on a dreich Scottish day.

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Ransacked Black Oven

27-29 Marshall Street, Edinburgh EH8 9BJ

‘Make Feast Not War’ is the motto of this bustling eatery, and you will certainly find plenty to feast upon at Ransacked Black Oven.

Here, you’ll find large tables of friends or study groups tearing into eclectic plates of street food, from Lebanese flatbread pizza to large soul bowls with colourful salad, freshly baked bread and moreish dips.

This is the perfect place to huddle together with friends and enjoy some freshly prepared food inspired by warmer climes. If you can, try and get the table by the window where you can curl up in their comfortable rattan pouffes and watch the world go by.

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The Scran and Scallie

Vegan Rice Pudding at Scran and Scallie, Edinburgh

1 Comely Bank Rd, Edinburgh EH4 1DR

This cosy pub in Stockbridge is actually owned by the same group who run the Michelin-starred Kitchin in Leith, but here the vibe is much more relaxed than its fine dining counterpart, and the menu is much more informal too.

There is a completely vegan offering available that offers comfort food classics depending on what is in season. Previous dishes have included seasonal vegetable ragoût, beetroot and lentil burger and coconut rice pudding.

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The Sheep Heid Inn

43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA

Dating back to the 14th century, this pub is the oldest in Scotland. Even though its had a recent revamp, it still maintains all the cosy charm of a historic village pub.

Located on the edge of Holyrood Park by Duddingston Loch, this is the perfect place to tuck into a hearty meal after bracing the elements on the summit of Arthurs Seat.

The Sheep Heid Inn has a dedicated vegan menu, featuring everything from experimental fusion dishes to plant-based twists on comfort food favourites. The savoury pastry tart is definitely worth a try.

thesheepheidedinburgh.co.uk

Woodland Creatures

Vegan Roast at Woodland Creatures, Edinburgh

260-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL

If you are craving a decent vegan roast, Woodland Creatures is the place to be. Every Sunday afternoon (available from midday) this pub on Leith Walk serves the most amazing sweet potato nut roast with lots of potatoes and vegetables, all drenched in a rich mushroom gravy. The perfect antidote to a cold Scottish winter’s day.

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Vegan Portobello & Duddingston

Portobello and Duddingston are two beautiful neighbourhoods to the east of Edinburgh city centre. Portobello is a vibrant seaside suburb, with amusements, a long stretch of golden beach and a bustling high street. Duddingston, on the other hand, is a sleepy village on the edge of Holyrood Park. Both are wonderful retreats from the city centre, and are home to a couple of decent vegan options if you end up feeling peckish.

Bross Bagels
186 Portobello High Street
EH15 1EX

Reds
254 Portobello High Street
EH15 2AT

The Sheep Heid Inn
43-45 The Causeway
EH15 3QA

Vegan Broughton, Abbeyhill & Meadowbank

Tucked away at the east side of the New Town you will find the vibrant area of Broughton. Home to the Edinburgh Playhouse and the tram terminus, this is a busy part of town with lots of buzzing bars and restaurants.

The Omni Centre has lots of chain restaurants with reliable crowd-pleasers, but if you want to try something a little different try strolling over to Broughton Street, which has a good selection of independent eateries.

Head along London Road and you will come across the Abbeyhill and Meadowbank area, home to Edinburgh’s first fully-vegan supermarket, Easter Greens.

Bellfield Brewery Taproom
46 Stanley Place
EH7 5TB

Casa Angelina
42 London Street
EH3 6LX

Daylight Robbery
26B Dublin Street
EH3 6NN

Easter Greens
(supermarket)
4 Easter Road
EH7 5RG

Holy Cow
34 Elder Street
EH1 3DX

Phuket Pavilion
8 Union Street
EH1 3LU

The Safari Lounge
21 Cadzow Place
EH7 5SN

Treacle
39-41 Broughton Street
EH1 3JU

Vegan Tollcross

Tollcross is the intersection between Edinburgh’s Lothian Road, Bruntsfield and the Old Town. This is the area where several very different neighbourhoods come to meet, and so a wide variety of establishments are within easy reach.

There are a few vegan-friendly haunts here, most notably Black Rabbit, which is Edinburgh’s newest completely vegan cafe.

Akva
129 Fountainbridge
EH3 9QG

Bentoya
13 Bread Street
EH3 9AL

Black Rabbit
33 Brougham Street
EH3 9JT

The Forest Café
141 Lauriston Place
EH3 9JN

Magma Café
67 Home Street
EH3 9JP

Tuk-Tuk
1 Leven Street
EH3 9NB

Vegan Stockbridge & Canonmills

Head north out of the New Town and you will find the wonderful community of Stockbridge. This place is a haven of independent and charity shopping, with a few vegan-friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants thrown in.

If you need to burn off all that beautiful vegan food, make sure you go for a stroll along the Water of Leith to Dean Village – a perfectly blissful nature retreat right in the heart of the city.

Bluebird Café
5 Canonmills
EH3 5HA

Herringbone Goldenacre
2 South Trinity Road
EH5 3NR

MILK
Inverleith Park
EH3 5NZ

Novapizza 
42 Howe Street
EH3 6TH

Pizza Express
1 Deanhaugh Street
EH4 1LU

Scran and Scallie
1 Comely Bank Road
EH4 1DR

SugarDaddy’s
5 Rodney Street
EH7 4EA

Wee Buddha
2B Jamaica Street
EH3 6HH

Vegan Bruntsfield, Marchmont & Morningside

Want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre? Across the Meadows you will find beautiful Bruntsfield, Morningside and Marchmont. While they are mainly residential districts, there are several pockets of independent shops, cafes and restaurants to discover here. If you want to get off the beaten track, this part of town is a great area to explore.

Bruntsfield in particular is veggie heaven, home to local vegan favourite Seeds for the Soul and the vegetarian bar and restaurant Thrive.

Brochan
24 Marchmont Crescent
EH9 1HG

Café Grande
184 Bruntsfield Place
EH10 4DF

The Chocolate Tree
123 Bruntsfield Place
EH10 4EQ

Harajuku Kitchen
10 Gillespie Place
EH10 4HW

Hummus
366 Morningside Road
EH10 4QN

Marchmont Takeaway
98 Marchmont Road
EH9 1HR

Pavilion Café
Melville Drive 
EH9 1JU

Rocket
41 Morningside Road
EH10 4DR

Saiko Kitchen
15 Roseneath Street
EH9 1JH

Seeds for the Soul
167 Bruntsfield Place 
EH10 4DG

SugarDaddy’s
8 Roseneath Street
EH9 1JQ

Thrive
171 Bruntsfield Place
EH10 4DG

Tuk-Tuk
1 Leven Street
EH3 9NB

Vegan Leith

Leith is quite easily Edinburgh’s trendiest district, where you will find people from all walks of life. Recent developments have made Leith one of the most sought-after parts of town, and here you will find many hip bars, cafes and restaurants.

In fact, Leith is home to one of Edinburgh’s coolest vegan restaurant and bars: Harmonium. While this place is well worth a visit, there are lots of other great places in this area to discover. The list below gives you just a taste of what Leith has to offer. Plus, don’t miss the Leith Market every Saturday, which hosts a special vegan quarter once a month.

Want to visit only meat-free establishments? We’ve highlighted these for you in green (vegetarian) or dark green (completely vegan).

305 Kitchen
305 Leith Walk
EH6 8SA

Brass Monkey
362 Leith Walk
EH6 5BR

Bross Bagels
105 Leith Walk
EH6 8NP

Chez Mal @ Malmaison
1 Tower Place
EH6 7BZ

Handmade Burger Co.
Ocean Terminal
EH6 6JJ

Harmonium
60 Henderson Street
EH6 6BS

Kcal Kitchen
87 – 91 Henderson Street
EH6 6ED

The Kitchin
78 Commercial Street
EH6 6LX

La Favorita
331-325 Leith Walk
EH6 8SA

Leith Depot
140 Leith Walk
EH6 5DT

Lioness of Leith
21-25 Duke Street
EH6 8HH

MILK
Edinburgh Scupture Workshop
21 Hawthornvale
EH6 4JT

Mimi’s Bakehouse
63 Shore
EH6 6RA

Nobles
44a Constitution Street
EH 6 6RS

Nourish @ The Movement House
99 Leith Walk
EH7 5HN

Orinoco Latin Food
281 Leith Walk
EH6 8PD

Pizza Express
38 The Shore
EH6 6QU

Roseleaf Bar Café
23-24 Sandport Place
EH6 6EW

Storries
279 Leith Walk
EH6 8PD

Woodland Creatures
260-262 Leith Walk
EH6 5EL

Vegan Southside & Newington

Cross North Bridge and head south from the city centre and you will discover one of the most vibrant areas in Edinburgh – Southside. This area is a hub for Edinburgh University students and so you will find lots of trendy shops, cafes and restaurants here – many of which cater for vegans.

This is where you’ll find lots of the city’s best cheap eats, from simple yet satisfying pies to a hearty plate of curry for less than a fiver, there is plenty to discover in this part of Scotland’s capital.

Want to visit only meat-free establishments? We’ve highlighted these for you in green (vegetarian) or dark green (completely vegan).

10 to 10 in Delhi
67 Nicolson Street
EH8 9BZ

56 North
2 West Crosscauseway 
EH8 9JP

Annakut
13 Newington Road
EH9 1QR

The Auld Hoose
23-25 St Leonards Street
EH8 9QN

BBL
65 Pleasance
EH8 9RU

Beetroot Sauvage
33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace
EH9 1SX

Beirut
24 Nicolson Square
EH8 9BX

Bonnie Burrito
82 South Clerk Street
EH8 9PT

Bonsai Bistro
46 Richmond Street
EH8 9DZ

Brass Monkey
14 Drummond St
EH8 9TU

Considerit
3-5 Sciennes
EH9 1NJ

Dough
47 South Clerk Street
EH8 9NZ

Edinburgh Food Studio
158 Dalkeith Road
EH16 5DX

Himalaya Centre
20 South Clerk Street
EH8 9PR

Illegal Jacks
44-45 St Patrick Square
EH8 9ET

Kalpna
2-3 St Patrick Square
EH8 9EZ

Maki & Ramen
13 West Richmond Street
EH8 9EF

Maki & Ramen
75 Nicolson Street
EH8 9BZ

Mosque Kitchen
31 – 33 Nicolson Square
EH8 9BX

Mother India
3-5 Infirmary Street
EH1 1LT

No.1 The Grange
1 Grange Road
EH9 1UH

Ransacked Black Oven 
27 – 29 Marshall Street
EH8 9BJ

Red Box Noodle Bar
51 West Nicolson Street
EH8 9DB

Söderberg
27 Simpson Loan
EH3 9GG

Soul Sushi
126 Nicolson Street
EH8 9EH

Tanjore
6-8 Clerk Street
EH8 9HX

Voujon
107 Newington Road
EH9 1QW

Vegan West End, Haymarket & Fountainbridge

Edinburgh’s West End is one of the most vibrant areas of the city. Explore the cute little backstreets of this neighbourhood and you will discover a wealth of independent cafes, restaurants and fashion boutiques. The West End is a little bit off the beaten track of Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town, so you are bound to find a hidden gem or two.

Near the West End you will find Haymarket Station, one of the busiest on Scotland’s railway network. Thankfully, there are plenty of places to grab a vegan bite to eat in this area before hopping on the train.

Head up Lothian Road to Fountainbridge and you will find lots of establishments that serve up lots of mouth-watering vegan-friendly food, from belly-busting burritos to tempting ice cream and waffles.

Want to visit only meat-free establishments? We’ve highlighted these for you in green (vegetarian) or dark green (completely vegan).

Affogato
36 Queensferry Street
EH2 4QS

Akva
129 Fountainbridge
EH3 9QG

ASK Italian
9-13 Shandwick Place
EH2 4RG

@Pizza
Charlotte Lane
EH2 4QZ

Barburrito
6 Shandwick Place
EH2 4RN

Barburrito
119 Lothian Road
EH3 9AN

Bentoya
13 Bread Street
EH3 9AL

Bread Meats Bread
92 Lothian Road
EH3 9BE

Brewdog
50 Lothian Road
EH3 9BY

Bross Bagels
19 Queensferry Street
EH2 4QW

Chapter One Coffee
107/109 Dalry Road
EH3 8DW

Chiquito
Unit C3
Fountain Park
EH11 1AT

Filmhouse Café Bar
88 Lothian Road
EH3 9BZ

Grams
16 Clifton Terrace
EH12 5JZ

Hula Juice Bar
94A Fountainbridge
EH3 9QA

Indigo Yard
7 Charlotte Lane
EH2 4QZ

Loudons
94B Fountainbridge
EH3 9QA

Maki & Ramen
97-101 Fountainbridge
EH3 9QG

MILK
232 Morrison Street
EH3 8EA

Peacock Alley
Waldorf Astoria The Caledonian
Princes Street
EH1 2AB

Pizza Express
32 Queensferry Street
EH2 4QS

Roots
18 William Street
EH3 7NH

Topolabamba
93 Lothian Road
EH3 9AW

Vesta
7-8 Queensferry Street
EH2 4PA

Vietnam House
3 Grove Street
EH3 8AF

Wagamama
1 Castle Terrace
EH1 2DP

Wildwood
105-109 Lothian Road
EH3 9AN

Zizzi
Edinburgh Quay
Fountainbridge
EH3 9RU

Zizzi
42 Queensferry Street
EH2 4RA