The Pavilion Café

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The Pavilion Café
Just off Jawbone Walk in the Meadows
Melville Drive 

Overall score: ★★★★☆

Vegan food at The Pavilion Café

The Pavilion Café is a completely vegetarian establishment on the edge of The Meadows. There’s nothing better than settling into one of their comfy chairs during a sunny summer day in Edinburgh (hey – they DO exist!) and enjoying a cuppa with a slice of vegan cake or a wrap for lunch.

A lot of Pavilion Café’s menu rotates on the specials board, but there are always a good few options for vegans. Expect wraps with fillings such as falafel and roast vegetables, vegan-friendly soups of the day, mezzes, salads and more.

On the sweet side of things, they are supplied by gluten-free bakers Gluttony who provide tasty cakes, some of which are suitable for vegans. You may also spot their little ice-cream cart outside, which always has a vegan flavour or two.

Pavilion cafe sign Vegan flapjacks at Pavilion Cafe Edinburgh Vegan falafel wrap at Pavillion Cafe Edinburgh Vegan raspberry and coconut cake at Pavillion Cafe Edinburgh

Mr B was particularly peckish one day so we popped in for a little bite to eat. He had the falafel wrap, which was lovely and flavoursome and full of hummus – although that did admittedly make it a bit on the drippy side.

Meanwhile, I enjoyed a slice of Gluttony cake. The raspberry and coconut slide is always my favourite, so I managed to nab the last slice before it all sold out. As you can see in previous reviews, Gluttony never disappoints and this was no exception.

But arguably the biggest selling point of the Pavilion Café is its location. There is a handful of indoor seating for when it rains, but when the sun is out in Edinburgh there really is no better place to be than their outdoor terrace on the Meadows. Grab a seat here if you can and enjoy our lovely Scottish summer.

Choice: ★★★★☆
Menu info: ★★★★☆
Deliciousness: ★★★☆☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆

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Vegan food at The Pavilion Cafe Edinburgh

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