Finding vegan-friendly pizzerias in Edinburgh used to be a challenge, but those days are long gone. Now, vegans are spoiled for choice when looking for a slice of tasty comfort food in Scotland’s capital. From completely vegan Italian restaurants to hole-in-the-wall pizzerias with delicious experimental vegan topping combinations, there is a whole range of yummy vegan pizza to try here in Edinburgh.
Whether you like to keep things simple with American cheese and pepperoni or bright and colourful with a rainbow of veggies, vegan cheese fan or not, you are bound to find somewhere you love in the from the list below.
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13a Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH4 9JS
This charming little Italian restaurant in Tollcross is one of the newer faces on the Edinburgh food scene. Still, it has already garnered a cult following thanks to its fantastic comfort food and cosy atmosphere.
Just like the rest of their offering, Sora Lella’s extensive pizza menu is entirely vegan. It reads just like a “traditional” pizza menu, with toppings such as mozzarella, pepperoni, ham, salmon and egg – but it’s all completely animal-free.
You can choose between regular 12″ pizzas, white pizzas (without the tomato sauce) or calzones. There are gluten-free options, too. We particularly love the “meat feast” pizza, with vegan ham, chicken, seitan, pepperoni and sausage.
42 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TH
Over on the other side of town, Novapizza has been a stalwart of Edinburgh’s veggie scene for a long time. While they still use dairy products in some of their dishes, they can make any of their offering vegan on request.
Their pizza is delicious, with a tasty sweet tomato sauce and a fine vegan mozzarella cheese. For those craving the old American-style pizzas, the pepperoni topping has a particularly flavourful kick. If you find the whole pizza a bit much, then the friendly staff will be happy to box up your leftovers for you.
Novapizza makes their seitan in-house for using in steaks and pizza and pasta toppings. That way, they have complete control over the seasoning and taste, making for delicious results.
Charlotte Lane, Edinburgh EH2 4QZ
@Pizza is an omnivore establishment, but they have offered vegan alternative cheese from day one at no extra cost. Their pizza cooks in only 90 seconds, so head right up to the counter when you arrive and they will make your pizza right in front of you then and there.
There are two ways you can go about ordering your pizza at @Pizza. Either build your pizza from their wide range of toppings available (with vegan options clearly labelled) or choose one of their pre-made combos, all of which can be veganised on request.
The pizza here is thin and crispy, so you won’t get the usual ‘food-baby’ effect that can sometimes happen after a pizza. Thanks to its fast production line setup, it’s the perfect place to dine in a hurry.
1 Lister Square, Quartermile, Edinburgh, EH3 9GL
Pizza may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of this light and airy Swedish establishment, but Söderberg indeed has fantastic sourdough pizza.
Unlike other places on this list, Söderberg doesn’t rely on vegan cheese alternatives for its pizza toppings. While vegan pizza without cheese can sometimes be a recipe for disaster, it somehow works here. Thanks to the tasty sourdough and the flavoursome garlic oil, the cheese would probably find itself surplus to requirements. Instead, you can veganise your pizza with extra mushrooms, aubergine or artichoke.
The crispy sourdough base is super-moreish, and even after a full pizza, you will probably find yourself begging for more.
47 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9NZ
Dough is a firm favourite with locals, and they cater for vegans too. From their small cosy outlet on Rose Street you can buy whole pizzas for home delivery, or buy a slice for a quick bite to eat at lunchtime. They also have a branch in Newington but bear in mind that seating may be limited.
They have two vegan-friendly pizzas at the time of writing. ‘The Vegan Affair’ with tomato, aubergine, roast pepper, red onion, rocket, toasted pine nuts and vegan cheese, or the more unusual ‘Butternut Squashed’ topped with charred butternut squash purée, butternut squash crisps, harissa and roasted walnuts.
5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW
59 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QP (Civerinos Slice)
47-49 Figgate Lane, Edinburgh EH15 1HJ (Prom Slice)
With three locations in Edinburgh, you’re never far away from great vegan pizza at Civerino’s.
My personal favourite location is Prom Slice in Portobello, which serves generous slices of pizza right on the beach. They sell vegan margherita by the slice, or you can get whole pizzas with toppings such as ‘Kale-ing in the name off’ (sugo, artichoke, cherry tomatoes, olives, spinach, mushrooms, crispy kale, and thyme) or ‘Pump up the jam’ (sugo, vegan mozzarella, THIS™ diced ‘pork’, pineapple & jalapeno chutney, fresh pineapple and basil).
But of course, it all started in the city centre, where they have their iconic restaurant in Hunters Square (recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment) and Civerinos Slice on Forrest Road. Both have awesome vegan friendly options, and are well worth a visit.
331-325 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA
Ask pretty much any Edinburgh resident where they like to go for pizza, and one name will come up time and again: La Favorita. Owned by local Italian restaurant chain Vittoria, this restaurant is on Leith Walk, but there are also delivery branches dotted across the city.
It’s relatively straightforward to eat vegan at La Favorita. As their pizza base is already vegan (you can order a gluten-free alternative, too), all you have to do is request your pizza to be made with vegan cheese and stick to veggie toppings. The bruschetta starter is vegan, as well.
You can either order the vegetariana pizza with tomato, vegan cheese, cherry tomatoes, mushroom, grilled courgette and mixed peppers or build your own with the other veggie toppings available.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go that will cater for vegan and omnivore friends alike, this is a great option.
And special mentions…
33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX
Beetroot Sauvage is one of Edinburgh’s biggest and best vegan establishments. They don’t make pizza all the time, but when they do, it is worth trying. They boast a vast outdoor space with a large pizza oven, so on long summer evenings, they have been known to fire up their pizza oven and serve fresh pizza with Marie-Ann’s famous vegan cheese. They may even have live music on if you are lucky. It’s a wonderfully relaxing way to spend an evening.
Seeds for the Soul
167 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
Vegan pizza is not a permanent fixture on Seeds for the Soul’s menu, but it often appears as a weekend special. Even though they don’t do it all the time, it’s delicious and well worth trying if you spot it.
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