Every year, thousands of people sign up to take the pledge to go vegan in January for Veganuary. Rumour has it that 2019 is already bigger than ever, with 100,000 participants from 172 countries (and counting).
If you are one of them – Hello! Welcome.
I have some fantastic news for you: you have picked the BEST TIME to try vegan. It’s true. Never before in the history of veganism has there been so much delicious vegan alternative food to choose from. In Veganuary 2019 you will find being vegan is not only incredibly easy, it’s an absolute joy.
Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. There are plenty of places in Edinburgh to eat vegan, and you can find quite a few of them browsing my wee site here, but I thought I would hand-pick a few of my favourites to get you started. I hope you’re feeling hungry…
I originally wrote this post for Veganuary 2018, but these places are still going strong. There’s also a few new faces that have popped up in the last 12 months, so head to the end of the article for some of the top newbies!
34 Elder Street, Edinburgh EH1 3DX
Even though it has a completely vegan menu, Holy Cow has a menu that will delight vegans and omnivores alike. They have a fantastic selection of mouthwatering burgers made from juicy portobello mushrooms, pulled jackfruit, tofu and much more, all served with a generous side helping of their legendary homemade chips.
Make sure you leave room for pudding, as you won’t be able to leave without devouring one of their delicious cakes and bakes. Vegan red velvet cake, anyone?!
Lucky Pig @ Paradise Palms
41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HB
Taking up residence in one of Edinburgh’s coolest bars, the vegetarian foodies behind Lucky Pig have lots of delicious options for vegans. Here you’ll find lots of comfort food favourites, from their Lucky Sunday Roast (pictured above) to dirty vegan hotdogs and fries. Perfect for those chilly Veganuary days!
42 London Street, Edinburgh EH3 6LX
Do you sometimes like to indulge in a spot of afternoon tea? Don’t worry – you won’t have to give any of it up for Veganuary. There are actually lots of places across the city that offer a vegan afternoon tea option, but my personal favourite is Casa Angelina, a cosy café that is hidden below street level on London Street.
With delicious cakes, seasonal savoury treats and of course, big fluffy scones, you’ll definitely not leave hungry from this place!
38 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL
And let’s just bust another myth while we’re at it – vegan food does NOT have to be expensive. On South Bridge you’ll find Piemaker – a great place for cheap yet comforting vegan eats. They have a great wee selection of vegan pies and bakes, both sweet and savoury. Perfect for grabbing something tasty that won’t break the bank.
bbl (Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch)
65 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RU
If you prefer your breakfast on the naughtier side, however, look no further than bbl. This greasy spoon café on the Pleasance specialises in guilty pleasures, and their full vegan breakfast does not disappoint.
Their vegan link and lorne sausages are made fresh on the premises, so you won’t taste anything else like it in the city. If you find you are missing the taste of meat during the first few days of Veganuary (don’t worry, it will pass), then this is the perfect place to satisfy your cravings.
3-5 Sciennes, Edinburgh EH9 1NJ
Talking of guilty pleasures, I hope you like doughnuts. Considerit has recently opened up a new premises on Sciennes, but they had previously been doing the rounds with vegan fairs and supplying other local cafés with their sweet treats.
These are the best doughnuts you will ever taste – and they are completely vegan too.
60 Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6BS
I couldn’t write a post about vegan places in Edinburgh without giving mention to Harmonium. Chances are you know about this place already – from the folk who brought you Mono, Stereo and The Flying Duck in Glasgow, this vegan bar / restaurant in Leith is a must-visit during Veganuary.
All of your old favourites can be found here, including creamy mac and cheese, delicious juicy burgers, tasty pizza and yummy sweet desserts -all vegan of course. Make sure you turn up hungry!
New for 2019
2018 has been a fantastic year for vegan eats in Edinburgh, with lots of new places popping up in the last 12 months. Here are just a couple of my favourites, but there are still lots of other places to explore.
Check out all my newest listings at veganedinburgh.com/latest-entries.
24a Hill Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JZ
While these guys have been around for quite a while, it wasn’t until December 2018 that they finally opened up their very own premises on Hill Street. Naked Bakery specialise in beautiful cakes, macaroons and doughnuts that are all completely vegan. And yes – they taste as good as they look.
32 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9PR
Another late entry opening in November 2018, Karma Kebab is an entirely vegan kebab shop in Newington. This is a perfect place for a dirty vegan snack, which replaces the traditional lamb meat (ick!) for falafel or seitan (yum!). If you’re feeling particularly hungry, make a meal of it with a side of their delicious chunky chips.
33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX
Missing cheese during Veganuary? Don’t feel bad about it – cheese is actually chemically addictive, according to science. The addiction to cheese can be broken, but if you are hankering for a decent alternative in the meantime then check out Beetroot Sauvage. This new café and wellness centre has a wide range of vegan goodies, but it is most famous for its vegan “cheese”. Order the cheese platter (pictured above) to discover how delicious and varied vegan cheese can be!
Hopefully, the list above shows that there’s absolutely lots of vegan choices in Edinburgh – and this just scratches the surface! Check out all 140+ of my suggestions at veganedinburgh.com/latest-entries.
Don’t forget, you can sign up to the Veganuary pledge at veganuary.com/register. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below. Good luck!