Every year, thousands of people sign up to take the pledge to go vegan in January for Veganuary. For one month, lots of people across the globe go for the month of January without any meat, dairy or other animal products.
Last year, over a quarter of a million (250,000) people from 190 countries took part, with nearly half (47%) staying vegan after the month was over.
If you fancy giving Veganuary a go in 2020 – Hello! Welcome.
I have some fantastic news for you: you have picked the BEST TIME to try vegan. It’s true. Last year, 60% of Veganuary participants found the challenge easier than anticipated.
Never before in the history of veganism has there been so much delicious vegan alternative food to choose from. Over the last 12 months we have seen the introduction of vegan sausage rolls from Greggs, vegan pizza from Papa John’s and a wealth of plant-based ready meals from both Tesco and Marks and Spencer. In Veganuary 2020, 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.
Here are my top 10 vegan restaurants in Edinburgh for Veganuary 2020. Some of these places have been at the top of their game for years, while others have only popped up in the last 12 months – perfect if you want to try something new. Once you’ve worked your way through these favourites, I would highly recommend exploring the rest of veganedinburgh.com for over 120 other suggestions for places to get your vegan foodie fix.
I hope you’re feeling hungry…
Lucky Pig @ Paradise Palms
41 Lothian Street, Edinburgh EH1 1HB
Taking up residence in one of Edinburgh’s coolest bars, Lucky Pig have been satisfying Edinburgh’s vegans and vegetarians for years with their delicious comfort food at Paradise Palms.
Lucky Pig has always been well-known for their vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers and nachos. But now they also serve up a delicious ‘Lucky Brunch’ every Sunday from 11am – 3pm. Treat yourself to a vegan fry-up, a towering stack of yummy pancakes, or one of their fine brioche breakfast sliders.
Edinburgh is home to a wealth of legendary brunch spots, so once you’ve ticked Lucky Pig off your list, make sure you check out even more of the city’s epic vegan breakfast establishments.
33 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JT
New for 2020! Black Rabbit opened in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh in August 2019 and over the last few months they have been pleasing their customers with a delicious range of vegan sweet and savoury options, including a daily quiche, sandwiches, pastries, scones and cakes.
Be sure to try their famous “cruffins”, which is a cross between a croissant and a muffin with a sweet vegan icing. If you think that sounds incredible, that’s because it is.
Black Rabbit may be one of the newer players in town, but there are lots of places in Edinburgh where you can get your vegan cake fix, including the wonderful Naked Bakery, Holy Cow and Sugar Daddy’s.
18 William Street, Edinburgh EH3 7NH
While they are not a completely vegan establishment, Roots are passionate about community, sustainability and wellbeing – so it’s only natural that their abundant brunch and lunch offering is full of delicious vegan options.
Mark’s salad bar is the star of the show, which is bursting with local, in-season produce. There are also plenty of gluten-free options too.
If you really want to treat yourself, keep an eye out for Root’s regular supper clubs, where you can enjoy a set menu of delicious and nutritious vegan courses in an intimate and cosy setting.
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42 London Street, Edinburgh EH3 6LX
Afternoon tea is the ultimate foodie treat, and in Edinburgh there are lots of places where you can enjoy a vegan twist on one of our country’s finest traditions.
One of the first places in Edinburgh to serve vegan afternoon tea was Casa Angelina, and some argue that it’s still one of the best. This cosy wee café offers three tempting layers towering with imaginative savouries (no dull cucumber sandwiches here, thank you very much), sweet cakes and of course, fluffy scones served with jam and vegan spread. So delicious!
65 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RU
From the outside, BBL may strike you as a regular greasy spoon, but in fact it’s one of the most vegan-friendly cafés in the city. If you are new to veganism and miss your meat-based favourites like link sausages, lorne or a regular no-fuss fry up, you need to pay this place a visit.
Alan has been perfecting his alternative meat free sausage recipes for years, making their lorne and link sausage rolls some of the best in Edinburgh. And at only around £2 for a roll, it’s easy on the wallet too.
Rose Theatre Café
204 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AZ
In the heart of the Rose Theatre you will find the lovely Rose Theatre Café, home to a wonderful vegan-friendly brunch and lunch menu, and the best vegan cinnamon rolls in the city.
This place is hidden away at the West End of Rose Street, but it is well worth a visit. The owners Sinead and Mary are really accommodating, and the café has a really cosy atmosphere. Perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee (with non-dairy milk of course!) and a wee sweet treat.
33-41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1SX
Beetroot Sauvage is a thriving vegan café and community yoga centre in Edinburgh’s southside. The café is run by the wonderful Marie-Anne, who has vegan cheese making down to an art. On Sundays you can pop down and get your cheese fix with delicious vegan red pepperjack, mozzarella, feta, brie and much more. Our personal favourite is the oh-so-spreadable cashew bleu!
Every so often, Beetroot Sauvage runs vegan cheese making classes, so you can discover the secrets of making dairy-free cheese for yourself.
One of the most popular dishes on Beetroot Sauvage’s menu is the epic mac and cheese, but they also do a brilliant vegan cheese board and a range of delicious buddha bowls, soups and sandwiches.
Seeds for the Soul
167 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
The Bruntsfield area is a haven for vegans in Edinburgh. Here you will find the the legendary café Seeds for the Soul, which offers up a great selection of vegan food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their full cooked vegan breakfast is one of the best in Edinburgh, and you don’t get a more indulgent treat than their yummy vegan Beyond Burger. Their vegan twist on a traditional caesar salad is also a surefire winner.
Seeds for the Soul are also well known for their cakes and sweet treats, with a tempting range that changes regularly. If you have room for it, make sure you end your meal with a generous slice of Biscoff cake or victoria sponge.
Mimi’s Little Bakehouse at the City Art Centre
1 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE
If you want a sweet vegan treat that’s fairly central, then why not pop into Mimi’s Little Bakehouse at the City Art Centre? This used to be a tired café space until Mimi’s took over last year, and now the place is a bustling hub right opposite the Market Street entrance of Waverley train station.
The vegan range is smaller than at their bigger locations in Leith and Corstorphine, but there is still a decent offering to be found here. You will normally find two or three vegan-friendly cakes and traybakes on display, and you can enjoy either a vegan sausage roll for breakfast or a yummy comforting bowl of vegan bean chilli.
13a Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH4 9JS
Sora Lella is Edinburgh’s newest fully vegan establishment, and is a cosy little Italian restaurant in the Tollcross area, just a couple of doors down from Black Rabbit.
This restaurant offers delicious vegan versions of all your old favourites, including classic pasta dishes such as carbonara, all’arrabbiata and lasagne to pizzas with toppings like “meat” feast, quattro stagioni and white crostini pizza.
There have been quite a few new vegan arrivals in 2019, and we can’t wait to see what 2020 brings. If you want to explore all of Edinburgh’s vegan offering, we have put together a comprehensive list of the city’s vegetarian restaurants.
The vegan scene in Edinburgh is wide and varied, and Veganuary 2020 is the perfect time to explore the best of what the city has to offer. Where is your favourite place to eat vegan in Scotland’s capital? Share your suggestions in the comments below or join in the conversation on the Vegan Edinburgh Facebook Group.