Sunday, 21 September 2014

Vegan Food in Edinburgh

Vegan MoFo 2014 is finally here, and my theme for this year is Vegan Scotland: veganising Scottish recipes and suggestions for eating out and socialising in Scotland.

This is a list with brief descriptions of my favourite places to eat in Edinburgh as a vegan. There are more places in the city with vegan options than those on this list, but these are my personal favourites! You can find a more comprehensive list on HappyCow. Unfortunately we don’t have any exclusively vegan venues in the city at present, but I’ve marked those which serve only vegetarian and vegan food with a (v).

Forest Café (v): an alternative arts space in Edinburgh, hosting workshops, music and more.
Chocolate Tree (v): amazing vegan hot chocolate, sorbet and cakes.
Meadowlark No. 39 (v): healthy, tasty food and juices, based in a yoga centre.
Engine Shed (v): a social enterprise tucked away in St Leonard’s, they make delicious homemade tofu and bread.
Himalaya Centre (v): tasty vegan wraps, curries and more.
Union of Genius: delicious soup and breads.

Henderson’s Bistro (v): Edinburgh’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, with excellent vegan options.
Henderson’s Restaurant (v): slightly more relaxed than the bistro, but a similar style. Also offer canteen-style lunch.
David Bann (v): Classy vegetarian and vegan fine dining, although their vegan offerings are a little limited.
Bindi (v): Gujurati and East African fusion restaurant with a very nice vegan thali.
Yeni: great meze menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, with many vegan choices.
Empires: a great little Turkish place with plenty of vegan offerings. BYOB.
Bread Street Brasserie: fancy food, set inside the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Has a number of vegan options on the menu.

The Auld Hoose: great vegan pub grub, including breakfast up to 5pm, nachos and chips with vegan cheese.
Brass Monkey, Leith: more vegan pub grub, including homemade bean burgers and curry.

Baked Potato Shop (v): huge portions of baked potatoes with a variety of toppings.
Piemaker: amazing pies with a small vegan selection.

Real Foods: a great range of produce, including plenty of options for vegans and the best selection of vegan cheeses and yoghurts in Edinburgh. Two locations in the city.
New Leaf Co-op: a workers’ co-operative with an ethical focus. Has a nut butter grinder with different nuts on offer each day, including chocolate peanut butter on Friday afternoons!
Jordan Valley: a small shop with a number of vegan cheeses, dried and tinned produce.
Earthy: organic produce with many vegan options. Three locations in the city.
Henderson’s Shop and Salad Table: a very small shop stocking some vegan items, with a takeaway salad and snack bar.


  1. Yeni is one of my favourite restaurants. I'm both sad and happy that they're now so busy that you have to book weeks in advance to eat there!

    I keep forgetting about Empires. I need to check them out!

  2. I always go to Henderson's Bistro, The Baked Potato Shop & The Chocolate Tree when I'm in Edinburgh and I loved Forest Cafe the one time I got to visit. Real Foods is always a must too. I'll have to try some of the other places on the list next time I'm up there!

  3. Saiko kitchen is very near no.39 just on Roseneath street across from the marchmont arms, not veggie but a vegan option for every part of the menu and a lot of gluten free stuff too.