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.