In light of the animal charity, Veganuary’s commitment to promoting the many benefits of vegan fayre in the month of January as well as throughout the year, what better time to have a look at the best of vegan and vegetarian eateries in Edinburgh?
Hendersons of Edinburgh
Hendersons is known and respected for establishing Britain’s longest running Vegetarian restaurant. Since 1962 Hendersons has led the way in introducing the pleasures of vegetarian and vegan dining to the people of Edinburgh. The secret of their success, which is no secret at all to the countless customers who’ve passed through their doors, is simply that the quality of dishes served is unbeatable anywhere in the city. The focus on exquisitely prepared, organic, seasonally available ingredients, has kept Hendersons at the forefront of the vegetarian and vegan revolution. They’ve expanded their operations, too, and now offer the Thistle Rd. based Shop & Deli with The Vegan and The Salad Table plus Hendersons Holyrood, in Holyrood Road.
Address: 94 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DR
The warm colour scheme and decor of this licensed vegetarian and vegan restaurant creates an inviting ambience in which to enjoy a range of excellent dishes and also an impressive range of fine wines, some of which are vegan friendly. David Bann’s menus clearly indicate which items are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free, and their cosmopolitan dishes bring flavours from far and wide including the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.
Address: 56-58 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
Local and Indian vegetarian cuisine are presented at Kalpna following the Eastern concept of using locally-sourced, freshly prepared ingredients wherever possible. It’s obviously a recipe for success given the numerous awards for excellence that have been bestowed on Kalpna in its more than 25 years of successful operation. A family-run restaurant, Kalpna offers a warm and exotically Eastern welcome to all lovers of vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
Address: 2-3 St. Patrick Sq., Edinburgh, EH8 9EZ
Amanda Brown’s vision of providing Edinburgh with a cafe offering healthful, plant-based, organic and delicious breakfasts and lunches became a reality on the opening of Pumpkin Brown. With all of their offerings being completely free of refined sugar, dairy and gluten, nutrition is the main focus, but definitely not at the expense of taste; Amanda has successfully combined her passions for food that is nutritious with food that is delicious.
Address: 16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS
Holy Cow may be the new kids on the block, having just opened in December 2017, but they’ve wasted no time in creating a great first impression on the growing band of customers who have discovered this most recent addition to Edinburgh’s vegetarian dining scene. With an inviting range of vegan burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups, coffees and cakes, there’s no better place in Edinburgh to enjoy vegetarian snacks at their best. In addition, every item on the menu is available for takeaway, too. Look for Holy Cow on Elder Street. It’s located at the rear of the bus station. It’s a small restaurant, but very cosy and welcoming.
Address: 34 Elder Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3DX
Not content with offering some of the city’s finest vegetarian cuisine, Paradise Palms also stages events including live music, dance nights, book clubs, dating events and much more. The culinary focus is vegetarian soul food and many dishes on their menu are purely vegan, too. All of the menu items clearly indicate whether they’re vegetarian or vegan. Fully, licensed, Paradise Palms is also known for a superb range of wines, spirits and beers plus hot and cold soft drinks.
Address: 41 Lothian St, Edinburgh, EH1 1HB
Novapizza Vegetarian Kitchen
For some of the best vegetarian pizza dishes that Edinburgh has to offer, Novapizza Vegetarian Kitchen specialises in delicious vegetarian pizzas that are irresistible even for non-vegetarians. Friendly and welcoming staff offer an impressive range of vegetarian pizza toppings such as pepperoni, mozzarella and even vegetarian mince. In addition, Novapizza offers a terrific range of mouth-watering desserts. A separate menu is available for those whose preferences are strictly vegan.
Address: 42 Howe St, Edinburgh, EH3 6TH