Since writing my first post about where to find great vegan food in Edinburgh, the city has been through some fabulous cruelty-free changes. In 2016, Scotland’s capital city was named the UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City, snatching the title from it’s long term Glaswegian rival. With that in mind, I’ve pulled together a second list of places to get your little veggie loving taste buds going. Got some spare time on your hands and not sure what to do? Take a look at my ‘100 Free Things to do in Edinburgh’ post.
At first glance, The Regent isn’t a a bar that would assume caters to vegans (although, what does a vegan bar look like?). The self-proclaimed real ale gay bar has all the feels on of a relaxed old-town bar; big comfy seats, brass coated bar, and real ales on tap. They’ll delight you with vegan hot-dogs and vegan chilli’s, all at ridiculously low prices (given the central location). A great spot to visit for lunch after a leisurely stroll around Calton Hill.
The only nationwide chain restaurant to be included in this list, Wagamama have really gone out of their way to accommodate their growing vegan customer base. With two city centre locations to choose from, their full vegan menu is a convenient go to after a long day’s shopping on Princes Street. I love the St. Andrew’s Square branch for cocktails and nibbles. Newbies will be pleased to know that as well as their famous vegan ‘chicken’ katsu, these branches now offer vegan egg!
The Bluebird Cafe may be small, but they are one of my favourites on this list. The little coffee house isn’t specifically vegan, but they make sure to give us loads of imaginative options to choose from (I’m particularity excited about the vegan pulled pork cheesy nachos and the vegan french toast). If you’re paying a visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens, be sure to drop in to the Bluebird Cafe for a spot of lunch afterwards.
I just can’t stop talking about Harmonium! Vegan mac & cheese, vegan pizzas, vegan haggis tacos, vegan Philly cheese steaks. Do I need to go on? The restaurant, owned by the same folks that brought Mono, Stereo and The flying Duck to Glasgow, finally made it across the M8 to bring their vegan genius to Edinburgh. Situated near Leith Shore, it’s a great alternative to all the fish based restaurants that this touristic area has to offer.
Great job Edinburgh! I can’t wait to see what else you’ll be bringing to the table (pardon the pun) in the near future.
Looking for more vegan inspiration in Edinburgh? Head over to my post taking a look at the ‘Best Vegan Breakfasts in Edinburgh‘.