So you’re trying Veganuary and already you’re missing those big fry ups/Sunday brunch pancake stacks/ simple fruit and yogurt! Switching to a vegan diet can be tough … think of it the same way as being on a weight loss diet, you are trying to change habits of a lifetime. Breakfast out of the house used to be a pretty boring affair for vegans; beans on toast (no margarine of course) was a tiresome staple. However, times are a changing. Here’s my list of where to get the best vegan breakfast in Edinburgh to help you through Veganuary …
Loudons vegan pancakes and vegan eggs Benedict
By far one of my favourite places to eat vegan in Edinburgh! Loudons is by no means a vegan restaurant, however, they do a wonderful job of catering for us. Their giant pancake stack and eggs Benedict (Bennys) menus both come with a vegan friendly alternative. I was so excited on my first visit that I ordered two plates to myself: the spiced sultana pancakes with mango and peach compote AND the vegan English muffins. Check out their full menu here.
Thrive vegan and vegetarian cafe bar
One of the newest places for vegan or vegetarian food in Edinburgh, located in the charming area of Bruntsfield. Thrive’s brunch menu does contain egg offerings, but their main menu is 100% vegan. This trendy vegan cafe/bar has a comfortable dining area at the front and relaxed bar vibe at the back. Friendly staff surrounded by pretty plants and exposed brickwork. Can I go as far as to say, most Instagrammable full Scottish breakfast in Edinburgh?
Bross Bagels vegan bagels
Not great if you’re looking for a big vegan breakfast/brunch, but ideal for a filling start to the day when you’re on the go. The Edinburgh Leith menu is a veggie’s breakfast dream. Grilled jack-fruit, melted ‘cheese’, smashed avocado, vegan ‘bacon’ and hot kimchi sauce are on the toppings list, so you can forget about being short for choice. A lot of the city centre morning sandwich and coffee shops are pretty limited when it comes to a meat and dairy-free diet, so Bross Bagels place is a refreshing change.
Piece Box vegan breakfast
Presentation might not be as pretty as some of the other vegan food in Edinburgh, but the flavours and variety in Piece Box’s vegan breakfast more than make up for it. Probably of one the largest plates on the list, not only does it come with all the usual traditional breakfast offerings, but it also includes Spanish potatoes, toasted almond & potato rostis AND vegan mayonnaise!
Have you ever seen a vegan cake so pretty in your whole life? All of Naked Bakery’s cakes are 100% Vegan and most of the goodies they make can also be made gluten-free. They originally started out with an offering of just cakes, donuts and macarons, but have now branched out to all kids of artistic looking grub. Their pink waffles with whipped cream, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and maple syrup cant be found anywhere else in the city (and can also be topped with vegan bacon!). You’ll also be able to find ‘cheesy’ toasties here, alongside blue lattes and a floral selfie wall. What are you waiting for?
Hungry for more vegan friendly places to visit in Edinburgh? Have a read of my Vegan Food in Edinburgh post.