Vegan Food Guide: Edinburgh

Since I’ve now lived in Edinburgh for 6 months, I thought it was about time I shared some of my favourite spots for veggie/ vegan food. Although I haven’t explored all the spots – there’s too much on offer! – I’ve definitely been to my fair share of locations. If you ever come to Edinburgh, now you know where to get your foodie fix 😉 This little guide is tailored to veggies & vegans, but not limited to that. I know lots of omnis who have loved trying these places out too!

Rating system

Before getting into the list, I just wanted to clear up my rating system. The price is out of five “£”, and the overall rating is out of 5 “⭐”.

Hula Juice Bar

One of the first places I tried out when coming here, it has a lovely tropical vibe going on inside and the food is highly grammable. More importantly, though, everything I’ve tried so far has been delicious!

The place to go for: Breakfast and/ or cake

Choose: Maca Nana Bowl (brekkie), sweet potato blondie (cake)

Price: ££££

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brochan

If you’ve been on my Instagram lately, you’ll have heard of Brochan from my post yesterday. It featured the most gorgeous bowl of porridge ever, a spiced-roasted rhubarb one with pomegranate and granola. Seriously, though, if you like porridge, then you’ll love this place. I’ve tried most of their bowls, and none have disappointed. It’s super filling too, so you definitely get your money’s worth.

The place to go for: Breakfast

Choose: Banoffee or Jaffa cake porridge.

Price: £££

Overall rating:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ransacked Black Oven

A slightly different vibe to my previous two recommendations, it specialises in Middle Eastern street food. Everything looks as good as it sounds, and the taste is to match. Think lebanese-style pizzas and soul bowls, as well as a delicious brunch menu featuring pancakes/ smoothie bowls etc.

The place to go for: Lunch

Choose: Any of their soul bowls

Price: ££££

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Graze on Grassmarket

Finally, a more budget-friendly one. This is honestly such a gem. It might not look like much from the outside, but really, it’s incredible. They do boxes, wraps, toasted sandwiches etc. stuffed to the brim with whatever you want. None of that “pay-by-weight” malarkey, if you want it (& it fits), you can have it. No stingy servers here!

The place to go for: Lunch

Choose: Salad box (their falafel and hummus are always a good-bet)

Price: £

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Grams

So this one is a bit further out, situated in Haymarket, but it’s definitely worth the trek. I love their ethos of “Eat better, not less”, and they have a lovely selection of sweet and savoury food. I’ve only ever had their açai bowl, but from what my friends have said, their avo & beans on toast are pretty amazing too. Oh, and their raw cakes!

The place to go for: Breakfast or Brunch

Choose: Açai bowl (cheaper than Hula!)

Price: £££

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Considerit

Vegan doughnut-eria. Is this too good to be true, you ask. No. Is there a catch? Nope. 100% vegan spot specialising in doughnuts, as well as chocolate and ice cream (although I’ve never tried these). They also stock at various markets around Edinburgh, such as Stockbridge and Potterrow!

The place to go for: Afternoon pick-me-up

Choose: Any of their doughnuts (try their mini cinnamon-sugar one for free!)

Price: £££

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paradise Palms

Vegetarian and vegan soul-food. What’s not to love? Think nachos, chilli, cauliflower wings, fries… plus a selection of cocktails that can be made vegan on request too. It’s a good’un! Oh, and they do 2-for-1 burgers on Tuesdays. Thank me later.

The place to go for: Dinner

Choose: Buffalo cauliflower wings and vegan nachos.

Price: £££

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mother India’s Café

This one is for those of you who a) love Indian food (duh), b) love veggie/ vegan food, and c) have omni friends/ relatives who may be put off by an entirely veggie/vegan menu. It’s got something for everyone with a tapas-style menu, has a lovely atmosphere and isn’t too expensive either.

The place to go for: Dinner

Choose: Vegetable pakoras, chana daal and aloo saag dosa.

Price: £££

Overall rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


And that’s it from me! There are lot’s of other noteworthy locations – too many to mention! – and places which I still have to try. This is by no means a comprehensive guide, it’s just to get you started for round one😉. You’ll be booking tickets to re/visit Edinburgh in no time. If you give any of these places a try, please do let me know what you think. And if you have any of your own recs, feel free to send them to me. It’s a wonder I’m not completely bankrupt to be honest 😂.

Emma ♥♥