I’m never really sure what to expect in terms of plant-based food when I visit a new city, and I was blown away by the vegan scene in Edinburgh.
A quick Google search brought up options beyond options on where to go, and I also had some recommendations from friends, too! If only we were there for longer, we could have squeezed in some extra vegan food munching. But alas, we were there for a weekend so had to pick just a couple. I thought it might be useful to share the places that we did go to, and also some places that I wish we had time to visit (many of the reasons I’ll be planning a return trip, of course).
The first stop was Beetroot Sauvage, a vegan cafe and wellness centre promising to ‘nourish you from soil to soul.’ It was a bit of a trek from the city centre, and hidden away making it difficult to find, but it was well worth it.
It was so hygge, which meant it was right up my alley. Fairy lights and plants adorned the cosy space, and people sat around wooden tables chatting and laughing. It just had a really lovely feel to it. I opted for the mac & cheese topped with coconut bacon, and Luke had the cooked breakfast. The portions were very generous, and I wasn’t actually able to finish mine. Luckily, my husband is always willing to eat what I can’t.
Overall, I’d give it a solid 8/10.
Holy Cow has to be one of my favourite vegan restaurants, ever (and I’ve eaten at a lot – all over Europe). This is the place you want to go to when you want to feel calm and relaxed. There was soft, gentle music playing in the background, the staff are warm and friendly, and nobody was rushed. We actually went here twice because I loved it so much.
Their food is all homemade, delicious, and reasonably priced. There’s a good variety on the menu – everything from smoothies, to soups, to burgers, as well as a selection of cakes and hot drinks. I had burgers both times (yes yes, I’m a burger fiend) and Luke sampled both a burger and a soup. The food was seriously delicious, as were the coffee and hot chocolates. Holy Cow is situated in the New Town, so it’s pretty central and really easy to get to. Next time I’m in Edinburgh, this will be my first stop.
It’s a 10/10 from me.
Other places that we really wanted to visit but didn’t get around to were: