As y’all know in December I hopped on the train up to Edinburgh for a long weekend away. You can find my hotel review HERE and my weekend post HERE but now for the good stuff. One of the main attractions about Edinburgh for me was the banging vegan food scene. I’d heard rave reviews and read plenty of blog posts all about the hoards of choice and it was anything but salad! There seems to be this misunderating that vegans live off leaves NAHUH not me, pass me dem nachos.
Here are my top vegan joints in Edinburgh! We didn’t quite get round all the restaurants I had on my list but these are a good starting point.
We’d just dropped off our luggage and I was already entering Paradise Palms into my Google maps as I was so excited to eat here! It turned out to be the other side of the city but it was only around a half hour walk from George Street. Oh man, it did not disappoint. The interiors are so quirky and the food is to.die.for. Charlie and I shared a portion of the vegan nachos, I had a hot dog and Charlie opted for Mac & Cheese (veggie not vegan). I can’t even deal with looking at these photos, LET ME RE-LIVE IT ALL.
The Caffeine Drip
For breakfast we headed to a little South African cafe that was just around the corner from our hotel called The Caffeine Drip. The entrance is fairly small and can be easily missed but it’s a definite go-to for both vegans and veggies. Whilst the menu isn’t strictly meat-free it does have a fantastic range for plant types. I was so torn as to what to order but opted for the vegan french toast. Was it amazing? Yes it freakin’ was. Made with a chickpea scramble and a side of maple syrup it was all of my breakfast dreams come true.
Whilst we didn’t get time to stop and eat at Hula they do an amazing range of juices which as a juice bar you would probably expect. Worth a shoutout though as they did have what looked like some delicious vegan food on offer!
I love pizza. I’ve always loved pizza so when I went vegan it was imperative that it remained in my life. Whilst Pizzi do an incredible vegan pizza with dairy-free choose, I was yet to try and other restaurant alternatives. Nova pizza is a veggie Italian restaurant and have a WHOLE VEGAN MENU full to the brim with pizzas, pastas and sides. It was overwhelming but amazing. I opted for pizza (duh) and it was all kinds of heaven.
OH and excuse my bedraggled look here – this was taken after 10 hours of solid walking and exploring.
The Auld Hoose
Now this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning these BEASTLY nachos. Wow just wow and this isn’t even the ‘large’ size. The Auld Hoose is a little out of the centre but so worth the walk as we couldn’t have enjoyed our visit more. The atmosphere is so relaxed, we kicked back with a few diet cokes (wild I know) and enjoyed this mountain of deliciousness. I was actually pretty gutted that I was too full to enjoy any of the other vegan options on the menu (there were tonnes) but hey maybe that warrants a trip back?!
One place we didn’t get to go which was on my list was Hendersons so I’ll definitely have to go there next time as I’ve heard rave reviews! Too much food too little time.
Have you ever been to Edinburgh before? Are my nachos tempting you to take a trip?