Do you love a good breakfast? Then Glasgow is the right city for you! Whether you live here, plan a foodie getaway or need a hearty start for a day of exploring the city, these seven gorgeous places for vegan breakfast in Glasgow will water your mouth!
Mala Carne is one of the latest additions to the Glasgow vegan brunch circuit, but already my absolute favourite. It might be because I live 10 steps away from it, but I swear even if I had to walk for an hour, I’d come here a lot!
While the cafe is not 100% vegan, they have a wide selection of vegan breakfast/brunch/lunch items and quite often most of their cakes are vegan too. It’s hard to chose, so we regularly walk home with more cake than we can carry…
Favourites: Scrambled tofu on sourdough; smoked carrot bagel
Price range: £ (£5-8 for a breakfast or lunch meal)
I had heard a lot about Soy Division before I first visited. The cafe only opened last year, in 2016, but I couldn’t imagine the Glasgow vegan scene without it. Apart from its brilliant name, the food served here is honestly home made, creative and last but not least, delicious.
I particularly enjoyed the square sausage which came with the full vegan breakfast, and owner Debbie even whipped up a vegan French toast for me which they had just added to their summer menu.
Favourites: Square sausage; French toast with fresh berries
Price range: £ (£4.50-7 for a breakfast meal)
I haven’t been to Kind Crusts since I moved from the East End to the Southside, but it definitely deserves a spot in this list. Run by a powerhouse of a woman, who believes in healthy and sustainable food, Kind Crusts is the kind of bagel place you wish was in a more central location.
All ingredients are fresh and yummy, and the seitan for the vegan “bacon” rashers actually homemade! There is very limited seating available, but in summer there are a few tables outside the cafe. I hear there will be a second branch in the Southside soon – can’t wait to taste one of these bagels again!
Favourites: avocado bagel with seitan “bacon” rashers
Price range: £ (from £3/bagel)
The V & V Cafe
Whenever I’m too lazy to bring my own lunch to work, you will find me at the V&V Cafe. As the name suggests, the cafe dishes up vegan and vegetarian fare, although there is an aspiration to go 100% one day. Food is available for sit in or takeaway, and you can also buy a variety of breads, chocolates and healthy snacks for the office desk.
Even though the West End of Glasgow is supposedly the trendiest part of town, this is the only place I know of where I can go and be certain to pick up a vegan cake that is not a boring flapjack… The vegan donuts and empire biscuits are by far my favourites!
Favourites: “Pakora” toastie; Empire Biscuits
Price range: £ (from £5 for a breakfast meal)
Gusto & Relish
Gusto & Relish is an amazing place to go for brunch in the weekend or to get some work done during the week. They have fantastic coffee (Firebird) and make the most filling smoothies. The cafe is not vegan or vegetarian, but has an incredibly satisfying full vegan breakfast on their menu, with some of the grainiest (read: delicious) square sausages in town!
Come with an empty belly and plenty of time, because the breakfast plus a smoothie will fill you up – you won’t be able to leave too quickly. A walk in the nearby Queen’s Park is the perfect counter measure!
Favourites: banana & oats smoothie; full breakfast
Price range: ££ (£6-8 for a lunch meal)
Rose & Grants
There are a lot of vegan restaurants in the city centre, but when it comes to breakfast and people watching, Rose & Grants is my favourite. It’s best to find a table with a good view through the massive glass front, to watch the busy city life pass by outside.
Again, it’s not a 100% vegan place, but the vegan breakfast is worth coming here! I might sound repetitive, but what can I say – the square sausage is amazing. I never even liked “real” square sausage, but there is something about how every cafe makes its own vegan square sausage, that interests me. They also sell loads of vegan cakes and rolls over the counter, as well as vegan ice cream on the go!
Favourites: square sausage; vegan ice cream
Price range: £ (£5-7 for a breakfast meal)
Picnic is a gorgeous cafe in the Merchant City. All the food is 100% vegan and prepared with fresh ingredients. I’ve been here for lunch several times and also tried of the the cake and smoothies on offer. Judging by that I’m convinced that the cooked breakfast is a delight too!
The cafe was founded by Michelle Morrow who wanted to provide a healthy and cruetly-free alternative to the otherwise chip shop, pub and sea food dominated neighbourhood. Aside from that I always get the sense that it is a very female- & family-friendly space, and I love the pops of colour it adds to the city!
I usually come here when I’m in town, particularly when I need a break from sightseeing or after coming back from a tour – it’s location just off George Square makes it perfect for that!
Favourites: Pastramheat sandwich, green smoothies, raw pad thai bowl
Price range: £ (from £5 for a breakfast meal)
You could spend an entire week just exploring the scene for vegan breakfast in Glasgow, and I’m sure I’ve not managed to squeeze in every cafe or restaurant that offers vegan options.
Which vegan breakfast in Glasgow do you think I should add?
All photos by Kathi Kamleitner.