Afew years ago, Glasgow has been crowned the most vegan-friendly city in the UK, and ever since the the plant-based food scene in the city has mushroomed even more. There is in fact so many vegan food options in Glasgow that your spoilt for choice – and choosing is not always easy! This is a comprehensive Glasgow Vegan Guide which features my favourite vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Glasgow for every occasion! Behold, the only Glasgow vegan guide you’ll ever need!
Best for Breakfast: Mala Carne
I live so close to Mala Carne, I would eat there every day if I could. The soy milk in my latte tastes amazing (they use Bonsoy); the cakes are usually predominantly vegan, so you’re spoiled for choice; the smoked carrot bagel is amazing (it’s by far my faovurite dish); and you just can’t copy their smoked tofu scramble at home. Mala Carne only opened in May 2017, but is already the best thing about ever moving to Mount Florida.
Other brilliant options: Rose & Grants, Gusto & Relish
Best for Lunch: Picnic
It’s only been around since 2016, but Picnic is definitely my favourite when I find myself longing for a healthy lunch and a boost of vitamins in the Merchant City. Everything on the menu is 100% vegan, fresh and organic, and you get a full range of soups, sandwiches, mains and cakes. The raw pad thai bowl is amazing, but so are the sandwiches and the burger. There are also fresh cakes waiting for you in the deli counter!
Other brilliant options: The V&V Cafe, In Bloom
Best for Coffee & Cake: Mala Carne
Confession time: I basically live at Mala Carne. The soy milk tastes amazing (it’s Bonsoy); the cakes are usually predominantly vegan, so you’re spoiled for choice; the smoked carrot is amazing (and I never even liked smoked salmon, which its supposed to resemble); and you just can’t copy their smoked tofu scramble at home. Mala Carne only opened in May 2017, but is already the best thing that happened to my neighbourhood, Mount Florida.
Other brilliant options: The V&V Cafe, Kind Crusts
Best for a Snack: Kurdish
When I need a little pick me up on my way to town, or back, I love getting a falafel wrap at Kurdish Street Food. The falafel are some of the best in town, and the naan bread for the wrap is made fresh for every order. When choosing your fillings definitely get olives for a tangy twist and ask for the vegan falafel sauce, which has some sweet pineapple in it! Kurdish only has limited seats available, so I prefer taking the wrap away with me.
Other brilliant options: Hooked, Bar Burrito, Falafel to Go, Via Italia
Best for Food Markets: Platform at the Arches
When it comes to quick, delicious street food, nothing is better than a proper food market! Platform at the Arches is open every weekend from Friday to Sunday and is located in a former nightclub venue under Glasgow Central Station. The vendors always have a variety of vegan options on offer, but my favourite stall is Freddy & Hicks, who make the best burgers in town!
Other brilliant options: Dockyard Social (monthly), The Big Feed (monthly)
Best for Casual Dinner: Ranjit’s Kitchen
Vegan or not, everybody loves a curry! If I had to choose a restaurant in Glasgow to take friends to experience authentic Indian food and get a taste of amazing vegan dishes, I’d have to say it’s Ranjit’s Kitchen. It’s a small family-owned restaurant dishing up traditional and 100% vegetarian Panjabi dishes. I usually order a mix of dhal, sabji and pakora! You can’t reserve a table, so when it’s busy you might have to wait a little bit and share your table with other hungry customers.
Other brilliant options: Mono, Hanoi Bike Shop, The Hug & Pint
Best for Scottish Food: Red Onion
Run by John Quigley, the former private chef of the likes of Bryan Adams or Guns’n’Roses, the Red Onion is a local favourite when it comes to Scottish fine dining with plenty of options for vegans. There is a separate vegan set menu with a variety of starters and mains to choose from. I highly recommend leaving some space though, and taste your way through the vegan dessert menu! The atmosphere at the Red Onion is a mix of casual and fine dining – not too fancy to feel out of place, but certainly, an occasion to dress up a bit!
Other brilliant options: The Gannet, The Bungo
Best for Budget Eating: Bread Meats Bread
If there is one thing Glasgow is not short of, it’s burger restaurants. But not every burger joint has as many vegan options as Bread Meats Bread – particularly the West End branch on Great Western Road. Vegan mains range from burgers and sandwiches to a variety of vegan fried “chickn” dishes, and cost between £7.50 and £8.50. My favourite is the Radical Reuben sandwich (£8.50), which tastes a lot like the real deal and works great with a side portion of vegan poutine (£3.50)!
Other brilliant options: Zaytun, Chillies West End
Best for Fine Dining: Leiper’s Attic
At first glance, Leiper’s Attic doesn’t sound like the most vegan-friendly restaurant in Glasgow, after all, they focus on steaks, game and seafood. However, the chef is very dedicated to creating mouthwatering vegan options and I’ve had the pleasure to try them on two occasions. Fine dining at this level comes with a price tag, but if you’re looking for an omni- and vegan-friendly restaurant for a very special occasion, I can only recommend Leiper’s Attic at the Cottiers Theatre!
Other brilliant options: Red Onion, Nippon Kitchen
My new Glasgow Vegan Guide
Of course there are only so many eateries I can recommend in a blog post like this, but there are many more vegan restaurants in Glasgow that are worth a visit. This is obviously a highly personal selection and from time to time my favourite restaurants in Glasgow change as well! There are many restaurants out there that would be just as great a choice as the ones I’ve mentioned here –
so, I’ve decided to give my love for vegan food and restaurant adventures a new permanent home!
Whether you’re vegan or simply curious what vegan cuisine is all about, head over to my new Glasgow Vegan Guide website for restaurant reviews, more blogposts rounding up my favourite vegan restaurants in Glasgow, news about vegan events in the city and much more!
It’s now easier than ever to find a vegan restaurant for any occasion and I hope you will find the resource useful and share it with your fellow vegans living or traveling to Glasgow!
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All photos by Kathi Kamleitner.