We’ve waved goodbye to the mountains of mince pies, crispy roast potatoes and endless turkey sandwiches, and we’re welcoming a month long detox indulging in all things vegan. Yup, Veganuary has returned and everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to Greta Thunberg are encouraging individuals to jump on the plant-based craze.
To help you along the way (and to prove vegans don’t just eat leafy greens), we’ve picked out the very best of London’s vegan eateries that’ll satisfy any food craving…
Longtime plant-based innovators Joel and Aiste Gazdar are on a revolution to showcase natural foods, ingredients, practices and methods that haven’t been fully explored at their two glorious plant-based restaurants in the city. Wild Food Café has become a staple for vegan Londoners looking for dreamy pink hues, walls piled high with tropical plants and high-end food which doesn’t compromise on flavour.
If there’s one place that knows a thing or two about the plant-based diet it’s the all day dining restaurant ETHOS. With over 40 (yes, 40!) hot, cold and sweet treats to indulge in, all of your buffet dreams will come true here. Grab yourself a plate and dive into this self-service selection.
Oh Stem + Glory, you’ve won our hearts! Having originally started after a successful Crowdfunding campaign back in 2016, Stem + Glory has two glorious locations in both Cambridge and London, and it’s fully plant-based. You can expect to be gobbling your way through ‘duck’ pancakes, ‘shakshuka’ bowls and homemade Korean steamed buns in the style of a ‘burger’.
Tell Your Friends is without a doubt a celebrity hangout, namely thanks to the restaurant being the brainchild of sisters Lucy and Tiffany Watson. The restaurant’s menu is bursting with fresh seasonal ingredients, serving up nutritious eats as well as some tempting guilty pleasures. We’re talking to you Moving Mountains burger…
Another restaurant that’ll satisfy any of your deepest cravings is tibits. Founded almost 20 years-ago by three veggie brothers, Christian, Daniel and Reto Frei, whose inspiration stemmed from the lack of vegetarian in their native Switzerland. Coined together with Rolf and Marielle Hilti, owners of Zurich’s oldest veggie restaurant, Haus Hilti, they opened up the first tibits. Fast forward to 2020, and tibits has since become one of Europe’s most well know vegetarian and vegan restaurant brands with locations in Switzerland, UK and Germany. The concept is pretty simple – pile up your plate with as much veggie goodness as you desire and get ready to revel in the array of flavours.
One plant-based resto you’ve probably already got on your radar is Farmacy who’s been paving the way for vegans since 2016. From brunch to dinner, these guys serve up delicious food that heals both us and our world, championing organic and biodynamic farming methods.
Check out our full review here
Born out of a father and son’s love for honest, healthy food, Kin Cafe serves up just so. Expect to be sipping on fresh juices, tucking into delicious veggie salads and having a jolly ol’ time.
Specialising in fast casual dining and cosy organic comfort food, Genesis strives to use as much organic and healthy ingredients as possible. If you’re looking to get your milkshake fix, these guys have you covered with their scrummy peanut butter, choccie, matcha mint and cold brew coffee shakes.
by CHLOE delivers on Instaworthy aesthetics and wholesome plant-based food. The resto has become a bit of a vegan establishment, but there’s no denying it’s a bit of a dolled up fast-food joint, although undeniably serving up hearty, nourishing meals. If you’re looking to up your Insta game, snap up a pic on their notorious swinging chairs and watch the likes roll in…
Ella Woodward and her husband Matt are plant-based pioneers, who set up the deli to help make vegan food more accessible to Londoners. Tucked on Weighhouse Street, behind the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, you’ll find Deliciously Ella serving up hefty salad bowls, hearty stews and multigrain lunches.
Hungover? Fear not, Temple of Seitan is here to comfort you with all your fried food cravings. As far as vegan junk food goes, Temple of Seitan is without a doubt my favourite. As the name suggests, these guys focus on frying up the finest seitan creating ‘chicken’ style patties, deep fried wings and the dreamiest vegan mac ‘n’ cheese I’ve found.
Vegetarian pioneers Diane Thomas and Jane Muir have been fuelling hungry Londoners since 1988. Mildreds was one of the first vegetarians restaurants in the city to steer away from brown foods and earthenware pottery, bringing with it fresh, international flavours to the forefront of vegetarian cooking. Today, with four locations across the city, Mildreds continues to unravel their vegetarian magic creating delicious dishes each and every time.
Herbivores, get your skates over to Wulf and Lamb now! Tucked just off Sloane Square, this resto will satisfy your deepest cravings for comfort food and definitely don’t compromise on bringing your new flavours and surprises. Our menu favourite is the ‘wulf pie’, comprising of pulled jackfruit and lentil stew, served alongside mashed potato and baby carrots. It’s the ultimate comfort food now that the weather’s on the turn!
On a mission to become 100% zero waste is Cafe Van Gogh, a community interest company. Working in conjunction with three charities to run a programme of on-the-job training for people with additional challenges in life, providing them with support and confidence to seek paid employment. Their menu changes every 6-8 weeks so be sure to keep a look out to see what they’ve got cooking.
Oh crumbs, we know you’re craving a pizza fix, and we might have found the best place to get it. Enter Picky Wops with their fully vegan menu. One dish on the menu you can’t miss is the tricolore fries – fully loaded fries with a slathering of pesto, cheese and bolognese. Blooming delish!
One vegan restaurant you’ve probably heard us screaming and shouting about before is Kalifornia Kitchen, and we’re not the only one who’s obsessed with their dreamy pink interiors as these guys have got 25.4k Insta followers… From smoothie bowls to buckwheat pancakes, banana blossom fish ‘n’ chips to tofu tortillas, Kalifornia Kitchen will no doubt satisfy your veggie cravings.
If you haven’t already caved by now, we can guarantee you’re probably itching for a chocolate hit. Introducing Copperhouse Chocolate, London’s very first fully vegan coffee shop equipped with the richest, creamiest chocolate assortments you could dream of. Head into their cafe and you’ll find yourself indulging in Jaffa pancakes slathered with marmalade maple syrup and chocolate sauce, oozy brownies with ice cream and chocolate sauce, and a chocolate fondue of dreams. And ordering one of their naturally sweet hot chocolates is an absolute staple.
Nothing quite beats a greasy doner kebab at the end of a boozy weekend and here to satisfy your junk food cravings is What the Pitta! And, these guys certainly don’t do portions by halves! If you’re after a proper doner experience, stuff yourselves silly with their vegan döner jam-packed with spiced soya pieces, mixed salad, tzatziki, homemade humous and chilli sauce stuffed inside freshly made bread. Yum!
We’re all for supporting independent restaurants at The Handbook and vegan restauranteurs Mao Chow is one of our favourites. Tucked in on Mare Street in Hackney, Mao Chow’s menu is short and simple, but packs in a punch on the flavour front. This quaint Chinese resto will see you munching your way through dumplings, oyster mushroom bao and spicy sesame noodles. A perfect spot for authentic Chinese flavours.
For bangin’ Mexican-inspired street food, Club Mexicana has you covered with their menu stuffed with bursting burritos, tasty tacos and nore-ish nachos (okay, that description didn’t work but you get the picture…)
One borough of London that’s proving it’s a hit with the vegans is Hackney so it only seemed natural to include LELE’s. Inspired by a love of veggie fare and the young food sellers at Pop Brixton, we have LELE’s to thank for helping to raise the roof on promoting veganism and ethical consumerism. And, if you’re in dyer need of a sweet treat, their cakes are real slices of heaven.
Biff’s Jack Shack pops up in the weirdest of places… But their residency at Eat 17 in Walthamstow has to be the strangest; it’s literally inside a ‘Spar’ store. There’s one thing for sure though, they serve up the world’s filthiest and most indulgent vegan junk food. A must-try is their jackfruit wingz stuffed on a sugar cane spear (don’t mock it until you’ve tried it!)
Check out our full review here
On a plant-based mission of their own is atis serving up nutritious salad bowls to busy Londoners. Whether you’re darting off to grab a quick bite to eat on your swift lunch break or you fancy a healthy hit for dinner, atis has you covered with their 11 vegan and vegetarian bowls, all of which can be customised with a choice of hot food and proteins.
Grabbing inspiration from chefs and restaurants across the world, Black Cat is known for their innovative style of vegan cooking, especially when it comes to incorporating tofu. Whether you’re after their BBQ tofu sarnie, blue corn crusted tofu with mole sauce or their corn crusts ‘chicken’, pesto and melted cheese sarnie, you’re in for a treat.
You’d be wrong if you thought Carribean was solely dedicated to jerk chicken. Vegans can enjoy the intense spiced flavours too thanks to Eat of Eden. Their menu is inspired by European and Caribbean Ital, which is the Rastafarian style of cooking and eating, consisting of home cooked spicy stews. Stuff yourself full of their vegan platter, piled high with curries, grains and fried goodies. Oh, and while you’re at it, try their macaroni pie – it’s oozing with vegan cheese without the dairy!
London has seen many a celeb open up a restaurant, from Idris Elba launching a cocktail bar named Parrot to David Beckham taking over a West London boozer. But perhaps the most random of the lot is Lewis Hamilton’s vegan burger joint Near Burger. All the burgers have been curated in collab with Beyond Meat, yum!
Powered by two female entrepreneurs, Catherine Salway and Andrea Waters, Redemption Bar is a sure hit with those looking to get their health on. And, these guys take health and wellness incredibly seriously serving up London’s healthiest food, and there’s no option to grab yourself an alcoholic tipple while you’re at it, because the bar is completely alcohol-free. Detox at the ready…
This late in the month you’ve either rumbled or stuck to your gun but there’s no denying you’ll be trying to curb some serious cravings. And, let’s face it, you never know when you’ll be craving a steak bap. Jake’s Vegan Steak scores serious points on the indulgent factor serving up Phildelphia style cheesesteaks, all made handmade from scratch and made to order. We’re talking serious #foodporn.
Woah, we know you’re craving pizza but there’s no need to sacrifice your veganuary streak this late in the game. Purezza is here to satisfy all cheesy infused cravings. Yep, you’ll find these guys have been serving up plant-based versions of your Italian favourites. From their classic Margherita to their indulgent truffle number, there’s no need to cave in this late in the month.
Get your Asian fix this January courtesy of Eat Chay. We’re talking kimchi bao slathered with Korean bbq seitan, sriracha mayo, sesame seeds and crispy onions; bibimbap; and spicy vegan pork dumplings. Race over to Boxpark in Shoreditch now to get your fix.
Venture on over to King’s Cross Road to sample a dish or two from Europe’s first organic and vegan Japanese restaurant. Expect traditional, hearty dishes comprised of grains, vegetables and seaweeds. Delicious.
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