We love to plan, and we love to eat. The result of this is that we plot our favourite vegan places on maps, and we share those with you lovely people in case they are of use. So far, these just cover London and Berlin, but as we travel more, we’ll keep adding to the list. Feel free to suggest favourites we’ve missed!
This page will be a regularly updated list of our favourite haunts. It won’t be exhaustive, and will only ever include tried and tested places. There are loads of really great resources for finding vegan eats and treats around town that are far more exhaustive – try Happy Cow, or Vegan London if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for below! We’ve tried to break them down into helpful categories, but some will fall into more than one category and/or will depend on your definition of formal/informal/treats. We’re always on the look out for new places to try, and new London adventures, so leave recommendations for your favourite places in London (and beyond!). All of the below are just personal preferences – there’s no affiliate £££ involved. The list below is split into sections:
- Formal Meals
- Casual Meals
- Cakes & Treats
- Shops (food)
- Shops (other)
- Places we haven’t tried yet
If you’d rather see all the options on a lovely map, visit this colour/icon coded
A vegan favourite, and a solid choice for special occasions or a nice treat (we’ve used it for anniversaries, birthdays, and Meet The Grandparents). Their vegan roast is amongst the best I’ve had, and the semi-freddo dessert is everything you wish Viennetta had been. It’s a short walk from Primrose Hill for a post-roast stroll, and a pleasant stroll along the canal (or past Whole Foods…) down to Camden, where you can sample the wonders of Cookies & Scream (see Treats & Cakes), Inspiral Cafe (see Casual Meals) and more.
4 Erskine Road, London NW3 3AJ
Nearest Transport: Chalk Farm (Northern – Edgware Branch, Zone 2)
A vegetarian restaurant with a host of vegan options, the atmosphere here is really relaxed and pleasant, and the food is indulgent and tasty. The Islington branch is a short walk from a host of great bars on Upper Street (69 Colebrook Row is really worth booking, and Wenlock & Essex has one of the most extensive spirit ranges I’ve seen!). There is also a Hammersmith branch, which we have yet to try.
370 Saint John Street, London EC1V 4NN
Nearest Transport: (Islington Branch): Angel (Northern, Zone 2), or a walk from Highbury & Islington (Overground/Victoria, Zone 2)
Not a wholly vegan restaurant, but they clearly mark the vegan options on the menu, and the food is absolutely delicious. A nice part of town for a potter about (make sure you go in the week – it can be a bit quiet at the weekends, and many of the cafes and bars are closed). Worth walking to the Zetter Townhouse for cocktails if you’re feeling fancy, or the Betsey Trotwood for a more casual pint.
67 Farringdon Road, London EC1M 3JB
Nearest Transport: Farringdon (Rail, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan). Also walkable from Barbican or Chancery Lane.
Another absolutely stellar vegan breakfast, they also do great lunch and dinner specials, as well as Pizza Nights, Diner Nights, and more. There are often events on in the evenings, such as live music, poetry readings, and film screenings. Nearby there’s good coffee and vegan treats at G&T (see Cakes & Treats below), and Cafe G on Broadway Market (see Cakes & Treats). If you go on a Saturday, Broadway Market plays host to a whole plethora of amazing vegan options (see Markets). In the other direction, you can head up to Brick Lane and sample a curry or some amazing coffee (see our Coffee page…)
St. Margarets House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL
Nearest Transport: Bethnal Green (Central Line, Zone 2)
Tucked away in the centre of Covent Garden, the food may seem pricey but it’s deceptively filling and very tasty. There are surprisingly few options in Central London (and they are decreasing by the minute), so Wild Food is a valuable commodity!
1st Floor, 14 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP
Nearest Transport: Tottenham Court Road (Central Line – check for closures & Northern, Zone 1) or Covent Garden (Piccadilly, Zone 1)
A vegetarian restaurant with a solid selection of vegan options, Mildred’s gets really busy evenings and weekends, and they don’t offer reservations. If you can get there early or for a weekday lunch (or you don’t mind waiting in their cosy bar with a drink for a while), you’re sure of a hearty and tasty vegan meal at a reasonable price, but it might not be the most creative or exciting vegan meal London has to offer.
45 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AN (plus a new branches in Camden and King’s Cross)
Nearest Transport: Oxford Circus (Central, Bakerloo, Victoria, Zone 1)
Often overlooked, Amico Bio has two branches (Barbican and Holborn) offering organic Italian vegetarian food, with numerous vegan options and a full vegan and vegetarian wine list. It’s suitable for a casual lunch or an occasion, and quite centrally located. These parts of town do tend to be quite quiet during weekends, so bear that in mind.
43 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BH or 44 Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ
Nearest Transport: Holborn (Piccadilly/Central, Zone 1), or Barbican (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Zone 1)
100% vegan cafe with really hearty options – a mammoth breakfast and a tasty pie and gravy being amongst my favourites. They also offer great milkshakes, cakes from Coven Baked and a small range of vegan groceries (I usually convince Lewis that we need to purchase marshmallows and whipped cream for my beloved hot chocolate whenever we go to Black Cat). Occasionally host pop-ups and other foodie events, so their Instagram page is worth a follow to get the early jump on tickets!
76 Clarence Road, Hackney, London, E5 8HB
Nearest Transport: Hackney Downs (Rail) + lots of bus routes head this way!
By the slice pizzeria now offering 3 vegan options (all tasty!). Casual diner atmosphere, great for starting a night out, or a couple of pre/post cinema slices (the Rio is next door). If a couple of slices isn’t quite going to cut it, hop across the road to Fed (see next item on the list!)
95 Kingsland High Street, London, E8 2PB or Boxpark
Nearest Transport: Dalston Kingsland (Overground) or Shoreditch High St (Overground)
Great Italian restaurant
offering vegan options now 100% vegan! They offer all the classics: pasta, pizza, and calzones (and now desserts!). Staff are absolutely lovely to boot. A total favourite, and must visit when you’re in London. Worth calling to book at weekends.
64 Kingsland High Street, London, E8
Nearest Transport: Dalston Kingsland (Overground)
Quickly becoming London Vegan royalty, I love that their menu items are all a single price, with a meal-deal to add on one of their delicious smoothies (the cinnamon stick and banana is ACE). Filling, delicious, fresh and healthy vegan food, right in the centre of Shoreditch. Highly recommended.
Unit 55, Boxpark, Shoreditch High Street
Nearest Transport: Shoreditch High Street (Overground – couldn’t be closer), or a short walk from Liverpool Street (Rail, Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Zone 1)
Tucked away in Stoke Newington, Bodega 50 is a simple cafe offering a great range of vegan snacks and meals. I wake up dreaming of their smoked tofu and mustard toastie approximately once a week. Great range of coffee (including bags to buy for home use), and freshly baked bread (which you can buy by the quarter to take home), as well as a range of cakes, some homemade, some supplied by Manna (see Formal Meals above!). Make the most of being in Stoke Newington and potter around the many independent shops, cafes, and pubs. Ester’s is a great specialty coffee place who make their own almond milk, and is not too far from Bodega 50. Clissold Park and the cemetery are great for a post-brunch stroll on a sunny day! Bodega 50 also boasts Bruce, the friendly dog, and an absurdly fluffy black cat.
50 Allen Road, London N16 8RZ
Nearest Transport: Canonbury or Dalston Kingsland (Overground), although I’d recommend bus as the best way to get to Stokey!
If you’ve been missing Japanese food since going vegan, Itadaki Zen is the place for you. A small, simple restaurant offering vegan versions of traditional Japanese meals (including sushi, and a cracking array of bento boxes), this is a great place for an impromptu meal. Sometimes their music choices are a little odd, but never loud enough to be much of an issue.
Reviewed by Lewis as “boom ting”, the South Indian curries and sides on offer at Rasa are delicious and make a pleasant change from more familiar curry choices.
55 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AR
Tucked away in Rye Lane Market, this little place offers incredibly tasty vegan food with real heart. Everything is cooked from scratch, on the premises, and served with the best hospitality I’ve encountered in a while! Tasty, great value, well worth a visit.
Cakes and Treats
We’re so pleased to see our favourite hot chocolate market stall make it into permanent premises – we’ve seen their menu and it is packed with vegan options, and they’ve still got their trust almond milk hot chocolates, whipped coconut cream and vegan-friendly marshmallows too. Well worth a visit.
1 Chapel Market, Islington, N1 9EX
Nearest Transport: Angel (Northern, Zone 1)
Vegetarian cafe which is also on the London Good Coffee Guide, at least half their food is vegan (and they make a stonking soya hot chocolate too)
Open Monday – Friday, 22 Foley Street, London W1W 6DT
Nearest Transport: Goodge Street (Northern, Zone 1)
A veggie vegan cafe, open 7 days a week.
183 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX
Nearest Transport: Holloway Road (Piccadilly, Zone 2)
Small coffee kiosk, with some vegan snacks and nice bread. More of a stop and grab than a sit down. Focus on local organic produce.
204 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9NQ
Nearest Transport: Bethnal Green (Central Line, Zone 2), or Cambridge Heath (Rail)
One of the permanent shops which line Broadway Market, this small cafe offers a range of vegan, raw, and veggie snacks, cakes and sweets, as well as a wide range of coffees and teas.
62 Broadway Market, London, E9
Nearest Transport: Bethnal Green (Central Line, Zone 2)
One of my all-time favourites, Cookies & Scream serve up decadent vegan and gluten free treats from shakes to doughnuts, from cookie sandwiches to chocolate pies. Well worth a visit (buy something to take home for later too). If you arrive on a day they’re doing doughnut-ice-cream-sandwiches, don’t pass up the opportunity! Great for a breakfast-pudding (totally a thing) after an Inspiral Cafe breakfast (see Casual Meals above).
Camden Lock Market, Camden
Nearest Transport: Camden Town (Northern, Zone 2)
A firm favourite of vegans far and wide, Ms Cupcake has revolutionised the vegan treat world. Recently party to a new deal to have her cupcakes stocked in Whole Foods, the best range of cakes, cookie sandwiches, sandwiches, and a store for all your vegan baking needs can still be found in her Brixton HQ.
408 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LF
Nearest Transport: Brixton (Victoria, Zone 2)
Great coffee and good vegan snack foods including burgers, dogs and breakfast choices. Not a huge space, especially on a Saturday morning, but friendly staff and cosy surrounds.
142 Deptford High Street, London, Deptford SE8 3PQ
This lovely one-woman show pops up all over London and is almost impossible to pin to just one market – I don’t know how she does it! Get over to her Instagram to see where she’ll be next and see if you can nab one of her incredible donuts, pizzas, focaccia and more. She also sells items to order on Etsy, including pandoro and panettone at Christmas, and doughnuts all year round!
A personal favourite, get there early if you aren’t a fan of slow moving browsers, otherwise take your time and go with the flow. A host of vegan options tucked away amongst the rest. Every time I’ve visited lately, there’s been at least one new ‘vegan!’ sign to catch my eye, so keep ’em peeled. Some firm favourites:
Jaz & Juls – the best hot chocolate this side of the Swiss Alps, Jaz & Juls offer the finest hot chocolate made with hot almond milk and served with vegan marshmallows from Marshmallow Deli. They even give you a little fork to lift the softened marshmallows out with. A real indulgence.
Gujarati Rasoi – a vegetarian Indian restaurant who clearly label their vegan options on their market stall, which include some delicious samosas, bhajis, and the like. Take a few home for a snack!
Borough Olives – an almost overwhelming range of stuffed and marinated olives, plus harissa, tapenade, and deluxe olive oils.
There’s a juice guy who whips up an excellent fresh juice while you wait (incidentally, he looks exactly like the juice guy at the Schillerkies market in Berlin, but I think that’s just a major coincidence…)
There are also some other places we have yet to try – a vietnamese noodle box, a vegan burger from the Veggie Table, and loads more.
Saturdays, from 9am, Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Nearest Transport: Bethnal Green (Central Line, Zone 2) or London Fields (Rail)
Not primarily a food market, I mention this one largely for the presence of Vegan Sweet Tooth, who has exploded onto the London market scene and spends weekends seemingly in several places across the capital, offering freshly made vegan patisserie. Gradually working my way through them all! Conveniently located for a Sunday wander around Brick Lane, or a treat after an early visit to Columbia Road Flower Market.
Sundays, Ely’s Yard, The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QL, United Kingdom
Brick Lane Market
Weekends year-round, the main Truman Brewery building hosts all manner of tasty food stalls and this year they’ve really upped their vegan game, now regularly hosting:
Pomodoro E Basilico – check her social media pages for details of when and where she’ll be with her AMAZING vegan burgers. Usually found at Brick Lane every Saturday and Sunday.
Benny Buttons Tea – Usually at Brick Lane on Sundays, Broadway Market (see above) on Saturdays, and Camden Lock Mon-Fri, you can get your hands on these tasty vegan pancakes with coco jam (I know!) every day of the week.
Mooshies London – brand new and finding their feet in London’s (now bustling) vegan street food scene, Mooshies make great vegan burgers and have just started at Brick Lane on Saturdays. Check their instagram for more info
Temple of Seitan – due to return to Brick Lane in October, Temple of Seitan make vegan junk food look SO GOOD: bacon burgers, chicken strips, mac and cheese – definitely worth tracking down.
Peanut Butter Bakery – VEGAN. DOUGHNUTS. (I don’t need to say more, do I? Go – go now!). They’re at Brick Lane every Sunday – check their Instagram for that week’s flavours!
Starting to find its feet a little, Archway Market is a local market with a few regular stalls, including a great fresh fruit & veg stall, and another location for Vegan Sweet Tooth.
Saturdays, 10am-5pm, outside 625-627 Holloway Road, N19 5SU, London
Barely needing any introduction, Borough Market is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. There are loads of stalls offering vegan options or vegan-suitable products, so clear your day and take your time! Whilst you’re in the area, try out The Moveable Feast, a vegan/vegetarian cafe who have hosted loads of ace guests such as NotDogs (non Quorn dogs are available) and Club Mexicana.
Monday-Saturday (closed Sundays)
Nearest Transport: London Bridge (Rail) or London Bridge Underground (Jubilee and Northern, Zone 1)
A lovely place to finish up a walk through the woods, or the perfect place to pick up a picnic for the final push on to Alexandra Palace and its sweeping views of the city (breathtaking on a clear day), Ally Pally market is small but has a wealth of local traders, many of whom offer vegan options or are wholly vegan.
Usually Sundays, usually at Alexandra Palace Park, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7BA
Nearest Transport: Alexandra Palace (Rail)
A huge range of food stalls from around the world, the stand out for me is Ruby’s of London, who make amazing vegan cakes and bakes, and are at the market on Saturdays and Sundays.
A note on Maltby Street Market: This market has been widely lauded of late in the foodie press, but we were disappointed with our visit. Couldn’t find a single offering without cheese or meat, so probably not worth the trek if you aren’t in the area already. Nice bread from St. John though!
Conveniently located opposite Voodoo Rays and a few doors up from Fed by Water (see Casual Meals above), Harvest is primarily a grocery store offering a really great range of vegan and vegan-friendly products, as well as fresh produce and cruelty free toiletries and household products. They stock Vego bars (my personal holy grail) – you’ll find them just in front of the cash register! In addition to all this, they have a small cafe by the door offering vegan cakes, sausage rolls, and sandwiches, as well as coffees and teas.
The Grocery carries a pretty good range of vegan and vegan-friendly products, as well as a large range of fresh produce. They tend towards the higher end stuff, so mind your budget!
Open 7 days a week, 54-56 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DP
Nearest Transport: Hoxton (Overground), also walkable from Shoreditch High Street (Overground) or Old Street (Rail and Northern Line, Zone 1)
It may look small, but Vx is perfectly formed, and a one-stop-shop for all your specialist vegan ingredient needs! They import loads of stuff that can otherwise be tricky to find in London, from vegan schnitzel and doner meat, to daiya cheese (and a bunch of other vegan cheeses to suit your personal preference), as well as squirty cream, pet food, mayonnaise, and vegan parmesan (and so much more). They also carry merchandise, a small range of vegan footwear, and they sell hot snacks and vegan pastries and cakes.
Open every damn day! 73 Caledonian Road, London N1 9BT
Nearest Transport: King’s Cross (Rail or Northern, Victoria, Piccadilly Line, Zone 1)
This unassuming little shop is packed full of organic ingredients, with a wide range of vegan alternatives and specialist ingredients (from nooch to tempeh, and beyond!). They also stock Manna cupcakes for when you’re feeling like a sweet treat but don’t fancy trekking across town. They have lovely organic fruits and veggies, great bread, and they offer Ecover refills to boot. The staff are always very friendly too.
A little walk from King’s Cross or Camden (which, as you’ll have gathered, both offer plenty of tantalizing options for the discerning vegan), The Third Estate carries a great range of vegan and ethical clothing and footwear, in a very relaxed and welcoming setting. There are also 3 branches of Bumblebee on the same street, should you find you need some groceries or a small snack to tide you over….
Open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 27 Brecknock Road, London N7 0BT
Nearest Transport: Caledonian Road (Piccadilly Line, Zone 2)
Places we haven’t tried yet…
We stopped by Walthamstow on a Sunday and this place was closed, but we are suitably intrigued!
458 Hoe Street, London E17 9AH
Not an area of London we frequent much, and woefully under-represented thus far for that reason. This place comes highly recommended, and I’m sure we’ll get there one day!
11 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1TD
The stars have not yet aligned for us to make it to one of these, but the menus always sound super delicious and are reasonably priced to boot.
Take place at different locations, so check the facebook page for details of the next event! http://www.facebook.com/vcurioussupperclub
A South Indian restaurant with an extensive vegan menu, this one looks like a must-try! With 3 branches across London, there’s bound to be one within reach.
Covent Garden: 31 Catherine Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5JS
Hammersmith: 157 King Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9JT
Soho: 17A Percy Street, Off Tottenham Court Rd, London, W1T 1DU
Animal products free, and with some gluten free items available, the simple menu takes its cues from world travels, with mediterannean and Caribbean dishes featuring, amongst many others. Convenient for combining with a visit to Ms. Cupcake, perhaps…!
5 Station Rise, Tulse Hill, SE27 9BW
30 Portman Square, W1H 7BH
There are definitely more places to be explored – tell us your favourites in the comments!
Let’s not beat around the bush, Berlin is flipping AMAZING if you’re vegan. There are options everywhere, and they seem to be springing up at a rate of knots!
Last summer we took a week’s holiday in Berlin, and happily ate our way around the city. As we recover from our second Berlin summer holiday in a couple of weeks, I’ve been revisiting my map of highlights and updating it based on the amazing places we’ve visited (and some of the ones we didn’t make it to). We know that the post below barely scratches the surface of what’s out there, so if you’re looking for something more exhaustive Happy Cow is probably still your best bet. I’ve flagged a few of the below places as favourites – our absolute must-go places, but all of the places listed below have passed our rigorous taste testing 😉
Because it’s for holidaying, our Berlin map has a few more added extras than our London map – namely: good coffee places, shopping destinations, arts/cultural things to see, and bars. They are all colour coded because I love to plan, OK?
Best. Burritos. Ever. It’s not a big place so get there early and be prepared to chill outside with a beer whilst a table frees up. It will be worth the wait, trust me.
Pflügerstraße 11, 12047 Berlin, Germany
Cakes so good, we both had two and had to walk miles and miles to alleviate the sugar high. Their all you can eat brunch is properly good and really varied. We love this place so much, we went once for the brunch and again for some cake. Highly recommended.
Mainzer Straße 18, 10247 Berlin, Germany
We were lucky enough to be staying just around the corner from this little place, which meant great coffee and a freshly baked chocolate pastry every morning of our holiday. The staff were really friendly, and they had a range of freshly made vegan sandwiches and juices to choose from as well as perfectly brewed tea, quality coffee and tasty treats. They make pretty much all the food on-site daily, so it’s always super fresh (in every sense of the word)
Hermannstraße 40, 12049 Berlin, Germany
Another lucky local find, this is a really sweet little bakery right by Tempelhof, whipping up great veggie/vegan treats every morning.
Schillerpromenade 25, 12049 Berlin, Germany
The Sudanese meals here rank as one of my top 5 favourite things to eat ever. EVER. I highly recommend the #6, with tofu instead of halloumi. A cheap plate that I’d happily pay 5 times as much for. There are other Sudanese places (including a chain, Sahara, which is decent), but nothing to touch Tutti, in my opinion!
Zossener Str. 17, 10961 Berlin, Germany
An unassuming bar that ran two separate vegan pop ups during the week we were there – we went along to Chakalaka Suppers and had a really delicious South African vegan meal in friendly surroundings. I recommend keeping an eye on their event listings online in case something good is coming up!
Pannierstraße 12, 12047 Berlin, Germany
They may not have a website, but about 90% of the menu at this Vietnamese restaurant is vegan, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice once you get there. Situated in a part of town with countless vegan options, it’s not a bad place to end up…
Eisenacher Str. 40, 10781 Berlin, Germany
Another place on our ‘to try’ list, Fast Rabbit offer some really colourful and wholesome looking plates, not to mention some pretty ace looking chocolate brownies.
A new recommendation that we’re yet to try, geh Veg offer a delicious looking vegan brunch and I hear you’ll be hosted by a couple of really friendly dogs into the bargain.
Birkenstr. 30 links, 10551 Berlin, Germany
Not only is this a vegan ice cream parlour, it’s also the regular home to Brammibal’s Donuts. I cannot wait to visit!
A restaurant. From the people who brought us VEGO BARS. What could possibly go wrong?!
Lychener Str. 63, 10437 Berlin
Two words most likely to get me out of bed in the morning: Vegan + Brunch. I plan to be at Kopps with bells on at least once during my holiday.
Linienstraße 94, 10115 Berlin
Chipps looks like a proper grown-up restaurant with loads of vegan items (or vegan modifications) on their standard menu. It was too hot to think about formal dining last time we were there, but maybe we’ll make it this time…
Jägerstraße 35, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Another casualty of the summer heat for our last visit, Cookies Cream looks like a slightly hipper version of Chipps (and more expensive to boot).
Behrenstraße 55, 10117 Berlin, Germany
We walked for ages to get to Friedrichshain one day, just ’cause, and when we got there decided we had totally earned a treat. We happened upon cupcake and spotted some vegan options, and the rest is history. We popped over the road afterwards into a pretty good record store too, if that’s your thing.
Krossener Straße 12, 10245 Berlin, Germany
A totally vegan cafe with *massive* burgers and crepes, all named after famous vegans. They also have a limited stock of Brammibals Donuts which I very very strongly recommend tracking down!
Treptower Str. 90, 12059 Berlin, Germany
Vegan. Doner. Kebabs. This place saved my day when I was feeling a little bit fragile after a heavy night on the Radlers, but would be delicious even without the hangover.
We got back almost a week ago and I still can’t get the majestic image of a full 18 (yes, EIGHTEEN) totally vegan burger options on the menu at this place. If you’re hankering for that junk food hit, this is the place.
Charlies’ Asian Bakery **FAVOURITE**
A chance discovery during a wander round Oranienstrasse (which is, in itself, recommended, for Museum der Dinge and Voo Store and Nano Kaffee and and and…), Charlie’s became an instant favourite. A really wide range of freshly baked and delicious vegan cakes, all clearly labelled, as well as freshly made Vietnamese snacks including banh mi, banh bao, and summer rolls. They have *loads* of tea, and make a mean hot chocolate too, as well as Vietnamese espresso if that’s your thing.
I don’t know how we’ve been to Berlin twice and still not made it to Chaostheorie, but what can you do?