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Best Vegan Restaurants Leeds 2020
Whether you follow a strict plant-based diet, have been inspired by Veganuary, or simply want to reduce your meat intake, Leeds has loads to offer when it comes to responsible eating and drinking. Switching to vegan food by no means limits fantastic flavours – and with vegan diets being friendly to the environment they get our seal of approval. Here’s our round up of the best Vegan restaurants in Leeds.
Dedicated to Vegan Food in Leeds
Leeds’ totally plant-based eatery Cantina, on the top floor of The Old Red Bus Station, is where Head Chef Sam Thomas is whipping up a vibrant multicultural menu which you can wash down with paired vegan beers and wines. Try the Hellfire Burger or “Mac-n-Cheese”, finished off with a Chai Masala infused Chia Seed Pudding. With its twinkling lights and curved windows that frame panoramic views of the city, this is one dinner destination not to be missed.
Cantina, 104 Vicar Ln, Leeds, LS2 7NL
Knaves Kitchen at Oporto Bar
Oporto is the cool kid place to be. With regular gigs and awesome drinks, it’s not surprising that the bar serves food from Knaves Kitchen, the 100% vegan junk food extraordinaires. Treat yourself to a naughty meal, then burn it all off dancing to some groovy tunes.
Oporto Bar, 33 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BT
Humpit Hummus & Pita Bar
For falafel fans, Leeds’ favourite Humpit Hummus and Pita Bar located in the Corn Exchange and at Leeds University, serve up generous bowls of hummus, pita and falafel at a pinch. They started small but have grown to have multiple locations across Yorkshire, but each meal offers traditional, extra delicious hummus and pita goodness.
Humpit: Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds LS2 9JZ & Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BR
Other places to eat vegan in Leeds
If you’re looking to keep you and your carnivore friends happy, we’ve rounded up a list of spots with vegan options in Leeds that might just come as a surprise. We’ve proven it needn’t cost the Earth, to love the Earth, so whether you’re dining out morning, noon or night, there’s a heap of choice for a healthy, tasty, 2019.
Get your health on with local produce:
So, you’re after vegan restaurants in Leeds showcasing the very best fruits and veggies, why not try Eat Your Greens on New York Street. With huge bright windows and modern interior, this is a stylish place to get your five-a-day. They serve a range of vegan dishes, including special Sunday roasts or braised onion, charred sprouts or celeriac savoury porridge. Now we can’t talk vegan restaurants in Leeds without mentioning Sheaf Street Cafeteria, whose Grub & Grog Shop has been leading the way in the #eatyourgreens movement, using local produce to create everything from scratch. They’ve got a vegan twist on the Haver, a traditional Yorkshire oatcake, filled with root veg, slaw and herb sauce, savoury tarts and hearty soups. They do a Friday and Saturday night dinner menu which is pretty much totally vegan – nice one. If you fancy cooking up your own vegan grub at home, Out of This World is the ethical superstore for you. With a huge range of organic, fair trade, eco-friendly and local produce, this is the place to shop. If you’re not in the mood for cooking, pick up a vegan sandwich or snack to take away.
Eat Your Greens: 42 New York St, Leeds, LS2 7DY
Sheaf Street/Grub & Grog Shop: 3 Sheaf St, Leeds, LS10 1HD
Out of This World: 20 New Market St, Leeds, LS1 6DG
Grab your pals and go get some vegan brunch
It’s the weekend, brunch is calling, and there’s tofu scramble to be had at If Coffee on Call Lane, Vegan BLT’s at Mrs. Atha’s, and Creamy Rolled Oat Porridge at North Star. If you’re after something a bit more substantial for your morning grub, get a load of Greasy Pig, LS6 or Roots & Fruits for a yummy vegan full-English. Roots & Fruits whip up a cracking (egg free) Vegan Breakfast, making their own cashew nut cheese, and stocking That Old Chestnut ethical cakes and bakes. If you’re feeling a little less ‘brunchy’ and a little more ‘lunchy’, check out Coffee on the Crescent for delicious vegan stew, sarnies and cakes. Fettle in Leeds city centre also has a tempting brunch menu, but head there at any time of day for a vegan treat; breakfast, lunch or dinner. The chilled but stylish interior lets you relax while you munch on healthy and environmentally friendly meals and treats.
If Coffee, 43 Call Ln, Leeds, LS1 7BT
Mrs Atha’s, Central Rd, Leeds, LS1 6DE
North Star, 33, Leeds Dock, The Blvd, Leeds, LS10 1PZ
Greasy Pig, 74 Victoria Rd, Leeds, LS6 1DL
LS6, 16 Headingley Ln, Leeds, LS6 2AS
Roots and Fruits, 10- 11 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG
Coffee on the Crescent, 2 The Crescent, Leeds, LS6 2NW
Fettle, 73 Great George St, Leeds, LS1 3BR
You’ve had your brunch, its now onto vegan lunch
Next stop: Sunday Roast, and there’s no need to miss out when you’re looking for vegan alternatives in Leeds! Wapentake is a great place to start with a Homemade Nut Roast, Yorkshire puddings, seasonal veg, potato wedges and gravy for a crazy £7! They’ve also got plant friendly Bangers & Mash, Toad in the Hole, Burgers, and a delicious Club Sarnie with mixed veg and mango salsa. With vegan booze behind the bar, plus freshly baked bread and sweet treats to take away, it’s a hang-out worth investigating. Another mean nut roast to be had in the centre is The Brunswick’s, served with sweet potato mash, spring greens and a mini Bloody Mary. Alternatively, try Roots and Fruits for larger meals and delicious desserts in a relaxed setting.
Wapentake: 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DJ
The Brunswick: 82 North Street, LS2 7PN
Roots and Fruits: 10- 11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, LS1 6PG
Or perhaps you’re craving a certain cuisine?
Middle Eastern Vegan Food in Leeds
Up for a Middle Eastern Feast? If you feel like going big on the Mediterranean food, Oranaise in Hyde Park is a must. They provide an entire menu just for vegans, so think up what you will; burgers, soups, mezze, wraps, kebabs, couscous – they’ve got you covered. What’s more, sitting in their restaurant you’ll feel you’ve been transported somewhere distant, so you can get that travel feeling on a budget! Also in Hyde Park, La Cafetiere have a delicious Mediterranean menu with vegan options, including vegan pizza.
Oranaise: 1 The Crescent, Leeds, LS6 2NW
La Cafetiere: 6 The Crescent, Leeds, LS6 2NW
Indian Vegan Food in Leeds
Another temple to the green stuff comes in the form of Bundobust, where Indian street food and craft beer unite. Their legendary Masala Dosa and Okra Fries have been tempting vegans since opening on Mill Hill in 2014, and with its roots in Gujarati cuisine, the kitchen doesn’t use ghee in any of its reasonably priced small dishes. Even the compostable food containers and cutlery are made from plant starch. Perfect for a casual bite with a group of pals any time of the day. The Cat’s Pyjamas offers tasty Indian street-food where you can get your hands on some of the best vegan curry. If you’re looking for vegan restaurants in Leeds where you can get a quick bite for lunch, Rola Wala in Leeds Trinity Kitchen have great vegan options, so you won’t go hungry, Indian street food with a British spin.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ
The Cat’s Pyjamas: 53 Otley Rd, Leeds, LS6 3AB
Rola Wala: 27 Albion St, Leeds, LS1 5AT
Best Vegan Pizza in Leeds
Now if Pizza is your life, and let’s be honest why wouldn’t it be, then you won’t need to compromise when avoiding a slice of salami. In Roundhay and Headingley, Ecco offers Neapolitan classics that can be made with vegan mozzarella and Grove Cafe on Cardigan Lane have an impressive vegan takeaway selection. On the canal-side, Waterlane Boathouse does a nifty number too, topped with aubergine, San Marzano tomato, artichoke and gremolata. Do not leave without trying the Quinoa, Fennel & Kale Salad, which is a hit with vegans and meat eaters alike, super moreish, with soy roast pumpkin seeds and a tangy orange and tarragon dressing. MOD Pizza in Leeds city centre and Kirkstall Road, lets you get your pizza fix after you’re aching from shopping. Pile your pizza high with all your favourite veggies and sauces, then top with their vegan cheese.
Ecco, 93 Otley Rd, Leeds, LS6 3PS
Waterlane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, LS11 5PS
MOD Pizza: 11a, Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Rd, Burley, Leeds, LS4 2DG and Unit B, Pinnacle, 37 Bond St, Leeds, LS1 5BQ
Asian Vegan Food in Leeds
If you’re after a little Asian Fusion, then Little Tokyo on Central Road hits the spot. This gorgeous space is a Japanese water garden in the middle of Leeds, where you can eat across a wooden bridge with koi carp swimming serenely below. With a popular selection of vegan Sushi on the menu, Tempura Avocado and Yasai Soba Noodles, it’s a great choice for a pre-theatre meal. Over at Victoria Gate, rooftop dining destination Issho has a dedicated vegan menu featuring Pumpkin Miso Gyozas, Padron Pepper Robata Skewers, and Spicy Tofu Bao Buns. Looking for something quicker? Pho cooks up a storm with their traditional Vietnamese dishes.
Little Tokyo, 24 Central Rd, Leeds, LS1 6DE
Issho, Victoria Gate 3rd Floor Rooftop, Ludgate Hill, Leeds, LS2 7AU
Pho: 27 Albion St, Leeds, LS1 5AT
Who says Sheffield is the vegan capital of the North?
Best Vegan Restaurants in Leeds written by Sarah Cotterill and Jemima Parsons
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