Vegan and vegetarian dining in the festival city

Being a vegetarian or vegan in Edinburgh has never been so delicious. Forget the old cliché of rabbit food - here are some of our favourite vegetarian or vegan cafes and restaurants around town.

An image of a table laid for dinner at David Bann

For an Edinburgh hippy experience

Although their range of dishes isn't huge, the Forest Café is an excellent cheap eat for veggies and vegans. The Forest Café is a voluntary run arts and events space so you might even be able to catch a free performance while you eat, before heading a few minutes up the road to catch an Art Festival show at Edinburgh College of Art or an International Festival production at the King's.

FE suggests: It’s BYOB, so don't forget to bring something good along.

For a laid back lunch

Now a legendary Edinburgh venue, Henderson’s of Edinburgh is the go-to haunt for all the city’s veggies and vegans. The restaurant on Hanover Street provides classic and contemporary veggie dishes in a canteen-style setting and is a short walking distance away from the Book Festival's Charlotte Square base and the major art galleries of the Art Festival.

FE suggests: Henderson’s Vegan Restaurant is the first one in Edinburgh - book a table to see what all the fuss is about.

For a night on the town 

For veggies after something after an evening of healthy sophistication David Bann on St Mary’s Street is a retreat from the full on Fringe intensity of the Royal Mile. This award winning restaurant is sleek and contemporary in design and not a meaty dish in sight. 

FE suggests: Go for a pre-festival night meal with friends. Even carnivore diners won’t be disappointed.

(Image courtesy of David Bann)

See more of our food and drink recommendations, or for lots more more top tips on where to eat and drink, check out The List's food and drink guide.

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