Our Favourite Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Glasgow
As the most vegan-friendly city in the UK according to PETA, Glasgow is comfortably the Scottish city with the most to offer cruelty-free diners. From fine dining establishments to boutique cafes, plant-based burger bars and more, the city’s vegan/veggie community is thriving.
There are dozens of venues throughout the city, so vegans and vegetarians alike don’t need to settle for less, whether they’re locals or just visiting. But with so many wonderful options to consider, we thought we’d cut through the wheat and get right to the chaff.
Picnic (103 Ingram Street, G1 1DX)
Set in the heart of Glasgow’s idyllic Merchant City, which is awash with designer boutiques and stylish bars, Picnic is a welcoming, relaxing cafe that offers a healthier and more ethical vegan alternative to the more decadent options in the area. All ingredients are organic and cruelty-free and are sourced from local, sustainable sources. The environment is stylish and comfortable with an open and airy aesthetic. For vegan diners looking for something simple, fresh and unique, you can’t go wrong with Picnic.
Red Onion (257 West Campbell Street, G2 4TT)
With esteemed chef John Quigley (who has worked as a private chef for everyone from Bryan Adams to Tina Turner) in the kitchen and a prime place in the heart of Glasgow city centre, Red Onion is the city’s most popular casual gourmet dining experience. It’s also incredibly well-suited for vegetarian and vegan diners, serving classic interpretations of traditional Scottish fare in a contemporary setting with a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The restaurant boasts a standalone vegan set menu and taser menu, so just because you are eating cruelty-free, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on a gourmet experience.
Bath Street Burger (22 Bath St, G2 1HB)
No, your eyes do not deceive you - we’re really recommending a burger restaurant to vegetarian and vegan diners. Jumping onto the trend for stylish, New York-inspired boutique burger bars, but giving it a distinctly Glaswegian spin, Bath Street, located right behind the Royal Concert Hall, is a hipster paradise with craft beer, the city’s best burgers and a wealth of vegan and veggie options. The vegan dogs are particularly popular and the restaurant also proudly uses Moving Mountain 100% plant-based burgers. Burgers might be seen as the sole reserve of the carnivore, but venues like Bath Street prove those naysayers wrong.
Mono (12 Kings Court, G1 5RB)
As much of a live music venue as a cafe, Mono is located in the famous Kings Court south of Merchant City and has been supplying the city with the latest indie acts and some truly exceptional vegan food since 2002. Everything Mono does is about the community. It’s less of a venue and more of a cultural hub for the city’s ethically-minded denizens. The menu is entirely cooked to order and free of all animal products. It’s adventurous, without being pretentious and is one spot that vegans and non-vegans alike owe it to themselves to check out.
Stereo (22-28 Renfield Lane, G2 6PH)
Like Mono, Stereo is a bar, restaurant, club and live music venue rolled into one. Boasting 100% vegan produce and a recently relaunched menu that’s heavy on the vegetables, Stereo serves everything from vegan burgers and pizzas to beetroot gnocchi, jackfish and a range of dairy-free desserts. Located on Renfield Lane just by the central train station in a beautiful, Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building, Stereo is a sensory experience that provides everything you’ll ever need in one achingly hip location.
Mala Carne (1036 Cathcart Road, Mount Florida, G42 9XW)
A tiny cafe that’s only open during daylight hours in the Mount Florida area in the southeast corner of the city near Hampden Park national stadium, Male Carne is a simple cafe with a big heart and a very warm atmosphere. It’s not a 100% vegetarian or vegan location, but there are plenty of options, including tofu scramble, toasted sourdough bread and loads of freshly baked cakes!
Ushas Indian Street Food (2 Byres Road, G11 5JY)
A world away from your basic Balti houses, Usha’s is all about the food of the street. Everything served at Ushas is inspired by the street food you’d find on the streets of India and blends locally sourced ingredients with traditional recipes and modern aesthetics. The menu is also 100% vegetarian, which makes sense, given that the vast majority of genuine Indian food is vegetarian by default. The idea is a family-friendly establishment where everybody shares, the music is always pumping, the beer is always cold and the food is delicious and authentic.
Saramago Cafe Bar (Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD)
Located at the Centre for Contemporary Art on Sauchiehall Street, Saramago is another 100% vegan establishment with strong Middle Eastern, Italian, Asian and, of course, Scottish influences. The perfect place to grab a bite before catching an exhibition, the varied menu is all fresh and healthy, but it’s also surprisingly filling. It’s a truly vast menu that’s always changing, so it’s a place you’ll definitely want to come back to, whether you’re catching a show or not.
If you’re in the area soon and fancy some top-notch meat and dairy-free food, whether you fancy something wholesome and filling or something a little more unique - the vegan and vegetarian Glasgow restaurants above should certainly give you more than enough options to consider.
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