With Veganuary in full swing, we take a look at some of the best vegan restaurants and cafes in Glasgow.

Whether you’re trying to cut down on meat and diary, participating in Veganuary or on a fully fledged plant-based diet, Glasgow is not short of options when it comes in vegan food.

In fact, the city was voted most vegan-friendly city in the UK by PETA in 2015, and since then the offering of veggie and vegan food has grown.

Here are some of the best places in Glasgow for a plant-based, diary free meal or snack.

Rose & Grants

(27 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5EZ)

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This Trongate cafe hit headlines in 2016 when it launched a vegan square sausage roll, which was developed after an employee came up with the idea while she was travelling in Australia.

The familiar weekend treat is fully vegan and is made with nutmeg, pepper, cumin, finely chopped onions and some bread crumbs and a bit of olive oil to hold together.

Rose & Grants also do a full Scottish vegan fry up, making this an ideal breakfast spot.

Mono

(12 Kings Court, Glasgow G1 5RB)

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Mono is up there as one of the coolest places in Glasgow to enjoy some vegan food.
The restaurant shares a building with Monorail Music so you can be sure to hear an eclectic backdrop of songs while tucking into dishes such as a beetroot and kale pizza or a vegan hot dog.
As well as this, the team run exhibitions, book readings and workshops too.

Soy Division

(51 Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow G41 3YN)

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Keeping with the music theme, Soy Division is another Glasgow favourite, which is known for its comfort food and homemade produce (which includes cheese).
They also make a tasty cheesecake, mac and cheese and a range of homely treats that vegans may feel withdrawal symptoms for.
On the menu there’s also a nut and mushroom pie and a hearty breakfast with homemade baked beans for those looking for a hearty dinner or weekend brunch.

Durty Vegan Burger Club

(994 Argyle St, Glasgow G3 8LU)

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The Mad Chef and Durty Vegan Burger Club have found a permanent home – at The Cran in Finnieston, with doors to the pop up opening last May.

Meat-free fans and carnivores alike will love their selection of vegan options, which include the Low Jack burger, Kimchee burger and the classic double cheeze.

There is also a selection of grilled sandwiches, power boxes and loaded sides.

All burgers are served on Bavaria vegan brioche buns, which are slow caramelised and brushed in coconut oil to give depth of flavour.

Speaking ahead of the launch last year, ‘mad chef’ Danny McLean said: “Now we have a shot at taking this brand to the next level, while achieving what we set out to do. The goal was always to be Glasgow’s first vegan burger restaurant and takeaway that helped support social enterprises, that goal has never left my sight.

“Expect me in my element creating some of the most downright Durty Vegan wares a human could imagine, while bringing back the true mad chef theatre.

“I will also be cultivating and programming events and happenings that will bring people from all walks of life together, and help grow and support others.

“This is the platform I have been searching for its now time to show Glasgow who we really are.”

The Hug & Pint

(171 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9AW)

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This popular bar, restaurant and music venue has an ever-changing menu of delicious vegan food, ideal for sharing.

With its laid back aesthetic and dynamic menu of  Asian inspired cuisine, it’s a must-visit for vegans or those looking to try something different.

As well as lunches and dinners, there is an excellent weekend brunch menu that won’t break the bank. For just £20 per person, diners can enjoy three dishes each from the award-winning kitchen and wash it all down with three drinks of your choice.

 

Serenity Now Cafe

(380 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G4 9HT)

This cosy, dog-friendly cafe in the city’s west end has been serving up homemade vegan food since opening in 2017.

With a menu that focuses on healthy, plant-based cuisine, excellent coffee and flavoursome smoothies, Serenity Now is a great breakfast or lunch pit stop when shopping on Great Western Road.

The Glad Cafe

(1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG)

The kitchen team behind much-loved west end hangout The Hug and Pint kicked off a residency at The Glad Cafe on Pollokshaws Road last year.

Complimenting the team’s existing brunch offering ‘Hen of the Woods’, which whips up vegan and vegetarian delights during the day at the popular hangout, the evening menu – styled on The Hug and Pint’s ever-popular rotating menu of pan-Asian cuisine – brings an added bit of spice into the space.

Always evolving and changing, the menu features popular Hug and Pint favourites such as ‘Sichuan Tofu & Black Bean’, ‘Jackfruit Curry’, ‘Smashed Cucumber with Chilli & Peanuts’ and ‘Sweet Soy & Coconut Tempeh’

Greggs set to launch another big vegan menu item in 2020

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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