The vegan movement has been going from strength to strength in Scotland, with Glasgow being voted as one of the top places to eat as a vegan

So if you’re heading out this weekend and want to visit a vegan-friendly cafe, here are five of the best.

Seeds for the Soul

(167 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG)

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Picture: Seeds for the Soul Facebook

Seeds of the Soul has only been open a few months but is already a local favourite.
With sausages you would never suspect are meat-free, smoothies to-die-for (try Coco Loco or Vegan Thunder), and an atmospheric cosy seating area adorned with fairy lights and the works of local artists, this is a Mecca for students and trendy freelancers.
The cafe is the brainchild of food blogger Roberta Norman, who believes that veganism is the healthiest way of life for people and planet.
‘Healthy body, healthy mind,’ she says. Don’t imagine you’ll be protein deprived though, all their food is fully charged with super foods.

Mono

(12 Kings Court, Glasgow G1 5RB)

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Picture: Mono Cafe Bar, supplied

Mono is possibly the coolest place in Glasgow to go for vegan food.
They do live music so you can enjoy your beetroot and kale pizza while listing to trendy new bands, local and international.
They share a building with Monorail Music so you can be sure to hear an eclectic backdrop to your vegan hot dog, happy in the knowledge that no dogs or other animals were killed in its making.
They run exhibitions, book readings and workshops too.

Soy Division

(51 Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow G41 3YN)

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Picture: Soy Division Facebook

Keeping with the music theme, Soy Division is another Glasgow favourite.
They are best at comfort food and make everything homemade, even the 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.

Bonobo

(73-75 Skene Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QD)

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Picture: Bonobo Cafe Facebook

Bonobo is a worker’s cooperative and they make dreamy scones with jam and coconut cream.
Their mac and ‘cheese’ is apparently one of the great vegan wonders of the north.
This place is filled with creative types where vegans will feel right at home.
Bonobo began as a Saturday brunch place but is now open six days a week.
They still specialise in brunches, highlights include Cranachan porridge and the smoked ‘salmon’ (made of carrot) bagel.

Nourish

105 Church Street, Inverness  IV1 1EY)

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Picture: Nourish Facebook

Nourish is a place where the healthiest and purest of vegans will feel at home.
They use only the freshest, local and organic ingredients to create a tempting menu that covers all dietary needs including sugar-free.
It is tucked down the quiet end of Church Street, next to Leakey’s Bookshop, but worth the walk.
Nourish abides by the old adage, ‘you are what you eat’.
Words: Claire Daly

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