For too long vegetarians in our lives have gotten a raw deal – always the afterthought of the menu, with an unimaginative risotto or vegetable curry thrown onto the page to fill the gap. But the times they are a-changing, and like a lot of people we've made a conscious move to more of a plant-based diet, leading to more creative cooking at home and a whole new world of options when eating out. Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or simply curious about integrating more plant-based meals into your diet, these are what we consider to be the best places for vegans and vegetarians to eat in Dublin, starting with more casual cafés and ending with the places for going 'out out'.
Little Bird Café and Yoga, Dublin 8
No prizes for guessing the two activities taking place in this spot - yoga and food, a winning combo. Little Bird is a neighbourhood café in the heart of Dublin 8, with all food made on site using seasonal, mostly organic ingredients. Their menu is all vegetarian with plenty of vegan options so you can enjoy a feast after you’ve worked through your sun salutations. Our pick is the wild mushroom toast with artichoke puree and toasted hazelnuts.
It's A Trap, Dublin 1
It's A Trap is a dog-friendly coffee shop on the northside of the city serving cakes, toasties and wraps which we can hardly believe are all vegan. They also have a retail arm so you can pop in here to get vegan essentials for your home cooking and treat yourself to lunch while you’re at it. Unfortunately, they recently announced plans to leave these premises sometime during 2022 due to increased anti-social behaviour in the area, but are hoping to line somewhere new up in the meantime.
Kale + Coco, Stoneybatter
This was one of the first places we came across smoothie bowls, and while they are more in vogue these days and popping up on loads of menus, Kale + Coco are still serving the best around. Their menu is completely plant based and also has porridges, nourishing buddha bowls and sweet treats. You can even pick up some frozen Açaí pulp to make your own at home.
Veggie Vibe Café, Blackrock
Blackrock Market seems to be a little veggie paradise at the moment with 3 Leaves, Shaka Poke and Veggie Vibe Café all catering to the market. In this case, Veggie Vibe is totally vegan and open seven days with vegan bowls, cakes, and even a full Irish on offer.