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The Best Places To Eat In Dublin For Vegans And Vegetarians

The last couple of years saw the closure of some of Dublin's best vegan / veggie establishments, like Kale + Coco, The Vegan Sandwich Company and Sova Vegan Butcher. Not great news for the plant based peeps, but we're here to assure you that there are still loads of great options out there, and most of them aren't strictly veggie. From casual cafés to fine dining experiences, we've rounded up the go to list for meat and dairy free meals...



Cafés


Bang Bang, Dublin 7


Bang Bang is among the cooliest cafés in Phisborough, with consistently good coffee, sweet treats and sambos, and they're always thinking of the meat

and dairy free brigade. Each day they have different veggie and vegan options that are always killer, like falafel sandwiches and veggie brunch burgers.



Little Bird Café and Yoga, Dublin 8


No prizes for guessing the two activities taking place in this spot - yoga and food, what's not to like about that combo. Little Bird is a neighbourhood café in 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 mushroom toast with a spiced carrot dip and toasted hazelnuts.



It's A Trap, Aungier Street


It's A Trap is a fully plant based café on Aungier Street serving cakes, toasties and wraps which we can hardly believe are all vegan. They're famous for their cinnamon buns (check out their ASMR video), which they took three years to create the perfect recipe for. Shhh - the meat eaters will never know.



Urban Health, Ranelagh


Just at the triangle in Ranelagh you'll find Urban Health - a health conscious café with plenty of options for all the veggies and vegans out there. Allergens are clearly listed on the menu and they have everything you could ever want to eat pre-dinner including granola, porridge, açai bowls, breakfast wraps, scrambled eggs (or tofu) on toast, salads, pancakes, toasties and waffles. They also offer juice cleanses, if you're feeling up for the detox.



The Fumbally, Dublin 8


The Fumbally Café is a true community of food lovers who come together to make delicious things. As well as a café and shop, the premises hosts classes, workshops, supper clubs - you name it, they’re probably doing it. The menu is always creative and chefs are generally given free rein, which has led to a number of our favourite products coming out of their kitchen (looking at you Harry’s Nut Butter). It’s not totally vegetarian but has a nice mix of meaty and vegetarian dishes with options to veganise some menu items.



Casual Bite


Brother Hubbard, various locations


Brother Hubbard was one of the first cafés to fill the brunch gap that foodies were crying out for in Dublin when it opened in 2012. Since then, many others have opened but Brother Hubbard have kept their loyal following and reputation. Their bread and (dairy-free) butter is breakfast and lunch, but they've also branched out to dinner in two of their locations. Yves is their pop-up in Ranelagh, with a focus on French and Spanish cuisine, while dinner at their Capel Street location keeps in line with their Middle Eastern influence. There are tons of vegetarian and vegan options across their menus for all your meat free needs.



Pho Kim, Dublin 1


Parnell Street restaurant Pho Kim are a family run restaurant who moved to Ireland in the 70's, and have been serving up some of the best Vietnamese food in Dublin since 2012. They have a full vegan/vegetarian menu to cater to the herbivores, from spring and summer rolls to a veggie Bánh xèo.



Govinda's, Dublin 1


The veggie Mecca of Dublin has been operating since 1997 with a Hare Krishna centre upstairs, but has long been a food attraction for non-Hare Krishna followers. Govinda's vegetarian and vegan Indian-inspired food is served buffet style, and is some of the best value around with very generous portions for €10 - €15 a plate.



Shouk, Drumcondra


Shouk is the type of place to bring your meat eater friends and family members to surreptitiously sneak some more veggies into their life. They serve up authentic Middle Eastern food in a funky space, and while there is meat on the menu, the vegetarian and vegan offerings take the biscuit. Order the 'Middle East Feast’ (vegetarian and vegan options available) so you can try a bit of everything – a steal at €35 per person when you see the amount of food that arrives.



Umi Falafel, various locations


Umi Falafel is a mainstay of unfussy Dublin eateries at this stage, consistently delivering top quality food at very good prices. Their main offering is (you guessed it) falafel, and apart from a bit of cheese (halloumi cheese fries anyone?) the menu is predominantly vegan. It’s always a great option for a quick bite and they now have six locations in Dublin - three in the city centre, and one eacin Rathmines, Drumcondra and Ballsbridge.



Nutbutter, Grand Canal Dock & Smithfield


A Californian-inspired menu made with local Irish ingredients is right up our street, and Nutbutter gave us just that. Largely plant-based, their menu will make your mouth water with fresh and healthy tacos, rice bowls and salads, plus there's a plant-based soft serve for dessert.



Lucky Tortoise, Temple Bar


Lucky Tortoise in Temple Bar is a straight up vibe - where you can get all sorts of delightful dim sum, from okky, to bao buns, dumplings to ramen. If you're feeling adventurous (or indeed, indecisive) - opt for their "all in" menu which is also available vegan or vegetarian. And at €26 a head, it's one of the best value meals in the city.



Cornucopia, Dublin 2


An institution since 1986, we can’t imagine a list of vegetarian restaurants without the only decent option for Dublin’s non-meat eaters for many years. Cornucopia operates cafeteria style, serving plentiful hot dishes and salads in their spacious yet cosy restaurant. They operate every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so tonne of opportunities to get your veg on.



Kerb, Foxrock


Kerb was opened by owner Shona McCabe after years of working in restaurants across Australia and New Zealand, picking up inspiration from the diverse cuisines there. On returning home she decided to focus on giving Middle Eastern food a modern, healthy twist, with a focus on kebabs, using the best of Irish ingredients. Kerb opens for breakfast and lunch with plenty of options for both veggies and vegans, and they have some of the best coffee in the locality.