Vegan in Belfast? You’ll easily find vegan and vegetarian options.
Vegans and vegetarians rejoice! Belfast isn’t exactly known as the most vegan-friendly city, but there are delicious plant-based offerings there. I didn’t starve; in fact, I felt spoiled.
I only had one day in Belfast, but I dined at the two top places in Belfast for vegan food. Of course, these are the two exclusively vegan restaurants in Belfast, 387 Ormeau Road and The Honest Vegan.
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THE HONEST VEGAN
The Honest Vegan has one mission: to provide healthy, cruelty-free, and spectacular vegan food to vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.
Their menu includes several meals suited for breakfast or lunch, including soup, salads, snacks, toast, pancakes, bowls, and curries. Indulge in a smoothie or even one of their mouth-watering desserts.
Dining with my fellow vegan travel buddy, Ashley, we each ordered a different menu item for lunch. Ashley ordered the baked cauliflower bites and the hearty chili (lentil and kidney bean chili on basmati rice, topped with cashew sour cream, corn tortillas, onion, coriander, and lime). I opted for a chocolate smoothie instead of a starter, as well as the noodle salad (rice noodles, vegetables, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, herbs, and a tangy Asian dressing).
While I can only speak for the noodle salad, it was absolutely delicious. Definitely order this menu item…although Ashley’s chili looked pretty darn tasty, too.
I really wish I had room for a dessert, but I was simply too full. I could sure go for one of their cupcakes right about now!
The Honest Vegan
336 Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 6GH
Hours: Mon & Tue 11:00-15:00, Wed 11:00-18:00, Thu & Fri 11:00-20:00, Sat 09:00-20:00, Sun 10:00-16:00
Website: The Honest Vegan
387 ORMEAU ROAD
387 Ormeau Road is the name of the restaurant, and fittingly, happens to be the address of the restaurant. It’s a vegan cafe with food, coffee, desserts, and a small grocery store. This is the best place to stock up on vegan pantry staples and refrigerated yummies like vegan faux cheeses and meats.
You place your order at the front, and they’ll bring the meals to the table. When we visited, 387 Ormeau Road prepared smashed avocado on toast, sausage rolls, sandwiches, burritos, salads, soups, and stews.
I ate the chickpea “tuna” style sandwich with a tempeh salad on the side. Ashley ordered one of their sausage rolls, which the owner highly recommended.
The food did not disappoint. The chickpea sandwich was massive, and the chunks of marinated tempeh were full of flavour.
We saved room for dessert and ordered two slices of cake: a slice of lemon, and a slice of chocolate marble cake. All desserts are lovingly prepared by local bakery, Crumbs Vegan Bakery.
387 Ormeau Road
VEGAN DINING RECOMMENDATIONS
Have one day in Belfast? I suggest going to The Honest Vegan for breakfast or lunch, and hitting up 387 Ormeau Road for dinner.
While these are the only two vegan restaurants in Belfast, that doesn’t mean that this vegan Belfast guide stops here. There’s a vegetarian spot in town, as well as an absolute ton of vegan-friendly restaurants.
First, Giro’s Cafe in the Warzone Centre is an all vegan, volunteer operated cafe on Wednesday evenings. They aim to provide affordable food for everyone, and the meals are “pay what you can” until they run out of food. If you’re in Belfast on a Wednesday (we were not), please check it out and let me know what you think!
Umi Falafel is a vegetarian restaurant in Belfast. This falafel restaurant has several locations, with one in Belfast. They’ve also got some of my favourite foods: hummus, potato wedges, and baba ganoush.
Ginger Bistro has a separate vegetarian section of the menu with the vegan items clearly marked. These include asparagus tempeh with an Asian salad to start, and sweet potato and chickpea fritters with a spinach curry and tomato dressing.
Robinson’s Bistro has a separate vegetarian and vegan section of the menu. There are several vegan items, including fajitas, pasta, chili, salad, a baked BBQ mushroom sandwich, bruschetta, and soup.
Shed Bistro has a vegetarian menu that has a few vegan meals. There’s a BBQ tofu burger, sesame tofu, and others. Ask the server which items are vegan.
Zizzi is an Italian restaurant with a dedicated vegan menu. You’ll find vegan cheese here for your pasta and pizza.
Home Restaurant serves home cooked meals with a healthy focus. There’s a separate vegan menu, including soups, hummus, salads, tofu, and several sides.
Neill’s Hill has a separate vegetarian and vegan menu, along with vegan desserts. They even let you know which drinks are vegan! The dishes look inspiring, and this would be my spot to try for when I return to Belfast.
Acton & Sons has a separate vegetarian and vegan menu, with the vegan options and vegan adaptable options clearly marked. They also have vegan desserts. The vegan drinks are marked here, too.
Bread and Banjo Bakery has many vegan baked goods, like peanut butter cups, power balls, and vegan bread. Sometimes they have vegan cupcakes and fudge.
While Belfast doesn’t appear to be that vegan-friendly on the service, it turns out that there are tons of options. I’m sure that you’ll find something delicious to eat, no matter where you are in the city. I suggest starting at The Honest Vegan and 387 Ormeau Road, and branching out from there.
STAYING IN BELFAST
Looking for a place to stay? I highly recommend checking in to the Clayton Hotel Belfast. I enjoyed a very comfortable and relaxing stay in this accommodation with a prime location. Check out my full review and the reviews of others.
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