This is the ultimate guide to the best vegan restaurants in Glasgow. If you’re looking for vegan food in Glasgow, here’s where you’ll find it. Whether it’s one of the top Glasgow vegan restaurants or a veg-friendly establishment, those sticking to a plant-based diet will not go hungry.
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Is Glasgow the most vegan-friendly city in Scotland and all of the UK? While Edinburgh also happens to be incredibly vegan friendly, Glasgow has won the title as the most vegan-friendly city in the UK in the past.
At the same time, Edinburgh has always had a number of vegetarian offerings, with vegan restaurants steadily on the rise. If you are looking for the best vegan restaurants in Scotland, I suggest visiting Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Inverness. However, it’s easy to find vegan food no matter where you go in Scotland!
On our two week tour around Scotland, Justin and I visited Glasgow first. Since then, I’ve returned to Glasgow and present to you…an updated version of my original Glasgow vegan guide! With all of the yummy vegan restaurants in Glasgow, we can easily see why it was named the most veg-friendly place in the country.
Vegan Restaurants in Glasgow
As one of the most veg-friendly cities in Europe, there’s never enough time to try the food at every restaurant in town. However, I can guide you to our favourite places to eat in Glasgow. I can safely recommend all of these establishments, whether they are top vegan restaurants in Glasgow or popular vegan-friendly spots.
Also, I’ll give you a short list of the spots that we hope to check out when we return again in the future. Maybe you’ve tried some of them? You’ll have to let me know in the comments section!
Here’s where to eat in Glasgow if you’re following a vegan or vegetarian diet (or if you’re looking for healthier choices, have certain food allergies, or you’re veg-curious!).
Glasgow Vegan Restaurants in the City Centre
Here’s a listing of the vegan food in Glasgow that you’ll find right in the city centre. There are a variety of vegan restaurants in downtown Glasgow, so you can stop for a meal in the middle of your tours and sightseeing.
We enjoyed The Glasvegan so much, we tried it twice (edit: I’ve been there three times now)! It’s the perfect place if you want to dine in or order takeout as it’s a vegan fast food joint. I’ve brought meals from The Glasvegan back to our hotel room as takeaway and dined in the restaurant. It’s also one of the best vegan breakfast locations in Glasgow, too.
On our full day in Glasgow (where we enjoyed the city after overcoming our jet lag), Justin wanted to eat another meal from The Glasvegan. I happily obliged as it was so delicious the day before.
On the first day, we both ate their “Not-Dogs” – the Mexi Dog was super delicious, as was the Sweet Onion and Roasted Pepper flavor. Don’t miss trying their vegan Mac n Cheese, topped with veggie bacon bits.
The next day, we ordered another Mexi Dog, a Chick’n Burger, and a side of nachos to split. We ended up bringing the meal back to our hotel for a little break from walking around the city. There are also some mouthwatering desserts and chocolates if you still have room after your meal, too.
Stereo is a staple in Glasgow’s restaurant, bar, and live music scene for over a decade. By day, it’s a vegan bar and kitchen; by night, it’s a hip restaurant and concert venue. While we didn’t have the opportunity to check out any live gigs, Justin and I did sample the tasty cuisine one evening in Glasgow.
It’s certainly one of the best vegan restaurants in Glasgow. From the amazing service to the delicious food, you should definitely check out Stereo when traveling to Glasgow.
The menu selections are created using ingredients that are fresh and in season, so you might find it changing from time to time. When we were there in April, there were intriguing small shareable plates, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, and pasta. Justin ordered the Fettucine with Porcini Mushrooms (mushrooms in a creamy sauce with parsley and crumbled parmesan).
I decided to go with one main and one small plate: the Roast Potato Salad (with savoy, red onion, and rocket), and the Baba Ghanoush with sourdough bread. I loved the toasted pumpkin seeds on top of the dip, which added a lovely added crunch.
Picnic is a delightful little vegan cafe in the heart of the Merchant City. You’ll be charmed by its bright and colorful interior design, and wowed by the yummy breakfast and lunch offerings. Justin and I both ate their waffles for breakfast before departing Glasgow.
We also bought some bagels with cream cheese and croissants for our road trip up to Stirling. We made a few stops on the way and weren’t sure if we’d be able to find any vegan food on the way. The bagels and croissants were perfect for a “picnic”, not surprisingly!
There are also lots of salads, sandwiches, wraps and more for lunch. As for desserts and treats, you’ll find muffins, cakes, cookies, and more. While I had a coffee to drink, you can also choose from a variety of smoothies and juices.
Whether you’re dining for breakfast, lunch, or brunch, I’m certain that you’ll love this Glasgow vegan restaurant just as much as we did.
Mono dates all the way back to 2002, serving up delicious vegan food and drinks. Similar to Stereo (sharing the same owner!), Mono also hosts live music gigs and performances, in addition to its restaurant. On the menu, you’ll find sandwiches, pizza, schnitzel, burgers, mac n’ cheese, hummus, soups, salads, and more. There are also gluten-free options, and they’ll be sure to assist you if you have any other food allergies.
The Flying Duck
In addition to Mono and Stereo, we also have The Flying Duck. Described as a sister space to those venues, as well as The 78, The Flying Duck is a basement bar, venue space, and restaurant. Their restaurants is best described as a vegan diner, serving up “Michigan-sized portions” of southern comfort food. They’ve also got a pool table, film screenings, karaoke, and trivia nights. The Flying Duck might look like a dive bar, but it looks like an amazing spot to dine and spend your evening in Glasgow.
Puti Vegan Cafe
Puti Vegan Cafe in Glasgow’s city centre is all vegan Asian restaurant, taking inspirations from Japanese, Thai, and Korean cuisine. There’s an expansive menu with many rice and noodle dishes featuring mock meats or tofu as the protein.
I started with a warm and comforting bowl of wakame and tofu miso soup (perfect for a chilly day!). Then, I had the Kung Po with cashew nut, choosing the vegan chicken as my protein. Both dishes were amazing, and I’d return to Puti Vegan Cafe again in a heartbeat.
The 13th Note
The 13th Note is a vegan restaurant, bar, and cafe (aren’t you seeing a trend here among the vegan restaurants in Glasgow?). While there are some vegetarian items with dairy in them, the majority of the items on both the lunch and dinner menus are vegan. The vegetarian items are specially marked, while everything else is naturally vegan. They also offer exhibition space for artists, as well as gigs for bands and musical acts.
Glaschu (pronounced Glas-a-hoo) is the Scottish Gaelic for Glasgow (meaning “dear green place”). This restaurant showcases modern Scottish fine dining with its innovative menu of exquisite dishes and intriguing cocktails. This isn’t a vegan restaurant in Glasgow, but Glaschu will happily cater to vegans and vegetarians.
Glaschu is a fabulous restaurant to meet for lunch or dinner with your family and friends, especially if you’re dining in a mixed group of vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. I savoured a starter, a main course, and a cocktail for lunch at Glaschu. The staff were very attentive in preparing vegan meals and were able to easily adjust vegetarian options or even create new dishes.
I started with a fried artichoke dish that came with grilled vegetables, chickpea polenta, and red pepper puree. The chef took the base from another omnivore dish and added some other elements to create a vegan appetizer.
For my main course, I ordered the roasted cauliflower dish, which is a staple on their regular menu. My cocktail featured banana and lemon flavours, and even had a little banana chip attached to the glass with a tiny clothespin!
Oh, and they also can do oat milk lattes if that strikes your fancy. I chose to have a latte in place of a dessert, and it was creamy and delicious.
Rawnchy is a 100% vegan cafe in Glasgow that’s a bit outside of the city centre (towards the east end of town). They’re most famous for their bright and colourful vegan cakes. Rawnchy also serves vegan breakfast and brunch, with options like porridge, a traditional Scottish breakfast, pancakes, sandwiches, dosa crepes and more.
Rose & Grant’s
While Rose & Grant’s isn’t a vegan or vegetarian establishment, they pride themselves on catering to vegans. It’s a deli that boasts about their delicious vegan square sausage, as well as their vegan breakfast and brunch options. From sandwiches to cakes to oat milk lattes, it’s easy to see that there are an abundance of vegan options at Rose & Grant’s deli and cafe.
At the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Saramago Cafe offers an entirely vegan menu with the exception of serving cow’s milk as an option for beverages. There are tantalizing small plates, sandwiches, pizzas, and a huge variety of main entrees. You’ll see Sri Lankan curries, pasta dishes, udon noodle bowls, vegetarian haggis, a Mezze platter…there’s truly something for every taste here.
Gamba is primarily a fish and seafood restaurant in Glasgow, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t good food for vegetarians and vegans! I had a delicious vegan pesto gnocchi for lunch that wasn’t listed anywhere on the main menu, but you shouldn’t have a problem requesting it in advance.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with options that will please the omnivores in the crowd, Gamba is an excellent choice. Just make sure you inquire about vegan options in advance, and see if you can request this delicious vegan pesto gnocchi dish.
The Red Onion
The Red Onion is an omni restaurant with a separate vegan menu, as well as a vegan tasting menu. There are many innovative selections on the menu, like haggis bon bons, a crispy bean cutlet, truffle macaroni, and banana fritters, that set this restaurant apart from so many others. While I tend to stick to entirely vegan restaurants when I can, I’d love to check this one out the next time I’m in Glasgow.
Best Vegan Restaurants in Glasgow’s West End
The West End of Glasgow has hip coffee shops, bars, restaurants, boutiques, and more. The University of Glasgow is located in this end of town. With a high student population, you’ll notice some trendy cafes, themed vegan restaurants and popular eateries.
Soul Food Kitchen
Soul Food Kitchen is one of the 100% vegan restaurants in Glasgow, where you can be certain to find entirely vegan meals on the menu. In fact, they proudly boast that they’re the top rated Glasgow vegan restaurant on Happy Cow. After dining here, I could easily see why. The food was delicious!
They focus on serving up healthy and hearty meals, like soups, bowls, burgers, juices, kombucha, raw cakes, coffee and tea. I suggest trying the Green Beast Burger (their signature green patty topped with cashew cheese) and the broccoli with garlic and chili.
Others in my group tried other burgers, bowls, and avocado toast and everyone adored their meals. I don’t think you can go wrong, no matter which dish you choose.
Inspired by that famous Seinfeld phrase, the Serenity Now cafe is one of several entirely vegan places in Glasgow. It’s a fabulous vegan brunch spot, with classic faves like French toast, pancakes, avocado toast, seitan chicken and waffles, and huevos rancheros.
I dined at Serenity Now for lunch while wandering around Glasgow’s west end. For lunch, I ate the Rueben sandwich (topped with a big pickle!) with a mac and cheese bowl on the side. The food here is comforting and really filling. It’s a great spot to refuel during those days where you’re walking all over town.
The 78 Bar and Restaurant was a Glasgow vegan restaurant that I was really excited to try, but I ran out of time and stomach space. They’ve got a special breakfast plate, small plates (like grilled cheese and patatas bravas) and big plates (like burritos, burgers, and spaghetti carbonara). There are even some sweet treats, like vegan churros, so be sure to save room for dessert!
Ubiquitous Chip (known as “The Chip”) is a fine dining restaurant on Ashton Lane featuring Scottish cuisine. The restaurant itself is elegantly decorated, and you can enjoy delicious food and an expansive selection of wine here.
There is a separate vegetarian tasting available, and it’s a vegan-friendly establishment. Many of the selections on the vegetarian menu are vegan or can be prepared vegan. I enjoyed a vegan three course meal at the Ubiquitous Chip: vegan haggis, charred broccoli and tempura leaves, and roast pineapple with coconut panna cotta for dessert.
It was vegan fine dining in Glasgow at its best. I’d double check about vegan food in advance before dining here just to be sure, but I was accommodated without any difficulties.
The Hug & Pint
The Hug & Pint is yet another vegan restaurant meets music venue in Glasgow. This Glasgow vegan eatery focuses on Asian-inspired cuisine with a rotating menu. The Hug & Pint has a vegan boozy brunch on weekends. For a flat rate, you’ll enjoy three dishes from the kitchen and three drinks to wash them down. They even have a coffee drink to help cure your hangover called The Reviver. As for the food, it’s creative, modern, and will comfort you, much like a hug.
111 By Modou
111 by Modou is an exciting restaurant led by Head Chef Modou Diagne. The restaurant features its eclectic five course tasting menu, which is continually rotating with the seasons. You choose one of two main ingredients for each meal, and the rest of the dish is a total surprise.
You can make special dietary requests with ease, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergies. 111 by Modou is a fine dining restaurant that’s great for vegans and omnis alike.
I enjoyed a five course vegan meal, which included the following dishes: charred lettuce with tomato puree and onion, a melon gazpacho, artisan gnocchi with pickled celeriac and candied walnuts, wild mushroom with parsnips, and a vanilla sorbet with tofu mousse. Dining at 111 by Modou was such a treat.
Do you love brunch and coffee? You’ll definitely need to check out the vegetarian cafe, Mayze. They’ve got loads of vegan choices, such as nachos with vegan cheese, tofu eggs, burritos, a vegan breakfast, and plant-based milks for your coffee. They’ve got lots of gluten-free choices, too.
I visited Mayze for some mid-afternoon coffee and a slice of cake. All of their desserts are vegan, and they’re all displayed in the front window. It was a difficult decision, but I settled on a Biscoff cake slice and didn’t regret my decision for even a second. If you’re looking for more cafes in Glasgow, check out my guide to the best Glasgow coffee shops.
Tchai-Ovna Tea House
The Tchai-Ovna Tea House is a popular spot in Glasgow’s West End, but it’s worth seeking out on your trip to Glasgow. They’ve got tea from all over the world, as well as a small vegetarian menu and vegan cakes. All of the vegan items are marked with a “v” on the menu. It might be difficult to choose one type of tea from their massive menu, and be sure to pair it with a yummy slice of cake.
Suissi Vegan Kitchen
Suissi Vegan Kitchen offers vegan Asian cuisine, and I’d love to try this one someday. There are all sorts of yummy dishes like noodle soups, gyoza, mushroom dishes, curries, pad Thai, and more. I love how everything is vegan at this restaurant, plus it has great reviews online.
Glasgow Vegan: Southside
While Justin and I didn’t make it to Glasgow’s Southside, there are a few vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in the region. I’d love to pop down next time, even if it’s only to sample the food.
Vivi’s Deli is a fantastic spot for lunch or dinner, and it’s one of the best vegan restaurants in Glasgow. You’ll find deli sandwiches, wraps, salads, coffee, and more. There’s a spacious outdoor patio, too!
Zilch Bakery & Deli
It looks like Glasgow’s south side is the place to be for vegan deli food! You’ll find 100% plant-based sandwiches, paninis and pastries here. As an additional bonus, Zilch Bakery & Deli is an eco-friendly and plastic-free establishment.
The Glad Cafe
The Glad Cafe has vegan and vegetarian brunch, made by the team behind the Asian inspired menu at The Hug & Pint. In addition, the culinary staff of The Hug & Pint also create meals for the cafe’s evening dinner service. You can expect pan-Asian vegan mains and small plates. The Glad Cafe is also a performing arts venue featuring musicians, comedians, film screenings, and small theatre productions.
If you’re seeking delicious and hearty Punjabi food, head straight to Ranjit’s Kitchen. The menu is completely vegetarian and there are many naturally vegan dishes on the menu. They’re also willing to make many of the dishes vegan upon request. Be sure to try the comforting curries and the roti when you’re there!
Wee Plate Cafe
The Wee Plate Cafe is a cozy vegetarian and vegan cafe in Glasgow’s Southside with salads, soups, and vegan mezze plates. You can also try Turkish coffee and tea, as well as a variety of hot and cold beverages.
Glasgow Cafes with Vegan Options
Who loves a great coffee shop, especially when there are vegan treats to nibble on as you sip your cappuccino? Here are a few Glasgow cafes that have vegan offerings, including plant-based milk and desserts. Pretty much every coffee shop in Glasgow offers oat milk, soy milk and perhaps others as well, so I’ll focus on the cafes that have vegan desserts and baked goods in this section.
Riverhill Coffee Bar
I stumbled upon Riverhill Coffee Bar because I noticed there was a donut shop next door to it. After asking about vegan treats at the donut shop (they didn’t have any), one of the employees told me to go next door. Indeed, Riverhill Coffee Bar had a selection of vegan baked goods, and even a veggie roll.
The woman working behind the counter also happened to follow a vegan diet herself, so she quickly pointed out every plant-based treat. I’m always surprised (and delighted!) on how many occasions I ask a staff member about vegan items, and they happen to follow a vegan diet, too.
I couldn’t resist trying one of the tahini brownies with my Americano. If you’re into lattes or cappuccinos, they have a few kinds of plant-based milks. The brownie was super rich and delicious, providing a sugary boost to further wanders around the city.
Riverhill Coffee Bar is pretty cozy with limited seating. You might be able to find a spot to sit in the cafe, although it’s possible you’ll have to take your snacks and drinks away with you.
Papercup Coffee Company
Justin and I walked from the City Centre to Glasgow’s West End, hoping to pop into In Bloom. Sadly, it was closed for the day, earlier than the hours stated. We were thinking about hopping into Serenity Now, but they were also closing up shop by that time. Thankfully, it was Papercup Coffee Company to the rescue! They were still open and they had soothing and savory beverages and treats on hand.
While I ordered an Americano, I didn’t end up getting any treats. However, I noticed that they did have vegan desserts and baked goods on hand. Be sure to take a look when you go there as you’ll likely be able to pair a treat with your hot beverage.
I loved the mural splashed across one of the walls. It’s a quaint and cozy spot in town, so don’t miss this one if you’re a coffee lover.
Tantrum Doughnuts is one of the best places to find vegan donuts in Glasgow. While the majority of the doughnuts aren’t vegan, they have at least two vegan donuts per day. When I visited early in the morning, they were already sold out of one flavour of vegan doughnut. You’ll need to come early as they’re flying off the shelves!
I chose a pumpkin caramel vegan doughtnut as it was the only option available. Normally, I wouldn’t choose anything made with pumpkin as it’s totally not my thing, but I was pleasantly surprised here. The doughnut tasted more like caramel with pumpkin seeds on top. I ate it as I walked around the streets of historic Glasgow, which seems like such a dream now.
Gordon Street Coffee
I entered Gordon Street Coffee simply to order an Americano. I needed a burst of caffeine in the middle of the day, after spending a morning and afternoon walking all over the place. The coffee here is rich and flavourful.
I was surprised to spot a sign in the cafe showing that Gordon Street Coffee offers vegan cakes and bars. These are clearly marked on a little blackboard menu. So, if you’d like to have a sweet treat, pop by Gordon Street Coffee.
Glasgow Hotels with Vegan Breakfast Offerings
I’ve now stayed at two different hotels in Glasgow’s city centre, and both offered great vegan breakfasts. One even offers vegan snacks throughout the day. Here’s what you can expect to eat at Grasshoppers Hotel and the Maldron Hotel in Glasgow.
Vegan Food at Grasshoppers Hotel
We could have dined at even more vegan restaurants in Glasgow if it weren’t for our hotel being so fabulous. We aren’t complaining! Grasshoppers Hotel offered a delicious breakfast with many vegan options, like baked beans, bread, fresh fruit, cereal with soy milk, coffee, and tea.
Next, the staff at Grasshoppers puts out plates of sausage rolls in the afternoon, including vegan ones! Furthermore, Grasshoppers does offer vegan-friendly options at their restaurant for dinner, although we didn’t personally experience it. You can make a reservation ahead of time and request a vegan meal without any issues.
Maldron Hotel Glasgow
The Maldron Hotel in downtown Glasgow opened in 2021 and it is a 4-star hotel in Glasgow City. The location is perfect as it’s easy to walk all over town, and it’s also a quick walk to the subway and train station.
Definitely stay for breakfast at the Maldron Hotel Glasgow. There are lots of vegan options at their breakfast buffet. I was delighted to see vegan sausages, hash browns, fresh fruit, toast and jam, and a variety of beverages.