I first had a Naked Bakery cake at the Aberdeen Vegan Festival a few years ago, I queued for absolutely ages because I really wanted a unicorn cake… sounds silly, I know, but it was worth it! Just after we moved to Edinburgh, they started selling their donuts in Harvey Nichols, so I kept stopping in on my way home from work to buy them, it was pretty dangerous – I spent a LOT of money there.
When I saw on Instagram that they were opening a café I was so bloody excited. I’ve been quite a few times now, whenever I’m up town I always pop in to see if there is a table to grab a coffee. It’s fairly busy, so if you’re planning a lunch date I would book, just in case. The décor is to DIE for. Honestly it is beautiful, gold cups and saucers, gold cutlery, and flower walls (which I’m obsessed with).
I recently went there for lunch with my non-vegan in-laws and even they absolutely loved it. I got an enormous mac n cheese toastie (sweet jesus it was heavenly) and Steve got a cheese burger (pictured above). I also got a HUGE slice of cake too, because when there is vegan cake around, you eat it. Okay?! Don’t judge me…
Thrive Cafe:Bar, Bruntsfield
We stumbled across Thrive when we went for a dander around Bruntsfield last summer, after a quick gander at the menu I convinced Steve that we had to go for lunch, and I am SO glad we did. Thrive has a really lovely and chilled vibe, it was super busy when we went and we got the last table.
They have tons of options on the menu, with things like burgers, macaroni cheese, loaded fries, soups, wings, nachos, and a full brunch menu.
Steven and I only went for lunch (soup and UNREAL loaded fries) but Thrive also do dinner and even have a variety of themed nights and events including a Burns Supper! They have steak night, a burger and beer deal and all sorts!
If we live on that side of town, i’d end up in Thrive all the bloody time. It’s definitely somewhere you could go for a cute little date night or for dinner with friends too.
I first had considerit donuts at my first ever Sunday Stockbridge Market. I was the happiest little egg eating that donut. I’m pretty happy every time I eat their donuts to be honest.
We get Considerit donuts everytime we go to the market, I also get them for all sorts of other things like birthdays and stuff like that. I got Steve a giant Halloween donut for his birthday cake this year. It was one giant donut with six mini ones on top and my goodness it was amazing, they are so affordable and delicious!
Considerit is probably less of a lunch spot, but more of a coffee, donut and chocolate spot. Steve and I pop in when we’re over that side of town for all of the treats! I’ve been waiting to try their vegan creme eggs forever (I’ve had my eye on the irn-bru one) so I think it’s time for a trip back over there.
Hula Juice Cafe, Victoria Street (Old Town)
Hula is located right in the heart of Old Town, near to the Grassmarket and the Castle. Before we went in, I had walked past it one thousand times and always thought to myself that I wanted to go in. Finally, when my mum and her best friend came up to visit, I got to go!
Hula isn’t a vegan Café, but it has some really good vegan options (like very very good) so it was perfect for my two meat eating visitors as they were able to get something they wanted too. I’m all for taking my meat eating friends/family to fully vegan places, but sometimes it’s nice when you can all get something you actually want and you don’t feel like you’re forcing people into eating vegan grub. Whether you’re going for breakfast, brunch or lunch you’ll find something for everyone.
I went for the chilli, but had my eye on some beautiful acai bowls (they’ll produce great photos for the gram) I’m still trying to convince Steve that it’s time for us to go there too!
I hope this helps when you’re looking for your next vegan lunch spot in Edinburgh!