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Guide to Eating Vegan in Glasgow

Glasgow really surprised me with just how vegan friendly it is. I think partly because I have this image in my head that the UK is not really that vegan friendly, which is probably a little bit because I wasn’t vegan when I lived there, and I usually don’t eat out that much when I visit as I’m staying with family. But anyway, Glasgow was a super easy city to be vegan in and find great food. And everyone knows what vegan means, which was wonderful!

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This is the key to rough opening times and prices for the guide, which will appear below the name of each restaurant or café mentioned.

Which meals are catered for

  • breakfast: typically 09:00-12:00
  • lunch: typically 12:00-15:00
  • dinner: typically 18:00-23:00

A rough price range (based on prices of mains)

  • cheap: up to £7
  • moderate: £7-£9
  • expensive: £9+

Here is our vegan Glasgow guide with the highlights from our recent trip.

Mono

vegan / lunch & dinner / moderate

This cool café and restaurant that also doubles as a music venue in the evenings serves an extensive all vegan menu of sandwiches, soup, pizza, hot dogs, salads as well as tasty desserts and great coffee.  The menu clearly marks gluten free options. We stopped in just for a (very sweet) cupcake and drink, which was delightful.

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The atmosphere is very laid back and the place attracts a mixed crowd. There’s also an attached record store, with a big collection of vinyls across all kinds of genres of music.

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Music events take place quite regularly, with local and international acts appearing a couple of times a month. There are also regular events like the Mono Baby Disco every first Sunday of the month.

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Stereo

vegan / lunch & dinner / moderate

Somewhat hidden down an indistinct alley in the centre of town, this lively place offers a few main meals, but is most known for its tapas style dishes that are great for sharing. The menu is vaguely mediterranean in style, but with some Asian and Middle Eastern influences too.

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They make all their breads daily in house, but there are still several gluten free options available. It can be a busy place at both lunch and dinner, so if you’re coming in a group, it’s advisable to book ahead.

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Tchai-Ovna House of Tea

vegetarian, vegan / lunch & dinner / moderate

This super cute and cosy place is first and foremost a teahouse, meaning they have a huge range of red, white, black, oolong, green and scented teas from all around the world, which are prepared with care and attention to detail. They also serve various snacks and a few main meals to go with your tea, with vegan items (which make up most of them) clearly marked on the menu.

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There is both floor seating and regular chairs and the ambience is peaceful yet bustling. The perfect place to come for a late evening tea and snack!

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Soy Division

vegan / breakfast & lunch / cheap

One of the newest vegan places in Glasgow, this small but cute café serves up traditional Scottish food made vegan.

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The full Scottish breakfast is excellent, and will satisfy all of your comfort food desires! Debbie, the owner, makes almost everything from scratch herself and clearly has a lot of passion for what she’s doing. She also has a lot of fasctinating stories to tell and was easily the friendliest person we met during our time in Glasgow!

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Everything feels simple but very homely. Definitely check this place out for a memorable and satisfying but affordable meal in Glasgow.

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Saramago

vegan / breakfast, lunch & dinner / expensive

Inside the Center for Contemporary Arts, this is the place to come for something a bit special. With a menu offering some more unsual tapas style dishes, innovative soups and interesting sandwiches as well as traditional Scottish mains and other Asian or Mediteranean inspired dishes.

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The menu is in fact quite extensive, so be prepared to make a tough decision as it all looks fantastic!

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The desserts are quite spectacular too, with this warm chocolate cake with berry compote and vanilla ice cream as a definite highlight from our meal there.

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They also have an extensive range of teas and other hot drinks as well as a lot of wine (some of which is not vegan, but is clearly labelled) to choose from.

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Flying Duck

vegan / lunch & dinner / moderate

This fully underground vegan pub has a very unique atmosphere, with mismatching furniture, random objects on display and unusual art on the walls, but somehow it makes it work.

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The burgers, which are decent, are what they’re known for, and are served with skinny fries.

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However, there are also several hot dogs, sandwiches and other sides to choose from as well as several decadent milkshakes and desserts. At lunchtime, it’ll likely be pretty empty, but in the evenings, especially when there is live music on, it can get busy fast.

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