Forget insipid salads and uninspiring ‘veggie options’, thanks to the variety of vegan food options in Dublin these days those partial to plantbased plate can afford to be gloriously gluttonous.
The amount and diversity of all-vegan and vegan friendly restaurants and cafes affords those following, or tinkering with, this way of eating the chance to eat out with ease, and to get involved with exploring the city’s ever-developing food scene – a scene so dynamic in fact that this guide will need constant updating…
Read on for a plethora of places that will fulfil all your plantbased needs, from the best vegan breakfasts and brunches, to dinner spots that will cater every one in your party, so you never have to be the awkward vegan again – hurrah!
ALL-VEGAN RESTAURANTS & CAFES
The Motherhub of vegan and vegetarian eating in Dublin, since 1986 Cornucopia has been serving an abundance of hearty home cooked salads, hot dishes, breads, cakes and desserts in a cosy, charming setting. There’s always raw/living options on the menu too.
19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Dublin’s yoga Mecca YogaHub has expanded exponentially in recent times and its in-house cafe HappyFood has grown simultaneously. The eatery attracts yogis and office workers alike serving up colourful, plant based dishes incluing foodporn-equse Sloppy Joe Burger, Tofy BBQ Ribs and full-vegan breakfasts, and extra helpings of good vibes. There’s a second location in YogaHub’s Castleknock venue too.
27 Camden Place, Dublin 2
Sova Vegan Butcher
Ireland’s first vegan restaurant, Sova Vegan Butcher elevates the standard vegan offering with an a emphasis on presentation. True to its butcher moniker they offer classically carnivorous dishes, like burgers, steaks, and schnitzel, using faux-meat substitutes like tofu, tempeh and seitan. Open for lunch, weekend brunch and dinner, they operate a BYOB policy too so this might just be the place to get the party started for your vegan mate’s birthday.
51 Pleasants St, Dublin
Starting out life as a much-loved plantbased street food truck, Veginity now operates as a bricks and mortar restaurant on Dublin’s northside. A distinctly more fancy affair, brunch and dinner menus include the likes of Kentucky Kiev Waffle, Brûlée Citron Cheesecake and fermented cinnamon buns.
101 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1
From the same chef, Mark Senn, that brings us Veginity (and just a minutes walk away) is Vish.Shop, born out of a break out dish from their food truck days; ‘F!&h and Chips’, made using his Trademarked plantbased fish alternative, Vish. The mainly takeaway eatery (they have some window seating) has all the same vibes as you’d expect from a (slightly swanky) chipper, but everything is vegan. Dream. Vish.Shop’s food truck is also based seasonally at Eatyard.
1 Blessington Street, Dublin 7
Fill a box as you fancy from this iconic deli’s all-veggie salad bar and hot food counter, or head straight to the till area for pizza slices, filo pastry turnovers, veggie burgers, cakes, bakes and more. With only a handful of countertop space to eat-in, on sunny days there’s a scramble for the benches outside, or take yours to the steps of Powerscourt Townhouse and watch the world go by.
42 Drury St, Dublin 2
From the couple behind vegan meat alternative producers, Moodley Manor, BEAST Eatery is Dublin’s first vegan diner and takeaway, located on the near Heuston station, just by the gates of the Guinness factory. They offer vegans the chance to indulge in the likes of padron peppers, garlic cheese fries and banoffee milkshakes, and overall “a cool new place to hang out and eat great food”.
Victoria Quay, Dublin 8
Take a Veg
Take A Veg started out as a delivery only concept run by a Venezuelan couple with a passion for vegan food and an eye for photography (check out their Instagram), now they have their own bricks and mortar eatery in the Moore Street Shopping Mall where they serve vegan versions of fast food favourites like bugers (a ‘Beetmac’ if you will), handmade doughnuts, Padthai Sushi Burritos and Buffalo Sandwiches.
58 Parnell Street, Moore Street Shopping Mall, Dublin, Dublin 1
Vegan pizza lovers make a beeline for this city centre Italian that specialises in plant based pizza – or, if you’re hangover has other ideas, order from any of the main delivery apps. They offer vegan sandwiches, salads and cakes too and the restaurant also doubles as the collection point for online orders from Vegan Food Store Ireland – serving all your vegan food needs!
6 Parliament Street, Dublin 2
Kale + Coco
Like many of the outlets on this list, and vegan restaurants worldwide, Kale + Coco started life as a pop-up within CoCu (mentioned below). When that came to a close founders Jen + Bec* kept the customers who had become hooked on their all plant based offering happy with a stall at EatYard and through event catering, expanding their offering from smoothie bowls to include buddha bowls and more.
Now, finally, they have a permanent home in Stoneybatter where they serve a range of plant based food that’s good for you (read: not hopping on the vegan ‘junk food’ trend) and that tastes as incredible as it looks, as well as ‘Coffee’ and ‘Not Coffee’ menus – their Turmeric Latte is lush.
*note: the choice not to use an ‘&’ is deliberate, Jen and Bec take their branding seriously…
Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
VEGAN FRIENDLY CAFES
On the hunt for some seriously Instagrammble vegan food? Pop to POG – they legit have a menu item called ‘The Millenial Dream’. But it’s not all just aesthetically pleasing plates, the menu is packed with nutritious and delicious dishes and lots of vegan options including a Vegan Breakfast Board complete with spicy hummus, rye toast, a granola bowl, avocado, banana bread, fruits and nuts.
32 Bachelors Walk / Tara Street
The Fat Fox
Did you know foxes are omnivorous? So alongside carnivorous offerings they place equal emphasis on all vegan pimped up porridge, sausage rolls, hot pots, sandwiches, salads and gorgeous bakes and cakes. There’s a reason the fox has piled on the pounds…
*TFF is currently in the process of relocation – here’s hoping they reopen somewhere in Dublin!*
Meet Me In The Morning
Meet Me In The Morning’s moniker might have caused me to have to do some explaining in the past (‘Sorry, did you want to meet up now or in the morning?’), however, once all parties do get the memo and arrive on Pleasants Street its all up hill after that.
For vegans there’s always a rice bowl loaded with local veg and overnight oats, ideally homemade hazelnut butter slathered, on the menu, as well as vegan stack cakes to indulge in afterwards with one of their killer oat milk flat whites.
50 Pleasants Street, Portobello, Dublin 8
From sensationally pilled up pancakes to jazzed up mushrooms and avocado on toast, whether you’re craving something sweet or savoury Tang’s menu meets all your vegan brunch needs. Originally based on Dawson street, now thanks to a new location on Abbey Street you won’t even have to cross the Liffey to get your fix.
23c Dawson Street / 9A Abbey Street Lower
Take one of Bali’s Insta-famous vegan eateries, complete with Poke, Buddha and Acai bowls, hanging basket chairs, and pretty mosaic tile topped tables, and transport it to Dublin’s Grand Canal and you’ve got Nutbutter. Vegans have their pick of healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
Forbes St, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2
Steaming, spicy noodle soups, roast sweet potato Banh Mi sandwiches, and rainbow rice paper rolls, that’s how Pang rolls, literally. This funky, fresh eatery on Kevin Street, just a few minutes from the city centre, specialises in giving Vietnamese classics a modern, and often vegan, twist. Pang now also operates a po-up within Avoca’s new Ballsbridge location
6-11 College Court, Kevin Street Lower, Dublin 2 / Avoca Food Market, Number 1 Ballsbridge, Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4
Coffee, brunch and yoga – for a yogi that’s often their weekend plans in a nutshell, and at Little Bird you can get your fix of all three. The little cafe with an airy, light filled yoga studio attached serves a full vegetarian and vegan menu. So be sure to Nama-stay for food after you’ve got your flow on.
82 S Circular Rd, Portobello, Dublin 8
Located inside an uber-chic interiors store, Industry’s cafe is fittingly gorgeous with platters of salads, falafel, homemade hummus and baked goods displayed Ottolenghi style in ceramic platters across a marble topped counter. They have a daily hotpot too which is often vegan.
41 a/b Drury Street, Dublin 2
This hipster haven always has plenty on offer for vegetarians and vegans. Granola bowls and coffee with home made sunflower seed mylk for breakfast, followed by falafel served with an ever changing array of flavoursome salads for lunch, and there’s always a daily veggie special. They’re open for dinner on Wednesdays too.
Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8
Sprout & Co
Sprout & Co take vegetables seriously. So seriously that they’ve even established their own farm outside the city and adapt their menu regularly to align with the offerings of the Irish seasons – proving that their tagline ‘Healthy, Seasonal & Local’ isn’t just marketing jargon. Veggies will delight in flavoursome, nutrient dense salad bowls and wraps, and lots of breakfast options. Plus they’ve cracked how to make tofu actually taste good – no easy feat.
Located in the blossoming foodie hub of Dublin 8, Two Pups has grown from a coffee shop to a bustling eatery with a small but considered food menu that’s mostly veggie. Alongside all day breakfast-style dishes, there’s a ‘Daily Dahl’ and a veggie salad or noodle bowl – and don’t even consider not ordering a medjool date stuffed with rose water tahini and dipped in dark chocolate, alongside your coffee.
74 Francis St, Dublin 8
Cocu’s founder and executive chef Emilia Rowan worked side by side with dietician Orla Walsh to create a nutritionally balanced menu that caters to all dietary needs. The salad bowls/boxes are some of Dublin’s finest and Veggies can opt for falafel or tofu as their ‘protein’. The health hubs can be found at Baggot Street Upper and under the arches of the Station Building at Hatch Street.
9 Baggot Street Upper / The Station Building, Hatch Street Upper
Located in Clancy Quay, Storyboard filled a gap in the market for a decent cafe in this corner of Dublin 8, and then some. Here you’ll find a not your run-of-the-mill, local veg-centric breakfast and lunch menu and a crew of baristas that take fulfilling your caffeine needs very seriously.
Clancy Quay, Islandbridge, Dublin 8
With locations North and South of the river, Brother Hubbard has plenty of dishes on offer for vegans, all with their signature Middle Eastern twist. Open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch, Brother Hubbard North also serves dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, for which the menu is over 50% vegan. Keep an eye on their social media channels for word on their regular Vegan Supperclub too.
153 Capel St / 46 Harrington St
Dublin 8 is far from short of coffee shops but Groundstate brings a unique offering and to a corner of the Liberties not so well serviced as others. Just around the corner from the Guinness Storehouse this cafe-by-day-yoga-studio-by-night has lots on offer for vegans too, with a constant vegan main offering like a vegan full breakfast or slow roasted miso sweet potato hash on toasted sourdough. They’ve great raw vegan cakes too.
48-50 James’s Street, Dublin 8
If you’re vegan and craving a toasted cheese sandwich you’re not alone. Thank cheese-us (sorry) the lovely guys at Melt Down Dublin in Temple Bar have created ‘The Vegan Hun,’ a magical combination of vegan mozzarella cheese, pesto, red onion, tomato and rocket on sourdough. Gluten free bread is available on request too.
Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Serving coffee, breakfast and lunch ‘with an Argentinian twist’ Tuesday to Saturday Alma was a hit on the Dublin cafe scene as soon as it opened early 2019. So warm and personal is the service, with family members making up much of the staff roster, that you feel like you’ve been invited to share a meal in someone’s home.
On the vegan food front, I’ve heard multiple reviews that their iteration of avocado toast, with smashed avo, garlic portobello mushrooms, pickled onion, homemade peanut rayu and spring onion on organic sourdough, is among the best in the city – and if you visit on a sunny day an iced matcha with oat milk is an essential order.
12 South Circular Road, Portobello, Dublin 8
VEGAN FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Housed adjacent to the glam, geometric lobby of the 5 star Marker Hotel, The Brasserie restaurant always has a number of vegan friendly snacks and starters and at least one main course option. This commitment to catering to vegans is echoed across the hotel’s food offering, from the rooftop terrace’s grazing boards, to the ‘Nutri Boxes’ available in the bar.
Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2
A long-established Indonesian inspired hideaway in Temple Bar, at Chameleon one of the three ‘Rijst-Tafel’ set menus one is vegetarian, and entirely vegan if you omit the pickled aubergine mayonnaise. Elsewhere on the menu there’s colourful array of curries, stir fries, salads, pickles and more that that all hum with the fragrant aromatics of ‘The Spice Islands’.
1 Fownes Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Fallon & Byrne
For an occasion Fallon & Byrne’s restaurant, on the floor above their gourmet food hall (you’ll want to arrange a separate occasion for a deep dive into this Mecca), is always a treat and thanks to a dedicated, seasonal menu that’s no less the case for vegans.
11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
At any one of Yamamori’s city centre locations vegans and vegetarians have plenty of options. Think roast vegetable curry, tofu steak and vegetable ramen, vegetable gyoza and agedashi tofu, or sushi nigiri and norimaki. At all three venues there’s a generous daily veggie bento box that will satisfy any Japanese food lover’s appetite.
No vegan will be in a pickle wondering if they will be catered for on Camden Street’s North Indian restaurant Pickle. Widely regarded as one of Dublin’s best Indian restaurants, renowned Chef Patron Sunil Ghai has married the authentic flavours and techniques of his home region with contemporary twists and locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
The emphasis on vegetables is evident from one look at the Express Lunch menu includes a variety of great value Tiffin Boxes all of which come served with vegetarian samosa or non-vegetarian kebab, vegetables or lentils. In the evening there’s a decent selection of sides and mains for veggies to choose from, and with a few substitutions theses can be vegan friendly too. Whatever you order you can guarantee it will be all at once spicy, zingy and intensely flavoursome.
43 Camden Street, Dublin 2
You can tell a lot of thought was put into every detail of The Ivy, the much-talked about addition to Dublin’s dining scene, from the bold choice of floral wallpaper to the glam, selfie-ready bathrooms, and the planning process didn’t neglect potential vegan diners, who are very well catered for.
13-17 Dawson St, Dublin 2
Combining retro video games; a childhood vice, alcohol; an adult vice, and junk food; an indulgence that everyone can get on board with, Token has been such a hit in Dublin that booking is definitely recommended. Vegans can join in on the fun in equal doses with the likes of ‘Vegan Mac n’ Cheese Nuggz’ on the menu, and even a vegan option for the house Food Challenge. Will you make the Wall of Fame?
72-74 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Vegans will delight in the menu at chef Dylan McGrath’s Rustic Stone, created with the help of nutritionist Erika Doolan. Order giant bowls of salads and light broths along with an array of quirky sides like crunchy cauliflower florets in a creamy coconut puree and succulent roast fennel confit and know they that will be both flavour packed and nutrient dense.
17 South Georges Street, Dublin 2
Once you flag the ubiquitous addition of fish sauce to dishes Thai food is a great option for vegans. Saba is one of Dublin’s finest, has veg curries, rice and noodle dishes aplenty and is always happy to adapt dishes to suit dietary needs. The veggie Caveman Curry made to be ‘Thai spicy’ is my go to order.
26-28 Clarendon Street / 22 Baggot Street Upper
Tucked away just off Grafton Street, inside the the five-star Westbury Hotel is the achingly chic WILDE. The restaurant hasn’t garnered a standalone reputation just for it’s sumptuously decorated, light filled surrounds but for quality cooking, a stellar wine list and impeccable service.
That exemplary service naturally extends to vegans and vegetarians who can choose from the likes of Superfood Salad, Kerala Curry and Avocado cake served with goji berry sorbet, as well as their pick from a dedicated vegan wine list.
Indian menus, particularly when based on regional southern dishes, are a vegan’s culinary delight, but one of my favourites in Dublin is Kerala Kitchen who add a fresh and modern touch to traditional recipes.
5 Upper Baggot Street, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
McGuinness’s Traditional Take Away
Did you know that surveys have commonly found over a third of vegetarians and vegans admit to eating meat after a few drinks? Well if you ever find yourself out in Dublin late at night craving something salty and savoury there’s absolutely no need to let you mealtime morals fall by the wayside due to a lack of plant based options.
Family run McGuinness’s Traditional Take Away on Camden Street is the only, to date, traditional Irish takeaway to offer a gluten free and vegan menu late night, well after 12am – and it’s an impressive offering at that. Have your pick of vegan battered sausages, pizzas, kebabs, onion rings and crispy tofu chunks, plus the chips are hand cut in-house every day and fried in a separate fryer.
Quality at a great price is something owner Theresa insists on across the board; she personally makes the vegan bean burgers, mayo, pesto, and bacon. For those times you’re not in the immediate vicinity and the hankering strikes you can order online. I’ll just leave the link to order here…
Camden Street, Dublin 2
Do you have a favourite all-vegan or vegan-friendly restaurant or cafe I’ve missed? Please let me know!