Exploring new towns and cities is hungry work! Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of the very best vegan restaurants in Leeds, so you’ll always have places to eat when you’re in this bold, bright and beautiful city. Whether you’re a Leeds local or you’re visiting to give the Otley run a go, there are plenty of incredible vegan-friendly restaurants to set your sights on.
From relaxed hummus restaurants to quirky eateries combining live music with delectable plant-based dishes, here are 10 of the best vegan restaurants in Leeds.
JJ’s Vish & Chips
Fish and chips, but make it vegan…That’s what you’ll find at JJ’s Vish & Chips, a laid-back eatery specialising in quick bites and vegan fast food. Describing the menu here as ‘plant-based’ may be a stretch, but you’ll certainly kick your comfort food cravings at JJ’s. From banana blossom battered ‘fish’ to ‘scam-pi’ with chips, you’ll find all your chip shop favourites with a vegan twist, each available to collect or order to your doorstep.
Described as Leeds’ ‘original all-vegan canteen’, Cantina is a must-visit for diner favourites served in a relaxed restaurant setting. From Greek-style kebabs to carrot and fennel soup, Cantina’s autumn menu is packed with flavour and seasonal ingredients to keep you feeling full and energised. This is truly nourishing food, making it one of our go-to places to eat in Leeds when we’re in need of a health boost. You’ll find Cantina at The Old Red Bus Station.
Oporto is one of the best spots for live music in Leeds, but it’s also a great hangout to grab your favourite vegan dishes, courtesy of Knaves Kitchen. Just a quick scroll through Knaves Kitchen’s Instagram feed proves they’ve got something to tempt your taste buds, where you’re hungry for a hot dog or craving cauliflower wings. They’ve got plenty of sweet treats, too, all available to enjoy at Oporto or at home with a delivery.
Enjoy a taste of New York right here in Leeds at Fat Annie’s, one of the best street food stalls with a completely meat-free menu. You’ll find Fat Annie’s at Leeds Kirkgate Market serving up a selection of mouth-watering dishes, from fluffy, American-style pancakes and waffles to generously topped hot dogs. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with a range of dirty fries and sides, including mac n’ cheese, cowboy beans and mock chicken nuggets. Yum!
Friends of Food
Friends of Food is one of the best vegan restaurants near Leeds city centre, with a gourmet burger menu so tempting you’ll need to come back again and again! FOF’s burgers are stacked with plenty of tasty toppings and best enjoyed with one of their awesome sides, whether you’re into fries, mac n’ cheese or cauliflower bites. You can order Friends of Food to your door with Uber Eats for a meal that’s free from both animal products and hassle.
With restaurants in Huddersfield, Hull, Manchester, Sheffield and York, Döner Summer is one of North England’s favourite vegan restaurants. And, if you’ve eaten in Döner Summer before, you’ll be pleased to know that its Leeds branch is just as fun as you’d expect! A relaxed atmosphere means you’ll be welcome any time of day, and its menu of vibrant vegan goodies will keep your Instagram feed looking fresh. How about the Bad Girl Kebab with garlic chilli chick’n, pink cabbage and pink aioli? Or, what about their Buttermylk Fried Chick’n with fries?
The Great Indian
In the heart of Leeds city centre, you’ll find The Great Indian – the go-to spot to enjoy all your favourite Indian classics. Somosa chat, masala fries, veg jalfrezi and garlic naan are just a selection of the dishes on offer at this warm and welcoming restaurant, which offers both a vegan and non-vegan menu. This is a great spot to dine with friends and family, but The Great Indian also offers takeaway if you’re in the mood to relax on the sofa!
Meat is Dead
Meat is Dead is a place free from judgement, making it the perfect pit stop for vegans and non-vegans alike. This light and airy vegan restaurant and bar – just a 30-minute walk from Leeds city centre – offers a completely plant-based menu with a range of mindfully crafted dishes, from grilled aubergine steak and round-cut chips to beet wellington with Yorkshire puddings. This is also the place to enjoy a traditional Sunday roast, with the gorgeous Burley Green providing the perfect spot for a post-lunch walk.
Silver burger buns, deep-fried onion rings, buttermilk ‘wings’ and tangy buffalo sauce are all on the menu at Punk Vegan, undoubtedly one of the coolest vegan restaurants in Leeds. Whether you dine in or order takeaway to enjoy at home, Punk Vegan promises to tantalise your taste buds. This place is like a burst of sunshine on a gloomy day, with every dish offering an explosion of tastes, textures and colours.
If you’ve read our guide to the five must-visit vegan restaurants in Sheffield, you’ll have heard of Humpit, a casual dining spot specialising in Middle Eastern cuisine. From falafel to salad bowls, you’ll find plenty of fresh and flavoursome dishes jam-packed with nutritional value. It’s also a very laid-back spot, perfect for catching up with friends or grabbing lunch with your colleagues during a well-deserved work break. And, if you’re not in the mood to dine in, you can get your Humpit favourites delivered to your doorstep!
At Vegomm, we know there’s nothing better than finding tasty vegan food wherever you go. That’s why we’re committed to connecting you to the best vegan restaurants throughout the UK, with guides for Edinburgh, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bournemouth, Belfast and London.
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