From 100% dairy-free cafes to fine dining destinations with plant-based menus, get the lowdown on the city’s best vegan restaurants.
There are loads of incredible vegan-friendly restaurants in Leeds. And when we say vegan-friendly, we mean it. Forget limited choice and being stuck with the same old salads, because at these 34 eateries you can feast on dirty, heaving burgers, steaming bowls of spicy noodles and seriously scrumptious desserts – that’s just the start, too. So the only question left is, which one will you try first?
Tucked away above The Old Red Bus Station, Cantina is a laid-back restaurant that’s completely dedicated to vegans. Their menu is 100% meat and dairy free, so you’ll have loads of tasty dishes to choose from. You can go for sweet ‘n’ sticky BBQ jackfruit wings, gooey mac ‘n’ cheeze or loaded chili fries. But their burgers are the real star of the show. Try the Seitan Sizzler, it’s a battered seitan patty smothered in fiery habanero dressing and topped with crispy onion rings. With cow-friendly milkshakes to wash it all down, it’s easy to see why this is one of the best places to get vegan food in Leeds.
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 104 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL. Prices start from £4.50.
The Grub & Grog Shop
If you’re after a vegan brunch, make a beeline for The Grub & Grog Shop. This Leeds eatery is an undeniably cool hangout and they’ve got an unrivalled daytime offering that’s served up to 4pm daily. The vegan breakfast is a firm favourite – you get a loaded plate of vegetable fritters, baked beans, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. You can also get more unusual bites, like the bubble & squeak which brings together a medley of root vegetables with seasonal greens and homemade brown sauce. For lunch, you can tuck into an ever-changing line-up of soups, sandwiches and salads.
The Grub & Grog Shop, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD. Prices start at £3.50.
Humous lovers, listen up. You can enjoy Humpit’s homemade recipe by the bowlful at their Corn Exchange cafe and there’s a variety of delectable ways to do so. Will you go for the Humpit salad? It’s a mountain of fresh leaves piled high with humous and your choice of toppings from their salad bar. There’s kidney beans, salsa and mushrooms, to name but a few. Or you can keep it classic with the humous bowl, which comes topped with whole chickpeas, falafel and a warm pitta on the side for dipping.
Humpit, Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR. Eat in prices start at £4.50.
Nestled at the back of Oporto is Knave’s Kitchen, a vegan junk food dream. They serve up downright dirty eats and there’s no kale in sight, so while their deep fried delights might be cruelty free, they certainly aren’t guilt free. You can get beer-battered tofu butties and a creamy Jamaican curry, but it’s their almighty CFC that’s the real showstopper. It’s a heaving wrap filled with battered ‘chicken’ goujons, Brazilian slaw and chive ranch. Add a side of loaded Mad Fries for a belly-filling feed you’ll want to feast on again and again.
Knave’s Kitchen, Oporto, 33 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BT. Prices start at £6.
Hyde Park Book Club
A cool and casual cafe-bar, Hyde Park Book Club is a haven for vegans. Their meat-free menu is full of juicy Veg Butcher ‘meats’, which you can enjoy from noon ’til night. Start the day with a loaded stack of pancakes or try their vegan breakfast – it comes with 2 vegan sausages, spinach, mushrooms, humous and toast for dipping. Later, you can tuck into everything from Asian-inspired chicken burgers to huge hot dogs. Leave room for dessert though, because they have an 100% vegan ice-cream sundae, topped with banana, whipped cream and sprinkles.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BL. Vegan dishes start from £5.60.
Bundobust is a real Leeds favourite. This cool bar-cum-restaurant boasts a winning combo of Indian street food and refreshing craft beer. It’s 100% veggie and they have a delectable vegan selection to boot, so take a pew on one of their long, communal tables and dive right in. There’s familiar snacks like onion bhajis alongside a slew of veggie-packed curries like the tarka dhal. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Raghda Pethis. It’s an Indo-English fusion that sees a Yorkshire potato cake loaded with spiced mushy peas, diced tomato and sweet ’n’ sour tamarind chutney.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ. Prices start at £4.50.
Oranaise is a slice of North Africa in Hyde Park, decked out with delicate trinkets and ornate chandeliers from far-flung countries. They’ve got a huge vegan menu for you to choose from and all their dishes come bursting with Mediterranean flavours. You can snaffle their kebabs, burgers, mezze platters and tapas all day long. Then come 5pm, you can tuck into their evening menu of hearty tagines. Go for the Dolma – it brings together stuffed peppers, aubergine and tofu in a warming stew that’s served with basmati rice and bread.
Oranaise Cafe, 1 The Crescent, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW. Prices start at £4.95.
Punk is a small but mighty eatery that’s hugely popular with the Hyde Park masses. The cafe itself is full of rustic charm, with wood panelling and tumbling green plants – but the cosy decor’s not the only reason that people flock here. They’ve also got some of the best vegan food in Leeds with a menu of belly-busting American classics – think burgers, burritos, chilli cheese fries, cauli wings and pizza, all 100% plant-based. Room for dessert? It’s brownie galore with a choice of peanut and raspberry or pecan and tahini. Yum!
Punk, 82 Brudenell Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1EG. Prices start at £5.
In the mood for Vietnamese food? Head to Trinity Kitchen to slurp up steaming bowls of noodles from Pho. They specialise in serving up quick and healthy South East Asian dishes. You’ll find an array of vegan classics on the menu and each one is brimming with nutritious veggies. There’s hot ’n’ spicy tofu pho, rich enoki curry and mushroom stir fry. If you want a real vitamin hit, go for one of their super green phos for rice noodles simmered in an aromatic veggie broth with Chinese spinach, green beans, pak choi, fresh lime slices and Thai basil.
Pho, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY. Vegan dishes start at £6.95.
Fettle is the place to go for vegan foodies in Leeds. For brunch, you can tuck into cashew cream gnocchi or crumpets loaded with spinach, mushrooms, artichokes and spiced butter. Things get really special when it comes to their evening menu. There’s loads of vegan small plates and each one brings together inventive flavour combinations like the smoked akee and cauliflower or the kale and raspberry salad. Order a couple and try a bit of everything or tuck into one of the large plates, like squash tortellini and bubble & squeak.
Fettle, 73 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. Vegan small plates start at £3.95.
The original all-vegan takeaway in Leeds, Mog’s has a menu filled with greasy goodness. Their outrageous burgers are as dirty as they come – the Donut Do That is a mammoth stack of ‘beef’ patties, ‘bacon’, ‘cheese’, BBQ sauce and crispy onions, all stuffed between a glazed donut. Or chow down on fully-loaded hot dogs, deep fried ‘chicken’, sticky ribs and stuffed-to-bursting kebabs. The drinks are all-vegan too, with an ever-changing selection of special frappes for you to glug down.
Mog’s, 55 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BE. Prices start at £8.
Ecco is a cool independent pizza restaurant in Leeds that specialises in proper Neapolitan pizzas made in a traditional wood-fired oven. They’ve got loads of veggie options which you can make vegan with their dairy-free mozzarella. You’ll find familiar toppings like Mariana and Margherita alongside more experimental flavour combinations. The Lombardini is loaded with colourful veggie toppings, including green beans, sun-dried tomatoes, peppers, caramelised leeks and rocket.
Ecco Pizzeria, 93 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3PS. Prices start at £6.95.
JJ’s Vish and Chips
Fancy a fish and chip supper? Head to JJ’s. It’s got a traditional chip-shop feel, but you won’t find any actual fish here. Instead, they’ve put a veggie spin on all your chippy favourites and there’s four delectable options for vegans to choose from. There’s ‘vish’ (deep-fried banana blossom) and ‘tofish’ (soya bean) fillets, which come in crispy, golden batter. Or you can ditch the fake fish and go for a battered Sosage or deep-fried Scam-pi. Get yours with a portion of their delightfully fluffy chips and a couple of classic sauces for dunking.
JJ’s Vish and Chips, 402a Kirkstall Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2QD. Prices start at £3.50.
Rola Wala serve up twisted Indian street food made the way you want it, so it’s easy to go vegan at this Leeds eatery. First, choose your base – there’s naan, rice or a low-cal cauli bowl. Then get it loaded with either a warming Keralan cauliflower curry or a fiery red channa dal, which is packed full of Indian chillies and spices. Top it all off with salad and lashings of sauce. You get at least 47 spices and ingredients packed into each dish, so it’s a real treat for the tastebuds.
Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, 27 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT. Prices start at £5.95.
Hidden away in Rawdon is Brown’s Greens, a cosy little vegetarian cafe with fairy lights strung across the walls and freshly-cut flowers on each of the rustic wooden tables. From India to the Mediterranean, their all-day menu offers a medley of global cuisine and there’s plenty of vegan options. You can get stews, pies and a rotating curry of the day, which comes with a green salad, samosa and bread. Or if you’re just after something to nibble on, they have platters filled with crudités, hummus, bread and olives.
Brown’s Greens, 3B Harrogate Road, Rawdon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6HW. Prices start at £3.75.
Out of This World
Out of This World is known as one of the best health food stores in Leeds but they also have an awesome deli counter tucked inside. It’s chock-full of delicious vegan food, all made following their ethical, organic and locally-sourced ethos. It’s all colour-coded with labels, so you can see what tasty eats to pick up at a glance. There’s freshly made sandwiches and pastries – the deliciously flaky sausage rolls might even rival the Greggs version. But their pièce de resistance are their donuts. They’re light, fluffy and all kinds of scrumptious, bursting with dairy-free cream.
Out of this World, 20 New Market Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DG. Prices start at £2.
Grove Cafe is a straightforward, no-frills eatery in Hyde Park. It’s mainly a takeaway, but there’s a handful of tables where you can take a pew and dive into their menu of take-out classics. They pride themselves on their huge and varied vegan offering, so you can feast on everything from belly-filling burgers to creamy soya kormas. But don’t miss out on their pizzas. There are 15 different types and each one comes loaded with veggies and stringy dairy-free cheese. The vegan feast is a 12-inch behemoth that comes loaded with juicy chicken, garlic sausage and fiery pepperoni – all vegan versions of course.
Grove Cafe, 133-135 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LJ. Prices start at £5.50.
Little Tokyo is a little slice of Japan in Leeds, with traditional sunken tables, an oriental wood bridge and an impressive koi carp pond. But the authentic decor isn’t the only reason to visit this petite restaurant, as they also do delicious vegan food that’s bursting with Asian flavours. Kick things off with avocado tempura or deep fried veggie sushi buttons, then move on to their array of bento boxes and noodles. The yaki soba brings together tofu, oriental veg and soy sauce, all stir-fried with wheat noodles. Room for dessert? The coffee jelly is an unusual Japanese staple and a must-try.
Little Tokyo, 24 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE. Prices start at £3.99.
Bibis Italianissimo have been serving up traditional Italian food in Leeds for over 40 years. The 1920s-style restaurant has all the glitz and glamour you could hope for, with live swing and jazz bands playing regularly as you dine. On the menu, they’ve got a dedicated vegan section with a variety of different main courses. There’s classics like pizza, spaghetti and salad alongside more creative combinations like the brasato dell’orto, which brings together slow cooked sweet potatoes, barlotti beans and carrots with wild rice. With great food and great entertainment, this one’s a real winner.
Bibis Italianissimo, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG. Vegan dishes start at £12.
The Cheerful Chilli
You’ll need to take a drive out to Otley to find The Cheerful Chilli, but boy is it worth it. This family-run Leeds restaurant is a converted farmhouse, full of character and country charm. It’s 100% veggie and there’s plenty of delectable vegan eats to tuck into. Their hearty vegetable chilli is their signature dish, but you can also snaffle spicy veggie enchiladas, chimichangas and Keralan curry as well as lighter bites like nachos. And that’s just the half of it. Each month they also host a vegan banquet, where you can devour three courses of fresh and experimental recipes.
The Cheerful Chilli, East Chevin Road, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DD. Prices start at £5.
Tharavadu is a Michelin-recommended restaurant that specialises in a proper Keralan dining experience. Inside, the decor’s inspired by Keralan family homes, with full wood panelling, decorative prints and hanging lanterns. The food is just as authentic and there’s loads of vegan dishes for you to enjoy. There’s the chickpea kadala masala, potato masala or the vazhuthananga – a curry that blends aubergines with roasted onions and coriander seeds in a creamy cashew nut sauce. Can’t decide? Go for the thali – it’s a feast of seven chef’s choice curries, soup, sides and dessert.
Tharavadu, 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ. Vegan dishes start at £6.29.
A Nation of Shopkeepers
A chilled-out spot for a pint or two, A Nation of Shopkeepers might not be on your radar for vegan food in Leeds, but it should be. Sink into one of their irresistibly comfy booths and have a browse of their carefully curated Veg Heads menu. It’s 90% vegan, 10% vegetarian and full of warm, comforting fare. You can dig into a beyond meat burger, a sweet potato curry and a butternut squash lasagne. The loaded nachos are particularly scrumptious, topped with spicy chickpeas and a melted ‘gouda’ cheese.
A Nation of Shopkeepers, 26-27 Cookridge Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG. Vegan dishes start at £7.50.
Wapentake is a cosy, vintage-chic cafe bar that’s Yorkshire through and through, from the ArtOfficial designed decor to the locally sourced food. They aim to have a vegan alternative for every meat option on the menu, so in the morning you can gorge on the vegan breakfast. It’s a huge plate of meat-free sausages, hash browns, tomatoes, mushrooms, smashed avocado, beans and a toasted muffin. Stay for lunch and try their beet burgers – you can get yours loaded with dairy-free cheese, in a brunch stack or sandwiched between two Yorkshire puds.
Wapentake, 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DJ. Vegan dishes start at £5.50.
Millies is a renowned health food store, jam-packed with ethical goodies – think organic veg, cow’s milk alternatives and tasty vegan spreads. Their deli counter is a firm favourite in Leeds, with plenty of tasty vegan treats on offer. You can get fresh sandwiches and soups, with green juices rich in vitamins to wash it all down. Hot meals are served at lunchtime, with a nutritious vegan options always on offer. They’ve done everything from Greek aubergine and tomato stew to beetroot curry, so expect hearty, filling fare.
Millies, 109 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PJ. Prices start at £3.75.
Roots and Fruits
Roots and Fruits is a beloved independent that’s been serving delectable vegan food in their quirky Leeds cafe for over 25 years. It’s a colourful little spot, decked out with mis-matched furniture and local artwork. Their menu is entirely plant-based with a selection of salads, sandwiches and daily specials. They’re known for their irresistibly tasty jerk jackfruit, which is mixed with plantain, sweet potato and cauliflower, then seasoned with Jamaican spices and served with tortilla wraps. Want a lighter bite? The eggless egg mayo sandwich is a must-try.
Roots and Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG. Prices start at £5.50.
Jino’s Thai Cafe
Jino’s Thai Cafe is a no-frills eatery that’s known for its freshly made, authentic Thai food. They’ve got a special vegan menu, filled with meat and dairy-free versions of their most popular dishes. That means you can slurp up big bowls of noodles like pad Thai and pad kee mao or go for a fiery curry that’s loaded with Asian veggies. Feeling particularly ravenous? Bring a friend and go for the set menu. You’ll get an assortment of mushroom satay and spring rolls to start, before gorging on Thai green curry, tofu stir fry, veggie stir fry and rice.
Jino’s Thai Cafe, 46 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AL. Vegan dishes start at £4.85.
A cafe by day and a bustling restaurant at night, LS6 is an ever-popular Leeds hangout. They’ve got two menus of delicious food, with plenty of vegan options for you to tuck into. If you want a light lunch, there’s soups and salads aplenty, each bursting with flavour like the curried cauliflower and chickpea wrap. Come the evening, you can enjoy a candlelit dinner from their late menu, which has even more vegan fare. Snaffle spicy bean burgers, zucchini and lime tacos and an all-day belly-busting breakfast for a filling feed.
LS6 Cafe, 16 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AS. Vegan dishes start at £5.10.
The Greenhouse is a lovely little cafe, painted in pastel colours with lush green plants perched on the shelves. They’ve got an all-day brunch-style menu that’s 100% vegan and 100% delicious. Their wholesome salad bowls are the stars of the show, each one carefully created with specific health-boosting properties in mind. The Recovery Bowl is packed with avocado, broccoli, asparagus and sweet mango salsa to give you a serious vitamin injection. But if you’re craving something naughtier, their fluffy pancake stacks and waffles simply can’t be missed.
The Greenhouse, 85e Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5BP. Prices start at £3.50.
Pinche Pinche serve up mouthwatering Mexican street food in a funky, vibrant restaurant that’s bursting with colour. They’re constantly expanding their vegan range, with an array of tapas sharers on offer. Round up your mates and dig into everything from loaded nachos to ‘cheezy’ quesadillas, crispy tacos and miniature burritos. Want a larger plate to yourself? There’s spiced broccoli burritos, mushroom enchiladas and feast-worthy combo platters that bring together a variety of delectable Mexican morsels.
Pinche Pinche, 116 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NY. Vegan dishes start at £5.95.
Ambiente is a warm and welcoming Leeds restaurant, complete with exposed brickwork, fairy lights and huge windows overlooking the river. They specialise in authentic Spanish tapas and there’s lots of vegan small plates for you to enjoy. There’s classics like patatas bravas, toasted garlic focaccia and pan-fried green beans. Or you can try more adventurous flavour combinations like hoisin roasted aubergine and cauliflower in a rich tomato sauce. Choose a couple to pair with a freshly made mediterranean veg paella.
Ambiente, 36-38 The Calls, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EW. Vegan dishes start at £3.95.
An opulent, high-end Chinese restaurant, Tattu is known for its inventive take on traditional Asian cuisine. And if you’re vegan, you can enjoy their culinary delights too. Snap your chopsticks and dive into their small plates – there’s shiitake and aubergine dim sum, shishito peppers, wild mushroom spring rolls and chilli crusted tofu. On the large plates menu, you can enjoy the king oyster mushroom hotpot, a hearty dish that simmers mushrooms with baby spinach, silken tofu and yuzu soy in a delicious flavour fusion.
Tattu, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS. Vegan small plates start at £5.
Cosy Club is a huge bar and restaurant, filled with lavish light fittings, deep red wallpaper and old-school British artwork. They serve up a fantastic variety of vegan food, with brunch dishes, tapas, burgers, sandwiches, salads and puds all waiting for you to try. You won’t leave hungry either, as the portions at this Leeds restaurant are massive. Order the vegan BLT and you’ll get a whopping triple-decker sandwich, stuffed with fake bacon, lettuce, tomato and egg-less mayo. It’s served with fries for a mighty feed that’ll fuel you through the rest of the day.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA. Vegan dishes start at £6.50.
Issho is a luxury Japanese restaurant, nestled at the top of Victoria Gate in Leeds. Executive chef Joe Grant has carefully curated a menu of innovative Asian dishes and there’s a dedicated vegan section so you can sample his flavour-packed morsels. There’s a good variety on offer, with everything from pumpkin miso gyozas to Sapporo-style ramen, colourful vegetable maki to lime-roasted sweet potato. Finish off your meal with a refreshing fruit sorbet or try the unusual avocado and lime mousse, topped with dark chocolate ganache.
Issho, Victoria Gate Rooftop, George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7AU. Vegan dishes start at £4.
A Leeds legend, Salvo’s have been serving up classic Italian fare in their family-run restaurant for over 40 years. It’s always bustling and as soon as you get a taste of one of their proper Neapolitan pizzas, you’ll understand why. Vegan options include garlic mushrooms drizzled with truffle oil and braised aubergine with red pepper. Each one comes topped with deliciously stringy dairy-free cheese. Prefer pasta? You can get an array of bowls from fiery tomato and chilli to creamy porcini, all packed with fresh Italian ingredients.
Salvo’s, 115 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3PX. Vegan dishes start at £11.50.