Finding great vegan food in Leeds just got a whole lot easier, with our guide to the best cafes, delis and restaurants in Leeds…
Being a vegan isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to eating out. You get less options than everyone else and you have to be really picky about where you eat – but the good news is, everywhere on this list is totally vegan-friendly. So you won’t just be able to get something tasty to eat, you’ll have options…
Cantina is Leeds’ first and only 100% vegan restaurant. It’s the perfect place to go if you want choice with a diverse array of dishes that take inspiration from all over the world. Start with sesame-coated tofu sushi and pickled chilli ginger with parsnip miso sauce, and follow it with the creamy dal makhni, Viking chorizo burger or tofu katsu curry. They even have dessert, with your choice of salted caramel chocolate brownies or apple, cinnamon and sultana cake.
Cantina, The Old Red Bus Station, 104 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
The Grub and Grog Shop
Famed for their creative cooking, The Grub and Grog Shop is the perfect place to go in Leeds for a vegan breakfast or lunch. They’re now at home in the stripped-back surroundings of Sheaf Street Cafeteria – start the day with their unique take on bubble and squeak, which brings together roasted root veg, herbs and onions hashed with tomato, greens and homemade brown sauce. On your lunch? They have a slew of vegan sandwiches and a daily soup special, but it’s their havers (traditional oat cakes with tasty toppings) that always win us over.
The Grub and Grog Shop, Sheaf Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1HD.
Nichols Delicatessan is one of the best places to get vegan food in Leeds. It’s a welcoming little cafe in Chapel Allerton and it’s 100% vegetarian. Although there will be dishes you can’t eat, vegans are a real priority here, so you won’t be short of choice. You can start the day with a vegan full English – theirs comes with tomatoes, mushrooms, sauté potatoes, organic beans & herb flavoured sausages. Come lunchtime, they cook up the likes of red pepper hummus, roast veg and sweet potato pie, but if you’re in a rush, you can get a freshly made sandwich or salad to takeaway.
Nichols Delicatessen, 86a Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4LZ.
It’s easy to go vegan at Rola Wala in Trinity Leeds. They’re famous for their modern take on Indian street food, with naan wraps and rice bowls filled with fresh, tasty ingredients – and you’re in complete control. First you choose your base – the naan rolls, grain bowls and cauliflower and kale bowls are all vegan-friendly. Then top it with vegan red dal, saagwala or Keralan chickpea, as well as your choice of veggies, sauces and spices.
Rola Wala, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Brown’s Greens is something of a hidden treasure – it’s a 100% vegetarian restaurant in Rawdon and it’s well worth seeking out if you’re vegan. The menu takes inspiration from all over the world, from India to the Mediterranean. You’ll have plenty of choice here because every dish on the menu can be made vegan. Why not try one of their sharing plates, which come loaded with olives, hummus, vine leaves and roasted veg? Or you could tuck into one of their fragrant home made curries, which come with a green salad, bread and a samosa.
Brown’s Greens, 3b Harrogate Road, Rawdon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 6HW.
Roots and Fruits
Roots & Fruits is one of the city’s longest running vegetarian and vegan cafes. They serve up nutritious veggie meals, with a vegan-first attitude which means you can have anything on the menu. Their vegan cheese is cashews, but if you’re bringing veggies with you, they can have the normal dairy variety. They have light bites, salads and sandwiches on offer, or you can go for something bigger – how about the chilli cheese hot dog, topped with five bean chilli? Or there’s a classic, reinvented, with their jerk jackfruit, which uses their secret recipe jerk marinade to give you a taste of the Caribbean.
Roots and Fruits, 10-11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Global Tribe Cafe
Global Tribe is a great place to get vegan food in Leeds. You’ll find it tucked away down an alleyway, above the shop that shares its name. It’s a welcoming cafe with all kinds of vegan delights. After breakfast? You can get a vegan Full English with scramble tofu and veggie sausages or try their vegan omelette. At lunch time, they have even more creative dishes for you to choose from, like Caldo Verde, a Portuguese soup of potatoes, kale and homemade seitan chorizo sausage, and the raw pizza made with a dehydrated cauliflower base topped with sun-dried tomato sauce, rocket and raw cashew cheese.
Global Tribe Cafe, 18 Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG.
If you’re looking for a hearty bowl of vegan food to get you through the day, Humpit will do the job. Hummus is one of the most popular vegan delicacies on the planet, and they do it better than anyone else. It’s straightforward enough – you can either order a hummus bowl, a loaded pita or a salad bowl, they’ll load on the hummus, and you can top it with mushrooms & onions, spicy salsa, falafel balls or a combo of all three.
Humpit, Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 7BR.
Bundobust is a buzzing city centre bar that brings together craft beer and Indian street food. Find yourself a seat at one of the communal tables, where you’ll be surrounded by exposed brickwork and an elaborate display of front doors, then set to work on the menu. It’s all small plates, so you can mix up your meal with lots of little vegan dishes like okra fries, tarka dhal and bhel puri. They’ve got you covered when it comes to booze too, with an array of vegan beers rotating regularly.
Bundobust, 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
Looking for a quality vegan pizza in Leeds? Head to Ecco Pizzeria in Headingley or Roundhay. It’s a proper Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant with an array of veggie toppings – and you can make them all vegan with their special mozzarella. They have a mix of traditional and unusual pizzas – so you could play it safe with the Vegetali, with roasted aubergines, mushrooms, sweet tricolore peppers, caramelised red onions and sweetcorn, or try something a little more adventurous in the form of The Lombardi, which comes topped with sautéed caramelised leeks, green beans and roasted artichoke hearts.
Ecco Pizzeria, 93 Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 3PS & 90 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2AL.
Temple Coffee and Donuts
This isn’t your usual coffee shop. Temple Coffee and Donuts is a super cool cafe on a small industrial estate off Kirkstall Road. Grab one of their amazing coffees (they use oat milk), then choose your donut of choice. Vegan options include raspberry ripple, banana & coconut or just a classic ring donut. Word of warning – they’re absolutely massive, so make sure you come hungry.
Temple Coffee and Donuts, 3 Burley Place, Kirkstall, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AR.
You can enjoy the flavours of North Africa and the Mediterranean with a trip to Oranaise. They have a massive menu of vegan dishes that you can enjoy in their charming little cafe on Hyde Park Corner. You can go for something traditional, like their tagines, mezze platters or kebabs, each of which use meat alternatives, or do vegan tapas with everything from baba ghanoush to batata hara, but it’s the pizzas that steal the show. They use using vegan cheese with toppings like caramelised onion, jalapeños and pineapple.
Oranaise, 1 The Crescent, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NW.
Looking for the ultimate vegan takeaway? Look no further than Mog’s. They serve all your favourite takeaway fodder, but made vegan. You can tuck into juicy, stacked burgers like The Bad Mother Clucker, a chicken-style patty topped with vegan-friendly coleslaw, lettuce, crispy onions and sriracha mayo. But that’s not all. They do subs, grilled sandwiches and even popcorn chicken, all of which are 100% meat and dairy free.
Mog’s, 55 Kirkstall Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BE.
Hyde Park Book Club
Hyde Park Book Club does things a little bit differently. It’s one of the coolest hangouts in Leeds with a love of music, literature and art, but it’s the food that will win over the vegans. You see, they have a totally meat-free menu that revolves around the Veg Butcher. You can choose from a range of meat-alternatives, all designed to be as close to the real thing as possible – try the chicken and avocado wrap or the spicy beef chilli bowl with jalapeños and avocado. They also do a daily special which is always vegan, and if you just fancy a cuppa and a slice of cake, they have loads of vegan-friendly options.
Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1BL.
Unlike most of the Indian restaurants in Leeds, Hansa’s is entirely vegetarian. They specialise in traditional Gujarati cuisine with a menu that will give you oodles of choice. You could try the valor ringan, a curry made with runner beans and aubergine, or go for something like the doongri bateta, a filling potato and onion curry. If you can’t decide, order the thali – it’ll give you a taste of two curries, with rice, daal, kadhi, farsan and mango pulp.
Hansa’s, 72-74 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN.
Treat yourself to a taste of South East Asia at Pho. Despite being a big name, it’s got a whole menu dedicated to Vietnamese vegan food. You can snaffle phở nấm rơm, a Vietnamese noodle soup with enoki, shiitake and button mushrooms. Or what about Phở Xào? It’s a tasty mix of flat rice noodles, tofu, mushrooms, lemongrass, chilli and Asian greens.
Pho, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Out of this World
Out of this World is a shop in the heart of Leeds city centre where you can get a range of ethical and organic food – but did you know they also do fresh vegan food to takeaway? Their deli counter is 90% vegan, the other 10% is vegetarian, and they have a slew of freshly made salads and sandwiches made on site each day using local produce. There’s also an array of sweet and savoury pastries, cakes and breads to choose from
Out of this World, 20 New Market Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DG.
Gabbar takes inspiration from the traditional cafes and street food stalls found in India. The menu is full of vegan-friendly dishes, so you’ll have the luxury of choice. You can get a few small plates, with dishes like the Gabbar chaat, masala fries and Vada Pav. Or there’s a selection of curries for you to choose from, including Punjabi chole, a North Indian dish of chickpeas, tomato paste and spices. Top it off with one of their special Indian cocktails or a craft beer, and it’s a job well done.
Gabbar, 17-19 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8JE.
Grove Cafe is a straightforward, greasy spoon. No airs, no graces, just tasty, takeaway food, perfect for seeing off those hangovers. They do serve meat, but they’ve gone all out for vegetarians and vegans, so you won’t miss out. Their vegan pizzas are the stuff of legend. Try the Forager’s Favourite, which comes with roasted tofu, jalapeños, green peppers and pineapple. It’s not just pizzas though, they also do a range of curries, including a vegan rogan josh.
Grove Cafe, 133-135 Cardigan Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1LJ.
Little Tokyo is a Leeds stalwart that’s been serving up classic Japanese fare for the best part of two decades and they’ve got loads of vegan options. They do simple veg-focused dishes, like the bento box with rice, salad, tofu and vegetable tempura, but if you’d like to try something a little bit more adventurous, go for the faux meat. You could try duck with mango, bean curd rolls or even vegan chicken wings.
Little Tokyo, 24 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE.
Enjoy a bit of glitz and glamour with a meal at Bibis Italianissimo. They have an entire menu dedicated to vegans, so you can tuck into stir-fried vegan beef, chargrilled celeriac on a bed of berlotti beans or a tofu and green onion burger. While you eat, you’ll be able to enjoy Bibis’ unique atmosphere, which comes courtesy of their live tribute artists.
Bibis Italianissimo, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Tharavadu serves up traditional Keralan cuisine – and it’s a great shout for vegans with a surprisingly big selection of dishes to choose from. You can start with parippu soup, before moving onto the mains. They do a vegan thali, if you want to try a little bit of everything, or you can go for one of their curries, like the vazhuhananga, which combines aubergine, coriander seeds, roasted onions and chilli, in a sauce made from cashew nut sauce.
Tharavadu, 7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DQ.
Millie’s is one of the best shops in Leeds for vegans. It’s a health food store where you can pick up everything from local Yorkshire fruit and veg to sauces, dairy alternatives and even chocolate. But that’s not all – Millie’s is also home to a deli counter, where you can treat yourself to freshly made salads, sandwiches and hot dishes like vegan soups and curries. It also doubles as a beauty salon, so why not treat yourself to an ethical pampering session while you’re there?
Millie’s, 109 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PJ.
The Cheerful Chilli
Why not head out to Otley for the day and visit The Cheerful Chilli? It could be the perfect post-walk treat, as you head to their old converted farmhouse. It’s a vegetarian restaurant, but its menu offers up a range of vegan dishes too. We’re talking coated aubergine in katsu sauce with picked radish and jackfruit tacos with salsa, guacamole and vegan sour cream. To wash it down, they have an ever-changing range of vegan wines and beers.
The Cheerful Chilli, East Chevin Road, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 3DD.