More and more of us are opting for a plant-based diet. Thankfully, the UK’s restaurant scene is keeping up. Manchester has a number of vegan restaurants and there are now loads of great vegan restaurants in Leeds too!
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s still not always easy to find fresh, healthy and affordable vegetarian and vegan food in Leeds – which is exactly why we’ve compiled this list!
Whether you’re a plant-based pro, newcomer, or just looking to limit the amount of meat you eat, our list of where to find the best vegan restaurants in Leeds has something for everyone.
Vegan restaurants in Leeds
Cantina is the first all-vegan restaurant in Leeds. It’s also perhaps the naughtiest restaurant in the list – this is definitely a place to indulge.
The menu is helpfully split into healthy and big bites. Prices are low, the vibe is chilled and the onus is clearly on fun; take for example the hilariously named burgers, like David Hameron, Fin Diesel or Cluck Norris.
The vegan milkshakes are decadent and there’s even dessert. Cantina has put its own spin on classics like mac n cheese so that even meat-eaters will feel right at home in this vegan restaurant.
Cantina resides in a multi-functional community space – The Old Red Bus Station on Vicar Lane. Leeds-based creative agency Champion Up North head up the Old Red Bus Station and have turned it into a hub for Leeds’ creative types. Alongside Cantina, you’ll find a bar, gallery and even a nightclub housed upstairs.
Price: £15 per head
Address: The Old Red Bus Station, 102-104 Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS2 7NL
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8.30 – 7pm / Sat: 9 – 7pm / Sun: 9 – 5pm (Bar open until 12am on Friday & Saturday)
Contact: 0113 345 4390 / email@example.com
Humpit Hummus focuses, unsurprisingly, on hummus. After finding a home in the Corn Exchange in 2014, Humpit now has another local outlet in Leeds University, along with loads of other UK locations.
The menu is completely vegan and hummus is served in a bowl, pita or salad, along with falafel and tons of fresh salad. There’s also shakshuka and cool sides such as roasted cauliflower with tahina.
It’s not hard to see why the Humpit has grown to be one of Leeds’ best vegan restaurants. Prices are low, the food is healthy and you can choose to eat in or takeaway (for a slightly lower price!).
Price: around £5
Address: Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BR, UK
Opening hours: Mon – Sat: 11 – 5.30pm / Sun: 12 – 4pm
Contact: 07957 757674
Knave’s Kitchen is more of a vegan street food pop-up than vegan restaurant and is currently housed at the ubercool Leeds bar, Oporto.
We love Knave’s even just for the concept. Self-proclaimed “vegan junk food”, Knave’s serves up “guilty eats… with a conscience”. The truth is, the food is just as good!
Seitan is hand-made in-house and is the speciality, but Knave’s also offers tofu, jackfruit and onion bhaji burgers and wraps.
Since Knave’s is housed in Oporto, you can be sure of a relaxed bar vibe and plenty of drinks options to go with your meal. Some nights have live music, so make sure to check out the Oporto website if you want to make sure the restaurant is quiet.
Price: £10-15 per head
Address: Oporto Bar, 31 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT
Opening hours: Mon: 5pm – 8pm / Tue – Sun: 12pm – 10pm (Last orders are at 8pm on gig nights. Check the listings on the Oporto website).
Contact: 0113 245 4444 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Temple Coffee & Donuts
Temple Coffee & Donuts has the honour of being the first vegan donut and coffee shop in Leeds. There are a huge range of vegan donuts. Yes, you read that correctly; vegan donuts in Leeds!
The place is a little out the way in Kirkstall, but it’s well worth the pilgrimage. The queues on weekends are testament to that.
And let’s not forget the coffee. Pink, green, and even black coffees can be seen on Temple’s Instagram. These tasty creations can all be made with oat milk for your vegan caffeine hit.
Temple is a bit of a victim of its own success, however, in that it is often packed. The place is relatively small, so it fills up quickly, but there’s plenty of outside seating for when the sun shines. But with Leeds’ best vegan coffee and donuts in one place, it’s no wonder that people are queuing round the block for a taste.
Pro tip: Try get there early. There’s usually a queue and some flavours will sell out!
Price: £3.50 per donut
Address: Unit 3, Burley Court, Burley Place, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS4 2AR
Opening hours: Tue – Thu: 10.00 – 4pm / Fri: 10 – 6pm / Sat: 10 – 4pm / Sun: 11 – 4pm
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Vegetarian Restaurants in Leeds (that are vegan-friendly)
Roots and Fruits
Roots and Fruits has been cooking up great vegan and vegetarian food for the people of Leeds for over twenty years. The seasonal menu uses locally-sourced organic ingredients.
Bowls and wraps are most loved by regulars, but the always 100% vegan daily specials board is sure to pique your interest.
More than just a restaurant, Roots and Fruits also serves as a local veggie and vegan cafe, with treats including locally-made vegan chocolate on offer. Coffee is fair trade and great quality, and you can order almost everything to go. There’s even a range of exotic teas which are best enjoyed in the bright and airy cafe.
Price: around £10
Address: 10- 11 Grand Arcade, Leeds, LS1 6PG
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 11 – 7pm / Sun 11 – 4pm
Contact: +44 113 242 8313
Bundobust takes inspiration from the street food of Gujurat in India. Serving sharing-style dishes with a modern twist, Bundobust also prides itself on its impressive range of craft beers, available both on tap and by the bottle.
The restaurant has been mightily successful and has helped lead the charge for vegetarian food in Leeds. Their okra fries are a must order, as is the Pav Bhaji; a game-changing veggie burger featuring a cauliflower, potato and pea patty, spiced and served in a brioche bun.
Vegetarian food in Leeds doesn’t get more exciting than this. Most of the menu is vegan friendly, while many options are also gluten free. Better yet, the space doubles as a bar which stays open well after the kitchen closes. Bookings can be made for groups of six or more, except on Fridays and Saturdays.
Price: £10-15 per head
Address: 6 Mill Hill, Leeds, LS1 5DQ
Opening hours: Mon – Thu: 12 – 9.30pm / Fri – Sat: 12 – 10pm / Sun: 12 – 8pm (note that the bar closes later)
Contact: 0113 243 1248 / email@example.com
The Grub and Grog Shop
While not strictly a vegetarian restaurant, the Grub and Grog Shop is still a firm favourite among Leeds’ plant-based community.
That’s because it offers up vegan and vegetarian-friendly breakfast, lunch and dinner in an informal setting, with everything made from scratch (as much as possible) using local, organic ingredients.
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Grub and Grog also works with a number of local providers, meaning customers can buy the products used directly from the shop. This concept is a hit and has made it easy to get fresh, local, organic veggies in the city.
The restaurant is housed in Sheaf Street, a multi-functional community space that also serves as a bar, event and community space. DJs play music on the weekends, while things are much more chilled on Sundays when standard, vegetarian and vegan roast dinners are served until 5pm.
Price: Under £10
Address: 3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, LS10 1HD
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8.30 – 7pm / Sat: 9 – 7pm / Sun: 9 – 5pm (bar open until 12am on Friday & Saturday)
Contact: 07513492174 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swine That Dines
The Swine That Dines isn’t a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, but hear us out.
The first weekend of every month The Swine That Dines offers its completely vegetarian menu, known as #rootsandshoots.
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Who doesn’t love a potato? Got to be the most versatile of all the vegetables! Here’s a dish proving so popular on our lunchtime menu that we’ve put it on the evening specials this week as well. Potato, Pea, Coriander, Curry. As eaten by @eatdrinkloveleeds when they popped in for lunch last week. Thanks you so much guys!
The concept revolves around small plates designed for two people to share. The dishes are creative and unlike any other vegetarian food in the city. We recommend going with the two-person tasting menu to get a sample of everything available, however bear in mind that not all dishes are vegan.
The place is a hit and getting a table isn’t easy, so booking is essential, but believe us; the food is worth the wait!
Price: £30 per head
Address: 58 North Street, Leeds, LS2 7PN
Opening hours: Evenings: Wed – Sat: 5.30 – 9pm (last orders) / Lunch: Friday & Sat: 12pm – 3pm (last orders)
Contact: 0113 3244 0387 / email@example.com