Glasgow has a great selection of vegan and veggie dining options and it's an ever-evolving scene. From new neighbourhood cafes to award-winning restaurants offering plant-based menus to fully vegan hip hangouts, Glasgow is continuing to maintain its place as one of the UK’s most vegan-friendly cities.
Mono is a vegan cafe bar in the heart of the Merchant City. Renowned for its relaxed atmosphere and quality food, it also has an in-house record store and regular live entertainment and gigs.
Stereo is a vegan restaurant located on the ground floor of the Mackintosh-designed Daily Record building in the city centre. It serves up a great menu during the day and hosts bands and DJs into the small hours.
The Flying Duck
The Flying Duck is a quirky little underground (literally) venue tucked away on Renfield Street – as a club venue you'll always find something on, but don't miss out on their all-vegan menu either!
The 78 is a cosy bar and restaurant in Finnieston, with outdoor seating for the summer, a roaring fire on cold winter nights and music all year round. The 78 is a great place for delicious vegan food, with the menu including the likes of jackfruit shawarma on a khobez flatbread and cheese and charred onion burger on a Barvarian bakehouse brioche bun.
The 13th Note
The 13th Note is an independent music venue with a vegan cafe. The menu includes crispy Korean cauliflower, their classic 13th Note burger and a fine selection of vegan beers and wines. They also are very dog-friendly!
The Hug and Pint
Based in the west of the city, the critically acclaimed The Hug and Pint is a vegan bar, eatery and music venue. The team create exciting and original food, inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines, whilst the live music programme features both local artists and international acts.
Plant-based places to eat in Glasgow
Found in the city's famous Great Western Road, Serenity Now offers a 100% plant-based breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, with the drinks menu including some seriously healthy delights in the form of smoothies and wellness lattes.
Civic House Kitchen
A hidden gem situated in the north of the city at Speirs Locks, Civic House Kitchen is a not-for-profit public canteen serving up a tasty vegan lunch from Tuesday – Friday. Simplicity at its best, one dish is freshly prepared and served every day, and what's more - it'll only cost you a fiver!
Based in Dennistoun to the east of the city, Rawnchy serves up a beautiful range of raw desserts for sitting in, taking away or ordering for special occasions. All products are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and refined sugar-free.
The V&V Cafe
With the strapline, meet not meat, The V&V Cafe offers a range of food, including toasties and pies, as well as signature homemade curries and pakoras. Based on Great Western Road, they also operate a mini-market, where you can pick up vegan marshmallows, whipping cream, cheeses and much more.
Focusing on fresh, organic and cruelty-free ingredients, Picnic brings a vegan option to the daytime cafes of the Merchant City. The menu includes their curry of the day, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies and cakes.
For vegan fast food, Glasvegan in St Enoch Square in the heart of the city is where to head. Open morning to evening, Glasvegan serves up vegan square sausage rolls, hot dogs with various toppings, vegan kebabs and much more.
The foodie quarter of Finnieston is where you'll find Soul Food Kitchen. The plant-based cafe bills itself as offering food that serves the body and soul, with a menu promising hearty soup, delicious soul bowls and indulgent burgers.
Tomillo at Ocho
Tomillo is a pop up vegan restaurant, which does takeovers and cooking classes at the quirky dining establishment, Ocho, based at Speirs Wharf in the north of Glasgow. Tomillo serves up high-quality vegan fayre with a lovely canal-side view.
No Mean Dogs
Open every weekend from Thursday – Sunday, No Mean Dogs is a fully vegan hot dog takeaway bar based in the east of the city. With tasty options such as the Snoop Dog, Mac Dog and Nacho Dog, all of their hot dogs come loaded with your favourite plant-based toppings.
Vegetarian cafes and restaurants in Glasgow
The Glad Cafe
The Glad Cafe is a not-for-profit arts hub in the south of the city, which hosts a range of events within its architecturally award-winning venue and cafe space. They serve up vegetarian and vegan brunches by Hen of the Woods during the day and then vegan pan-Asian mains and small plates by The Hug and Pint team in the evening.
Based in the ever-trendy Finnieston is Mayze Coffee & Food, which offers speciality coffee, alongside a fully vegetarian menu, with all dishes adaptable to being vegan. Their brunch menu is well worth checking out, including the likes of 'bhacon', 'swquare sausage' and 'tofegg', and they also offer a selection of made to order vegan celebration cakes.
Also in Finnieston is the Durty Vegan Burger Club. Serving up 100% vegan burgers and loaded fries every Thursday - Sunday, it's the perfect place to head if you're after a plant-based, fast food treat.
Rose & Grants
The Merchant City's Rose & Grants offers up everything from a VLT to a full vegan breakfast to delicious vegan sweet treats from ice cream to doughnuts. A must-try, is the vegan square sausage – a meat-free version of a Scottish favourite!
Located in the city's Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Saramago Cafe Bar offers a stylish and cultural dining experience. The menu includes seasonal veggie produce, freshly baked breads and pre-theatre options, with food served until 9pm.
Down to Earth
The Partick restaurant offers up 'flexitarian dining', with a mainly meat-free menu and plenty of veggie and vegan options. Down to Earth use 100% organic, fresh produce which is locally sourced.
International veggie and vegan cuisine in the city
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Suissi Vegan Asian Kitchen
Recently opened in 2019, Suissi Vegan Asian Kitchen is run by chef Mama Lim, who is passionate about serving exciting and tasty dishes on their entirely vegan menu. Originally from Malaysia, Mama Lim also avoids the excessive use of salt and white sugar, and all dishes contain zero MSG additives.
Ranjit's Kitchen is a family-run Panjabi food deli with a fully vegetarian menu located in the south of the city. The ethos of the kitchen is to serve authentic Panjabi food just as you would enjoy in every Panjabi household.
Usha's, in the west, is an Indian street food restaurant with a menu dedicated to vegetarian and vegan options. Choose from puri to pakora, all designed and inspired by the owner's mother-in-law, Usha Bhalla.
Awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Lotus is a Chinese restaurant just south of the river, which prides itself on offering a plant-based flavoursome menu, with no MSG additives.
Fine dining restaurants in Glasgow with dedicated veggie and vegan menus
The Glasgow institution, Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, known for its relaxed old-school feel of a by-gone era, offers a specific vegan/vegetarian menu for diners, with numerous gluten-free options available too.
The award-winning Red Onion is situated in Glasgow's city centre. Chef/patron, John Quigley, once private chef to rock stars including Bryan Adams and Guns N' Roses, has gained a reputation for excellent casual, gourmet dining. Alongside the a la carte, you can choose from vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free menus.
Hotel Du Vin Bistro
Set in the stunning Victorian terrace townhouse, Hotel Du Vin Bistro at One Devonshire Gardens offer dedicated vegetarian and vegan menus using the best of Scottish produce. Expect the likes of celeriac veloute and Gran Padano gnocchi with asparagus, black garlic and truffle, or lentil dahl with masala onions in a yellow pepper and coconut sauce.
From veggie and vegan to Scottish cuisine to dining in style - check out our Food and Drink section for inspiration on where else to dine out in the city.
Article last updated: January, 2020