5 Vegan Cafes in Manchester You Have to Try
A vegan diet is arguably more popular now than it has ever been. according to the Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK quadrupled between 2014 and 2019 and the surge in popularity shows no sign in slowing down as people opt to switch to a meat-free diet, and even the most avid meat-eaters being open to trying modern vegan alternatives. Vegan food has come a long way and has truly started to find its flavour and beyond the healthy alternatives, vegan comfort foods are on the rise too.
Students staying with us at our student accommodation in Salford have easy access to the vibrant Media City and Salford Quays areas, but they also have easy access into Manchester itself to discover tasty vegan eats. Whether you’re a vegan or open to something new, you’ll enjoy these vegan cafes in Manchester.
V-Rev Vegan Diner, Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN
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Situated in Manchester’s popular Northern Quarter area, V-Rev will make anyone think twice about turning down the vegan alternative. This Edge Street diner serves up a junk food style menu of purely vegan options and everything on the menu will have your mouth watering, or will make for the perfect hangover cure. Expect loaded fries, vegan burgers, vegan fried chicken, vegan mac and cheese and even vegan milkshakes. There’s something for everyone, and your meat-eating friend won’t feel like they’ve missed out on a thing.
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Bundobust, Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
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Those from Leeds may recognise the name of Bundobust as they were established there back in 2014, however, their Picadilly location is a great spot to sit down for some vegan food in Manchester. Bundobust serves up South-Indian small plates or tapas-style options, all of which are meat-free. Alongside hits like the bhaji butty, okra fries, tikka paneer and more you’ll find a great craft beer list to wash it all down with. As well as small plates on their own, you’ll also find combo meal deals available to sample a little bit of multiple options.
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Vertigo Plant-Based Eatery, Cross Street, Manchester, M2 7AE
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Serving up plant-based breakfast, lunch and dinner, there’s something for everyone at Vertigo on Cross Street. They have another location on First Street that is currently closed until 2021. Offering up eat in or delivery options, Vertigo has something to offer whenever you’re hungry from bagels to their vegan fry ups as well as coffee, cakes, wines and beers (You can even get yourself a vegan afternoon tea!). While it may be a little pricier than some venues on this list, it’s worth treating yourself when that student loan clears.
Vertigo’s latest venue is even closer to true Salford, their MediaCity location is the biggest of the three and has a sun terrace, meaning it’s ideal for those summer days with your pals. The Times recently voted Vertigo as one of the UK’s top 20 vegan restaurants, so it’s a real treat to come and eat some of their plant-based offerings while staying in the Salford area. If you don’t have time to eat-in, you can take advantage of their grab and go offering as well.
Wholesome Junkies, Ancoats General Store & Arndale Market
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Wholesome Junkies are a pop-up street food seller serving up vegan junk food. If you’re a fan of cooking shows, you may recognise these guys from Million Pound Menu (currently on Netflix). What you should expect are vegan alternatives to junk food favourites such as their own take on ‘fish & chips’, ‘KFC’ and burgers. If that doesn’t sway you, then you can add tater tots as a side, and lord knows we all love tater tots.
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Ice Shack, Wellington Rd, Withington, Manchester M20 3FU
When your sweet tooth needs satisfying, Ice Shack has all your vegan dessert needs covered. Claiming to be the north’s first all-vegan dessert parlour, Ice Shack has plenty of choices when it comes to ice creams, cakes, cookies, waffles and more. Their ice cream is available at many Manchester venues as well, but it’s worth popping into Ice Shack itself as they’re pet friendly, so you might just get to see some doggos if you’re missing your family pet.
View: Ice Shack Menu
This is just a small sample of the vegan fare available all around Manchester, each of these locations serves vegetarian of vegan food only. With even more restaurants and cafes to discover, if you’re new to the area you won’t be short of options for tasty vegan food in Manchester.