Leeds food scene is exploding and veganisnm is on the rise (better intro needed).
As part of my mission to help people find the best free-from spots in Leeds, this mega-post acts as a companion to my post on eating gluten-free in Leeds.
Like that post, there
- Offer at least one vegan main dish*: it doesn’t count if you have to cobble together a meal from a plethora of vegan side-dishes *or the equivalent of
a maindish on your regular menu, be that small-plates or brunch options
- Make it easy to find* the vegan options – a vague ‘ask your server’ doesn’t cut it unless the rest of the menu is delivered verbally too *whether that’s through labelling on your regular menu, a separate vegan menu, or just a clear and easy-to-find message somewhere about vegan options
I’ve also split the list down into a few broad categories. I know that when I’m looking for somewhere to eat I
- Indies (Restaurants that started locally and/or have fewer than 5 venues)
- Chains (National restaurants with 5+ venues)
I’m also planning more detailed posts covering specific cuisines or meals – you can see my guide to vegan brunch in Leeds here.
I sometimes write about places to eat and drink in Leeds, however, the Leeds food scene is a dynamic and ever-expanding one. While I make every effort to update these lists as things change, I just don’t have the time to keep them 100% up-to-date. Please check the date the post was published, and contact the venue if you’re at all unsure. If you notice any out-of-date information or know of a Leeds venue that should be added to a list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know.
Where to get Vegan Food in Leeds in 2019
Indies (Venues that started locally and/or have fewer than 5 venues)
Criterion Place, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4AG
Despite an old-style venue (opulent, 1920’s style art-deco), Bibi’s have a good approach to free-from food, with a dedicated vegan menu of Italian favourites.
3b Harrogate Road, Rawdon LS19 6HW
With a totally vegetarian menu and plenty of vegan options, Brown’s Greens is a family-friendly cafe-restaurant out in Rawdon.
6 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
The award-winning Bundobust is another ‘must-visit’ for Leeds vegans. We all know the drill: The most delicious vegetarian Indian street food alongside a great range of craft beers served up in what is still one of the coolest spaces in Leeds.
Serving Middle Eastern food from a literal hole-in-the-wall, Caravanseria’s motto is ‘fast food cooked slower’ – and that includes a number of vegan options. Great for a late-night takeaway, or you can sit in their tiny dining area upstairs, where a dozen or so people can be seated family-style around one long dining table.
73 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3BR
Head a little out of Leeds City Centre to Horsforth’s Town Street to visit The Greenhouse. Its a 100% vegan cafe, serving vegan bowls, breakfasts, and hot drinks in a locally sourced & seasonally changing menu.
454 Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 2HU
Grön is another gorgeous cafe with
133-135 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LJ
While not totally vegan, Grove Cafe on Cardigan Road has become a mainstay of the student vegan scene in Leeds. Serving up vegan curries, pizzas (with vegan cheese) and burgers, Gove Cafe is the place to get your favourite takeaway food, veganised.
3 Sheaf Street, Leeds, LS10 1HD
Grub & Grog are an
72/74 North Street, Leeds LS2 7PN
Hansa has been serving
Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BR
Leeds University Union, Lifton Place, Leeds LS2 9JZ
with two city-centre venues, Humpit offer a totally vegan menu of hummous & pitta (hum-pit, gettit?) alongside falafel and a selection of fresh salads.
27-29 Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 1BL
Hyde Park Book Club on Headingley Lane serves up an eclectic events calendar of music, comedy and spoken-word, alongside a fully vegetarian food menu, with plenty of vegan options.
31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD
From their first venues in Manchester Indian Tiffin Room branched out to Leeds. They serve Indian street food in stacked ‘tiffins’, as well as Thali, Dosa, Chaat and other Indian street food classics. Indian Tiffin Room have a good selection of vegan dishes on the menu.
31 Potternewton Lane, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3LW
Based outside the city centre in Chapel Allerton, Inkwell’s Cafe is volunteer-led, 100% vegetarian, and only open on Saturdays. Serving up breakfast until 11:30, accompanied by arts and crafts sessions and live music, The Inkwell centre also supports Mind, the mental health charity.
Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor, Leeds LS2 7AU
Serving contemporary Japanese dishes in the luxe surrounds of Victoria Gate, Issho has a dedicated vegan menu, alongside their regular dishes.
16 New Station St, Leeds LS1 5DL
Laynes Espresso is right by the station – a perfect stopping point on the way in or out of Leeds. They serve up vegan dishes, including
142 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LU
Mogador serves traditional Moroccan and Lebanese street food from their
Merrion Centre, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ
The Old Steps, 26 York Place, Leeds LS1 2EY
My Thai’s serve fast-cooked, flavourful Thai food from two venues in Leeds. They have a dedicated vegan menu available in the restaurant.
68A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LS7 4LZ
Another totally vegetarian place, in Chapel Allerton, Nichols is open all week until 4. You are spoiled for choice with tasty brunch options from a full vegan breakfast to cinnamon porridge.
Unit 33, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds LS10 1PZ
Serving coffee fresh from their roastery next door, North Star’s venue at Leeds Dock is perfect for coffee or brunch. They offer a seasonal menu of cakes and brunch dishes curated by Noisette Bakehouse, all well labelled with vegan options.
102-104 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7NL
Set in a quirky bar & event space, Resident foodies Cantina serve up a 100% vegan junk food menu. Take your pick from dishes like mac & cheese balls, seitan hot dogs and buffalo wings – all totally vegan.
3 Brewery Place, Leeds LS10 1NE
Serving up Bocca Italian street food canalside, Oracle has a laid-back party setting and a well-labelled menu with vegan pasta or salad dishes.
1 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds LS6 2NW
This little eatery on Hyde Park Corner is brimming with Moroccan style. They have a fully vegan menu, alongside the
116a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4NY
10- 11 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG
For over 20 years, Roots & Fruits has been a pioneer of plant-based food in Leeds. They are a totally vegetarian cafe, with plenty of vegan options on the menu – including vegan cheese made from cashews.
10 Market Place, Otley LS21 3AQ
Salami & Co. serve up brunch options for you and for your pooch out in Otley, with plenty of vegan options labelled on the menu.
115 Otley Road, Leeds LS6 3PX
107 Otley Road, Leeds LS6 3PX
This Headingley institution has been serving authentic Italian food & wine since the 1970s. Both the main restaurant and the Salumaria cafe have dedicated vegan menus available.
11 Manor Square, Otley, LS21 3AP
Sift is a quirky little cafe on Manor Square in Otey. They serve up vegan cakes as well as a range of vegan options on their main menu.
121A Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LU
They may have the most gaudy website on this list, but Slips Deli are a student favourite. A family-run sandwich shop for 15 years, Slips make 15in subs (or halves, if you’re not so hungry) stuffed with vegan goodies, including vegan sausage & bacon, beans, mushroom, tomatoes & hash browns all stuffed into a breakfast sub.
29 East Parade, Minerva House, Leeds LS1 5PS
Tattu are bringing modern Chinese cuisine to Leeds, in a dark and contemporary setting. Tattu’s a la carte menu has a number of vegan dishes clearly labelled.
Unit 3 Burley Court, Kirkstall, Leeds LS4 2AR
Temple serves a range of vegan coffees (try the pink oatmilk latte), as well as their own delicious vegan doughnuts, with flavours like Chunky Monkey, PB&J and Galaxy Glaze served up daily.
7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds LS 15DQ
92 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ
Wapentake is a delightful little venue, on Leeds’ oldest street. As well as a selection of beers and wines, Wapentake serves a daytime menu that includes a vegan fry up, vegan bangers & mash and vegan burgers. Their selection of freshly baked cakes usually includes a vegan option too.
Water Lane, Leeds LS11 5PS
Overlooking Granary Wharf and the Leeds & Liverpool canal, Water Lane Boathouse serve an easy menu, with vegan pizzas and salad bowls.
27 Wellington St, Leeds LS1 4EA
The Wellington serve up beer, pizza and a selection of other Italian goodies on Wellington Street, with vegan cheese offered on any pizza.
Unit 13, Penraevon Industrial Estate, Leeds LS7 2AW
Leeds’ gluten-free bakery also serves up vegan doughnuts, whoopie pies and other treats from their shop just outside the city centre.
66 Wellington St, Leeds LS1 2EE
With a selection of delicious & nutritious dishes, Wolføx’ menu has a focus on wellbeing. They serve up vegan smoothies, pancakes and other breakfast options on a selection of vegan breads.
Woodlawn Coffee Co.
60A Town St, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4AP
A gorgeous cafe in Horsforth, Woodlawn have a daily specials menu as well as a range of cakes, and they always include something vegan.
22 Grand Arcade, Leeds LS1 6PG
Zaap has a busy, Bangkok street market atmosphere – complete with tuktuks & an open kitchen. Their extensive Thai menu includes a full vegetarian section, with plenty of vegan options available.
Chains (national restaurants with 5+ venues)
6 Greek Street, Leeds LS1 5RW
With inspiration from the bustling night markets of Southeast Asia, Bar Soba offer small-plates and wok-fried delights in their dark, neon-lit venue. Bar Soba has a well-labelled food menu, with a selection of vegan options.
145 Briggate, Leeds LS1 6BR
Bella Italia has offered family-friendly Italian-style dining in the UK since the early ’90s. With the option to filter their online menu for vegan dishes, Bella Italia
1 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL
Bringing a taste of the south coast to Leeds, Bill’s have plenty of vegan options on their menu, which has an interactive selector to make chosing ahead of
9A Lands Lane, Leeds LS1 6AW
On the corner of Land’s Lane & Albion Place, Byron Burger
413 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
Carluccio’s have an extensive vegan menu, so you can enjoy Antonio Carluccio’s authentic regional Italian food in the heart of Leeds.
53 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5AA
Cosy Club’s kitschy bar & restaurant has an extensive dedicated vegan menu that’ll take you right through from brunch to dinner.
Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4GL
Leeds is Fazenda’s flagship venue. They may be known for their meat-heavy menu, but Fazenda does offer some vegan meals and can be a good compromise for mixed groups.
6 Harrogate Parade, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6PX
Though Filmore and Union no longer have a city centre location, you can still get their tasty, vegan-friendly brunch & lunch dishes to-go in the ‘burbs of Moortown.
10 Greek Street, Leeds LS1 5RU
151 Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds LS16 6HN
With venues in the city centre and out in Cookridge, Gusto serves up Italian food, in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Gusto has a filter on their online menu, making it easy to find the perfect dish, with
Trinity Leeds, Leeds LS1 5ER
Handmade Burger Co.
Unit 3, Cloth Hall Street, Leeds LS1 2HD
Serving up the flavours of Latin America across the UK, Las Iguanas have a dietary filter on their online menu which makes it easy to find the right dish ahead of time, with plenty of vegan options available.
37 Bond Street, Leeds LS1 5BQ
Unit 11a Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2DG
With two locations in Leeds, MOD take build-your-own-pizza to a new level. They offer plenty of naturally vegan pizza toppings, as well as vegan cheese.
35 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JL
Not only does Jamie’s have a decent variety of vegan dishes on the menu, but they also have a filter on their site (so you don’t have to hunt through the whole menu).
4 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL
Park House, Park Square West, Leeds LS1 2PS
The White Cloth Hall, Crown Street, Leeds LS2 7DA
Unit 1, Block H, Leeds Dock, Leeds LS10 1LU
Unit 9-10 Arndale Centre, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2UJ
With four restaurants in the city centre and another in Headingley, you can head to Pizza Express for an extensive vegan menu, including pizzas and pasta, with vegan mozzarella cheese.
New Station Street, Leeds LS1 5DL
Pret are good in a pinch for breakfast on-the-go at Leeds station. With a menu available online and good labelling instore, you can pick up vegan sandwiches, hot food and breakfast pots for that early-morning train.
16-18 The Light, Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL
64-68 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 6DT
With plenty of options on their vegan menu, Rev de Cuba also has a handy filter online to tailor the menu to your own needs. Fun fact: My hen-do was held at Rev de Cuba, so it’ll always hold fond (if somewhat hazy) memories for me.
48 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 6DT
41 Cookridge St, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AW
You can view Revs’ vegan menu online, with plenty of plant-based options available.
Upper dining terrace, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
Everybody’s favourite Japanese food, Wagamama have a separate vegan menu, so it’s easy to order your ramen exactly
419 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
Originally the Leeds branch was located inside Harvey Nichols, but Yo! Sushi is now in the Trinity. The online menu has a simple filter, so you can easily find your vegan options.
The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL
With a dedicated and extensive