Vegan Eats: Best Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Leeds
by Emily Harris
If the next city break or a day out on your list isn’t Leeds, then it soon will be. With Leeds comes students, who you may even dare to join on the infamous pub crawl, the Otley Run. You could also visit the Leeds Corn Exchange, take a stroll along the canal or a trip to Kirkgate Market, aka great ways to work up an appetite.
Whatever you choose to do, you’re guaranteed to find some great vegan spots to fuel your day. Here’s our favourite vegan restaurants, cafes and bars in Leeds. Don’t spot yours below? Let us know in the comments.
Best vegan food in Leeds for... when you’re craving something naughty
Photo credit: Knaves Kitchen
Where: 33 Call Ln, Leeds LS1 7BT
Knaves Kitchen provides ‘guilty eats, but with a conscience’ – totally our style of vegan junk food. Located as a pop up in Oporto Bar on Call Lane, which in itself is a spot to visit, you’ll find many naughty treats to indulge in. These include German-style Bratwurst corn dogs, vegan beef burger patties made from seitan and – drum roll please – deep-fried pizza rolls. And yes, everything at Knaves Kitchen is vegan. You’re welcome.
Photo credit: Mog's
Where: 55 Kirkstall Ln, Kirkstall, LS5 3BE
If you’re looking to support a smaller, independent business in Leeds, then Mog’s in Kirkstall is the place for you. Based just outside of the city, it’s another restaurant that serves 100% vegan junk food. At Mog’s, this includes vegan fried ‘chicken’, dirty fries and vegan mozzarella sticks.
Best vegan food in Leeds for… when you need some vitamins
Photo credit: Inkwell Arts Cafe
Where: 31 Potternewton Ln, LS7 3LW
Inkwell Arts Cafe has you covered for any vitamin cravings and all-around goodness. Their concept is centred around how what we eat affects our mental health. And so this space was designed to support those with mental health needs – in partnership with the charity, Mind – to create a menu that promotes mental and physical wellbeing. They offer plenty of cafe classics and vegan options, including sandwiches, soups and even a full plant-based English breakfast. With nutritious, seasonal and local produce, here the body, mind and soul can be nourished through creativity and good food.
Photo credit: Eat Your Greens
Where: 42 New York St, LS2 7DY
Eat Your Greens is literally telling you to eat… your greens, and it doesn’t get more nutritious than that. With their ‘no fuss farm to fork goodness’ approach, you can expect veggie and vitamin-packed dishes served with the best natural wines. They source local organic produce where possible as it's good for the planet, the farmers and you. Their menu is also vegan and gluten-free unless otherwise stated. We recommend the miso mushroom bowl and yellow pea daal. Eat Your Greens also has DJ’s in the bar every weekend, so once you’ve had your vitamin fix, you can go grab a couple of cocktails and enjoy.
Best vegan food in Leeds for… when you’re feeling fancy
Photo credit: The Cats Pyjama's
Where: 53 Otley Rd, Headingley, LS6 3AB
Looking for a vegan curry house that ticks all the boxes (spice, flavour, plant-based, super cool)? Then The Cats Pyjama’s is just the place. Festoon fairy lights twinkle above the vibrant blue and yellow murals around the restaurant, which perfectly complements the rich aroma of herbs and spices that seep from the kitchen. With vegan and gluten-free options, The Cats Pyjama’s offers up Indian street food, such as potato curry, channa daal and Punjabi chole, alongside a range of craft beers. The Cats PJs celebrates all things simmered, spiced and served in skillets.
Photo credit: The Alchemist
Where: Level 1, Trinity, LS1 6HW
The Alchemist is a great place to have dinner with friends, plus it has the most experimental cocktails you may have ever seen. With great vegan options and dark, sophisticated interiors, The Alchemist is located in most major cities but you’ll find this particular one in Trinity Leeds. Serving buddha bowls with coconut rice and nori seaweed, cauliflower katsu curries and vegetable gyozas, The Alchemist is a definite spot to while away an evening with a drink (or two) in hand.
Best vegan food in Leeds for... humble hipsters
Photo credit: Bundobust
Where: 6 Mill Hill, LS1 5DQ
Another curry house, but this time with a more chilled vibe. Think communal benches, paper cutlery and plates, and wooden trays that tie the whole look together. Bundobust certainly is a humble spot that leaves you feeling satisfied. They offer takeaway meat-free Indian street food with plenty of vegan options, such as masala dosa, Tarka daal and idli sambhar (a lentil, aubergine and rice dumpling soup, yum). This stripped-back approach to dining (no millennial pink or neon signs to see here, unlike Civerinos Slice in our Edinburgh post) focuses your senses solely on good, honest food.
Photo credit: Humpit
Where: Call Ln, LS1 7BR
What’s a restaurant city guide without a hummus feature? Humpit was founded back in 2014 and its home is the iconic Leeds Corn Exchange, so you can tick both sightseeing and hummus off your to-do list. Humpit’s founding aim was to show that hummus can be served in many different ways (and not just as a dip for the humble carrot). These hummus manifestations include pittas, salads, as bowls and in shakshuka, with iced ‘humpteas’ as an accompaniment. Humpit has pop-ups at different universities around the UK, so students absolutely must check if your uni is on this list and pay them a visit.
By Emily Harris
Emily is our Social and Content Assistant who you’ll find at an art gallery, snapping away on her camera, or updating her Instagram with a gin in hand (so millennial).