Vegetarianism and veganism lifestyles are on the rise. Although on a world scale Dublin may be small, it is a city that caters well to its vegetarian and vegan natives.
From vegan chippers and vegan butchers (yes these are real) based in the city centre, the hype and creativity continues as Dublin increasingly incorporated new food ideas and recipes.
These diets, both the vegetarian and vegan diets are becoming very popular, more and more you’ll see restaurants opening up, and many of these are vegan based or vegetarian based restaurants which are great to see, especially seeing as Ireland is renowned for its dairy and meat industry.
The market is now pushing towards Irish plant growers as the increased popularity in the plant-based diets has become increasingly important and more popular.
Dining in Dublin as a veggie has never been better, you will notice there are new vegetarian options all over Dublin and growing. Here is five of our favourite places to eat vegetarian/vegan food in Dublin.
5. Umi Falafel
Umi Falafel, is a Lebanese, Mediterranean and fast food based restaurant. Ideal for falafel fans The tastes are superb the flavours are something very different from other Dublin menus. The menu varies, there is a vast yet simple selection.
The Lebanese falafel is one of their most popular and go-to selections. Their huge falafel pitta pockets are fresh and tasty, and you can add different sauces, cheeses and salads to your order.
This place is very affordable; you’ll generally see it quite full and full of hungry students. If you opt for a wrap, you can choose one of the 4 menus and you get wrap + something else + drink for around 9 Euro.
The lentil soup with spinach filo rolls for vegans are very flavoursome. The halloumi wrap is perfect for any vegetarians especially if you’re a big cheese lover.
Overall, it’s great to see a middle eastern food restaurant with so many different options and it’s very affordable so perfect for students or for anyone that doesn’t want to break the bank for a vegetarian or vegan meal.
“Umi is the Arabic word for mother which explains why our falafel is handmade with care. At Umi we want to share with you our passion for the freshest and most authentic falafel. Our bread is freshly baked and our salads, pickles and sauces are made to a family recipe. At Umi Falafel, you can enjoy our falafels and salads in a casual and relaxing atmosphere. Take Away service is available in both locations.”
Address: 13 Dame St, Dublin 2, Ireland
Established in 1986, Cornucopia has become a very comfortable, relaxing and laid-back atmosphere. This is a very casual dining restaurant that has an extensive menu for vegetarians and vegans for breakfast lunch and dinners.
The restaurant also has a counter service for any busy customers that want their lunch to go.
Cornucopia produces delicious home-cooked vegetarian and vegan-friendly breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, juices, bread, cakes and desserts seven days per week.
All of their mains are served with two salads from €12.50 – €13.95 it is worth the price and their food never fail to impress.
It’s a veggie paradise! Not only is the food amazing but you can enjoy it in their three artistically decorated dining areas.
Address: 19-20 Wicklow St, Dublin, D02 FK27, Ireland
Govinda’s is a Simple Hare Krishna-run venue for a menu of European and Indian-influenced mains and puddings.
A giant plate of food and a small side salad cost about 11 euro which is decent for a meal.
If you’re missing a mammy’s dinner like a shepherds pie meal, this is the place to get one as a veggie!
Address: 4 Aungier St, Dublin, D02 KT66, Ireland
2. Happy Food
This place is truly a gem! Not only is this a great place to dine for lunch and dinner, it also has a plant-based coffee shop and lovely treats.
It places like this that make the city a vegan hub for travellers and natives. We’re lucky with the options we have.
Not only is it great for its food and cafe, but you can also join Yoga Hub which is located inside the restaurant. They also have a yoga store with exercise equipment.
Overall, if you’re looking for big portions and plenty of flavours this is the spot you need to visit.
Address: 5-8 Camden Court, D02 X284, Ireland
1. Sova Vegan Butcher
Sova Vegan Butcher is a purveyor of fine dining. It opened in May 2015 and is located Portobello area in Dublin. Their lunch menu is 12-3 and their dinner menu 5-10.
They have a truly creative & innovative menu that will leave you in awe with their vegan interpretations of all the carnivorous favourites.
For any vegetarian or vegan (or neither) based or travelling to Dublin, this is a must-go spot. It will not fail to impress you.
Address: 51 Pleasants St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin, Ireland
Written by Ashley Callery