Dublin is a fun, vibrant, progressive city. It has the best of shops, great restaurants, fun bars, and some wonderful hidden gems. Given all that, it’s hard to believe that the Irish capital has just a handful of completely vegan dining spots – but unfortunately, that is the case.
On the bright side, though, Dublin is still quite vegan friendly. Many restaurants and cafes offer vegetarian options that could potentially be modified to vegan. And there are quite a few restaurants bursting with vegan pizzazz.
The following are some of Dublin’s best vegan friendly restaurants and eateries. For a handy map of all their locations, scroll down to the end of the article.
1. Cornucopia (Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian Restaurant)
When it comes to vegan friendly dining, Cornucopia is the number one spot locals will point you to. This vegetarian restaurant has been around since 1986, fine-tuning its popular menu. Its prime location at Dublin’s city center, and its abundance of incredibly delicious vegan foods make this restaurant a bubbly vegan hub.
Cornucopia is bursting with vegan options, from soups and sandwiches to hearty mains, mouthwatering curries, must-try salads, and heavenly drinks and desserts. Order at the counter as you go in, then bring your tray to one of the seating areas in the restaurant’s two floors. If you are looking for lunch, you might want to come right before or right after the rush to avoid the queue. Otherwise breakfast and dinner are usually pretty relaxed times.
Cornucopia’s menu: http://www.cornucopia.ie/food/lunch-dinner/
Address: 20 Wicklow St, Dublin 2.
2. Blazing Salads (Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian Deli)
I consider Blazing Salads to be a secret gem. Despite its great location a couple of minutes walk from Grafton Street — and although the locals love and adore it — visitors haven’t really caught on to it quite yet. Blazing Salads offers a salad buffet that will rock your world! It includes a variety of textures, colors, and flavors that taste as great as they look, with a wide range of clearly labeled vegan options.
Choose a box, fill it with goodness, and pay by the weight. In addition to the salads, they also offer vegan soups, warm dishes, and desserts. Blazing Salads is perfect for a grab and go, but if you’re looking to have your meal on the spot, you can use their indoor counter or the outdoor bench at the deli’s front.
Blazing Salads closes at 6 p.m. and isn’t open on Sundays.
Blazing Salad’s menu: http://www.blazingsalads.com/our-food/
Address: 42 Drury street, Dublin 2.
3. Sova Vegan Butcher (Vegan Restaurant)
Don’t let the name confuse you. Sova Vegan Butcher is a completely vegan restaurant in the heart of Dublin, and it gets RAVE reviews from the local crowd. The dinner menu is elegant and the dishes are creative and beautifully presented. The brunch menu includes a traditional Irish breakfast made vegan, as well as sweet and savory meals.
Sova Vegan Butcher is open for its brunch menu from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and reopens from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner.
Sova Vegan Butcher menu: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SovaVeganButcher/menu/?ref=page_internal
Address: 51 Pleasants Street, Dublin
4. Umi Falafel (Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian Restaurant)
If you are hankering for a tasty and satisfying vegan Mediterranean meal, you’ve come to the right place! Umi Falafel is a Mediterranean vegetarian restaurant with an abundance of clearly labeled vegan options. There is something here for every vegan, from traditional pita bread filled with falafel, hummus, tahini, and fresh vegetables, to colorful salads, tasty mezze, and soup.
Umi is a great place for lunch or a casual dinner. The seating area has a modern and clean design, and you can choose between table service in the seating area and the grab-and-go service, ordering your vegan Mediterranean meal at the front counter.
Umi Falafel’s menu: http://umifalafel.ie/menu/
Address: 13 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
5. Happy Food (Vegan Café)
Dublin’s only 100 percent vegan café, Happy Food, is located inside a yoga center called YogaHub. The café offers smoothies, milkshakes, juices, and sweet treats, as well as breakfast, brunch, and lunch items, from a vegan scramble to scrumptious burgers and Sloppy Joes.
Come here for a casual breakfast, brunch, or lunch, but pay attention to the hours of operation, as Happy Food closes at 3.30 p.m. Monday though Saturday, and isn’t open on Sundays.
Happy Food’s menu: http://happyfood.ie/menus/
6. Govinda’s (Vegan Friendly, Vegetarian Restaurant)
Those of you who know the Govinda’s chain from other countries will know what to expect. This Hare Krishna vegetarian restaurant offers Indian-style vegetarian and vegan foods, and has a steady and loyal Irish crowd.
Portions are generous and prices are low. Come here for a casual lunch or early dinner (the restaurant closes at 9 p.m.), and be aware that it is closed on Sundays.
Govinda’s menu: http://www.govindas.ie/Aungier.html
Address: 4 Aungier St, Dublin.
7. Yamamori (Japanese Restaurant, Vegan Options Available)
This Japanese restaurant is not vegetarian — and definitely not vegan. In fact, if the sight and smell of seafood, fish, and meat disturb you, this might not be the right place to dine. But if you are a fan of Japanese cuisine and you are used to eating at non-vegan places similar to this, you should know that Yamamori has some really great vegan dishes, as well as dishes that can be made vegan on request.
Vegan options in this restaurant range from sushi and salads to grilled dishes, ramen, rice, and noodle-based meals. Out of all the restaurants mentioned in this list, this restaurant is the least casual, and the price range reflects it.
Yamamori’s menu: http://yamamori.ie/yamamori-noodles/
8. McGuinness Traditional Take Away (Traditional Chipper, Vegan Options Available)
If you have heard about the Irish and English fascination with local chippers but never understood what the fuss is all about, you can now experience it for yourself. McGuiness is a traditional Dublin chipper, with the exception that it offers a vegan menu alongside its non-vegan menu.
While the McGuiness burger has been getting some disappointing local reviews, other items such as their vegan chicken nuggets, vegan pizza, and especially their battered vegan sausage seem to be a hit! They are open for dinner and late-night munching until 1 a.m. daily – which means you know where you can go when you get hungry after a night out.
Address: 84 Camden Street Lower, Dublin.
9. Antoinette’s Bakery (Gluten Free Bakery with Vegan Options)
We all need that little something sweet every now and again, and if sweet is what you’re after while roaming the streets of Dublin, let your legs carry you here. Antoinette’s Bakery is a small gluten-free and vegan friendly bakery in Dublin 8.
Vegan range at this bakery includes banana bread and doughnuts. Vegan cakes can be prepared if ordered in advance.
Antoinette’s Bakery menu: http://www.antoinettesbakery.com/#menu
Address: 6 Kevin Street Lower, Dublin.
10. Veginity (Vegan Food Truck)
Last, but definitely not least on our list, is the award-winning Veginity by Australian chef Mark Senn. This vegan food truck with seating at Portabello, Dublin, won “Best Street Food Award” for 2016 at the Irish Food Awards.
The menu is creative and constantly renewing with exciting food items inspired by changing themes, holidays, and events.
The food truck is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VeginityDublin/
Address: Richmond Place South, Portabello, Dublin. The food truck is parked inside an industrial warehouse with big green doors and a “V” sign out front.
As you can see, there might not be a lot of 100 percent vegan restaurants in Dublin, but the capital is definitely not short on vegan food! As this list keeps growing, we’ll be sure to update it. In the meantime, feel free to use our interactive Google map to locate all of the places mentioned above.
Cover image: Spicy Lentil and Vegetable Soup and Blazing Salad’s Store front. Courtesy of Blazing Salads.