If you’re following a specific diet, eating out can sometimes feel like more of a chore than a treat.
Luckily, Leeds is brimming with vegan-friendly places that will make finding animal-free foods and products simple.
Roots and Fruits
This small but bright café is well known in Leeds for its tempting array of vegan dishes. Their recently updated menu cuts out the cheese and fried food is now predominantly plant-based.
From soups and salads, to tasty sandwiches and a scrumptious all-day breakfast, this is a great spot for a casual, animal-free lunch.
10 Grand Arcade, City Centre, LS1 6PG
Filmore and Union
If you don’t want to venture into the busy city centre, grab a bite to eat at the Moortown and Wetherby branches of this café and deli.
With a reputation for serving the most nutritious and healthy food, you won’t be disappointed with the nibbles on offer. Think bagels, soups, fresh salads and tangy fruit juices that are bursting with flavour.
6 Harrogate Road, Moortown, LS17 6PX / 61 Market Place, Wetherby, LS22 6LN.
The Grub and Grog Shop
A vegan and vegetarian friendly café, cafeteria and coffee shop all rolled into one, you’ll find a generous selection of breakfast and lunch options (along with range of hot drinks) at The Grub and Grog Shop.
All the vegan food on their menu is clearly marked, and absolutely everything they serve is ethically sourced from local suppliers. You can dine in, take away, or even make use of the outdoor seating area in the summer months.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria, 3 Sheaf Street, LS10 1HD
Global Tribe Cafe
Serving high quality, fresh and homemade vegan, vegetarian and raw food, this vibrant and welcoming café is excellent for breakfast or lunch.
From light bites - including pancakes and toast - to healthy vegan burgers and fresh sandwiches, the menu is both delicious and filling.
8 Swan Street, LS1 6LG
Restaurants and bars:
It may not be the most attractively named eatery in the world, but the food here is certainly worth venturing inside for.
Inspired from travels around the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this specialty restaurant, serves hummus, falafel and pitas, and is 100 per cent vegan. The menu is simple, yet delicious - just as good vegan food should be.
Call Lane, LS1 7BR
An award-winning Indian street food and craft beer bar, Bundobust is the perfect place to enjoy a lively meal out.
Opt for a few tasty small plates or a sharing combo, washed down with one of their vegan beers and wines. Be sure to try the Onion Ghobi Bhaji Bhaji - named the ultimate bhaji for its impressive size and flavour.
6 Mill Hill, LS1 5DQ
2 Oxford Place
It may be better known as the city’s best restaurant for gluten-free dining, but 2 Oxford Place also boasts a vegan, vegetarian and dairy free menu.
The satisfying mains include spaghetti all’arrabbiata, sauteed porcini mushrooms and vegan bangers and mash. On top of that, the tempting desserts menu is too good to miss. Treat yourself to a warm slice of chocolate cake or a sweet apple and blackberry crumble, topped with dairy free ice cream or custard.
2 Oxford Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AX.
Catering for both vegan and vegetarian diets, this tasty Japanese restaurant has a well-labelled menu so ordering is easy and hassle free.
With tofu steaks, veggie teriyaki style chicken, bean curd rolls and noodle dishes on the menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice. They also have a mouth-watering range of healthy and organic juices to keep you hydrated.
24 Central Road, LS1 6DE
Brimming with fine local Yorkshire produce, health foods and an award-winning kitchen you’ll find a wealth of tasty snacks, and fresh and frozen foods at Millies.
Stock up your cupboards or simply grab a quick bite at their deli - there’s plenty to choose from. And if you feel like hanging around, why not treat yourself to a pamper session at their in-store beauty salon?
109 Vicar Lane, LS1 6PJ
This unique, independent and ethical fashion retailer is committed to providing high quality, contemporary clothing which is also completely vegan friendly.
Taking a tough stance against animal cruelty, you won’t find any fur or leather products in any of the garments or collections in the store.
144 Briggate, LS1
Out of This World
This health foods store is recognised as one of the UK’s very best organic retailers, thanks to its superb range of products. Make it your go-to place for sourcing those hard-to-find vegan ingredients.
From cake mixes and cooking sauces, to dairy-free chocolates and cheese, you’ll find everything you need and more – they even stock ethical make-up and toiletries.
20 New Market Street, LS1 6DG
That Old Chestnut
This small vegan bakery supplies a vast selection of tasty cakes and sweet treats to a number of cafes, delis and shops around Leeds, Harrogate and York.
Using sunflower spread as an alternative to butter and a variety of ingredients to replace eggs in their cakes (including bananas, vegetable oil, syrups, soya and coconut milk) the bakery has perfected a trial and error system to produce the perfect cake.
See their stockist page to find the nearest supplier in Leeds, or have them deliver right to your door.