Cruelty-free eating is becoming ever-more popular across the North of England and beyond, and as you’d expect, Liverpool is at the forefront of this new sustainable dining and we’ve rounded up some of the very best vegan food in Liverpool.
Vegan restaurants are far from the underground happenings of yesteryear, and along with the glut of vegan-only diners, you’ll find plenty of standard meat-serving restaurants have jumped on board, along with more than a few major chains. Obviously, places dedicated to vegan (and vegetarian) cuisine are better placed to provide the most high-quality experience, but some of the Johnny-come-latelies deserve a mention too.
And this guide covers the lot. Our main criteria is the tastiest vegan food – it just so happens that this more often comes from the plucky independent venues. So, if you’re at all interested in the future of the planet – or even if you couldn’t care less and just want a healthy meat and dairy-free diet, you’ve come to right place.
Here are our picks
The Egg Café, Top Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4ED - Visit now
The Egg Cafe describes itself as Liverpool’s foremost vegan (and vegetarian) restaurant and who are we to disagree? The food is reliably excellent, the atmosphere is cheerful without being imposing, and the space itself is fantastic – the loft space of an old Victorian warehouse. Very Liverpool.
Food From Nowhere, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY - Visit now
Probably the most inclusive space in Merseyside, Food From Nowhere is a volunteer-run café underneath the city’s leading radical bookshop, News From Nowhere. The food is entirely vegan, delicious and affordable enough for any budget. Best of all, it’s staffed by some of the friendliest people you’ll find anywhere in the UK. The opening hours are sporadic – currently only open on Saturday afternoons, but this is well worth a special visit, and not just for the great food on offer.
HOST, 31 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9HX - Visit now
This Hope Street-based Pan-Asian restaurant might not seem like the ideal place for vegans at first glance, with a menu full of meat and veggie dishes, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find some extraordinary vegan dishes. Our recommendation? You won’t go far wrong with the White Miso Udon Broth – a mighty bowl of thick slithery noodles, tangled up with butternut squash, tofu, broccoli and nori. Or you could opt for the Spiced Aubergine Dahl, or even the Bibimbap – a gloriously flavoursome Korean rice dish packed full of vegetables such as butternut squash, carrots and kimchi (just be sure to ask them to hold the egg).
Garden Cafe FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4DQ - Visit now
The ground floor cafe of Liverpool’s foremost independent cinema doesn’t disappoint. The focus is on vegan and vegetarian dishes, but it’s the former they do so well. It’s the kind of place you can stay all day, and a bowl of one of their hearty vegan soups could keep anyone going all day. If this isn’t already a regular haunt, it soon will be.