It’s clear that ethical eating is on the rise, with vegan cooking becoming more mainstream month by month (remember Veganuary?). As ever, the restaurant scene is one step ahead, and even meat-eaters will be aware of the increasing number of vegan dishes available at their favourite restaurant.
Vegetarians are well served around Manchester, but it’s time to focus on the restaurants with the tastiest vegan meals. So whether you’re a proud vegan or merely curious, let us guide you towards the best vegan food in Manchester.
Here are our picks
Ice Shack, 1c, 160-164 Wellington Rd, Manchester, M20 3FU - Visit now
The vegan community has always been close, but even we were surprised by the outpouring of love for Didsbury’s Ice Shack from our readers and local word of mouth. Offering so much more than all-vegan desserts, this homely little place provides a safe friendly space for everyone with a nice, loving attitude. Expect games, huge smiles, delicious desserts and a place you’ll want to return to again and again and again. It’s just celebrated its two year anniversary – expect many many more to come.
Bundobust Manchester, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester, M1 2AG - Visit now
Since opening their restaurant on the edge of Piccadilly, the team behind Bundobust have built one hell of a buzz around Manchester. For the unaware, this underground restaurant serves up tapas-style small plates of vegan (and some vegetarian) Indian food, along with an exhaustive – and somewhat exhausting – list of beers and craft ales.
The Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7HE - Visit now
One of the Deaf Institute’s more celebrated offerings is the Sunday lunch. This isn’t the bog standard English breakfast or Sunday roast, this is the Vegan Hangover, which unsurprisingly features an all-vegan menu. The menu is lovingly-prepared by head chef Charlie, and varies from week to week. You’ll find quesadillas, nut roasts, mac and cheese and curries, all brimming with flavour and texture. Rest assured, this is some of the most inspiring food in Manchester, vegan or not.
Greens, 41-43 Lapwing Lane, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 2NT - Visit now
Arguably the most highly regarded vegetarian restaurant in Manchester, Simon Rimmer’s much-loved Didsbury restaurant has been gradually adding more and more vegan dishes to the menu over the years. A fantastic stepping stone for those veggies who are thinking of taking that final step into veganism.
1847, Chapel Walks, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M2 1HN - Visit now
1847 specialises in that rare species of cooking: vegetarian and vegan fine dining. It’s on Chapel Walks, a few minutes from the city centre and boasts an award-winning menu and elegant decor. The food ranges from a beetroot puff pastry stack into more traditional territory (trio of cauliflower, anyone?), but the amount of choice available is enough to make the option-starved vegan dizzy.
Vapiano Manchester, Unit 13, The Corn Exchange, Manchester, M4 3TR - Visit now
Vapiano is a pizza and pasta bar that takes up a hefty slice of the Corn Exchange food court. The name comes from an Italian saying about having a relaxed, healthy approach to life and the restaurant has a decent range of vegan choices for those looking for a light, fresh, meat-free meal. If you enjoy a tipple, you’ll even find vegan wine on the menu.
World Peace Cafe, 76 High Lane, Manchester, M21 9XF - Visit now
The World Peace Cafe is part of the Kadampa Meditation Centre in Chorlton, which is itself part of a worldwide network of Buddhist centres founded by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Staffed entirely by volunteers, it ‘runs on kindness’, and offers a relaxed, positive and friendly atmosphere. So, vegetarian and vegan food is a part of it, but it’s not just about food: what’s on offer is a bigger, holistic experience.
Eighth Day, 111 Oxford Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 7DU - Visit now
Eighth Day is a veggie and vegan superstore that’s less of a shop-cum-cafe and more of a Manchester institution. Not only a great place to pick up your hemp milk and agave syrup, but also a deliciously hearty, fairly priced vegetarian/vegan lunch in the laid-back downstairs café.