The choice of vegetarian food in Manchester is getting better all the time. Whether you are all-the-time vegetarian, or just like to try out a non-meat fast from time to time, reducing your carbon footprint by eating out in vegetarian style can make you feel good about your choices. We’ve gathered together a handpicked list of some of our favourites – meaning you need never suffer a stuffed pepper ever again. Well, not unless you want to, that is.
Want more? Check out our guide to vegan food in Manchester.
Here are our picks
HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 4FN - Visit now
There are a number of meat and seafood dishes on the menu at HOME, but even hardened carnivores and pescatarians should dive into the vegan and vegetarian dishes. This is what HOME’s first-floor restaurant truly excels at.
The Rivals Bar & Restaurant, Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester, M2 7DH - Visit now
You expect high-quality food and wine from the in-house restaurant at the Royal Exchange Theatre, but you might not have expected such a great vegetarian selection. There are a quite a few choices for veggies here and it’s all quality, hearty meals too.
Fuel Cafe, 448 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 3BW - Visit now
Withington is home to Fuel Cafe, who serve only vegetarian and vegan food, as well as hosting quiz nights and lively open mics. They are well known for their hangover busting, meat free, full breakfast menu, and the decor is pleasantly found-object-eclectic.
Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen, 536 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M20 4BY - Visit now
Head south of the city centre for Lotus Vegetarian Kitchen, which promotes a healthier, meat free lifestyle. Their menus are inspired by the owner’s travels to Hong Kong, Canada and Taiwan, where vegetarian Chinese restaurants are more abundant than here. Child friendly and BYOB, their special lunch menu starts at £5. Their dinner menu reads like a lesson in tofu and uses a whole rainbow of vegetables.
V Revolution, 20-26 Edge Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1HN - Visit now
This red-boothed, heavy-metal haven on Oldham Street does vegan junk food – think burgers, and hot dogs – and boy does it taste good. There’s not an animal product in sight; the small shop at the back is stocked with credible vegan alternatives to things like cheese, mayo and ice cream, as well as a selection of hard core records.
PLY, 26 Lever Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 1DW - Visit now
Pizza is a wonderful thing and Manchester isn’t short of places to grab a slice. We’re going for PLY. You might not have to queue for a table, there may not be a hushed hype circulating the office, but the pizza is fantastic and who likes queuing anyway?
Lunya Manchester, Barton Arcade, Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 2BB - Visit now
Lunya has long been a Creative Tourist favourite – both the original Liverpool restaurant and the equally-lauded Manchester branch. There’s plenty of choices here for veggies and even a dedicated vegan menu too.
Finally, whether you’re a proud vegan or merely curious, let us guide you towards the best vegan food in Manchester.
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