Fellow vegans, you won’t go hungry in Ireland. While beef features heavily on a lot of menus here (beef stew, beef pie, corned beef – you name it), it’s also one of the most vegan-friendly cities I’ve visited in Europe. I even spotted lots of vegan advertisements on buses and streets which really took me by surprise – in a good way!
As my boyfriend isn’t vegan, and I didn’t want to completely take over his trip by dragging him left, right and centre, it was difficult for me to get around all the places I’d have liked to. I know many couples or friendship groups find themselves in the same situation, which is why I’ve listed a selection of vegan-friendly places, dotted around the city. This way, you and your omni travel buddy can enjoy a meal together wherever you are in Dublin!
NB: If you’re looking for city inspo, click here to read my Dublin Bucket List for First Time Visitors.
Status: Vegetarian and vegan
Near: Trinity College Dublin, Molly Malone Statue, Grafton Street
For fresh, hearty food and a laid-back atmosphere, head to Cornucopia. We came here for breakfast, fresh from the airport, and were relieved to see big portions at reasonable prices. This isn’t a totally vegan place but it is 100% vegetarian with lots of vegan options, and the staff are all very clued up on what does and doesn’t contain eggs/dairy.
We came for the American-style pancakes, but both ended up going for the build-your-own breakfast. For just €10.50 you can choose five items from the hot plate behind the counter, with delicious options such as hash browns, vegan sausages, scrambled tofu and homemade baked beans. Quick, tasty and cheap – just what we were looking for after an early morning flight!
Cornucopia also offers a lunch and dinner menu which we didn’t get around to sampling, but the next time I’m in Dublin I’ll be sure to make time!
Sova Vegan Butcher
Near: Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green
Seriously, just LOOK at this menu!
If I could go back to Dublin just for Sova Vegan Butcher, I’d do so in a heartbeat. This charming, candle-lit restaurant, tucked away just a 10-minute walk from Dublin’s lively Grafton Street, is the perfect venue for a romantic date night or birthday dinner. It has all the charm and personality of a cheap and cheerful cafe with the cuisine and air of a fine dining restaurant, making it a must-visit for all vegans and veggies.
Here I had what was essentially a grown-up’s version of chicken nuggets and mash – listed on the menu as ‘Soya Chicken Goujons (with parsnip puree and kale crisps) – and it was delicious. If you’re looking for somewhere with a good wine list, generous portions and friendly service, choose Sova Vegan Butcher.
It’s a little pricier here (think €15+ for a main meal), but definitely worth it. Don’t forget to book in advance!
Near: Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral
If you’re visiting Dublin as a tourist, the chances are you’re planning to head to the Guinness Storehouse at some point or another. After a few drinks you may feel a little peckish, and luckily for you the Vandal Cafe is just outside. We stumbled upon this by chance so didn’t have a clue what to expect, but our cheap and cheerful lunch was the perfect way to break up the walk between the factory and the town centre.
Here, I had a curried cauliflower vegan burger and fries which were both pretty good! There weren’t a huge number of options for me but seeing as I was super hungry by the time we found a place to eat, Vandal Cafe hit the nail on the head with my cauli burger.
To be honest, the coolest thing about this cafe was the decoration. We were effectively sat outside in a covered courtyard, with blankets and heaters providing warmth from the winter chill. In the summer I can imagine this being a brilliant place to stop by for a few drinks! Cute, charming and tasty – I’d definitely stop by again.
Near: Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Ha’Penny Bridge, Grafton Street
I bloody LOVE good pizza (I’m still not over the pizza I tried in Naples a couple of years back) and to be honest, I’ve become a bit of a snob. With this in mind, I wasn’t expecting much from Sano Pizza; seeing as the prices were so low, I didn’t think the food would be anything special. Despite this, the marinara pizza I grabbed from Sano (for just €6!!) was absolutely delicious.
Vegans, every pizza base is vegan plus you have the option to add vegan cheese for just €1.75 more. Unfortunately they were out of vegan cheese when we arrived, but the Neapolitan-style pizza was still a strong 9/10 without it. According to their menu you can also get a gluten-free base for every pizza, for those of you who don’t or can’t eat gluten.
The location here is also ideal; Sano is tucked away right in the heart of the Temple Bar region. It’s a couple of minutes away from all the action (including the Temple Bar) so it’s the perfect location for a quick dinner before heading out. The atmosphere inside the restaurant is also super fun (it’s HUGE!) so it’s ideal for a drink before any big night!
Near: Everything you could possibly imagine
I was reluctant to include Insomnia on the list as I’m all about supporting small and independent businesses, but it’s an unfortunate truth that vegans don’t always get the luxury of choice! As you’ll figure out from just a couple of hours in Dublin, Insomnia Coffee is everywhere; you’ll see it on almost every corner (just like would with Starbucks in London), so vegans – there’s something for you all over town.
My brother-in-law suggested a trip to Insomnia for a vegan chick’n fillet roll; apparently chicken rolls are a big deal in Ireland, so I was keen to try a plant-based version during my trip. Unfortunately I didn’t find a single chik’n roll during the holiday, but I did spot lots of other tasty-looking vegan options, including a falafel wrap.
So, although eating out in franchises isn’t always ideal, as a vegan it’s good to know your options – and now you do!
Bored of savoury? Don’t miss out on these for pudding!
Near: Grafton Street, Dublin Castle, National Museum of Ireland, St Stephen’s Green
For the richest, creamiest and all round most decadent chocolate mousse on the planet (probably), head to Bewleys Grafton Street. The cake was pretty pricey at €6.80, but I’d wholeheartedly recommend it!
My boyfriend and I sat next to the fireplace and enjoyed this little slice of heaven just before continuing on our walk along Grafton Street towards St Stephen’s Green. This is the perfect spot for an idyllic break, with a cosy interior providing refuge from the hustle and bustle of the shopping quarter.
NB: I’ve since checked their all day menu and they do offer a couple of vegan savoury options, including a vegetable casserole.
Near: You can’t walk for more than 5 minutes without spotting a Butlers!
As I said beforehand, promoting franchises and chains isn’t always ideal; however, you can’t visit Dublin without trying a Butlers hot chocolate! Luckily for us vegans, they now offer a dairy-free version and a selection of vegan-friendly chocolate bars.
I’d recommend grabbing a hot chocolate to go before enjoying a stroll around St Stephen’s Green – you’ll definitely appreciate the warming drink in the depths of winter!
Do you have any other vegan-friendly spots to share? Let me know!