Vegan food has come along way and it’s no longer reserved solely for those who lead a plant-based lifestyle. From burgers that lose literally no flavour for their lack of cheese, beef or chicken, to wings that could be mistaken for a meaty version, we’ve rounded up the very best vegan restaurants in Liverpool to try.
If you’re undecided on your lunch or dinner choice, whether it be a curry, a pizza or a burger, Veggie Republic is one of Liverpool’s restaurants that has it all, plus it’s vegan. The restaurant on Cook Street serves up a cracking vegan tapas menu featuring Mediterranean, Pan Asian, Middle Eastern, Pan American and Indian dishes, proving anything can be veganised. You didn’t have to limit yourself to one cuisine since you can choose from the likes of calamari, hoisin ‘duck’ bao buns, Greek and Turkish kebabs, oyster mushroom ceviche or crispy ‘gunpowder’ chicken with a spicy Indian sweet chilli sauce.
Veggie Republic, 16 Cook Street, L2 9RF
Down The Hatch on Duke Street is a favourite of vegans and vegetarians alike as they serve up an irresistible junk food menu featuring burgers, hotdogs and loaded fries but minus the meat. At this basement restaurant, guests are absolutely spoilt by the options available, including five different flavours of fried cauliflower from a Jager glaze to a cheesy sauce, plus a range of burgers, wraps and po boys to choose from. The menu at Down The Hatch is 80% vegan, allowing for a few cheesy veggie options, however their crispy seitan wings and seitan burgers are succulent enough to even turn a meat-eater’s head. Plus, guests can also enjoy delicious cocktails and desserts including sundaes and cookie dough.
Down The Hatch, 62 Duke Street, L1 5AA
Nestled in the up and coming area that is Liverpool’s Fabric District behind Lime Street station is known other than Guac ‘n’ Roll Kitchen. This independent punk rock vegan kitchen serves up a phenomenal philly cheesesteak filled with beefy fried seitan sizzled with peppers and a banging spicy buffalo burger in a pretzel bun every Thursday to Sunday for you tuck into. Plus, you’ll also find a selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads and rice bowls alongside small plates such as sticky pork style seitan ribs and baja tacos featuring fried fish alternative banana blossom on blue corn tortillas. And if you find yourself wondering the Fabric District on a Sunday afternoon be sure to pop in for an epic vegan roast.
Guac ‘n’ Roll Kitchen, The Fashion Hub, 12-14 Gildart Street, L3 8ET
Potts Coffee is a right of passage when it comes to discovering Liverpool’s plant-based eats and ethics, sustainability and community at the heart of what they do . This café on Slater Street was the first fully vegan coffee shop to arrive in the city and it still continues to be a popular hideaway for coffee plus a plant-based breakfast, brunch and lunch. Not only can visitors devour a tasty smashed avocado on sourdough toast, but they can enjoy a comforting and hearty breakfast to fuel your day exploring Liverpool, which consists of vegan sausages and bacon, scrambled tofu, garlic and herb portobello mushrooms, beans, spinach, tomato, hash browns and toast. Better still you can enjoy all hose ingredients in a tortilla wrap too. Potts Coffee also serves up unbelievable stacks of vegan pancakes with various toppings as well as pastries and cakes.
Potts Coffee & Kitchen, 18a Slater Street, L1 4BS
5. The Vibe
Another vegan café to add to your brunch spots list is The Vibe. Located by Liverpool ONE, it’s in the name that this café is a vibe thanks to its eye-catching plates, brightly coloured lattes, neon lighting and leafy plants decorating the space. The Vibe serves up delicious veganised dishes for both breakfast and lunch, including a ‘Veggs Benny’ and ‘Veggs Royale’ featuring their very own homemade vegan poached eggs, with runny yolk and all. This vegan café which opened in autumn 2020 is a great spot to also sit back with a warming latte whether it be a pink velvet, chai, lavender, matcha or Scouse fire latte (a blend of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper).
The Vibe, Unit 1A, Chancery House, Paradise Street, L1 3HE
Liverpool is blessed with an array of burger restaurants, but nothing comes close to the vegan burger offering at Frost Burgers. With two branches in the North West, Liverpool and Manchester, we’re pretty spoilt and with a drool-worthy menu it’s enough to make anyone want to cheat on meat. YouTube star Monami Frost opened this vegan junk food paradise on Wood Street and the burgers are enough to rival the big brands out there. Frost Burgers serves up burgers in flavours like garlic mayo chicken and the double trouble- two beef free patties with cheez, special sauce, lettuce, white onions and triple bun- alongside desserts and shakes in flavours like maple bacon, s’mores, Biscoff and Oreo.
Frost Burgers, 58 Wood Street, L1 4AQ
Located down Bixteth Street, Sanskruti serves up both Indian classics such as tikka and tarka daal, as well as some more unusual dishes such as kela nu shaak (ripe bananas sautéed with turmeric, asafoetida, curry leaves, lemon juice and various spices). The restaurant offers a range of dishes influenced by regions in India such as Gujarati, Punjabi and south Indian, as well as serving up some traditional street food like samosa chaat and pani puri. All of the dishes on Sanskruti’s menu are vegetarian or vegan, but meat lovers needn’t feel like they’re missing out as the restaurant’s meals still pack a punch when it comes to flavour, as well as being packed with protein.
Sanskruti, Bixteth Street, L3 9LP
Inspired by a 1950s American diner, Planet Vegan Diner also gives us Pizza Planet vibes from Toy Story too. Head to Lark Lane, where you can tuck into the likes of vegan burgers, po boys, waffles and desserts. Planet Vegan Diner even offers a plant-based version of the Mr Whippy ice cream, with flavours like Kinder Bueno which consists of their vegan soft serve ice cream layered with vegan chocolate hazelnut sauce, Love Raw cream wafer and vegan white chocolate drizzle. You can also expect American-style classics such as tater tots, southern fried chicken, mac n cheese, as well as a breakfast and brunch menu with breakfast burritos, pancakes and brunch patty stacks served in muffins with hash browns.
Planet Vegan Diner, 77 Lark Lane, L17 8UP
Serving up plant-based food for the soul as well as live music is real ale pub The Caledonia in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter and it doesn’t disappoint. Expect plenty of comforting dishes on the menu including an absolute bae of a baecon burger featuring a double patty, double baecon, double cheese, pickles, salad and sauces. But some may argue that this pub’s wings and loaded fries are where it’s at. Glorious southern fried crispy ‘chimken’ pieces in flavours such as salt and pepper, katsu and Korean BBQ as well as the likes of fries laced with toppings such as melted cheese, thick Guinness gravy (it’s a pub after all) and chopped fried baecon pieces. Better still, The Caledonia serves a cracking selection of beers to wash all that luscious vegan food down with, including craft beers from local Merseyside micro breweries, which will rival many Liverpool pubs and restaurants.
The Caledonia, 22 Caledonia Street, L7 7DX
10. Woo Tan Scran
Woo Tan Scran on Lark Lane is a chippy with a difference. Serving both traditional chip shop dishes as well as Chinese cuisine, Woo Tan Scran is one of the only Liverpool chippy restaurants providing fantastic fried food that is vegan. Whether you fancy a battered sausage dinner, chip barm, donner kebab, chow mein noodles or Singapore fried rice, Woo Tan Scran has got you covered. Tuck into jackfruit pancakes and sesame ‘prawn’ toast to start, followed by char siu ‘chicken’, crispy ‘beef’, tofu or seitan with either rice, chow mein or vermicelli noodles then dosed in either a black bean, sweet and sour, curry, satay or chilli and garlic sauce. Woo Tan Scran even has a section of their menu dedicated to all things salt and pepper, from dumplings to nuggets, curly fries to crispy battered ‘prawns’ all mixed with that awesome flavour.
Woo Tan Scran, 109-111 Lark Lane, L17 8UR