Although Ireland has a rather carnivorous history, veganism is definitely on the rise. Fueled by personal health, animal welfare and environmental concerns, vegan restaurants are cropping up all over larger Irish cities.
Even outside the hustle and bustle of more densely populated areas, vegan-friendly items are available at most cafes. (In a pinch, you will find a suitable vegetable soup almost everywhere. Just ask!)
Dublin by far has the biggest and most thriving vegan scene in Ireland. The original vegan restaurant here is of course Cornucopia, which has been serving fresh, whole plant-based foods since 1986.
sova vegan butcher
But newer options also abound, like Sova Vegan Butcher. This great spot started as a pop-up and formally opened its doors in 2016. With an emphasis on fine dining, their menu includes seitan steak with pepper sauce and chia burgers.
the planted bean
Another great vegan cafe in Dublin is The Planted Bean. This take-away only coffee shop offers vegan comfort foods using ingredients like jackfruit and vegan cheese as well as sugar-free desserts. The menu changes twice a month so there’s always something new to try, like the double chocolate doughnuts, dirty nachos, or buffalo cauliflower wings.
Looking for vegan food with more of an international flair? Try Veginity. This awesome spot started as a food truck, and is now located in a funky industrial space. On the menu here is vegan street food crafted by Australian chef Mark Senn, host of a popular youtube vegan cooking channel and author of the Losing My Veginity cookbook.
the electric vegan
Or, for a meatless take on traditional Irish favorites, head to The Electric Vegan for a “fry” that trades vegan substitutes for the bacon, sausage, and eggs. Truly, when it comes to things to do in Dublin, vegan restaurants should be right up there on the list of great museums, castles, and churches to visit.
the earth cafe
While Cork is newer to vegan offerings, vegan dining is heating up here as well. The Earth Café and 143V both opened in 2018, doubling the amount of vegan-only places in the city. The Earth Café offers a chill vibe, great music, and specializes in delicious jackfruit wraps and buns.
143V, housed in a charming cottage, really packs a punch with its vegetable and fruit juices, sugar-free desserts, and hearty dishes like the beetroot burger.
Head to My Goodness if you have a hankering for kefir or kombucha.
the antiquity bookshop cafe
Settle in for a good read and homey food at The Antiquity Bookshop Café.
Though vegan restaurants in other areas of Ireland can be harder to come by, they certainly exist and are worth checking out. In Limerick, be sure to visit The Underdog. With a menu featuring local and seasonal options, the roasted coconut curry and red pepper wrap get rave reviews.
the candied hazelnut
While touring Waterford, stop in to The Candied Hazelnut. Lovely décor, a friendly staff, and delicious comfort food await. Favorite menu items here include the lasagna, “fish” and chips, and shepherdess pie.
Of course, there are many more vegan-friendly cafes in Ireland. These can be easily located through mobile apps like Vanilla Bean or Happy Cow. These resources also point you to area grocery stores and caterers with vegan options, making feeding your crew while in Ireland easy and convenient. Visit - and eat - without worry!