A Vegetarian's Guide to Dublin

I recently spent a great few days in Dublin with my little sister. It was a much needed escape from the craziness of London and work. Whilst a few days explorung definitely doesn't make me an expert on Dublin, I did eat my way around the city (isn't that what holidays are for?!) and tried a few amazing vegetarian restaurants/cafes that I just have to share with you!

Healthy salads, buffet dishes, sandwiches: all ingredients are natural, locally sourced and super fresh.
The main buffet area is set up a little bit like Planet Organic - but with so much more choice. The delicatessen offers amazing homemade cakes... the hardest decision was choosing what to have! We got a vegan banana loaf and a caramel slice, along with a coffee and a chai latte (my favourite) and they did not dissapoint. 

How much? Around €10
Where? 4 different locations. We ate at the Nassau St cafe by Trinity College.

The inside of KC Peaches

Delicious food, friendly staff, quaint interior: this well-established vegetarian/ vegan restaurant caters to all diets and offers creative, seasonal dishes. I had an amazing beetroot filo pastry along with a chickpea salad and garlic potatoes in a vegan mayonnaise. It's also ridiculously reasonably priced and the organic wine goes down a treat too. The only problem you'll have is deciding which dish to go for! It may not be the most photogenic food, but please don't let me poor photography skills put you off... it was unbelievably tasty and all freshly made!

How much? €10-14
Where? Wicklow Street (super central)

Healthy, hearty and good for the soul. This intimate vegan restaurant uses its unique style of cooking to create delicious vegan recreations of classic pub favourites. They do an incredible three course dinner for around €25 and the portion sizes are huge! We practically rolled out of the restaurant (because not having three courses was not an option, obvs). I had fried gyoza to start, followed by a chia vegetable burger and finished by splitting two desserts with my sister: chocolate avocado mousse and blueberry cheesecake.

How much? Set menu (with loads of choice) is €25
Where? Pleasants St, Saint Kevin's

Chia vegan burger: hearty, healthy and huge!

I absolutely loved this chain fast food salad restaurant where you choose your salad leaves, ingredients, protein and dressing, before the salad makers chop it all up into little pieces. We ate here twice - it was such a cheap and delicious lunch option, plus it made us feel much healthier after a night out on the pub crawl! You can also have the salad in a wrap if you feel like something a little more substantial. The staff in both restaurants were lovely too, they are on hand to advise which dressing goes with your salad creation and you're able to try it before you commit! 

How much? Approx €6-7
Where? All over the city.

Joy of Cha

A welcome break from the busyness of Temple Bar, this cute cafe has an amazing selection of herbal teas and pastries to choose from. I'm not sure how many options were vegan, but there was a great offering for vegetarians. Plus the fresh leaf tea is served in a very cute teapot with strainer, and I'm a sucker for anything small and dainty like that. I went for a jasmine green tea - not very adventurous I know, but it was the warming drink I needed!

How much? Approx €7 for a tea and cake.
Where? Opposite Temple Bar

Other places I didn't get to try, but really wish I had:

We walked in here one evening and it looked cheap and cheerful enough, however we wanted to go somewhere a little bit flashier. The food looked okay and it was very reasonably priced, but the decor wasn't compelling us to sit down. So we went to Cornucopia instead!

Umi Falafel

I love falafel so I was upset I didn't get to go here (although I did get my falafel fix after the pub crawl, of course). We saw this restaurant from outside and it looked lovely!

My friend who lived in Dublin for a while recommended this place for afternoon tea. It looks like a great place to stop off for a cup of tea and slice of cake after a busy day sightseeing.

Have you been to Dublin? Where are your favourite vegetarian/vegan restaurants?

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