There’s no denying it: Veganism is on the rise.
As many individuals look to change their lifestyles to improve their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of the planet, eating a vegan diet (or at least reducing your intake of animal products) is something that many people across the country are starting to take an interest in. With the encouragement of “Veganuary” and “Meat-free Monday”, a once carnivorous nation is starting to turn to plant-based options with increasing regularity. And with demand comes supply – leading to a boom of plant-based options and solely veggie and vegan places offering more exciting and adventurous dishes. It’s a great time to be a vegan foodie, so we’ve rounded up the very best places in Birmingham to grab a seriously delicious plant-based bite to eat. Read on for our Ultimate Vegan Foodie Guide.
Disclaimer: Most restaurants, coffee shops etc. offer at least one vegan option, but this article is designed to showcase the very best and most varied vegan offerings. We have highlighted those who are solely or predominantly vegan and veggie, as well as those with dedicated vegan menus or brilliant plant-based options. There will be many more places in the city where you can grab something plant-based, but we couldn’t possibly include them all. Missed off your favourite? Get in touch to let us know!
Medicine Bakery + Gallery
Location: 69A New Street, B2 4DU
In Summary: Beautiful, city centre-based coffee shop, cafe and bakery.
What To Expect: This magnificent coffee shop is situated in a beautiful, historic building. Specialising in artisan breads, cakes and other baked goods, baked daily in their off-site bakery, they also serve brunch of epic proportions. They have loads of vegan options on their menu including homemade falafel sandwich, buddha bowl, vegan grilled sourdough sandwiches and plenty more. This wonderful city centre coffee shop is serving some of the most delicious brunch in the city. Go check them out.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, cakes, baked goods, groups.
IB App Deal: 10% off takeaway baked goods.
Location: 30 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU
In Summary: Vegetarian and vegan casual fine-dining restaurant.
What To Expect: This vegan and vegetarian restaurant is pushing the boundaries of fine-dining cuisine with their plant-focussed menus. Inspired by the land, their menus are developed to highlight the very best ingredients available at the time. Proving that veggie and vegan doesn’t have to mean boring and that plant-based cooking can be creative and interesting, this restaurant is doing amazing things for the veggie and vegan scene in Brum. Vegan or not, head here for a delicious, plant-based taste experience that you won’t forget.
Good For: Date night, lunch, dinner, fine dining.
IB App Deal: 10% off food (please mention your IB App upon booking)
Location: 88-90 John Bright Street, B1 1BN
In Summary: Quirky, laid-back cafe and bar.
What To Expect: This perennial favourite has been delighting customers with their comfort food and laid-back atmosphere since they opened (a good number of years ago). A testament to their simple yet delicious, homemade food and friendly service, this cafe has remained a popular venue for so many locals and visitors alike. They have a wide range of vegan options available from their Hearty Vegan breakfast to their vegan pancakes, vegan cakes and their vegan fish and chips. With tons more options to choose from, this is a brilliant place to grab a bite to eat.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, cake, casual date, casual dining.
IB App Deal: A free pint of cask ale, lager, cider or draught soft drink with your main meal.
Location: 21 Woodbridge Road, Moseley, B13 8EH
In Summary: Indian street food style eatery.
What To Expect: Zindiya are well-known for their delicious Indian street food style dishes, served in their colourful, laid-back eatery. Alongside their main menu, they have a whole vegan menu packed with plant-based dishes such as Vada Pav (their take on a vegan burger) and their trio of Dosa (South Indian savoury pancakes), along with sides such as okra fries, aubergine fritters and onion bhajis. Proving that plant-based doesn’t mean you have to compromise on flavour.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, drinks, casual date.
IB App Deal: 20% off the bill (Tuesday – Thursday).
Location: 42 Bull Street, B4 6AF
In Summary: Coffee shop known for their amazing brunch dishes.
What To Expect: This wonderful coffee shop has become well-known throughout Birmingham for their excellent brunch offering. Whilst the menu isn’t solely vegan, they do have a couple of rather excellent vegan options to choose between. From their mushroom and avo smash to their vegan one pan hash, there are some truly delightful dishes to satisfy your taste buds.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, casual date.
IB App Deal: 10% off the bill.
Baked In Brick
Location: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
In Summary: Restaurant serving pizza and small plates, based in the Custard Factory.
What To Expect: Baked In Brick started life as a multi-award winning street food trader, before setting up their very own restaurant in Digbeth. Specialising in epic wood-fired pizzas (of which there are a couple of tasty vegan options), this restaurant also offers some small plates and street food style dishes. Look out for their daily specials, and don’t forget their legendary Sunday roasts too.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, families, groups, casual dining.
IB App Deal: 15% off the bill.
Tiger Bites Pig
Location: 34 Stephenson Street, B2 4BH
In Summary: Small restaurant serving epic bao buns and rice bowls.
What To Expect: If you’ve followed IB for a while, you’ll know that we’re massive fans of Tiger Bites Pig. Their bao buns are the best in the city and they really know how to pack some delicious flavours in. Luckily, you vegans don’t have to miss out on these delicious bites. Choose from their sesame and chilli tofu bao, salt and pepper tofu rice bowl or mapo tofu and woodland mushroom rice bowl and you’ll be one very happy bunny.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, grab-and-go, casual dining.
IB App Deal: 10% off the bill when you spend £10 or more (Sunday – Thursday).
Location: 12 Bennetts Hill, B2 5RS
In Summary: South American-inspired bar and cantina.
What To Expect: This bar and restaurant is all about harnessing the South American spirit. Alongside their regular menu, Bodega Cantina have a solely vegan menu to make sure vegans don’t miss out on any of the fun. Enjoy everything from nachos to burritos and quesadillas without compromising on flavour. Make sure you call into Bodega at your earliest convenience to devour their tasty eats and get into the fiesta spirit.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, casual date, drinks, groups.
IB App Deal: A FREE nacho platter to share when you and a friend each purchase a main dish (street food/large plates) from the menu (Sunday – Thursday).
Location: 4 Woodbridge Road, Moseley, B13 8EJ
In Summary: Vegetarian slice shop.
What To Expect: This purely vegetarian pizza joint serves up slices of 20” pizzas, New York City style. A great spot to dine in or to grab a quick and convenient lunch to go, this pizza place is all about the veggie life. They always have at least one vegan option, sometimes more, and they’re a great option for a casual lunch. Go grab a (damn tasty) slice of the action, now!
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, take-away, groups, families.
IB App Deal: 15% off the bill.
Location: 179 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JR
In Summary: Neighbourhood pub serving comfort food.
What To Expect: Found in Moseley, The Village is a cosy yet contemporary pub with a focus on honest, homemade food. Their seasonal menu reflects the growing trends for veggie and vegan foods and includes a number of tasty options. Whether you fancy a quick sandwich at lunch, a hearty main for dinner or you fancy sharing a few plates with some friends, or even a vegan Sunday roast, there are plenty of plant-based options to keep your tummy and your taste buds happy.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, casual dining, casual date, families, groups, coffee.
IB App Deal: 10% off food (Monday – Friday).
Location: 30 Church Street, B3 2NP
In Summary: Coffee shop serious about great coffee and brunch.
What To Expect: Urban is a legendary local coffee shop for a reason. They’re all about serving great coffee and delicious brunch to eager customers. They offer a range of milks for their coffees and they have lots of vegan options on their breakfast and brunch menus. So whether you’re going all in with a vegan Full English, or you fancy peanut butter and banana on sourdough toast, or a vegan sausage bap, there are lots of plant-based options to choose from. They’re also the home of the first bottomless brunch in the city – great for a boozy get together with friends.
Good For: Coffee, cake, breakfast, brunch, lunch, bottomless brunch, coffee date.
IB App Deal: Any Medium Hot Drink And Cake For £4.50 (Church St. And JQ)
Location: 21 High Street, Harborne, B17 9NT
In Summary: Modern, independent gastro pub.
What To Expect: The Plough has been a highly popular local hangout for a long time, and with good reason. Known for their high quality food, great drinks selection, cosy interior and excellent beer garden – they have everything we look for in a great gastro pub. Their food menu is packed with delicious, home-cooked comfort food dishes and includes a good selection of vegan options including a number of vegan pizzas. We’re not sure there’s anyone in Birmingham who hasn’t heard of The Plough, but if somehow they’ve escaped your radar – go pay them a visit.
Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Families, Casual Dining, Beer Garden.
IB App Deal: 10% off food.
Location: 53 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, B1 3HS
In Summary: Tacos!
What To Expect: From the team behind cult bao joint Tiger Bites Pig, Tierra is the taco bar that was missing from our lives all this time. Born from a love of all things Mexican, Tierra take Mexican flavours and add their own spin on them to create delicious tacos and Mexican inspired small plates. They have a good selection of vegan options on the menu too, so no need to miss out if you follow a plant based diet. Seriously, these will be some of the best tacos you’ll have the pleasure of inhaling. Oh, and they serve Margaritas too. Just saying…
Good For: Casual Dining, Lunch, Dinner.
IB App Deal: A FREE Margarita Or Agua Fresca When You Spend £15 Or More (Sunday – Thursday)
Chung Ying Cantonese
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Location: 16-18 Wrottesley Street, Southside, B5 4RT
In Summary: Chinese restaurant and bar serving mouth-watering Cantonese favourites.
What To Expect: This brilliant Chinese restaurant has a whole menu dedicated to catering for the vegans of Birmingham. Packed with plant-based options and vegan versions of favourite dishes, there’s lots of tasty choices. From dumplings and bao to a vegan “crispy aromatic duck” made with crispy tofu skin, there are lots of amazing dishes to get stuck into.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, take-away.
IB App Deal: 20% off the bill (Monday – Thursday).
Kitchen Garden Cafe
Location: 17 York Road, Kings Heath, B14 7SA
In Summary: Eco-conscious deli-cafe serving home-cooked food.
What to expect: This cosy, yet spacious, cafe feels as though you’ve just stepped into a country kitchen, and has a beautiful outdoor courtyard to enjoy in the warmer months. They aim to source their ingredients as locally and ethically as possible, and cater to all dietary requirements. This includes having lots of vegan options on the menu. They are known for their all-day breakfasts, so grab a vegan Full English and sit back and relax in this peaceful oasis. At night, the space is transformed into a live music venue.
Good for: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, live music, drinks.
IB App Deal: 10% off the bill + 10% off workshops.
Location: 133 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JP
In Summary: Middle Eastern-themed coffee shop and cafe.
What To Expect: This Middle Eastern-themed coffee shop is a local favourite for a reason. This cosy coffee shop offers up a whole host of tasty Middle Eastern dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as delicious coffee, tea and more. They have loads of vegan choices from hot breakfast meze and their falafel wrap, to tasty salads and more. If you’re yet to visit, we highly recommend you right that wrong immediately.
Good For: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, drinks.
IB App Deal: 10% off the bill when you spend £10 or more.
Location: Unit 14, Grand Central, B2 4BF
In Summary: Fast-casual Japanese dining experience for the whole family.
What To Expect: This fun and welcoming Japanese restaurant is all about speedy, tasty food. Serving all your Japanese favourites, they have a wide selection of vegan options available from miso soup to pumpkin katsu, and yasai ramen to vegan sushi. A great place to grab a quick lunch or a casual dinner, their Japanese food will keep you coming back for more.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, families, groups, takeaway.
IB App Deal: 20% off the bill.
Location: 7 The Minories, B4 6AG
In Summary: Fast, fresh and tasty take-away lunch spot.
What To Expect: Fast, fresh and affordable take-away lunch options. Their Middle Eastern inspired menu is packed full of flavourful options from salad boxes to kebabs wrapped in a Persian naan and a vegan breakfast muffin to delicious baklava. They have so many great vegan options at Hookway’s, this is a wonderful hidden gem perfect for a flavour-packed grab-and-go lunch.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, grab-and-go, health fix.
IB App Deal: A FREE pistachio baklava when you purchase any salad or regular/large wrap.
Location: The Rainbow Pub, B12 0LD
In Summary: Vegan street food regularly found on the festival circuit and doing kitchen take-overs.
What To Expect: Some of the most delicious vegan food to be found in the city is from BA-HA who are currently popping up at The Rainbow in Digbeth (but also look out for them at street food events across the city). Their Nott Wings are legendary (cauliflower “wings” for those who haven’t had the pleasure of trying them) as is their Bish and Chips (vegan “fish” made from banana blossom). Enjoy small plates with delicious drinks, or go for dinner and enjoy a more substantial dish such as their legendary King Kentucky Burger. Whether you’re fully plant-based or not, the food is ridiculously tasty.
Good For: Small plates, lunch, dinner, brunch, drinks, casual date.
The Vegan Kitchen
Location: 26 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU
In Summary: Vegan street eats with a junk food twist.
What To Expect: The Vegan Kitchen is all about showcasing the diversity of plant-based food and creating delicious vegan eats with a naughty junk food twist. Showing that vegan food can be just as much of a treat, they have been bringing delicious plant-based burgers to the street food scene and have now opened their own venue in the stunning Great Western Arcade.
Good For: Junk food, casual dining, lunch, dinner.
IB App Deal: 15% off food
The Clean Kilo
Location: 249 Mary Vale Road, Bournville, B30 1PN
In Summary: Multi-award winning zero-waste supermarket.
What To Expect: This zero-waste supermarket has been making BIG waves ever since they opened their doors in June 2018. Stocking a range of unpackaged and plastic-free products, this is a fantastic place to stock up on all of the essentials without the unnecessary packaging (so you can cook your own vegan meals at home). If you’ve gone vegan for environmental reasons, or if you simply want to do your bit to help the environment, a trip here is a must.
Good For: Shopping, lifestyle products, unpackaged goods.
IB App Deal: A choice of free zero waste gifts when you spend over £30 (see IB Profile for details).
For more zero-waste groceries check out independent greengrocer Borough & Fox in Kings Heath, wholefoods store Indigo Wholefoods in Moseley, and vegan store Xover Nutrition in Kings Heath.
Location: The Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA
In Summary: Health food cafe and coffee shop.
What To Expect: This coffee shop is all about healthy and nutritious foods. Focussing on healthy ingredients, and taking inspiration from world cuisines, they create feel-good food to keep you satisfied. Whilst not entirely vegan, they have lots of plant-based options to choose from and plant milks for your coffee too. Go check them out and tuck into some delicious food.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee.
Vietnamese Street Kitchen
Location: Bullring, St Martin’s Square, B5 4BW
In Summary: Vietnamese restaurant serving delicious Vietnamese dishes.
What To Expect: This brilliant Vietnamese restaurant serves delicious Vietnamese street food inspired dishes. They have a separate vegetarian and vegan menu, making it nice and easy to know which options are plant-based or can be made vegan on request. Enjoy delicious bao buns, summer rolls, wings, salads, rice bowls and more. Then check out their desserts for some delicious vegan treats.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, date night, families.
Indico Street Kitchen
Location: Parkgate Shopping Centre, Stratford Road, Shirley, B90 3GG
In Summary: Indian street food style dishes in a fun and vibrant restaurant.
What To Expect: This bright, colourful and welcoming restaurant served delicious and authentic North Indian style dishes. They have a separate vegan menu, making it easy to see which options are plant-based, without having to study the whole of the main menu in search of vegan options. Enjoy the likes of Vegetable Biryani and Punjabi Choley alongside a selection of vegan street food Chaats and more.
Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Casual Dining, Families.
IB App Deal: 20% off the bill (Sunday – Thursday)
Location: 56 Dale End, B4 7LS
In Summary: Indonesian coffee shop.
What To Expect: The first Indonesian speciality coffee shop in the UK, Ngopi serve all things Indonesian. They roast their own Indonesian beans for their delicious coffees and serve a menu of light Indonesian bites to go alongside. They have a selection of vegan options on their menu including Bakwan (vegetable fritters), Bakwan Jagung (sweetcorn fritters), deep fried spiced Tempeh and more. A great option for a light lunch or quick bite to eat when you’re peckish, and of course a great place for a coffee too.
Good For: Lunch, snacks, coffee.
IB App Deal: Any rice dish + a coffee for just £10.
All Greek Street Food
Location: 33 Stephenson Street, B2 4BH
In Summary: Greek restaurant serving authentic Greek street food dishes.
What To Expect: All of your Greek favourites right here in Brum! Classic Greek flavours and dishes, made using local ingredients (as well as some specialities directly from Greece) bringing some Greek sunshine to Birmingham. They have a selection of vegan options on their menu including Vegan Skepasti, Vegan All Greek Sandwich and Vegan Burger. Look out for specials too. All available to eat in or take away and conveniently located near New Street Station.
Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Light Bites, Casual Dining, Take-away.
IB App Deal: 10% off food.
Location: 138 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8EE
In Summary: Neighbourhood coffee shop.
What To Expect: This local favourite coffee shop is like a cosy second home – welcoming and inviting. They have lots of plant based milk options for your coffee, so you can grab an excellent cup of the good stuff. They also have lots of delicious cakes, bakes and light lunch options, with a good selection of vegan options. From vegan banana bread to a tasty vegan brunch platter, this is a great place to enjoy a plant based bite to eat.
Good For: Coffee, Cake, Lunch.
IB App Deal: 10% off the bill.
Location: 38 Islington Row Middleway, B15 1LD
In Summary: Build-your-own gelato shop.
What To Expect: This fantastic ice cream shop is all about building your own custom gelato lollipop to your taste. They have a selection of vegan sorbets to choose from as your base, as well as vegan toppings to customise your gelato-pop with. Choose from Watermelon, Raspberry, Pineapple and Mandarin or Strawberry Mojito sorbet as the base (and keep your eyes open for new additions and flavours). They also have a selection of ready-made desserts to choose from (including a vegan chocolate and salted caramel cheesecake), coffees, teas, juices and more.
Good For: Coffee, Dessert, Ice Cream, Treat.
IB App Deal: 10% off the bill.
The Warehouse Cafe
Location: 54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5TH
In Summary: Vegetarian and vegan cafe, bar and events space.
What To Expect: One of the best-known vegan and vegetarian joints in Brum, The Warehouse Cafe is somewhat of a trailblazer in the city’s veggie scene. Although they have changed ownership (and are now a worker-owned cafe and bar) they continue to offer amazing vegetarian and vegan food (including burgers, kebabs, weekly specials and more), as well as vegan beers at their bar. They can also offer an event space for hire and can provide vegan catering for businesses too. If you’re yet to check them out, it’s a must.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, coffee, groups, families.
Location: 1397 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2JR
In Summary: Local favourite brunch spot, serving simple but ridiculously tasty food.
What To Expect: This wonderful neighbourhood cafe takes seasonal ingredients and turns them into really lovely dishes. From breakfast through to lunch and evening pop-ups, they have a good selection of vegan options on their menus, including plant milks for your coffee and vegan cakes and bakes. Their food is ridiculously tasty, and if you’re yet to visit, Caneat definitely needs to be on your radar.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, cake.
Location: 1422 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2PH
In Summary: Insanely delicious Vietnamese food.
What To Expect: Eat Vietnam have burst onto Birmingham’s culinary scene with a bang, and rightly so. Their ridiculously tasty Vietnamese food is authentic, delicious, and will have you coming back again and again. Their menu changes daily, depending on the freshest ingredients they can get their hands on, but there are always a number of tasty vegan options available. From banana blossom coconut curry to shiitake noodle soup, and some tasty specials, this is a must for vegan foodies.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, casual date, take-away.
Barsana Pure Vegetarian And Vegan Restaurant
Location: 352 Soho Road, B21 9QL
In Summary: Purely vegetarian and vegan Indian restaurant and take-away.
What To Expect: As the name might suggest, this restaurant and take-away specialises in purely vegetarian and vegan dishes. With a primary focus on Indian cuisine, they also offer some other options including Chinese fusion dishes and pizzas. They also have a selection of vegan ice creams and vegan millshakes too. Enjoy vegan Dosa, Biryani, curries and lots more. We hear the Soya Tikka is particularly good.
Good For: Take-away, Casual Dining, Dinner.
Location: 3 Formans Road, B11 4AT
In Summary: Vegan take-away style dishes.
What To Expect: This vegan take-away offers a range of delicious plant-based options from naughty vegan burgers to mixed grill, hot dogs, wraps and more. Not sticking to just one style of cuisine, you can mix and match different dishes to create your dream meal. If you’re craving a cheeky weekend take-away, go check them out.
Good For: Take-away, dinner.
3 Three’s Coffee Lounge
Location: 17-19 Martineau Way, B2 4UW
In Summary: Coffee shop specialising in vegan and vegetarian food.
What To Expect: This fantastic coffee shop is the ideal place to grab a quick drink or a speedy lunch, or settle in and get some work done or catch up with a friend. Specialising in vegan and vegetarian food, they offer a range of light bites such as toasties, wraps, panini, sandwiches and their signature vegan hot dogs. All of their food, including their vegan cakes, is prepared in-house. They serve speciality coffee too. A wonderful spot for a vegan lunch.
Good For: Coffee, cake, brunch, lunch.
The Blue Piano
Location: 26 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3AA
In Summary: South-East Asian restaurant with a beautiful garden.
What To Expect: This independent guest house and restaurant occupies a stunning Edwardian building and is blessed with an equally stunning garden. Inspired by owner Siew Kuan’s birthplace of Singapore, this restaurant specialises in South-East Asian cuisine and does it beautifully. They have a wide range of vegan options available, taking inspiration from the flavours of Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia, including their signature Singapore Carrot Cake.
Good For: Date night, live music, outdoor dining, drinks, lunch, dinner, casual dining, take-away.
Location: 1 Constitution Hill, B19 3LG
In Summary: Home-cooked Middle Eastern food.
What To Expect: This Jewellery Quarter based restaurant offers customers the chance to enjoy delicious and authentic Syrian and Lebanese food. With nods to the Middle East throughout the décor and authentic Middle Eastern dishes on the menu, you can enjoy home-cooked food and a vibrant atmosphere. With lots of plant-based options on the menu from the hot and cold Mezze through to the vegan mains, there’s plenty of choice here. All made from quality, fresh ingredients, enjoy your chosen dishes with a traditional mint tea for an authentic taste.
Good For: Date night, lunch, dinner, casual dining, groups.
Location: 73 Cornwall Street, B3 2DF
In Summary: Award-winning Thai restaurant.
What To Expect: This award-winning Thai restaurant is well known throughout Birmingham for their fabulous Thai dishes and luckily for vegans they have an entire vegan menu. With plenty of choice on the plant-based menu, vegans are well catered for and can enjoy Thai favourites such as Spring Rolls, Red Curry, Green Curry and Pad Thai.
Good For: Date night, lunch, dinner, casual dining, groups.
The Java Laksa Co.
Location: Tin Tin Food Court, B5 5JE
In Summary: Indonesian street food style dishes.
What To Expect: After making a name for themselves on the street food scene across Birmingham and beyond, The Java Laksa Co found a permanent home in Tin Tin Food Hall. Using authentic ingredients and traditional recipes they create delicious Indonesian street food dishes, including lots of vegan options. If you fancy a true taste of Indonesia in a bowl then head to The Java Laksa Co.
Good For: Lunch, Dinner, Casual Dining.
IB Deal: 15% off food at select traders at Tin Tin Food Court
Location: 638 Bristol Road, B29 6BJ
In Summary: Plant-based restaurant serving vegan kebabs.
What To Expect: Ever feel like all your non-vegan friends are having takeaways and you feel like you’re missing out on that treat? Well, no longer! Vegan Munch are here to provide a vegan alternative to the classic takeaway. Expect plant-based Doner Kebabs and Shawarma, as well as tasty vegan sides and healthy salads, smoothies and juices too. Possibly the healthiest takeaway you’ll eat – but a damn tasty one too.
Good For: Takeaway, dinner, lunch, juices.
Location: 640 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, B29 6BJ
In Summary: Vegan health food bar.
What To Expect: Whilst being vegan doesn’t necessarily equate to being healthy, naturally a lot of plant-based foods are very good for you. At Falafel Munch, they offer a range of tasty (but healthy) options that are all plant-based. Expect falafel wraps, salad boxes and more, and to wash it down choose from their wide selection of juices and smoothies for that added health boost. Five-a-day in one meal. Nice.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, health food, juices.
Location: 1045 Stratford Road, B28 8AS
In Summary: Vegetarian and vegan Indian restaurant and sweet centre.
What To Expect: This family-run Indian restaurant gives diners an authentic taste of the varied South Indian cuisines. The restaurant is purely vegetarian and the majority of dishes on the menu are vegan-friendly too, giving everyone a chance to sample the wonderfully rich flavours of South Indian cuisines. They use fresh ingredients, and years of expertise to create delicious dishes to delight the tastebuds. With previous customers including Jamie Oliver – you know it has to be good.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, takeaway, casual dining, groups.
Plant N Plate
Location: 55 High Street, B14 7BH
In Summary: Plant-based cafe in Kings Heath.
What To Expect: This cosy, laid-back cafe is solely plant-based and offers a great selection of light lunch options, homemade cakes and hot drinks (with plant-based milks of course). A great place for a quick lunch or to grab a coffee and a cake. Go check them out now.
Good For: Lunch, Coffee, Cake.
Location: Unit B106 Arcadian Centre, B5 4TD
In Summary: Vietnamese and Chinese fusion restaurant, specialising in vegetarian food (especially mock meat dishes).
What To Expect: This casual dining spot offers a fusion of traditional Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. They are well-known across Birmingham for catering to vegetarians and vegans with an extensive vegetarian menu. Pretty much anything on the veggie menu can be requested to be cooked without egg or dairy to make them vegan friendly. They offer a range of mock meat dishes, and you’re able to choose between mock fish, prawns, lamb, beef, duck and chicken. If mock meat isn’t your thing, don’t worry – they have plenty of vegetable and tofu based dishes too. If you’ve been craving Chinese takeaway style dishes but worried they’re not vegan friendly – this is the place to go!
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, casual date.
Bamboo Vegan Chinese
Location: 16-18 Wrottesley Street, B5 4RT
In Summary: Vegan Chinese style take-away.
What To Expect: This relatively new take-away has opened up offering solely vegan dishes. Expect plant-based versions of classic Chinese take-away dishes including Dim Sum, Satay skewers, wings, Crispy Chilli “Beef” and even vegan “Duck” in pancakes. There are lots of options to choose from and a wide delivery range.
Good For: Take-away, Dinner.
Jojolapa Nepalese Bar and Kitchen
Location: 21 Frederick Street, Jewellery Quarter, B1 3HE
In Summary: Nepalese restaurant serving traditional Nepalese dishes.
What To Expect: This authentic Nepalese restaurant serves traditional dishes from Nepalese cuisine. Nepalese food is influenced by Chinese cuisine from the north and Indian cuisine from the south, to bring a delicious fusion of the two. Whilst not entirely veggie, Nepalese cuisine has lots of vegetarian elements, and the menu at Jojolapa features a number of tasty vegan options. Enjoy the traditional momo (a type of dumpling, filled with steamed vegetables), along with other vegan dishes.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, casual dining, groups, date night.
Location: 17-21 Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6HP
In Summary: Family-run coffee shop known for their tasty cakes and bakes.
What To Expect: This cosy little JQ-based coffee shop is a wonderful place to grab a cuppa and a cake and take a little break from city life. They are well-known for their tasty cakes, and thankfully that includes a good selection of vegan and gluten free options. Pop in to see what delicious homemade treats are in store as the selection changes daily, but there’s always something incredible to enjoy.
Good For: Coffee, cakes, light bites, lunch.
The Flying Elephant
Location: 34 Hermitage Road, Solihull, B91 2LP
In Summary: Indian and Kenyan inspired contemporary bar and grill.
What To Expect: This contemporary bar and grill is influenced by both Indian and Kenyan heritage. Their combination of Indian and Kenyan influences lead to some very tasty dishes, packed full of flavour. They have a good selection of vegan options, which are clearly marked on the menu. This modern and welcoming pub uses fresh ingredients and authentic flavours to put a modern twist on their signature recipes. Enjoy some delicious vegan dishes such as Kenyan Chilli Mogo, Punjabi Chole or Bhindi Masala, and look out for their vegan dessert of the day too.
Good For: Casual dining, take-away, lunch, dinner, drinks.
Location: 14 Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD
In Summary: City centre-based speciality coffee shop.
What To Expect: This coffee shop is a firm favourite among caffeine aficionados, but it’s their collection of cakes and bakes that keep us going back for more (ok, the coffee too, but did we mention cake?). Baked in-house, lots of their homemade cakes are vegan, so you can have your cake and eat it (literally). Pop in to get your caffeine fix and satisfy your sweet tooth. Their vegan brownies are particularly good.
Good For: Coffee, cake.
Location: The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
In Summary: Custard Factory-based pancake, doughnut and dessert shop.
What To Expect: Pancakes and doughnuts galore! Stickie Fingers is all about serving up delicious homemade pancakes, doughnuts, bakes and desserts, and the good news is they have lots of vegan options too. Whether you prefer things sweet or savoury, there’s a pancake for you, and they have a fabulous selection of doughnuts, including lots of vegan options (think Biscoff, Oreo, PB&J and lots more). They also make their own raw, cold-pressed juices and smoothies too.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, sweet treat, juices.
Location: 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, B15 3DU
In Summary: Michelin-starred fine dining.
What To Expect: Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons is known across Birmingham and beyond for creating beautiful and extremely tasty dishes on their signature tasting menus. The great news is they offer a purely plant-based tasting menu too, meaning vegan foodies everywhere can enjoy the full fine-dining experience.
Good For: Celebrations, Date Night, Dinner, Lunch.
Royal Watan Kashmiri Restaurant
Location: 602-604 Pershore Road, B29 7HQ
In Summary: Long running Kashmiri restaurant known for their Baltis.
What To Expect: This brilliant family-run restaurant has been open since 1984, serving their delicious Kashmiri dishes, created using fresh and authentic ingredients. They are particularly well known for their tasty Baltis, but they have a great selection of dishes on their menu, including lots of vegan options. Whether you go for a Balti or a Biryani, you’ll be in for a real treat at this fantastic restaurant.
Good For: Casual Dining, Take Away, Dinner.
Ju Ju’s Cafe
Location: 1 Canal Square, B16 8EH
In Summary: Cosy, canal-side cafe.
What To Expect: This cosy, friendly cafe is all about that homely feel – from the home-cooked dishes to the welcoming and friendly service, you feel like part of the family. Although most dishes aren’t vegan, they do have some great vegan options – from vegan breakfasts and vegan pancakes, to chilli vegan nachos and more. Proper comfort food on a plate.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, casual dining.
Location: 103 Cornwall Road, B20 2HY
In Summary: All vegtarian pizza place.
What To Expect: Mr Singh’s is a well-known and well-loved pizza place, where they have been serving their purely vegetarian pizzas for a good number of years. Everything on their menu is veggie and the majority is suitable for vegans too. If you’re craving a delicious pizza, head to Mr Singh’s.
Good For: Casual Dining, Take-away, Dinner, Lunch.
Brutally Honest Bakery
Location: Online only.
In Summary: Online and wholesale bakery offering tasty ‘free-from’ baked goods.
What To Expect: Born out of the frustration of not being able to find decent ‘free-from’ cakes and bakes, Brutally Honest Bakery is all about catering to dietary requirements and creating baked goods full of flavour without using common allergens. They believe that having a restricted diet doesn’t have to mean having a restricted palate and produce all of their products without eggs, nuts, dairy or gluten. All of their products are vegan and you can get them delivered straight to your door (or look out for them in coffee shops and cafes across the region).
Good For: Snacks, Treats.
Rasculture Vegan Food
Location: Online only.
In Summary: Vegan food prep delivery/collection service.
What To Expect: Vegan catering company Rasculture are available for events catering, but also offer a collection/delivery service. Currently offering a Friday menu and Saturday brunch menu, get your hands on all manner of delicious vegan dishes to get stuck into at home.
Good For: Brunch, take-away.
From The Ground Bakery
Location: Online only.
In Summary: Vegan cakes and treats for nationwide delivery.
What To Expect: Everything from cupcakes to bespoke celebration cakes, all baked without any animal products but not compromising on flavour. Delicious vegan bakes including cookies and brownies, all handmade and available for next day, nationwide delivery. Get in contact for bespoke creations.
Good For: Cakes, treats, celebrations.
The Best Of The Rest
In this article we have focussed primarily on independents who either offer a solely veggie/vegan offering, have a vegan menu, or have a considerable number of vegan options. This is by no means a definitive list of every single place that offers a vegan dish. The following venues also have a great vegan option(s) on their menu and are worth checking out:
Morridge, Yorks Cafe, The Early Bird Bakery, Indian Brewery, Gas Street Social, Saint Kitchen, Original Patty Men, The Indian Streatery, Poli, Saint Paul’s House, Purnima, Kuula Poke, RuGa Bistro, The Edwardian Tearooms at BMAG, Habaneros, Brew Twenty Three, The Old Crown, The Cuban Embassy, 1000 Trades, The Wolf, Chakana, Hockley Social Club, Karibu Coffee House, Laghi’s, The Chocolate Quarter, 1683 Chocolate Place, GupShup, Quarter Horse Coffee, Gorilla Coffee Cafe, Ra Coffee House.
To go with your delicious vegan food, you might want some amazing vegan drinks options too. There are lots of breweries offering brilliant vegan beers in their taprooms, off licences where you can stock up on vegan drinks for home, as well as natural wine, juices, and more. Here are some of our top picks:
Attic Brew Co
Location: 29B Mary Vale Road, Stirchley, B30 2DA
In Summary: Micro-brewery serving vegan beers
What To Expect: Stirchley-based micro-brewery serving 100% vegan beers. They have a dedicated taproom (with outdoor seating), perfect for sinking a few delicious craft beers and soaking up the taproom vibes. Best of all, they’re dog friendly!
Good For: Craft beer, dog-friendly.
IB Deal: 25% Off All Take-Away Cans Purchased In The Taproom.
Birmingham Brewing Company
Location: Unit 17, Stirchley Trading Estate, Hazelwell Road, Stirchley, B30 2PF
In Summary: Vegan beers to be enjoyed in the taproom.
What To Expect: This local brewery has become well-known over the last few years for their excellent, locally-brewed beers. They only use the finest ingredients to produce the best taste and bring distinctive flavours to their beers. All of their beers are vegan and gluten free and can be enjoyed in their taproom on Fridays and Saturdays.
Good For: Craft beer, drinks, casual date, groups.
IB Deal: 10% off beer in the taproom + 10% off online purchases (see IB App for code)
Photo: Tom Bird
Location: 28 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SL
In Summary: Natural wine bar and shop.
What To Expect: Wine Freedom have taken Birmingham by storm, curating the wine list in lots of incredible venues across the city, and changing the wine game. Natural wine is on the rise and thanks to the ethos of not adding anything unnecessary to these wines, most of them are vegan too. Wine Freedom are leading the natural wine movement in Brum and their highly popular wine bar in Digbeth is far from your average wine bar. Pop in to discover incredible vegan wines and find your new favourite.
Good For: Wine, Date Night, Drinks.
IB Deal: A FREE extra glass of wine when you book a tasting.
Burning Soul Brewing
Location: 51 Mott Street, Jewellery Quarter,B19 3HE
In Summary: Jewellery Quarter based, independent craft beer brewery and taproom.
What To Expect: This craft beer brewery is filled with a burning passion to create the very best beers they possibly can. All of their beers are unfined, unfiltered and created in their JQ-based brewery. Most of them are vegan too. The best way to enjoy them is to head over to their taproom to sample the tasty beers in situ, but you can also order online or grab some cans for take-away and enjoy at home too (also a great option).
Good For: Craft Beer, Drinks.
IB Deal: 10% off take-away craft beer cans.
Glasshouse Beer Co
Location: Unit 6B Waterside Business Park, 1649-1652 Pershore Road, B30 3DR
In Summary: Independent nano-brewery and taproom.
What To Expect: This independent nano-brewery in Stirchley brew hop-forward, experimental beers and are known for big, fruity numbers, stouts, sours and some big, juicy IPAs. They’re always striving for the best product possible, so they source the best ingredients they can find. Go and enjoy their tasty vegan beers on site in their taproom – it’s the way they were meant to be enjoyed.
Good For: Craft Beer, Drinks.
Halton Turner Brewing Company
Location: Unit 1, Rea Court, Digbeth, B5 5NL
In Summary: Digbeth based brewery and taproom.
What To Expect: Halton Turner have been brewing their delicious beers for a while, but the good news for fans of their tasty brews is that they have just opened up a brand new taproom. Lots of their beers are vegan, including their recently updated Mango Milkshake which has had a recipe revamp to make it suitable for vegans. Go check them out and discover a new favourite beer while you’re there.
Good For: Beer, Drinks.
IB Deal: A FREE pint when you spend £5 or more on food
Rock And Roll Brewhouse
Location: 19 Hall Street, Jewellery Quarter, B18 6BS
In Summary: 100% vegan microbrewery.
What To Expect: This Jewellery Quarter based microbrewery and taproom is 100% vegan. All of their beers are brewed on the premises and can be enjoyed in their bar on Friday and Saturday evenings. They have three handpulls featuring a regularly changing selection of their own beers (usually two pale and one dark, with seasonal specials and one-offs thrown into the mix). If you’re a craft beer fan then head here to enjoy some tasty beers.
Good For: Craft Beer.
Birmingham has some fantastic independent off-licences who stock a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and more, including lots of locally brewed beers and vegan beers. Head to one of these amazing off-licences to replenish your stocks or to grab some supplies for your next gathering. Our favourites are: Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Cotteridge Wines, Connolly’s, and Wine Lord – but there are lots more to discover across the city too.
IB Deal: 10% off growlers fills, 10% off a mixed case of any 12 bottles/cans of beer/cider, 5% off any 3 bottles of wine (75cl or above), 5% off any single bottle of spirits (50cl or above) at Stirchley Wines and Spirits.
IB Deal: 10% off the Wine of the Week at Connolly’s.
The vast majority of cocktails are also vegan friendly. To discover our guide to the very best independent cocktail bars in Birmingham, click here.
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