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 options, where once the only choices were plain, boring salads. 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 include them all. Missed off your favourite? Get in touch to let us know!
Note: Whilst social distancing is still in place and very important, please check each individual business’ website for their up to date opening times and safety measures prior to visiting. Some businesses may require you to make a booking in advance.
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 Deal: 10% off food when dining on the chef’s menu or set menu.
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 and tempura vegetables to pumpkin katsu, yasai ramen and 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 Deal: 10% off the bill.
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 Deal: 10% off the bill (Sunday – Thursday).
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. Following their recent refurbishment, their updated menu reflects the growing trends for veggie and vegan foods and includes a number of tasty options. From superfood salad to roasted squash and bean ximxim, and 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 Deal: 10% off food (Monday – Friday).
Plant and Pulse
In Summary: Sustainable food project offering good-for-you and good-for-the-planet food.
What To Expect: This vegan and vegetarian cafe has rapidly accrued a loyal band of followers, and for good reason. With deliciously fresh and nutritious options available for breakfast, lunch and those in-between times, this wonderful little foodie spot is a great place to grab yourself some food that’s sustainable, tasty and good for your body and mind. All their produce is seasonal, sourced from the UK and sustainably grown. Plus, the staff are mega friendly and always happy to answer any questions you have on veganism – great for those dipping their toes in the vegan pool.
Good For: Lunch, grab-and-go, health fix, breakfast, coffee, cake.
IB Deal: Any Box And A Cake For Just £7
Natural Bar and Kitchen
In Summary: Birmingham’s first plant-based bar and kitchen.
What To Expect: As one of Birmingham’s more established vegan hangouts, chances are you’ve already heard of Natural Bar and Kitchen. They provide a wonderful selection of plant-based dishes on a daily basis, from both their a la carte menu and their buffet. With plenty of choice, and a vegan dessert selection to die for, this is a great place to begin your plant-based journey (and one you’ll keep coming back to again and again).
Good For: Lunch, dinner, drinks, coffee, casual date.
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In Summary: Fast, fresh and tasty take-away lunch spot.
What To Expect: Fast, fresh and affordable take-away lunch options. Their self-service salad bar is packed full of flavourful options from pasta salads to falafel, and Cajun roasted sweet potato to tabbouleh, the majority of which are vegan. Mix and match to create your own perfect lunch box without the hassle. Look out for their delicious vegan wraps and kebabs too.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, grab-and-go, health fix.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill.
In Summary: Vegan street food regularly found on the festival circuit and a permanent home in The Mailbox.
What To Expect: Some of the most delicious vegan food to be found in the city is from BA-HA (who have a permanent home in Churchill’s Bar in The Mailbox). 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 vegan lasagne. Whether you’re fully plant-based or not, the food is ridiculously tasty.
Good For: Small plates, lunch, dinner, brunch, drinks, casual date.
Birmingham Brewing Company
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.
Digbeth Dining Club
In Summary: Legendary street food haven.
What To Expect: If you haven’t heard of DDC then quite frankly, have you been living under a rock? They host the best street food traders around for you to feast on each weekend. Not all of the traders are vegan, but some of them are and they dish up some of the tastiest grub around. Even the non-vegan traders often have a vegan option too (like the unbelievably tasty vegan curry from Thai legends Buddha Belly – which we urge you to go try if you’re yet to do so).
Good For: Street food, casual dining, lunch, dinner.
IB Deal: 50p off each street food dish at all vendors.
In Summary: Bagels!
What To Expect: This bagel and coffee shop sell freshly-baked and filled to order bagels as well as homemade doughnuts, cakes, cookies and more. All of the bagels themselves are vegan, and there are several vegan fillings available to keep those on a plant-based diet happy. All of their bagels are hand-rolled and freshly-baked in their own bakery and filled to order in the shop for the freshest, tastiest bagels around.
Good For: Lunch, coffee, cake, snacks.
IB Deal: A FREE coffee when you purchase any bagel.
The Clean Kilo
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 Deal: A choice of free gifts when you spend over £20.
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.
IB Deal: A free hot drink with any brunch ordered.
The Warehouse Cafe
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, Buddha bowls, wraps 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.
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 sweet potato chilli with vegan cornbread. 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 Deal: A free pint of cask ale, lager, cider or draught soft drink with your main meal.
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.
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.
3 Three’s Coffee Lounge
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.
Ju Ju’s Cafe
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 bean nachos and a tasty vegan curry. Proper comfort food on a plate.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, casual dining.
IB Deal: 20% off food (Wednesday – Friday).
Chung Ying Central
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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, drinks, date night.
IB Deal: 20% off food (Monday – Thursday).
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 Deal: Any 2 slices + any side + a drink for just £9.95.
In Summary: Juice bar and health food shop.
What To Expect: U-Juice is all about the juice! Using the freshest ingredients, all of their juices and smoothies are made fresh to give you the very best raw, cold-pressed juices in the city. Tucked away in the Bullring Markets, they also serve acai bowls, dragon bowls, vegan snacks, fruit pots, salad boxes, and fresh green coconuts. They don’t add unnecessary ingredients, just all the good stuff your body needs. An absolute must if you love fresh, healthy foods and juices.
Good For: Juice, breakfast, lunch, health fix, grab-and-go.
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.
Medicine Bakery + Gallery
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 beans on toast, falafel sandwich, smoothie bowl 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 Deal: 15% off baked goods.
In Summary: Vegan soul food cafe.
What To Expect: Previously based in Sutton Coldfield, this vegan and veggie soul food cafe is all about providing you with the tastiest vegan food around. In their new location in Digbeth, they serve delicious plant-based dishes, inspired by Caribbean flavours. From Jerk bites to superfood salads, and flavour-packed vegan curries, this is vegan food done the right way! They even do a vegan Sunday roast too. If you’re yet to visit, put them next on your list.
Good For: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, casual dining, cake.
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.
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.
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 Deal: 20% off food 3-6pm (Monday – Thursday) and all day Sunday.
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.
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 veggie 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.
Jojolapa Nepalese Bar and Kitchen
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.
In Summary: Brum-famous coffee and brunch shop.
What To Expect: Ever since this Kings Heath coffee shop first opened its doors, they have been serving up some of the most innovative and exciting brunch dishes in the city. Their menu changes regularly, depending on what’s in season, but there are usually plenty of vegan options to choose from. Some recent examples include coconut porridge with charred pineapple, mango, cashew butter, gingerbread and sweet plantain, and their vegan breakfast featuring smoked tofu, sweetcorn fritter, boston beans, plum tomato, flat mushroom, potato cake, malted toast and baby spinach. The stuff brunch dreams are made of.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee.
Rock And Roll Brewhouse
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.
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.
Baked In Brick
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 Deal: 15% off the bill.
Tiger Bites Pig
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 salt and pepper tofu bao, salt and pepper tofu rice bowl or mapo tofu and king oyster mushroom rice bowl and you’ll be one very happy bunny. Throw in some of their vegan friendly sides for good measure and you have a lunch of epic vegan proportions on your hands.
Good For: Lunch, dinner, grab-and-go, casual dining.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill when you spend £10 or more (Monday – Thursday).
In Summary: Casual, neighbourhood cafe serving honest food.
What To Expect: This cosy, neighbourhood cafe is all about good, honest food made from quality ingredients and served in a laid-back environment. They care about the planet and try to keep their waste to a minimum. Whilst their popular all-day brunch menu isn’t entirely veggie and vegan, there are lots of vegan options to choose from, including the supergreen smoothie bowl, mushroom bruschetta, and Lebanese jackfruit bun.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee.
In Summary: Custard Factory-based pancake and dessert shop.
What To Expect: Pancakes galore! Stickie Fingers is all about serving up delicious homemade pancakes every which way, 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! Try the savoury crepe (with avocado, chilli, onion and spinach) for something umami, or go for something sweeter with a stack of American pancakes with blueberries and topped with berries. They also make their own raw, cold-pressed juices and smoothies too.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, sweet treat, juices.
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 number of rather excellent vegan options to choose between. From their mushroom and spinach brioche bap to their coconut milk porridge and their sticky avo burger, there are some truly delightful dishes to satisfy your taste buds.
Good For: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, casual date.
IB Deal: 10% off the bill.
Kitchen Garden Cafe
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 Deal: 10% off the bill.
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