Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or a meat eater just wanting to show support, we’ve selected our favourite Manchester hotspots to visit this World Vegetarian Day. So, if you’re looking for some comfort junk food, a bit of fine dining, or just a relaxed day in a café, we’ve got you covered with these incredible places.
Manchester isn’t short of Vegetarian restaurants, so picking our favourites was a bit of a challenge – but after some deliberation and asking around the office, we’ve come up with our top three which we think you’re going to love.
An award-winning fusion between Indian restaurant Prashad and local brewery The Sparrow, BundoBust forms the best combination of veggie Indian street food and craft beer in Manchester. It goes without saying that if you love a curry followed by a nice beer, then a visit to BundoBust is non-negotiable – their menu is a reflection of Gujarati cuisine and is 100% vegetarian, so you can enjoy the whole menu without restrictions, and to make things even better, BundoBust has two locations in Manchester, one in Piccadilly and one on Oxford Street (right across from our HQ!).
Prefer Chinese to Indian? Then we’ve got you covered! Ruyi is a Chinese and Oriental restaurant located in Chorlton, passionate about delivering authentic Chinese flavours without the use of meat. Through years of refinement, Ruyi’s talented chefs have found soy-based and vegetable substitutes to form the perfect vegetarian menu. Whether you are a fully-fledged veggie or you just love great food, Ruyi’s mouth-watering dishes will not leave you disappointed.
If you fancy something more low-key, then Fuel might just be your cup of tea. Fuel is a vibrant café and bar located in Withington offering more than just great coffee. Apart from a fully veggie breakfast, lunch, and dessert menu, Fuel also doubles as an events venue, so you can eat your cake, drink your coffee, and enjoy a performance from a live band all at the same time. There are plenty of gigs, open mic nights, and other attractions always going on at Fuel so make sure to follow them on social media to keep up.
Vegan restaurants are quickly popping up around the city and we love to see it! These top three picks are 100% vegan and have been tried and tested by us, so you can trust that you’re in for a treat.
After a few years operating out of pop-up food stalls around the city, Wholesome Junkies have finally opened their first sit down restaurant after appearing on Netflix and BBC2’s Million Pound Menu. They’ve since quickly climbed to the top of Mancunians ratings with their award-winning vegan burgers, but they offer so much more – from breakfast Acai Bowls to Crispy Chilli Gyozas at lunch, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. If you fancy some wholesome junk food this World Vegetarian Day, head down to Unit 4, Mirabel Street.
The Allotment’s focus on using fresh and locally sourced ingredients has earned them the title of ‘The Best Vegan Restaurant in the North’ for two consecutive years. Located in Cathedral Gardens, this stunning restaurant offers high quality and delicious dining, perfect for a special occasion or just a catchup with friends. The menu offers a combination of traditional and modern plates, so whatever vibe you’re feeling that day, you’re bound to find something you like.
We couldn’t write this article and not include a pizza place, because who doesn’t love pizza? Luckily, Northern Quarter’s Purezza cooks up the most delicious vegan pizzas, from traditional Margheritas to a Carbonara pizza, they’ve got an array of options to suit everyone. But if you’d prefer something else, they have recently introduced a small plates brunch menu too. On top of all of that, nearly every single item on their menu is also gluten free – so if you find yourself exploring the Northern Quarter, Purezza is definitely a go-to.
Maybe you’ve tried the vegetarian life and it just isn’t for you, or maybe you like to be veggie part-time, but no matter what your reasoning is – these restaurants offer the best of both worlds and we’re sure you’re not going to be disappointed.
A part-time pizza parlour and a full-time tequila and mezcal bar, Crazy Pedro’s is all about having fun and enjoying a slice. There’s no table service to match their laid-back vibe, so just simply go up to the bar, order a pizza and a frozen margarita, and enjoy the night! Pedro’s is open until 4am every day to ensure that the fun doesn’t stop, so you have plenty of time to drop by.
Chances are you’ve not heard of this hidden gem located at the top end of the Northern Quarter, but once you go, you’ll question why you didn’t try it sooner. Pull Up truly embodies the spirit and flavours of the Caribbean and serves them up in a relaxed environment – the menu is somewhat small but mighty, with options like Jerk Chicken and Curry Goat for the meat eaters, or Curry Veg and Jerk Halloumi for the vegetarians and vegans. If you’re keen to try some authentic Caribbean cuisine and enjoy and informal but friendly atmosphere, make sure to pull up!
Tampopo’s vast menu brings the flavours of East Asia to the streets of Manchester – perfected through countless journeys across the region to learn about the flavours, textures, and freshness of Pan-Asian cuisine. Their menu is made up of traditional dishes such as noodles, stir fry, and curries, and is suited to vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters, so everyone can experience the great taste. With 4 locations around Manchester, you’ve no excuse but to try this crazily good food.