Top Five: Hangouts for Veggies
London has herbivores covered, with more and more places popping up throughout the big city to cater for the FADs, animal lovers and health conscious amongst us. Sometimes it can be tricky to find places which stick to only a veg menu but, at the same time, would you want just a veg-friendly place if you’re eating with non-veggie friends? That decision is yours, below we’ve rounded up a selection of options for you lovely veggies (or non-veggies!) to enjoy. From eating to drinking, to sweet treats and groceries, we have you covered.
Image: Garden Museum
5 Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, SE1 7LB
*Under Refurb – but worth the wait!*
If you’re a veggie and you love museums and sustainable living, the Garden Museum just might be the perfect hangout for you. This museum is committed to continually reducing the carbon footprint by adopting sustainable ways of working and engaging their visitors. One of which is the Garden Café, a complete vegetarian menu which serves delicious homemade soups, cakes, veg tarts and salads. With locally sourced fresh vegatables and produce used, the café removes the environmental and welfare implications surrounding the production and use of meat. The Garden Museum and Café are currently in the last stages of re-development and will be opening in late spring this year! If you’re intrigued about how this project is going to look, check it out here.
130-132 Kingsland High Street, E8 2NS
172-174 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 7JL
An organic shop and café, situated on Kingsland High Street, Harvest is a wonderful spot for people watching while you eat well. The store was created back in 2013 to provide the local communities of Dalston and Stoke Newington with fresh, organic products including locally sourced veg and meat, alcohol, health and beauty goods. The wonderful little café at the front of the store provides shoppers with sweet vegan and gluten free treats, fresh juices, coffee and smoothies. It’s a great place to hang out, whether it be to shop or to simply drop in for a snack. The family run business is open 7am-10pm daily.
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Ginger and Mint
Victory Parade, East Village, E20
If you’re after a healthy fix and want to take care of body and mind, then you will find Ginger and Mint is your new heaven. The café offers a vast selection of many different juices, smoothies, shakes and boosters with ingredients including Acai, Hemp, Coconut Oil, Raw Cacao and Matcha to take your fancy. This is healthy living to the max. They also serve fruity breakfast bowls and eggs in the morning and a lunch menu, which includes wraps, salad boxes and hot dishes. So, whether you want to enjoy a peaceful sit down, look around the small shop filled with healthy snacks, or grab and go, Ginger and Mint is definitely a place worth visiting. Check out their menu here.
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Rubys of London
5b Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ
If a day out in Greenwich is on the cards this weekend, then heading over to the market is a sure win for a day of exploring, with an array of beautiful hand-made crafts and food and drink options. If you fancy indulging, but not a high sugar level, head to the award-winning vegan patisserie, Ruby’s, which specializes in products free from wheat, gluten and refined sugars. With loaves, pretty cupcakes, dessert biscuits, brownies and doughnuts all on offer, you will be marveling at her range of pretty treats. Ruby is at her stall Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5.30pm.
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Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables
109 Newington Green Road, N1 4QY
This greengrocer in Stoke Newington is a sight to behold. With an array of vibrant colours, we could stand here all day admiring the vast selection of vegetables and fruits. However, this is not your average greengrocer, they step it up a level and offer all manner of different coloured tomatoes and types of mushrooms, to exotic vegetables, nuts and seeds. This is certainly the place to stop by if you are having creative troubles in the kitchen, as you’ll be sure to pick up unique ingredients and come out feeling excited about cooking up your next meal. They discourage the use of plastic bags so go equipped with your decent sized canvas bag to pick up more than a handful of goodies. Newington Green Fruit and Vegetables is open 8am to 10pm.
Do you know any other veggie hangouts? We are always intrigued to find more! Let us know and comment below!