Where I ate vegan: In London
The first stop in our vegan European tour was London, one of my favorite cities in the world! We knew LDN would be a vegan mecca before we got there, and arrived with a to-eat list so long we knew we'd never have enough appetite and time in the day to get through it all. Not a bad problem to have, all in all!
We'll be back for a round 2, but here were the best vegan places we hit up this trip!
Purezza, Camden Town
Easily the best pizza I've ever had, vegan or not. Their appetizers were also to die for, especially their mac and cheese, which I would have SWORN wasn't vegan, it tasted that cheesey. I got a pizza topped with sliced beets, artichoke hearts, olives, and micro greens. They also have a gluten free crust option which didn't taste any less awesome than the regular crust--a rarity, as any fellow gluten free peeps know. SO good--I would eat here way too regularly if I lived in London.
This one comes up on every single must-eat-at list, and for good reason. Though they're famous for their mac and cheese, I caved and went for the traditional English roast, which was also amazing. Burgers, fish and chips, mac and cheese, fries, brunch dishes, coffee--you can get it all here, and with a super cute, Instagram-ready decor to boot.
Brick Lane, House of Vegan
This was a total surprise, but probably one of the best vegan places we encountered. I believe this is a regular weekend event, but we hadn't heard of it until we stumped upon this two story vegan market in an empty warehouse area. Burgers, cheesesteak, Indian food (what we grabbed), desserts galore, Ethiopian food, you name it, it was there--and all vegan. I was super exhausted at this point in the trip, so I can blame it on that, but I literally shed a tear I was so overcome with happy vegan feel-good vibes. I felt, as I felt often on this trip, why isn't the entire world vegan yet!? And honestly, with food options this yummy, you naturally really wonder--why not?
Brick Lane, Vida Bakery
Tucked away in Brick Lane is this super-cute little all vegan bakery, with the most ridiculous cupcakes, cakes, cookies, and coffee. It was a must for me months before we ever left on our trip, and I already knew what I wanted before I stepped in--this insane rainbow cake, that I proceeded to eat standing on the sidewalk, shoveling-into-my-mouth style. Super ladylike I know.
I have to give the credit to my boyfriend for finding and setting his heart on this one. Tucked away in a food court of sorts constructed in multiple shipping containers in the Whitechapel/Brick Lane area, the Athenian serves up a fully vegan menu of falafel and other Mediterranean wraps and hummus platters. And yes, with fries inside the pita. That should be the only reason you need to trek to this place ASAP.
Young Vegans Pies
Easy to miss, as just one tiny shop in a labyrinth-like alleyway of food (much of it vegan) in Camden Town, this pie and mash shop fulfilled my deep need to eat at least one pie while in London. I honestly didn't know vegan options existed, but it's 2019, and I was happily corrected! We grabbed the steak and ale pie with gravy and fries, and it was everything I'd hoped for and more. They tasted just like the pies I had back in my non-vegan days in London, and came in a variety of flavors which they change up often, so you can get a traditional flavor like we did, or a gluten free pie, or more incentive flavors like curry.
Have you been to London as a vegan? Let me know your musts!! I know I missed SO many good ones--other places on our list that we just ran out of time for were Mildred's and vegan fish and chips (available at several restaurants,) but we'll be back. More "fast food" type places that didn't make this list but were still yummy enough to mention were Pret, a staple on almost every street in London, and loaded with vegan options, Costa (good coffee and an awesome vegan cookie), Greggs (get the vegan sausage roll), and the plant-based ready to eat meals at Marks & Spencers.
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