Seeds for the Soul
Best for: Vegan-friendly indulgence
Seeds for the Soul have built up a cult following in Bruntsfield since they opened in early 2018. This cosy café is all about the plant-based dining, with absolutely no animal products in their menu whatsoever. Enjoy a tasty meat-free twist on the classic caesar salad (pictured) or give yourself an energy boost with their sweet gluten-free chocolate fudge balls.
If you would prefer some more indulgent options, treat yourself to their yummy full vegan cooked breakfast, or a slice of their belly-busting cake, which are available in a range of different flavours each day including victoria sponge, choc-mint and biscoff.
167 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG (07389 899394)
Best for: Wholesome food served simply
Located in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, this striking little establishment grabs your attention and as soon as you walk in. The minimalist decor echoes the type of food that they sell: clean, simple, and fresh. With a varied selection of hot and cold food and delicious juices and smoothies you won’t be stuck for choice.
Try the chipotle salmon with peppers, broccoli, spinach, brown rice, fresh guacamole, sprouted seeds, healthy slaw and salad, which is full of colour and nutrition and the simple delicate combination of flavours are delicious. You can’t leave here without trying their renowned dairy free, raw cakes with no refined sugar. The caramel torte is a sure-fire favourite, boasting layers of sweet delicious goodness without the guilt, but their snickers bar is another absolute must have - filled with nutty goodness.
16 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5JZ (0131 337 3599)
Hula Juice Bar
Best for: Colourful and bright smoothies
You'' find the fun and colourful Hula Juice Bar at the foot of the historic Victoria Street in the Grassmarket area of the city. Walking in you feel like you should be donning your shorts and t-shirt! This tropical style juice bar designed by Jaco & Co is echoed through their jungle wallpaper and wooden floors. The enticement starts straight away with a chalkboard full of their popular fresh juices and smoothies. Choose to sit inside to enjoy a friendly and speedy table service, sit outside to enjoy the views of the old town or take your smoothie to go and sit under the imposing Edinburgh Castle.
Try their delicious acai bowls, served in coconut shells these beautifully composed bowls of tasty ingredients are filled with nutritional delights that are sure to set you up for the day. Pair that with their Ginger Jack Juice with added energy shot, guaranteed to give you that extra morning zing.
103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP (0131 220 1121)
Pumpkin Brown Café
Best for: Yummy chia pots
Small but perfectly formed, Pumpkin Brown Café is situated just around the corner from Hula Juice Bar on the lovely bustling Grassmarket. This small plant based cafe is a great place to grab a healthy snack or drink on the go.
Try one of their famous chia pots that come in array of different flavours such as dragon fruit and chocolate, blueberry muffin and peanut butter and jelly. If you’re thirsty pick up one of their ready to blend natural juices, just pick your cup filled with fresh ingredients and take it to the counter to be blended. I recommend the hydrating and uplifting organic watermelon and basil which is perfect to inject a little summer into your day.
16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU (0131 629 1720)
Union of Genius
Best for: A big comforting bowl of soup
If you love soup, this is the place to go. The folks at Union of Genius have a tasty adventurous menu that changes daily depending on what ingredients are in season. With a delicious ever changing menu with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, alongside freshly baked bread you couldn't ask for a tastier healthier lunch.
Can't decide what to have? Order a "soup flight" - which allows you try three of their soup flavours. Or why not get a big helping served in one of their bread bowls? You can eat the last drop out of the bowl meaning zero waste!
Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN
Best for: Wholesome vegetarian fayre
Henderson's, the longest-running vegetarian restaurant in the UK, is a well established name on Edinburgh's veggie scene. Henderson's serves tasty vegetarian dishes, offering a range of different options and catering for any allergies or intolerances you may have, including vegan and gluten free.
Head upstairs to the deli to grab a quick bite for lunch, or head downstairs to the salad bar and linger a little longer over one of their wholesome hot dishes or salads. Or, if you really want to treat yourself, nip next door to their newly opened vegan restaurant which has a gorgeous menu full of delicious meat and dairy free dishes.
94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DR (0131 225 2131)
Best for: Healthy family-friendly dining
The Pantry is a country rustic-style place tucked away in Stockbridge with a strong focus on organically sourced ingredients. it's a great place for parents to bring their kids as they have a designated play area, giving parents a chance to entertain their kids’ out-with their homes while enjoying lovely healthy foods!
1 North, N W Circus Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6ST (0131 629 0206)
Best for: Delicious gluten-free street food
Walking along Middle Meadow Walk, you may be drawn to the little Police Box on the corner with a lovely aroma of crepes - which also happen to be very delicious and healthy! They use their own special blend of gluten free flour, which is so special that they bag it and sell it from their little kiosk.
For a satisfying and savoury treat, why not try the butternut squash, spinach and sundried tomato crepe, with a bit of optional cheese? This is a great street food pit stop in the Old Town.
Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9AU
Best for: Tasty food that tastes good and does good
Social Bite is a place where you can enjoy great food and all for a good cause. There is a range of hot food on the menu, from pies with mash and gravy to soups and noodles. We recommend you try their sweet baked potato for an instant fill on a cold day.
Customers at Social Bite can also save up loyalty points to buy a homeless person a free meal and hot drink after ten visits to the cafe. Knowing that you are helping a larger cause is bound to make your wholesome lunch all the tastier!
131 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DT (0131 220 8206)
Best for: Healthy and delicious brunch
Pop down to this bright basement café on Hanover Street where you can get brunch with gluten free options and healthy choices. Be transported to the Middle East with their authentic falafel sandwich, or for a sweet and healthy boost, the raw cocao smoothie is also a fantastic option.
121 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ (0131 225 6215)
This article was written in collaboration with Scott from Blu Blazer Guy. Take a look at his website for more tips on things to see and do in Edinburgh.