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6 of the coolest vegan-friendly joints in Belfast right now

10/09/2018

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Whether you are a long-term vegan or recently transitioned into it, there are plenty of places in to eat cruelty-free in Belfast.

1. The Skinny Kitchen

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Started back in 2014 in Ibiza, Spain, by three friends, hoping to bring back good food and healthy living, The Skinny Kitchen quickly found its way across Spain and eventually the United Kingdom, With a branch in Boucher Road, Belfast, the brand is sticking to its ethos of catering to a variety of diets and lifestyles, and now everyone can dine here.

Restaurant features: Delivery available (Deliveroo), amazing atmosphere

2. Jumon

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Opened in 2018, Jumon is a relatively new addition to Belfast’s foodie scene. Jumon puts a healthy spin on Asian cuisine with their amazing plant-based menu, sticking to their ethos of balance and authenticity (inspired by the practices of Zen). With a rich and youthful interior, dining here can often be invigorating and exciting. Jumon isn’t afraid to step out of its comfort zone when it comes to bringing you on a thrill ride across Asia.

Restaurant features: Gluten-free options, wide variety of choices

3. Umi Falafel

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If you’re looking for a quick bite close to Queen’s campus, look no further than Umi Falafel in Botanic Avenue. Umi means mother in Arabic, and there’s no question that this restaurant wants you to experience the best of home-cooked Lebanese cuisine through their handmade falafel, bread, and salads (exactly like mum’s cooking), while sticking to a vegan-friendly menu.

Restaurant features: Fast service, delivery available (Deliveroo)

4. The Woodworkers

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The Woodworkers, located long Bradbury Place, just next to one of the most popular bars in Belfast, Lavery’s, is not only a place for great food, but it’s a top social spot too. Despite not being a fully vegan or vegetarian restaurant, you’ll be surprised to see a vast variety of vegan options available. From their shepherd’s pie to the Buddha bowl, rest assured that your tummy will be satisfied before the night even begins.

Restaurant features: Full bar, superb atmosphere

5. Yügo

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If you’re looking for a vibrant and exciting dining experience, give Yügo a try! This contemporary eatery on Wellington Street dishes up colourful flavours of the Orient with a uniquely Irish twist. Be amazed as you experience a combination of the modern-creative and traditional Asian style of cooking. Choose from dahl curries to bao buns. Considered one of the hidden gems of Belfast, Yügo is one not-to-be-missed

Restaurant features: Full bar, amazing décor

6. 387 Ormeau Road

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387 Ormeau Road/Instragam

This minimalistic café is located just 5 minutes off campus (by car) and is home to, not only good coffee, but also an exciting all-vegan menu. This cosy little café offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, cakes, tray bakes, and many more. As a bonus, this café happens to double up as a little grocery shop brimming with vegan goodies from vegan cheese to vegan chilli mayonnaise. Your first visit here certainly won’t be the last.

Restaurant features: Has a vegan grocery section, full vegan café

Bonus find: The Hungry Vegan

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If you are always on the move and need a quick bite, the owners from the restaurant, “The Honest Vegan”, recently started their new venture “The Hungry Vegan” in which they supply vegan grab-and-go meals to a convenience store near you. Currently, their products can be found in the Queen’s University Student Union Shop and selected convenient stores such as Spar and Centra. Do check out their Facebook page  or Website for more info.

Read next: Where to find the best veggie food close to campus

Justin Ng

BSC (Hons) Biomedical Science| 2nd Year |Malaysia

I am the president of the QUB Kickboxing and Muay Thai club. I have worked as an event host, personal tutor, intern for a human rights NGO, camp counsellor in America, and many more roles. My interest includes travelling, writing, and meeting new people. I am keen on pursuing a career in science and research in the near future.

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