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Vegan food in Dublin

Dublin is one of the best cities in Europe to be vegan. There are plenty of restaurants and it's even possible to go on vegan food tours.

When I was in Dublin I ate at as many cafes and eateries as possible. These were my top four.

1. Sova Vegan Butcher

Sova Vegan Butcher is a small narrow restaurant tucked away in Pleasants St. The lights are dim and the atmosphere is intimate. It's perfect for a date night. Whilst I was there, I had a three course meal and even though the brownie bordered on bland, the starter and dessert, as pictured below, took me on a flavour roller coaster. To start was 'king scallops with beurre blanc sauce'. (If you thought you couldn't have sea food as a vegan, think again.) The mushroom scallops and 'caviar' perfectly complimented the beurre blanc sauce and was like nothing I had ever tasted before. The main course featured a 'pork' wrapped styled meat with parsnips and cauliflower tempura. In spite of the myriad of beige, this meal had intricate and delicious flavours.

2. Aperitivo

Aperitivo is perfect for a date night if you enjoy, pizza, wine and a candlelight dinner. They also do takeaway and if you're with somebody who isn't vegan, they offer meat and cheese options too. One of the best things about this place is that you can adapt your order and add loads of extras. It's also a great place to go to during the day, as it turns into a cafe. We ordered two hefty slices of walnut cake and an oat milk latte. The cake was so rich that I couldn't eat it all, but the latte was amazing.

3. Cornucopia

Cornucopia is a wholefood, vegetarian style eatery. When we went it was very busy, so it must be a poignant lunch spot for Dublin locals. I had a falafel wrap, which was quite tasty but a little bit dry. Their buffet style is great as it means that you can have your own collated English breakfast. What's great is they have different dishes depending on the day of the week and plenty of different sweet treats. If you want to know more about them and their recipes they even have their own book, which is available on their website.

4. Happy Food

Happy Food is a good place to go to for coffee and milkshakes, especially if you want to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. It’s also worth noting that they’re right next to a yoga hub, so if you fancy a yoga session followed by a smoothie and protein ball, this will the place for you. Unfortunately their food isn’t as delicious as their drinks as the bun for the burger was tough and the vegan ribs were a little bland. However, their menu is pretty innovative, service good and other basic food items very good. All in all, it’s a great coffee spot, just not outstanding.