Veganism is on the rise here in the Emerald Isle and Dublin has certainly caught on to the foodie trend, with a generous scattering of vegan-friendly eateries throughout the city centre and further afield. However, it is not just our bustling capital which caters for a plant-based diet – there are an abundance of restaurants and cafes throughout the country which aim to please the vegan palette. Here we list our top ten vegan eateries outside the capital.
10. The Happy Pear Café, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
No vegan-friendly countdown can be complete without mentioning the acclaimed Happy Pear. The café is owned and run by twins Steve and Dave, two advocates for a healthy lifestyle. The Wicklow branch of their café was the first establishment opened by the brothers and has been making customers smile with their healthy and nutritious breakfasts, lunches, dinners and treats since 2004. It’s the perfect place to meet with friends for a casual lunch or a coffee and dessert. They offer a fantastic range of vegan treats including their vegan scones and croissants which go perfectly with a matcha latte – don’t let the vibrant green drink scare you off! Their website doesn’t offer any updated prices but the café is good value for the quality of the produce you receive.
Address: Church Road Lower, Greystones, Co. Wicklow
9. Wild Café, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Wild aim to fuel meat eaters and vegans alike with super fresh and tasty locally sourced food. The atmosphere is laid back and authentic with a truly grassroots feel. Bread is baked on site, fresh juices are made daily and a stand out feature is their live herb wall which is harvested to bring life to their dishes. The food certainly lives up to the surroundings, with a stand out being their vegan sandwich – confit tomato, roast squash, rocket and avocado fillings make for a substantial lunch at just €9.
Address: Wild Café, The Mall, Tralee, Co.Kerry
8. Loving Salads, Cork City, Co. Cork
In need of some nutritious food to refuel you after a day exploring and shopping in Cork city centre? Then look no further than Loving Salads. Lovely Salads offers a casual dining experience for very reasonable prices – small salad tubs are €3.50, whilst large ones are just €5.50. This is not your average lettuce and tomato job – these salads are substantial and flavourful – try the curry roasted apple with black and red rice, apricots, dates, spinach and toasted almonds. The staff are friendly and they also cater for the carnivores in your life with plenty of meat options. They have more than just salads on offer too, with their juices and energy balls proving popular.
Address: 15& 16 Academy Street, Cork City, Co. Cork
7. Lowe and Co., Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Nestled in the heart of the Midlands, Lowe and Co. is a true vegan-friendly gem. The atmosphere is homely and oozes positive vibes, mainly due to the wonderful staff who gives each customer the utmost attention. They cater for meat eaters too but always offer a vegan sandwich, hot dish and are happy to construct a vegan-friendly salad too. The soup is usually vegan-friendly but do ask to make sure – staff will be happy to help. Located very near to the River Shannon and famous Athlone Castle, try to grab a small table outside on a sunny day and soak in the atmosphere. If you’re just there for a quick refuel their soya chai lattes are second to none at just €3 for a generous steaming mug – pair it with a filling energy ball for €2.50, with flavours such as bounty and chocolate orange on offer.
Address: 8 O’Connell Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
6. Sweet Beat, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo
Based in the heart of Sligo town, Sweet Beat café is a fabulous plant-based dining experience. The staff are fantastic and their passion for their business really shines through. Ingredients for their dishes are locally sourced and there is an impressive array of salads, juices, hot dishes and much more on offer in a bright and airy setting. They don’t offer updated prices on their site but like the other locations on our list Sweet Beat offers great value for money. Their food is bursting with flavour – their smoothie bowls are vibrant and refreshing. If you’re on the hunt for something more substantial look no further than hot dishes such as the Moroccan tagine which is jam-packed with authentic flavours.
Address: Bridge Street, Abbeyquarter North, Sligo Town, Co. Sligo