National vegetarian week: Vegetarian and Vegan cafes you should head down to

With national vegetarian week in full swing (May 16-22), East London Lines takes a look at the best vegetarian restaurants and cafes east London has to offer  



This small and friendly restaurant is known as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in London, and specialises in South India food. When visiting the award winning eatery, you won’t be robbed of flavour or pennies, as almost every dish on the menu is under £5.

Where? Stoke Newington

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: 6 pm – 10:45 pm

Saturday and Sunday lunch: 12 pm – 3 pm

Rasa. Pic: Ewan Munro

Rasa. Pic: Ewan Munro


Black Cat Cafe

This cosy vegetarian and vegan cafe offers reasonably priced cakes and great coffee, not to mention a delicious selection of food including soups and vegan fish and chips. The cafe is also run cooperatively and encourages an ethical lifestyle for all.

Where? Shoreditch

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday: 12pm – 9pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 8pm

Closed on Tuesdays





The Gallery Cafe

The Gallery Cafe offers a relaxed atmosphere and some of the best vegetarian breakfasts in London. The restaurant offers a small menu, focusing on quality food and great flavours. The community based café also hosts art exhbitions and events.

Where? Bethnal Green

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday: 8am – 8pm

Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Sunday: 9am – 7pm


The Larder


This vegetarian and vegan delicatessen offers a wide range of sandwiches, salads, pastries and homemade cakes. Regularly, independent producers provide items such as chocolates, jams and pastas available to buy at the Café. With a friendly service and good portions of food, you’ll soon be satisfied.


Where? Bethnal Green

Opening Times:

Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 8pm

Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday: 9am – 4pm



Love Gift Vegan

Love Gift Vegan offers both cooked and raw cuisine using recipes with Caribbean, Mediterranean, African and Asian inspiration. The colourful dishes are full of both flavour and nutrition, providing a delightful and guilt-free experience.

Where? Brockley

Opening Times:

Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 8pm

Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 10:30pm

Sunday: 12pm – 8pm



Waiting Room

Nestled in the heart of Deptford High Street, this restaurant offers some of the best vegetarian and vegan food south London has to offer. The quirky joint offers pop-culture inspired vegetarian burgers by the name of “the Fonz’ and “the Sith”, hotdogs and vegan mac n’ cheese, there’s no shortage of tasty delights.

Where? Deptford

Opening Times:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 7pm

Friday: 8am – 10pm

Saturday: 9am – 10pm

Sunday: 10am – 4pm



Veg Instead

Veg instead can be found in Croydon’s Surrey Street Market, offering a range of vegan delights from beet ravioli to raw brownies . If you want to experience their food even further, they cater for a range of events too.

Where? Surrey Street Market – Croydon

Opening Times:

Monday – Saturday: 7am – 6pm

Buttercream Dreams

Set up by a former mental health nurse, this cafe offers affordable and scrumptious vegan treats and meals, as well as helping vulnerable adults in the community ( The small cafe is full of friendly vibes and vegan food even non-vegans will be satisfied by.

Where? Croydon

Opening Times:

Monday-Sunday: 10:30am – 4:30pm






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