It’s January, which means a lot of people are looking to try something new or change their lifestyles for the new year.
And if you’re looking to eat more plant-based foods this month as part of Veganuary, it can be challenging to find a place that’ll complement your new diet — especially living in Ireland.
Although a lot of restaurants do have plant-based or meat-free options, there are a few places you have to visit.
So do yourself — and your tastebuds — a favour and visit these five vegan restaurants on the Emerald Isle to help you on your Veganuary journey.
The Happy Pear Café, Co. Wicklow
16 years ago one of Ireland’s most famous twins Steve and Dave started a small veg shop. Now The Happy Pear Café is a well-established business with four cafés, a farm, a product range, a roastery, four online courses, 120 employees and a community of over one million people eating more veggies!
The branch in Greystones, Co. Wicklow was their first establishment. It’s the perfect place to meet with friends for a nice brunch or coffee — especially after doing the Bray to Greystones walk.
Umi Falafel, Co. Dublin and Co. Cork
If you want a casual and relaxing place to enjoy your meal, Umi Falafel located all over Ireland including Dublin, Cork City and Belfast is the place to be. Apart from their handmade falafels, their bread is freshly baked and they use a family recipe for their salads, pickles and sauces.
Sova Vegan Butcher, Co. Dublin
Located at 51 Pleasants St, Dublin this lovely vegan restaurant is a purveyor of fine dining with vegan food prepared according to their own delicious and unique style. They aim to promote vegan food and a healthy lifestyle. They have a brunch and dinner menu that’ll have everyone drooling.
Sweet Beat Café, Co. Sligo
Sligo’s first dedicated vegan café provides plant-based vegan-friendly food prepared fresh, from scratch, every morning sourcing only the best quality ingredients from local growers and suppliers. They’re committed to reducing their carbon footprint through several initiatives in the café.
Wild Café Tralee, Co. Kerry
At Wild, it’s not just about food or coffee. “It is about the experience,” says their website. Fresh ingredients from high-quality sources mean fresh and delicious dishes that’ll nourish your body with wholesome, nutritious food and beverages served here. Everything is prepared at the café. They also only use eco-friendly materials to keep Mother Earth happy.