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10 vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants in Manchester city centre

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Plenty of restaurants cater to vegans and vegetarians but many see a plant-based diet as an afterthought with cliches like beetroot and goats cheese tart shoved at the bottom of often meat-heavy menus.

We’ve chosen these Manchester city centre venues for the quality of their vegan and vegetarian offerings and dedication to plant-powered diets. The Allotment Vegan Eatery aims to “make veg taste better than steak” and it is one of the only 100% vegan fine dining restaurants in the city.

Purezza might be one of many pizza restaurants in Manchester, but is known for its vegan mozzarella and gluten-free bases, and Nell’s New York Pizza has some amazing veggie options on the menu. Try ‘Greens’ with seasonal greens, roasted garlic and smoked Lancashire cheese (cashew cream for the vegans) which simply blew the Manchester Confidential editorial team away.

Read on for 10 vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants in Manchester:

  • Manchester City Centre

    The Allotment Vegan Eatery

    Restaurant - Vegan

    The seeds of Matthew Nutter’s fine dining adventure were sown when he set out to “make veg taste better than steak”. And the menu at The Allotment Vegan Eatery exceeds this ambition.

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  • A Banh Mi from Banh Vi in New Century, Manchester
    Green Quarter

    Bahn Vi | New Century

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Owners, Harry and Jessica created Banh Vi after travelling across South East Asia and being inspired by the cuisine offered by street food vendors in Thailand and Vietnam.  

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  • Bundobust Manchester is best known for its vegetarian small plates and craft beers
    Manchester City Centre

    Bundobust Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Bundobust is a huge beer hall serving craft ales in the heart of Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens. It also happened to win Restaurant of the Year at the 2017 Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards, thanks to its stellar menu of Indian small plates.

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  • The famous black dahl at Dishoom Manchester
    Spinningfields

    Dishoom

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Dishoom is a legend in its own lunchtime and that’s exactly how it likes things. It’s not enough to serve up top-notch Indian dishes in grand surroundings; there’s a story behind the menu too. But when the food is this good it doesn’t need to hide behind tall tales.

    And the food is this good.

    The menu is bursting with small plates arriving at the table as and when, plus biriyani, curry and grilled gubbins as well as all sorts of sides and sundries. If you’re part of a big group (or obscenely greedy) it’s possible and even preferable to order something from each section.

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  • Indian Tiffin Room restaurant manchester
    Book Now Manchester City Centre

    Indian Tiffin Room Manchester

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Known to its friends as ITR, the second of the three bright Indian Tiffin Room restaurants specialises in thalis (a kind of mini buffet) and south Indian tiffin dishes, putting colour on a plate with its street food inspired by the bustling stalls of different parts of India.

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  • Manchester City Centre

    Mowgli | Corn Exchange

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Purveyor of healthy and often vegan Indian street food and home cooking, former barrister Nisha Katona’s Corn Exchange Mowgli was the second after launching on Liverpool’s Bold Street in October 2014, so this is Manchester’s original branch and technically pre-chain.

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  • The terrace at Nell's York Pizza at Kampus in Manchester city centre
    Manchester City Centre

    Nell’s New York Pizza & Bar

    Bars

    This Brooklyn-style pizza joint was born out of a love of using the best ingredients with care and attention. Nell’s is known for its 22-inch pizzas with fresh, crisp bases and toppings that range from bright and fresh to classic and meaty.

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  • Purezza in Manchester city centre is a vegan pizza restaurant.
    Northern Quarter

    Purezza

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Sitting in the old Dough Kitchen spot in the Northern Quarter, Purezza is yet another pizza restaurant for Manchester – but one with the distinction of offering solely vegan pizza and a menu that has many gluten-free items.

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  • curries at this and that
    Northern Quarter

    This & That Cafe

    Restaurant - Indian subcontinent

    Everyone’s heard of NQ backstreet gaff This & That, even if they’ve not actually found it (it’s up the ginnel by Trof’s empty barrels) – renowned for its daily changing “rice and three” meal deal and winning vegan and vegetarian choices, it’s been an institution since 1984.

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  • A feast of vegan fast food from Vegan Shack in Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Vegan Shack

    Restaurant - Vegan

    Local hit Vegan Shack started life in owner Dimeji Sadiq’s one bedroom Salford flat where he used to cook up plant-based versions of fast food for himself and his girlfriend.

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