The Cruelty Free Guide to Edinburgh was originally distributed in booklet form, compiled by Edinburgh Vegans and sold in the wholefood shops of Edinburgh.

Welcome to the on-line edition of the Cruelty Free Guide to Edinburgh. Since the first edition of the printed Guide appeared in 1995, we have continued and improved our research into establishments, which cater for all those interested in reducing or eradicating their dependence on animal-based products. As well as the obvious categories of restaurants and shops, this guide also covers vegetarian and vegan friendly accommodation and provides information on other aspects of vegan lifestyle. However as these things are ever changing, this should not be considered a comprehensive list.

In addition and of equal importance, this guide welcomes you to Edinburgh and aims to help you discover some great places to eat, sleep and buy your everyday shopping. The city of Edinburgh is an exciting place, not just at festival time. There are lots of museums, cinemas, art galleries, theatres and restaurants to wind down, reflect and take in the atmosphere as well as the food.

For the vegetarian and vegan, Edinburgh could be considered a veritable paradise! A recent survey by a vegetarian magazine stated that per capita Edinburgh has the most vegetarian eating places in the UK. Indeed it seems Edinburgh has a long history of Vegetarianism as even in 1892 there was a vegetarian cafe on Hanover Street, roughly where Pret-a-manger is today (source: Post Office Edinburgh and Leith directory 1892-1893). Across the street in 1904 the “Health Foods Depot” began trading at 40 Hanover Street and the shop continues to this day as Hanover Health Foods. The Edinburgh Vegetarian Society is first listed in the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory from 1899.

Page 137 from the Edinburgh and Leith Trade Directory 1892-1893
An extract from page 137 of the Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1892-1893

So we hope you enjoy Edinburgh and that this guide helps you have even more cruelty free fun.

Last modified: 5th January 2017