Best veggie spots in Manchester that won’t break your bank

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Being a vegetarian in a meat-obsessed world can be difficult and draining. Decades ago, you’d struggle to find a veggie option in a ‘regular’ restaurant, let alone an entirely veggie haunt. Luckily, times are changing and Manchester offers an impressive selection of great veggie options – and you need to get to know them.

aAh! round up their favourite veggie spots that are reasonably priced – let’s face it, we’re all on a budget here. From specialty vegan restaurants to veggie-friendly cafes, there’s something for everyone…

Bondi Bowls

Located at Kampus on Chorlton Street, Bondi Bowls specialises in serving delicious and nutritious bowls for all. Jamie Tones, originally from Sydney, realised there were limited healthy fast food options in the UK. So, he brought his wide range of veggie-friendly savoury and sweet bowls to Manchester – at breath-taking prices.

For £8 Bondi Bowls provide five different savoury bowls with various rice options and vegetables seasoned with a creative mix of spices and dressings. There’s also an option to personalise your bowl, with options such as feta, avocado and tofu. They even provide soup, smoothies and health shots if savoury bowls just aren’t for you.

Pot Kettle Black

With four different locations in Manchester, Pot Kettle Black covers it all, serving bakes, brunch, brews and booze. Their unique story started with two rugby players looking for an off-high street coffee shop which provided quality coffee to the same standard as that which they had back home in Sydney (there seems to be an Australia theme here). With business booming, in 2018 they went on to open a second shop, and their first bakery!

While they do serve some non-veggie options, they make up for this with an equivalent amount of dishes for veggies, such as the nut roast, vegan roast on Sundays, and plenty of sides. 8 out of 14 options are vegetarian on their all-day brunch menu. Their menus vary across their locations but many feature their infamous bakes, including cinnamon buns and sweet treats like the yummy millionaire shortcake!


Now, this vegan restaurant has a wider array of vegetarian options, so everyone can enjoy this tasty, Italian cuisine. Purezza is a pizza, pasta and salad restaurant in the Northern Quarter and has become well known for its famous ‘Courgette Spaghetti’ and ‘Mac n’ Cheese’. Not only does this restaurant serve up delicious plates, it’s also a sustainable and ethical brand. 

There are delicious Italian-themed desserts available including the tiramisu and New York cheesecake – which are all VEGAN. This place offers a huge amount of choice for vegans!

Eighth Day Cafe

Eighth Day Cafe is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly cafe and shop. This one-stop shop is conveniently located on Oxford Road, near the universities. Expect to be shocked by their diverse range of delicious options, which draws you away from the craziness of Oxford Road. They offer takeaway lunch deli for people on the move or food to cook at home. 

The cafe is open 11am-3pm, Monday to Saturday and has vegan mains starting from £7.50. If you enjoy a good pudding, this is the place for you. From carrot and walnut cake to mixed berry crumble, their all-vegan range includes tasty treats you won’t want to miss. 


Most Mancs have heard of the famous Gails bakery, but have you tried their amazing pastries for veggies? Included in their plant-based options is a chocolate and hazelnut bun, and an avocado and chickpea sandwich. Whoever said quality over quantity was right when it comes to Gails; their menu is smaller than others, but the high-quality menu items makes up for it! Their mozzarella, tomato and pesto focaccia is a personal favourite.

Gails is located on King Street and has a lovely Parisian atmosphere. With tables outside for the summer and their two-story, in-door seating, there are plenty of spaces to eat. Their menu changes depending on the season so you can always experience something that fits your mood.

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Amy Corringham

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  1. Kerry Power 30th April 2024 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Love this, thanks for sharing. Will definitely be checking these out

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