Inverness has a slowly developing vegan food scene. While the number of options could be better, the options that are already in place are very good indeed. In this post, we provide the details on some of the vegan cafes and restaurants in Inverness that we personally recommend, all tried and tested by us.
If you’re vegan/plant-based and planning to visit Inverness in the near future, fear not. We’ve got you covered.
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If you’re trying to find somewhere to stay in Inverness, look no further. There’s a 100% vegan B&B right in the city centre. We’ve stayed here ourselves and can totally recommend a stay here.
The rooms are well appointed and very comfortable and the vegan breakfast is plentiful and a delicious way to start a day of exploration in the city and the surrounding landscape.
The proprietors, Jo and Andy, are lovely and helpful. Head over to their website and send them a message to enquire about availability.
Our favourite vegan cafes and restaurants in Inverness, Scotland
Inverness has a thriving tourism industry with visitors coming to enjoy the city and the surrounding mountains, lakes, rivers and seas from all over the world. As you’d expect, there are therefore lots of cafes and restaurants.
Vegan options are sadly not as readily available as we’d like them to be, but the situation is slowly improving. Of the options currently available, thankfully the quality is really, really good.
Culture Cafe & Deli
Address: 11 Chapel St, Inverness IV1 1NA
There are two 100% vegan food and drink vendors in Inverness. They’re both as good as one another, but their offerings are very different.
Culture is a cosy cafe with lovely natural decor and a chilled-out vibe. A lot of care has been taken on the food offering with a tasty and interesting selection on offer. We really enjoyed the sharing platter which included a trio of salads and any two items from the deli counter. Everything was fresh and delicious.
LGBT+ friendly (thankfully, a common trait in Inverness)
Address: The Victorian Mkt, Church St, Inverness IV1 1AN
Salt’N’Fire is another of Inverness’ 100% vegan food providers. They’re located in the newly opened food hall inside the city’s Victorian Market and therefore, seating is shared with the other food outlets.
Salt’N’Fire serves a variety of takeaway food in recyclable/compostable packaging, inspired by cuisines from all over the world. Every dish is prepared to order and, on the two occasions we’ve visited so far, is fresh and tasty.
We spent around £20 for four small dishes which was enough to share between the two of us. With a portion of nicely seasoned skinny fries, we had kibbeh with a choice of dip (we had baba ganoush), mixed vegetable wontons and muhammara dip with bread.
Opening times are a little bit odd, with surprisingly early closures on Friday and Saturday nights, so check ahead to avoid disappointment. On Friday evenings, a live DJ provides a soundtrack to your meal.
Black Isle Bar
Address: 68 Church St, Inverness IV1 1EN
We really like Black Isle Bar in Inverness. It’s not 100% vegan, but all of their own brewed beers are, as are many of their food options.
We can recommend the mushroom pizza, which has amazing melty locally-made Left Coast Culture herb-infused cheese on it, served on tasty and crispy base. We had ours with a garlic pizza bread and a mixed salad which comes with a non-vegan dressing as standard, so ask them for the alternative dressing.
Black Isle is a certified B-Corp with a high score for environmentalism. The vibe in the bar is friendly and buzzy and ideal for conversations. If you’re a light drinker, you can order any beer in 1/2 or even 1/3 measures, which we really like.
Perk Coffee + Doughnuts
Address: 36 Church St, Inverness IV1 1EH
The fabulous vegan cheese by Left Coast Culture that we enjoyed on the pizzas at Black Isle Bar (above) is also featured on the menu at Perk Coffee.
We really enjoyed the mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, rocket & pesto toasty and the hummus, beetroot, avocado and rocket sandwich on our visit. Both we good value and tasted great.
The vegan highlight at Perk is their doughnuts. There are usually two vegan options available. On our visit, we sampled both and they were super, super good.
Perk is quite small and there’s limited seating available. If you’re not able to get in, get some doughnuts to take away or, come back later - Perk stays open until surprisingly late when cocktails are also served.
Velocity Café & Bicycle Workshop
Address: 1 Crown Ave, Inverness IV2 3NF
We really dig a social enterprise cafe, so we were always going to like Velocity. The interior is super cool and there are always lots of interesting community events taking place.
While there aren’t many labelled vegan food options on the menu, many can be veganised on request. Thankfully, the cakes and baked sweet treats are a different story - almost all of them are labelled vegan. Yay!
Velocity of outwardly LGBT+ friendly (whoop whoop!)
Address: 9 Drummond St, Inverness IV1 1QD
A non-pretentious and LGBT+-friendly cafe with a large menu of breakfasts and lunches, most of which are either vegan or can be veganised on request. We enjoyed a soup of the day with a vegan haggis bagel (pictured above), both of which were great. There’s also a large selection of vegan sweet treats and even a refillable Kombucha station.
Cup & Cone
Address: 6A Southside Rd, Inverness IV2 3AU
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Located within a short walk from the city centre in the trendy Crown area, Cup & Cone is a cute and modern cafe with a large selection of vegan cakes and bakes, provided by nearby Pure Vegan Bakery. There’s also a vegan sausage roll and a filled ciabatta on offer.
Charges 50p for milk alternatives.
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