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17 Things Every Vegan Must Eat In Glasgow

In 2013, Glasgow was named the UK's most vegan-friendly city by animal rights group PETA.

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1. Vegan brunch at The 78

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Where better to start than with a late breakfast? The 78 is a 100% vegan restaurant/bar and the cosy west end establishment's brunch - packed with mushrooms, potato scones and sausages - has all you need to start the day in style.

2. Haggis fritters at Saramago Cafe

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Haggis doesn't have to be a horrible cocktail of sheep organs. Check out this succulent vegan fritter version of Scotland's famous dish, complete with hand-cut chips, at the CCA's Saramago Cafe.

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3. Tapas at Stereo

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Stereo might also be known for its underground gigs or the sometimes confusing nature of its unisex toilets, but their selection of tapas - including treats like spring rolls and tangy muhammara - has endeared it as one of Glasgow's favourite vegan cafes.

4. Pecan and caramel cheesecake at Mono

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Cheese? What cheese! Mono, a stalwart of Glasgow's vegan scene, serve up some serious guilt-free (ish) sweets and more.

5. Spicy veggie burger at The 13th Note

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There's no better place than the 13th Note to chow down on some vegan nosh - like this moreish spicy burger - before checking out some live music. Just don't throw it all up downstairs in a pool of shame-vomit by moshing a bit too vigorously...

6. Soup 'n' salad at the Project Cafe

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Sometimes you just can't beat some lunchtime soup on a brisk winter's day, and social enterprise The Project Cafe - a self-professed 'creative exchange' - provide heart-warming vegan soups, salads, breads and specials.

7. Freshly made tofu at The Hanoi Bike Shop

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Tofu is a staple of many a vegan's diet (WARNING: remember to press it a bit first if you want to avoid the texture of week-old custard) so it's pleasing to know that the Hanoi Bike Shop make their own on-site, which then morphs into the likes of this enticing lemongrass dish.

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9. Vegetable Tempura at Red Onion

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Finding a separate vegan menu at an omnivore eatery is a joy few words can accurately describe. In this instance, perhaps 'ya dancer' will suffice. Check out the Red Onion for their plant-based spread, including the dip-friendly vegetable tempura.

10. Veggie-only Indian at Usha's

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Usha’s is the city’s single vegetarian-only Indian restaurant and the west end joint have plenty of vegan options clearly marked on their menu (hurrah). Go for the street food starter - the Vada Pav.

11. Bulgur wheat salad at Tapa Coffee

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Salads? Boring? Get away with that silly talk, you philistine. Tapa Coffee's calling card may be, well, coffee, but parts of their menu - such as this towering bulgur wheat salad with tomatoes and mee veg - are perfect for a vegan lunch.

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13. The basics at Roots Fruits and Flowers

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Okay, it might not be a dish, but Glasgow's Roots Fruits and Flowers emporium is a bit of an institution in the city, with enough vegetables and fruit to give you the most severe of vitamin overdoses.

14. Mezze platter at Tchai-Ovna

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Veggie food is served alongside tea, shisha and a serious dollop of mellowness, with vegans able to tuck into items like mezze platters not unlike the one above.

15. Falafel sandwich at Piece

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Piece describe themselves as Glasgow's 'gourmet sandwichmongers' and vegans are cared for through their hearty falafel sandwich amongst other bits and bobs.

16. Mushroom crostini at The Left Bank

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The Left Bank is littered with vegan choices, such as the super food salad and the spiced chickpea and sweet potato burger. And the wild mushroom, thyme and garlic crostini with olive tapenade and rocket, as seen above in all its dished-up glory.

17. Seitan tacos at The Squid & Whale

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Thankfully the The Squid & Whale's name is a little bit of misnomer. This hip Mexican eatery caters for vegans with dishes like this seitan asada taco beauty, which comes loaded with pink pickled onions and vegan-friendly soured cream. Hail seitan indeed.

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