Vegan Camden Guide

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Looking for vegan food in Camden? The area is a hot-bed for plant-based eateries, whether you want to grab a quick burger from the market or have a fancy sit-down meal in a restaurant. From pizza to artisan cakes, falafel and risotto balls, here’s our ultimate vegan Camden guide.

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A quick note: if you’re looking for Young Vegans Camden, the popular vegan pie shop in Camden Market, they’ve unfortunately closed permanently due to Covid-19. You can still order pies from their online store though and visit their vegan pizza shop in Bethnal Green. Dou Dou Camden, a popular vegan Chinese buffet in Camden has also closed down.

Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Diner

729-731 North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
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Rudy’s has been rocking Camden Stables Market since 2018, serving up an array of vegan fast food. Using their own home-made seitan, the restaurant serves everything from burgers to hot dogs and their famous pastrami Reuben sandwich. Other top dishes include Chick’n Caesar Salad, Mac and Cheeze and sides like dirty fries, slaw and mozzarella sticks. The food is even more perfect when you pair it with one of Rudy’s oat milkshakes or a vegan Brewdog beer. Check out our full review of Rudy’s Dirty Vegan Camden Diner for more inspiration.

Burger, fries and mac and cheese from Rudy's Dirty Vegan Diner London

Manna London

4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3AJ
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Manna is one of London’s oldest veggie restaurants, which is now fully vegan. Known as a fine-dining establishment, Mana has been running for over 50 years and hosts renowned international chefs like Robin Swallow. Their organic dishes are made from sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients and include salads, mains, soups and desserts. Their fancy take on bangers and mash is a firm favourite, while other dishes include the Caribbean platter, mushroom risotto strudel and sticky toffee pudding. The restaurant is currently closed and planning to reopen as a home delivery service.

 

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Temple of Seitan

43 Parkway, NW1 7PN
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A London vegan favourite, Temple of Seitan has a branch in both Hackney and Camden specialising in Kentucky-style fried vegan chicken. The menu boasts a range of six burgers slathered with various toppings, from the classic Temple Burger with ranch mayo, bacon, cheese, lettuce and pickles to the Nashville hot variety and BBQ Bacon. For lighter bites, go for some wings, seitan pieces, popcorn bites or twist wrap accompanied by chipotle, ranch, lemon pepper or mayo sauce. Sides include fries, coleslaw and mac and cheese.

Seitan fried chicken and chips from Temple of Seitan, Camden

Nora and Nama

Unit 596-598 Camden Lock, NW18AF
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After a special vegan cake for a celebration? Then it’s worth splashing out at Nora and Nama, an artisan vegan bakery in Camden Market. Their decorative celebration cakes start at £40 and include chocolate fudge, rainbow vanilla, lemon cheesecake and a stunning Rocher and Hazelnut cake. For something smaller, individual cakes such as banana bread and babka cake cost £7-8 or you can go for some vegan chocolates, truffles or a devil chocolate bar. The café also serves sandwiches and has an afternoon tea option.

 

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Purezza

45-47 Parkway, NW1 7PN
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Purezza is the UK’s first fully-vegan pizzeria and the Italian founders spent over two years developing their own plant-based mozzarella made using Italian brown rice, as well as tasty raw cashew cheeses, ricotta and a coconut variety. Purezza offers three types of pizza bases, the regular sourdough, a hemp flour or gluten-free option, all made fresh each day. Choose from 10 pizza varieties with various toppings from pulled BBQ pieces to sausage, tofu and veg. You can opt for lasagna, salad bowls, a raw pizza made from dehydrated seeds and a popular cheesesteak calzone. Whatever you do, don’t miss the cheesy doughballs and raw Tiramisu.

Vegan pizza from Purezza in Camden

Fields Beneath

52a Price of Wales Road, Kentish Town West, NW5 3LN
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A popular vegan café Camden, Fields Beneath is set right next to Kentish Town Station. The café opened in 2012 and later converted to a fully vegan establishment, selling homemade cakes and sandwiches, plus lunch dishes and coffee. You have to get there early to snap up the delicious vegan croissants – the almond is a winner – but there’s always a range of baked treats and drinks on offer in this plant-filled oasis. The café is also branching out with a plant-based store that sells an array of vegan products, including natural wines.

 

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What the Pitta

89-91 Bayham Street, NW1 0AG
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Falafel and hummus might be a vegan staple but What the Pitta offers something extra: an authentic soya doner kebab. This family franchise has branches in Camden, Shoreditch, Croydon and Brighton and uses a secret family recipe made from seasoned soya. What the Pitta’s Doner Kebab, served with hummus, tzatziki, salad and jalapeno peppers is so famous it has won awards and been featured in the mainstream press. The menu features vegan gyros, a falafel wrap, mezze box and sides such as olives and tzatziki. The portions are huge with a choice of snack boxes and meal deals, ideal to grab and go.

Mezze box, falafel, hummus and chips from What the Pita, Camden London

VBurger

215-216 Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AF
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You’ll find VBurger right in the heart of Camden Lock Market, with plenty of seating outside. The company specialises in simple, fast vegan street food in the form of healthy vegan burgers, which cost £8-9. There’s a variety to choose from, including seitan schnitzel, a Moving Mountains patty, falafel option and roasted beetroot and quinoa burger. All are served in buns (gluten-free option available) with salad. Add some extras like avocado and vegan cheese and opt for a side of fries or onion rings.

 

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Arancini Brothers

115A Kentish Town Road, NW1 8PB
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If you’re looking for something a bit different, head to Arancini Brothers to sample their handmade Sicilian risotto balls. The owners, both called Dave, learned how to make these golf-ball size snacks from Sicilian chefs in Melbourne and opened their first market stall in Brick Lane in 2009. Now they have stores in Dalston, Kentish Town, Old Street and Malty Street as well as a street food van. The deep-fried balls come in two flavours: citrus and herb or zucchini mushroom and are served with sauces such as chutney, special mayo and tomato eggplant. They also sell risotto ball wraps, burgers, salads and stews as well as cakes and coffee.

Fried risotto balls from Arancini Brothers in Kentish Town London

Magic Falafel

312-313 Paddock Lane, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH
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Magic Falafel is another Camden Market vegan staple, they also own a second stall in Buck Street Market. Their popular, family falafel recipe is gluten-free and made from 100 percent chickpeas accompanied by special homemade sauces. Choose from falafel in pita bread, a salad box or plate, served with veggies, hummus and tahini.

 

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Mildred’s Camden

9 Jamestown Road, NW1 7BW
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Mildred’s is another London veggie institution which launched in Soho in 1988 and has expanded with additional branches in Camden, Kings Cross and Dalston. The menu isn’t strictly vegan, there are a few vegetarian meals on there, but there’s plenty of choice. Try the breakfast menu which features banana bread and the VLT with aubergine bacon or the all-day menu which offers burgers, bowls, curries and more, with a delicious dessert section and selection of drinks and cocktails.

 

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