Sheffield has changed a lot. What was an industrial powerhouse has become a thriving cultural hub, overflowing with art, music and food. The Millenium Gallery showcases some of the world’s best metalwork, while the student area is packed with music venues of all sizes. And most importantly of all - for us at least - the UK’s highest city has become a strong destination for foodies. Not convinced? Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Sheffield and you’ll see what we mean.
The North of England has pulled a full 180 in recent years, going from probably one of the least vegan places in the world to a melting pot of up-and-coming newcomers to the plant-based scene. Nowhere is this more apparent - apart from maybe Manchester - than Sheffield.
While Northern English food is still on show here, from pies to fish and chips, there is now a plethora of vegan eateries to choose from as well. From Middle Eastern kitchens turning out crunchy falafel with zingy salads to cosy cafes offering homemade vegan banana bread and fry ups, not to mention a whole host of vegan junk food warehouse venues. There really is something for everyone. So much so, that it’s turning omnivorous heads as we speak.
If you’re vising Sheffield, don’t miss out on the beautiful walks outside the city and sights within it. There is so much on offer, from the Wyming Brook to the Winter Garden, not to mention the various music venues. But once you’re done with sightseeing, or just want to stop for a quick bite, we’ve rounded up the cream of the crop when it comes to vegan food in Sheffield. Regardless of if oat milk runs in your veins or you’re just trying Veganuary this year, let’s dive in.
The best vegan only restaurants in Sheffield
Humpit started in 2014 as a food stall with a simple idea. Bring hummus, falafel and pita to the masses. Within weeks of opening, it was a favourite among locals and was soon crowned Virgin Start-Up Street Food Winner at the 2015 Foodpreneur Festival in London. Now, Humpit has five branches across the UK, offering an entirely plant-based menu including hummus, pita, falafel and salads. The highly affordable menu is best enjoyed in a group as there are mezze platters for two or four.
Book now: Humpit
Doner Summer has become vegan junk food royalty and has spread across the UK thanks to its success. The menu ranges from overflowing kebabs made with meat-free doner and crunchy slaw to combo platters of classic or spicy buttermylk fried chick’n, with piles of fries and tater tots for good measure. There is also a strong choice of sauces to top your vegan feast, from pink aioli to Korean mayo. Cocktails like espresso martinis and Pina Coladas are also up for grabs, and prices are very reasonable.
Book now: Doner Summer
Church - Temple of Fun
Church really is a temple of fun, as the name claims. Since its birth in 2018, this warehouse-style space has hosted live gigs, arcade and gaming days and movie nights. But the food is the highlight for us - a 100% vegan menu of decadent delights. Lunch dishes include Beyond sausage rolls, vegan chicken and waffles or soup of the day. In the evening, however, things get a bit heavier with the likes of huge burgers, loaded fries and hot dogs. Try the Syko burger, made with a B12 patty sandwiched in a charcoal bun with smoky bourbon sauce, a jumbo crispy onion ring and Applewood ‘cheddar’, or order loaded nachos with all the toppings you’d expect for sharing. There is a huge range of drinks covering all the bases, from draught beer to Mezcal.
Book now: Church - Temple of Fun
Make No Bones
Clearly, veganism and warehouse-style spaces seem to go hand in hand. Make No Bones offers its guests small plates like pulled oyster mushrooms in Szechuan pepper coating with sesame and ginger slaw and sriracha mayo. These, however, only tease the main events, with entries like hot roast ‘pork’ subs, towering chicken burgers, Philly ‘cheese’ subs and doner kebabs, as well as fried hot wings and avocado wings wrapped in a warm flatbread. There is a choice of loaded fries, including three ‘cheese’, dutch style, or poutine. Patrons can also opt for a Caesar salad (although with junk food like this, why would you?). Round things off with a New York-style cheesecake with a buttery biscuit base for a proper vegan feast.
Book now: Make No Bones
Dishi is something a bit different. Renee and Nic, the owners, quit their jobs in 2019 to open a little restaurant offering affordable pan Asian vegan food. Nic, already had 35 years of chef work under his belt, had trained under Gary Rhodes and developed ready meals for M&S. Dishi has two main arms. One is a supper club with extravagant dishes such as shiitake, maitake and king oyster mushrooms with “Tsukemen” hazelnut and sesame dipping broth and sake pickled radish. The other is a home delivery tiffin service, offering zero-waste pan Asian tiffin boxes. We recommend you try both.
Book now: Dishi
Just Falafs really does what it says on the tin - it’s a fun place to get some great falafel. Filled pitas come truly filled, packed with the secret recipe falafel, seitan shawarma strips, schnitzel-Ashkenazi soya chicken or shakshuka-marinated tofu. Meals are also available offering the above but with hummus, pita and salad on the side. In both cases, gluten-free options are available. Top things off with loaded za’atar fries with spicy tomato sauce or spiced chips.
Book now: Just Falafs
Keeping in the theme of vegan junk food, Saucy comes from the same team as Make No Bones, offering burgers, chicken, fries and the rest. Highlights include the bacon cheeseburger, katsu chicken burger with sesame ginger slaw and the ‘big dog’ - a vegan hot dog with shredded vegan chicken, smokey vegan bacon, Carolina BBQ mustard and creamy slaw. Hungry yet? If not, they even do mac and cheese, as well as pizza. Like a proper chicken shop, Saucy also does a selection of meal boxes to ensure you get the most bang for your buck.
Book now: Saucy
Looking for vegan food with a bit of fun stirred in? Head over to Pom Kitchen and get your hands on a rainbow bagel, or one of its many other vegan treats. Kick off your day with a sausage butty with garlic mushrooms and caramelised onions, toasted banana bread or a granola pot. The main event here, however, is the bagels, which include the green goddess: a pink bagel packed with pesto cream cheese, avocado, Pom-style kale and cucumber. For a sweet treat, definitely try the rainbow bagel, with Biscoff spread and sliced banana. Gluten-free swaps are available on request.
Book now: Pom Kitchen
The best vegan-friendly restaurants in Sheffield
Blue Moon Café
Blue Moon Café has been providing healthy vegan and vegetarian food to the people of Sheffield since 1995 and shows no sign of stopping. Highlights from its extremely affordable menu include Imam Bayildi - roasted aubergines in a rich tomato sauce - or the signature Homity pie, made with potato, fresh parsley and plenty of garlic. Blue Moon also has a wide range of gluten-free options, as well as vegan cakes, beers and wines. Coffee comes courtesy of Forge Coffee Roasters, as well as a special guest coffee from Girls Who Grind which supports and empowers female coffee growers from around the world.
Book now: Blue Moon Café
Dana Café is a cosy space in Crookes offering a chill place to meet friends, catch up over a coffee and end up staying through to the afternoon after breakfast or lunch. The coffee is roasted locally, and the tea comes from all over the world. The full veggie breakfast is a great way to start your day (swap bacon for tempeh and eggs for tofu to keep it fully vegan). Open sandwiches with tempeh are grilled to order, and soup of the day is also available for a lighter lunch or simply to ward off the cold.
Book now: Dana Café
South Street Kitchen
South Street Kitchen is a meditative space, ideal for a quiet catch up over delicious Middle Eastern food as well as offering wine and craft beer in the evenings. While it’s not a strictly vegan establishment, any non-vegan dishes have a vegan option. Start your day with the Persian breakfast tea loaf, served with warm cashew butter and date and orange blossom puree. Elsewhere, expect warming fusion dishes like spiced root vegetable fritters with saffron and lemon yoghurt, an all-day breakfast with spiced aubergine stew topped with egg or halloumi for the non-vegans, or pea, broad bean and mint smash on toast. Don’t miss the sides, which include spiced Lebanese potatoes, authentic Syrian stuffed vine leaves and caramelised cauliflower and chickpea fritters with roast red pepper salsa.
Book now: South Street Kitchen
V or V
V or V is Sheffield’s first plant-based evening restaurant with a late license. Expect the likes of Brussel sprout kimchi spring rolls, buttermilk Nashville hot celeriac with apple cider vinegar slaw, and parsnip fritters with Old Winchester foam and winter black truffle maple. But the fun isn’t limited to the evening. Show up in the morning for a vegan brunch with delights like fried coriander cornbread with tomatillo mole black beans, avocado salsa, ancho chilli and lime aioli, spiced creamed corn, pink onions and tajin seasoning. You can even make it boozy with their very reasonable bottomless brunch deal, which includes beer, house wine, prosecco, Bellinis and cask ale.
Book now: V or V
Gaard Coffee Hide
Gaard Coffee Hide works with Foundation and Origin coffee roasters to bring their customers the best coffee around. Not just that, but Gaard also offer bites to eat, all of which are vegan. From cakes and pastries to falafel and sausage rolls, there’s something for everyone to have with their coffee. Soup is also available to help stave off the cold, while more summery options include their famous Biscoff shake, made with Lotus biscuit spread and oat milk.
Book now: Gaard Coffee Hide
Once you've completed this list, head over to our guide to the best vegan restaurants in Liverpool and get cracking!