Vegan Aberdeen

Veganism is winning the hearts and minds of Scots up and down the country. What was once on the fringes, veganism is now entering the mainstream like never before. New cafés are opening, more magazines dedicated to this way of life are being published, more menus are available, more blogs offer recipes and support. At a time when many people don’t have to eat animal products to survive, more of us are simply opting not to.

According to new research recently commissioned by the Vegan Society, “more than half of UK adults are now adopting vegan buying behaviours and Britain is more vegan-friendly than ever before. Half of those surveyed said they know someone who is vegan and over a fifth said they would consider becoming a vegan themselves.”

For our vegan guests visiting Aberdeen, or for those who enjoy a plant-based meal as a step towards a vegan lifestyle, or simply for a change, here’s a round up of the best places to dine in the Granite City.

Firstly, at Skene House itself we’ve always appreciated that the standard hotel model doesn’t work for everyone. We have so much more on offer; basically we provide suites that enable our guests to live their lives. Our one, two and three bedroom suites all come with their own living room and fully furnished kitchen. This means that our guests can chill, store, prepare, cook and dish up the exact the meal that they desire, make a coffee first thing in the morning with the milk alternative of their choice, and pack any treats that make their day.

Our HotelSuites are also renowned for offering the benefits of a hotel. For example our receptions are manned 24 hours a day. This means visitors can ask directions to the nearest vegan café or health food store, ask our receptionist to book a cab to a vegan restaurant, or get pointed in the direction of the nearest supermarket to stock up the cupboards.

Skene House offers a home from home, our guests don’t have to eat out every evening, but they certainly can! Here are some delicious vegan destinations in Aberdeen and shire.


-Aberdeen’s 100% Vegan café is Bonobo on Skene Street. A workers’ cooperative, it’s a truly different offering in the heart of the city. With its intimate indoor seating, and unexpected rooftop terrace for warmer days, Bonobo is a real find. The turmeric lattes are sumptuous, the peanut satay wraps are delicious, and the baking is worth a trip alone.
3 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount
12 minutes walk from Skene House Holburn
8 minutes walk from Skene House Whitehall

-For pre-dinner drinks in a civilised bar, followed by an elegant yet informal evening meal, the venue has to be The Braided Fig on Summer Street. This city centre restaurant has a dedicated vegan menu, as well as a curious fig tree growing right through the centre of the building. Dishes can be served as starters or main courses, and they include: Warm Salad of Peanut, Sweetcorn and Aubergine with Cous Cous; Samphire Chickory & Green Pea Risotto; or Sun Blush Tomato, Vegetable & Chickpea Stew with Black Olive Mash.
8 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount
7 minutes walk from Skene House Holburn
10 minutes walk from Skene House Whitehall

Foodstory on Thistle Street has something for everyone, preparing hearty dishes for most dietary requirements; “vegan lasagne, gluten-free, vegan scones, refined sugar-free cakes and all soups, hot pots and salads are gluten free”. The vibe is really chilled, in the evening diners can BYOB, new yoga classes are being held in the creativity space upstairs, and the salad bar is a colourful feast of fruit and veg.
10 minutes walk from Skene House Rosemount
6 minutes walk from Skene House Holburn
8 minutes walk from Skene House Whitehall

-Head to the beach to spot dolphins and treat yourself to vegan food with sweeping seascapes to boot. Sand Dollar Café is known for its breakfast/brunch vibe. Its Vegetarian Breakfast can ‘Go Vegan’ by simply swapping out the egg for beans, or select a Vegan Tortilla Wrap filled with Hummous, Sun Blushed Tomato and Black Olives. Vegan Specials are also available on the day.
10 minute drive from Skene House properties

Many chain restaurants are known for their strong Vegan menus. Take a quick peak at Pizza Express (three branches around Aberdeen), Yo Sushi (in the Bon Accord Centre and Union Square), and Zizzi, Las Iguanas and Wagamama (in Union Square).


Skene House offers its guests free city centre parking, so if you do wish to drive to Aberdeen or hire a car then it’s easy to explore the countryside and attractions around us without stressing about parking upon your return. Here are some delectable Vegan destinations to make eating out part of the adventure.

Heading out of town, the Last Bus Café is an absolute visual feast, the most curious destination, with slightly erratic opening hours (so do check it’s open before travelling) but the food and cakes are fantastic. Just outside New Pitsligo near Fraserburgh, it’s a real experience and destination. It’s 100% vegetarian with vegan options.
70 minute drive from Skene House properties

The wonderfully titled Spider on a Bicycle in Aboyne is a great stop for tourists exploring Royal Deeside. Its vegan platter and cool surroundings are a welcome escape.
50 minute drive from Skene House properties

Buchanan’s Bistro in nearby Banchory can also accommodate most dietary requirements. With views of Deeside from its panoramic windows it’s a great escape to the country.
35 minute drive from Skene House properties

Back in the city, Skene House offers three central properties, all within walking distance of the railway station, bus station and ferry station, and we’re only a short cab ride from the airport. We’re close to the shops, theatre, business communities and sights and sounds of Aberdeen. Skene House Apartment Hotels provide all the space and comfort you need for a relaxed stay. Find out more at +44 1224 659 392 or email



26 thoughts on “Vegan Aberdeen

  1. Vegan is the new black! Sounds like a stop in ABERDEEN is due soon. and this sounds like a wonderful way to do it!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      There’s a fair amount of choice for vegans, if you know where to look 🙂

  2. Kara says:

    I have to admit that going Vegan is not something I would do but I am interested in trying some of the foods on offer

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      For sure, a turmeric latte made with coconut milk is delicious, whatever diet you follow!

  3. Helen Wills says:

    Love that you’ve embraced the guests who want to eat well on a particular diet – and it’s so colourful!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      It’s hard following certain diets well when you arrive in a new city, so we hope this post gives folk a steer towards venues that may appeal to them.

  4. Laura Dove says:

    It feels like everyone is going vegan! I couldn’t do it, I love meat way too much but I’d like to try a vegan menu!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      The good vegan cafes certainly offer something for everyone.

  5. Anosa says:

    It is truly pleasing to see that Veganism is the new it in the UK and now many restaurants and establishments are catering to Vegans too

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      We’re glad to see a stronger offering too. Some lovely choices now in Aberdeen.

  6. Stephanie says:

    I’m happy to start having more meat free dinners, but I couldn’t go vegan. Loads of people seem to be though. Nice to hear your accomodating vegan meals thought

  7. You’re so right – I’m seeing vegan things popping up everywhere. I can’t even get my head around being vegetarian, let alone vegan! Sounds like Aberdeen has lots of offer though.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      We try to cater for everyone so their stay can be as enjoyable as possible. Sharing information that helps them settle into Aberdeen is part of that 🙂

  8. Nadia says:

    I’m not Vegan but I enjoy Vegan food. Sounds like there’s a good scene there.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Definitely. I can personally vouch for how tasty the peanut satay wraps and turmeric lattes are!

  9. Debbie says:

    Oh wow it’s good to see there is a great selection as there was a time when vegans would struggle.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      The vegan offering is getting stronger all the time.

  10. Lorna says:

    I’m actually going to send this list to all my vegan friends. There are a bunch of them.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Glad to hear it. Lots of tempting offers.

  11. Grant R says:

    That’s a handy list. As someone who’s exploring a healthier diet, I appreciate it.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      You should have ample choices, good luck with the healthy lifestyle.

  12. Sonia Cave says:

    It is so nice to read about vegan restaurants growing more and more in number. We always struggled to find somewhere to eat out when we lived in the UK

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      A much richer offering these days!

  13. Julie says:

    Great to hear as always good to go somewhere that offers more choice particularly as I follow a vegan diet so positive to hear comments from people who don’t have a vegan diet too but willing to give different foods a go. Will give some of them a try

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      There’s quite a rich offering here. Look out for our next breakfast post which will include an easy Vegan recipe.

  14. Bonobo is Aberdeen’s first vegan cafe. As a maverick in its genre, it started as a pop-up at the Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre, opening only limited hours on Saturdays. It has since succeeded on its mission to become a full-time eatery and you can now find it at its own address, open six days a week! The menu is small, but delicious. For a taster, have a look on their Facebook page. Definitely worth a visit. Foodstory Cafe is the brainchild of a group of people who are not only passionate about food but experimental in their cooking. All their food is locally sourced, homemade and environmentally friendly. They are also always trying new recipes and aiming to create interesting and new vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. While this restaurant is neither solely vegetarian nor vegan, they take great care of where they source their goods from and the food produced here is considered artisan food. 

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