Don’t be put off by Janet Street Porter’s recent claims that she’s moved to Norfolk! Norwich is a quintessentially British city and has become our second home. Outside London we think it’s the most vegan friendly place in the UK and we’re not the only ones to think this. Not only is the city small and manageable it’s steeped in history and still has many 16th century buildings as well as part of the old city walls and tumble-down, narrow, cobbled streets. Here’s our 20 best places to go with kids (and adults).
Where to eat vegan with kids in Norwich
In no particular order here’s our list of 20 places to eat vegan with kids in Norwich.
Vegetarian, middle eastern, inspired food with a huge range of vegan choices ranging from falafels (no surprise there) to vine leaves and burgers and a delicious vegan slaw. They also have homemade juices and vegan deserts. It’s absolutely enticing and it’s our go-to vegan fast food place. It also helps that it’s just around the corner from where we stay! The shop seems small but they have seating upstairs.
Found on Lower Goat Lane this place offers eco-incentives for taking your own container (free topping) and mug (20p off).
The Tipsy Vegan
A fully vegan restaurant that sells mouth-watering comfort food, classic takes on meat alternatives and cocktails too.
This little deli, tucked into a corner of Pottergate, sells produce made from organic soya beans grown right here in Norfolk. The range includes sausages, burgers, loose tofu and fresh tofu. Not to forget their mouth-watering range of take out lunches, cakes teas and more.
A vegetarian restaurant (with loads of vegan options) located above Rainbow Whole foods shop. The food is more than appetising and inspired from ingredients around the world. There’s cosy seating upstairs overlooking the courtyard but in the summer they have seating outside which we adore.
With an ever-growing vegan and vegetarian menu, Wagamama is another favourite of ours offering Japanese noodles and inspired food. The bao buns are delicious and we also love the glass noodle salad.
Erpingham House is the UK’s largest vegan Restaurant! Set in a multi-levelled listed building this organic & vegan establishment comprises a first floor cafe (serving all day breakfasts, smoothies, brownies, cbd brownies & loads more), a 2nd floor restaurant (OMG the burgers!) and a 3rd floor bar not only offer extensive menus but also a specific vegan kids’ menu! I mean, holy shit, I’ve never had that anywhere before.
The food is rich, very well presented and full of taste & colour.
Another fully vegan shop down on Magdalen Street offering specialty coffee, tea, smoothie bowls, Buddha bowls, brunches , sandwiches, cakes and smoothies.
27 Magdalen Street
Little Shop Of Vegans
Exactly opposite The Tipsy Vegan is the Little Shop of Vegans; a shop selling a range of vegan products including chilled food, frozen foods, pizza, clothing and gifts as well as an eco-range of self-fill washing liquids, shampoos. It’s a brilliant shop that has many rooms to explore.
49 St Benedicts Street
The Green Grocers
A one stop shop in terms of everything zero-packaging, ethical and scrtumptious! Absolutely and definitely worth a visit as they sell everything from cleaning products to pizza. For a while this place was Norwich’s only zero-waste store and they host a big selection of refill cleaning items and over 40 organic nuts, seeds, pulses, cereals, pastas, beans and rice in hoppers. Just buy what you need! The cafe is also fantastic and there’s space for about 25 cars out the front.
Tt takes roughly 25 minutes to walk here from Norwich city centre.
2-4 Earlham House Shops, Earlham Road (at the back of the co-op).
Finally a vegan and vegetarian Indian that serves rich flavours from different parts of India. Oh and it’s served in a building from the 1800’s!
Dazzling menu where only one dish is vegan option and everything else is vegan. Very nice atmosphere here.
130-139 Queens Road
A Japanese restaurant that has a small selection of vegan options. What they have is all freshly prepared and very tasty. Great location within the city centre.
13 St Giles Street
Slightly out of the city centre and smothered in a range of green foliage, The Workshop serves a range of north African & middle Eastern dishes. Not all are vegan or vegetarian so ask carefully what the dishes include. They also serve a tapas menu & a sharing menu in an exceedingly relaxed atmosphere. This place doubles as a quaint & lively bar. There’s room for about 5 cars next to The Workshop. It’s quite a small place but always lively.
FYI if you look young, take ID. They have a very strict ID policy.
53 Earlham Road
The Temple Bar
Temple is all the way out on Unthank Road and is vegan friendly. It’s just a small but pretty busy pub which is renowned for its special vegan roast on Sundays. Oh and good breakfast menu & coffee.
2 Unthank Road
Bia Vegan Diner – looking for new property
Bia Vegan Diner was THE best place to go in the market. Sadly they left in 2019 and now Bia will be @nannamexico every Tuesday with a 100% fully vegan takeover. They’re looking for a new property and other opportunities.
This place kind of has a sad story; they opened as a vegan Thai restaurant but couldn’t get the customers they needed and were forced to add meat options to their menu. They have a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, everything can be made vegan, and the food is brilliant. They also do take-out & delivery which makes my heart sing lol.
131 Magdalen Street
Tucked into the backstreet of White Lion Street is vegan friendly Nanna Mexico serving enormous burritos for all your spice driven needs. Crammed full of peppers, onions, beans and Mexican spices, this place is fast food heaven.
23 White Lion Street
Cup Cake & Co
Not just your standard cupcake place as not only do they have a large choice of vegan cakes they also create bespoke vegan orders, deliver and offer GIANT cupcakes and donuts.
83 Upper St Giles Street
Chef Ron’s & Roman’s Juice Bar
Chef Ron’s ultra delicious street food and his son Roman’s juice bar is another of our firm favourites. Not everything is vegan but there’s a range of street foods that change regularly and they also offer an acai bowl which I desperately miss out of Australia.
19 Lower Goat Lane
KindaCafe / The Missing Shoe
A community cafe which is part of a charity. They host live music and offer Hidden History Tours of Norwich.
21-23 Castle Meadow
As A Bonus
I want to add a special mention to Noriwch Market which has won countless awards and is currently voted the UK’s best outdooor market for 2019. It’s a small maze of brilliantly, eclectic stalls, many offering vegan food, including:
- The Cuppie Hut
- Two Indians
- Folland Organics fruit & vegetables
- Birchley’s Loose Leaf Tea
- Fresh 22
- Falafel & More
- Lucy’s fish & chips (cooked in vegetable oil)
- Cocina Mia
- Tasty House Asian
- Two stalls of The Orient Express
- Bread Source
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