Cambridge’s Best Vegan Restaurants
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Cambridge’s Best Vegan Restaurants

Whether you fancy burgers, brunch or sweet treats, Cambridge has more plant-based eateries than ever before. Here are five of the best.

Vegan Vice

Ask any card-carrying Cambridge vegan where they love to eat, and this colourful burger joint is bound to come up. The team is on a mission to change the face of vegan cuisine and demonstrate that a diet without animal products doesn’t need to be boring – and that it can be more delicious than you’ve ever imagined.

One of the bestsellers is the Peanut Butter BBQ, made with a soy burger, peanut butter barbecue sauce, melted vegan cheese, onion rings, sweet pickles, purple slaw and fresh salad, all sandwiched in a toasted brioche bun. Save space for the shakes and sides too.

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Occupying a three-storey building on the corner of Norfolk Street, Thrive is a dedicated vegan bistro with a reputation for fabulous food. Dishes to try include the ‘tofish and chips’ as well as the wide assortment of bakes, which includes homemade Jaffa cakes. Along with tasty eats, there’s always something happening at Thrive, from yoga classes to musical performances and art exhibitions.

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Beginning life as a pop-up, Doppleganger was such a huge hit with local diners that owner Alfy decided to take the plunge and open his own bricks and mortar restaurant. That was back in 2019, and today, his vegan burger enterprise is thriving. As well as the option to dine in at the sleek Regent Street restaurant, you can get your Doppleganger delivered – either way, you can be sure of huge flavours and innovative combinations.

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The Tipsy Vegan

A relatively recent addition to Cambridge’s restaurant scene, the Tipsy Vegan can be found at Quayside. Specialising in small plates and cocktails, the dishes take inspiration from all around the world, from Italian-style arancini to Korean kimchi pancakes. Word on the street is that the buttermilk fried sliders with chipotle sauce are not to be missed.

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Stem & Glory

Born in Cambridge, Stem & Glory has been such a runaway success that it’s recently expanded into London. The business is 100% vegan and dedicated to operating in a sustainable, ethical way, ensuring its food, packaging and energy use is as environmentally friendly as possible. From brunch to dinner time, you can be sure of vibrant and nutritious dishes – find the café on Station Road.

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Did you know?

First World War poet Rupert Brooke studied at King’s College, Cambridge, and spent time living in Grantchester. He was so enamoured with the Cambridgeshire village he penned one of his most famous works, The Old Vicarage, about his home there.