Veganism is one of the buzzwords of the day and Roman Road has plenty to offer for vegetarians, vegans, and health food addicts alike.
Here, we bring you the best of the best in the area (in no particular order). Head to Targa Green Cafe for some classic Moroccan recipes, or pop to SimplyFresh to stock up on fresh ingredients to cook your own vegan delights.
The Gallery Café
Since opening its doors in 2006, The Gallery Café has fast become one of the area’s best-loved vegan offerings. They offer low-cost vegan dishes, locally-ground coffees and healthy juices and all profits generated go straight back into St. Margaret’s House.
Find The Gallery Café at St. Margaret’s House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road, E2 9PL
Sazzy and Fran café
In June, Sazzy and Fran, Hackney’s finest vegan cafe, opened a second branch at 33 Roman Road, between the London Buddhist Centre and the fire station. Everything in the Sazzy and Fran cafe is vegan and almost everything is made in-house. The only products made elsewhere are the pastries, which are made by a vegan bakery in Hackney. Each day, everything is cooked in the Hackney location and then biked over to Roman Road.
Find Sazzy and Fran at 33 Roman Road, E2 9FN
SimplyFresh is known as being one of the only suppliers of organic and health foods in the area, and although fruit and veg are their fastest-selling products, they are an important part of sales. Mehment Guzel, (possibly the most popular shop of all time) keeps up with the newest health food trends in industry publications, Twitter and Instagram, and decides what to stock through trial and error.
Meet Mem at 201-203 Roman Road, E2 0QY
Targa Green Cafe
At Targa Green Cafe the homely atmosphere and stonking food has made it a favourite with locals. The buffet there is made fresh every day with a mix of old and new recipes rooted in Moroccan cuisine, a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy. To top it all off the owners, Sanni and Targa, are downright lovely.
Find Targa Green Cafe at 137 Tredegar Road, Old Ford, E3 2EU
The story behind the Pavilion’s Sri Lankan dishes, and indeed, behind the East End foodie hot-spot itself, is known to few outside of the close knit band of local suppliers and growers that work with the café and its owner. Rob Green took over the Pavilion in Victoria Park in 2011 after making a success of his Sri Lankan tea stall on Borough and Broadway Market. Having recently turned 100% vegetarian, this lakeside cafe is definitely one to try.
Find Pavilion at Victoria Park, Old Ford Road, E9 7DE
Since opening in Wanstead in 2007, The Larder has opened five other locations across the capital. Luckily for us, one of these happens to be just off the Roman. Just a short walk from Bethnal Green tube, head to the Larder for an array of veggie treats, juices and smoothies. If you are feeling fancy, why not book an all-vegetarian Afternoon Tea, perfectly enjoyed outside in the sun.
Find The Larder at 241-243 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0JD
Other vegan places in East London recommended by you
The Spread Eagle
224 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
Temple of Seitan
10 Morning Lane, E9 6NA
Thomas Tower, 1 Dalston Square, Dalston Lane, E8 3GU
Fed by Water
59 Kingsland High Street, E8 2JS
What the Pitta
Boxpark Shoreditch, Unit 52, E1 6GY
298 -299 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA
Jake’s Vegan Steaks
460 Hackney Road, E2 9EG
The Vurger Co
9, Avant Garde Richmix Square, Cygnet Street, E1 6LD
104 Brick Lane, E1 6RL
64 Brick Lane, E1 6RF
If you liked this piece you might like our round up of the best beer gardens
Can you help us?
As a not-for-profit media organisation using journalism to strengthen communities, we have not put our digital content behind a paywall or membership scheme as we think the benefits of an independent, local publication should be available to everyone living in our area.
If a fraction of the local 40,000 residents donated two pounds a month to Roman Road LDN it would be enough for our editorial team to serve the area full time and be beholden only to the community. A pound at a time, we believe we can get there.