The best vegan cafes near Roman Road

Whether you’re giving veganuary a go, or searching for some plant-based goodness this winter, it looks like you’re in the right place.

A recent study by the experts at B-Well CBD, a CBD oil, health and wellness store, identified Tower Hamlets as London’s most vegan friendly borough. With 714 vegan options and a further 824 vegetarian options on Deliveroo, Tower Hamlets took the top spot, above City of London, Islington and even Hackney. 

Here, we bring you the best of the best vegan eateries around Roman Road. Whether you’re meeting a friend for brunch, or doing your weekly shop, sticking to a plant-based diet has never been easier. 

The Gallery Café

Three course vegan lunch at the Gallery Cafe, St Margaret's House

BEST FOR: STUDENTS ON A BUDGET

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 & Fran

Latte mug at Sazzy & Fran, Roman Road.

BEST FOR: CAFFEINE ADDICTS

It all started in a shipping container, but now you can find the neighbourhood’s finest coffee and plant-based food at 33 Roman Road, between the London Buddhist Centre and the fire station. Sazzy & Fran source their house brew from local coffee roasters, Climpson & Sons, with a guest arabica coffee changing every few months. The all-vegan menu features their famous ‘zalmon’ cream cheese bagel, now available to buy in jars so you can make it at home.

Find Sazzy and Fran at 33 Roman Road, E2 0HU

SimplyFresh

Photograph of their homemade olive oil

BEST FOR: VEGAN LIFERS

Not strictly a cafe but SimplyFresh is much more than a convenience store. A long-standing supplier of organic and health foods in the area, they stock fresh fruit and vegetables daily from the New Spitalfields Market. Keeping up with the newest health food trends, SimplyFresh has expanded their fresh and frozen vegan range to help you stick to those resolutions this January. 

Find SimplyFresh at 201-203 Roman Road, E2 0QY

Targa Green Café

Cakes on the counter at Targa Green Cafe

BEST FOR: DRESS DOWN WEEKENDS

The homely atmosphere and bountiful food served at Targa Green Cafe has made it a favourite with locals looking for a relaxed vibe. Rooted in Moroccan cuisine, the menu features vegan salads, hearty wraps and plentiful pastries. Greeting each customer with a warm welcome, the owners, Sanni and Targa, are committed to serving nourishing, fresh food to all the community. 

Find Targa Green Cafe at 137 Tredegar Rd, Bow, London, E3 2EU

The Breakhouse Café

Vegan breakfast at The Breakhouse Cafe, Fish Island.

BEST FOR: AN ARTY OUTING

The Breakhouse Cafe’s vegan breakfast will prove that plant-based food can be wholesome and hearty. This neighbourhood cafe provides a space for customers to escape the daily grind in the heart of Hackney Wick’s iconic Fish Island. Serving up local and honestly sourced produce, The Breakhouse delivers sustainable dishes, good for you and the planet. Photo by Jake Davis.

Find The Breakhouse Cafe at Unit 17, Bloc Riverbank, 455 Wick Lane, Fish Island, London, E3 2TB 

MOTHER Works

Acai granola bowl at MOTHER works vegan cafe, Hackney Wick.

BEST FOR: PEOPLE WATCHING

Rumoured to have the best açai bowl in East London, MOTHER’s all-vegan menu will leave you feeling energised and rejuvenated. This cafe with a conscience provides a feast for the eyes as well as the tummy, producing beautiful plant-based dishes from poached quince pancakes to green shakshuka sabzi. 

Reconnect with MOTHER-nature at 1, Canalside, Here East Estate, London E20 3BS

Worthy Mentions

Many places, while not dedicated to plant-based food, are now offering vegan options. 

The Pizza Room has added three new plant-based pizzas to their menu – Vegan spice, Vegan Sunshine and Zesty Vegan, bringing bold flavours and freshness to satiate your pizza cravings. 

Find The Pizza Room’s Mile End branch at  2a Grove Road, London, E3 5AX

Contrary to what the name suggests, The Greedy Cow has gone green, featuring two plant-based burgers among it’s carnivorous collection.  

Visit The Greedy Cow at 2 Grove Rd, Bow, London, E3 5AX

Last but not least, Breid Bakers are serving up creamy vegan toasties from their bakery under the railway arches in Bethnal Green – the ideal spot for a warming lunch. 

Discover Breid Bakers at 72 Dunbridge Street, London, E2 6JG

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