Best Vegetarian eats in Birmingham

As a self-confessed ‘foodie’ vegetarian student (also studying a degree in Food science) living in Birmingham, I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of sorts when it comes to finding great food so here, we have my top 5 picks for eateries for every occasion.

By Harriet Johnson


The ultimate takeaway – Vegan Munch, Selly Oak

There is no better treat after a long day at university than a kebab and Vegan munch have seemed to nail the meat free kebab. As well as this they also make their own freshly pressed juices, smoothies, mock chicken burgers and dairy free ice-cream. With prices as low as £5.49 for a mock chicken, donner or lamb wrap with all the fixings, you can’t afford not to try this place out!

Top pick – Donner wrap (£5.49) with the ‘Zing Time’ (£2.99) smoothie

Date night – Digbeth dining club, Digbeth

Digbeth Dinging Club is one of my personal favourites for a date night or whenever I have out of town guests as it is such a unique concept that attracts huge crowds every week. This place is basically a bar with live music where the outdoor space contains 7-15 (depending on the night) food trucks from all different vendors. The trucks vary every single day so you can rest assure that no matter how many times you go you’ll be able to try something new! They’re open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Thursday being the ‘No Bones’ night where everything served is vegetarian or vegan which is incredible. It is a ticketed event to prevent overcrowding due to the popularity however tickets are only £1 on Eventbrite and the trucks only take cash and the average meal is about £8-10 so make sure you bring enough money (the bar however does take card!)

Top pick – Southern Thai vegan curry (£8) from Buddha Belly and a gin and tonic (£6) of course!

Bargain lunch – The Indian Streatery, Birmingham city centre

This place I discovered recently after a friend of mine who is on her year abroad came to visit however I can with confidence that it will now be a regular whenever I venture into town! This family ran hole in the wall started out as a food truck around the city centre then found a permanent spot at Digbeth Dining Club before upgrading to their brand-new eatery near the Bullring. Although their evening menu is amazing, I love this place for their ‘Grab and Go’ lunch boxes (despite the name, you are still able to eat inside the café). The lunch menu consist of 6 amazingly put together unusual dishes such as the most popular, ‘Pakora Chaat’ which consist of fried onions and spinach on a bed of marinated chickpea curry, topped with coriander, red onion, pomegranate, homemade chutney and yogurt (the dish is made vegan if the yogurt is removed). This place is not something that can be missed next time you’re heading into town!

Top pick – Deconstructed Samosa Chaat (£4.49) with ginger tea £2.10)

Splashing out – BA-HA, Birmingham City Centre

This entirely vegan little gem in the hidden in Mailbox is my go-to place whenever celebrating a good grade or when exam season is finally over! The prices aren’t sky high with meals averaging £11-15 each so its still a viable option for us students on a tight budget however is nice enough to call a treat. Their ‘Brunch of Champions’ is one of the best I’ve ever had, consisting of homemade cheese bread, fried mushrooms, beans, oven roasted cherry tomatoes sautéed spinach, a sausage patty and scrambled v-egg. A feast fit for royalty!

Top pick – Mushroom and Spinach Creamy Rigatoni (12.50)

Friday night treat – The Veggie Chippy, Birmingham City Centre

Nothing screams Friday night in more than a chip shop dinner and The Veggie Chippy has you covered for all your classic chippy favourites. From fried chicken to battered fish, pizza, pies and battered sausage. They have it all and there’s very little on the menu over £5 so you can afford to treat yourself without having to worry about whether you can afford that £200 textbook.

Top pick- Masala Vish Burger – comes with chips and a can of drink of your choice (£5.50)

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