Vegan Nights in London

Walking down Brick Lane you see a lot of street art and posters advertising local events. On my first night in London I was lucky enough to stumble upon a flyer advertising an event called “Vegan Nights” taking place in Shoreditch the next night. Being that I love vegan food and anything having to do with Shoreditch, I immediately bought a ticket for £10.

vegan nights

“Vegan Nights” is a monthly event that takes place in Shoreditch, showcasing vegan eats from all across the city. It first came to be in September of 2017 and now happens on the first Thursday of every month. Each month there are different vegan vendors, so you’re never trying the same thing twice. These vendors range from baked goods to nachos to korean-italian fusion. You can seriously find any food you’re looking for in vegan form.

Shoreditch vegan nights

Not only is there amazing tasting vegan food, but there’s awesome music from all different kinds of DJs. My favorite part of the night was watching all of the local hipsters dancing to the tunes and challenging one another to dance-offs. Unlike in America, people have no problem acting a fool with their singing and dancing. Nobody judges one another but rather joins in on all of the fun. American music and dancing has nothing on the English!

vegan biff's jackshack wings

After stalking the event’s Instagram, I knew the first stand I wanted to head to was Biff’s Jack Shack. They use jackfruit to make all different flavors of “chicken wings”. While all the flavors looked delicious, I opted for the “bang” and “jerk mango” flavors. Both were so delicious! I love jackfruit but have never seen wings made from it in the states. I might just have to attempt this creation on my own…

vegan spice box doffles

Still feeling hungry, I headed over to Spice Box for some “doffles”, as they like to call them. These are waffles loaded with some indian-spiced goodness. I ordered the Aloo Gobi Doffle because Aloo Gobi is my favorite indian dish! These doffles were the perfect combination of savory, spicy and sweet.

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vegan black mylk ice cream

Lastly, I had to end my delicious vegan meal with some dessert. Vegan ice cream, especially one with a good cashew base, is my weakness. There was an ice cream stand called Black Mylk Ice Cream offering different flavored scoops and waffle sundaes. I tried the matcha and cardamon flavors and topped them with caramel popcorn. The cardamon was such a unique and yummy taste. Add it with the caramel flavor and you have a winning combo.

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In conclusion, if you love vegan food or just food and good music in general, be sure to spend your Thursday at “Vegan Nights”. I went solo and had an amazing time with good food, good music, and people watching. So whether you’re alone or with friends, you’re guaranteed to have a great time and leave with a very full tummy. It’s also a perfect event to attend as a tourist because it really gives you an insight into the local Shoreditch culture, which is unlike that of any other neighborhood in any other city.

For more posts about London be sure to read London’s Best Coffee ShopsLondon’s Best Restaurants, and Hidden Gem of London: Cafe Miami

London’s Best Coffee Shops

Every day after class I would walk from Old Street Station, past my apartment, and into my favorite coffee shop down the street. Looking back at my time in London, this is by far one of the things I miss most. I loved grabbing a cappuccino and sitting on the big red couch in the store, working on my blog or catching up on reading.

It is easy to say that discovering new coffee shops was one of my favorite activities abroad. That being said, I found a lot of hidden gems that would be a crime not to share. So grab a cub off coffee as I take you through some of the most aesthetically pleasing coffee cup shots.

Bell Boi in Shoreditch

Bellboi Shoreditch

This place was a favorite of mine on Sunday mornings. I would grab a chai tea latte and head to Brick Lane Market which takes place on the streets surrounding the cafe. The shop is super small, making it an ideal stop on your morning commute or on your way to another festivity. Bell Boi also doubles as a small hotel for people passing through the town.

Daisy Green in Marylebone

Daisy Greens London coffee

This was my go-to cafe to kill some time in between classes at University. It is an adorable place offering all kinds of vegan cuisines and smoothies. Their almond milk cappuccino was one of my favorites. A lot of my blog posts were written right at Daisy Green‘s wooden coffee bar!

Fuckoffee in Southwark

https://lashesoflifestyle.co.uk/2017/03/02/coffee-stop-fuckoffee-bermondsey/(photo courtesy of Lashes of Lifestyle)

Different from all of the others on my list, this place has a super fun energy. The inside is decorated with big couches, neon signs, and art prints. It definitely reflects the surrounding neighborhood (and the name is hilarious!). My favorite from here is the banana espresso smoothie, the perfect thing for an extra kick on a warm spring day! If you visit Fuckoffee be sure to stop across the street at White Cube, my favorite art gallery in London.

The Monocle Cafe in Marylebone

Monocle Cafe London

Fair warning: this place does not have wifi. I was a bit surprised to see this when I first walked in, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise. When is the last time you went to a coffee shop just to read? Monocle is actually a publishing company which publishes its own magazines and books. The atmosphere encourages you to cozy-up with one of your favorite reads or one of their latest editions. I also really love the piece of chocolate they give you with every cup of coffee!

Pitfield London in Shoreditch

Pitfield London(photo courtesy of Pitfield London)

Being that Pitfield was right outside my London flat, I would often go here throughout the day to meet with friends. The staff is super friendly and accommodating towards students. The cafe shares a space with an antique shop which always made for some interesting fines. My favorite part about Pitfield is their colorful, mosaic china that they use for your food and drinks.

Black Opium in Shoreditch

Black Opium Coffee London

Black Opium coffee London

Of course, I saved the best for last. Black Opium is my all-time favorite coffee shop. Yes, my favorite out of all the coffee shops in London, New York City, Philadelphia, and any other city you can think of. This place is so unique because they have big jars of different flavored coffee beans that you can choose to get your drink made from. They grind your chosen flavor of beans right in front of you and turn it into a delicious drink. My favorite was the orange cappuccino; the flavor is so subtle yet so good. Every day I was greeted by the most friendly staff who always knew my name. I really enjoyed listening to their conversations and talking to them about the books that I was reading.

The next time you are in London you have to visit some of my favorite coffee shops. Each one offers a unique customer experience and the finest quality cappuccino. If you visit one of these be sure to let me know by leaving me a comment!

For more posts on London, check out London’s Best Restaurants, Hidden Gem of London: Palm Vaults, and Hidden Gem of London: Daunt Books.

Hidden (Vegan) Gem of Edinburgh: Paradise Palms

If you are a vegan then you know how hard it can be to find food to eat while traveling in Europe. Europeans are not nearly as adapt to the new lifestyle choices, such as vegetarianism and veganism, as Americans are. With each city that I visited in Europe I tried to hunt down the local vegan spots to test out. This one in Edinburgh was by far my favorite vegan restaurant that I visited while abroad.

Paradise Palms Edinburgh

Paradise Palms in Edinburgh truly is a one stop shop. You can basically find anything you want to fit all of your hipster needs. Not only do they serve vegan and vegetarian food, but they are also a bar, an event venue, a vinyl store, and a record label. Crazy right!? It is impossible to not have a great time at this place, even when visiting alone, like myself.

Edinburgh Paradise Palms

I’m a firm believer that the environment of a restaurant contributes to your experience there. With an atmosphere as cool as this one how can you not enjoy yourself? The space is filled with records, neon lights, and quirky trinkets hanging from the ceilings. It truly is a space that you will never forget.

Edinburgh vegan nachos

Not being able to eat meat or cheese, I had to order these vegan jackfruit nachos when I saw them on the menu. They were absolutely delicious and worth every bite. The nacho chips were topped with pulled barbecue jackfruit and mango & pineapple salsa. Is your mouth watering? Because mine is just thinking about it once again! And yes, in case you were wondering, I did finish this all by myself. Don’t judge!

Edinburgh vegan hot dog

In addition to the nachos, I had to try the vegan hot dog. Since becoming a vegetarian I have missed a good hot dog with ketchup and mustard. While it definitely tasted like tofu, it filled the hot dog fix I was looking for.

Edinburgh Paradise Palms street art

Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or meat-lover, I highly recommend this one-of-a-kind restaurant in Edinburgh. The atmosphere and energy make it unlike any other restaurant. If I ever return to Scotland I will definitely be making a special stop here to check out the rest of the menu.

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