Into Vegan Restaurant Guide

Written by: Jess Walker

Are you trying Veganuary this year - or just looking for places to try some great vegan dishes? We've got you covered! From fully vegan cafes to everybody's favourite restaurants we've compiled a list of places in Colchester which cater for vegans and beyond.

Take a look at our guide below and don't forget to tag us on social media if you visit a place from our guide - we love seeing you enjoy your time in Colchester!

Fully Vegan

Caffe Sala

Caffe Sala is a lovely a fully plant based cafe on Eld Lane. They offer a great variety of loose leaf teas and a wonderful selection of cakes.

(Please note Caffe Sala is currently closed for refurbishment, to stay up to date with when they reopen make sure to follow them on social media.)

Hanks Colchester

Hank's Colchester offers a fully vegan cafe with barista coffee, breakfasts, fresh sandwiches, savouries and desserts. Everything can be made fresh to eat in or grab and go on the run. We've got an upstairs seating area where you can sit and relax and enjoy your meal and we also have outside seating.

Open 7 days a week in Colchester town centre.


In addition to the fully vegan Hanks and Caffe Sala there are plenty of independent businesses in Colchester that have vegan items of their menu.


Patch is an independent cafe in the heart of the City centre, fully vegetarian and serving amazing vegan dishes too! Head down for brunch or try their delicious a la carte menu on Saturday evenings!

Cafe Med

From Mediterranean to Colchester, Café Med is one of the best premier cafes among Colchester's cafes. We have extensive range of vegetarian food. We can cater for Gluten Free, Vegan and Dairy Free guests

Roots and Grooves

Another independent gem in Colchester, enjoy a great lunch from their cafe menu and then browse their extensive plant and record collection!

Out for dinner

There's a great range of restaurants in Colchester that have vegan friendly options! Their menu might not be fully vegan but they're a great place to visit with friends and have a good choice of dishes.

Turtle Bay

Offering great vegan brunch options, light lunches and mains there's a great amount of choice for vegan food at Turtle Bay. There's also a great collection of vegan cocktails and alcoholic drinks if you'd like to add a tipple to your meal.


Our favourite Wagama vegan dish is the No Duck Donburi but there's so many other yummy choices to enjoy. When you visit there's a fully vegan menu just for you so you don't have to search around to find out what you can eat!

Pizza Express

Pizza Express has a dedicated vegan menu when you dine in and they've expanded their vegan options for Veganuary. Including starters, pizzas and desserts!


The imitation chicken is definitely not to be ignored! Great in wraps, buns and with the choice to add extras. Their vegan options are available for takeaway and delivery too.


Vegan brunch, lunch and dinner! Enjoy the great atmosphere and food at Bills easily with their range of vegan options. There's also great set menu options too.

Ask Italian

A quarter of the Ask Italian menu is now vegan! Meaning you can have a great range of yummy choices whilst dining with them.


Craving a classic pizza take out dinner? Look no further than Caprinos on North Station Road. A great range of vegan options including Pizzas, wraps and deserts. Every Tuesday enjoy their Buy one Get one deal!

A relaxed lunch

If you don't have time for a full on meal or just want to make a quick stop during your shopping trip there's lots of relaxed lunch places you can drop into and enjoy vegan options.




Taco Bell


Cafe Nero


September 2022