Margate is a famous seaside resort on the Kent coast that beautifully combines old English charm with 21st century culture. With a wealth of sandy beaches, exciting indoor and outdoor adventures – such as a shell grotto, amusement park, fascinating museums and theatres – this timeless English seaside holiday town is a hub of activity.
But it doesn’t just end there as Margate also boasts a splendid dining scene that will reinvent your expectations of vegan food.
With the good selection of vegan restaurants in Margate too, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste!
Below we introduce you to our favourite vegan restaurants in Margate. We’ll make an admission – not all are exclusively vegan. But we also had to include a few non-vegan restaurants because their fantastic plant-based choices – and wide array of vegan options – which make them a must-visit too.
So read on to discover the six best vegan-friendly and exclusively vegan restaurants in Margate!
Six Exceptional Vegan Restaurants in Margate, UK: Food Worth Waiting For!
1. Seaside Kitchen & Cake Parlour
Delicious comfort food close to Margate’s popular attractions
Just a few minutes walk from some of the famous attractions in Margate – like the Turner Contemporary, Margate Caves and Shell Grotto – is Seaside Kitchen & Cake Parlour. A restaurant that is conveniently located for some delicious post-adventure grub.
But best of all, Seaside Kitchen & Cake Parlour is also Kent’s first all-vegan cafe!
They don’t only specialise in incredible sweet treats though, but also offer some of the best vegan food in the area. Ranging from burgers, bagels, sandwiches, savoury bubble waffle wraps, loaded fries, mac & cheese, as well as vegan hot dogs, you’ll be spoiled for choice here!
This cafe has a very inviting elegant and vintage vibe to it, adding lots of charm and character to your lunch or afternoon tea experience. We think you’ll love that relaxed ambience and the very helpful and accommodating service here too, as the staff are always happy to assist with any dietary needs such as gluten or dairy intolerances.
The team at this vegan restaurant in Margate certainly put their hearts into what they do, and the result is some of the best plant-based comfort food in the area. Some popular menu items here include the Pulled BBQ Savoury Bubble Waffle Wrap which consists of jackfruit “pulled pork” and homemade coleslaw; another must try is their Chilli Cheeze Hot Dog topped with mustard, ketchup, cheeze sauce, grated cheeze, jalapenos, sriracha mayo and chilli flakes.
These dishes will definitely hit the spot after a long day of exploring, but do leave some room for dessert as Seaside Kitchen & Cake Parlour does way more than just your typical sorbet or fresh fruits!
We highly recommend their delicious Banana & Chocolate Bubble Waffle and their refreshing Mint Chocolate Sundae. But if you’re too full after your mains, you can always grab something to go.
This place tends to attract a crowd when it comes to their heavenly Afternoon Tea too, where you’ll get to savour an enticing selection of fresh cakes, homebaked scone, finger sandwiches, sausage roll bite, cream & jam, as well as unlimited tea and coffee.
But we highly recommend you book for the Afternoon Tea at least 48 hours in advance if you want this unforgettable experience with your friends and family as it’s very popular.
Seaside Kitchen & Cake Parlour is open from Thursday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm, but is closed on Monday to Wednesday.
Address: 24 Hawley St, Margate CT9 1QA
2. The Grain Grocer
Natural food store and organic cafe offering creative and seasonally-inspired dishes
Are you on the search for some tasty, thoughtfully sourced and organic food, and vegan products to take home? Well, we’ve got you covered with this choice!
The Grain Grocer is a natural food store where you can get hold of store products that are refillable and available by weight. This way, you have the choice of buying as little or as much as you need and you can refill your own containers.
It’s a very forward-thinking concept of caring for our environment by reducing plastic waste and the reducing our carbon footprint, and we love that.
But if you’re after some ready-made food that’s wholesome and beneficial for the body, then you’re in the right place too as The Grain Grocer isn’t only a natural food store, but is also a cafe!
In the cafe you’ll find incredible nutritious and organic food freshly made with all of their store ingredients, as well as local organic fruit and vegetables. As everything’s fresh, expect seasonally-inspired dishes when visiting.
This sun-lit cafe also has a very appealing rustic charm to it thanks to the large windows and vibrant atmosphere. You’ll immediately feel a sense of community here, and all kinds of people in town gather to mix and enjoy great food and drinks.
The staff here are always ready to help and offer their expertise too, whether it’s providing information about different ways to use and cook with the products they sell, or recommending a particular dish that’s popular among locals.
As for those dishes, some of the creative and organic dishes that stand out the most here are their Roasted Savoy Cabbage drizzled with tangy pomegranate molasses dressing and topped with their house black sesame dukkah and chive. Another very filling pick is the Chickpea ‘tuna’ sandwich with red cabbage and beetroot slaw – a creative sandwich that allows the whole foods to shine and will keep you full for long.
The Grain Grocer is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Address: 216 Northdown Rd, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2QU
Relaxed spot serving delicious Italian cuisine with a separate vegan menu
Established in 1990, Giorgios has earned a fantastic reputation locally due to its delicious food, attentive staff, and welcoming atmosphere.
This place has nicely kept a little vintage feel to it, with an aged wooden floor and bar stools. The friendly, attentive and polite service here will also impress and creates a very welcoming vibe, as the staff go the extra mile to make you feel comfortable.
As for the food, we love that Giorgios exceeds expectations when it comes to how the dishes are presented and the quality. Although not exclusively vegan, Giorgios is a worthy addition to our list of vegan restaurants in Margate due to their outstanding separate vegan menu.
We think you’ll be surprised by how an Italian restaurant can prepare such delectable vegan starters, pizzas and pastas. Start with a vegan starter like the Sicilian Antipasto which consists of roasted pepper, zuchini scapece, olives, range, chilli, spring onion and grissini. Or go for the delicious Vegan ‘Halloumi’ & Fig starter, which incorporates shaved fennel salad, toasted hazelnuts and balsamic glaze.
As for mains, you won’t have to compromise on taste with their Thin White Vegan Pizza which is topped with porcini, vegan ‘mozzarella’, vegan ‘parmesan’ and truffle oil. But if you’re looking for pasta, then we highly recommend their Rigatoni Aubergine which is made from datterini tomatoes, garlic, basil, pine nuts, vegan ‘mozzarella’ and vegan ‘parmesan’.
Giorgios is open from Tuesday to Thursday, Friday for lunch from 12pm to 2pm and for dinner from 6pm to 10pm. As for Saturday, this spot is open for lunch from 12pm to 2pm and for dinner from 5:30pm to 10pm, but is closed on Mondays and Sundays.
If you’re vegan and craving comfort food Italian classics, Giorgios is the place to be.
Address: 19 Marine Gardens, Margate CT9 1UH
4. Alexandria Cafe
Authentic Egyptian food in a cosy cafe facing The Bay.
Located just a short walk from Margate Beach, this cafe facing The Bay whips up some of the best authentic Egyptian food in Kent.
Although not solely vegan, Alexandria Cafe is included on our list of vegan restaurants in Margate for the fantastic vegan options they have, delicious affordable Egyptian cuisine, and cosy, homely feel.
This hole-in-the-wall is very quirky and relaxed with walls painted in blue and pink, an unobtrusive screen playing classic Egyptian musical movies and a wall adorned with the photos of bygone Egyptian film stars. From the moment you walk through the door, you’ll feel like this could be a café in Alexandria or Cairo, rather than one near the sea in Margate!
When it comes to the food they serve, why not try the popular Egyptian Koushari which is a vegan dish prepared with green lentils, rice, chickpeas, pasta, tomato, garlic and fried onions. Another great pick is the Mesakaa’ which consists of fried aubergine, green pepper served in tomato sauce, vinegar and garlic.
So whether you’re visiting alone or with family, try this cafe out! The delicious food at Alexandria Cafe is different, very affordable, and looks great!
Alexandria Cafe is open from Monday to Sunday from 11:30am to 6pm, but is closed on Tuesdays.
Address: 9 Market St, Margate CT9 1EU
5. Beet Bar
Relaxing oasis, close to attractions serving globally-inspired vegan food.
This old town oasis is within walking distance from some of the most popular attractions in Margate and serves up big flavour in each dish they serve. It’s also a budget-friendly spot that’s great for an end-of-month dining out.
With a colourful mural painting with mandala designs, comfortable sofas, and a relaxing outdoor terrace , visiting Beet Bar will make you feel like you’re in a calming retreat away from the hustle and bustle of town. The service here doesn’t disappoint ether, as the friendly and attentive staff will happily assist with any dietary requirements you may have.
But you’ll be visiting for the food, and get ready to be impressed. Beet Bar is exclusively vegan and serves up globally-inspired dishes. Some popular dishes include their Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit Wrap made with jackfruit, Caribbean style black beans and served with a side of mango & citrus crunchy slaw; another worth trying is the Mediterranean Platter served with toasted pita bread, mixxed olives and two different hummus combos.
But if you’re a raw vegan, worry not as Beet Bar has an incredible Raw Thali which consists of gazpacho, tahini dip, parsnip rice & sprouts, cauliflower tabbouleh, sauerkraut, beetroot & carrot, sundried tomato and avocado.
The dessert options are a must have too, as Beet Bar serves up some fantastic raw sweet treats. Definitely sig into their tasty Apple & Rhubarb Crumble, Choco Mousse or Pear & Chia Pudding for a start!
Beet Bar was undergoing refurbishment at the time of writing, but fully deserves its place on our list of the best vegan restaurants in Margate. Beet Bar is open from 10am to 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday.
Address: Sidney Pl, Market St, Margate CT9 1FF
6. Grub Hub
Excellent Caribbean cuisine with live music and a great sea view
Situated right in the heart of Margate on the Harbour Arm, Grub Hub is a great quick stop for grab-and-go Caribbean food.
The interior is snug and includes a few paintings and a corner for music instruments, but the real beauty of this spot lies in its outdoor patio with parasols. There you’ll get to take in the stunning views of the water while enjoying some delicious Caribbean cuisine under the sun.
This unassuming restaurant in Margate doesn’t have many vegan options but the two vegan curries and vegan burger they do have – alongside the regular live music – makes Grub Hub well worth visiting.
You’ll find about three vegan dishes here, and each is well worth order. So either try their mouth-watering vegan Burger, Vegan Curry or the Vegan Quorn & Black Bean Curry, and settle in for some plant-based Caribbean cuisine!
Don’t miss out on their live music too, where you’ll find musicians jamming to some of the most iconic music.
Although not solely vegan, we just had to include Grub Hub on our list of vegan restaurants in Margate for the buzzing vibe, great (albeit limited) vegan dishes, and friendly atmosphere that will keep you coming for more!
Grub Hub is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 11pm, Sunday from 12pm to 9pm, but is closed on Monday.
Address: Unit 7, 8 Stone Pier, Harbour Arm, Margate CT9 1AP