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Veganuary: Our picks of plant-based perfection

Veganuary is an annual campaign which encourages us all to give tasty vegan grub a go throughout the month.  If you’re planning on joining the plant-based revolution during January or just want to make some veggie food swaps throughout the year, Middlesbrough’s eateries have you covered…

Mr Cooper’s Coffee House
Bedford Street’s newest addition, Mr Cooper’s Coffee House have transformed the former Rounton Coffee building into a cosy spot for banging bagels, beautiful brews and plant-based light bites. Independently owned, the venue is also a haven for guest roasters, free trade chocolate and everything you need to create your own homebrew set-up.

They specialise in vegan sweet and savoury bagels, falafel bowls, hot drinks and much more, making it the perfect stop-off for Veganuary. During your visit, check out their cake cabinet which currently offers eight delicious vegan options to tempt your taste buds.

If you haven’t visited yet, Mr Cooper’s is a must-try for coffee and food lovers alike.

Lucky Cat Boba
Specialising in the popular refreshment of bubble tea, Lucky Cat Boba is nestled on Corporation Road and has recently transformed their upstairs area to become a stylish space to grab a bite to eat.

Proud to be a 100% vegetarian establishment, their kitchen cooks up plenty of plant-based dishes during lunchtime service. Recently they have introduced vegan rice bowls which have been a popular takeout treat.

And you don’t have to miss out on their wide range of drinks either, as each beverage can be made using an alternative such as soy, almond or oat milk.

Lucky Cat Boba serves up 100% vegetarian and vegan food.

Lucky Cat Boba serves up 100% vegetarian and vegan food.

The Linthorpe Road restaurant is famous for being 100% vegan, where you can sample everything from delicious smash burgers to stacked pancakes to the classic parmo dish, complete with plant- based béchamel sauce and topped with vegan cheese. All dishes on V-Edge’s menu are inspired by the diets of owners Alex Mountjoy and Elle Connell.

It’s not just their food menu which is plant-based, the popular nightspot also serves up famous vegan cocktails and hosts special theme nights, making the venue a perfect place to begin your evening out.

All dishes are available to takeout, visit their Facebook page to view the latest deals which V-Edge have on offer.

V-Edge is Middlesbrough's 100% vegan restaurant

V-Edge is Middlesbrough’s 100% vegan restaurant

Alkaline Kitchen
For some of the most Instgrammable plant-based dishes in town, Alkaline Kitchen is the place to head as they believe that vegan food doesn’t have to be dull.

Using only the freshest ingredients, the Albert Road café prides itself on cooking the majority of their meals without oil and preservatives. Diners can also sample plenty of gluten and soy free options which are packed full of vitamins and minerals.

Breakfast burritos, burgers and loaded nachos are some of the most popular choices at the bistro and with a specials menu changing on a weekly basis; it’s always worth visiting time and time again to try something new.

And during your visit, grab a refreshing beverage to take out as Alkaline’s signature juices, smoothies and speciality loose leaf teas are guaranteed to give your immune system a boost.

Alkaline Kitchen believes that vegan food doesn't have to be dull

Alkaline Kitchen believes that vegan food doesn’t have to be dull

Umi Japanese Bar and Restaurant
There is no need to hop on a plane to sample authentic Asian vegan cuisine, as Umi Japanese Bar and Restaurant in the heart of Middlesbrough have brought plenty of diversity to the town’s restaurant scene.

From sushi to small plates, many of their dishes are vegan friendly and full of traditional Japanese, Chinese and Korean flavours. Their current menu includes the following plant-based favourites; veggie sushi burrito, seaweed salad and cauliflower bao buns.

For those with a sweet tooth, feast your eyes on their dessert menu which is packed full of vegan and veggie options which are beautifully presented.

Umi's vegan desserts are beautifully presented

Umi’s vegan desserts are beautifully presented

Feeling inspired? Explore Middlesbrough’s plant-based restaurants further by heading over to our Food and Drink guide.