Holy Cow

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34 Elder St, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 3DX

Vegan cafe and small store est. 2016. Menu is based on seasonal local produce. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm. Open hours vary.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Raw, Western, Take-out, Bakery, European

83 Reviews

First Review by craigmc

Wonderful - Edit

Really nice place, food is good, for 10pounds you can have a good lunch, and i really recommend cakes, even though they are extra 4pounds. If it's warm go to the patio, a peaceful and fresh place to sit. Enjoy!

Pros: Patio, Nice Staff, Good Food ans reasonable price

Cons: Everything is vegan, but mainly they are sandwiche

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Holy Cow Edinburgh - Edit

Finally I found HOLY COW at Elder Street, Edinburgh. Luckily. It was so nice there and delicious, great!!! Fantastic Meal, wonderful cake! Nice lemonade, the room ist small and in a cellar, but it is made so nice, great to relaxe here. I wish I could get there more often.

Pros: nice location, kind people who work there, great meals and cakes!

Cons: hard to find, not Disability Access, a bit expensive

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Cute! - Edit

Delicious and abundant! A bit hidden but is very cute, service was super nice.

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Excellent Food, Incredible Bread - Edit

This place is a must try! It’s perfect for warming up on those cold days and they have some incredible options. Their soups are excellent and their sandwiches are delicious. I didn’t love the salad I got, but after getting soup (sweet potato and lentil) and the bread that came with it, I wish I would have gotten one of their sandwiches just for the incredible flavorful bread. It comes out warm and has incredible flavor and texture. You could come here just for the bread. I tried a few bites of the hummus sandwich which was very good and my friend loved her carrot and orange soup. We also got a sandwich and chips to go for a friend who was sick, and they waited until we had almost finished so that it would still be hot for her which I thought was really nice. Their banoffee pie is incredible too! Would love to try more of their options, and will definitely be back for another visit. The only downside was that it was pretty expensive, but we left full and happy so you DO get pretty big portions for the prices.

Pros: All vegan, Amazing bread, sandwiches and soup, Quiet, cozy, place with helpful staff

Cons: Expensive

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wow - Edit

The best place where you can eat the tastiest vegan burger on the world! Please try the "Bloody". This burger with beetroot!!!😍

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Vegan but expensive - Edit

A little simple place beside the bus station. We were delighted to find another vegan place but a little disappointed with the menu. We plumped for burgers and fries which were ok. Would have preferred something a little healthier. The peanut butter milkshake was great

Pros: All vegan menu , Helpful staff

Cons: Expensive , More healthy or raw options would be good

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Cute little place! - Edit

I stumbled upon this place when I missed a bus connection - it's right outside the bus station, what a lucky find!

I had a delicious slice of gluten free banoffee pie and a big pot of peppermint tea while my friend had a sandwich. It was so good that I went back on my return journey, this time for a sandwich which was very tasty and well presented.

The place is cosy and staff friendly, it's a great place to go if you are waiting around like I was, the food is good but it is expensive for the amount you get. I would return if I have to wait for a bus connection again, the decent size pot of tea wins me over!

Updated from previous review on 2018-04-21

Pros: Close to bus station, Friendly staff, Fully vegan

Cons: Expensive, Had to ask about gluten free options., Cash only

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try the chocolate peanut butter shake! - Edit

On my last day in Edinburgh I popped into the Holy Cow! What a cute little restaurant.

The menu isn’t huge but there are a lot of burger options. I went for the jackfruit burger (it was incredible!) The portion is very big, lots of chips! The burger bun is baked fresh daily and it was so tasty.

I had a chocolate peanut butter shake and it was lovely, not too sweet! I was hoping to get a dessert because they looked beautiful but I was stuffed. I would recommend getting one to go or coming back another time for tea and cake.

Whenever I’m next in Edinburgh I hope to visit Holy Cow again! ☺️❤️

Pros: huge portions , great milkshakes, lots of burger options

Cons: cash only , small venue so may be a short wait

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Tasty but pricey - Edit

I went here and had a sandwich, which tasted nice but was a little small for the 8 pounds it cost me. I also wasn't terribly impressed with their menu - basically you can choose between a lot of things which are not naturally vegan, like vegan cheeses, tempeh 'bacon', burgers etc. (but this is just a personal preference, not a real criticism).

Staff was really friendly, the location is cosy (in a half-basement). They also had a huge selection of cakes, which looked a bit too filling for my taste.

Pros: Tasty food, Lovely staff

Cons: Quite pricey, Only fast-food style options

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Sandwich was fine - Edit

The sandwich was fine, but a little to small and expensive. The owner (I guess) was very friendly and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere, great location right next to the bus station. I’d probably go there again and try something new.

Pros: vegan, cosy, location

Cons: expensive, small meals, nothing special

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Extremely tasty - Edit

We had pear and blue cheese salad and Quarter pounder. Both were very good indeed. Got some cake to take away. Very nice atmosphere, relaxed.

Pros: water brought to the table, knowledgeable staff, nicely decorated cafe

Cons: cash only

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Delicious food, great service - Edit

Was thrilled to find this all vegan, all organic gem on my first day in Edinburgh! Ordered the Bloody Burger which was divine, and the Jamaican pineapple, coconut and lime cake, which was honestly the best vegan dessert I have ever eaten. Service was always delivered with a friendly smile, even though they were extremely busy! Major kudos to these wonderful humans, shall be dining again before I leave ☺️

Pros: Plenty of choice, Could smell the fresh batch of burger buns (delici, Great variety of plant based milks

Cons: My only gripe was that my orange juice was warm

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simply delish - Edit

Had the Bloody burger (change the name please!) Which was delicious, especially in a homemade bun. Gorgeous cheesecake and Bakewell tart too!

Pros: lots of choice

Cons: A little hard to find and cash only

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Delivered us from the Hangry - Edit

Went for an late breakfast and found this Perfect cosy cafe, with a vegan menu of burgers sandwich and salads.
The CBLT was amazing and just the right size and beautifully presented. For pudding the coconut cheesecake was ordered and went down without hitting the side.
It’s a real pleasure to find a cafe that serves good organic food, freshly cooked and with brought smile and this is what you get at Holy Cow.

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Decent - Edit

The staff were lovely, welcoming, and really friendly. I loved that they had a range of milk options, so I got my favourite - oat. Very impressed by that, and by the selection of cakes available in a fridge to the side of the shop.
I ordered a hot chocolate (which was okay) and a Mexican bean burger, which came with some amazing chips, and was nice enough and filled me up, though definitely not worth £10 ! I could have easily made it at home, and I would have added more flavour, honestly. My partner had a smoked tofu sandwich, now the tofu was incredible, but there was only a few chunks! The rest of his was just kale! Quite disappointing honestly, though I understand it is an organic and healthy place. I wish I'd gone elsewhere, but you live and you learn!

Pros: healthy, organic, 100% vegan, nice meal, lovely service

Cons: too pricey, underwhelming hot chocolate, not enough filling in the sandwiches!

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my favourite - Edit

I just love this place

Great comfy cafe food and truly awesome cakes!!

Pros: cakes

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Great little caf - Edit

It’s a small but lovely cafe serving delicious food, good coffee and providing excellent and friendly service. We will visit it again for sure! Recommended!

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Really friendly, delicious place - Edit

We've been here many times already and love their burgers! They are always really filling which means that we can never take any of the delicious cakes (which we have tried already at a time when we only went there for cakes, and they are really good). The price is very okay for how filling their dishes are, especially compared to other places.
The owner & staff are all friendly and helpful when you have any queries.
Their fish burger was one of the best we have ever had!

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Amazing cake!! - Edit

Cute little cafe with amazing cake (especially the red velvet - best vegan cake I’ve ever had!!). Only reason why it’s not 5 stars is because of the price... slightly on the pricey side but would go back nonetheless.

Pros: Friendly, Cake, Burgers

Cons: Price

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fantastic little place - Edit

Lovely warm welcome. Great choice of burgers. I went for 1/4 pounder and was not disappointed. Had a great turmeric latte with oat milk (there is a wide choice of milks) couldnt manage a dessert but got one to takeaway (just for scientific purposes of course)

Pros: fully vegan, warm welcome

Cons: only take cash so pop to cashpoint first

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Great fully vegan find! - Edit

I visited Holy Cow with my meat-eating brother for lunch after a recommendation from a friend and am happy to say that we both left very satisfied! The place itself is beautiful decorated and inviting and staff were friendly. I went for the seasoned zucchini burger and my brother had the Mexican burger and although the chips were slightly greasy for my liking I was really impressed and we both polished them off in record time! We also decided to try some of the cakes because they had such a good selection so I had a slice of the lemon drizzle cake and my brother went for the banoffee pie. Although my brother wasn’t too sure of the pie (which could be down to the fact he isn’t used to eating vegan) and I found my slice a bit on the dry side (possibly could have done with more drizzle!) I would definitely return again soon to try out some of the other options. Its so refreshing to find somewhere that caters so well for vegans and I left feeling so good about my experience that I felt I had to make this my first review. Holy Cow is a must for anyone following a vegan lifestyle in Edinburgh and somewhere my brother would return to as well!

Pros: Beautiful decor, Nice vibe

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too expensive - Edit

At £10.00 for a sandwich I walked in and walked back out again, I dont care if it is organic and vegan. Went to a non-vegan establishment and was charged £4 for a decent bowl of lentil soup.

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JuditMakara 28 Jan 2018 - Dear Friendly Fag,
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are sorry that your expectations weren't met at your recent visit. We do understand that cost is an important factor when purchasing food, however our sandwiches have never been priced at £10. They cost £7.95. We bake our own buckwheat bread and most of our food is homemade from scratch of which we are very proud. We like to use high quality ingredients and that is reflected in the price.
Hope to see you next time.
Best wishes,
Judit
 


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Cute Cafe, great lunch - Edit

Excellent lunch spot in the centre of Edinburgh. A little on the pricy side by that is to be expected in this location. Great drink selection but food is limited to open sandwiches and burgers, all vegan. Since I went for breakfast I was a little disappointed by this. My hummus sandwich was excellent but the cake I chose was a little on the dry side (peanut butter chocolate). Staff very friendly.

Pros: Fully vegan, Great drink choice

Cons: A bit pricy

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Gorgeous little cafe with delicious food - Edit

I honestly wanted to try everything on the menu! It's not just salads and it's not just standard food trying to hide the fact that it's vegan. The food here is proud to be vegan and just incredibly tasty! The staff was also really friendly and helpful to a tourist!

Pros: All vegan, a good selection to choose from, heal

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Good food, excellent desserts - Edit

I love the sandwiches here more than I do the burgers. They are healthier and so tasty! The best are the desserts! They have such great selections, and all so scrumptious.

Pros: organic

Cons: not all healthily prepared

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cozy + vegan - Edit

What a cute place! Great menu and I love their hours, they are open a bit later than most places that are a similar cafe vibe. The food was great, their buns are really really yummy so I recommend any of their burgers! I loved the tumeric latte although it had big chunks of what I can o it assumed was tumeric root. A bit pricy but great food! Be sure to get dessert! Oh and I love their branding, wonderful.

Pros: quality, good portions , cozy

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Lovely - Edit

Visited yesterday morning with my wife on trip up from Newcastle. We are both vegan so looked on Happy Cow to find a vegan place. We were impressed with the freshness of the food, down to the homemade bread. We had two open sandwiches to share and the portions were hearts, we couldn't quite finish! I do think some additional seasonings (perhaps something smokey) on the tempeh would have been an improvements, but it was lovely non the less and I really loved the tofu sandwich. The drinks selection was nice and water was brought to our table straight away when we came in without us having to request it. We were given friendly table service although we would have happily ordered at the counter. Very relaxed atmosphere and nice, bright, clean decor.

Pros: All vegan, Central Location, Friendly staff

Cons: None

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