• Union Of Genius

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Soup cafe. Menu changes daily and always includes 2 vegan and 2 lacto-ovo vegetarian soups, clearly labelled on the menu, plus a selection of salads. Has gluten free bread. Open Mon-Fri 08:30-16:00, Sat 12:00-16:00.

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11 Reviews

First Review by imogenmichel


Points +231

10 Aug 2022

Great place

Tasty food ! Everything was fresh with a lot of vegan options and the soups all seemed delicious. The prices were incredible for the amount of food we got and the staff was super nice !

Pros: Great quantities , Super tasty , Very cheap



Points +111

14 Aug 2019

Vegan chilli!

Lots of good vegan soup and salad options but the vegan chilli is where it's at. Tip: You can get it with tortilla chips or skip the chips and get bread on the side (more chilli that way)


Points +1168

01 Nov 2018

good soup

quite overpriced, but their soup tastes good and you can choose your bread


Points +453

20 Sep 2018

Clearly labelled vegan cakes

Had a reall dry vegan brownie from there. Their soups do look very good though and there are lots of different options. Was probably just unlucky with the brownie...

Pros: clearly labelled


Points +102

11 Jul 2018

Good place for light lunch

Offers mainly vegan and vegetarian soups, salads and hot meals (besides a few meat options). We had the large soup menu: a big bowl of soup (4 options, all vegan) and 2 slices of bread (also several options) for under £5. It was very good and filling. Limited seating space.


Points +206

16 May 2018

Cute Cafe with Vegan Options

Cute cafe around the corner from The meadows park wth very friendly Staff great vegan options for lunch and pastries and desserts.

Pros: Lots of Vegan Options, Supports local, Clean and committed to recycling

Cons: Mostly high stools seating


Points +30837

09 May 2018

a winter haven

anyone in Edinburgh in winter will not be disappointed.
various soups rotates daily, UOG have enough sense to realise that some meat eaters will eat tasty appealing soup even if it's vegan.
soups are often world based and are really flavoursome.
a fine option
Popped in again. 40% vegan menu. Great soup.

Pros: it's of vegan, staff, tasty

Cons: very small, maybe take out.


Points +1360

09 Mar 2018

Try the cake too!

Everyone's been raving about the soup, but try and leave some room for cake as well. Union of Genius are supplied by gluten-free bakers Gluttony and they have a few vegan options. The raspberry, coconut and vanilla slice is divine!


Points +1761

30 Aug 2016

For a soup-loving person a real gem in Edinburgh

I had an awesome tomato soup (filling and well-flavoured) with tasty poppy seed bread. Actually I don't know if they have any vegan spread, I didn't ask and I was given butter.
They provide salads as well (there is some kind of salad + soup combo available), also fresh juices, hot chocolates and whatnot.
It's a rather small venue, but nice and welcoming. There is a shelf with few vegan products like chocolate, seeds and nuts and so on.
Coffee was very good! Don't know about WiFi.
By their own account they donate lots of leftovers to the needy.
Also, you can pay for a bowl of soup which later would be given to someone who can't afford it (I don't know how this works in detail though - would be interesting to learn).

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-30

Pros: community-oriented, tasty soup (is there anything better than soup?)


Points +237

21 Sep 2015

Filling, cheap and delicious!

I'm honestly surprised that there aren't more reviews on this fantastic place. While I only went once during my stay in Edinburgh, I could see myself becoming a regular if I actually lived there. Their soups are reasonably priced, and come with two slices of delicious bread (including gluten free bread).

While it isn't 100% vegan, I appreciated that it seemed to cater to all tastes and diets, and everything is clearly labeled. You can choose from the large, or the small size, and they even have a deal where you can get a sampler of three soups! There were three vegan soups when I went, and they all sounded really distinct and flavorful.

They don't have a lot of seating, which can be tough if the weather is not cooperating. While the place focuses on soup, they also have salads, and can even do combos, which also include fruit and a drink. The service was great, and my only regret is that I didn't visit this place sooner! (And that I can't give this place a five cow review because it isn't vegetarian).

Pros: different hearty soups, cheap, great service and decor

Cons: mostly just soup, not a lot of seating


Points +2577

16 Nov 2013

Wonderful soup!

I came here for the first time to get a quick lunch on a busy day last week, and I love this place already! I had a sweet potato and coconut soup (out of a choice of three different vegan soups) with olive bread, and it was absolutely delicious! The staff couldn't have been more helpful, friendly and knowledgeable about the vegan options available, which were also clearly marked on the board. I'll be coming here a lot more often in future!

Pros: Wonderful vegan soups, Friendly, helpful staff, Great quality

Cons: Not 100% veg*n

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