Vegan Hippo - temporarily closed

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52 Rupert St (at Soho), London, England, W1D 6DS

Vegan cafe near Piccadilly Circus, est. since Aug 2015. Provides light lunch food and a selection of sweets. The menu features items like vegan English breakfast, burgers and hotdogs, pierogie, mango salad, blueberry dumplings, and coconut yogurt cheezecake. Has fresh juices. Closed until June 30th for refurbishing. Open Mon-Fri 11:00am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri 5:00pm-8:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Mediterranean, Juice bar, Take-out, Bakery, British

Reviews (144)

First Review by Harleenquinzell

Small cafe - Edit

Food was tasty but expensive. Very small place so have to hang about if you don't want take away.

Pros: Tasty

Cons: Will not accept tallow £5 notes, Counter is right inside the door so queueisawkward

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Tasty food - Edit

Little cozy place with yummy food. I had a jack fruit burger and sweet potato fries.

Pros: Friendly staff, Good food, Okay prices

Cons: Not the healthiest food

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fantastic, friendly and fun - Edit

This is a great place to eat, right in the middle of Soho.

Service is very friendly and atmosphere is chilled out and relaxed. There are books and magazines to read whilst you're waiting (including some great kid's books about being vegan), and the food is very tasty.

My only small criticism is about their choice of beer; I could only see Corona. There are loads of local, interesting, vegan beers available: some of those, please!

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Decent little place. - Edit

I called in here after stepping off a 26-hour, two stopover flight on a wet, cold May morning. Welcome to London!

I ordered the main breakfast option, which was a traditional English fry-up, and lived up to expectation (i.e. - good). In retrospect I should have been more adventurous and gone for one of the burgers (I blame the jetlag), which sound great. No regret, though - my food was great. The coffee was a little weak, and I suspect that it may have been a cultural difference (a latte in Australia is different from one in the UK).

Pros: Good location., Decent food.

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Really great location - Edit

There were various burgers on the menu when I visited but I enjoyed a simple cheese and ham sandwich. It was good to find something light.
They have a range of plant milks for tea/coffee and I was pleasantly surprised to find a pastry to go with my coffee - nice enough but not particularly stand out.

Pros: Location - so central, Light options (filled rolls, sandwiches), Good coffee with a choice of plant milk

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Delicious food, friendly service! - Edit

This little restaurant is a total gem in London city center. There aren't many vegan places in the area, so we were very glad to find Vegan Hippo. The menu isn't huge: they've got a burger, a hot dog, a wrap, fries, special crepes with filling and some desserts. In the fridge you can grab some drinks and snacks to eat on the go. We ordered their jackfruit burger and crepes with spinach filling and were so impressed. The flavours were amazing! The bonus to the delicious food was very friendly service :)
Would definately go back!

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Disappointing - Edit

Only 3 items on the food menu. There wasn't the vegan English breakfast that we went for. Just a hot dog, burger, and salad. Not the place for vegans who like things fresh and healthy.

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A little gem - Edit

Fantastic, cozy little place. An oasis of calm in the bustle of Soho, it's an excellent place to chill & enjoy fantastic cruelty-free food. Highly recommended.

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Nice little place - Edit

I managed to eat through a vegan hotdog along with some fries and a drink for less than £10. For central London that's not bad at all. The food was good and the dude behind the till was nice. It will be busy given its location and the fact I went on bank holiday but the wait wasn't ridiculously long.

Pros: Food, service , location

Cons: limited seating due to location

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Not good enough for central London - Edit

I visited on Saturday around 6pm, the place was completely full so we decided to order to take away.
There were only 3 people working and they obviously couldn't keep up with orders, even though the menu is very limited.
After 10 minutes of waiting, a table freed up so we sat down - the room was very dull and the furniture very scruffy and basic. It didn't have a positive vibe.
The food was ok (hot dog & bean burger), although they got my order wrong, and even after sending it back they got it wrong again.

I'd expect that with fairly high prices and a lot of customers, they'd invest more into the business to make it more modern and have a better variety of food. Disappointing

Pros: Good selection of snack foods, Fairly good value, Good portions

Cons: Negative vibe, Slow service, Limited options - refrigerated items not restocked

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Cute and cool - Edit

I ordered the jackfruit burger - my first ever 'pulled pork' style jackfruit experience. It was pretty good! Maybe a little sweet for my liking though (probably because it is fruit). The food came out very quickly and the staff were friendly and chatty. Although I was there for lunch at 11:30am so it could be different at a busier time of day. It is a small venue with only a few places to sit so I would recommend going outside the usual lunch hour.
Be aware that they do not accept the new 5 pound note due to its having tallow. It is in a good central location but can be a little tricky to find down the narrow streets. But they have free wifi so that's good!

Pros: Nice vibe, Good flavour, Quick, friendly service

Cons: Limited seating, Jackfruit burger a bit sweet

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Mixed feelings - Edit

The cafe was very cute, but we came around 1-2 in the afternoon and there was very limited seating. The food was very tasty and they have the best vegan mayo I've ever had. We ordered the jackfruit burger, kale chips, and the sweet potato burger. The buns were quite chewy, but still very tasty. The staff seemed too busy to talk, which is understandable, but I still wish they would have been a tad more friendly. Overall, we'd go back if we were in the neighborhood, but wouldn't travel for it.

Pros: Tasty food, cute atmosphere

Cons: limited seating, hard to find using google maps, less than friendly staff

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Way Too Expensive - Edit

Had the Vegan Full English Breakfast. It was edible but kind of uninspiring; and for the £9 price I got only one lonely sausage. A nice touch was water with cut limes on tap. The Soho area of London is interesting, but I won't be going to the Vegan Hippo again.

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Favorite place in London - Edit

During my 3 months stay in London I went here many times and it never disappointed. LOVED the jackfruit burger with kale chips, even my parents (non veg) loved the food. Staff is very friendly and the place feels very cozy.

Pros: Friendly staff, Cozy, Good and chep vegan food

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Not fancy at all - Edit

Vegan burgers, hot dogs and some breakfast options. It is what you can get at Vegan Hippo. So do not have high expectations on having a fancy dinner. The food is OK, but nothing special. Also the decoration is not welcoming. And the worst thing - the organization. They give you a plastic figure of an animal, so they can localize you when the order is ready. However every time the waitress got lost. Such a mess...

Pros: affordable

Cons: oily smell in the ambient, desorganized

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Amazing - Edit

Incredible food, the desserts were particularly amazing

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I like this place - Edit

I loved my food here and thought it was great value for money thumbs up

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Love this place! - Edit

I honestly don't understand the bad reviews here. I love Vegan Hippo and have had nothing but great food there! Staff are always very friendly and helpful and it's a lovely and relaxed place, they also raise funds for animal charities ❤️

Pros: food, staff, atmosphere

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Jack fruit cherry popped! - Edit

I was just strolling around soho and got the craving for a burger and I have heard great things about vegan hippo so I thought I would give it a go. I don't really like meat substitute so I really enjoy that the jack fruit burger was marinated so well that it still had a crunch in some bites so that it wasn't trying to be anything but what it was. They piled on the avo which everyone loves and the flavour was amazing. Staff were really nice and so helpful. I loved the animal table numbers 😊 will definitely come back.

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Disappointment - Edit

I really don't like to give bad reviews about vegan places but I must when it is needed.
I don't understand why there are so many good reviews about this place, I think most people don't know what is good food.
The food was cooked in cold oil, it was cold after two minutes on the table, the sweet potato fries were terrible and all soggy in oil, then I saw the "chef" was taking them from a supermarket frozen bag, the burger taste wise as not too bad but far from good and again cold. The bread didn't seem fresh despite I asked before ordering the burger.
I definitely do not recommend this place, I hope they do improvements on the food quality because this gives bad reputation to vegan food.
There was no ketchup on offer but in the end I saw the staff opening a cookie box on the counter to take some macdonalds ketchup type bags (they looked the same ones) to a take away order.

Suggestions: Use good quality oils and properly hot when cooking, fresh potatoes (hand cut, not cheap frozen) and use proper bread.

Cons: Food

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Vegan fastfood - Edit

Quite disappointing. It's not a café it's more of a fast-food type place. I would not have gone if I knew that all they serve is burgers, hotdogs. Also 3£ for chips that come frozen from McCain is ridiculous (their freezer is in the dining area)...

Cons: 7£ for a burger without chips

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good but slow - Edit

The food was absolutely amazing however the service was very very slow at the till but worth it. Also one table is in an awkward position, it's placed by the toilet and I had to keep tucking in my seat for other customers

Pros: yummy food, lovely people

Cons: slow service

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Yummy food!! - Edit

My husband and I both had jackfruit burgers and they were so good!! We also ordered chips, which were delicious.
The staff are very friendly, but our coffee order was forgotten (in spite of reminding them twice!). It was very good when it arrived though.
We would definitely come here again when we're in the area.

Pros: All vegan, reasonably priced, yummy food

Cons: Drinks orders can be slow

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Mediocre - Edit

I ordered the hot dog and fries but they had ran out of fries. I was paying by card so had to make it up to a certain amount so I got sweet potato fries. I asked for it to be a take away order and he put it through as sit in. When he appeared with my plate, I explained that it was actually to take away and that I'd asked that when I ordered. The man appeared annoyed that he had to transfer it into a box however I did ask in advance.

The food was okay. I didn't like the mayonnaise they had on it, it was thick and curdled. Ruined the taste of the hot dog. To be honest I've had much better vegan hotdogs elsewhere. The fries were really nice though.

Pros: Nice sweet potato fries

Cons: expensive, didn't taste very good , rough people kept coming in to use the bathroom

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Lecker Essen beim Shoppen - Edit

We had an pulled Burger and a Hot Dog. It was tasty and you get your order very quickly.

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Cool and delicious - Edit

I enjoyed my jackfruit burger very much, and my partner liked his hotdog! The artwork on the walls made it a lovely setting, as did the model animals that are used as table identifiers. Fairly expensive for fast food; however, I appreciate that it's necessary for the upkeep of Vegan Hippo and I hope the business continues to flourish!

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Delectable Vegan Burgers - Edit

Went to lunch with my non-vegan father and we both loved our burgers! He had the Spicy Courgette Burger and I had the Da Hipp Burger (bean and sweet potato patty, grilled pineapple, lettuce, BBQ sauce, vegan yoghurt sauce). Both burgers were packed full of flavour. Also tried their coconut chai latte and carrot, apple, and ginger juice which were delicious. The staff were friendly and service was prompt. Not a great range of options and a little pricey for one burger, but the food is undoubtedly tasty.

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-07

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