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The Ultimate Vegan Guide To… Waterford

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It’s now easier than ever to enjoy a vegan lifestyle in Ireland without any sacrifice, and more people are dabbling in veganism every day.

That’s the thing – it doesn’t have to be hardcore, balls to the wall veganism to make a difference, whether your goals are health or environment related.

Our Vegan Guides shine a light on the very best vegan meals and products each county has to offer – from brunch menus to cleaning products and beyond.

Whether you’re planning a trip or you’re a local looking for something new and different, we’ll breakdown the best of the vegan offerings near you.

Vegan Dining in Waterford

1. The Candied Hazelnut, O’ Connell St

This gem is new to the Waterford scene, having only opened in May. Get this – it’s the only 100% gluten free, peanut-free and plant based restaurant in Ireland.

The menu changes regularly but highlights include Hazelnut Gnocchi tossed in White Wine & Hazelnut Sauce, Mexican Scramble with guac and toast and Ferrero Rocher inspired cheesecake.

2. Sweet Bean Cafe, Six Cross Roads

This cafe is your perfect pitstop for vegan coffee and treats, and do some of the best vegan brekkies in the country.

A major plus is that the staff are always ready and willing to navigate newbies through the best vegan options on the menu. Sound.

3. MOMO Restaurant

This award-winning restaurant has an incredible selection of hearty vegan dishes – absolutely no rabbit food here.

They added a range of vegetarian options recently, and most of the dishes can easily be tweaked to cater to vegans.

Big appetites will be satisfied with risotto, black bean and quinoa burger, or mushroom, bean and quinoa patty, sauté chard, crispy potato, thyme and polenta gnocchi and veggie sauce.

4. Avo Cafe

It will be a very brave vegan cafe that opens without an avocado on the menu, although we do look forward to it happening.

Until then, we will indulge our love of the millennial fruit at the Avo cafe. Menu highlights include Socca – a chickpea-based pancake, vegan cheesecakes and Avo pizza.

Vegan Beauty in Waterford

1. Base Beauty, Ferrybank

This gorgeous salon has its own range of vegan beauty products. If you haven’t used a makeup removal balm yet, you are missing out. Try this one made with coconut oil and green tea extract, removed with a hot cloth. Now that’s real self care.

2. Full of Beans, Ardkeen

This shop is small but mighty. The tightly packed shelves are a haven of vegan skincare and groceries.

I tried the Pacifica skincare range long before I knew it was vegan and have been loyal ever since. The body lotion in Blood Orange is good enough to eat.

Caroline’s Fitness and Holistic Nutrition, Meagher’s Quay

Another great spot to pick up some vegan self care treats. There are two massively popular vegan skincare ranges stocked in this health haven – Nia Natural Beauty and Holos Skincare.

Where vegan ranges can sometimes be quite limited – both of the above cater for all skin types – oily, dry and combo.

Spirit Beauty Spa, Merchant’s Quay

If you’re on the market for a really indulgent pampering sesh – head for a Rasul Mud Chamber treatment at this salon in Treacy’s Hotel.

A detoxifying mud is first applied to the body. Relax in the chamber as the mud nourishes the skin. An Aroma Steam and Tropical Rain Shower will cleanse the skin and induce pure relaxation before moving through the thermal suite. Best of all, it’s all entirely vegan.

Vegan Shopping in Waterford

Winni’s Cleaning Products, Dunnes Stores

This eco-friendly, vegan brand has everything you need to keep your house sparkling and uses all plant-based and organic ingredients.

The Italian brand has everything from bathroom cleaner and limescale remover to laundry detergent and fabric softener.

Lilly’s Eco Clean

This is another great option for homecare, available at Supervalu Kilbarry and Ardkeen Superstores.

The Dublin-based company’s ethos is all about detoxing the home, and the products contain all organic ingredients like essential oils, plant extracts, and “a lot of common sense”.

Modern Botany

This cult brand has gone global, and is currently available in Kelly’s Pharmacy, Dungarvan.

It was featured in Vogue last month, regularly pops up in Irish Tatler and is a beauty guru’s fave.

The 100% natural product range includes skin care, self care, and household. My favourites are the deodorant and diffuser with aromatic oil.

Do you have a great vegan tip for the author? Get in touch at megan@lovin.com

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