We are thrilled to announce the opening of London’s first Brazilian-inspired vegan cafe in the heart of Shoreditch.

We have opened our Brazilian-inspired vegan cafe in the heart of London’s Shoreditch. Essential Vegan Cafe is located on Calvert Avenue, a warm and welcoming eatery filled with locally produced art, lots of laughter and (most importantly) a gorgeous menu of irresistible comfort food.

Discover our juicy burgers, mouthwatering Brazilian cuisine, decadent desserts, and some of the finest coffee in the neighbourhood. Dine in or take away Tuesday until Sunday between midday and 9 pm.

Black Wall Gallery

Artist of the month | Michael Gurhy

Michael Gurhy is a graduate of Central Saint Martins. His current artwork focuses on the figure, psychological portraits constructed from fantasy and memory. The male figure within the work seems to challenge traditional images of male beauty that use strength and power as currency, these subjects are often passive, even tearful capturing some kind of inward battle or melancholia. Recurring themes within the work include vulnerability, mortality, sexuality, the uncanny and the transcendental.
Opening Hours 

Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Monday: Closed

We don’t sell alcohol but you are more than welcome to bring your own booze, make yourself at home and enjoy our food with your favourite tipple.

Your four-legged friends are welcome in our cafe!

Book a table

Please use our booking system besides to reserve a space at Essential Vegan Cafe. Give us a call if you have any questions at 020 7739 3628.

Too cold to be outside? No worries, we can still deliver to your doorstep by Deliveroo

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Burgers

Essential Gourmet

9

Seitan patty with our artisan cashew based cheese, apricot spicy sauce, homemade mayo, rocket and tomato.

Essential Jack (GF)

8

BBQ slow cooked jackfruit with a homemade red onion and gherkin mayo, softened kale and carrot salad on a delicious gluten free bun.

Essential Burger

8

Seitan patty with homemade mayo and cheese, caramelised onions, lettuce, ketchup, mustard and sweet chilli sauce.
Main / Special of the day

Quiche of the day

8.5

Served with garlic and nooch roasted potatoes and salad

Moqueca Bahiana (GF)

14

Brazilian casserole with plantain, palm hearts, tomato, pepper on a coconut spiced sauce with basmati rice.
Brunch
(Saturdays and Sundays only – 12:00 – 3:00 pm)

Essential Breakfast

8.5

Chickpea pancake with scramble tofu and kale, avocado, mushrooms and roasted tomatoes

Roasted Potato

3.5

Garlic and nooch roasted potatoes
Small bites

Cassava Chips

3.5

Crispy on the outside, soft and melting on the inside, these chips are the perfect snacks.

Brazilian Coxinha

4.5

Crunchy deep fried potato dough filled with “chicken” jackfruit. Portion with 4 units.

Brazilian Cheese Balls (GF)

4.5

These baked cheese balls are as soft and cheesy as it can get, a traditional and popular snack in Brazil. Portion with 6 units.

Chicken Wings

4.5

Juicy seitan chicken style nuggets with two different dips. Portion with 6 units.

Cheese Platter

7.5

Our artisan nut based cheese platter includes aged smoked, garlic and chives and ricotta together with sourdough bread, walnuts and grapes. (Gluten-free option available)

Salad (GF)

4

Leaves, tomato and crispy tofu.
Desserts

Cake - slice

3.5

Choose from a selection of fresh cakes made every day. From Chocolate options such as Bounty Cake or Crunchy Almond Cake to baked cheesecakes like our famous Passion Fruit one.

Cinnamon roll

2

Hot drinks

Espresso

2

Americano

2.2

Flat White

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Cappuccino

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Latte

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Mocha

2.6

Oat, soya or Almond milk

Hot Chocolate

2.8

Flavours: Classic Belgian / Hazelnut Praline / Black Forest

Tea

2

A selection of organic teas from Joe's Tea Co: Ever-So-English-Breakfast, Proper Peppermint, Sweet Chamomile and Queen of Green
Cold drinks

Lemonaid Lime 330ml

2

Lemonaid Passion Fruit 330ml

2

Lemonaid Blood Orange 330ml

2

Charitea Mate 330ml

2

Charitea Green 330ml

2

Charitea Black 330ml

2

Equinox Kombucha Ginger

3

Equinox Kombucha Rasberry & Elderflower

3

Equinox Kombucha Wild Berry

3

Sparkling Water 500ml

1.5

Still Water 500ml

1.5

Essential Vegan Cafe, 6 Calvert Ave, E2 7JP

Come in and eat with us

Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 pm