Essential Vegan is a Brazilian-inspired vegan café and community hub which lies in the heart of Shoreditch, London. We’ve welcomed countless hungry customers since our opening last autumn and are now samba-ing our way through the summer.
We offer a mouthwatering selection of homemade food including juicy burgers, Brazilian bites, comforting classics and freshly baked cakes, plus a variety of hot and cold drinks.
Pay us a visit from Tuesday to Sunday to eat in or take away. Scroll down for more info on our menu, exhibitions, opening hours and bookings.
Black Wall Gallery
Like a tree, Samba has branched out far beyond its African-Brazilian originating roots. In its trajectory, the 70’s marked the moment when traditional Samba artists gained access to recording studios to release albums with some of the best music until then ignored by the wider population.
Some of these LPs would become iconic in the history of Samba, a music style originated in the African beat of Bahia that in the early 20th Century found its spiritual home in Rio. It was there that Samba acquired its poetic voice with lyrics by composers such as Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho, Candeia and many others.
In the month of Carnival in Brazil we have selected a few covers of these iconic albums to be displayed here in our Café. In these troubled times they are a welcoming reminder of the beauty, ingenuity and humanity that Brazilian music, and art in general, bring to citizens of Brazil and indeed the world over.
Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Your four-legged friends are welcome in our cafe!