No vegans don’t spend hours looking up the benefits of eating chia seeds and perfecting yoga poses... they love junk-food just as much as anyone else!

So ignore that saintly inner voice that tells you to avoid carbs and indulge, because we have some killer vegan junk food options for you in Brighton.

Taking the title for the UK’s first plant based pizzeria, is Brighton’s very own Purezza! Their menu consists of exciting vegan pizzas such as the Parmigiana party, Fumosa, and One night in Bangkok. Pizza bases include tasty sourdough, hemp flour and a delish gluten free option. Those creative animal lovers also have a whole host of cruelty free cheeses - rice-blend mozzarella, coconut, almond and cashew based fromage. YUM.

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A brand new gourmet fried chicken and vegan faux chicken restaurant sat on the corner of East Street. Try their innovative vegan chicken burgers such as 'The Hot as Cluck' or 'The Satay Night Fever' slathered in vegan mayo and cheese. Load up on their range of tasty homemade sides, dips, and crispy cauliflower pieces too.

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Chips. Fries. Frites. Nearly every corner of Brighton that serves food will offer them on their menus, but none quite like BeFries on West Street. Chan and Dash have brought their passion and knowledge of the humble potato fry to Brighton. If you think this is a typical English chippy... think again. These double cooked Belgian fries have a great crunch to the exterior whilst holding on to the light fluffiness of the potato interior, and are dangerously moreish on their own. But fries aren't the only thing these guys do well. The range of sauces available will knock your socks off with classics such as Dutch mayo and curry ketchup, to homemade sauces including 'Samurai' (spicy mayo), green peppercorn and specials served with diced onion on top. Plenty of the sauces are vegan-friendly too. Sip as you dip your way to condiment paradise with one of their Belgian beers or soft drinks.

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Come and check out the Brooklyn-style pizza from new kids on the block, Deadwolf. Hot off the back of their deluxe taco and loaded Cuban sandwich pop-ups, they're now putting their own twist on pizzas down at Dead Wax Social, and we think you'll love what they have to offer! Their 12” sourdough bases are made in-house and topped with premium ingredients from locally based suppliers and farms. Vegan pizzas to look forward to include the Marinara, The Aubergine and The Fresca.

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Wolfsmouth are hitting their second burger menu at London Road favourite, The World’s End. Unlike their sister burger pop-up, the burgers here will have a heavy weighting towards vegan and vegetarian burgers and snacks. Their plant based delights are just as delicious as their meaty counterparts and the homemade seitan has a big part to play. Using their extensive experience, knowledge and open-thinking, Wolfsmouth focus on ingredients which are often overlooked and strive to make them extraordinary.

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Neighbourhood is a charming cafe bar, offering 100% veggie and vegan food. If you’re looking for something laid-back and friendly, it’s the place to be! Their altruistic vision is angled towards looking after our planet and its people. They love fresh organic food, the School of Life, yoga, Permaculture, cycle rides, being in nature, ethical spending, and sometimes no spending at all. They’re all about those local, seasonal, and high quality ingredients and of course, sustainability is at the heart of the business.

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Dirty Mac is an artisan mac n' cheese pop-up kitchen serving up delicious twists on the classic dish. These guys are popping up all over the place, creating bespoke dishes to complement events and host venues. Wriggle is particularly impressed by their Mac Bites and Loaded Fries, not to mention their specials and eccentric toppings - from spicy taco meat or crispy pancetta to broccoli and caramelised onions, these guys spoil you for choice. It's good to know that a Dirty Mac is an accommodating mac - they always have plenty of meaty, veggie and vegan options!

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Mrs Fitzherberts, the woman, the bar. Brighton’s original cougar, who captured the heart of a king, is back in the heart of central Brighton. Sited two minutes from the Royal Pavilion, where the Prince wooed his sweetheart, and seconds from the Theatre Royal and the Dome concert hall, like the original tale, this pub's story is one of passion and infatuation. A passion to provide great local craft beers, simple but quality local pub food and showcase the best of live local talent.

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Nice Buns is the new, tasty act behind Sidewinders kitchen, serving incredible burgers, hot dogs, vegan delights, small plates and some pretty epic Sunday Roasts. We urge you to get your chops around their vegan hot dogs to instantly improve your day (guaranteed!). There are three fab options when it comes to your dawg, with each one served with piping hot, skin on fries. There's the Classic dog - ale braised onions, crispy fried onions and pickles; The Korean dog - ale braised onions, crispy fried onions, Korean BBQ sauce and hot sauce or The Chilli dog - 5 bean chilli, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, & "sour cream". Yum.

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If you’re looking for authentic Mexican street food, ​then call off the search party. This place is Mexican owned, with Carlito himself at the helm. Born from a festival stall, Carlito Burrito serves up delicious Tacos, Burritos and Quesadillas made with the freshest of ingredients. It’s no wonder The Guardian voted their food amongst the best available at Glastonbury ‘14. There’s a hefty range of Tequilas, Mezcals, and Mexican Craft Beers to sample. Friendly staff, unbeatable vegan options and fantastic music makes this hidden gem a must-visit for all Brightonians.

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If you haven't been to Social Board yet, where have you been? You're in for a real treat here with a sensational lunch time Wriggle to brighten up the drabbest of days. Brace yourself for a truly magnificent sandwich. Forget any preconception you have of sad sarnies brought from home. These are absolutely delicious - epic fillings nestled between freshly made Flour Pot Bakery bread. The B right ON is packed with organic pan fried tempeh marinated in Szechuan pepper & mirin, served with daikon, bok choi and pink pickled ginger, wild mushrooms, soy sauce and Social Board's own Gochujang sauce.

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The Hideout concept is based on 'Modern Campfire Cooking'. Essentially, this means going back to the roots of hospitality. It's all about sharing great food as if you were sitting around a campfire with friends. There's a distinctly global flavour to Humble Plates' menus; techniques and ingredients from around the world are incorporated but are served up with a slice of Humble Plates' characteristic edge and innovation. Their Herbivore burger comes with a B12 Patty, truffle mayo, lettuce, pickled onions, ketchup and mustard.

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Winners of Bravo Brighton's Best Pub Grub are laying the smack-down with their fiery Buffalo wings and proper banging burgers, bringing the tastes of New York to Brighton. Grab a table, or the railway carriage-style booth, and start working your way through the menu. Vegan options include the might moreish vegan jackfruit dunks, and the Very Vegan Burger with beetroot patty, vegan mayo, American style cheese, iceberg and tomato.

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A newly refurbished community pub on Brighton’s Ditchling Road serving fresh craft brews and blinding veggie and vegan pub grub. Get stuck in with the hearty RH Burger: Beef style patty, sesame bun, mayonnaise, mixed leaves, beef tomato, red onion, smoked gouda cheese & facon lardons and crispy shallots or the RH Mac 'n' Cheese: Elbow macaroni with cheesy sauce, spinach, garlic sourdough crumb, crispy shallots, facon and parsley.

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Just off the hustle and bustle of Queen’s Road you’ll find a quaint little boozer that’s been around since the dawn of time, well 1881 to be exact. Fun fact - they draw all their electricity from a solar panel on the roof. How sustainable of them. This award-winning pub have some mega menu options, and cater for carnivores, veggies, vegans alike. The beer battered smoked tofu and chips is a real crowd pleaser. If you’re a bit of a craftie beer drinker you’re in for a treat, there’s a heap of regular and guest brews on the pumps including a dedicated vegan pump, oooeeerr!

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After years and years of being vegan and having their fare share of disappointing falafel and hummus wraps, Sophie and Charlie decided to take the matter in their own hands and created Flux. Their aim with Flux was to bring new ideas to the vegan food scene, to challenge what people think animal-free food is, and to encourage everyone to try something new and tasty. Picture this: BBQ Ranch 'Chicken' Burgers, Baja 'Fish' Tacos, exciting salads, and so much more!

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Buckle up Wrigglers, we're in for a crazy one! We all have those cravings for something burgery, hot doggy or wrappy from time to time... Well, lucky for us, the awesome guys at the Pipeline have our backs! This fantastic menu gets you any burger, hot dog or wrap and a side from their glorious 100% vegan menu. The Joan Jett is our favourite - Southern Fried Chicken style burger with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, mayo and BBQ sauce.

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One of the oldest pubs in Kemptown, the Barley Mow has long been famed for their fantastic selection of real ales and generous servings of quality grub. With the arrival of the pie professionals, you can expect expert offerings of the delicious pub staple, with unique creations matched with British classics. We love nothing more than playing one of the card or board games whilst tucking into a Pieminister pie. The Kevin is a mushroom, tomato & red wine pie with baby onions & thyme. Yum!

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Get Sum is a Brighton based street food and catering company, producing Asian fusion style dim sum, stir frys, salads, spring rolls, you name it! They only use local produce from Sussex, and organic where possible, and are committed to bringing tastes and flavours not tried before.

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A Tribe Called Veg is a 100% plant-based pop-up based in Brighton. They host a series of great tasting vegan lunchtime events and supper clubs, always getting you amazing food, great music and friendly vibes all-round.

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There aren't many places in Brighton that truly cater for vegans in such a unique way, but Two Wolves Kitchen up at The Foundry is doing just that. Their homemade vegan 'seitan' burgers have become something of a signature dish and are totally unique. For a lighter bite, check out one of their exciting new snack dishes such as Blueberry BBQ 'Ribs' or 'Meatball' Marinara Loaded Fries. Healthy, 100% vegan offerings that feel like you're indulging in some naughty pub grub.

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For next level donuts and coffee, here’s the place you donut want to miss. Next to The Level you'll find Glazed, a unique cafe that takes the title of the only dedicated vegan donut shop in the UK. Expect to taste the likes of Chocolate & Coconut, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Lemon & Poppyseed and Sea Salted Caramel - what better way to enjoy them than with a perfect coffee made by top baristas?

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Having built up a great following doing the UK festival circuit, the Happy Maki team have decided to make Brighton their first home (and we're chuffed they did). Based just off East Street, on Pool Valley, they're making a name for themselves in the tastiest of ways. With delicious vegan sushi wraps and delectable sides, Happy Maki is already loved by all. Even the hardy meat eaters!

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Like the Mash Tun boozer it calls home, Burger Kult’s wares are lively, juicy and dripping with good humour. The Switchblade comes with deep fried crispy tofu, chilli orange hoisin, glazed kimchi, vegan cheddar, plum tomato and Sriracha slaw. Pair with a pint and devour. A friendly, informal bite in the heart of town.

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The Beezebab kitchen at The Hope & Ruin is host to Brighton’s only vegetarian and vegan kebab shop. Think vegan doners, dirty hotdogs, loaded fries and deep fried gherkins. With feel-good food this tasty, we’re not surprised nobody’s dared to compete. Look out for the specials of the month on their Instagram for creations that you could only dream of. There are slo rumours of a Beelzeburger launching so stay tuned for more deets.

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Bao down to the street food legend that is Baby Bao. Currently dishing up their famous steamed bao at the newly refitted indie pub, The Pond, you can also find them cooking up a storm at Street Diner on Fridays, filling their homemade steamed buns with a host of flavoursome meaty, veggie and vegan fillings - there really is something for all tastes! The meat-free Mondays are always packed with people looking for a range of exciting plant-based fillings. There are plenty of small plates available to compliment your bao and some amazing beers on tap from The Pond too (including vegan beers). We especially love the Pondwater at Wriggle!

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The Loving Hut are on a mission to make the world a greener place, and they’re doing that with their totally plant based menu. It’s a cheerful little vegan cafe in the North Laine that you’ll find every type of Brightonian has a fondness for. Their vast offering is perfect for those days when you’re just really struggling to decide what you want. There's an emphasis on vegan Chinese fare but these are just some of the other dishes you can expect … Fish & Chips, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Burritos, Fry ups, Raw Orange Chocolate Cake. Enough choices for you? Alright, we’ll give you one more. On Sundays they serve up a HUGE vegan Sunday roast with all the trimmings. We urge you to add this place to your foodie bucket list immediately.

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You’re lying if you say you don’t get a hankering for a proper tasty pasty every now and then. Over on Gardner Street you’ll find the ultimate vegan comfort food in Our Cornish Pasty Shop. VG options are Thai Veg (this recipe came 2nd in the World Pasty Championships), Mexicana or a Wholemeal number. FYI The Vegan Sausage rolls are some of the best we’ve ever tasted. The sweet treats are also uber drool worthy, the homemade vegan banoffee pie is our guilty pleasure of choice.

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If you're looking for a warm, welcoming, relaxed cafe that serves wholesome food, Green Kitchen is a sure bet. Boasting a 100% vegan menu, they're serving up delicious breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, burgers and a variety of regularly changing specials. Sit in the window and watch the people of Preston Road go by, or grab a bite to go. They're dog-friendly too, so feel free to bring your canine companions along for the ride.

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Take a pit stop from your vintage shopping and pop into Nowhere Man, a Beatles-esque coffee shop just off Western Road. Settle down on a comfy sofa with a lovely hot cup of Almond Chai Latte - heavenly! While you’re here you may as well have a cheeky lil peep at their pancake menu too.. 'oh go on then', we hear you cry. These legends cook up the best vegan and gluten-free pancakes in town, 8 days a week. (Sorry, not sorry.)

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Published -9th January 2020