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.

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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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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From the same duo that brought you mouthwatering cuban sandwiches at Idle Hands, and moreish tacos at Marwoods, the Wolfsmouth team are now taking over the kitchen at Dead Wax Social to bring you sensational Brooklyn-style pizzas. Get a load of this, 12’ sourdough bases topped with unreal ingredients such as clams, napoli salami, and figs. Our favourite is the Prosciutto with a white base, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, spinach, prosciutto toscana, peach and white balsamic. Vegan cheese is also available as a substitute or addition to any of these devilishly good little pizzas. You will most definitely want to try a pizza this place.

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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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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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Yes that’s right, Brighton has its very own gaming cafe — right on the beach! One of the Loading Bar group, C:\Side Quest is the place to go if you fancy a coffee, a piece of cake, a quick gaming sesh and a great view. With four 4k screens, consoles old, vintage arcades, and a huge selection of board games, there’s something for everyone. They’ve racked up over 120 board games on their shelves, so that you can settle in with something from their collection of modern classics, quick party favourites or afternoon killers.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wriggle your way over to The Mucky Duck today and you'll find a true culinary treat in the form of delicious burgers from Wolfsmouth's latest pop-up - Greasy Paws. Forget soggy buns and nasty cheap sauces though – because these are not just any burgers. Greasy Paws are raising the bar with their fabulous street food inspired pop-up dining concept, designed by chefs Will Dennard and Jack Southan. Will and Jack utilise premium ingredients which are often disregarded or overlooked in today's culinary scene, doing the complete justice by elevating them to fantastic heights of flavour, presentation and texture. Greasy Paws are doing burgers differently.

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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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Listen up vegans of Brighton, The Tofu Social Club is now in residency at The Revelator and they’re dishing up an entirely vegan pub grub menu - including Sunday Roasts. The Panko Seitan Burger served with plum sauce, teriyaki mayo & rocket all wrapped up neatly in a brioche bun is going down a storm. The hot baked cookie dough is our personal favourite. Sunday roasts compromise of a Maple Glazed Seitan Steak or Potato, Cheese and Leek Tart. These plates are totally cute and totally Instagrammable so don’t forget to take a snap whilst you tuck in.

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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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Sophie, the brains behind Superdoux creates bespoke cakes, hosts vegan supper clubs and fun cookery lessons for the people of Brighton. SuperDoux uses the finest ingredients, with a large range of vegan, gluten-free and sugarfree bakes. Now in residency on Wednesday and Thursdays at The Admiral, Superdoux are knocking out some epic vegan pies. It's some of the dreamiest winter pub grub in town and it’s got your name all over it.

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Published -1st November 2018