Our lovely hippy city by the seaside is leading the way in vegan culture, with more vegan cafes than you can shake a (celery) stick at. Here are our favourites. 

Food for Friends

This fancy upmarket spot is the perfect place to show vegan skeptics we aren’t all tie-dye wearing crusties. Feast on sensitively roasted veg and impeccably presented smoked tofu, in a refined setting with big windows to gawp at the tourists milling around outside. You should order: Satay tempeh skewers with tart mango, crunchy bean sprout and a vibrant herb salad.

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Foodilic

Pile your plate high with rich verdant haricots, glistening roast veg, tartly seasoned cous-cous and more at Foodilic’s colourful veggie buffet. An array of healthy juices seals the deals here here, as does the cozy, hippy vibe of its upstairs seating area. You should grab Foodilic’s vibrant vegetable salads from the buffet, and look out for vegan specials such as lasagne (made using an awesome tofu recipe we want to get our hands on).

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Wai Kika Moo Kau

The self-styled ‘home of healthy indulgence’ serves satisfying full-vegan fry ups, chunky sweet potato and soybean burgers, organic wines and decadent cakes. There’s no friendlier, tastier or healthier cafe in town. You should order: The mezze platter: A veritable feast of Middle Eastern delights - the perfect balance of healthy and hearty.

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Smorls Houmous Falafel & Salad Bar

It may be a given that a falafel and salad bar is likely to be a haven of vegan foodstuff, but Smorls haven taken it to the next level. Anything vegan-friendly is clearly labelled, meaning you won't have to head in with the anxiety of asking about each item. The team create exciting vegan dishes such as ful medames, a dish of fava beans in a stew with parsley and spices. Elsewhere, the abundance of chickpeas are, naturally, fit for vegan consumption, and so are many of the various salads.

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Purezza

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 (smoked mozzarella, fried aubergines, sliced sausages, topped with basil and nutritional yeast), Fumosa (smokey tomato base, chestnut mushrooms, smoked beet and fried tofu, topped with BBQ sauce) and One night in Bangkok (white base with stir fried vegetables, sprouted beans, sriracha sauce, topped with peanut sauce). 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. If you’re still feeling munchy after all that why not try one of their mouth watering vegan puds, the Tiramisu is calling out to you!

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Iydea

Iydea was one of the forerunners in vegetarian food service in Brighton's North Laine, and has won awards from the Vegetarian Society for its food. The super selection of salad more often than not includes a vegan option or two, and you can fill up on a mountain of pulses, hummus and fresh veg in a takeaway box bulging with goodnes. It's Iydea's dedication to crafting sweet treats for vegan teeth that impresses us the most about this place, and puts it firmly on this list. Look out for fantastic bakes such as vegan blueberry, almond and lavender cake.

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Planet India

At Planet India, vegan diners have the rare delight of selecting around three curry dishes without fear of straying from their diet. This authentic restaurant serving traditional South Indian cuisine stays true to the continent's simple vegetable-based dishes that utilise an incredible array of spices for unforgettable food. The black spicy chickpea dish is a no-brainer choice, as is the hearty and hot sweetcorn and vine leaf curry. Phoar, whoever said vegans survive on raw carrots.

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Happy Maki

The idea for Happy Maki was born after owner Anna returned from working on an organic black Tahitian pearl farm in French Polynesia. Inspired by the beautiful oceans she'd spent months working on, upon returning to the UK she researched marine issues further and came up with The Happy Maki concept. She aims to raise awareness of these issues and improve the appeal of veganism. 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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Glazed

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 make the best donuts daily from fresh in ever changing flavours. Sit back in the simple skater-style cafe and enjoy the little quirks like takeaway boxes for lightshades and skateboards on the walls. 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? And here’s the best bit; all the donuts are vegan and ingredients are sourced locally where possible.

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Beelzebab

There’s nowhere with interiors that epitomise the sheer quirkiness of Brighton quite like the Hope & Ruin. From the sign above the door, emblazoned with cabaret lights, to the ethereal fairy-lit tree in the centre, to kooky accents like the washing machine and bathtub sofa, the whole pub appears to embody Brighton’s signature bohemian culture – and that’s before we even get to the food. The Beelzebab kitchen plays along with the theme, a full-size caravan (albeit chopped in half) hosting 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.

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The Bok Shop

Welcoming one of the newest additions to Brighton's food and drink scene, The Bok Shop. A brand new gourmet fried chicken and vegan faux chicken restaurant sat on the corner of East Street. Try their innovative chicken burgers such as 'The Hot as Cluck' or 'The Satay Night Fever' or make it vegan easily with vegan chicken, mayo, and cheese. Load up on their range of tasty homemade sides, dips, and crispy chicken/cauliflower pieces too. Their 'All You Can Eat - Wing Wednesday' is well worth checking out with a group of hungry mates as well.

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Larder

Delicious sandwiches, toasties and breakfast bites await you down at Larder on Gardner Street. Now totally vegan, the only problem you'll have here is picking which plant based delight to indulge in! Toasted sandwiches, classic jackets and buddha bowls are all available to eat in or take away. Try a freshly made smoothie, made right in front of you or grab a hot drink and sit outside the front of the shop, watching the people of Brighton go by.

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JALDEE JALDEE @ Bottom's Rest

A recent addition to Brighton & Hove's teeming food and drink scene, Jaldee Jaldee offers authentic homemade vegetarian and vegan street food from different regions across India and East Africa. With recipes having been lovingly passed down from generation to generation, the aim is to create the same experience of enjoying delicious plates of mouth-watering food found on the bustling streets of India and East Africa right here on your doorstep. Dedicated to providing the best quality food using fresh herbs and whole spices, all of their sauces and chutneys are homemade! We love street food, and we love great pubs, so Jaldee Jaldee's exciting pop up at the vibrant, Bottom's Rest pub is something we're super proud to share with you!

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Two Wolves Kitchen @ The Edinburgh

There aren't many places in Brighton that truly cater for vegans and omnivores, but Two Wolves Kitchen up at The Edinburgh is doing just that. The menu is split into "good" and "evil", designed to offer choices for both healthy living and indulgence, whilst offering a range of vegan, meat and gluten free options. Their homemade vegan 'seitan' steaks have become something of a signature dish and are totally unique. For a lighter bite, check out one of their exciting new snack dishes, or for the full Two Wolves experience, bounce back and forth between the "good" and "evil" delights of this exciting new kitchen.

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Green Kitchen

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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Lucky Beach 2 @ The Temple Bar

Having been ranked #3 best burger restaurant in the UK, and best food by the sea, it's no surprise that Lucky Beach is expanding. They now have a residency at The Temple Bar on Western Road. Serving up many favourites popularised at the seafront cafe, they're also adding Sunday Roasts and a few exciting new dishes as well! Take a load off and enjoy some of the best burgers in town over a craft beer. Lucky beach has also taken on the infamous Moving Mountains meatless patty, and currently is the only restaurant outside of London to stock the fully plant based burger.

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The Longhouse Cafe

Opposite St Peters you’ll find a real cool little joint called The Longhouse Cafe. It’s 100% plant-based and has oodles of tasty menu options and a whole heap of charm. Sparse white walls paired with colourful artwork, a ceiling canopy of beautiful foliage from local indoor plant shop, Spiderplant and vibrant miss-matched furniture make it an Instagrammer's dream. Pop yourself down and meander the heavenly menu. The breakfasts are mightily moreish but there are plenty of decent lunch items too such as soups, curries, stews, and warming chilli. Many of the dishes are gluten free as well as vegan, so you can rest easy knowing your tum and conscience are happy.

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Infinity Foods Kitchen

The infamous, Infinity Foods have a kitchen on Gardner Street serving freshly cooked, organic vegan options galore! Breakfast is served until 11.30am everyday so make sure that you're heading there early for a perfect start to the day. If you like a classic crepe, this Kitchen is the place to head. Using local, organic ingredients to craft their exceptional vegan pancakes, this is a stack that most definitely has your back. No bells and whistles needed for this plate of fluffy goodness, these pancakes speak for themselves.

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Terre a Terre

Pioneering vegetarian cuisine since 1993; no mean feat in a meat-mad-market with the average restaurant lifespan sitting somewhere around 3 years. Perhaps that’s because they’re “singularly eccentric and marvellous” (AA Gill) - we couldn’t agree more. A focus on the indulgence - rather than abstinence - of vegetarianism leads to exquisite plating, big flavours from local ingredients and a regularly changing menu full of surprises. No doubt they’ve opened the door of a more vegetable based diet to many a carnivore, and rewarded many a vegetarian with an exceptional experience. Lettuce pray.

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Loving Hut

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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Published -14th August 2018