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’s our rundown of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton (header image credit: Flickr WSilver).

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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Pompoko

Don’t let the insanely cheap pricing and lightning-quick service fool you into thinking they don’t take their grub seriously at Pompoko. Despite being renowned for meaty morsals, there’s loads of quality vegan options for comfortably under a fiver. You should order the mouth-watering yubamaki with fiery tofu chilli, or the sesame tofu don bowl with a sesame-infused barbecue sauce. Best of all it’s bring your own booze.

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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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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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Rootcandi

The queen of vegan cuisine is Rootcandi. Call it the Mecca of meat-free, plant-based eating in Brighton, for everything served here is 100% vegan. That's right, our herbivoracious friends, you can devour everything within sight at this place, and there is a lot to devour indeed. Rootcandi has recognised the need for variety in the vegan dining-out scene, and has literally spiced up their menu with a contemporary take on world cuisine for the vegan lifestyle. The vegan tapas is the peice de resistance, presented on grand tiered plates and full of colour and flavour. Many lifelong vegans will never have had the pleasure of eating pavlova - at Rootcandi, you can right this wrong and dine on pavlova in all its dairy-free delightfulness.

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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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Published -3rd November 2016