Put down the steak and step away from the sausages. Veganuary is upon us and there are no excuses not to go plant based when there are all these delicious vegan specials to tuck into. Sushi Burritos, Bagel Burgers, Vegan Platters and Chocolate Workshops, we've got it all .... 

2X Avocado Kiss Vegan Sushi Burritos @ Happy Maki, £8.75 (Tues-Sat)

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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The Brighton Vegan Bagel Burger @ Coffee Counter, £5 (Mon-Sun)

On the corner of Church Street and Portland Street sits The Coffee Counter, a hotspot for coffee lovers and toastie fanatics. First establishing themselves as real coffee artistes, owners Hayden and Steve expanded their offerings to the tempting veggie and vegan-friendly menu you’ll find there today. Inside this cosy joint you’ll find hand written chalk boards and local artists work adorning the walls, making it a great spot to go and relax with a cuppa and a snack. Their uber friendly team serve an amazing range of tasty brekkies, catering for carnivores or herbivores alike. For lunches we’d recommend the Reuben Toastie (Meaty or Vegan)... it's dang delicious!

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Chilli or Hummus Plant Based Platter @ Larder, £4.95, (Mon-Sun)

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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Vegan Lunch Special! Starter & Main @ Cafe Chilli, £6.95 (Mon-Fri)

Café Chilli is a front runner amongst Thai restaurants in Brighton & Hove. Situated on Church Road amongst an array of indie restaurants, Café Chilli boasts authentic Thai cuisine in a relaxed and contemporary setting. With their Thai chef Lek, who has over 20 years of experience, you can expect something special – and a little bit different – from their menu. From your classic Pad Thai’s to the lesser known Som, Tam and Yum Thai salads you’ll be spoilt for choice. Their four sharing platters, which include squid in garlic sauce, chicken green curry, spicy tofu salad and a much more, are perfect to share with a friend over lunch. Wash it down with a mocktail, picking from flavours including basil & strawberry, and you're onto a winner.

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Organic, Vegan Chocolate Workshop @ CHEEKY CACAO, £18 (Thurs)

The wonderful Emily, founder of Cheeky Cacao hosts fun, messy and delicious vegan chocolate workshops and sacred cacao drinking ceremonies in Brighton. As an experienced chocolate tutor, Emily guides the group through the technical hands-on stages of chocolate making, then using your tempered chocolate to create your own treats. For this event, it doesn't matter if you're totally new to chocolate making, coming alone or with friends as the workshops are full of facts, fun and accessible for everyone.

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MINI VEGAN FULL ENGLISH & BLUEBIRD TEA @ Green Kitchen, £5 (Weds-Sun)

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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Published -10th January 2018