Being meat and dairy free in Bristol is a one way street to properly delicious food. In this handy guide, we've pulled together the best vegan food in Bristol. From taco slinging street food traders to down 'n' dirty sloppy sub sandwich restaurants, and everything in between – this is the ultimate guide to plant-based food in Bristol. 

PS: Okay, so not all the venues in this list are 100% vegan – you might find the odd egg or a little hunk of cheese on some of these menus, but at each and every one, you're guaranteed a plentiful supply of delectable vegan options to choose from – and that's what it's all about, right? Having the option to choose plant based treats everywhere you go. 

Purveyors of the finest vegan gourmet sandwiches we've ever had the joy of sinking our teeth into, these boys seriously know how to cook up a storm. With crusty, thick buns that are packed to the hilt with high-quality ingredients that are seasoned and cooked to perfection, these sarnies aren't your average half-baked, miserable vegan option. Oh no. Good enough to bring all the boys and girls to the yard – and as if you needed another reason to love them, they give 10 pence from every sarnie sold to St Mungo's – what softies.

Read more about Bun Fiction @ Kongs (Centre)

Everything on offer at Kiosk's tiny little hut on Welshback is plant-based, and we promise you won't miss the meat or dairy one bit. Packed to bursting wraps, colourful salads and huge wedges of cakes and tray bakes will leave any tummy satisfied, plus the views alone guarantee turning any run-of-the-mill lunch into a fabulous one (we're talking prime river vista, bridge sight-line and people watching opportunities).

Read more about Kiosk (Centre)

Pioneers of Bristol's vegan food scene, the lovely folk at Cafe Kino have been serving up delicious healthy food in Stokes Croft since 2004. After starting out as a pop-up way back in 1996, their popularity has brought them to their current base in trendy Stokes Croft. It is through these art filled streets that vegan food lovers roam to get their mitts on Kino's fresh local grub. From falafel platters to their 'Kino' muesli made with toasted coconut, fig, and sultanas - there is something for everyone, whatever your appetite.

Read more about Cafe Kino (Stokes Croft)

From the purveyors of fine food and drink The Gallimaufry, Suncraft has risen and is here for your vegan world food needs. With a unique take on vegan and plant-based cooking, Suncraft is a warm and welcoming place on Gloucester Road. The chefs have made vegan food a star in its own right, not an afterthought, with light, fresh and flavoursome dishes that will have you ordering more and more. When you're inside, be sure to check out their impressive hydroponics system, growing delicious green goodness for their dishes with the hope of more indoor growing to come. (Photo Credit: Hattie Ellis)

Read more about Suncraft (Gloucester Road)

Open 4 days a week on Alma Road in Clifton, The Spotless Leopard continue to please fans in their van of organic, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Mastering both sweet and savoury treats (the mac & cheese arguably their most delicious), these guys are adored by many by constantly switching up their menu and staying fresh on the vegetarian scene. Their peanut butter and chocolate cake is claimed to hold mysterious powers in converting customers to a fully vegan diet, so if you're deliberating a vegan lifestyle, this place might just be the place for you.

Read more about The Spotless Leopard (Clifton)

Vegans of the world, rejoice! With an entirely plant-based menu, Eat Your Greens delivers delicious food – making it pretty easy to get your five a day. Fret not, meat-eaters! You won’t leave disappointed either. Open all day Wednesdays to Saturdays, Babs and the team can keep you going all day long. In the daytime they offer an incredible selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch options – from a hearty full English breakfast to lighter options like soup, salads and pastries. In the evenings EYG transforms into a restaurant, serving small plates, big plates and a variety of beers and wine – do us a favour and try the tempura vegetables and crispy coconut tofu tacos, our favourites. Although the menu changes, the unpretentious and homely vibes and welcoming service remains. Sundays will see you heading there again, this time for their already famous Sunday Roast – all organic, all vegan, all tasty af. Make sure to book beforehand since it often sells out!

Read more about Eat Your Greens (Totterdown)

A vegan owned and operated pop-up run by a husband and wife team all the way from the Antipodes, these guys make the most delicious vegan pies with one purpose: filling your (pie)hole and satisfying your soul! Pie Baby are passionate about animal welfare and serious about food - and they combine these two passions into seriously sumptuous, pastry filled pockets of pure joy. All the pies come with with a kiwi twist (they're potato topped) and the flavours are down right sensational (vegan Macaroni Cheese, Spicy Mexican Bena Chilli and Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff to name a few). Combine the pies with mad-tasty coleslaw and a range of herby, garlic of spicy fries and you'll be laughing. For adventurous, delicious food that absolutely everyone will love, look no further than this quirky pop-up in one of Bristol's best boozers.

Read more about Pie Baby @ The Golden Lion (Gloucester Road)

Over in Fishponds, you’ll find a small fish and chippy surprising vegans and carnivores alike with vegan-friendly recreations of seaside staples. This is fast food that matters, fantastically fried and completely animal-free. Matter Fastfood's plant-based offerings of vegan battered sausages and chilli to-beef fill the room with the alluring scent of fried food which will inevitably make any mouth water - carnivorous or otherwise. Their meat-free take on fish’n’chips is arguably their pièce de résistance: deep fried tofu and crunchy golden chips served with hot mushy peas and a side of fresh salad. A real catch of the day.

Read more about Matter Fastfoods (Fishponds)

Step into Vx and the first thing you'll enjoy is the aroma of grilled cheese. Not what you'd expect from a vegan restaurant? But then this isn’t your average bean-fuelled veg fest. The folk at Vx are all about junk food, the stuff you crave late at night - kebabs, burgers, nachos, thick slices of cake. By championing indulgent, mouth-watering food, Vx have saved veganism from its stereotypes and shoved it firmly into the hipster limelight. Whether you’re vegan or not, the food is delicious, the surroundings colourful and vibrant, and the melted ‘cheese’ is gooey, soft and unbelievably moreish.

Read more about Vx (Bedminster)

When Falafel King began falafel'ing way back in 2000, not many people knew what a falafel was... After all, this was at least a half decade before the great Hummus revolution of c.2005/2006. These days, the Falafel is a vegan staple - and Falafel King is riding a chickpea-filled wave of popularity as a cult-favourite for ravenous students and hungry young-professionals. Head to their city-centre kiosk this lunchtime for your pitta and falafel hit - you won't regret it.

Read more about Falafel King's Cabin (City Centre)

A wannabe food photographer's rainbow dream, a symphony of high vitality deliciousness and a wood-clad, upcycled, health-hub-hideaway: Beets n' Roots on cosy Cotham Hill will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul with their texture-laden, nutrient-rich plates, freshly squeezed juices and all manner of invigorating plant-based elixirs. Taking inspiration from owner Rebecca's travels and mindful retreats across the Americas, Africa and Asia, Beets n' Roots' menu is packed with such an abundance of amazing raw, veggie, vegan and vibrant choices that you'll probably look (and feel) 10 years younger just by looking at it. With juices so fresh they're positively evervescent with colour (and packed with more beetroot, tumeric, ginger, lemon, spinach, apple or cucumber than you can shake a chakra at) and organic wraps, burritos, hotpots and Buddha bowls so generously laden with seeds, pulses and oils, it's hardly a surprise that Beets n' Roots have were nonimated for a clutch of foodie awards in 2017. Wriggle recommends reposing in the sunken, plant-framed sun-garden out front and bopping along to the café playlist if the weather gods are smiling (yes, there are tunes with beats and more rootsy numbers, too)... or just kick back in the interior relaxation room if things are a bit more inclement. Lovely.

Read more about Beets n' Roots (Cotham Hill)

A visit to Eat a Pitta is a lunchtime imperative, whether living in or visiting Bristol. The hummus is homemade, the salads are fresh, and the falafel is a third-generation recipe that we'd do anything to get our fingers on. The original St Nick's outlet draws the longest queues for food in Bristol. A beautiful bar is lined with gorgeous Moroccan bowls filled with bright salads, creamy tahini dips and vibrant jalapeño peppers, plus crispy bouncing balls of falafel piled high. The team work in harmony to cook fresh falafels and put together takeaway orders with unbelievable speed right before your eyes. The latest Eat a Pitta to open its doors has a fantastic mezzanine dining space overlooking a busy stretch of Gloucester Road.

Read more about Eat a Pitta (Various Locations)

Occupying a fabulous location under the bright white arches at the bottom of the picturesque Boyce's Avenue, lies a little slice of heaven. From its glorious frontage of tall, arched windows, to the lusciously trailing greenery adorning the shelves within; from the bright white walls and floorboards, to the gorgeous artwork elegantly decorating the walls - East Village Café is a truly beautiful place to spend time. East Village Café dish up a regularly changing range of warming soups, served up with great wedges of proper sourdough, exciting and original brunch dishes, including savoury corn and quinoa waffles, cardamom and orange French Toast, and Shakshouka (eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce). If you're looking for your new favourite café to while away the hours whilst enjoying some properly delicious, nourishing food, then look no further than East Village Café.

Read more about East Village Café (Clifton Village)

Meaning 'corner' in Persian, Koocha is a little splash of Middle Eastern sunshine in the heart of Zetland. One of Bristol's most hotly anticipated openings, Koocha serve up food that will, quite simply, make you happy. What kind of food, we hear you cry? Well, it's colourful, it's perfect for sharing, it's inspired by the tongue tantalisingly bold and vibrant flavours of the Middle East, and it's plant-based. Don't get it twisted, though: Koocha isn't just for vegans – no siree. Even the most ardently carnivorous meat eater will be diving greedily into Koocha's small plates, competing to get the last veggie fritter.

Read more about Koocha Mezze Bar (Redland)

Gopal's have been a central part of the Bristol streetfood scene for years - serving up the most amazing vegan Indian cuisine. It's vibrant, fresh, aromatic and seasonal food that's lovingly prepared - and served up by the lovely Heather and Mel. There are heaps of gluten free options too, and everything is 100% vegan so they really cater for everyone - delish Indian food all round!

Read more about Gopal's Curry Shack (Wapping Wharf)

Brought to you by Alex from the famous East Bristol Bakery, Flow is a seasonal vegetarian restaurant, tucked away in the Bearpit Roundabout at heart of Bristol City centre. The regularly updated menu takes inspiration from multiple food cultures, with a focus on the best local and seasonal ingredients, changing frequently to reflect the best produce coming out of the soil. Ideal for a shared tapas-style menu, or a traditional three course meal – rounded off with seasonally changing cocktails, vegan friendly organic wines and locally produced beer and cider (or soft drinks) to complement the grub.

Read more about Flow (Bear Pit)

"Vegetarian or vegan doesn't mean you have to sacrifice flavour or variety" – aren't those words to live by! Fi Real are a family run business which has the right idea in our book. Serving up fiery veggie dishes with a Caribbean twist, you can also expect amazing fresh juices, great cakes and a warm atmosphere. Sunshine on a rainy Bristol day.

Read more about Fi Real (Old Market)

Published -3rd January 2019