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. 

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)

The Smoked Vegan serves 100% plant-based, home smoked street food. Where you might usually associate smoked food with meat or dairy, The Smoked Vegan brings something different to the table by adding the taste of home smoking to each plant-based creation. With big, juicy burgers and colourful, flavour-packed tacos, the Smoked Vegan are cooking up a storm. Catch them popping up at markets around Bristol.

Read more about The Smoked Vegan @ Harbourside Market (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).

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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

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)

Chai Walla bursts out of its tiny building, an explosion of beautiful colours, fabulously decorated interiors, excellent music, and the tantalising smell of bloody lovely food, mingling with incense. The food over at Chai Walla is also guaranteed to put a spring in your step - think hearty, moreish, authentic Indian street food dishes that are fresh, zingy, and vibrant. Founder Niraj's mum still makes and delivers homemade curries directly to the premises, and all samosas and bhajis are fried fresh when you order. The menu is small but perfectly formed - think samosa chaat, colourful salads, and falafel or onion bhaji wraps (yes, dreams really can come true). Everything is vegan too - make sure you don't miss the gorgeous oat milk chai. The best bit? If you bring back your empty plastic boxes when you're finished, you can nab yourself a FREE onion bhaji!

Read more about Chai Walla (Stokes Croft)

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)

Published -1st November 2018