We take meat free eating very seriously here at Wriggle and love that there are plenty of restaurants and cafes that feel the same way. We could have merely lumped together a list of places that offer a decent vegan or veggie option, but we wanted to sing about the places that cater exclusively to Bristol's meat-free massive. Whether you're looking for a veggie or vegan brunch, lunch, dinner, a beer, or even just a nice slice of cake, we have everything covered! 

Gopal's have been a central part of the Bristol street-food scene for years - serving up the most amazing vegetarian and vegan Indian cuisine. It's vibrant, fresh, aromatic and seasonal food that's lovingly prepared - and served up by the lovely Heather and Mel. Think bountiful buddha bowls, spicy chickpea curries, samosas and those incredible onion bhaji scotch eggs. All available to eat in their wee shack or to take away to enjoy outside or at home this is guilt free curry!

Read more about Gopals Curry Shack (Wapping Wharf)

Don't be fooled into thinking East Village Café is a case of style over substance. Despite their oh-so-instagrammable appearance, these guys are deadly serious about their food and drink, too. The emphasis is on nourishing, healthy, and delicious vegetarian food, that sends you on your way feeling invigorated and restored, but most importantly, with the satisfying feeling that you've eaten something tasty and lovingly prepared. 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). Be sure to leave room for a little sweet treat, though - once you spy the absolutely dazzling range of mouthwatering cakes, brownies, loaves and slices weighing down the counter, you're not going to be able to resist.

Read more about East Village Café (Clifton Village)

The Folk House is an incredible asset to Bristol, offering a huge array of classes from writing, dress making to pottery as well as a cosy cafe to use regardless of whether you have just finished your "Beginners Jazz Drums" class or not. The Folk House Cafe serves up an exclusively vegan and veggie menu including hearty salads and soups, generously packed sandwiches and moreish cakes. If the weather is behaving this can all be enjoyed in their lovely courtyard.

Read more about Folk House Cafe (Park Street)

Falafel King has reigned the falafel scene in Bristol from the very beginning. The small, unassuming takeaway cart has stood for several years beside the harbour, and introduced many Bristolians to deep-fried chickpeas. The Falafel King restaurant can be found along Cotham Hill in all its Bedouin-style glory, and serves a wider range of Middle Eastern cuisine. A cave-like kasbah of authentic Israeli and Mediterranean delights, it promises an entertaining evening of mezze madness. A real original of Bristol's explosive food scene.

Read more about Falafel King (Cotham Hill)

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.

Read more about Beets n' Roots (Cotham)

Everything on offer here is plant-based and we promise you won't miss the meat or dairy. 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 (Welshback)

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 drink beer, too! Every beer available at the tiny but perfectly formed Croft Ales is vegan, and they are working hard to be able to bring you lucky Wrigglers some gluten free options soon, so watch this space. In a small side street off Stokes Croft lurks the fantastic world of the Croft Ales microbrewery. Inspired by the rich, varied culture and creativity of the incredible Stokes Croft neighbourhood, Pedro and his wonderful team established the Croft Ales brewery and tap room as a way to bring genuinely handcrafted, small batch beer to the fine people of Bristol. The atmosphere is friendly, the vibes are chilled, the music is great, and the beer, needless to say, is bloody brilliant.

Read more about Croft Ales Taproom

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 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.

Read more about Eat Your Greens

Flow is the sophisticated ying to VX's junk food yang. This beautiful restaurant tucked away in the historic Bear Pit serves exclusively and veggie and vegan menu. These are delicate and perfectly balanced plates that make the most of the seasonal produce, fermentation and pickling.

Read more about Flow (Bear Pit)

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! 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)

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. It's run by two of the friendliest, smiliest people we've ever met - Mel and Ricardo. They greet every customer liking an old friend, and you can't help but leave Chai Walla feeling bolstered by their infectious grins and positive enthusiasm for life. 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. 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

VX is a meat-free junk food lovers dream! If you want gut-busting sweet an savoury indulgence, this is the place to be. Think towering burgers, loaded hot-dogs, sweet and stick doughnuts and plenty of gooey, runny vegan cheese,meat free doesn't have to be fat free!

Read more about VX (Bedminster)

Published -17th September 2018