Bristol is packed with fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars focussing on meat-free dining of all shapes and sizes – from the filthiest junk food of your wildest drunken fantasies to the healthiest salads in the game for when you're feeling #blessed. 

Now, here at Wriggle we take meat free eating very seriously, 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've got you 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)

The emphasis here 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)

Falafel King has reigned supreme in 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. If you're city centre based, you can still enjoy a falafel fix – just head to the Falafel Cabin, near the fountains.

Read more about Falafel King (Cotham Hill & City Centre Cabin)

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)

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.

Read more about The Smoked Vegan (Various Markets)

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. Hidden right in plain sight, this beautiful restaurant is tucked away in the historic Bear Pit – and is well, well worth a trip. The talented chefs here serve an exclusively veggie and vegan menu, whipping up dishes that are delicate and perfectly balanced. All their plates make the most of seasonal produce, fermentation and pickling – this should be top of any veggie or vegan's list of treat restaurants. .

Read more about Flow (Bear Pit)

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)

The ultimate people watching spot can be found at Cafe Kino, with their huge windows, comfy seating. You will also be pleased to know their commitment to fair pay, fair trade and meat free menus means you can enjoy a few hours here guilt free. Not only are the breakfasts and brunches hot and satisfying, the lunch time burgers are packed with toppings and the cakes are enough to have us coming back at least once a week. Look out for community events held downstairs as well as comedy shows too. So much greatness packed into a small venue!

Read more about Cafe Kino (Stokes Croft)

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.

Read more about Suncraft (Gloucester Road)

Koocha serve up food that will, quite simply, make you happy. 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 sirree. Even the most ardently carnivorous meat eater will be diving greedily into Koocha's small plates, competing to get the last veggie fritter. Koocha isn't all about moreish mezze, though; while you're tucking into a groaning table of small plates and sides, be sure to order a signature gin cocktail – fruity, fresh and gutsy.

Read more about Koocha Mezze Bar (Zetland 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)

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 hands 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. You can also get your Eat A Pitta fix on Gloucester Road, Broadmead, and Clifton Triangle.

Read more about Eat a Pitta (Various Locations)

Rabbit Food, unlike the name suggests, is very appropriate for human Wrigglers like us. This lovely café over on Old Market offers delicious, 100% plant-based food options that are far from boring greens. Ele and Katie, the brains and hands behind the business, are passionate food lovers who decided it was time to revolutionise the salad scene in Bristol by opening their own space. Hearty, nutritious and flavour-packed salads, yummy and tasty breakfast dishes, and steamy coffee from freshly roasted grains – these are the kind of treats you can expect from Rabbit Food. All their Coffee is Roasted by a Social Enterprise in London: not only the coffee is delish', but it's also ethical!

Read more about Rabbit Food (Old Market)

Enjoy the finest sourced dishes made with love at Vegetable Diva. Their aim is to limit their impact on the environment; by cooking seasonal foods, establishing a package free take-away and ensuring as little food waste as possible by having a flexible menu which changes with the seasons as well as demand. There's fresh herbs growing outside the cafe, gorgeous views across the water, and an absolutely dreamy outside seating area that's a total sun trap. Perfect for a bit of lunchtime you time.

Read more about The Vegetable Diva (Harbourside)

FLIP are the new vegan deli and cafe up on North Street, serving simple yet exquisite plant-based dishes and selling delicious deli treats for you to take home. Owners Sophie and Pierre have opened FLIP with the aim to make vegan food available to the North Street crowd. They’ve refurbished and redecorated the shop which used to host Eastern Tandoori, and have turned it into a warm and inviting hipster-ish spot where the first thing you’ll want to do is sit back, relax and dive right into a plateful of FLIP goodness.

Read more about FLIP

Published -1st January 2020