From soups to salads and vibrant whole-food bowls, you can be sure of a nutritious and delicious feed in any one of these healthy Cardiff restaurants. 

Welcome to Milgi Market, a Mecca for healthy food nestled amongst the hustle an bustle of Cardiff's iconic Victorian market. Serving up plant-based meals that are whipped up right in front of you, Milgi Market's wholefood salads, soups and sandwiches are always seasonal and packed full of flavour and colour. Alongside the lunchtime offerings, here you can also find a vegan lifestyle shop, making it super simple to pick up staples like Himalayan sea salt, vegan aioli, and jars of homemade hummus, sauerkraut and kimchi.

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Crumbs has long been a popular haunt for Cardiff’s vegetarians. Located in one of the capital’s bustling Victorian arcades, entering this family-run cafe is like stepping into someone’s kitchen. As you’d expect at home, there are no airs and graces: the cafeteria style counter and three floors of wooden tables set the scene for a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. The kitchen serves up healthy but hearty comfort food – think salad bowls, baked potatoes and generous portions of veggie curry with brown rice – a trip here is the foodie equivalent of a big hug. Everything is vegetarian with plenty of vegan and gluten free options. Perfect for a quick shopping pit stop or for whiling away an afternoon by getting stuck into a good book.

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This cute cafe is the stuff that (vegan) dreams are made of – and proof to meat-eaters and vegetarians alike that vegan food can be as delicious and indulgent as any alternative. Partners Rhys and Amy have done an amazing job transforming what used to be a fireplace wholesaler into this lovely cafe, serving smoothies, salads, wraps and all sorts of indulgent cakes. Watch out for Feel Good Friday, meaning 10% off all their green smoothies and juices.

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This picturesque cafe, perched on the end of a leafy Victorian-terraced street, is a proper hidden gem. Healthy, fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients are used to create a mouth-watering menu of breakfasts, brunches and lunches, whilst local cheeses, chutneys and homemade cakes and breads are available on the deli counter all day long. There's also a daily selection of organic fruit and veg available to buy from the stall out-front. The Penylan Pantry has a low food-waste ethos, meaning that up to 70% the menu is made up of items that would have otherwise become food waste. Superb!

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The big sister to the Cardiff Market outpost, the original Milgi on site road serves up everyday plant-based eating with style. Seasonal ingredients make pretty platefuls of nourishing food, including soups, salads and superfood smoothies (and for the less virtuous, there are burritos and beer-battered halloumi and chips, and an eye-watering selection of vegan cake). At night-time, Cardiff’s cool cats hang out and sip cocktails but don't be put off by the hipster vibe; grab a drink and join in – or just people-watch to your heart’s content.

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Cardiff’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by cheerful chappie, Adam, who also happens to be a Hare Krishna monk. He’s here to offer customers compassionate food choices without compromising on quality or taste – and if the Trip advisor reviews are anything to go by, it’s working. Even the most militant of meat eaters will be licking their plates after a meal here. There’s plenty of healthy but hearty grub on the menu in the form of salads, wraps, burgers, curries, cakes and more; trust us, you’ll drool just looking at the menu. We guarantee that you’ll leave Anna-Loka with a spring in your step.

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For some of Cardiff’s most Instagram-worthy salads, look no further than this cafe in the heart of Pontcanna. Kemi’s is owned by, well, Kemi (a woman whose zest for life is evident in the food that she serves) and run by Patrick (with a heart of gold and a passion for fantastic food to match). Fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables are used to make interesting and unusual combinations that you’d never think of yourself. Examples include peach and daikon (that’s a type of radish to you and us), cauliflower tabbouleh with broad beans and apple, and rainbow chard with squash and figs. It’ll certainly give you food for thought. You’ll also find similarly delicious soups, wraps and cakes on the menu. Although meat is used selectively at Kemi's, their flagship salads are all veggie (and mostly vegan) and there's always a refreshing emphasis on the colourful, healthy and - of course - tasty potential of natural, meat-free food.

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Nestled away in the calm of Canton, this eco-conscious Cafe & Deli is a mindful muse. This place will get you buzzing with fresh, locally sourced ingredients to satisfy even the fussiest of friends. Jenn's nutritional background makes her the Queen Bee when it comes to quality ingredients, with energy boosting berries, and holistic hemp seeds, perfect for feeding the soul! The Bee & Honey is a cosy communal space with it's focus on plant based, but please be prepared to meet omnivores, herbivores, vegans and anything else in between.

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Another stellar addition to the city centre's burgeoning indie food and drink collective, QSK has undoubtedly strengthened Quay Street and Womanby Street's claim as Cardiff's very own parallel universe of indie deliciousness. Boasting a dazzling array of kaleidescopic daily salads, grilled cheese brunches, epiphany-inducing cake and perfect coffee (roasted and shipped in from the caffeine cats at Plug Coffee out in Dinas Powys), this is a minimalist takeaway-lunch gem that you've probably moseyed past a dozen times - you'll not want to miss it again.

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Located in a grade 2 listed building in the middle of Cardiff’s beautiful city-centre Morgan Arcade, The Plan is the place to head if you’re serious about good food - but also good coffee. As Cardiff’s first member of the third wave coffee movement, they’ve been using single origin beans before it was even a glint in the eye of most other cafes. There’s a reason why the head barista Trevor Hyam was named 4th best in the UK barista championships. If coffee isn't really your thing and you'd prefer a bite to eat, the menu here has an emphasis on the local and organic, with a good range of options for carnivores, vegans and vegetarians alike.

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Published -12th April 2018