Lately the veggie and vegan game in Cardiff has been going from strength to strength, with great new eateries popping up across the city. Nowadays, not eating meat doesn't have to mean forgoing the flavour thanks to the talented chefs putting vegetables at the forefront and taking our hearts, minds and stomachs by storm.

Here, we've picked eight Cardiff spots where you can be guaranteed a tasty veggie or vegan burger that's completely meat-free, but still gosh-damn delicious.

The Greazy Vegan is the perfect antidote to the preachy, smug narrative that so often surrounds veganism and 'clean eating', making it seem unapproachable and unaffordable. Sick of the constant cycle of kale and quinoa, the chefs at Greazy Vegan decided to take a stand, and began cooking the indulgent, greasy, tasty junk food of their wildest drunken fantasies – completely cruelty free. Thus, Greazy Vegan was born, bringing joy to junk food-loving vegans across Cardiff.

Read more about The Greazy Vegan (Castle Arcades)

This all-vegan restaurant is a big hit even with Cardiff’s most dedicated carnivores and we think it’d be criminal of you not to try one of their banging vegan burgers. The 'ultimate burger' is just that: a red lentil and beetroot patty with TWO onion rings and all the trimmings, plus an extremely generous portion of some of the best chips in town.

Read more about Anna Loka (Albany Road)

Get down to Kongs for some of the best burgers in Cardiff, courtesy of the kitchen-takeover from Bristol expats, Burger Theory. There are four veggie options on the menu and the Southern Hippie, a dreamy doubling of portabello mushroom and halloumi, can also be made vegan if needs be. If you get bored of eating (as if), you can always play one of Kongs' arcade games or have a crack at table tennis.

Read more about Burger Theory @ Kongs (City Centre)

Since 2015, Bwydiful's bright orange stall has been a well-loved fixture at events all around the 'Diff, and now they're a permanent fixture - hurrah! Now you'll be able to enjoy their amazing artisan burgers whenever you fancy, and that, dear Wriggler, is excellent news. Their signature burgers feature local, independent produce, and they've got cracking options for you meat-free diners – let's just say halloumi plays a BIG role – and that is fine by us.

Read more about Bwydiful (Victoria Park)

The Grazing Shed is famous for its fresh flavours and friendly staff, and was even shortlisted in the prestigious 2017 Britain’s Best Burger competition. It’s not just for meat heads either: there are SIX gorgeous vegetarian burgers (the Hell Fire Hippy is heavenly) and five vegan options, meaning everyone's got plenty to choose from here. Gone are the days of one token portobello mushroom in a stale-ass bun – these guys are serious players on the burger scene!

Read more about The Grazing Shed (City Centre)

Don’t be fooled by the name: there are plenty of non-beefy burgers at this cool café bar on Cowbridge Rd, and once a week, on Meatless Mondays, the whole menu goes vegetarian and vegan – pretty inspiring stuff. Even more exciting is that at T&B, you completely customise your own burger from start to finish – choose your own bun, patty (we love the black bean and chipotle one), then add toppings, cheeses and sauces to your heart's content.

Read more about Time & Beef (Cowbridge Road)

We’re big fans of this friendly vegetarian café, and we’re in good company too, as its new site was opened by rock legend, Chrissie Hynde. The burgers (there are five to choose from) are wholesome but huge, so be prepared for a proper feeding; you'll be waddling home afterwards. If you're after a recommendation, we love the Ahimsa – it's all about the delish Indian cheese, paneer.

Read more about Cafe Atma (Centre)

Spit & Sawdust give the game away with their name – this is a skate park and a social enterprise, after all, not some cosy design concept. But the organic burgers have put this place on the map of discerning burger hunters; where else will you find handmade organic burgers for under a fiver? Or tofu burgers as delicious as any meaty feast? With everything made from scratch, and bread from local heavyweights Allen's, this is food made with love and attention, at a price which makes you double-take.

Read more about Spit & Sawdust (Newport Road)

After some real homemade grub made with love? Love traditional, delicious food that isn't gimmicky, and doesn't place style over substance? Look no further! Steen the Chef has been teaching young people and community groups cooking skills for over six years. From his super cute little restaurant on Windsor Place, Steen is serving up a really cracking vegan burger with strong, simple flavours. Dig in!

Read more about Steen the Chef (Windsor Place)

Published -9th May 2019