Veganism has experience a huge surge in popularity over the last couple of years, and as a result, Cardiff is  now awash with great places to enjoy plant-based food. 

Whether you're a die-hard vegan, a flexitarian or a curious carnivore just willing to try something new, you'll be sure to find something tasty in any of these Cardiff indies. 

PS: Some of these venues are not fully vegan – they might serve the odd egg or a cheeky lump of cheese, but they've all got a huge amount of delectable vegan food to choose from. 

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 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. Weekend brunch is a must and the 'Cali', a vegan version of the classic full English, will cure the heaviest hangover. There’s more 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.

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Now in their new home in the Capitol Centre Atma still remains a sacred space where conscious living combines itself with wholesome and nutritious food. Run by the Hare Krishna's of Cardiff Atma is more than just a conscious living lifestyle lounge. Serving an Ahimsa vegetarian and vegan menu theres something for everyone. Atma’s mission is to satisfy the bodies, minds and souls of the people of Cardiff. Or in other words, to make everyone happy. With devotional Dahl and supreme subji's Atmas food will revive the soul and satisfy your appetite!

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For some of Cardiff’s most delicious salads, look no further than this cafe in the heart of Pontcanna. 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. 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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With their devotion to sourcing the world’s best teas, Waterloo Tea have been consistently raising the bar for Cardiff’s cafe scene since they first opened in Penylan in 2008. Whilst they’ve expanded to the city centre’s attractive Wyndham Arcade and to Penarth, there’s been no let-up in quality. Loose leaf teas come with a timer so you know how long it takes to brew the perfect cup, whilst coffee is made using beans from some of the best roasters around – including James and HasBean. Waterloo’s determination to seek out the best from around the world extends into to their globally-influenced food which is veg heavy, with lots of vegan friendly options, and features dishes spiced with sumac, za’tar and dukkah.

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Milgi serves up everyday plant based eating with style. The 100% vegetarian lounge uses seasonal ingredients to make pretty platefuls of nourishing food including soups, salads and superfood smoothies. For the less virtuous, look out for an eye-watering selection of vegan cake, all properly tasty and satisfying. At night-time, Cardiff’s cool cats hang out and sip cocktails – settle in, grab a drink and join in with the hubbub of this beautiful little hidden gem – or just people-watch to your heart’s content.

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Devilishly delicious cakes, warm doughnuts glazed to within a sugary inch of their lives, cocoa-infused melt-in-your-mouth cookies and some of the finest cruelty-free cupcakes you're ever likely to go weak at the knees over... Blanche might have only been part of Cardiff's artisan food scene for a short time, but there's no denying that they've already made some pretty serious waves. What started as a passion project with an ethical message (striving to create cruelty-free, vegan food that everyone can enjoy) has quietly grown into one of Cardiff's loveliest foodie success stories. Now supplying some of the cities best-loved independent businesses (Clancy's, Barkers, Beanfreaks etc.), they've now opened their lovely cafe in Roath, which has one of the most instagrammable green walls we've ever seen.

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The family-run joint is Mecca for Cardiff’s veggies and just a stone’s throw from the city centre. The kitchen cooks fresh and authentic Indian dishes and if you want tasty, cheap and filling grub, you’ve come to the right place. There’s also an Indian snack bar, serving up treats like multi-coloured crisps and a variety of homemade traditional sweets, many of which are vegan. The restaurant is unlicenced (although it’s BYOB and there’s a corner shop two doors down) so try a mango lassi or the exotically named disco coffee. Portions are big so you might have to ask for a doggie bag. The restaurant also does takeaway if you prefer to veg out in the comfort of your own home.

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This is the smaller cousin of Milgi's long-established Roath restaurant, and it goes one step further by offering an entirely plant-based menu. Serving up whole food bowls, soups and noodles made fresh in front of you, Milgi's crafty creations look great, use the freshest ingredients and come packed full of flavour. Alongside the deli counter, you can also find their vegan lifestyle shop, making it super simple to pick up staples like Himalayan salt, vegan aioli, and homemade hummus, kimchi and sauerkraut.

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

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The Greazy Vegan is Team Wriggle's great, unrequited love. What's so good about this wandering nomad of a pop-up, we hear you cry? 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. Catch Greazy Vegan at their new city centre premises to enjoy 100% vegan burgers, hotdogs, sides and fries.

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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 – so a trip here is the foodie equivalent of a big hug. Everything is vegetarian with plenty of vegan and gluten free options. The cheap and cheerful menu includes cakes, hot drinks and fresh juices, plus porridge and eggs on toast for breakfast. Perfect for a quick shopping pit stop or for whiling away an afternoon by getting stuck into a good book.

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The Google Maps listing may describe this as a modest Indian vegetarian restaurant but it’s won a plethora of awards, you know. The family-run joint is Mecca for Cardiff’s veggies and just a stone’s throw from the city centre. The kitchen cooks fresh and authentic Indian dishes and if you want tasty, cheap and filling grub, you’ve come to the right place. There’s also an Indian snack bar, serving up treats like multi-coloured crisps and a variety of homemade traditional sweets, many of which are vegan. The restaurant is un-licenced (although it’s BYOB and there’s a corner shop two doors down) so try a mango lassi or the exotically named disco coffee. Portions are big so you might have to ask for a doggie bag, and the restaurant also does takeaway if you prefer to veg out in the comfort of your own home.

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Sitting on the corner of Lower Cathedral Road, Madhav has been serving authentic vegetarian and vegan Indian food to Cardiff’s Riverside community since before most of us here at Wriggle were even born. Opened well over 30 years ago by Pushpa Gaikwad from Maharastra (the capital of which is Mumbai, a.k.a. Bombay), Madhav was run as a delicatessen/mini-market for many years before expanding into a café/restaurant. Tuck into tasty Indian street food-style dishes like masala dosa (rice pancakes with spicy potatoes), wada sambar (dhal dumpling) and mixed vegetable curry. Before you leave, pick up some authentic ingredients from the mini-market to experiment with in the kitchen when you get home.

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Published -2nd January 2019