Whilst old-school favourites like Milgi and Crumbs have been flying the flag for vegetarianism in Cardiff for many years, in the last few months, Cardiff's veggie game has really gone up a notch. 

Whether you're a fully fledged veggie or just making a more concerted effort to eat less meat, it's definitely worth checking out these new Cardiff hot-spots for plant based eating. 

The Lazy Leek

The Lazy Leek 'shack' looks just like a suburban garden shed, but don't let that fool you. This recently opened mini-kitchen at Kings Road Yard in leafy Pontcanna serves some of the best plant-based burgers and badass sides you're ever likely to eat. 

The team behind the Lazy Leek have experience running chalets in the French Alps; working in commercial kitchens, and even cooking food for refugees in Calais. With all of this foodie finesse now behind them, the Lazy Leek was born.  Everything on the menu here is free from meat and dairy - the LL team want to share with the world how easy, tasty and exciting eating vegan can be. This means hungry plant-based easters can chow down on anything and everything, from glazed blueberry donuts, huge TexMex burgers, fresh and tasty onion bhaji wraps and 'pulled' portobello mushroom dirty fries.

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Ruin Cafe 

This quirky little space inside the Victorian Duke Street Arcade has transformed an empty shop unit into a deli, cafe, bar, exhibition space and live music spot - all rolled into one glorious venue. Sunday to Wednesday, it's all about chilled out vibes and the salad bar; a wide variety of vegan fare to eat in or take away, and plenty of decent beer on tap. Once Thursday comes along, opening hours are extended until almost midnight, and live music, guest DJs and regular events and exhibitions turn this into a buzzy inside-outside venue where Cardiff's creative types come to hang out. We like very much!

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The Greazy Vegan

The Greazy Vegan is Team Wriggle's great, unrequited love. It's the perfect antidote to the preachy 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. Cath them at their new permanent premises inside Castle Arcade from the end of June.

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Published -20th June 2018