Vegan friends heading to Brighton anytime soon, you're in for a real treat! From dairy-free doughnuts to dirty doner kebabs you won't believe are vegan, these are the acclaimed food joints you need to introduce your taste buds to.
Historically rated as one of the best vegan-friendly cities in the UK, you’ll never be short of tasty eateries in Brighton. Home to famous pizza joints and plant-based sushi burritos, these are the vegan institutions putting Brighton on the map. If you’re in the market for meat-free dining, make your way through the gallery and hotfoot it to East Sussex ASAP!
Food For Friends
If you’re looking for a sit-down experience with a delicious range of veggie and vegan dishes, then Food For Friends is always a winner. Voted one of the top veggie restaurants in the UK, the food is all fresh and consciously sourced, with plenty of classic dishes reinvented with a vegetarian and vegan twist. Insider’s knowledge: the pumpkin risotto is dribble-worthy stuff.
Cornish Pasty Shop
A bit of a hidden gem in the North Laines, Cornish is not only the best pasty shop but also one of the best places for vegan cakes. You heard it here first! Cornish Pasty Co. makes delicious vegan friendly sausage rolls and pasties (their spicy offering is one for the sinuses), and their Lemon Meringue Pies are as good as the ‘real’ thing – make sure to swing by and pick up a few cakes on your next trip.
There’s no shortage of sweet treats in Brighton and Glazed is a must-visit if you’re looking for something delicious. Flavours change daily but keep your eyes peeled for Biscoff, Raspberry and Coconut, Chocolate Orange, and Lemon and Poppy Seed as these are truly scrumptious. If you’re local, you can also request custom orders if you want a specific flavour. Detour down on you way to or from the station and pick up a doughnut or four for the road. Jammy.
Vegan and fish doesn’t typically go hand-in-hand, but Happy Maki has come up with a diverse menu of fish-free sushi that tastes just as fresh and delicious. You can find Happy Maki’s long list of fishy-free alternatives near the sea-front and also find them popping up at festivals come summer.
Already a staple in London and other UK locations, Honest Burger delivers one of the yummiest burger experiences you could hope for. Their plant burger comes stacked with vegan cheese, mayo and a side of the most delicious rosemary chips you could ask for – we’d suggest ordering a second plate of chips ‘cos they’re THAT good.
The Hope and Ruin
One of the top spots for live music in the city, Hope and Ruin also houses an all-vegan kitchen with dirty kebabs and dogs galore. Make sure to grab a bowl of the loaded Fritz’s fries, piled high with sauerkraut, gherkins, onions and curry ketchup or a chilli cheese dog. You won’t regret digging in!
If you love independent coffee shops, fresh cakes, and a cosy atmosphere, then The Plant Room is for you; hidden in Brighton Square, Plant Room is a vegan paradise of cakes, doughnuts, mixed salads, and delicious speciality coffee. Make sure to stop by for lunch or an afternoon cake and bring a book to enjoy on one of their cosy sofas.
The Prince George
Another pub with a great veggie and vegan menu, The Prince George boasts traditional and delicious pub grub, from burritos to burgers and homemade ice-cream to chip butties, you can be sure to find a cosy corner to chow down and refuel before tackling the Lanes on a Saturday. Bring a bib!
The OG vegan pizza restaurant – prepare to triple-check what you’re eating is in fact vegan because it all sounds and tastes too good to be true. The first vegan and plant-based pizzeria in the UK, Purezza has taken all the classics and made them available to all thanks to coconut and cashew-based cheeses ranging from ricotta to mozzarella. As well as being healthier, Purezza even houses one of the most incredible desserts – the Oreo Pizza; finally, carbs and chocolate unite as one.
Terre à Terre
If you’ve got fancy dinner in mind, Terre à Terre is high on the list. With a mix of vegetarian and vegan dishes (and also options to substitute), Terre a Terre blends spice and flavour with high-end flair that will make you forget there was no meat or dairy in sight.
Wai Kika Moo Kau
Whether you want a big breakfast or a hearty lunch, heck even if you want some delicious cake, then Wai Kika Moo Kau is an absolute must-eat. The vegan breakfast is HUGE, but so worth it for the variety of food on your plate and the specials are switched up regularly so you’re always trying something new. Thanks to its central location, you can pull up a chair and watch the world go by in the Lanes whilst enjoying your food and even stay through to lunch if you fancy. If you can, try the Oreo or Lemon cake, it’s sublime.
A seaside classic with a Belgian twist! The secret to BeFries’ delicious chips is that they are twice baked for extra flavour and crunch, but the real pull is the array of 15+ sauces you can try and dip to your heart’s content – the vegan basil mayo is a must-try and also available to buy. You can sit in and enjoy your order, but these fries are best enjoyed on a walk around the Lanes or a stroll on the beach when the weather is good.
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