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Plant-Based Cardiff: The Ultimate Vegan and Vegetarian Guide
09 January 2024
Cardiff has built a reputation as one of the best foodie cities in the UK, and many plant-based restaurants in the capital have built up a cult following, with many restaurants following the trend and adding their own vegetarian and vegan selections.
Whether you’ve been vegan for years, are giving it a go for January, or you’re a foodie looking to explore some of the city’s ethical eateries and hipster hang-outs, we’ve put together an extensive list of all of the best plant-based places in Cardiff.
Exclusively Vegan or Vegetarian
1. Crumbs, Morgan Arcade
Crumbs Kitchen is known for having one of the best salad bars in Cardiff. Mix and make your own great small or standard salad bowl, or enjoy one of their vegetarian or vegan friendly soups, curries or chilli. You’ll find this little gem right in the heart of the city centre in the Morgan Arcade.
2. Vegetarian Food Studio, Penarth Road
The Vegetarian Food Studio, run by head chef, Neil Patel and uses fresh vegetables, herbs and spices to make unique and authentic Indian dishes to suit all tastes. They also have a great range of Indian sweets all made by hand in house for those of you with a sweet tooth. Open Tuesday to Sunday, The Vegetarian Food Studio can be found on Penarth Road.
3. Naked Vegan, Cardiff Market
Ideally located within Cardiff Market, pay a visit to 2022’s Vegan Bakery of the Year selling a range of freshly baked goods such as cookies, donuts and macaroons as well as freshly brewed coffee. Plus, if you’re feeling something more savoury, you can pick up a topped hot dog, and talking of dogs, they also stock doggie ice cream so your pup can be part of the fun.
4. The Atma Lounge, The Capitol
Café Atma is a conscious living lifestyle lounge. As well as providing delicious Indian food, it also hosts wellbeing evenings including mantra meditation, talks on self-realisation and a two-course vegetarian meal, all for a £5 donation! Atma’s mission statement is to satisfy the bodies, minds and souls of the people of Cardiff.
5. Clancy’s, Cardiff Market
Also located in Central Market is the father and son owned Clancy’s. As well as selling an extensive range of spices and herbs Clancy’s also stocks a wide range of vegan and veggie goodies from smoked paprika halloumi slammers and lentil balls, to alternative takes on British market classics such as sausage rolls and scotch eggs. We recommend you try their dhal and naan bread, a perfect winter warmer.
6. Falafel Corner, The Capitol
Go on a culinary adventure at this falafel bar, ideally located within the Capitol Centre on Queen Street, serving up houmous platters, vegan meze, Lebanese wraps, falafel dogs, filled pittas and salad bowls – or why not try their Sweet Potato Buffalo Ciabatta. Enjoy the taste of the Mediterranean Za’atar bread, fresh salad and a range of houmous.
7. Luna’s Vegan Corner, Wellfield Road
In the heart of Roath, this restaurant was born out of a passion for delicious food, conscious living and a belief in kindness to animals. Since opening, it has become a premier vegan restaurant known for great food, a relaxed environment and good service. Serving up a fresh menu with curry and pasta dishes, burgers as well as a selection of starters and sides.
Perfect for Groups of Vegans, Vegetarians & Meat-Eaters
1. The Grazing Shed, Barrack Lane
The Grazing Shed is home to some of Cardiff’s best burgers and they cater for everyone, including vegans. As well as chicken and beef burgers, the Grazing Shed’s menu offers five different vegan burgers to choose from, making it one of the best places to head for vegans and meat-eaters alike. Did we mention local celebrity and BBC Wales’s ‘Dirty Vegan’ Matthew Pritchard has his own burger on the menu?
2. Tiny Rebel, Westgate Street
Tiny Rebel have established themselves as one of Wales’ best indie breweries and it’s not just what they have on tap that’s tasty. It may come as a surprise to some, but Tiny Rebel has a really strong range of plant-based meals and bar snacks on the menu. If you’re just popping in for a few pints of ‘Cwtch’ then we recommend their vegan wings – you can chose form nine different sauces. Looking for something more substantial? You’re in luck: they have five other vegan menu items to choose from including subs, burgers and pizzas.
3. Pho, Church Street
Pho is a Vietnamese restaurant with a diverse menu – where diners can choose from pho noodle soups, curries, salads, rice bowls, and much more besides. A big hit all over the country, not only down to the amazing flavours that are used so widely in Vietnamese cooking, but also due to how healthy it is. The menu is 40% vegan, and nearly entirely gluten-free (and Pho is accredited by Coeliac UK), so it’s perfect for people with dietary requirements.
4. Pieminister, Saint Mary Street
Pieminister’s pies are made with ethically sourced ingredients and plenty of choice for vegetarians and vegans – and for those on a gluten-free diet there’s a dedicated GF menu starring three delicious gluten-free pies. With three vegan and two vegetarians pies, find the perfect pie for how you’re feeling.
5. The Coconut Tree, Mill Lane
Experience a naturally abundant vegan & vegetarian cuisine at The Coconut Tree. Enjoy the warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality & cuisine, served ‘as it comes’. Their dishes are rich in Ceylon spices with recipes going back generations from their very own parents’ kitchens. In celebration of Veganuary, The Coconut Tree have introduced 3 new delicious dishes to their menu Brinjals Moju, Gova Mallun & Straight Up Bonchi.
6. Pontcanna Inn, Cathedral Road
Pontcanna’s classic bar and lounge have updated the menu for the New Year adding a dedicated vegan section to their menu. Try their vegan takes on wings, burgers and chili served up alongside a changing menu of small platers, big plates and sharer dishes.
7. Giggling Squid, The Hayes
With its unique décor of vibrant colours, cosy banquettes and stunning lighting inspired by Thailand’s abundance of ingredients from the sea and land, Giggling Squid is as much known for its gorgeous interiors as its food. Offering a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, there’s always something for everyone on the lunch and dinner menus including luscious curries, stir fries and vegan options served alongside an extensive list of cocktails, bubbles, and exotic spirits.
8. Las Iguanas, Mill Lane and Mermaid Quay
Celebrate the flavours of Latin America at one of Cardiff’s two Iguanas, one located on the picturesque waterfront of Cardiff Bay and one in the hustle and bustle of Mill Lane. Try out delicious classics alongside unique sizzling creations. With a whole host of vegan and vegetarian options of all tastes and spices, there’s something for everyone.
This is a coffee shop with a heart, situated in a side street just off queen street in Cardiff and have built a loyal following over the years. If you’re popping in for some breakfast, brunch or lunch, they serve a wide range of delicious dishes, all of which can be made gluten free and/or vegan. Or if you’re just popping in for a coffee then one of their fresh cakes or brownies might take your fancy.