If you’re looking for amazing vegetarian and vegan food in the UK, then Brighton is the city for you. The city is packed full of incredible foodie spots for those who prefer to stay away from meat, or those who just want to give vegetarian food a go! From casual to fancy, Brighton’s veggie scene has it all, so you shouldn’t find it too hard to find somewhere on this list that fits what you’re looking for. So without further ado, here are the 25 best vegan restaurants in Brighton you need to eat at.
This article is written by Faraway Lucy writer, Lola Sherwin.
1. Terre à Terre
Address: 1 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ
Phone number: 01273 729051
Terre à Terre is something of a Brighton icon, and it’s not hard to see why! Their menu features bold flavour combinations and some of the most imaginative dishes (and names!) that I’ve ever seen. The food is always delicious, and the staff are super friendly. It was one of my favourite restaurants even before I went veggie, which says a lot – you just don’t miss meat at all here. They also have a huge vegan offering, as well as gluten-free yumminess. It’s pretty clear why this has been a Brighton favourite for over 20 years. Take yourself here as a treat – you won’t regret it.
Address: 6 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EQ
Phone number: 01273 231870
Manju’s is a fantastic family-run Indian restaurant that can be found in the bustling North Laines of Brighton. The restaurant is named after the owners’ mother, who can be found in the kitchen every night, ensuring all the dishes are cooked to perfection. Everything on the menu is delicious – you can take my word for that, as when I went, we actually ordered everything on the menu! It’s a perfect place to go with friends and share so you get the chance to give everything a try. And, of course, everything is vegetarian, with plenty of vegan options on offer too.
Address: Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU
Phone number: 01273 626315
One of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton, Smorl’s is dedicated to all things chickpea! The menu is 100% vegan and features delicious dishes like falafel burgers and pitta paninis. The restaurant has a laidback vibe about it, and you’ll be sure to feel at home as soon as you’ve stepped through the door. It’s owned by two siblings, and they’ve ensured that the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming and that the food is always mouth-wateringly yummy!
4. The Roundhill
Address: 100 Ditchling Rd, Brighton BN1 4SG
Phone number: 01273 235884
Of course, Brighton has an entirely vegan pub! So obviously this has got to be one of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton, right? Everything from their rotation of local ales to their food menu is vegan, and it’s all absolutely amazing. The Roundhill is blessed with two huge windows which let in loads of lovely natural light, or there’s plenty of outdoor seating if you’re more of an alfresco diner. Making vegan pub food affordable is at the heart of their business, and this is a pub that’s definitely worth a visit for some great vegan grub.
Address: 12 St James’s St, Kemptown, Brighton BN2 1RE
Phone number: 01273 855845
One of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton, Purezza first opened in 2015 as the UK’s first entirely vegan pizzeria! They’ve spent years perfecting their pizzas, working in a food lab to create a vegan mozzarella that tastes and melts exactly like the real deal. They have a range of different sourdough pizza bases, too, including wholegrain, hemp, and gluten-free options. “The One with All the Seasons” pizza looks particularly yummy, but they all look great, so I’m sure you’ll keep going back for more after your first visit!
Address: 17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL
Iydea suffered a devastating fire a couple of years ago and have been hard at work to refit the café for opening, and as of April 2021, the work is nearly done! They are committed to serving affordable, healthy vegetarian food, fast. The menu changes regularly, giving you all the more reason to keep coming back and supporting this lovely little veggie spot. The idea is that customers choose a dish from the display and then top it off with a range of veggies, sauces and other yumminess. It’s great for a quick lunch spot.
7. Wai Kika Moo Kau
Address: North Laine Bazaar, 11A Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL
Phone number: 01273 671117
Wai Kika Moo Kau is a fab vegan café in Brighton. They have an entirely veggie menu, and loads of the dishes can be made vegan! Serving delicious classics like burgers, bagels and burritos, this is another of my favourite spots in Brighton. It’s got a welcoming atmosphere and the food is always delicious, without fail. Their breakfast options are really good, too, so this is definitely a daytime eatery worth considering for a visit.
8. Food for Friends
Address: 17-18 Prince Albert St, Brighton BN1 1HF
Phone number: 01273 202310
Food for Friends has been on the Brighton veggie scene since the 1980s. It was originally created with the ethos of serving global vegetarian cuisine to the masses. In the last few years, it’s changed hands a couple of times, with the new ownership bringing with it a more relaxed environment and a commitment to organic food and local produce. They also offer a veggie brunch menu for those of you looking for a brunch spot!
9. Planet India
Address: 4 Richmond Parade, Brighton BN2 9PH
Phone number: 01273 818149
Planet India is a vegetarian restaurant as it doesn’t serve any dishes with meat; however, their core ethos is being a quality Indian restaurant. Indian cuisine is world-renowned for being vegetarian-and-vegan-friendly, and Planet India is no different. Their menu is packed full of delicious meat-free curries and small plates, taking you on a journey across India through their incredible flavours.
10. Honest Burgers
Address: 8 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH
Phone number: 01273 049972
Honest Burgers isn’t exclusively veggie, but they have enough options to satisfy the meat-free among us to warrant them a place on the list of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton. They’ve got one veggie burger that packs in an incredible courgette and sweetcorn fritter along with a bunch of toppings, and then they have two more traditional plant-based burgers full of yummy vegan goodness. If you’re craving a burger, you won’t find many better than these.
11. Happy Maki
Address: 8 Pool Valley, Brighton BN1 1NJ
Phone number: 01273 737369
An entirely vegan sushi restaurant? You won’t find that in many places! One of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton, Happy Maki‘s menu features an abundance of vegan sushi rolls, sushi bowls, and sides, and they all sound amazing. They have everything from vegan duck rolls to vegan cod, and everything in between. The popcorn cauliflower also sounds absolutely insane, so I’d definitely recommend giving that a go as a little side dish.
12. Green Kitchen
Address: 8 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF
Phone number: 01273 933900
Green Kitchen is a lovely vegan café in Brighton that was set up in 2016 by Katie and Catherine, a wife-and-wife team. They have loads of totally vegan café classics like toasties and full English breakfasts, as well as other yummy bits like seitan steaks and chips. They also developed their own handmade rashers, which they sell all over the country, helping them to support the work of the Retreat Animal Sanctuary. This is a true community café run by people who care!
13. The Prince George
Address: 5 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EQ
Phone number: 01273 681055
Brighton’s original vegetarian pub can be found nestled in the vibrant North Laines. The entire menu is vegetarian, which of course means there are also plenty of options for the vegans in the group! Expect classic pub grub like burgers, sausage and mash, and sharing plates which are to die for. The Prince George also does an absolute immense roast dinner, which usually has three options to choose from, so definitely give that a go on a Sunday.
14. What the Pitta
Address: 14 East St, Brighton BN1 1HP
Phone number: 07550 816040
In the mood for gyros or a delicious doner kebab, but can’t seem to find a good vegan one? Then What the Pitta are here to save the day. What the Pitta has several locations across the UK and over the years it has become a cult favourite, popular among celebrities including JME. They pride themselves on making every wrap as special as the first one they ever made, so you can be sure that you’ll get a cracking meal here.
15. Erpingham House
Address: 14 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH
Phone number: 01273 284084
One of the best vegan restaurants in Brighton, Brighton’s Erpingham House is proud of its plant-based heritage, and they’re passionate about helping the world adopt a more conscious lifestyle through a plant-based diet. As well as being entirely plant-based, they’re also plastic-free, and mostly gluten-free. What more could you ask for? They have lunch and dinner menus, featuring showstopping dishes including hoisin shredded jackfruit pancakes and “lamb” roasted aubergine. You won’t find many places more conscious than Erpingham House.
Address: The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3WA
Phone number: 01273 325793
Beelzebab has been a permanent fixture at The Hope & Ruin Pub since 2015, and their menu is perfect if you’re after some filthy vegan food. Packed full of incredible loaded fries, hot dogs, and kebabs, this is the ultimate vegan junk food hotspot. The pub itself is cool too, with a big focus on live music, so not only will you be getting great grub, you’ll also be able to enjoy some fantastic music.
17. Casa Azul
Address: Unit 21 Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JG
Phone number: 01273 019302
Casa Azul is another entry that isn’t exclusively veggie, but the veggie options it does have are too good to leave it off the list. For every meat filling on the menu, they have a vegan equivalent, making it a great spot for everyone. There are four vegan options, all of which are equally delicious, but tacos de cochinita is always a winner, so definitely give that a go. The perfect place for a lighter meal packed full of flavour.
18. Earth Arts & Culture Café
Address: St Augustine’s Arts & Events Centre, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EA
Phone number: 01273 549107
The guys that run Earth love plant-based food, and they want you to love it too. It’s a simple, community-led café offering no-frills, delicious vegan food. They do brunch and lunch, and you can be sure to receive a meal that’s bursting with flavour from this brilliant little café. They also prioritise working with local suppliers – this is a vegan café in Brighton that truly loves the community it’s part of.
19. Loving Hut
Address: 48 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UN
Phone number: 01273 623977
Loving Hut is part of an internationally renowned chain of vegan restaurants, with menus that vary by location but all of which have an emphasis on Asian cuisine. They also have a range of burgers, brunch dishes and other counter-serve classics including “cod” and chips. The chain is inspired by Supreme Master Ching Hai, an advocate for vegetarian living, and the food is quick, simple, yet still incredible.
20. Oowee Vegan
Address: Churchill Square Shopping Centre, 11 Cranbourne St, Brighton BN1 2RD
Phone number: 01273 725656
If American diner food is your kind of thing, then Oowee is calling your name. They serve up a pretty extensive menu of Beyond Meat burgers, vegan chicken burgers, dirty fries, alongside a whole host of other vegan bangers. They’re located in the Western Pub, so you can enjoy some amazing vegan food whilst enjoying the vibe of a pub all at the same time. Not a lot more you could ask for, really.
21. La Choza
Address: 36 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AQ
Phone number: 01273 945926
La Choza isn’t exclusively veggie, but just the fact they have plant-based chorizo should be enough to sell you on this one. They also have a couple of other delightful veggie options, and you can pick a range of different formats to eat the fillings in, including quesadillas, burrito bowls, and more. If you want great Mexican food in an unpretentious atmosphere, then check out La Choza.
22. The Cowley Club
Address: 12 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JA
Phone number: 01273 696104
Cowley Club is a volunteer-run alternative space, with the café serving scrumptious vegan food from 12 until 5 pm, Thursday to Saturday. They change their main dish of the day on a regular basis, and you’ll always find a hearty soup and a bunch of mouth-watering vegan cakes on offer here. If you want a bit of a different spot to enjoy a relaxed vegan lunch, then this is for you.
23. The Vurger Co.
Address: 13 Brighton Pl, Brighton BN1 1HJ
Phone number: 01273 073150
Who doesn’t love a good vegan burger? The popular fast-food chain set up an outlet in Brighton in 2020, and it hasn’t disappointed. Try the Buffalo Vurger with a side of 50/50 fries and a salted caramel popcorn shake with rum and thank me later. The Vurger Co. is vegan fast food at its very best.
24. 17 Grams
Address: 12d Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB
Phone number: 01273 763950
This wonderful little brunch spot has plenty of options for vegans and veggies, with the majority of 17 Grams‘ menu being entirely meat-free, and most dishes being available with vegan alternatives, too. The halloumi and avocado focaccia roll sounds absolutely unreal, and would definitely be my first choice. But there are loads of things to choose from, so check it out and see what takes your fancy.
25. Bendito Maiz
Address: 19a Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton BN1 7HB
Phone number: 07376 898053
This Mexican and Filipino owned kitchen specialises in plant-based tacos as well as other dishes like enchiladas and sopes. Bendito Maiz has regular specials on the menu which sound incredible, with a recent special being banana lumpia with chocolate sauce and salted peanuts. Sounds pretty scrumptious, right? Give them a go for proper Mexican and Filipino food, made in house.
As you can see, there are absolutely loads of options for veggie and vegan food in Brighton, so you can be certain you’ll find something to suit everyone. I hope this list has made it easier for you to narrow down the best of the bunch. For a special occasion or an indulgent meal I’d always recommend Terre à Terre, Wai Kika Moo Kau is one of my ultimate lunch favourites, and Manju’s is fantastic for a more casual but equally delicious dinner. But all of these best vegan restaurants in Brighton are incredible, so give as many a go as possible!
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