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Elspeth’s Top Ten Vegan Eats in Bristol

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It’s no secret that we’re in love with Bristol, the home of Elspeth’s Kitchen. It’s cool, it’s quirky and it’s got a tonne of amazing vegan eateries to choose from. Be it nourishing Buddha bowls or vegan fish and chips, we’re giving you the low down on the best spots to grab a bite in the city.
 
 
Vegan Indian food with rave reviews from locals, Chai Whalla serves mouth-wateringly fresh Indian street food. Started by Niraj Gadher with his first place being a massive hit in Bath he soon opened up his second place choosing the trendy Gloucester Road in Bristol. From onion bhaji wraps to colourful on the go curry boxes, this eco-friendly eatery has to be one of our favourites and is conveniently based just down the street from us. Lunch anyone?
 
 
Huge portions of freshly made salads and crispy herbacious falafel using a traditional recipe of founder Dan Levy’s grandma from her kitchen in Algiers over 70 years ago, we love the idea of this tradition and the recipe being kept alive. Now with four locations in Bristol this is definitely a testament to how good Eat a Pitta’s offering is and means we can have one wherever we go! For an easy, filling meal on the go, we couldn’t recommend Eat a Pitta more!
 
 
Serving up Bristol’s first fully vegan tofish and chips, Matter Fast Foods is a great place to find classic fish and chip shop dishes – veganised! They also offer a vegan battered sausage, fried chicken and a range of delicious sides, who knew this was even possible!
 
 
 
If you’re looking for a healthy, organic plant-based café then look no further as Beets n Roots deli has a whole host of amazing and nourishing dishes. They serve colourful Buddha bowls to highly photogenic acai pots, as well as a range of fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Conveniently placed on Cotham Hill it is the perfect place to grab brunch and then go for a wander around all the nice boutiques on Whiteladies Road.
 
5 1847
 
Located in the city centre, 1847 is one of our favourite locations for an incredible sit down meal, made using local and seasonal produce. They also offer a hearty Sunday roast as well as a varied modern menu that changes seasonally. Fun fact – 1847 is the year that the Vegetarian Society was formed!
 
 
 
Café Kino is one of Bristol’s best-known veggie spots, located in Stokes Croft. It’s completely vegan, with the acceptation of cow’s milk offered with hot drinks. Their burgers are truly exceptional and we recommend grabbing a side of curly fries too. The space itself is full of arty types working on their latest projects and ventures; making it a great place to sit for a few hours if you’re in need of some motivation.
 
7 Planted – vegan street food
 
Planted is a plant-based pop up, originally founded in Brighton, serving delicious vegan street food. Two friends, Molly and Gabriella, founded Planted in 2016 and now supply amazing, nourishing food to cafes. They also host a number of pop ups, supper clubs and you can often find them at both the Tobacco Factory and the Harbouside Market, so keep your eyes peeled.
 
 
 
Amazing Caribbean food located in Old Market, Fi Real serves up wholesome and hearty dishes full of life that we just can’t get enough of! From jerk tofu to fresh juices, this vegan café is a great place to dive into delicious, authentic food.
 
 
The Spotless Leopard is a wonderful on-the-go eatery serving up comforting street food including vegan mac and cheese, seitan sandwiches, salads and cakes. Their mobile business means you’ll have to keep a close eye on their website and social media channels so you don’t miss out! You can often find them just off Whiteladies Road so if you are doing a spot of shopping or seeing friends then don’t forget to stop by and say hi.
 
9 VX
 
Junk food vegans rejoice! If mac’n’cheese toasties, chick’n nuggets and vegan chocolate éclairs sound almost too good to be true, then VX Bristol is the place for you. Originally founded in London’s Kings Cross, the owners fell in love with Bristol as a second location due to its laidback and quirky character – we couldn’t agree more!
 
 
We just had to mention a few of our favourite health food shops, offering a range of amazing produce and easy, on the go snacks. Better Food is Bristol’s very own Whole Foods, whist Harvest and Scoopaway offer a range of vegan snacks, treats and bulk buy options.