It’s not always easy being a veggie – I’ve witnessed the mere sight of another goat’s cheese tart on a restaurant menu bring a veggie mate to tears.
Whether you’re a fully-fledged veggie or you eat meat, but just fancy some decent plant based grub, you can be sure to find something tasty on the menu at any of these Cardiff Vegetarian Restaurants.
From healthy salads to rainbow wraps, there is plenty of choice around the city. If you know of any I have missed from the list, please leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂
Cardiff Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants
1. Anna Loka
Cardiff’s first-ever fully vegan restaurant, this place has become a bit of an institution – and bloody good it is too. Try the vegan fry up, the burgers, the open mushroom tacos (my fave) or the legendary Sunday roast.
This 100% vegan bakery was opened thanks to the generous donations to a crowdfunding campaign. Now this uber-instagrammable coffee shop sells a mouth watering selection of homemade vegan donuts, cupcakes and bakes in interesting flavours. They also make beautiful celebration cakes to order.
Our deluxe #hotchocolate is in today! With #veganmarshmallows and #soyafree #whippedcream.
Add a shot of #peppermint , #saltedcaramel or #hazelnut for an extra #christmas treat. #blanchebakery pic.twitter.com/MPt1escwL7
— Blanche Bakery (@BlancheCardiff) December 18, 2017
3. Cafe Atma
Recently moved to a shiny new premises in the Capitol Centre, this is a vegetarian cafe run by the Hare Krishna movement, for snacks, simple meals – and self-help classes if you fancy. They also stock organic cow’s milk from the UK’s first no-slaughter, ethical dairy.
— Chelsea Halfpenny (@ChelseaHP) April 6, 2017
Situated in the beautiful old Morgan Arcade, Crumbs is a bit of an institution. They serve a range of hot and cold, tasty vegetarian and vegan food (think salad-y things) in Cardiff city centre.
— Kimberley Anderson (@KA_fotography) November 21, 2016
Situated inside Cardiff’s old market hall, Clancy’s is a fab little veggie food stall, just perfect for a quick lunch. Bean burgers, butternut bhajis, and superfood bakes are available ready-to-eat hot, or cold to take away and enjoy at home. I love the Halloumi slammers!
— Cardiff Market Marchnad Caerdydd (@CardiffMarket_) April 3, 2017
This 100% vegetarian supper club pops up at various venues around South Wales. Using locally grown, sustainable ingredients from independent growers, DIRT events aim to challenge clichéd assumptions about vegetarian food being bland; proving instead that it can be deeply delicious and perfect for fine-dining.
Fabulous food @DIRTpopup at @milkandsugarcdf – proof that veggie food doesn’t have to be dull or unappetising – anything but! Especially loved the DIRT carrot & bread with crispy kale, nettle pesto, creamed beans & olive oil. Thanks @DIRTChef & @MrsDIRTpopup! #EatDirt #Cardiff pic.twitter.com/jkbWycQ91o
— Kacie Morgan (@TheRareWelshBit) July 22, 2018
Based in & supporting Cathays Youth and Community Centre, this cafe is currently host to ‘the Herbivore’ (see below), meaning there is always a fab variety of veggie food on offer.
— WRAP Cymru (@WRAP_Cymru) March 22, 2016
8. Greazy Vegan
After taking the pop-up scene by storm with their brand of filthy, cruelty-free fast food, the Greasy Vegan gang set up a permanent home opposite Cardiff Castle at the entrance to Castle Arcade. Watch the video below to see founder Will make his awesome vegan ‘vonner kebab’:
A pop-up supper club run by Simon Matthew, a local chef and long-time vegetarian, known to many from his time at Milgi and the Embassy Cafe. Check the website for pop-up dates, or visit him at the Embassy Cafe (above).
— 💀 Hungry-For-Brains City Hippy (@HungryCityHippy) May 12, 2016
10. The Lazy Leek
The Lazy Leek ‘shack’ looks just like a garden shed, but this recently opened mini-kitchen at Kings Road Yard in Pontcanna actually serves up some of the best plant-based burgers and badass sides you’re ever likely to eat.
A vegetarian restaurant that draws on the chef patron’s Gujarati heritage, and there’s a lovely back story on this one, too; after owning a corner shop and dreaming of having a restaurant for years, Mangla finally made her dream a reality last year!
Last hurrah for blog post on the Gujurati veggie food at the rather nice Mangla's Spice of Life in Cardiff
— SolicitingFlavours (@SolicitingFlava) March 4, 2017
Arty, quirky vegetarian bar and restaurant offering an ever changing menu of seasonal delights. One of my favourite veggie places in Cardiff; you definitely have to try the Sunday Roast with the cashew-cauliflower ‘cheese’ on the side. Amazing.
— Milgi (@milgicardiff) March 10, 2017
13. Milgi Market
An off-shoot from the main restaurant, based inside Cardiff’s indoor market. Selling awesome, filling ‘wholefood bowls’ as well as salads, wraps and vegan cakes. This is my health lunchtime go-to, and you can usually find it for a good price on the Wriggle website and app, too.
This Pontcanna salad bar and sarnie shop offers a mostly-veggie menu. Expect huge plates of filling, healthy fare; this is where I go when I need to feel fixed! They also host occasional supper clubs and kitchen take-overs.
— 💀 Hungry-For-Brains City Hippy (@HungryCityHippy) May 31, 2016
15. Ruin Cafe
This cute new vegan cafe is based inside Castle Arcade; an empty shop unit turned into a deli, cafe, bar, exhibition space and live music spot – all rolled into one glorious venue. A wide variety of vegan fare is available to eat in or take away, and there’s plenty of decent vegan beer on tap, too.
This Sunday in the café we have a bank holiday deal! A main meal, desert and a drink for £10. Check out our Facebook page for more info 🌞 pic.twitter.com/MBcsD9S5ie
— Ruin Cafe (@ruin_cafe) May 23, 2018
This no-frills, BYOB restaurant has been the stalwart of the veggie scene in Cardiff for years. Expect a menu of Indian vegetarian specialities; try the extra hot chilli pakoras served with tamarind chutney. Mouth wateringly spicy!
— memyselfanddai (@memyselfandaii) February 22, 2017
Which is your favourite Cardiff vegetarian restaurant? Have I missed any? Let me know in the comments below!