If you’re vegetarian, vegan or simply interested in trying out new or different things Brighton is perfect for you! The city offers many cool places to eat or shop vegetarian and vegan food. I was lucky enough to try out some of the places so in this Blogpost I will tell you about the cafes, restaurants and supermarkets I have been to and some I others I didn’t visit yet. Let’s start with cafes and restaurant (many offer coffee and cake but also main dishes).
Wai Kika Moo Kau
You can find Wai Kika Moo Kau in 11A Kensington Gardens (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Wai+Kika+Moo+Kauemail@example.com,-0.1385841,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xa86408f29d5c9a37?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjY7oq0wb_TAhWBF8AKHQPoAPYQ_BIIbjAK ) which is a little bit above North Street and about 4 – 5 minutes from the North street bus stop. It is 100% vegetarian and vegan and a cosy and cute café/restaurant. This is the first place I’ve been to. I had a vegan chilli with a chocolate milkshake and tried out one of their delicious cakes. The staff was very friendly and it was not too expensive. Even though I went there on a Saturday it wasn’t too loud or crowded. I’d love to go there again and try more things out can only recommend it. Their opening times are Monday to Thursday from 9am-4.30pm, Friday from 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday from 9.30am-5pm. Here are photos of the vegan chilli and the cake:
Food for friends
It is located in the lanes in 17-18 Prince Albert St. (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Food+for+Friends,+17-18+Prince+Albert+St,+Brighton+BN1+1HFfirstname.lastname@example.org,-0.1430862,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4875850bb160b471:0x292fbf4a74cca379!8m2!3d50.8213321!4d-0.1408984 ). I’ve heard many really good things about Food for Friends but sadly didn’t make it there yet. It offers a vegetarian and vegan gourmet kitchen and is a little pricier than the first one. Food for Friends is one of the most popular (vegetarian) restaurants in Brighton. I hope I can try it out sometime. They’re open Monday to Thursday 12pm-10pm, Friday and Saturday from 12pm-10.30pm and Sunday 12pm-10pm. http://www.foodforfriends.com/ .
Rootcandi is in 105 Western Road it is easy to get to from the Waitrose supermarket (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Rootcandiemail@example.com,-0.1535481,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x1ad3e00256870071?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiVxLrU2MTTAhUjKcAKHUEIBwwQ_BIIezAN ). It is a 100% vegan tapas-style restaurant. The photos in the internet look amazing and I can’t wait to go there on Friday. The restaurant looks really welcoming from the outside and from the photos in the internet. You can go there Monday to Thursday from 12pm-9pm and Friday and Saturday from 12pm-10pm. https://www.rootcandi.co.uk/ .
You can find it at 11-12 Queens Road (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Beelzebabfirstname.lastname@example.org,-0.1431823,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xea09a9620ec9cf9b!8m2!3d50.8247644!4d-0.1431823 ). The nearest bus stop is Clock Tower but since it is very central you can easily reach it from Churchill Square. I sadly couldn’t go there last Monday (as I first planned) because they’re closed on Mondays. Instead of Monday I will go there this Wednesday. They offer vegan street food/fast food like hot dogs or kebab. Their best seller is vegan doener kebab inspired by vegan food from Berlin. The food looks (and probably also is) super delicious. Their opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from 12pm-3pm and 5pm-10pm, Saturday from 12pm-9pm and Sunday from 12pm-7pm. http://beelzebab.bigcartel.com/
Happy Maki Shushi
Not far away from Old Steine you’ll find the completely vegan Sushi restaurant (8 Poole Valley, https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Happy+Makiemail@example.com,-0.138594,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x33ea79ff613396f!8m2!3d50.820132!4d-0.138594 ). It’s one of the amazing places I tried out and I’ve fell in love with it. The food is so delicious and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Any Sushi role is £6. The “chicken” pieces are amazing and I can only recommend. I would definitely go there again. You can visit them Wednesday to Saturday from 12pm-9pm and on Sunday from 12pm-8pm.
You can find VBites in 14 East Street in the Lanes (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/VBites+Brightonfirstname.lastname@example.org,-0.1393903,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x1c22330b54fea907!8m2!3d50.8204652!4d-0.1393903 ). It is easy to reach from North street bus stop or Old Steine bus stop. Unlike other restaurants the Waiter/Waitress doesn’t comes to you but you go to the counter to order what you want and say what table you’re sitting at. The Waiter/Waitress then brings you your food and drinks to the table. They’re opened seven days a week on Monday till Thursday, 9.30am-7pm on Friday and Saturday and 9.30am-8pm on Sunday from 10am-6pm. I had the Hickory Chick Burger together with a Matcha Shake and it was yummy. Even though the Matcha Shake was pricier than other Milkshakes it was absolutely worth it. http://www.vbites.com/
The Plant Room
I went here after I was at VBites. Since this one is really central too it took me about 10 minutes walking from VBites to the Plant Room. It is in 17-19 Brighton square (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/The+Plant+Roomemail@example.com,-0.1403608,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x7d6a3cafc242d165?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj5wfPe-cHTAhVjI8AKHZScBQ0Q_BIIfjAK ). It is really cute cafes with, as the name already tells, many plants which gives it a nice atmosphere. Because I already had a main dish before I came here I decided to try some cake along with a green tea. The piece of cake was huge just as the green tea even though it was not very convenient so the value for money is great. The staff were friendly and it was possible to order something for takeaway and something to eat there at the same time (I just asked if it’s possible). For that reason, I also bought an Oreo donut for another day. You can eat there on Monday to Thursday from 9.30am-6.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 9.30pm-7pm and Sunday from 9.30am-5.30pm. http://www.theplantroomcoffee.com/
Next are the Supermarkets since going out to eat everyday can get very expensive.
Infinity Foods is a popular vegetarian and vegan supermarket located in 25 North Road, North Laines. Besides a Supermarket they also have a café called Infinity Foods Kitchen which is only about a two-minute walk away from the supermarket (50 Gardener Street). They have their own brand which is also available to buy in many other supermarkets. I myself have been there multiple times and will highly miss it when I’m back in Germany. Everything they offer is organic and they offer household and cosmetic products as well as food. They have many fresh baked goods in the supermarket so you don’t have to walk to Infinity Foods Kitchen for them (even though it’s worth it). The staff are very friendly and have no problem answering your questions. Their opening times are Monday to Saturday from 9.30am-6pm and Sunday 11am-5pm. http://infinityfoodsretail.coop/our-shop/
Here’s a photo of a vegan scone and energy ball from the Infinity Food Kitchen:
HiSbe, short for ‘How It Should BE’, is an organic but certainly not 100% vegetarian or vegan supermarket located in 20-21 York Place (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/hiSbe+Food+CICfirstname.lastname@example.org,-0.1357632,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x1a4602fc44e4cf88?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjrgcnygcLTAhWEJ8AKHdQZD0kQ_BIIfjAK ). You can portion your own grains like rice or muesli (so cool, I haven’t seen something like this before). The team is very helpful, welcoming and chatty. Probably going there again before I leave Brighton. You can go there daily between 9am-8pm.http://hisbe.co.uk/
You can find it in 95 Western Road pretty much on across from Waitrose which is also the closest bus stop (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Taj+the+Groceremail@example.com,-0.1526456,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x1de371f4d3de9665?sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwi3qfbkhMLTAhVqIcAKHcriB7gQ_BIIfTAK ). They have a huge food range of mostly oriental foods. Just as the one before, it is not completely vegetarian or vegan but offers many vegan foods. The fresh fruit and vegetable offering is way bigger than in many other supermarkets. They’re open every day from 9am-9pm.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VEGANISM
Veganism is a very interesting and importing topic in today’s world but if you’re not vegetarian or vegan already you may not know a lot about it. Because of that I did some research for documentaries, blogs, YouTube channels, cookbooks and magazines all about veganism.
Let’s start with the documentaries.
You may have heard of this before as it’s really popular and not only among vegans. In this documentary, the filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn raise awareness to the issues of climate change caused by the meat and dairy industry. It’s full of many interesting facts and information. You can watch in on Netflix, DVD or YouTube. http://www.cowspiracy.com/
Forks over knives
Forks over knives is a documentary loved by many celebrities as well as many other people. It focusses on health issues caused by a meat and dairy rich diet. It shows you the truth behind many lies and secrets of the food industry. Some of the facts will surprise you but it is a documentary I can only recommend. It is available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, DVD or you can download it on their website https://www.forksoverknives.com/
Vegan everyday stories
This is not a typical documentary as it’s not just about the facts but about the people who actually live this lifestyle. You will see that there is no typical vegan, as many people imagine. The documentary follows the daily lives of four vegans. They’re telling you their story how and why they became vegan. I can recommend this film for people who don’t just want to hear the facts but the inside of vegan life. http://veganmovie.org/
This is one of my absolute favourites. It provides you with a lot of great information about the impact of the animal food industry/meat and dairy rich diet on the human body and the earth we live on. The documentary was made by Michal Siewierski and is available for you to watch on Netflix, iTunes and YouTube.
I personally never eaten better than since I’m vegan. In December 2015, I looked for a way to get leaner and stronger, that’s when I found a book called Skinny B*tch (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skinny-Bitch-Rory-Freedman/dp/0762424931 ). The book written by a nutritionist and a former model agent and tells you the truth about many diet lies and also what actually happens in the factory and with your body when producing meat, dairy and eggs. After finishing reading it I completely went vegan (I already as vegetarian) and watched many documentaries, videos and read articles to get to know more about the truth about the issues of a animal rich diet. My parents were shocked first because they thought it will be so much more difficult to find something to cook but the exact opposite happened we are now eating delicious, filling and full of vitamins and good nutrition meals. My mum told me not long ago that eating vegan is really good for body in terms of health and that she doesn’t like eating cheese or meat anymore (really proud of her). My dad still eats meat and dairy but whenever he sees my meals he tells me how good it looks and smells.
VEGAN BLOGS AND YOUTUBE CHANNELS
Interested in finding out more about how to cook vegan? These blogs and YouTube channels may be of interest!
Ella, the blog owner, who became vegan because of an illness that controlled her offers you many whole food, plant-based recipes. She also has her own app and cookbook which is translated into 16 different languages. Her second cookbook was released in January 2017 and her third will be released early next year. Besides cookbooks she and her husband launched their own products such as energy balls which are available in Waitrose, Ocado, Whole Foods, Selfridges, Planet Organic, Harvey Nicholas and other independent stores. https://deliciouslyella.com/
The blog Vegan Richa is about many delicious recipes from Richa who is based in Seattle. She has been featured on Oprah.com, Huffington Post, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed and many more. She also released her own cook books called Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen and Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen. She suffered from a brain tumour and is recovering from the removal surgery in the past years. Cooking and the blog help her on her journey to fully recover. http://www.veganricha.com/
Vegan yack attack
The owner of the blog is Jackie. She got vegan after reading articles about studies about every day products and food and what there not only doing to us but to the animals and our earth. For her recipes she has different categories such as breakfast, dinner, desserts, etc. http://veganyackattack.com/
Of course, there are more great vegan blogs to find these are the ones that appealed to me the most. If reading is not for you than I have some vegan YouTube channels for you in the following.
She is a Sydney based Australian YouTuber. Her videos are mostly recipes and “What I eat in a day”. She became vegan after meeting her boyfriend and watching many documentaries. Veganism is her passion for quite a while which is why she also makes videos to provide information for those who are interested. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOu3SAozsyQyKE2wDAIJtdQ
Olga is a vegan YouTuber living in Canada. You can find many “What I eat in a day” videos but also recipes from different categories. The food she cooks looks amazing and worth trying out. https://www.youtube.com/user/Fablunch/featured
Cheap lazy vegan
As the name reveals this channel is mostly about being vegan on a budget. It is great for students at universities or people in general who don’t have much time, money or possibilities to cook complex meals every day. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEjkioV3LO_OIUaSWRxFZ3A
Liv’s healthy life
The owner of this channel is Olivia (short Liv) who lives in Canada. Her aim is to share recipe which are easy, quick and made with simple ingredients. The food on her channel looks amazing. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtuwIdM0Zx7xCiZSa_clRzw
Sarah’s vegan kitchen
Sarah lives in the USA and makes videos like how she writes it in her description “Vegan cooking, grocery hauls, food diaries and taste tests!”. You can find many recipes that “originally” are made of meat, fish or dairy but are modified to fit a vegan diet. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAbKLYEuTR1riockIgAWBiw/featured
I hope you try out some of the restaurants or recipes, they’re worth a try! And bon appetit. 🙂