Brighton is one of the UK’s most vegetarian and vegan-friendly cities. In this Brighton vegetarian guide, we reveal Brighton’s best vegetarian lunch spots.
Brighton’s vegetarian food scene is awesome. Think beetroot falafel wraps and oversized sushi rolls. Vegetarian pub grub and chunky veg burgers. Summer salads and winter bean stews.
Best Budget Vegetarian Lunch in Brighton
Cheap lunchtime eats are Brighton’s specialty. You can get a filling meal under a fiver across the city – and you have plenty of options to choose from.
Luke and I often debate whether it’s time to fill up on vegetarian pho or which of the two falafel places is better. But fights aside, whichever of these vegetarian lunch places in Brighton you eat at, it’ll be good.
Here are our top 7 cheap vegetarian lunch places in Brighton:
If you ask a local, they’ll often tell you Pompoko is the cheapest restaurant in Brighton. This makes it a popular choice for students and budget eaters. The food here is simple but yummy. For vegetarians, there are white rice bowls with tofu and different sauces. Our favourite is the honey and ginger tofu rice bowl. Eating for under a fiver is easy here with most bowls costing around £4-5.
Google Map: 110 Church St, Brighton BN1 1UD
Milk No Sugar (veg-friendly)
Oddly named, Milk No Sugar, is actually a Vietnamese cafe. It’s close to the train station and a quick-lunch stop. If you happen to walk by on Trafalgar Street you’ll catch a whiff of delicious aromas from here. If you go, have the vegetarian pho and a sweet Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk.
Google Map: 68 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EB
If you’re craving cheap vegetarian sushi, get yourself to E-Kagen. This Japanese canteen-style restaurant sits above the Asian food store in the Brighton Lanes. Sushi rolls include mushroom, cucumber and sweet potato.
Google Map: 22-23 Sydney St, Brighton BN1 4EN
Happy Maki (vegan)
Vegan sushi wraps are Brighton’s newest vegan food innovation. Imagine a burrito, except it’s sushi. It’s a crazy, creative concept but it’s good. There are seven different sushi roll options, though we can recommend the rainbow roll with grated beetroot and the Thai sweet potato and coconut roll. The most sustainable sushi there is – because it’s all vegan.
Google Map: 8 Pool Valley, Brighton BN1 1PN
Baby Bao @ The Pond (veg-friendly)
Love bao? Us too! Brighton’s Baby Bao street food is served at The Pond. This pub is tucked just inside the North Laine and has a friendly, little bit alternative vibe. The steamed buns include two vegan options, though we highly recommend the Tofu Classic – organic tofu, hoisin, peanuts, spring onion and cucumber. Their kimchi is incredible too. The baos are served like tapas, so you can stop by for a snack after a few beers or grab three or four to make a full meal. This is what our Friday nights look like.
Google Map: 49, Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AQ
We Love Falafel (vegetarian)
Our first taste of falafel in Brighton was at We Love Falafel. Choose from classic, sweet potato or beetroot falafel wraps to go. Expect a wrap chock-full of falafel, salads, hummus and sauce. It’s messy but that’s all part of the fun.
Google Map: 37 Sydney St, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4EP
FilFil Cafe (vegetarian)
If you want to sit down to get your falafel fix, go for FilFil Cafe. I love the falafel salads and mezze boards, but Luke would say it’s all about the pitta bread. To be honest, it’s all delicious.
Google Map: 21 Gardner St, Brighton BN1 1UP
Helm Ston Cafe (vegetarian)
Hands down my favourite food in Brighton. Helm Ston is an absolutely tiny but obscenely delicious vegetarian cafe. It’s Brighton’s best-kept vegetarian secret if you ask me. The highlight is their Indonesian gado-gado, a dish of potatoes in peanut-coconut sauce piled with raw veggies. They have killer fresh ginger juice shots too. Note this cafe is cash-only.
Google Map: 1B Pelham St, B2119, Brighton BN1 4ER
Best Mid-Range Vegetarian Lunch in Brighton
Sometimes you don’t want to eat your lunch on the fly, I know the feeling. If you’ve got more time to spare and don’t mind spending a little more, then check out these Brighton lunch places:
Food for Friends (vegetarian)
If you’re looking for somewhere a bit special, eat at Food for Friends. This beautiful vegetarian restaurant sits in the South Lanes. The food is 100% homemade and uses local ingredients. During the week, Food for Friends have a special lunch offer. Always keen to get a taste of everything, we had a sharing platter. Our favourites were the vegetarian Scotch egg, paprika halloumi bites and raw mango salad. Expect creative, well-presented vegetarian food here.
Google Map: 17-18 Prince Albert St, Brighton BN1 1HF
A little more low-key is the canteen style Iydea. We’ve stopped by this place a few times, but it’s usually too jam-packed to get a table. The one time we did eat lunch here, the food was great but selecting a full lunch from the canteen ended up being pricey. We are a good white bean stew and lots of different salads.
Google Map: 17 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL
Infinity Foods Kitchen (vegetarian)
Infinity Foods Kitchen sits along the road from their shop. I’m a faithful customer of the shop, which is one of the best places to get ethical and natural products. The cafe is good but – like the shop – it’s pricey. Definitely swing by for vegan cake though.
Google Map: 50 Gardner St, North Laines, Brighton BN1 1UN
Best Mid-Range Vegetarian Restaurant in Brighton
Purezza is Brighton’s plant-based, vegan pizza restaurant and it’s awesome. The menu is full of creatively named pizzas like the ‘Pesto Manifesto’ and ‘Just Beet It’ with delicious and unique toppings. Their sourdough pizza bases are matured for at least 48 hours, so they’re easier to digest than traditional pizza and their vegan mozzarella is made from brown rice, chickpeas and oil. If you’re into vegan cheese, then their vegan cheese board will blow your taste buds. Though the vegan pizza is the big pull factor at Purezza, they also serve up plant-based burgers made from pea protein (gluten-free burger options available). There’s also a cheeky cocktail menu and a creamy vegan tiramisu.
Google Map: 12 St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE
Terre à Terre (vegetarian)
Incredible, creative vegetarian cuisine inspired by flavours from around the world is Terre à Terre’s specialty – and oh my, do they do it well. The food here is delicious. Feast on light and crispy KFC (Korean fried cauliflower), steamed rice buns with marinated halloumi and potato rosti with deep green spinach sauce. The steamed buns are the best we’ve ever tasted! For dessert, try the Kulfi ice cream with sweet sticky boondi pops and passionfruit. Don’t miss the amazing cocktail menu and the local Sussex red wine either. Not to mention that the staff and service here is second to none. If you’ve got a date to impress or want to go all out on a vegetarian feast, then Terre à Terre is the best vegetarian restaurant in Brighton.
Google Map: 71 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ
Brighton’s zero-waste restaurant is a firm favourite of mine for brunch, but I’ve still not tried lunch or dinner there. I’m in love with their yoghurt, toasted oats and frozen rapsberries. Luke, on the other hand, swears by the big Silo breakfast of toast, homemade beans, slow cooked egg, pickled mushrooms and crispy seaweed. Their sourdough is divine. We liked it so much that we went to a food fermentation workshop at Silo to see how they make their sourdough, kombucha and kimchi. All the food at Silo is locally-sourced, seasonal and undergoes limited processing.
Vegetarian Pubs in Brighton
Brighton has lots of vegetarian-friendly pubs, but there are some all-veggie ones too.
1. The Prince George (vegetarian)
Make sure you’re really hungry before you hit The Prince George. This vegetarian pub in Brighton serves up huge portions. Try the sweet potato burger. But beware it comes with an unhealthily sized serving of potato wedges.
Google Map: 5 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EQ
Other Vegetarian Restaurants in Brighton
We’ve barely begun our mission to eat all the best vegetarian food in Brighton. But you can bet that we’ve got a list of all the vegetarian restaurants and vegan cafes we’re yet to try in Brighton. If you’ve been, let us know how you like them!
- Green Kitchen Vegan Cafe (vegan)
- The Longhouse Cafe (vegan)
- Hail Seitan (vegan)
- The Almond Tree (vegetarian) – yummy looking veg cafe
- Wai Kika Moo Kau (vegetarian) – veggie breakfasts and cakes
- VBites (vegan) – vegan fish and chips
- Foodilic (veg-friendly) – healthy salad-oriented choose-your-own buffet
- Pizza Face (veg-friendly) – locally made pizza with vegan pizzas (we can vouch for this one being good!)
- Planet India (vegetarian) – popular, bright pink-painted vegetarian Indian restaurant
- Manju’s (vegetarian) – veggie Indian street food
Are you visiting Brighton? Leave a comment and let’s grab some vegetarian food together!