With my family’s new home base being in Dorset, I set out on a hunt for delicious vegetarian and vegan cafes in and around Bournemouth. The area isn’t exactly known as a vegetarian and vegan scene compared to more alternative UK cities like Brighton and Liverpool, however there are some real veggie-friendly gems to be found.
Here are my five favourite vegetarian and vegan friendly cafes in Dorset so far:
The jazziest of all the veggie cafes around has got to be Mad Cucumber. This vegan joint is all about colourful and fun foods with staples including bean chilli, veggie curry, vegan burritos and marinated salad bowls. On top of that, there’s an extensive juice list and a whole host of vegan cakes. The cafe is open until 9pm on four nights of the week and hosts a monthly live music night which has a very laid back and friendly vibe about it. (all vegan)
Sweet Greens is the perfect stop for raw foodies and health conscious vegans. Another vegan-only cafe, Sweet Greens has beautifully crafted grain-based salads and almond milk lattes. The food here is absolutely gorgeous and the wooden, up-cycled decor shows that it took a lot of hands-on love to convert this place. The only downside is that the cafe is a bit out of the way and quite hard to find unless you’ve got a sat-nav ready car. (all vegan)
I discovered Cafe Boscanova not while searching for vegetarian and vegan cafes in and around Bournemouth, but for a delicious looking place to have pancakes for breakfast. Touted on TripAdvisor as the best pancakes in all of Dorset, the pancakes here are fat and fluffy with a salty and sweet after taste – I definitely recommend the blueberry pancake stack. After a first visit, Cafe Boscanova fast became my favourite breakfast place. I can’t resist their stewed apple porridge and their homemade granola and yoghurt is also amazing, while Luke is a big fan of their vegetarian cooked breakfast with grilled halloumi. (vegetarian and vegan friendly)
Tip! Don’t miss out on the Early Bird Breakfast deal. If you arrive before 9:30am and buy 2 breakfasts, you get the cheapest one free.
Run by the same guys as Cafe Boscanova, South Coast Roast is the more hipster indie brother located slap bang in Bournemouth town centre. Those out for brunch share a large rustic wooden table in the middle of the cafe, which is strewn with newspapers and coffee mugs. South Coast Roast only has a very small food menu, mostly based on sourdough toast that comes with various toppings from scrambled eggs to coconut jam and grilled banana. Like Cafe Boscanova, the drip coffee is strong and punchy. (vegetarian and vegan friendly)
This artisan bakery is all about the bread. Locals often just come in to buy floury bloomers and wholegrain baguettes, but this place has an extensive sandwich menu that goes way beyond the your run off the mill sandwich shop. For vegetarians there’s traditional cheddar cheese and chutney, and Greek feta and olive. For vegans, the hummus and roasted veg sandwich is a great option. You can choose your own bread to match whatever filling you like, but I always go for a crusty wholegrain baguette. (vegetarian and vegan friendly)
Places I’ve Not Tried Yet
There are still a couple of other vegetarian and vegan cafes in and around Bournemouth that I’ve been meaning to try but just not got round to yet. Top of my list is the Bournemouth Pizza Co which was recommended to me by Dorset Vegan via Twitter. Zoukinis is another that comes up on all the search results but that I’ve been putting off because of it’s very mixed reviews on TripAdvisor.
Do you have any more recommendations for vegetarian and vegan cafes in and around Bournemouth? I’d love to check them out, so let me know in the comments below!