National Geographic Traveller (UK)



Vegans and vegetarian­s are well catered to in Cardiff. The city has plenty of exclusivel­y plant-based places, as well as meat-free menu options elsewhere, with more cropping up all the time.

On Albany Road, in the Roath area, you’ll find Anna Loka (meaning ‘food planet’ in Sanskrit). Founded by Adam El Tagoury, a Hare Krishna monk, it serves 100% vegan food, including hot dogs, burgers and doner wraps. If the weather’s fine, try to snag a seat in the garden.

Meanwhile, in Pontcanna, family-run

The Lazy Leek serves up excellentl­y named dishes, such as Finding Nori (a beer-battered ‘tofish’ burger) from a tiny takeaway shack.

Alternativ­ely, at Blanche Bakery, in the popular Cathays neighbourh­ood, you can grab a box of extremely photogenic, smallbatch donuts or made-to-order vegan cupcakes and pastries to go, or sit in with an oat-milk flat white and a KFT (Korean fried tofu) sandwich.

After something a little fresher? Head over to The Greenery, at Cardiff Market, for the Thai Bowl, comprising lemon grass sesame tofu, steamed broccoli, spicy slaw and toasted coconut brown rice. Alternativ­ely, pop down to Herbivore, at Eartha, on City Road. This lush jungle of a shop/cafe works with local makers and growers. Try the black olive doughnuts and white bean-and-sage bruschetta in its garden or yurt.

Elsewhere, Madhav, in the Riverside neighbourh­ood, has become something of a local institutio­n — a no-nonsense Indian street food cafe and supermarke­t, where everything on the menu is vegetarian, from masala dosa to spicy biryani.

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