For this week's #FoodFriday Ania from the Lazy Cat Kitchen blog gives us the low down on her favourite vegan-friendly hang-outs in Bristol.

Ania Lazy Cat Kitchen

Pho

When my husband and I moved to Bristol, centrally-located Pho was our first port of call as its menu promised a plethora of vegan-friendly dishes. We tried it and we have been returning on a regular basis. We like the fact that it allows us to dine out with our non-vegan friends without us feeling like we are missing out on flavour. We also appreciate its chilled-out ambience and always friendly and attentive staff. My personal go-tos are vegan bun noodles, spicy green soup when it's cold and a carrot, apple and ginger juice with an extra ginger kick.

Cafe Kino

I found out about this institution of an eatery situated in the heart of Stokes Croft from one of my readers and it has become one of our favorite weekend hangouts ever since. I really like the ethos of the place, which is a non-profit worker’s co-op. It has a flat management structure, which means that it’s ran by all its staff members collectively and any revenue goes back into improving the cafe for both its customers and staff. They have a wide range of delicious vegan food at affordable prices. I usually pop in there for a vegan burger with hand cut chips and, if it happens to be a hot summer day, an affogato for dessert.

Suyuan

This small joint, just off Queen Square, is a hidden treasure that I also discovered by word of mouth. Its buzzing kitchen offers a variety of Southern Chinese vegetarian dishes with an always changing specials menu. The chef, who appears to be single-handedly in charge of all the cooking, clearly puts her heart and soul into the food she prepares. Everything is made with commendable attention to detail and it bursts with flavour, which satisfies vegans and non-vegans alike.

Bosco

We stumbled across this bustling Italian on Whiteladies Road by complete chance, cold and hungry. Although they don't have a formal vegan menu as such, they have always been very accommodating and whipped us up a delicious vegan pizza with a smile on their face. And to end the meal, we had their gorgeous chocolate and olive oil truffles and although little, they were a perfect send-off after we stuffed our faces with pizza dough. With that Bosco has become our go-to place whenever a serious pizza craving hits us.

Suncraft

Suncraft is the new kid on the block as they only just opened their doors last summer, yet its sunny, retro-inspired, laid-back interior and an exciting, entirely plant-based menu entices you right in. Their menu takes you over the world, from Ethiopia through India to Korea. We enjoy going there for a laid-back Sunday lunch and the only downside for me is that they don't serve coffee as I am a bit of a coffee addict myself.

Mokoko

Speaking of coffee, Mokoko has to be one of my favourite Bristol coffee houses and there are so many to choose from. The coffee is delicious, perfectly brewed and to top it all off they always have a jaw droppingly gorgeous display of cakes, a lot of which are vegan – peanut butter banana bread with your expertly brewed coffee, anyone? Life doesn't get much better than that, IMO!

About the author

Ania is a full-time food blogger who lives in Bristol with her husband, Duncan, and their beloved ex-stray, Tina. She spends her days scheming new vegan recipes, recipe testing (i.e. cooking) and then styling and photographing them for her blog Lazy Cat Kitchen, where she tries to dispel the myth that vegan food is unsatisfying and difficult to make. She moved to Bristol in October 2017 after living in the Greek islands for four years. She loves being in such a vibrant, vegan-friendly city with new vegan-friendly places opening all the time. She cannot wait to continue to explore Bristol's vibrant plant-based food scene and hopes to meet other like-minded people while munching her way through Bristol’s vegan offerings. For beautiful food photos and to keep up to date with her latest recipes, follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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