Vegan Eats in Melbourne

29th April 2015

Melbourne is a creative and inspiring city with a flourishing vegan scene. At the epicenter of it all is the vibrant Brunswick Street in Fitzroy (1.5 miles from the CBD); in addition to Smith & Daughters, The Cruelty Free Shop, Vegie Bar and Lord of the Fries there are a number of other smaller, newer or lesser known establishments along the street with vegan options.

We spent a month in Melbourne over the Christmas and New Year holidays, staying in Collingwood, and enjoyed just how easy it was to get around the city and find a diverse and expanding choice of vegan eats. Here’s a brief list of all the vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants we tried in Melbourne.

Vegan Eats in Melbourne


Admiral Cheng-Ho

Melbourne, Australia

Admiral Cheng-Ho Melbourne

This neighborhood corner cafe in Abbotsford has an entirely vegetarian menu that’s mostly vegan and gluten-free. Rustic interior, familiar local vibe and quality coffees and teas support their seasonal whole food menu using organic and fresh locally sourced ingredients when possible. They make their own nut cheeses and vegan creams and butters. Vegan and gluten-free options are clearly labeled on the menu. Open for breakfast and lunch. Sister cafe Monk Bodhi Dharma in Balaclava has a similar menu, but we didn’t get a chance to try it.

Admiral Cheng-Ho Vegan

Admiral Cheng-Ho (From left to right): Vegan flat whites; (Clockwise from bottom left) African Baked Beans with almond ‘feta’ on toast, Umami Mushrooms on veggie polenta bread and Crazy Jimbo

Admiral Cheng-Ho Crazy Jimbo and Umami Mushrooms

Admiral Cheng-Ho (From left to right): Crazy Jimbo (GF/VG) Polenta bread with almond ‘feta’, sauteed kale, seasonal vegetables with tangy beetroot relish & basil cashew cream; Umami Mushrooms (GF/VG) Slow roasted king oyster, shiitake, oyster & swiss brown mushrooms on a house made pumpkin, spinach & sun dried tomato polenta bread. Served with almond ‘feta’, thyme & red chilli oil.

Admiral Cheng-Ho

address: 325 Johnston Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067, Australia
contact: +61 3 9417 1887
connect: Website + Facebook


Fina’s Vegetarian Cafe

Melbourne, Australia

Fina's Vegetarian Cafe Melbourne

Fina’s Vegetarian Cafe (from left to right, starting from top): Special Vegetarian Quang Noodle Soup (Mi Quang Chay); Vegan Salad Roll (Banh Mi Chay); Vegan Curry (Ca-ri Chay); Vegetarian Vermicelli Noodle Salad (Bun Cha Gio Chay)

Small family-run vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant along Victoria Street, sometimes referred to as ‘Little Saigon’, in Richmond. Combination of authentic Vietnamese food, quick and friendly service, large portions and cheap prices makes Fina’s a great option for anyone craving Asian flavors. Most of the menu is vegan and the vegan items are clearly labeled; they also have a display case with cakes and desserts, a smoothie and juice menu and a great bahn mi that’s only $4.50 to-go.

Fina’s Vegetarian Cafe

address: 268 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
contact: +61 3 9428 6765; nguyen2go@yahoo.com.au
connect: Website + Facebook


Lord of the Fries

Melbourne, Australia

Lord of the Fries Melbourne

Vegetarian fast food with a number of locations across Melbourne. Most of the menu can be made vegan. Typical fast food menu of burgers, fries, hot-dogs and some locations have breakfast options. The fries are the main attraction – available skinny, fat or sweet potato and with a variety of toppings and sauces. Our favorite is the Vegan French Canadian – french fries smothered in vegan cheese and gravy (poutine!). The perfect late night snack.

Lord of the Fries Vegan Poutine

Lord of the Fries (from left to right): Vegan milkshake; Vegan French Canadian smothered in vegan cheese and gravy (poutine!)

Lord of the Fries

address: Multiple locations (link)
contact: +61 1300 667 552; info@lordofthefries.com.au
connect: Website + Facebook


Loving Hut Richmond-Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia

Loving Hut Melbourne Vegan Noodle Soups

Loving Hut Richmond-Melbourne (from left to right): Malaysian curry laksa noodle soup & Bún Huế (Mildly spicy Vietnamese noodle soup); Summer rolls with veggie ‘prawns’ & Tom kha rice noodle soup

The reliably delicious Loving Hut is an entirely vegan restaurant just a flew blocks from Fina’s in ‘Little Saigon’ on Victoria Street, Richmond. The menu features a variety of Southeast Asian dishes and also includes a few gluten-free, raw and onion and garlic free options. Generous portions, free wifi and open on public holidays.

Loving Hut Richmond-Melbourne

address: 10/242 Victoria Street, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
contact: +61 3 9427 8916; lovinghutmelbourne@gmail.com
connect: Website + Facebook


Mister Nice Guy Bakeshop

Melbourne, Australia

Mister Nice Guy Cinnamon Scrolls

Mister Nice Guy Bakeshop (from left to right): Vegan Vegemite Cheezy & Spinach Cheezy Scrolls; Cinnamon Scrolls

Impressive vegan bakery in Ascot Vale with sweet and savory options. Since it wasn’t conveniently located for us, we contacted them and placed a larger order for delivery (it was cheaper than public transportation or taxi fares). We love their scrolls, especially the savory Vegemite Cheezy Scroll and Spinach Cheezy Scroll. In addition to pastries they also have sandwiches and an extensive and creative cake and cupcake menu.

Vegan Fruit Cake with Sherry Glaze

Mister Nice Guy Bakeshop: Vegan + Gluten-Free Fruit Cake with Sherry Glaze

Mister Nice Guy Vegan Scrolls

Mister Nice Guy Bakeshop (from left to right): Vegan Vegemite Cheezy Scroll; Vegan Spinach Cheezy Scroll

Mister Nice Guy Bakeshop

address: 151 Union Rd Ascot Vale VIC 3032, Australia
contact: +61 416 848 610; hello@misterniceguy.com.au
connect: Website + Facebook


Pana Chocolate Cafe

Melbourne, Australia

Pana Chocolate Cafe Melbourne

Pana Cafe in Richmond is a bit removed from where we spent most of our time in Melbourne but is worth going out of your way for. This small cafe intended almost exclusively for takeaway (just 2-3 chairs inside) has the best raw vegan desserts in the city. Selections change daily, but there’s always an assortment of small, flavorsome and filling raw desserts. Especially nice for chocolate lovers, raw foodies or anyone with a sweet tooth.

Pana Chocolate Vegan Raw Cakes

Pana Chocolate Cafe (from left to right): Spiced Christmas Cheese Cake (spiced with sultana with a sesame-coconut flavored crust); Raspberry, Chocolate & Peanut Butter (salty peanut butter, couldn’t taste raspberry)

Pana Chocolate Cafe

address: 491 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
contact: +61 1300 717 488; info@panachocolate.com
connect: Website + Facebook


Radhey Kitchen & Chai Bar

Melbourne, Australia

Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar Melbourne

This cozy and calm Hare Krishna vegetarian chai bar on Brunswick Street features a menu that sways towards Western with a mix of Indian and Asian flavors. 90% of the menu is vegan (those items that are not vegan contain dairy) and a decent portion of the menu is also gluten-free. Prices were reasonable and flavors were generally mild. We didn’t get a chance to try any desserts, but they usually have an assortment of tempting sweets on display – including some gluten-free options.

Radhey Melbourne Vegan Food

Radhey Kitchen & Chai Bar (from left to right): Vegan Tandoori Tofu Wrap with chips; Oven-baked Vegan Sheppard’s Pie with chips; Vegan Malaysian Wok-Fried Noodles tossed through a homemade black bean sauce

Radhey Kitchen & Chai Bar

address: 336 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
contact: +61 3 9077 8858; info@radheychaibar.com
connect: Website + Facebook


Rustica Sourdough Bakery

Melbourne, Australia

Rustica Sourdough Melbourne

This artisanal bakery on Brunswick Street was one of the first places we visited in Melbourne and we continued to return to throughout our stay for their exceptional sourdough. They have an extensive selection of breads, most of which are vegan, and a small cafe menu that serves breakfast and lunch with one or two vegan options. The staff are well versed on the ingredients of their products and can help point out which items are vegan.

Rustica Sourdough Bakery

address: 402 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
contact: +61 3 9417 7775; info@rusticasourdough.com.au
connect: Website + Facebook


Shangdong Mama

Melbourne, Australia

Shangdong Mama Melbourne Vegan Dumplings

Shangdong Mama (from bottom left to right): Vegan pan-fried zucchini dumplings; Vegan boiled zucchini dumplings; Vegan crispy scallion pancakes

Located in the CBD, Shangdong Mama is in the Mid City Centre Arcade on Bourke St. This vegan-friendly Chinese restaurant has a constant flow of customers and a large menu with just a few vegan options. They have vegan zucchini dumplings, available pan-fried or boiled, and vegan scallion pancakes. The homestyle dumplings were delicious and authentic, but we didn’t particularly like the crispy scallion pancake. We prefer the softer, flakier scallion pancakes that you find in Taiwan.

Shangdong Mama

address: Mid City Arcade, Shop 7, 200 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
contact: +61 3 9650 3818
connect: Facebook


Smith & Daughters

Melbourne, Australia

Smith and Daughters Melbourne

Latin and Spanish inspired menu and entirely vegan. A must visit in Melbourne for good food and strong drinks. See our detailed review here.

Smith & Daughters

address: 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
contact: +61 3 9939 3293; info@smithanddaughters.com
connect: Website + Facebook


Veggie Time

Melbourne, Australia

Veggie Time Melbourne

We were walking around St. Kilda on one of the hottest days of the year when we spotted Veggie Time just off the beach on Fitzroy Street. This quick and convenient Asian restaurant with a small dining area, a selection of daily dishes served with rice and a menu board of noodles, soups and sides was reminiscent of vegetarian buffets typically found in Singapore and Malaysia. Great flavor and good value. Entirely vegetarian, vegan items are labeled with a V.

Veggie Time Vegan Meals

Veggie Time (from left to right): Vegan Black Bean Tofu & Laksa Curry with brown rice; Vegan Fried Dumplings

Veggie Time

address: 49 Fitzroy St St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia


Vegie Bar

Melbourne, Australia

Vegie Bar Melbourne

A cornerstone of the vegetarian scene along Brunswick Street, Vegie Bar has been open for over 20 years. An evolving and broad menu with a number of vegan options keeps this place busy through lunch and dinner services. There’s outdoor seating in the back and a mix of private and communal tables inside. When it’s not too busy it’s a comfortable place to relax and have a casual meal but during the busier hours it can be cramped, noisy and slow. Cocktails are weak and the beer selection average, so give them a miss and instead opt for a fresh juice or smoothie. The owners have recently opened a new vegetarian restaurant nearby, Transformer Fitzroy at 99 Rose Street, Fitzroy.

Included a shot of their menu (as of late December 2014), view here.

Vegie Bar Cocktails and Burgers

Vegie Bar (from left to right): Vegan Cocktails (Havana Nights, Cheeky Whiskey and Hendrick’s Smash); Vegan Burgers

Vegie Bar Vegan Burgers

Vegie Bar (from left to right): Tofu and Quinoa Burger with fresh avocado, vegan cheese, spicy sriracha mayo, accompanied with sweet potato chips and chipotle dipping sauce; Traditional Lentil Burger topped with satay sauce, veggies and beetroot, accompanied with straight cut potato chips

Vegie Bar Vegan Rustic Salad

Vegie Bar: Vegan Rustic Salad, roasted broccoli & cauliflower, warm spiced purple & golden beetroot, sweet spiced baby carrot, roasted soy pumpkin, tossed with cherry tomato, leafy greens, avocado, toasted seeds & house dressing

Vegie Bar

address: 380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
contact: +61 3 9417 6935; info@vegiebar.com.au
connect: Website + Facebook


And Some Others We Didn’t Get To Try

 

Along with all the restaurants we tried in Melbourne, there were a number of other vegan and vegan-friendly eateries we didn’t get around to trying. Here’s a few of the vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Melbourne that we spotted but didn’t get to try.

Eat Pizza (they were out of cheese during our stay)
Las Vegan
Lentil as Anything
Madame K Vegetarian
Monk Bodhi Dharma
Supercharger (The Emporium Mall)
Sweetwater Inn (was closed during the holidays)
The Cider House
Yong Green Food


Links to Other Vegan Eats in Melbourne

 

Vegan Eating Out In Melbourne from Green Gourmet Giraffe
Vegan in Melbourne from Little Vegan Bear
Vegan in Melbourne from Veganopoulous
Melbourne Vegan Eats – 5 of the Best! from Vegan Sparkles

 

Have you been to any other vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants in Melbourne?

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