Smith and Deli is an amazing all vegan eatery in the heart of Fitzroy, just outside of the city center of Melbourne, Australia. This place seriously has anything that you could want in a deli – but the entire place is completely vegan! I love to stop by to pick up some breakfast staples (toaster waffles with maple syrup, or everything bagels with vegan cream cheese), or pick up a to-go breakfast sandwich (my favorite is the Egg McMartinez – an english muffin stuffed with a fried tofu “egg,” vegan cheddar cheese, and a slice of vegan ham, loaded up with the sauce of your choice – I always choose bbq).
There is a little park just about a block away, where you can stop and sit on a bench like a civilized person. I usually can’t make it that far before ripping into my sandwich, and I end up sitting on the curb like your standard hipster.
Another bout of good news – Smith and Deli carries a drink that I swear I created years ago. About five years ago, I came up with the brilliant idea of mixing two shots of espresso over ice with coconut water. This ensures that you are hydrating with coconut water, while you dehydrate with espresso. I used to use chocolate coconut water, but Smith and Deli uses standard coconut water, creating a more coconutty iced coffee. It’s sweet and delicious.
Smith and Deli is a place that I HIGHLY recommend to any vegan or vegan-friendly person visiting Melbourne. It should definitely be on your “do not miss” list.