After living in Melbourne for three months – and spending a large part of that time eating out – I’ve come up with a list of the best vegan restaurants that Melbourne has to offer. This list is not comprehensive, as there are new places popping up monthly here! My favorites so far are:
This place is amazing. Located in Albert Park, they do the best breakfasts and lunches. My goal is to try everything on the menu. I’m pretty close, and so far everything has been completely drool-worthy. I am a big fan of vegan restaurants that are health conscious; Urban Projuice delivers nutritious and delicious food.
The ambiance of Urban Projuice is fab – perfect for a coffee date with your best friend, but also a great spot to spend the morning working online. There is great indoor seating, but I usually like to snag a seat on the front or back patio.
A meal at Urban Projuice will set you back about $15-$23, depending on additions (avocado is $4.50). Breakfast runs a bit lighter, with tofu on toast for $8; you backpackers on a budget can make it work here!
I rate Urban Projuice as a DO NOT MISS.
2. Red Sparrow
If you are tired of healthy food and are looking to dig into a chewy, cheesy and [faux] meaty pizza, Red Sparrow is the place to go. Located in Collingwood, Red Sparrow is a newly opened Melbourne pizzeria, and it doesn’t seem like the buzz is going to die down anytime soon here. Every time I walk past, it’s packed. I’d recommend going early or making a reservation if you can. I love this place so much I wrote an entire post about it.
The pizzas at Red Sparrow are by far the best pizza I’ve ever had in my two years of being vegan. I’ve never had such an impressive mock pepperoni or such perfectly melted and gooey cheese. The specials are quite impressive, offering up daily pizzas like chick’n curry pizza (which was very good) and italian sausage pizza topped with feta and arugula. They also offer a large selection of vegan wine and beer, juices, and even kombucha, if you’re in the mood.
Red Sparrow is a DO NOT MISS. Pizzas will cost you about $17-$20 each.
3. Sister of Soul
Located just south of Melbourne CBD in St Kilda, Sister of Soul offers up a wide variety of cultural dishes – choose from dal, noodle stir fries, gnocchi, burritos; Sister of Soul has it all. This place will satisfy any picky eater.
Meals here range from about $17- $23. I rate Sister of Soul as HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
4. Vegie Bar
Located in the vegan heaven of Fitzroy, Vegie Bar is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Melbourne. Everything is vegetarian, and anything can be made vegan. It’s focused on traditional foods made vegan – think nachos, burgers, pizzas, pasta.
I tried the nachos and just about died, they were so amazing. They are pretty filling and would probably be best shared. We also had the tofu and quinoa burger, which was super tasty, but a bit small – don’t try to share this one 😉
Vegie Bar pricing is standard, roughly $15-$20 for a meal. I rate Vegie Bar as definitely recommended.
5. Smith and Deli
Smith and Deli is my favorite place to stop in for a low-key nosh. It’s deli-style, which means no seating, but a great place to grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee to go. They have three walls filled entirely with vegan groceries, which can be very tempting. Almost as tempting as that pastry case…
I wrote an entire post on how much love I have for this place too.
I love the hipster vibe and the variety of foods. I always seem to get breakfast foods here, and can highly recommend the egg mcmartinez. The coffee is also top notch. I definitely recommend giving this place a try out.
Breakfast sandwiches run from $7- $12. I rate Smith and Deli as DO NOT MISS.
6. Yong Green Foods
If the Melbourne weather has got you down (seriously, the weather is by far the worst part of Melbourne), hop into Yong Green Foods for a hot bowl of vegan pho. I can’t resist a piping hot bowl of goodness when it’s wet and raining outside and I’m near Brunswick Street in Fitzroy.
I usually get just tofu and veg in my pho, but they also offer mock meat if you are into that.
A bowl of pho will set you back about $17. I rate Yong Green Foods as highly recommended.
What do you think of my list? Which place would you go to first??