Here in Melbourne, we are spoilt for choice with endless dining options. Whether you’re on the keto diet, the paleo diet, the student ‘two-minute-noodle’ diet or the SEE food diet (no explanation needed here) Melbourne’s extraordinary array of restaurants and cafes caters to all budgets and palettes.
In recent years, Melbourne has seen a particular influx of vegetarian and vegan friendly dining options. Not only do many individuals choose to adopt a vegetarian or plant-based diet in an effort to prevent the exploitation of animals, but did you know that avoiding animal-based products can also be effective in lowering one’s carbon footprint?
Whether you’re following a vegan/vegetarian diet, or just looking to select a healthier option next time you dine out, why not venture to one of our top 5 Melbourne vegan hangouts?
380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Inspired by healthy international dishes which are prepared using only the freshest ingredients, Vegie Bar offers an extensive menu that’s sure to get your taste buds watering. Catering to vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan and gluten free dietary requirements, Vegie Bar has got you covered-at a cost. As Vegie Bar do not take bookings, it’s not uncommon to see lines of people queuing to put their name down to secure a table-but, hey, all the more reason to see what all the fuss is about, right?
Whilst you’re here, why not treat yourself to Vegie Bar’s extensive wine and beer list, or alternatively, a delicious juice or cocktail? Situated in the heart of Fitzroy, Vegie Bar is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a meal, or a beverage, with friends. Showcasing positive vibes only, a rocking courtyard, warm and friendly staff, and delectable food, (did we mention guilt-free vegan chocolate cake?) we are running out of reasons NOT to schedule our next Vegie Bar outing.
72A Acland St, St Kilda
Conveniently nestled in the hub of St Kilda, Matcha Mylkbar’s mission is to “help the earth survive so that you can thrive.”
We are so certain that you’ll love MM, that we think that even the most hardcore carnivore could be converted-now that is a big call. Popular items on the menu include the matcha bun soy chicken burger, (delectable) the blue acai bowl (amazing) and the beetroot latte (an acquired taste, but equally as satisfying.) Team this with a light-filled and airy industrial space, friendly and helpful waiters, and guilt-free dessert options, and you’ll begin to see what all the hype is about.
Of course, good things take time. During your visit to Matcha Mylkbar, you can anticipate a wait time of around 45-60 minutes before you are warmly greeted and shown to your table by your waiter. MM does not take bookings, so why not enjoy all that Acland Street has to offer in the meantime? We assure you that it will all be worth it as soon as the hunger pains begin to subside!
Shakahari Vegetarian Restaurant
201-203 Faraday St, Carlton
Did you know that Shakahari is the Hindi word for “Vegetarian?”
Offering a series of dishes that are made using only the freshest vegetarian ingredients, (no artificial ingredients to see here, folks) Shakahari provides you with an innovative and captivating dining experience.
At HCS, we are always on the lookout for something just a little bit different-and what could be better than indulging yourself in an explosion of carefully prepared East meets West flavours?? Shakahari incorporates Asian cooking methods and skills in a European context. Think light but satisfying meals which are delicious and nutritious.
Shakahari is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday, and for dinner only on Sundays.
What we love about Shakahari is that you do not need to be a vegetarian to appreciate the exquisite burst of flavours of the cuisine. All you really need to bring with you is an open mind and a healthy appetite!
Yong Green Food
421 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Based in Fitzroy, Yong Green Food is a vegetarian and vegan friendly Asian-fusion restaurant specialising in raw, organic, gluten free, vegan and biodynamic food and drinks.
Sourcing high volumes of organic ingredients using eco-friendly methods where possible, Yong Green Food was founded with the vision of building a better world where every living being is nurtured.
Menu items are clearly labelled as vegan, gluten-free, organic and raw. Popular dishes include the Lentil Hot Pot, the Thai Green Curry and the Tofu Katsu. Shoud you encounter a craving for sweets, Yong Green Food boasts an organic and delicious Raw Chocolate Cheesecake which is made from cashew nuts. Pecan Pie is also a popular favourite, and we know why! (Did somebody mention Cashew Cream?)
Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner and conveniently located in the hustle and bustle of Brunswick Street, Yong Green Food is a clear winner in our list of top 5 Vegetarian/Vegan hangouts.
234 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Meat-free and Margarita central, what could be better than a TRIP to Trippy Taco? (see what we did there?) If the idea of Mexican street food sounds appealing-then this is the place for you! Offering delicious vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, Trippy Taco is located in Fitzroy. In 2015, a second restaurant was also opened in St Kilda.
Sit back and relax as you indulge yourself in chilli powder fries, vegan soy cheese/ a mixed burrito/ Churros/all of the above. The majority of dishes featured on the menu are derived from black beans, guacamole, salsa, a dash of cheese and a squeeze of lime. Perfect.
A small selection of Mexican beers (Sol, Negra Modelo, Coronoa, Pacifico) and Tequilas are also available. Additionally, Trippy Taco caters to sangria and wine lovers.
As for dessert, the sweet tamale is a surefire hit. Think sweet-corn tamale with ice cream, banana and maple syrup. Vegan options are also available!
Please note-it’s hard to keep great eateries a secret. We suggest you arrive before the crowd rush or book ahead of time.Take away options are also available.
Trippy Taco is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
By Genevieve Kyte