For vegans, eating out in Melbourne has never been more delicious, as more and more restaurants jump on the animal-free bandwagon. Everything from pizzas and tacos to burgers and milkshakes are now a drool-worthy option for our ethically minded friends – enough to inspire even meat eaters to make the change.
The Cornish Arms Hotel
A Sydney Road staple. Buzzing live music venue with a full vegan gastropub menu.
163A Sydney Rd, Brunswick
Big bowls of steaming Vietnamese vegan fare. Plus it’s BYO. Don’t leave without checking out the desserts.
339 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Fitzroy’s first vegan dessert bar, brought to you by the heroes behind Transformer and Vegie Bar.
382A Brunswick St, Fitzroy
The Glass Den
Brunches so beautiful you’ll feel bad attacking them with your fork. Do it anyway.
15 Urquhart St, Coburg
Affordable, healthy vegan and gluten-free fare. Good coffee, too.
252 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
Little Deer Tracks
Local hang-out serving up Italian with a meat-free, organic twist. Also features rotating exhibitions from local artists.
44 O’Hea St, Coburg
Plant-based pizzeria with craft beer on tap and vegan tiramisu.
406 Smith St, Collingwood
A Carlton institution since 1972, serving up a healthy, exclusively vegetarian menu of modern pan-Asian cuisine.
201-203 Faraday St, Carlton
Sichuan fare with a side of Collingwood cool. Their claim to fame is a 10-course vegan degustation, with matching wines and dessert.
147 Johnston St, Collingwood
Rock’n’roll eatery and bar for vegan foodies and scenesters, with a 100 percent plant-based food and cocktail menu.
175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
The take-home option for Smith & Daughters followers, with a cult-like fan base among vegans and meat eaters alike. Try everything just to be safe.
111 Moor St, Fitzroy
Healthy but hedonistic fare with a selection of creatively crafted cocktails from the team behind Vegie Bar and Girls & Boys.
99 Rose St, Fitzroy
A Gertrude Street lunchtime staple, serving Mexican street food with vegan and gluten-free options.
234 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Twenty years later it’s still fresh. Always busy, always inventive, always magic.
380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Ethically sourced organic brews and turmeric lattes from a bunch of former soldiers. Raw treats and vegan brunches with a smile.
282 Sydney Rd, Coburg
Yong Green Food
Raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free and biodynamic options in a charming space.
421 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Nourishing healthy morsels with a full vegan menu.
8 Murray St, Abbotsford
The Richmond original of the moreish Vietnamese cafe.
268 Victoria St, Richmond
Home of an empire. Vegan takeout at its best.
10/242 Victoria St, Richmond
Easy-to-grab food options, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and coffee.
117 Wattletree Rd, Malvern
Wholefoods cafe and store with a cosy vibe.
42 Errol Street, Prahran
Cafe and happiness centre with a focus on organic produce so healthy it will literally get you smiling.
52 Madden Grove, Burnley
Hearty Hare Krishna food in the middle of the city. Good for your wallet as well as your stomach.
123 Swanston St, Melbourne
Gong De Lin
Recently reopened after a months-long refurbishment that left some fans despairing. A calm, delicious den of vegan Chinese food three floors up on Swanston Street.
264 Swanston St, Melbourne
Salads of the future.
2/242 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
The Organic Food and Wine Deli
Vegan hampers, supplies and nourishing cabinet snacks.
28 Degraves St, Melbourne
Ethically minded purveyor of raw, guilt-free desserts, snacks and treats for vegans, paleo nerds and people with food intolerances.
10 Sutherland St, Melbourne
0478 692 008
Foodies come here for the fish; vegans come here for the zucchini tofu dumplings.
264 Swanston St, Melbourne
Never go hungry in a food court again.
Emporium: Level 3, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
QV: Level 1, Shop 59, corner Swanston and Lonsdale Streets
Comfort food inspired by US staples.
417 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Neighbourhood cafe and specialty coffee house with a good selection of hearty vegan brunch options.
122 Highfield Rd, Camberwell
(Thanks to Elianne S for this suggestion)
Fox in the Box
No gluten, no wheat, no onion, no meat. A vibrant cafe transforming allergy-free eating.
169 Martin St, Brighton
Keep your camera handy. While the focus is on sustainability, the food (not to mention the matcha menu) is seriously good-looking.
72A Acland St, St Kilda
Tiny space; big flavours. A micro-roastery and tea house with a vegetarian-friendly menu and a good selection of raw vegan treats.
202 Carlisle St, Balaclava
Sister of Soul
Globally inspired vegan soul food with plenty of allergy-free options.
73 Acland Street, St Kilda
SMÄK Food House
Vegan hotcakes, burgers, macro bowls and desserts with an emphasis on sustainability, with coffee by St Ali.
6 Daly St, South Yarra
(Thanks to Kristy M for this suggestion)
Changing the face of sustainable eating, one pizza at a time.
388 High St, Windsor
Their vegan pizza menu is already legendary. Try the ortolana or vegan nutella with strawberries and ice-cream.
68 Stevedore St, Williamstown
This 100 percent plant-based cafe offers eight different types of plant mylks, including pumpkin, macadamia and walnut.
1/47 Military Rd, Avondale Heights
(Thanks to Amanda D for this suggestion)
Bo De Vegetarian Restaurant
Local favourite for reliable vegan Vietnamese.
94 Hopkins St, Footscray
Ethiopian institution with slow-cooked vegan curries. Mop them up with spongy injera, the traditional sour flatbread. Delightful.
91 Irving St, Footscray
After a recent renovation, Huong Viet is back this week with more zesty Vietnamese options – and those vegan nuggets.
36A Leeds St, Footscray
Olivia Spring Cafe
Cosy cafe whipping up warming fusion fare, banh mi and sweet treats.
637 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds
(Thanks to Oliver T for this suggestion)
Mexican-inspired pub fare with a solid range of plant-based options.
28 Napier St, Footscray
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