prides itself on alternative culture and art, and the city’s residents are passionate about eating ethically and organically. To accommodate Melbournians’ need for organic, healthy and economically friendly food some great restaurants have been established. Read on to discover Melbourne’s 10 best vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
The Vegie Bar
Located in the hipster suburb of Fitzroy, just north of Melbourne’s CBD, which is known for its street art, culture and great cafés, bars and restaurants, is The Vegie Bar. This venue is a bar and a restaurant, meaning that it’s versatile to the needs of any kind of night. You might find that The Vegie Bar can get quite busy at certain times and you might have a bit of a wait for a table, but have no fear, as you can take a seat at the bar and have a drink while waiting to dig in to the great vegetarian meals on offer.
Vegie Bar, 380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC, Australia, +61 3 9417 6935
Out in the inner-city suburb of Burnley, Serotonin Eatery provides an holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle. The vision at Serotonin has three parts, Eatery, Exercise and Education. This formula for healthy living was made reality with the plant-based restaurant that offers a wide variety of vegetarian food that accommodates to all dietary requirements and allows you to have more energy throughout your day. Along with the personal training service and the education program that is offered at Serotonin, you will be well on your way to a healthy lifestyle that will leave you energised and happy.
Serotonin Eatery, 52 Madden Grove, Burnley VIC, Australia,+61 3 9428 8256
Lentil As Anything
Lentil As Anything was a unique concept in Melbourne when its first venue was opened over 13 years ago. This restaurant is a community space that is run with the help of volunteers in order to make delicious vegetarian and vegan meals, where you can contribute to the restaurant as much as you believe the food is worth. This non-for-profit organisation runs on a philosophy and financial model that is centred around respect, generosity and trust and provides great tasting, healthy, vegetarian meals. They have restaurants in St Kilda, Abbotsford, Footscray, Thornbury and Preston.
Lentil As Anything, 41 Blessington St, St Kilda VIC, Australia,+61 430 388 984
Lentil As Anything, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford VIC, Australia, +61 3 9419 6444
Smith & Daughters
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
Smith & Daughters
As an excellent choice for vegetarians and omnivores alike, Smith & Daughters offer an all-vegan menu that is sure to please. With cramped communal seating arrangements, you can find some delicious and charming vegetarian South American specialities in this lively Fitzroy pub. If you’re afraid you’ll get to the end of your meal and be wishing that you had some meat on your plate, you need not worry. Smith & Daughters will leave you inspired and wanting more.
Smith & Daughters, 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC, Australia, +61 3 9939 3293
Yong Green Food
Yong Green Food is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Fitzroy, north of Melbourne’s CBD, that specialises in organic, gluten free and raw food and drinks that is served to nourish and satisfy. As well as supporting farmers in Australia, Yong Green Food helps farmers in Kenya by donating 10% of profits to increase food security in the country. Yong Green Food is also committed to a green, low-carbon future by contributing to national initiatives to improve sustainable energy production as well as internally reducing energy usage throughout the year.
Yong Green Food, 421 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy VIC, Australia, +61 3 9417 3338
Veg Out Time
One of St. Kilda’s few vegetarian restaurants, Veg Out Time serves a vast selection of Vegetarian options. This small restaurant on Fitzroy Street provides reasonably priced, Asian-inspired food with quick service. The flavours of South-East Asian cuisine are enhanced without the help of any meat, in fact, they’re improved thanks to the use of only vegetable products. The décor and design are simple yet comforting, so if you’re looking for some tasty food for a good price, look no further.
Veg Out Time, 63 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC, Australia, +61 3 9534 0077
Flinders Lane, a street in the centre of Melbourne that runs the length of the city, is graced with the presence of the Italian restaurant Vapiano. Although not completely vegetarian, this restaurant offers a huge range of vegetarian and vegan options, and thanks to their fantastic gluten free pasta, this is a great choice for those with dietary requirements. You will be impressed by the range of fantastic traditional Italian food that uses only the best and most authentic Italian flavours.
Vapiano, 347 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC, Australia, +61 3 9620 3335
Moroccan Soup Bar
Moroccan Soup Bar brings the tastes and flavours of Morocco to the heart of north Fitzroy. The culture and diversity of this North African country is brought to light thanks to the unique approach to the incredible cuisine from the other side of the globe. Moroccan Soup Bar offers three different menus. The verbal menu that provides a range of this restaurant’s most popular vegetarian dishes, the banquet menu, from which you can experience immersion into Moroccan food, and the wrap-it menu, which is a range of the sensational flavours from the menu provided in a wrap that is available for takeaway.
Moroccan Soup Bar, 183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC, Australia, +61 3 9482 4240
Mr Natural Vegetarian Pizza
Mr Natural Vegetarian Pizza offers that which is so often missed by vegetarians and vegans alike, great tasting, and gourmet vegetarian, vegan and gluten free pizza. Located on Brunswick Street, in the cool northern suburbs of Melbourne, is this pizzeria that is focussed on ethical, guilt-free vegetarian food. Mr Natural proudly runs on green energy, therefore helping the environment by reducing their carbon emissions. This pizzeria offers delivery from Northcote to East Melbourne, so check their website where you can order online.
Mr Natural Vegetarian Pizza, 469 Brunswick St, Fitzroy North VIC, Australia, +61 3 9481 7775
Sister of Soul
Just a stone’s throw away from the iconic St. Kilda Beach, Sister of Soul serves a range of vegetarian and vegan meals that also accommodates to those who have dietary requirements. This restaurant specialises in light, healthy vegetarian food from breakfast through to dinnertime. Sister of Soul for everyone, vegetarian or not, what’s on the menu is nourishing and packed with flavour and is served in this café setting that is luminous and has modern style and décor in the heart of St. Kilda.
Sister of Soul, 73 Acland St, St Kilda VIC, Australia, +61 3 9593 8550