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Our Top 3 Vegan Restaurants in Melbourne
Travelling vegan is not always easy but Australia is definitely one country that is fully embracing plant-based food. Check out these top 3 spots to eat vegan in Melbourne city.
Melbourne in Victoria is Australia’s most diverse and interesting city. With influences from around the world, vegan Melbourne is alive and well. If you have visited other less diverse areas of Australia you will notice here that as soon as you google Vegan Food, you are spoilt for choice of where to eat. In Melbourne, you can find a variety of different cuisines from street stalls to restaurants, cafes and hotels, bars and outdoor dining set ups. You might be visiting for the incredible street art, passing through on a stopover or in search of the penguins in St Kilda. Whatever brings you to Melbourne, enjoy excellent plant-based food options and enough variety to mean you will never eat in the same place twice.
These vegan Melbourne restaurants give you a flavour for this diverse and modern city, whilst also supporting environmentally friendly initiatives and local charities. Read on to discover our top 3 vegan restaurants in Melbourne, including menu recommendations too.
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1. Sister of Soul St Kilda
ABOUT SISTER OF SOUL
Sisters of Soul is the best restaurant we enjoyed in Melbourne by far. This place has a varied and exciting menu where everything is vegetarian or vegan and most things are raw and high in nutritional value. The setting is young, fresh and diverse, situated just a 7 minute stroll from the beach. This is an ideal choice for a relaxed brunch with friends, an inspiring business meeting or a quiet place to enjoy great food alone.
St Kilda is a great little spot for enjoying a stroll along the coast close to the city. We recommend a 2-3 night stay in St Kilda, a beach suburb just 6 km from Melbourne’s business centre. Take the SkyBus from Melbourne airport to St Kilda, easily found from the airport terminal. Purchase tickets upon arrival or buy them in advance online. The bus will drop you off at Novotel St Kilda, right across from the beach. From here, Sisters of Soul, our hotel recommendation Rydges St Kilda and everything else you will need during your time in St Kilda, is walking distance.
73 Acland Street
ON THE SISTERS OF SOUL MENU WE RECOMMEND:
- Rainbow Buddha Bowl
- Pure Gold Raw Smoothie
- Sister’s Sister’s One Big Breakfast
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2. Grill ‘d
In the central parts of Melbourne city, Grill’d have more than one location. Choose the small setting in Little Bourke Street, minutes walk from our central Melbourne hotel top pick, YTI Garden Hotel. Grill’d is fantastic for those who like to eat consciously. The menu offers two completely vegan burgers as well as other veggie options you can tweak to make vegan. All their fries are vegan and include sweet potato fries, zucchini fries and regular fries. They also have two vegan friendly dips; the tomato relish and a vegan Mayo.
The best thing about this chain is the Local Matters coin donation. With each meal, you will be given a coin which you can place in one of three boxes and support a local charity. The chosen charities vary on a monthly basis. Discover more about Local Matters and the inspiring work being done to help local communities.
With friendly service and a great drink selection including Kombucha, we loved this place and were super happy it was opposite our hotel after a long day exploring the city. Multiple locations exist across the city though so no matter where you are staying, check it out. Below you’ll find the location and opening hours for Grill’d Little Bourke Street.
Sat-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10.30pm
369/371 Little Bourke Street
ON THE GRILL’D MENU WE RECOMMEND:
- Vegan Cheeseburger
- Zucchini Fries
3. Tropicana Juice Bar
Also in central Melbourne, this small juice bar on popular Elizabeth Street is great for vegan soup, vegan wraps, vegan smoothies and juices and my personal favourite, a vegan breakfast in the form of avocado and pumpkin seeds on toast. Reasonably priced for Melbourne and with oodles of fresh fruit and veg, this vibrant and colourful place brightens up a dreary grey Melbourne day perfectly. Try the Gin Mango juice or the Acai for your Brazilian fruit kick.
Limited dining is offered inside and out where the atmosphere is casual. This location is also a great takeaway option if you fancy enjoying your food on the go. We recommend you grab your vegan breakfast or lunch from Tropicana before heading to the banks of the Yarra River to sit and enjoy your meal by the water. This relaxed and friendly restaurant is a great choice for fuss-free vegan food in the city centre of Melbourne.
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213 Elizabeth Street
ON THE TROPICANA MENU WE RECOMMEND:
- Gin Mango Raw Blend
- Smashed Avocado on Toast
- Acai Pure Blend
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Choosing to eat and drink vegan when you visit Melbourne helps to protect Australia’s incredibly diverse wildlife and natural environment, and Australia is a great country if you are travelling vegan. From Cairns in the North to Melbourne in the South, you will find fantastic vegan options in every city you visit. Look out for popular chains as well as locally owned small businesses. It’s always great to support a local business when you can, or if you get stuck for vegan options, check out some of the popular vegan chains. Our personal chain favourites for vegan food in Australia include Lentil As Anything and Vege Rama.
As well as enjoying the diversity and buzz of Melbourne, get out from the city and enjoy more natural attractions in the immediate area, from Phillip Island to the Great Ocean Road. Whilst you’re in Australia, we also highly recommend you take time to discover Australia’s East Coast, from the Blue Mountains National Park to the Whitsundays, and everywhere in between.
These top 3 vegan Melbourne restaurants will help you indulge in delicious food and drink without leaving a nasty travel footprint. Now, find out more about Melbourne, its location and what else you can do in Victoria.
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Our Two Accommodation Picks for Melbourne:
1. Choose YTI Garden Hotel for low cost Central Melbourne stays
2. Choose Rydges St Kilda for relaxing St Kilda stays