“Hunting out vegan restaurants in new and exciting cities has become one of my favourite past times” – Karen Rose
Our Top 5 Places to Enjoy Vegan Food In Adelaide
South Australia’s capital, Adelaide was by far our favourite city in all of Australia. Unlike many other cities here, Adelaide has beautiful green spaces and many idyllic walks along the river Karrawira Parri just north of the city centre. We enjoyed a couple of days around this scenic city, enjoying highlights such as the Barossa Valley and the coastal town of Victor Harbour too. Finding vegan food in and around Adelaide was enjoyable with the choices varied and fun. Read on to discover our top 5 places to enjoy vegan food and drink in and around Adelaide.
These restaurants, cafes and local start-ups give you a great insight into the lesser-known city of Adelaide and the state of South Australia. Here you’ll find popular Australian vegan chains, local quirky coffee shops and ways to enjoy iconic attractions such as the popular vineyards, all in a vegan-friendly way. Don’t miss these vegan Adelaide gems on your visit.
1. Vego & Loven It
About Vego & Loven It
This intimate cafe offers a cheery welcome and walls adorned with local art and travel keepsakes. Vego and Loven It is a little hidden away so you might miss it! We walked back and forth before we realised we simply needed to look up and there was its warm yellow sign and a set of stairs to take us to vegan heaven. This location has casual and relaxed seating, ideal for a coffee and cake stop when exploring Adelaide city on foot, or for an impromptu business meeting. From what we could tell, everything served here is vegan.
240 Rundle Street
On the Vego and Loven It Menu
- Soy Smoothies
- Thai Burger
- Gourmet Chocolate Brownies
You may also like these Vegan Restaurants in Melbourne.
2. Zambrero Hindley Street
If you’re looking for a trustworthy Australian chain, we highly recommend Zambrero. This relaxed eat-in or eat-out Aussie staple offers a wide range of Mexican cuisine, can turn nearly anything on the menu vegan and donates meals to people in need through their “Plate 4 Plate” initiative. The food is delicious, the portions are super generous and it feels great to give something back too. Add Zambrero Hindley Street to your vegan Adelaide must-eat places and fill your boots with delicious Mexican food.
Zambrero says: “Our menu is entirely customisable and provides a range of innovative and delicious, vegan-friendly options. With the exception of the black rice tortilla, anything on our menu can be made vegan. Enjoy our pinto beans, white and black rice, fresh salsas and salad, handmade guacamole, and any of our four vegan-friendly sauces as well as our delicious cauliflower filling. We also offer vegan-friendly cheese and vegan sour cream, both provided by Australian based companies.
Our vegan cheese is a Bio cheese made by the renowned Australian brand MyLife, who specialises in natural, nutritious, plant-based products. Bio cheese is a delicious dairy-free alternative made with coconut oil. All the raw ingredients in MyLife products, including their coconut oil, is compliant with the Sustainable Farming and Code of Labour Practice. These practices include the ethical treatment of both humans and animals alike. You can learn more about the product by visiting MyLife.
Our vegan sour cream is brought to you by our friends at Dairy Free Down Under. An Australian, family-run business, that serves and distributes quality non-dairy and vegan-friendly alternatives to traditional dairy products.”
Tue-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 11am-9pm
1/46–50 Hindley Street
On the Zambrero Menu
- Vegan Classic Burrito
- Vegan Bowl IQ
- Vegan Power Burrito
3. Two-Bit Villains
About Two-Bit Villains
Two-Bit Villains is a real local gem. Housed in the beautiful Arcade shopping centre, you’ll find a fantastic Aussie vibe here. All menu items are available vegan so you can literally pick anything you fancy. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a sunny Adelaide day, visit for lunch and grab a seat on the outdoor balcony. Overlooking the city centre, you can watch the world go by whilst tucking into your insanely good vegan food and drinks.
Two-Bit Villains are very proud of their handcrafted botanical sodas that are made with real fruits and spices and no additives or preservatives. If you’re more of a hot-drink person, they also offer coconut, almond and soy milk. What more could a vegan need?
Tue & Sun 11.30am-3pm, Wed-Thu & Sat 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-8.30pm
Adelaide Arcade, 150 Rundle Mall
On the Two-Bit Villains Menu
- Cream Soda
- Chorizo Salad
- Long Arm of the Slaw Burger
You may also like Vegan Cairns.
4. Delicia Acai Bar
About Delicia Acai Bar
If you have time for a trip to the quieter coastal town of nearby Victor Harbour, stop for a mid-morning snack after your journey in Delicia Acai Bar. Offering raw treats, protein enriched goodies and acai everything, Delcia is small, thoughtfully designed and ideal for rushed takeaways or leisurely morning coffee. All of their sweet treats are raw so make sure you indulge in something naughty-looking.
Mon-Sat 8.30am-4pm, Sun 9am-2pm
2/3/5 Coral Street, Victor Harbour
On the Delicia Menu
- Peppermint Slice
- The Delicia Cup
- Green Thang
Discover more incredible bowls on the Delicia Acai Bar website.
5. Langmeil Winery
About Langmeil Winery
Visiting Adelaide and South Australia is all about the nearby vineyards, known far and wide for their impressive yields and stunning locations. As vegan travellers, you might not think winery tastings are for you, or you may not even know that wines are typically not vegan. Well, luckily for us vegans, Langmeil Winery is one of the Barossa Valley vineyards embracing veganism demand. All their red wines are vegan-friendly and have been for some years. Their Live Wire Riesling is also vegan and the 2019 vintage of their white wines will be vegan too.
So before or after your time in Adelaide city, stay somewhere a little closer to Langmeil Winery and enjoy a Barossa Valley tasting session. Alternatively, if you need to drive, choose some of their great vegan recommendations to take away to enjoy as part of your evening with dinner. If you are travelling Australia by campervan, we recommend a quiet and peaceful stay at Greenock Centenary park for just a $5 donation. Here you can sit and enjoy dining alfresco under the many trees whilst nearby horses play in the fields, without the need to drive any further after opening a bottle of Langmeil Winery red!
Corner of Langmeil and Para Rd, Tanunda
In Langmeil Winery’s Cellar
- Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon
- Live Wire Riesling
- Valley Floor Shiraz
You may also like this informative Guide to South Australia Vegan Wines & Wineries.
Vegan Food in Adelaide
Choosing vegan food for your visit to Adelaide helps to protect Australia’s incredibly diverse wildlife and natural environment. Plus, Australia is a great country to enjoy as a vegan traveller. From Cairns in the North to Adelaide in the South, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a wide range of vegan restaurants, takeaways and cafes in every city you visit. Look out for the trustworthy chains as well as locally run, smaller businesses. We always aim to support local whenever we can, but if you’re struggling to find excellent vegan options, you can always fall back on popular brands like Vege Rama or Zambrero.
Adelaide is a fantastic city to spend time in as well as being a great starting point for other Australian adventures. Aim to also visit nearby local gems such as the Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island. A drive from Adelaide to Melbourne will ensure you witness the famous Great Ocean Road and a drive from Adelaide north into the Red Centre will see you reach majestic Uluru.
If you are also making time for the sleepy coastal town of Victor Harbour, we enjoyed a very personal and exciting vegan-friendly buffet in the small Yacht Club. No longer based here, and instead on the move, check out The Gallery Cafe on Facebook to discover the next exciting Vegan and Vego Buffet happening in the Victor Harbour area for your visit.
We can’t recommend highly enough a visit to Adelaide during your travels in Australia. This university city promises lazy sunny afternoons in the parks, riverside walks amongst South Australia’s wildlife and a fabulous vegan selection of restaurants, cafes, juice bars and takeaways. Travelling Australia as a vegan is enjoyable in most major cities and large towns but nowhere did we enjoy it as much as Adelaide. Vegan Adelaide is alive and well and we can’t wait to return for longer in the near future.
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Our Accommodation Pick for Adelaide
Best for Campers:
Levi Caravan Park is just on the outskirts of the city, a pleasant riverside walk into town. Prices start from $39 for 1 night for 2 adults on a powered pitch with a discount applied for specific motorhome rental brands. Facilities include friendly and helpful hosts, well cared for grounds, a communal shower and toilet block, including a bath! We were also offered home-grown chillis when we arrived which were delicious.
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