Visitors to Melbourne have access to a rich variety of cafés, diners and restaurants. For those who are seeking a nutritious meal, or looking for gluten-free, vegan, nut or dairy free choices, the following five healthy eating spots are each an easy trip from central Melbourne by public transport or car.
There are so many great choices at Naughty Boy, a Carlton hotspot that is famous for its InstaShakes and pretty-as-a-picture plating. Try the poke bowl, it’s a combination of quinoa, sesame sauce, edamame beans, pickled ginger and seaweed, pickled cabbage and avocado. Typically served with salmon, the menu allows for you to request a vegan or vegetarian option so you replace salmon or egg with tofu instead.
The Naughty Boy (bacon, egg, chorizo, hash brown and baked beans) will certainly appeal to paleo-inclined diners. Easily accessible by public transport or driving, you’ll arrive to find a light-filled, welcoming space (with crayons and toys for kids). The coffee is top quality, so do yourself a favour and have at least one.
Just a short tram ride from central Melbourne, you’ll find Short Straw in Hawthorn. This café is owned by an experienced team of hospitality experts and it shows in their epicurean approach to nutritious, gourmet menus and meals. The Garden of Eden (peas, avocado and a variety of greens and veggies) is both flavour packed and satiating.
The poke bowl and smashed avocado options can both be modified for vegan diners. The food presentation is flawless and you’ll find yourself well-fuelled for a stroll along Glenferrie Road, where clothing, books, music, food and beauty stores abound.
There are two Seedling cafés in Melbourne’s CBD. Their emphasis is on nutritious, wholesome food that is super fresh, and they are 100 percent gluten-free. The Winter Bowl with brown rice, roast pumpkin, tomatoes and mushrooms, avocado, crispy chickpeas and pesto dressing is delicious. The Superfood Salads include pea, avocado and cranberry; but there’s a rotating variety.
You can eat in, or take your meal to one of the many beautiful parks and gardens in or surrounding Melbourne city.
With fresh salads, wraps, burgers and a full variety of smoothies and juices, there’s no shortage of delicious choices for the health conscious diner at BEN'S Supernatural. The wrap with tempeh, served in two generous portions with a dipping sauce, is fabulous. There’s plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, including the mushroom burger (hearty mushroom between a generous, fresh bun).