Vegan isn’t the dirty word it used to be. With Australia as the third fastest growing vegan market in the world, it’s not surprising to find plant-based restaurants popping up all over Sydney
to meet the growing demand. We’ve eaten our way around the suburbs
of Sydney to find eight of the hottest vegan spots that we know you’ll love.
Shift Eatery, Sydney’s first vegan deli offers up a large range of cruelty-free food and beverages including sandwiches, specialty coffee, chocolate, ice-cream, pies, cheese, milk and “mock” meats. Pick up some goods to make at home or dine in and enjoy the all-day menu that includes toasties, sandwiches and bowls. Try a vegan doughnut, coffee from Marvell Street Coffee Roasters, a tart or cake by Treat Dreams and Houghnuts or a hot chocolate by Melbourne company M¨ork. You’ll have to come back several times to try a bit of everything!
Sydney Vegan Market
On the first Saturday of every month, head to Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west, to enjoy a plethora of vegan delights at Sydney Vegan Market.
You’ll find not just vegan treats, but
also cruelty-free homewares and fashion. The market is presented by Vegan NSW and stall holders include vegan businesses such as Jessy&co., Suzy Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher, Nourishing Quarter, Plant Based Life, Tall Grass Cane Juice and Shivana Vegan Persian Food Co. The market runs from 9 am to 4 pm so you can make a day of it with local musicians performing and a kids area with face painting and games.
Pizza so good it’s worth lining up for! Gigi Pizzeria’s owner, Marco Mattino, removed all animal products from the menu in 2015, and now makes his traditional Neapolitan pizzas without meat and cheese. Featured on the menu is plenty of fresh produce in creative combinations such as potatoes with truffle paste and calzone with pumpkin. Mattino replaces the creaminess of cheese with seed, nut
and fruit products rather than traditional vegan cheese. The result? You’ll have to join the queue to find out for yourself!
The Green Lion
The Red Lion Hotel, in the inner west suburb of Rozelle, is where you’ll find The Green Lion—Australia’s first pub restaurant serving 100% plant-based food. All the classic pub foods have been recreated with vegan ingredients; burgers, hot dogs, pizza, lasagna,
chicken schnitty, “seafood” baskets and nachos. They’re all meat and dairy-free, and pretty delicious to boot.
Rather than using traditional mock meat, Gathered Kitchen in Glebe offers a 100 percent plant-based menu with focus on organic produce and dishes piled with vegetables. Try the pulled jackfruit or quinoa-chickpea burger for lunch. There’s even a bagel with vegan bacon and haloumi on the menu! You can even end your visit with a guilt-free dessert. All of the delicious pastries, including palmiers, croissants and cruffins, are refined sugar-free. How will you choose between them?
A family-owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Bodhi Restaurant has been a staple of vegan dining in Sydney for 30 years. Visit Bodhi’s at lunchtime to enjoy their yum cha menu, served beneath fig trees and hanging lanterns. With a focus on fresh produce bought from local growers with ethical and sustainable farming practices, you know you’ll be eating food that’s good for your body and soul. Try the vegetable curry puffs, sweet Japanese pumpkin dumplings and the Vietnamese tofu rice paper rolls. Or, better yet, take a group
of friends and try one of everything.
Choose from 13 plant-based burgers at Soul Burger, Sydney’s only entirely vegan burger joint. The burgers are big, juicy and filling—packed with flavour and dripping with vegan cheese, caramelized onion, tomato relish and herbed mayo. The “beef” patties are created with pea and soy proteins—even meat-lovers will be impressed by the similarity to the real deal. Order a side of potato chips and a house-made coconut shake to round out the meal, and finish up with a coconut gelato. One-hundred percent of proceeds from the gelato go to charity.
MAKER Kitchen and Café
Drop by MAKER, another inner west gem, and discover delicious vegan treats including cakes, brownies, gelato and more by local businesses; My Little Panda Kitchen, The Vegan Teahouse, Rhubarb Bakes and Creatureless Comforts. If savoury is your thing, the all-day brekkie menu and toasties have you covered. MAKER is also a vegan shared commercial kitchen, a coffee bar and a store selling a variety of cruelty-free food and cosmetics.