Sample 6 of Melbourne’s Best Restaurants for Vegan Food

A seasonal menu using the freshest ingredients is the signature of a great restaurant. This is ever-so-important when it comes to vegan food. A plethora of stand-out vegan food can be discovered in Melbourne – one of Australia’s most vegan-friendly cities – punctuated by the best restaurants in town. Consider adding six of Melbourne’s best restaurants for vegan food to your must-visit list when travelling to Melbourne.    

Shoku iku
Shoku iku by Justine de Jonge

Shoku iku, Northcote

What differentiates Shoku iku from other restaurants is its aesthetic for raw macrobiotic cooking techniques. Owner Yoko Inoueex brings together raw food smarts with simple, Japanese styling. Dizzying flavours can be tasted here, from curried crepes, whole stuffed tomato with sunflower pate, to vegetable couscous and marinated curry spiced carrot. Desserts are just as stunning; poached strawberries with orange cream and lucuma sabayon or a peppermint and chocolate layer cake.

120 High Street Northcote Victoria 3070 Australia 

Shoku iku
Shoku iku by Justine de Jonge
Yong Green Food
Yong Green Food by Justine de Jonge

Yong Green Food, Fitzroy

Sustainability is at the core of Yong Green Food’s business. While Yong Green Food is a vegetarian restaurant, vegans are generously catered for here.  Take a meal at a reclaimed timber tabletop and sample food that “doesn’t sacrifice lives”. Steaming bamboo baskets of homemade tofu veggie kimchi gyoza and macro ‘dragon’ bowls roar with flavours from sautéed mushrooms, marinated purple cabbage and organic tempeh. To finish, try the tiramisu – layers of raw biscuit lightly soaked in organic spiced rum and espresso, sandwiched by a rich smearing of coconut butter.

421-423 Brunswick Street Fitzroy Victoria 3065 Australia

Yong Green Food
Yong Green Food by Justine de Jonge
Smith & Daughters
Smith & Daughters by Justine de Jonge

Smith & Daughters, Fitzroy

Smith & Daughters is boasted as the crown in Fitzroy’s vegan food scene, run by Melbourne culinary heavyweights Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse. They converted an old Spanish restaurant into a destination for gourmet, plant-based dishes and started with a Spanish and Mexican-infused menu. Smith & Daughters has recently revamped its menu to serve up Italian-styled dishes. Think vegan versions of some Italian classics – golden schnitzel, calamari-like fritto misto, spaghettini and a smattering of share dishes. The dessert list is just as tempting, such as quintessential tiramisu, shaved ice and cannoli. 

111 Moor Street, Fitzroy Victoria 3065 Australia

Street Organics
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Street Organics, Malvern

Street Organics passionately advocates for toxin-free living and organic food. It’s the perfect location to enjoy an all-vegan high tea in their upstairs dining room. Special dinner events are hosted here, too. A traditional high-tea format ensues but with an organic, raw food twist. Tiered plates are laden with delectable treats to nibble on while sipping on gorgeously fragrant teas using delicate crockery. Raw zucchini rolls, blueberry and passionfruit plant-based cheesecake, creamy raw caramel slice and a nut cheese board with raw crackers to share over kombucha and lime mocktails. A real, special vegan treat.

1430 High Street Malvern Victoria 3144 Australia.

streetorganics by Justine de Jonge
Shakahari Too
Shakahari Too by Justine de Jonge

Shakahari Too, South Melbourne

Shakahari in Carlton is Melbourne’s oldest vegetarian restaurant has a second location, cleverly named Shakahari Too. Vegan options are abound here, too. Nourishing meals are crafted from the fruits, vegetables and labour of Shakahari Farm with Eastern-inspired techniques and flavours. Peruse the delectable menu of homely vegan meals and beverages while viewing the gorgeous mural of koi fish across the restaurant’s wall. Another one of Melbourne’s earthlier vegan food experiences.   

225 Clarendon Street South Melbourne Victoria 3205 Australia

Shakahari Too
Shakahari Too by Justine de Jonge
Grey Cells Green
Grey Cells Green by Justine de Jonge

Grey Cells Green, Windsor

A casual dining option should appear on this list, and what better location than the bar and café Grey Cells Green. This Windsor ‘local’ is an all-vegan establishment that’s authentic, honest and fresh. Grey Cells Green is fashioned with oh-so-Melbourne black furnishings that welcome guests by the window on sunnier days retreat and to its cosier interior during the cooler months. Try a slab of house-made lasagne of silky layers of passata, walnut and kidney bean Bolognese sauce then topped by a crispy vegan cheese béchamel sauce with a side of potato salad. Choose an easy-going beverage from the range of all-vegan beers and spirits on tap or gorgeous mocktails.

50 Chapel Street Windsor Victoria 3181 Australia

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I’m a freelance vegan travel writer and blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. Fire & Tea is my destination where I can help you find the joy of vegan in your travels. Fire & Tea is also a map of my personal journey into becoming vegan, especially while on the road, and slipping into the vegan way of life.

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