Fancy a night out at a cruelty-free restaurant? Looking for a quick feed on the run? Most restaurants have vegetarian options on their menus, and there is an increasing number of vegetarian-only cafes and restaurants all over the country.
Here in Australia we are blessed with some of the best places to eat ever! And to prove it, we’ve made a list of our top five eats around the country. If you’re living or visiting elsewhere, check out ‘Happy Cow’ for a list of veggie-friendly restaurants near you. Eat up! And enjoy!
Melbourne city is teaming with amazing veggie restaurants—it was difficult to limit ourselves to just five!
Best hot chips in the land; awesome burgers (vegan cheese available!). Looks like meat, tastes like meat, 100% cruelty-free! 2 locations: Elizabeth & Flinders St (opposite Flinders St. Station), and Shop 5 Flinders St Station (opposite Federation Square).
Positive eating, vegetarian and vegan creations. Great for takeaway. Delicious healthy food. 2 locations: 8/63a Fitzroy St, St Kilda, and 366 Chapel St, South Yarra
Global Vegetarain Café. Delicious food, moderately priced, and stylish restaurant. Great place for a first date!St Kilda Sea Baths, Jacka Blvd, St Kilda
Great Asian food, well priced. Even carnivores are catered for at this clean, bright and totally vegan restaurant! 185 Victoria St, West Melbourne
Take-away gourmet vegetarian and vegan pizza.
85 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn
Subway’s Veggie Delight Sub (including the patty) is an easy and delicious option if you’re on the run (and is vegan if ordered without the cheese). Domino’s make a vegetarian pizza that can easily be made vegan if requested without the cheese too. All decent kebab outlets including Ali Baba, the Kebab Co and UTK make tasty vegetarian felafel kebabs, and can be found pretty much everywhere.
Don’t be scared about visiting a non-veg restaurant. Most places have vegetarian (and vegan) options on their menu, and those that don’t are often happy to prepare something vegetarian on request. Chinese, Thai and Indian restaurants usually have a wide variety of non-meat options—and the more you order, the more incentive they have to expand their vegetarian menu! So get out there, and be adventurous!
Even though you know it’s easy to find and prepare tasty vegetarian food, your friends and family may not always ‘get it’. The best way around this is to offer to bring a cruelty-free dish to share—this way others can learn first-hand how interesting and delicious veggie food can be! If you’re stuck for ideas, check out our favourite recipes.