Whether you’re V curious, a full-timer or part of the ‘meat is genocide’ club, your options for vegan dining in Adelaide have never been better. Fritz has pulled together a list of Adelaide’s best vegan* eats for your meat-free dining pleasure.
Brother Bear Wholefood Cafe
Finding delicious and healthy vegan eats in the Hills is a breeze thanks to Brother Bear. Although it’s not strictly vegan, it’s a staple amongst vegans and veggie-lovers Hills-side for its gorgeous raw vegan cakes, treats, as well as wholesome breakfast and lunch options. Committed to sustainable practices and supporting local growers – including locally roasted organic coffee, this hills cafe is well worth a visit.
Touted as Prospect’s ‘best-kept secret’ this cafe is found down a hidden entrance and alleyway off Prospect’s main strip. It’s a big and inviting space – with a brilliant vibe. Their food is divine – a hit with the locals and those who travel from afar for weekend brunch. Breakfast and lunch are the order of the day here. Make sure you try a vegan slushie to wash down your tofu burger, vegan six bean chili nachos or vegan heaven breakfast.
Eggless Dessert Cafe
Vegan and vegetarian-friendly, this Goodwood institution is just a short walk from the Wayville tram stop. All their desserts are egg-free (clue’s in the name), gelatine and animal rennet free. The atmosphere is so cosy and homely, it’s no wonder there are queues down Goodwood Road. Open only in the evenings (till late), the cafe uses local ingredients, owners Ken Sim and Eelin Lee changing their menu seasonally. Any excuse for a return visit. Don’t forget to give Ken a fist-pump as you leave, a tradition with regulars – you’ll be smiling all the way home.
The ultimate vegan mecca of the inner South, Everything Vegan is as close as you might get to a vegan superstore. Stocking a large range of animal and cruelty-free products, they also have a fabulous vegan kitchen to tempt your tastebuds. Burgers, cakes, donuts, pies, coffee, tofu scramble – all the delicious comfort foods with none of the animal product. Regardless of your eating status, check this one out – they offer a brilliant range of environmentally friendly and sustainable products, and are super doggo-friendly.
Dolphins! Not on the menu, in the water, where they belong. With the cafe literally hanging over the water, there is a high chance you’ll spot a dolphin or two as you sip your soy latte. Folklore Cafe, a Renew Adelaide initiative, is a mixed bag of foodie temptations. They do serve meat based dishes but have a pretty ace selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes – catering to all tastes.
Goodies and Grains Kitchen
The name says it all with this Adelaide Central Market outlet. Owner Chris Martin set up shop in 1990, originally selling bulk products with a focus on health food, organics and locally sourced suppliers and growers. They’ve since expanded but maintained the healthy, ethical and sustainably sourced ethos. Stop by for a seasonal salad, to top up on your groceries or treat yourself to a fabulous smoothie or juice. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are always happy for a chat and on hand for advice.
Juice Lovers Juicery
Nestled in the centre of Regent Arcade, this juicery and smoothie bar is a gem. Juices are cold pressed and their smoothies use all natural fruit. They also do a delish range of vegan and veggie dishes including a Chili Non-Carne and gluten-free vegan mushroom and walnut burgers. Yum.
This pizza bar has a vegan menu like you will not believe. Think vegan AB and over 20 vegan pizzas to choose from, not to mention the vegan pasta dishes, vegan desserts, salads, and sides. Honestly, the selection is phenomenal and unusual. They deliver too for those times you can’t face leaving your couch cocoon.
Lord of the Fries
If you are serious about your deep fried potato (we’ve yet to meet a vegan who isn’t) then a visit to Hindley’s Lord of the Fries is a must. The late night (open to 3am on a Saturday) chippery offers a range of vegetarian hotdogs, sauces, and sides for the fast food connoisseur. Our pick is the new guru burger with a side of fries and Chocolate Bliss shake – all vegan, naturally. Originating in Melbourne it was a happy day indeed when the Lord hit the streets of Adelaide.
While not a strictly vegan establishment, Mister Sunshine’s does a cracking trade in vegan nosh, all with that trademarked sunshine-level of service. There’s all day breakfast, a special vegan menu, ethical coffee, vegan donuts and plenty of other delights on offer. It gets super-packed on weekends though, so be prepared to wait for the goods. Worth it.
This plant-based Payneham Road cafe is worth a visit for the epic pies, burgers and – drumroll, – ‘notella’. Yeah, that’s a vegan take on Nutella. Double points for punnage. Good vibes, great single origin coffee and arguably the tastiest plant-based pies in town. The sustainable ethos is continued in the design too, with repurposed furniture and fixtures. Fun fact – Nagev is vegan backward. Clever, that.
Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe
Serving the citizens of Semaphore with tasty vegan eats and vego treats for decades, Sarah’s Sister’s Sustainable Cafe is a haven in the North-West. Brunch for days and wine bar by-weekend, the coastal stalwart also hosts burger nights and special events. Grab a table outside with some mates and settle in for a mouth-watering feast. Delivers on the noms with great service and atmosphere to boot.
Seasonal Garden Cafe
Hahndorf’s Seasonal Garden Cafe does what is says on the tin: seasonal produce in a beautiful setting. Right now we’re loving the pearl couscous with roasted carrots and pickled zucchini, and chick peas with pesto and roast vegetables. You can’t go past their super fresh selection of juices too, from the beetroot and ginger filled Liver Cleanse to the alcohol-free Mojito Madness.
The Simple Market
Ok, so you can’t buy ready-made vegan meals here just yet, but they do have an incredible selection of locally sourced, sustainable vegan products. Pop in for a chat with friendly owners Mel and Fabian whose passion and knowledge is catching. If you’re lucky, Fabian will crack open a few samples of the vegan products on offer. After a tasting of Studio Voodoo Vegan Blue Cheese, Fritz bought a block and proceeded to devour the whole thing in one go. Still dreaming about it.
A little bit hidden, Two-Bit Villains is set on the often-forgotten balcony of Adelaide Arcade. There’s just a few sets of stairs between you and old-school soda shop/vegan delights – a lift exists for the less ably bodied. The setting looks as good as the food tastes. Expect vegan adaptable burgers, chilli, pot-pie, tacos and tater tots. Handmade, secret-recipe sodas are the order of the day here, so dig in.
Vego & Lovin It
One of the pioneers of the vegan/vegetarian scene in Adelaide, Vego & Lovin It is a city institution. “We’ve been here for about 29 years now.” says owner Robin Eastwood. ‘Here’ is a tiny cafe, accessed up a creaking staircase from a door street level on Rundle Street. Eclectic and bohemian, it’s a comfortable setting to indulge. Punters have a massive love for the Mexican Burger – a huge plate of food with corn chips, smothered in cheese and chilli sauce. They don’t have much of a digital presence if you go looking for a menu. “I’m not really up on all the modern website stuff,” Robin says. But with a devoted cult following and food as good as this, they don’t need to.
This is but the tip of the vegan iceberg – a stellar selection to sample ahead of the Vegan Festival in Adelaide (28 – 29 October). Pop over and show some love to the veggie brethren.
*Some of these venues serve vegetarian and non-vegan products alongside their vegan offerings.
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