Our first two Australian plant-based cafe roundups of Sydney and Melbourne and Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane went nuts, so join us again as we take a tour of more of our fave foodie spots!
Our first two Australian plant-based cafe roundups of Sydney and Melbourne and Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane went nuts, so join us again as we take a tour of more of our fave foodie spots! This time we’ll be hitting up Hobart, Canberra and Darwin, talking about all the beautiful places you can pop past if you’re a local and grab a tasty bite to eat (or two).
Thai Veggie Hut
Going with the motto ‘Vegetarian doesn’t need to be boring!’, Thai Veggie Hut is certainly proving that to be true. Using only mock meats, local Tasmanian market veggies and authentic Thai spices, the flavours here are as fresh as they get. From pad thai to dumplings, taro cakes to ‘duck’ curries, it’s hard to pick a favourite at this Hobart veggie staple.
Bury Me Standing
Serving up funky bagels with (mostly) plant-based fillings, Bury Me Standing is a quirky little joint with a quirky little menu. Highlights include the pepperoni bagel toastie, with meat-free pepperoni, capsicum, red onion, mayo, chutney and seasonal greens, and the pineapple express bagel, with pineapple, jalapeno cashew shmear, sriracha and seasonal greens (for the more adventurous foodie). Bury Me Standing also offer freshly baked sweet pasties, like plant-based cinnamon rolls and donuts.
Straight Up Coffee and Food
Straight Up Coffee and Food do straight-up good brunch and baked goods. Not everything on the menu is plant-based, but with tasty treats like spiced chocolate waffles and brown rice and buckwheat porridge (served with turmeric milk and baked apple), its definitely worth a visit.
Vegetarian fare with an Asian influence, everything on Vegera’s menu is totally plant-based, including all the ‘meat’ and ‘seafood’. This is great news for those who might be missing their classic sweet and sour pork or satay chicken. Veggie spring rolls are always an essential, of course.
Where do you go when you want to chow down on some juicy burgers and loaded fries? Veg Bar. The Instagrammable burger buns come in red (beetroot), green (matcha) and black (charcoal), with mouth-watering fillings to match. The Sloppy Jack, with BBQ pulled jackfruit, house slaw, grilled pineapple, BBQ sauce and cheese sauce all comes housed in the vibrant beetroot bun, and we think it deserves to be paired with the moreish jackfruit loaded fries, with garlic aioli, cheeze sauce and BBQ sauce for maximum feasting levels. Desserts, shakes and smoothies can also be found on this comfort-food filled menu.
While it’s not a 100% plant-based restaurant, Amici is worth a mention as it does fantastic plant-based pizzas, complete with gooey vegan cheese. The vegan chicken is our pick of the pack, with onion, roast capsicum, mushroom, plant-based protein and plant-based cheese.
My Rainbow Dreams
Whether you want a quick takeaway bite or a relaxing sitdown meal, My Rainbow Dreams serve up all its tasty veggie dishes to go or eat in. For a Mediterranean flavour sensation, try the toasted roll, filled with roasted veggies, baby spinach, pesto, sundried tomato, olives and avocado. Another menu highlight is the rice paper rolls, with fillings like satay tofu and pesto.
You can never go wrong with plant-based Asian food, and Au Lac serves up a HUGE variety. Everything is free from meat and dairy, so you can peruse the menu pretty freely. Our picks from the menu include the laksa, Au Lac pho soup and red soy duck curry with lychees.
Sweet Bones Company
This brunch spot and bakery serves up some of the most creative (and tastiest) plant-based fare in Canberra, in our opinion. From coconut bacon and tofu scrambled eggs to house-made cashew milk and spicy seitan, they’ve not cut any corners at Sweet Bones Company. For those with a big appetite, the big breakfast is a must, coming with coconut bacon, hummus, tomato, avocado, sourdough and loaded tofu scramble. Bonus points to the beautiful, plant-based cakes they also whip up to order.
The Goods plates up exactly that: good wholefoods. From sweet dishes like wholemeal sourdough topped with housemade ‘Nutella’, strawberries, banana, honey and cacao nibs, to more savoury options like the falafel bowl, featuring roasted sweet potato, hummus and tahini, it’s just good, clean treats here.
The Fish Shack
Summer is coming, and with it comes warm, sunny days spent at the beach, nibbling on ‘fish’ and chips from The Fish Shack. Whatever your seafood craving, be it fish, calamari or prawns, The Fish Shack has got a sustainable, plant-based dupe to tickle your tastebuds. In addition to seafood, it also serves up a range of delicious veggie burgers, loaded fries and chick’n nuggs.
Needle in a Haystack
This funky food truck has parked up and found a permanent(ish) home by the water in Darwin, but is still serving up quality, local produce whipped up into delicious meals. The menu at Needle in a Haystack changes each week to reflect what’s seasonally available, but to give you an idea of past dishes, here are some of the standouts: Twice Fried Artichoke Tacos, Cauliflower Pakoras and Korean Fried Pumpkin Flatbread.
De La Plage
Da La Plage cafe is bringing some tasty plant-based creations to the table. Think Mushroom Burger with wasabi mayo and Roasted Veggie Salad with house-made sticky balsamic. As well as the food, De La Plage also has some great drinks on the menu, like the Gulbarn Infusion tea, handpicked by Indigenous families from wild crops in the Alawa Country.
Groove Cafe and Gear
Omnivores, vegos and vegans eat harmoniously at Groove Cafe and Gear, a place that prides itself on taking care of its customers as much as it does the planet. Here you can devour dishes like the Vegan Veggie Bowl, with zucchini, garlic mushrooms, spinach, capsicum and caramelised onion served alongside sourdough toast, or Eggplant Parmigiana with baby leaf salad.
Simply Foods Darwin
Whether you’re after a fresh salad or some plant-based fried treats, Simply Foods have got you covered. This sweet little spot is quietly tucked away, but if you’re after some quick plant-based food at an affordable price, it’s not to be missed. The lentil rissoles come highly recommended, as do the falafels.
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