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21 Best Vegan Restaurants In Melbourne To Try With Your Kids

As the vegan movement continues to grow in popularity, it's no surprise that more and more restaurants are offering vegan-friendly options and dedicated vegan restaurants and cafes are popping up across Melbourne.

Are you a Melbourne vegan? Or maybe you just love vegan food. To help you find the best vegan restaurants Melbourne has on offer, we’ve decided to put together this list of family friendly vegan and vegetarian spots which includes everything from casual cafes to fine dining! 

There's something for everyone to enjoy, so go ahead and explore all that vegan Melbourne has to offer – your taste buds will thank you!

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Family Friendly Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

1. Smith & Daughters, Collingwood

If you're looking for some amazing vegan food that is cooked to perfection, then you need to head on over to Smith & Daughters – a vegan bar and eatery in Collingwood which is housed inside an old red-brick fire station! Choose from any of their delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes and drinks, or take a seat at the restaurant’s intimate chef’s table and let their experts choose for you.

Smith & Daughters,107 Cambridge St, Collingwood, +61 3 9123 1712, info@smithanddaughters.com

Smith and Daughters

2. Funghi e Tartufo, Melbourne

Inspired by traditional Sicilian food, Funghi e Tartufo has found a modern and earth-friendly way to marry deliciousness with plant-based food.

This vegan friendly restaurant in Melbourne is situated in a converted 19th-century warehouse, the restaurant offers families a unique experience by delivering delicious vegetarian and vegan food brought to you by Sicilian chef Alessandra D'Angelo and an extensive wine list that will leave you feeling extremely satisfied at the end of your meal!

Funghi e Tartufo, 60 Hardware Ln, Melbourne, +61 3 9670 9939, enquiries@funghietartufo.com.au

Funghie Tartufo

3. Trippy Taco, Fitzroy

Enjoy delicious, meatless tacos from Trippy Taco – a north-side Mexican-food institution that’s dedicated to serving you nothing less than the very best Mexican-style street food!

Trippy Taco, 234 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, +61 3 9415 7711

Tripy Taco

4. Jinda Thai, Abbotsford

Looking for some delicious Thai food that's also vegan friendly? Jinda Thai is a great option! They have a separate section on their menu for animal-free dishes, so you can be sure to find something you'll love.

Jinda Thai, 1-7 Fergus Street, Abbotsford, +61 3 9419 5899

Jinda Thai

5. Sister of Soul, St Kilda

Located in the heart of St Kilda, Sister of Soul offers vegan and vegetarian food which highlights how wholesome and nourishing plant-based food can be. On top of the vegan and vegetarian options, their menu also includes gluten-free, raw food and no garlic/onion options.

Sister of Soul, 73 Acland St, St Kilda, +61 3 9593 8550, admin@sisterofsoul.com.au

Sister of Soul

6. Babu Ji, St Kilda

When you step into Babu Ji, expect to be greeted by the intense aromas of classic Indian dishes! 

Enjoy fresh Indian flavours as you indulge in their traditional home-style dishes or the vast menu of street food along with curries, naan and more. Each of their food options is made with quality ingredients from local markets and farmers, is made big enough to be shared and is gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.

Babu Ji, The George Building, 4–6 Grey Street, St Kilda, +61 3 9534 2447

Babu Ji

7. Shop225 Pizzeria, Pascoe Vale South

Looking for vegan or vegetarian pizza options? Look no further than Shop225 Pizzeria – a suburban pizzeria that has already attracted a cult following of locals and people across town with its simple Italian ethos as well as vegan and gluten-free offering.

On top of their well-loved wood-fired pizza, the restaurant also focuses on traditional and simple Italian food such as homemade pasta and gnocchi.

Shop225 Pizzeria, 225 Melville Rd, Pascoe Vale South, +61 3 9077 4904, shop225pizza@gmail.com

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8. Red Sparrow, Collingwood and Prahran

Another great pizza spot for vegan and vegetarian lovers is Red Sparrow – a locally owned and operated vegan pizzeria which first opened their doors in February 2017 by Michael Craig and Shelley Scott, both vegan pizza lovers! 

Their award-winning pizza is 100% plant-based and uses dough made using pizza Napoletana techniques. Their pizzas are also cooked in Italian wood-fired ovens for that classic Italian flavour!

Red Sparrow, 406 Smith St, Collingwood, +61 3 94171454, collingwood@redsparrowpizza.com

Red Sparrow, 260 Chapel St, Prahran, +61 3 9533 8490, prahran@redsparrowpizza.com

Red Sparrow

9. The Cornish Arms, Brunswick

Alongside delicious vegan and vegetarian meal options, The Cornish Arms also offers Thursday trivia, Mexican nights, acoustic Sunday sessions, a spacious courtyard, plenty of beers on tap and cocktails!

The Cornish Arms, 163A Sydney Road, Brunswick, +61 3 9380 8383, thecornish@bigpond.com

Cornish Arms

10. Lord of the Fries, Multiple Locations

Looking for vegan and vegetarian fast food options? Then head on over to Lord of the Fries – an ethical fast food restaurant dedicated to serving up delicious food that's good for you and the environment. Stop by to get a taste of some of the best hot chips, award-winning veggie burgers and hot dogs in all of Australia! 

Lord of the Fries, Locations in Brunswick, Werribee, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Windsor, South Yarra and Cremorne, 1300 667 552, info@lordofthefries.com.au

Lord of the fries

11. Shakahari, Carlton

Perhaps one of Melbourne’s best vegetarian restaurants, Shakahari is one of Melbourne’s oldest restaurants that helped close the vegetarian gap in the market and eventually the gluten-free market as well. Their food offerings are a delicious mix of Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Western influences. 

Their menu changes subtly by season and dishes are helpfully marked V for vegan, ND for non-dairy or GF for gluten-free.

Shakahari, 201–203 Faraday St, Carlton, +61 3 9347 3848

Shakahari

12. Combi, Elwood

At Combi, you'll find a delicious selection of organic vegetarian and vegan dishes, each one packed with superfoods. Whether you're looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, you're sure to find something to your taste. 

Should you decide to visit, make sure you try out the smoothies, as they are definitely the main event! Each drink is healthy, packed full of superfoods like fruits, seeds and nut mylks, and are just simply delicious. You can't go wrong with one of these scrumptious smoothies.

Combi, 138-140 Ormond Rd, Elwood, +61 3 9531 0084, manager@combielwood.com.au

Combi

13. Lentil as Anything, Abbotsford

Lentil as Anything: Abbotsford Convent is a great place to enjoy delicious vegetarian dishes while supporting disadvantaged members of the community through their awesome pay-as-you-feel business model.

Though there are other outlets across Melbourne (St Kilda and Brunswick), the most atmospheric by far is under the spires of the Abbotsford Convent.

Lentil as Anything: Abbotsford Convent, 1/3 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, +61 3 9419 6444

14. Teta Mona, Brunswick East

Lebanese restaurant Teta Mona on Lygon Street is a Lebanese soul food restaurant that offers lots of amazing vegan dishes that will have you craving more at the end of your meal! 

The dishes feature delicious flavours from the northern mountain region along with simple, honest dining that just hits the spot! On top of this, Teta Mona is a good place to be during the summer all thanks to the big shady courtyard.

Teta Mona, 100a Lygon St, Brunswick East, +61 3 9380 6680

Teta Mona

15. Tofulicious, Richmond

Originally called the Tofu Shop and making their own tofu since 1982, renamed and with new owners it is now Tofulicious, a vegetarian favourite in Melbourne. Tofulicious offers a mouthwatering buffet of delicious and healthy vegetarian/vegan options, including warm roast vegetable mixes, simmered house-made tofu in broth and more!

Tofulicious, 78 Bridge Rd, Richmond, +61 3 9429 6204, tofuliciousau@gmail.com

16. Matcha Mylkbar, St Kilda

Matcha Mylkbar is an award-winning vegan, health-conscious café located close to Luna Park. Their healthy dishes do not compromise on variety and inventiveness which means you can be sure to find something new and incredibly delicious and flavoursome at this spot.

Their dishes include vegan egg breakfasts, salad bowls, a soy chicken burger and much more!

Matcha Mylkbar, 72 Acland St, St Kilda, +61 3 9534 1111, eat@matchamylkbar.com

17. The Vegie Bar, Fitzroy

The Vegie Bar has been a Fitzroy staple since 1988 and has continuously served up delicious vegan and vegetarian fare to locals and visitors alike. Whether you're looking for a hearty meal to fuel your body or a light snack to feed your soul, The Vegie Bar has something for everyone and is sure to be a delight to all vegans and vegetarians!

The Vegie Bar, 380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, +61 3 9417 6935, work@vegiebar.com.au

18. Neko Neko, Melbourne

For delicious vegan Japanese curry, vegan ramen and other veggie-based Japanese dishes, head on over to Neko Neko – a cosy little eatery cooking homestyle vegan and pescatarian Japanese dishes. Each of their menu items is packed with vegetables, seeds and whole grains, which will leave you feeling full and satisfied!

Neko Neko, 83 Smith Street, Fitzroy, +61 3 9415 6026

19. Jumis Cafe, South Yarra

With sustainability and plant based food as their driving passion, Jumis Cafe in South Yarra are serving up a range of wholesome, delicious smoothies, smoothie bowls, super toasts, salads, chia pots that won’t cost your health or that of our planet. The entire menu is vegan and everything is packed with nourishing ingredients.

Jumis Cafe, 589 Chapel Street, South Yarra, +61 3 9826 3859

20. Kale Mary, Brunswick

Kale Mary in Brunswick offers a delicious organic and vegan menu inspired by food all around the globe, creatively crafted by Mauritian born Head Chef Rishna Gunness. 

As well as offering a beautiful, fresh, vegan menu they are on a mission to provide a welcoming space to nourish the body, mind and soul. You’ll be surrounded by plants, natural light and local art. 

Kale Mary, 207 Albert St, Brunswick, +61 493 572 466

21. Just Vegan, Sunshine

Offering a traditional Vietnamese menu, but all vegan, Just Vegan in Sunshine is a bustling local spot to grab a tasty, fresh, vegan meal. The menu includes spring rolls, tofu nuggets, rice paper rolls, noodle soups, broken rice, crispy noodles and fried rice.

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30am to 7pm and closed on Sunday & Monday.
Just Vegan, 252A Hampshire Rd, Sunshine, +61 422 113 775


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