18 Feb The best vegetarian restaurants in Fitzroy

 Written by Maud Leger 

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, or simply choose to enjoy this cuisine from time to time, your choices of eateries seem to be expanding daily! If you’re visiting our studio in Fitzroy, why not stop by one of these local eateries that cater to the green-friendly crowd?

Here’s a list of our faves.

 

Everyday eatery

 

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Young Green Food is a Fitzroy institution! The menu is wide and everything is tasty. Raw, vegan, organic, and gluten-free options abound, with buckwheat crepes and kelp pad thai totally worth trying out.

Neko Neko is a cute little Japanese restaurant at the bottom end of Gertrude Street and they make vegan ramen. Enough said.

Eat Israeli at Tahina on Brunswick St (or Hight St, Northcote). There is a cute courtyard to enjoy falafels, quinoa salad, roasted eggplant and other delicious dishes. Ideal for a quick lunch, or for a casual gathering with friends.

A bit further afield, at the Abbotsford Convent, you can enjoy a pay-as-you-like meal at Lentils as Anything. The food changes every day and everything is vegetarian or vegan and, on Saturdays, you can also enjoy Sri Lankan street food – to die for! With a lush green garden to eat and lounge in, the setting isn’t bad either!

Feeling like spice? Head to Mukka, owned by two Indian brothers, everything tastes as it does in the Mother Land. Unlike many other Indian restaurants, they make real dosa (if you’ve been to India, you know the feeling of the crunchy outside and the mushy inside).

You can be sure to find a wide selection of vegetarian salads at Alimentari (Brunswick St and Smith St) to eat in or take away.

 

Vego friendly brunch

 

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Terror Twilight makes a generous brunch/lunch. You can create your own veggie bowl (so good they are our featured image), broth, or order one of the delicious brekkie options. Try ‘Breakfast with Eri’!

La crème de la crème when it comes to raw vegan food can be found at Shoko Iku in Northcote. Chef Yoko Inoue (also a yogi) offers amazing elixirs to boost your health, delicious and inventive raw dishes and, of course, some delightful raw vegan desserts. Keep an eye out for her juice cleanse and her occasional banquet dinners – such an experience!

A Fitzroy institution is definitely The Vegie Bar. They offer a wide range of vegetarian/vegan dishes – the chef’s specials are always a treat! Open for brunch until dinner, they also make delicious sweets.

 

Fine and fun

 

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Taking a vegan on a date? You are sure to impress if you take your date to Smith & Daughters – 100% vegan on the plate. The cocktails are remarkable too!

My heart melts for Transformer a delicate menu with a mean cocktail selection, choose the ‘Feed me’ menu for an adventure or pick a few dishes to share ‘a la carte’. You will lose yourself in flavours and in chill vibes created by the exquisite planted walls. A heads-up, they also offer a boozy brunch, some people like that!

If you are into Asian food, head to Ichi Ni Nana, the place is just stunning and the food takes you off on a food holiday. PS –  best lotus root chips in town!

I also love Rice Paper Scissors, inside is great for a group of people, but if you go on a date, try the bar or the outdoor tables out front.

 

Desserts / Ice creams

 

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Compa is a traditional Sicilian ice-cream place in Fitzroy, sister of Il Melograno in Northcote. Both now offer a selection of vegan ice-creams and sorbets – so flavoursome and italianissimo!

Up the hill in Northcote, you can find Turkish ice creams at Cuppa Turca. Think black tahini flavour and more!  

Smith & Deli makes delicious desserts just off Brunswick St. Raw vegan cakes can be found at Radhey Kitchen and Chai Bar.

Enjoy! Indulge! Nourish!

After you’ve checked out some of these yummy places, don’t forget to balance out all your indulgences by visiting one of our Power Living studios – We have eight of them!