Since going vegan on 1 January 2016 I have been on the hunt to try as many of the best healthy vegan eats in Sydney. I’ve really noticed that it doesn’t automatically mean you’re being healthy as there’s a vast difference in vegan food out there.
We are lucky to be vegan in Sydney because there is so much variety to choose from. I tend to try to stick to vegan only places (most seem to be in Newtown) when eating out and if I’m going out to somewhere that looks like there’s no vegan options on the menu (and that’s happened a lot), I’ll either ring before arriving to check what they can do or I’ll just ask them to make up a big salad with loads of veggies which usually does the trick. I have also noticed how much cheaper my food bills since going animal free which is awesome!!
I’ve decided to split my list into the top healthy vegan eats in Sydney and the not so healthy vegan restaurants in Sydney so for any of you thinking of going vegan, it’s actually not that hard at all. For those of you looking for a bit of inspiration, look no further as here are my favourite vegan eats in Sydney…
The Best Healthy All Rounder – The Nourishing Quarter
I have often seen The Nourishing Quarter make it to the top list for vegan food in Sydney and I can see why – this place is AMAZING!! It’s the most random little kitsch restaurant serving up an incredible mixture of Vietnamese and Southern American cuisine whilst you’re seated in what feels like a living room with pictures and memorabilia of the British Royal Family with 1940’s music in the background. I know it all sounds bizarre but it somehow works. We went for the degustation menu at just $45 per person. Every single dish was incredible – the crispy tofu is to die for!! I absolutely love this place and the staff must be the nicest in Sydney!
The Best Healthy Vegan Restaurants In Sydney
(In no particular order)
1. Lentil As Anything, Newtown
Lentil As Anything is probably my favourite restaurant at the moment. The not for profit genius restaurant is a proper gem because of it’s quality, amazing vegan food, donation based cost and awesome atmosphere. I’ve already been here a couple of times in the last month!
Sri Lanken Curry at Lentil As Anything
2. Bodhi, Sydney CBD
Bodhi was probably the first all vegan restaurant I went to since changing my lifestyle. It’s a gorgeous restaurant and perfect for a date as they have a beautiful garden. It’s tucked right behind St Mary’s Cathedral serving up all vegan food including dim sum and Asian food. The prawn dish literally tasted like it. It was uncanny!!
Faux prawn dish at Bodhi
3. Yulli’s, Surry Hills
Yulli’s is another great restaurant. I ordered the caramelised silken tofu and it was to die for!! A-mazing! Tip – book yourself a table downstairs. We didn’t book and moved 3 times before we found the best free seat outside. Upstairs is more of a laid back affair and a bit more like a pub than a restaurant with low lighting, low seating and tables.
Silken Caramelised Tofu at Yulli’s
4. Cafe Sydney, Circular Quay
Did you know Cafe Sydney have a separate Vegan menu? I was astounded by this as it’s not listed on their website and when I called up to see if they could cater for vegans, they told me there was a separate menu!! This is an excellent restaurant for a special date or to impress anyone with the fantastic views of the harbour and great service.
Cafe Sydney Vegan Dosa
The Vegan menu isn’t listed on the Cafe Sydney site so I took a photo for you all!
5. Superfood Sushi, Newtown
Can you believe this is all vegan? It sure is and all from Superfood Sushi!
6. Foys @ The Flying Squadron, Kirribilli
Foys Eggplant Dish with Almond Butter greens
7. The Dandylion, Bondi
The Dandylion must be the hippest vegan restaurant in Sydney based in Bondi. I really love their menu and their awesome dishes. The sweet potato chips are the best I’ve ever had!! It also make a great bar to visit and also a cafe in the day time for lunch.
All vegan here at Dandylion
Yet to try
I’ve not been to but… did you know…
Quay, Otto’s, and Rockpool all have vegan menus?
I’ve also got to try the newly vegan and vegetarian restaurant Yellow as well as Golden Lotus, Green Gormet, Mother Chu and SilverEye’s bi monthly vegan degustation. I’ll be updating this post once I try these out.
The Best Healthy Vegan Takeaway In Sydney
My go to vegan takeaway is Miss Chu. With loads of vegan options, I love the Vegan Pho the best.
Miss Chu vegan pho
Iku Wholefoods is another option although it’s not somewhere I regularly visit hence no picture but it’s all vegan so a great place to pop into for lunch when you’re on the run. There are currently 10 located around Sydney at the moment to choose from.
The Best Healthy Vegan Cafes In Sydney
1. Heart & Soul, Cronulla
Heart & Soul has recently turned 100% vegan and it’s a brilliant vegan cafe based in Cronulla. Their acai is exceptional (for my full list of the best acai in Sydney, see here)and I’ve also had their pancakes which were soooo good! I’m also a big fan of their smoothies and best of all this place is very well reasonably priced. I could put this one down as my favourite vegan cafe at the moment!
Heart & Soul Acai Bowls
2. Pure Wholefoods, Manly
Pure Wholefoods in Manly is a great little gem. Based just off the main street this wholefoods is incredible with loads of vegan options. We went for the vegan nachos and vegan burger, both were outstanding. This is a place I will be visiting time and time again in the future!
Pure Wholefoods vegan burgr and vegan nachos
3. Proteini, Surry Hills
Proteini is a favourite of mine and even though it’s not a fully vegan cafe, the vegan bowl below is worth making this list alone. This healthy cafe also serves up awesome raw cakes and devine smoothies. A must visit and it’s just off Oxford Street too so a perfect location if you’re in the CBD. And… you can place your order via their app so if you need take out, then hey presto!
Proteini, Vegan Bowl
The Best Raw Vegan Food In Sydney
Sadhana Kitchen, Enmore & Bondi
We’re really lucky as there are a few Raw cafes in Sydney now. Sadhana Kitchen was the first to kick it off and their food doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been there a fair few times now and even though it’s more on the pricier side, all you’re getting is healthy tasty food with so many options to choose from! The raw lasagna is a classic but I also love their superbowl below. You’ll never think of a salad being boring again!!
Sadhana Kitchen, Super bowl
Yet to try
The Best Healthy Raw Vegan Desserts In Sydney
Pana Chocolate, Alexandria
Pana Chocolate is hands down the most amazing dessert cafe based in Alexandria serving up the best desserts known to man. You can also buy their chocolate bars at most health food shops and I’ve seen a few newsagents selling them too now if you need a snack!
The Best Not So Healthy Vegan Eats in Sydney
(In no particular order)
1. Doughnut Time, various locations in Sydney
Doughnut Time has exploded around Australia. I’ve seen massive queues so people can get their hands on the $6 doughnut! They do a few vegan ones too which is amazing, and even though it’ not something I’d usually eat, I did try it and I didn’t notice any different to a usual doughnut!!
2. Suzy Spoons Vegetarian Butcher, Newtown
Suzy Spoons Vegetarian Butcher might sound confusing but it is a fully vegan cafe. They serve up burgers, lasagnas and snitzels like it’s the real thing!! This is an awesome place if you have newly turned vegan and missing these kind of foods because after the lasagna I had below, it honestly tasted no different to the real thing and totally spun me out. I think I asked the waitress 5 times if it was vegan!
Suzy Spoons – vegan lasagna
3. Mister Toastie, Marrickville Markets (sundays)
I saw Mister Toastie at the vegan festival recently but the queue was so huge I didn’t bother. Luckily they are also based at Marrickville Markets so it wasn’t a problem in getting my hands on their vegan toasties. It was worth the visit as I loved this! Great job!!
Mister Toastie vegan toasted sandwiches
4. Gelato Blue, Newtown
Gelato Blue recently went 100% fully vegan and OMG it’s amazing!!! I seem to end up here most weekends for my one treat of the week and it’s totally worth it as the ice cream is incredible! I could even dare to say it rivals Gelato Messina (Australia’s best gelato) in my eyes!
Gelato Blue 100% vegan ice cream
Unhealthy Fact – Did you know Event cinemas popcorn is vegan? Yep, they make it with coconut oil!
Yet to try…
Gigi’s Pizzeria – a fully vegan pizzeria
Lord of the Fries – vegan version to Macdonalds
Bliss & Chips – vegan fish and chip shop
Soul Burger – vegan burger place
Funky Pies – vegan Aussie pies
Right, I think that’s it. Is there anywhere I’ve missed out that’s totally worth talking about? Let me know in the comments below.
As I’ve said throughout the post, this is a work in progress so I’ll keep up dating any more amazing places I come across.
Thanks for reading
NB Featured image taken from the Minimalist Baker