Heading up the coast? Check out the Noosa Vegan Guide here.
The 100% Vegan Ones
Greenhouse Canteen claims to be ‘Cruelty Free & Killing it’ and after trying out their food we have to agree. The best thing on the menu has to be the jackfruit rogan josh with turmeric brown rice, coconut yoghurt, pickled cabbage & ribboned cucumber. However, it was closely followed by the chickpea crepe cannelloni stuffed with baked tofu & kale ricotta and topped with house-made napoli & piquant cheese.
You Came Again
You Came Again is the only vegan tapas bar in the city, offering a unique and intimate dining experience that locals and tourists alike are going mad for. Grab a group of friends and head down to share bbq pulled jackfruit sliders, vegan meatballs with romesco sauce & crispy garlic chips, miso-glazed eggplant and homemade bangers & mash. If you have room for dessert after your feast, the chewy walnut brownie with caramel sauce or the lemon meringue pavlova won’t go a miss.
Grassfed offers ‘a plant-based dining experience like no other’ and honestly it’s some of the best vegan food I’ve ever eaten. They have seven vegan burgers on the menu plus fries, onion rings & weekly specials. The classic cheeseburger with mustard-aioli is worth a try, as well as the chick’n schnitzel burger with sauerkraut & siracha-aioli. Obviously, the pulled-pork style burger with apple slaw & chipotle sauce took my fancy and if you have room, definitely try the soft serve icecream with warm cookie dough & caramel sauce.
As the name would suggest, Grown focuses on sustainable, seasonal, plant-based food and all of their ingredients come from a 400km radius of Brisbane. The brioche french toast with fresh fruit, homemade icecream & caramel sauce is a firm brunch favourite amongst locals. Furthermore, their celeriac and leak roulade is a winning dinner choice.
Brisbane Vegan Markets
The crème-de-la-crème of vegan food offerings in the city, Brisbane Vegan Markets brings together dozens of vegan food vendors every other Sunday for an absolute feast of plant-based goodies. From dirty burgers to donuts & vegan tuna sashimi, I recommend blocking out the whole day in your diary so you can eat to your heart’s content.
Unsurprisingly, reservations at Nonna’s Nightmare are recommended. Both locals and tourists alike are going crazy for this new restaurant’s unbelievably authentic Italian food that’s 100% vegan. Without a doubt, my favourite dish is the gnocchi with nonna’s recipe ‘pork & fennel sausage ragu’. On the other hand, most people visit for the outstanding range of pizzas with secret recipe melty mozzarella. Above all, a trip to Nonna’s isn’t complete without sampling the amazing frangelico tiramisu.
Wait… another 100% vegan restaurant in Brisbane? Yup. The city can’t get enough of them and we’re certainly not complaining. Visit Yavanna for breakfast to indugle in ‘house fluffies’ with icecream & fresh fruit. Instead, go at lunch for chick’n katsu curry. Best of all, head there in the evening to try the spicy beef pizza with bacon, green capsicum, spanish onion, vegan mozzarella & smokey bbq sauce.
Lord of the Fries
Famous Ozzie vegan fast food chain LOTF has finally arrived in Brisbane and we couldn’t be more excited. Essentially, Lord of the Fries is junk food heaven. From burgers to hot dogs, chicken drumsticks to spicy nuggets and mac and cheese balls to milkshakes, it’s everything you could ever dream of and more.
It’s hard to pick dishes to showcase for Dicki’s because everything on their 100% vegan menu is amazing. That being said, it would be rude not to mention the ‘Green Eggs’ with pesto tofu-scramble, zucchini ribbons, spinach, dukkah & chilli. Additionally, the ‘ELT’ consisting of crumbed eggplant, lettuce & tomato on turkish bread with house-made aioli is incredible.
The Green Edge
The Green Edge is literally vegan heaven comprising a café, vegan food store & online shop. The food is simple but hearty, with favourites including a good old ham, cheese & tomato toastie. Additionally, they do an excellent burrito bowl with seasoned beef strips, brown rice, veggies, slow roasted Mexican beans, salsa & guac.
The availability of vegan dessert in Australia definitely needs improving and this 100% vegan bakery in Everton Park is striving to change that. Specialising in cheesecakes, brownie slabs & cupcakes, don’t be surprised to see people queuing along the street when you arrive…
Moo Free Burgers
‘The only thing we’re killing is your appetite’ is the tag-line of this popular 100% vegan joint just north of Brisbane. We’re talking dirty burgers and fries like the chipotle chick’n burger with chick’n patty, vegan bacon, super slaw, house-made special bbq sauce & chipotle mayo. Even better, try the ‘hash & beet’ burger with beef-style patty, hash brown, beetroot, tomato, pickle, relish & house-made mayo.
Fitz & Potts
All plant-based and delicious, Fitz & Potts is well-know for its ‘jaffles’ (extremely stuffed toasties) which are made fresh each morning using a range of vegan meats, cheeses & vegetables. Equally brilliant is the cheese platter made up of boutique plant-based cheeses, balsamic onion, homemade date & fig paste, buttery crackers, fruit and nuts.
Global chain Loving Hut has made its mark in Brisbane thanks to its innovative mix of East Asian & Italian dishes. From tofu Tom Yum fried rice to creamy mushroom carbonara, there’s something on the menu for everyone and it’s all vegan.
El Planta serves up authentic Mexican street food that’s 100% vegan. First thing’s first, their meatball tacos with chipotle mayo and plant-based cotija cheese are incredible. Furthermore, don’t miss their charred corn ‘elote’ with vegan parmesan and their grilled pineapple margarita.
Veganburgz is famous for its green matcha burger buns that make you feel like you’re eating something galactic. The ribwich with vegan rib, slaw & aioli is not to be missed, and the bbq jackfruit burger is a classic. Furthermore, the house donuts are a perfect way to end your meal.
Well worthy of a place in the Brisbane Vegan Guide, 100% vegan coffee house Paper Moon will leave you absolutely spoilt for choice. Breakfast options include cinnamon french toast with grilled banana, vanilla ice-cream & spiced maple syrup. More importantly, the lunch menu offers ‘build your own’ mac and cheese with various toppings.
Shadowplay Teahouse is a fully vegan and gluten-free café located on Wickham St in the Valley. They specialize in coffee and innovative freshly baked vegan goods. Specifically, I love the peppermint swirl shortbread and the ‘black magic‘ carrot cupcakes. Moreover, they create the most beautiful meringue roses in various colors and a classic moist banana bread without flour.
The Real Thing
Cakes, smoothies, salads & bowls are on offer at The Real Thing. Everything is 100% vegan and the café is located in the Valley’s gorgeous California Lane.
Raw Lovely Too
Raw Lovely Too is an artisan bakery in Thornlands that’s 100% vegan and bloody amazing. Don’t miss out on their homemade Mars, Aero & Twix bars or their stuffed cookie sandwiches. Above all, you can order custom vegan treats if you have a special occasion coming up (although you never really need an excuse for cake).
Despite the slightly unimaginative name, Veganism Pizzeria is actually the bomb. It’s only available for delivery (Uber Eats, Menulog, Deliveroo) so naturally it’s paired perfectly with Netflix and a cheap bottle of vino. The meat feast is pretty great if you like fully loaded pizzas, and the cheesy garlic bread is on another level.
Charlie’s Raw Squeeze
Another 100% vegan joint, Charlie’s specialises in juices, smoothies & açai bowls. In addition, it also has a fantastic brunch menu with the likes of salted caramel pancakes, peanut butter chocolate toast & a mediterranean toastie with grilled pumpkin, zucchini, pesto & spinach.
Takeaway vegan food company Sessvegan specialise in two dishes. Vegan Fried Chicken & Churros with salted caramel sauce. Interestingly, their food is so popular that you can only order it by commenting on their facebook posts before they sell out. Good luck!
West End Vegan Restaurant
Clearly, this restaurant specializes in vegan eats and despite the lack of effort with the name, the food is pretty good. Asian specialties include vegan peking duck pancakes and chick’n drumsticks with sweet chilli sauce. Even better, I love the vegan seafood noodle soup with extra chilli.
The Little Vegan & Co.
Delivers Across Brisbane
This home-based bakery is 100% vegan and creates custom vegan treats for its loyal fan base. Think everything from extravagant three-tier birthday cakes to cupcakes, cookies and macarons – all without animal products. Even better, The Little Vegan & Co. delivers straight to your front door for a small fee!
Another vegan custom cake service is Pippa’s Pantry. Whilst all the cakes are already vegan, they can also be made gluten-free on request. In addition to custom cakes, you can also find Pippa and her excellent range of vegan cupcakes at Brisbane Vegan Markets every second Sunday.
The Vegan Cook
The Vegan Cook is a café and food delivery service. Visit their new store in Everton Hills for hot & cold meals, dessert and coffee. Otherwise, get the likes of mushroom stroganoff, lemongrass ‘beef’ stew and Massaman curry delivered straight to your door.
My final vegan bakery recommendation is for Earthy Cakes. As well as custom occasion cakes, they have an online shop on their website where you can order cupcakes, macarons and amazing baked vegan cheesecakes.
Offering one of the coolest eating experiences in the city, Wandering Cooks brings together various artisan food vendors in their intimate South Brisbane warehouse, essentially creating a mini food festival every single night. Whilst Wandering Cooks isn’t *fully vegan*, many of their vendors are. One vegan vendor is long-time resident ‘Indie Treats’, offering epic granola bowls, cookies, meringues & brekkie bars.
Loaded Food Co.
Again, Loaded Food Co. isn’t fully vegan but the café hosts a range of 100% vegan nights each month. Recent vegan nights have included plant-based Japanese night and vegan & organic French night. Surprisingly, the menu is super cheap with three courses offered for under $30. Make sure you follow their Facebook page for all the latest events. Even if you don’t visit on a dedicated vegan night, they have vegan croissants & cakes available every day.
Brisbane City & West End
Govinda’s has been serving up pure vegetarian feasts for twenty years and its $12 ‘all you can eat & drink‘ deal is unrivalled. With venues in West End, CBD & the Valley you can easily find a table and tuck into split mung dahl, veggie koftas, poppadom & fresh chutney. Even better, their homemade ginger & mint lemonade is available on tap.
This veggie fast-food establishment has got your vegan takeout needs covered with venues across the city. Dishes rotate daily & include vegan lasagne, Mexican enchilada pie, mushroom stroganoff & malai kofta.
There are many 100% veggie restaurants in Brisbane and Vegeme isn’t one to be missed. Most of the menu is vegan with highlights including cabbage, carrot, shiitake mushroom & soy mince spring rolls, braised tofu strips and sweet and sour Pom Pom mushroom with rice. Most importantly, with free chilled jasmine tea refills on offer, you can go all out and order as much spicy food as your heart desires.
Most plant-based punters head to Satori Organics to try out their vegan jaffles stuffed with pesto, tomato, seasonal greens, shallots and notzarella cheese. On the other hand, their falafel wrap with almond meal hummus, coco yoghurt & orange juice tahini is also really tasty. Most importantly, they have a full menu of Coco Whip dairy-free soft serve options for dessert.
Yuan Yuan Vegetarian Delights
Yuan Yuan is a Chinese veggie restaurant that’s almost fully vegan. They do a huge variety of mock meats and focus on traditional Cantonese dishes. First up, don’t miss the roast duck with cumin or the sweet and sour pork. I can also recommend the stir-fried noodles with chicken and the salt & pepper squid. Interestingly, the restaurant is free from garlic and onion, and all of the noodles are egg-free.
Botanica Real Food
Red Hill, Camp Hill and Teneriffe
Vegetarian wholefood deli Botanica dishes up truly spectacular fresh salads. Even better, they do a range of vegan friendly cakes and excellent coffee.
September 18 is a veggie/vegan restaurant that offers classic South-East Asian dishes without the meat. Obviously, my favorite dish is the dumpling laksa with veggies, tofu & you guessed it, dumplings. Also, I love the Singaporean style fried vermicelli with cabbage, carrot, tofu & bean sprouts.
Tea Master offers around 100 varieties of hot & cold tea as well as a full menu of Asian veggie dishes like vegan duck with noodles and sweet and sour vegan pork with rice.
Mid-Range Dining With Non-Vegan Friends
BBQ and Vegan has rarely been used in the same sentence, until now. Brewski specialises in great beer and great bbq for everyone and their plant-based bbq plate is a real-taste of America without the cruelty. The plate consists of smoked vegan rib, smoked jackfruit, rainbow ‘slaw, potato salad, fries, pickles, bbq sauce and corn bread with smokey butter. Believe me, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. Furthermore, they also have a dedicated vegan burger menu and kids vegan choices like chick’n and chips or vegan sausages.
Netherworld is based on a pretty unique concept that brings together a bar, arcade & diner under one roof. Sip on ice-cold local craft beer whilst you play arcade games from the 80’s. When you’re hungry, order something from the very vegan-friendly menu that serves everything with vegan meat and cheese unless you swap it for animal products.
Paddington and South Brisbane
Meaning ‘happiness’ in Arabic, you can guess how a visit to Naïm will make you feel. This Middle-Eastern restaurant has created truly mouthwatering vegan dishes such as their stuffed eggplant with quinoa tabbouleh, tomato kasundi, pickled currants & spiced sunflower seeds. Another favourite is the artichoke pilaf with spiced basmati rice, caramelized onion curry, toasted cashews and green almonds. Recently, they’ve opened a takeaway-only venue closer to the city so you can pick up their delicious food on your lunch break.
Thai favourite Phat Elephant has a totally separate vegan menu so you’re really spoilt for choice. Obviously, I went for my all time favourite Pad Thai with tofu & veggies which definitely didn’t disappoint. Vegan diners also recommend the pineapple fried rice, sweet basil stirfry & roti bread with peanut sauce.
New Chinese Garden
First of all, I would like to note that New Chinese Garden does the best vegan Chinese food in the whole of Greater Brisbane. They have a huge vegan menu from which you can order all of your favourites with vegan beef, chicken, duck, prawn or fish. Favourites include salt and pepper ‘prawns’, ‘duc’k in plum sauce and ‘chickn’ corn soup.
South Bank & Fortitude Valley
Tippler’s Tap pays tribute to the great beer loving city of Chicago in both its craft beer & food choices. Luckily, they follow the growing trend of a 50% meat/ 50% vegan menu which means there is plenty to choose from. Highlights include the vegan Chicago Dog which is a vegan hot dog on a poppyseed bun with the ‘Magnificent Seven’ toppings of mustard, relish, fresh tomato, pickle, cucumber, pepper & celery salt. In addition to this, they have vegan beer-battered chilli fries topped with vegan cheese & scallions.
Arrivederci will make your Italian food dreams come true with an extensive (and I mean extensive) vegan menu offering vegan carbonaras, bologneses, gnocchis and arancini balls. Moreover, they do 8 vegan pizzas including the ‘Moroccan Medley’ with Morrocan spiced potato, vegan bacon, onion, rosemary, pesto & vegan mozzarella. If you’ve got room, the vegan sundae with choc & hazelnut gelato, Oreos, Whittakers peanut slab & Hershey’s chocolate sauce is sensational.
Paw Paw Café
Funky brunch spot by day and modern South-East Asian restaurant by night, Paw Paw café offers tons of options for plant-based diners. My favourite has to be the DIY pancakes with fried tofu, fresh veggies & sesame hoisin sauce. Also, the vegan spring rolls and Pad Khing stirfry won’t disappoint.
This funky pub serves up big dirty dishes to compliment its extensive craft beer menu. For breakfast try out the ‘Picture Me Rollin’ wrap with vegan bacon, vegan cheese, hashcake, ketchup & bourbon bbq sauce. Later on, go for one of the epic vegan pizzas or the cornmeal battered ‘Vegan Daggy Dog’ with mustard or vegan aioli.
The Spaghetti House Trattoria
The fab vegan menu at The Spaghetti House includes ‘beef’ lasagne, pumpkin ravioli, pesto gnocchi and roast capsicum pizza with vegan cheese.
Authentic Italian restaurant Pizzantica has created a truly wonderful vegan menu with so much choice available to diners. For this reason, it’s really difficult to choose a favourite dish. Nevertheless, I must mention the ‘linguine al tartufo‘ with mixed mushrooms, truffle paste, white truffle and vegan parmesan. Likewise, I love the ‘salsicca e cipolle’ with vegan sausage, caramelized onion, vegan mozzarella and wild rocket.
Boundary St Markets
Boundary St Markets is the best place to go with non-vegan friends so that you can all eat something you love. Open Friday, Saturday & Sunday until late, the outdoor markets bring together loads of different vendors for an authentic street food experience. Vegan-friendly options include Indian street food from Kulcha’d, Sri Lankan curries from Pepper Pot and vegan & gluten-free doughnuts from Organic Frog.
With excellent TripAdvisor reviews, this Turkish restaurant serves authentic vegan dishes like lentil koftes, stuffed eggplant, hummus pides, homemade sesame breads and fresh dips.
Salts Meats Cheese
Southbank & Newstead
Popular Italian chain Salts Meats Cheese offer all of their pizzas with creamy vegan mozzarella. In short, it’s some of the best vegan cheese I’ve tasted. Most importantly, SMC Newstead hosts a monthly vegan night where diners can enjoy all-you-can-eat vegan pizzas for $20. Generally, these exclusive vegan pizzas aren’t available on the normal menu, so going along to the vegan night is well worth it.
Eden Garden Indian Restaurant
BYO wine and a separate vegan menu makes Eden a must-visit venue in South Brisbane. There are tons of things to choose from on the menu but my recommendation is the Badaami Tikki crispy patties made with almonds, potatoes & spices for starters. Next, choose the vegan tikka masala with meat-free pieces & the kulcha bread stuffed with soy cheese, onions & coriander on the side.
This neighbourhood bar in Mitchelton supports all things local, including vegan-friendly ingredients showcased on their separate vegan menu. Their most noteworthy dish has to be the charred eggplant parmy topped with tomato sugo and vegan cheese and served with fries. Furthermore, the cajun cauliflower koftas with salsa verde are great and the apple boysenberry spring rolls with macadamia praline and vegan ice cream are an incredible dessert option.
Boroughs of NY
Boroughs of NY does proper pizza and has a whole vegan menu with 7 deep-pan delights on offer. Go for the vegan pepperoni (self-explanatory) or the vegan bbq chicken (also self-explanatory) if you’re super hungry. Alternatively, the vegan wild mushroom pizza with truffle oil is pretty good.
Pepe’s Mexican and tequila bar has a big range of vegan dishes available. First, choose between frijole bean quesadillas, nachos, tacos or fajitas with vegan cheese, guac and classic garnishes. For dessert, Pepe’s offers traditional Mexican doughnuts with vegan caramel.
Vegan favourites at Vapiano include zucchini, sundried tomato and basil ravioli or the ‘Super Green’ risotto with house-made basil pesto, baby spinach, zucchini & pine nuts. More importantly, dessert options include a sensational coconut oreo mousse with a dash of bourbon and crushed oreos.
Traditional Tibetan & Nepalese Restaurant Himalayan Café has a huge selection of traditional dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in Brisbane. In particular, customers love the traditional veg-filled Tibetan pastries with tomato mint chutney to start. Next, go for the gluten-free potato, chickpea & pumpkin curry and finish up with delicious blueberry sorbet.
This eatery has thoughtfully veganized most of its dishes to create an authentic Vietnamese eating experience without meat & dairy. The ‘Deluxe Vegan Pho’ with mock-meats is definitely worth a try, as well as the ‘Vegan Banh Mi’ aka lemongrass & soy marinated tofu encased in traditional Vietnamese bread with vegan mayo.
Kathmandu Newa Chhe’n
One of the few restaurants in town specialising in Nepalese & Himalayan cuisine, Kathmandu is not to be missed. A trip here wouldn’t be complete without trying their famous ‘momos’ which are steamed dumplings filled with veggies and dipped in homemade tomato & sesame chutney. Mains include ‘Aloo Kofta’ which are mashed potato & veggie balls cooked with coriander seeds and served with homemade tomato sauce. Alternatively, choose the ‘Bodi Tama’ (beans, potatoes and bamboo shoots cooked in garlic, ginger, cumin & turmeric tomato gravy).
Brisbane Brewing Co
This boutique brewery & bar brews up its craft beers on site and has a pretty awesome menu to compliment the drinks. Grab a mate and order the vegan platter which includes sesame cheeze, house pickles, marinated olives, grilled antipasto, hummus, smoked tomato relish and freshly baked baguette. Alternatively, go for the ‘Hippy Royale’ vegan cheeseburger with aioli if you’re feeling meaty.
Stone & Brew
I hate to be dramatic, but this pizza & beer joint makes some of the best vegan pizzas I have ever tasted. 8 veggie pizzas are on offer that can all be made with vegan cheese instead of dairy. My favourite is the simple margherita with a spicy tomato-garlic base. However, the ‘Wild Mushroom’ with button, field & porcini mushrooms, vegan mozzarella & truffle oil is absolutely incredible too.
This vibrant family-run Turkish restaurant has an outdoor terrace that spills straight onto the beautiful Southbank Parklands. For starters, vegans can enjoy home-cooked authentic cuisine including stuffed vine leaves, aci ezme dip (tomato, onion, capsicum, parsley & turkish hot chilli) & homemade hummus with turkish bread. Plant-based main courses include Turkish veggie casserole or slow-cooked eggplant boats. Most importantly, all mains are served with salad, rice and bread (my kinda restaurant).
Heart Thai Food
Heart Thai Food has a great separate vegan menu. Don’t miss dishes like satay tofu, veggie jungle curry and roast cashew stir-fry with smokey chilli jam.
Vegan diners at Isles Lane can tuck into their incredible plant-based bowl with sweet and sour tofu, asian summer salad, chilli, cabbage, toasted fennel seeds & macadamia. Moreover, add a side of broccolini, brussels, beans, puffed rice & miso for an extra flavour hit.
Tucked away on a quiet street in Spring Hill is Bishamon, one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants I’ve ever visited. BYO wine & reasonable prices means the restaurant is busy every night of the week & they have some great options for vegan punters. My favourites are the plum & cucumber nori rolls and nasu dengaku (traditional miso-roasted eggplant).
Comuna Canteena brings Latin street food to Brisbane and offers great options for vegan diners. Check out the vegan tacos stuffed with roast sweet potato, guac, pickled onion and salsa or the ‘Abundance Bowl’ with quinoa, black beans, crushed tortilla, sweet potato, cherry tomatoes, pickled onion and zesty dressing.
Capturing the essence of India & Nepal, Indus Café has some pretty special vegan options on the menu that you won’t find anywhere else in town. Customers love the Nepali Kaloo Dahl which is a slow cooked black grain curry with a deep black colour and rich flavour. As well as this, I recommend the Aloo Baingan Bagarey with eggplant, potato, aromatic spices & curry leaves. Personally, my favourite dish is the tomato and onion bhajis in chickpea batter.
El Camino Cantina
Describing itself as a down ‘n’ dirty Austin, Texas-inspired Tex-Mex bar and restaurant, you can imagine the vibes at El Camino. Their vegan menu lets you choose between mushroom, black bean or chickpea tacos with all the delicious garnishes, as well as vegan nachos and portobello mushroom fajitas.
Cafés With Great Vegan Options
Sol Bakery & Cafe
Another noteworthy breakfast menu can be found at this wholefoods cafe where they dish up a spectacular ‘sol benny’ with scrambled tofu, sautéed kale, mushrooms, tamari seeds & vegan hollandaise sauce. Head back at lunch for incredible vegan burgers & milkshakes in their beautiful outdoor seating area.
Just Earth Café
There is so much choice for vegans at this community focused café including salted caramel pancakes and tofu benny with turmeric infused vegan hollandaise. Moreover, they do a mushroom bruschetta with kale pesto & cherry balsamic or ‘Nuevo Rancho’ corn and kale fritters with black beans, smashed avo and Mexican toppings.
Hey Joe Coffee + Co
Coffee mecca by day and cocktail bistro by night, Hey Joe’s vegan menu is bringing diners back again and again. First up, break your fast on the banana and walnut bread with berry compote. Later, pair your vegan cocktail with gnocchi with pesto & sun-dried tomato gnocchi.
This funky café offers vegan brunch options that go way beyond your standard avo-toast. I personally love the vegan crepe with braised beefless mince, veggies & coriander spiced coconut yoghurt. Need a sweet hit? You have to get black forest donut dippers with dark chocolate ganache & cherry compote. For lunch, try out the vegan chicken parmi with melted dairy-free cheese.
Head to More Wholefoods for a delicious breakfast of avocado on sourdough topped with vegan parmesan and tamari mushrooms, or a roast veg and hummus toastie and a smoothie for lunch. Above all, they freshly bake vegan cakes everyday.
Miss Bliss Wholefoods Kitchen
I spent my first 8 months in Australia ordering avocado on toast ‘without the feta‘ until I discovered Miss Bliss and it’s avo-sourdough with house-made vegan feta cheese(!!). Also, the pancakes are really great.
Little Clive has created something pretty special for vegan visitors with its Peachy Keen Pancakes topped with hazelnut & burghal crumb, toffee, brûlée bourbon peach, ginger maple and fennel. Besides that, I can’t recommend enough the Southern Fried Mushroom Burger with homemade slaw, mustard vinaigrette, shiitake butter & shoestring fries.
Fundies Wholefood Cafe
Part of Fundies Wholefood Market, this café is the perfect place to get your 5 portions of fruit & veg in one sitting thanks to the abundance of fresh salads, smoothies and juices on offer. Health foods not your thing? Tuck into the satay tofu burger or the organic rice balls with pumpkin, shiitake mushrooms, sunflower seeds, tamari and tomato & coriander relish.
Mylk & Ko
Mylk & Ko is passionate about local produce & good quality ingredients. Primarily, the café caters to Brisbane’s brunchers, and the vegan ‘Raspberry Ripe Waffles’ with chocolate mousse, salted coconut caramel, raspberry praline, brownie soil & fresh strawberry are a firm favourite. Not into the sweet stuff? You can also get warming porridges & smoothie bowls if you prefer a nutrition-filled brekkie.
Miss Demeanour offers some pretty special vegan options like french toast for breakfast with chia, maple, toasted almonds and sweet basil. Moreover, lunch options include vegan loaded nachos with banana peel ‘bacon’, vegan aioli, pickled ginger & tofu. Alternatively, choose the butternut pumpkin barley risotto with roast walnuts, baby radish, snow pea tendrils & chive oil.
Willow & Spoon
This feel good café focuses on simple but delicious savoury dishes in a homely atmosphere. For breakfast go for chilli & coconut tofu scramble with corn & chickpea fritters, avocado and pomegranate. Alternatively, try the chipotle bean chilli nacho bowl with lime guacamole, iceberg lettuce, corn & tomato salsa, red cabbage and cashew cream.
This part of town really knows how to do vegan brunch & independent coffee shop Vvaldmeer is no exception. The team bake fresh vegan croissants & banana bread daily and there are tons of plant-based brekkies on the menu. Highlights include the mushroom breakfast with king & oyster shrooms, porcini black garlic cream, pickled zucchini, mustard greens & fried enoki. Not your cup of tea? Choose the black rice porridge topped with coconut meat & pandan jelly for a big hug of sweet warmth.
Felix For Goodness
Goodness is the key word here & FFG follows through on its promise. If you’ve got a sweet tooth the coconut chia bowl with green apple, pineapple, strawberry & maple puffed grains might take your fancy. Alternatively, you could try the Curry and Dosa made with cauliflower, potato & pea and dressed with pineapple caramelised onion chutney & pomegranate salsa.
The Gardens Club
Found in Brisbane’s beautiful Botanic Gardens, the Gardens Club has loads of vegan options like the roast cauliflower naan with dukkah, beetroot babaganoush, turmeric & garlic oil. Other winners include the sweet potato fritters with avocado and spinach or the vegan toastie with roast veggies & salsa verde.
If you’re in need of a quick nutrient hit then Miss Jones café in New Farm is the place to go. They do a tasty falafel & pumpkin salad with tri-coloured quinoa, greens & tahini dressing in addition to a banging Vietnamese bowl with vermicelli noodles, veggies, bean sprouts, coriander & nuoc cham dressing.
Putia Pure Foods
Vegan diners at Putia can enjoy a variety of nourishing dishes like the zucchini spaghetti with cherry tomatoes, sesame & tahini dressing, roast pumpkin, charred onions, seeds & spinach. Don’t fancy it? Choose the ‘Vitality Buddha Bowl’ with couscous, smashed avo, beetroot hummus, sesame cheese & crispy kale. If all else fails, the house-made falafel wrap with vegan cheese, pistachio, cucumber and smoked relish is going to hit the spot.
Whisky Business Café & cake shop offers lunchtime options like cheesy jackfruit nachos or a chick’n burger with vegan cheese & mayo. More importantly, their banoffee pancakes and doffles (doughnut waffles) can also be made vegan on request.
The Lucky Duck Cafe
The Lucky Duck cafe does excellent coffee and a lovely selection of vegan breakfasts, lunches & cakes. Options change weekly but include the likes of tofu ricotta sourdough with grilled veggies & toasted seeds. Honestly, the chocolate pancakes with fresh peach & coconut ice cream are out of this world.
Frankee & Co.
Frankee’s does some great vegan options including toasties, acai bowls and a daily selection of sweet baked goods. Even better, they do loads of fresh vegan salads & their coffee is highly rated amongst locals.
Sassafras Café focuses on local produce and does several lovely vegan dishes. Firstly, the winter soul bowl with spice roast pumpkin, garlic & leek puree, red quinoa and vegan feta is delicious. Also, the chilli corn fritters with kale, avo and house relish is pretty good.
The food quality at this well-known ozzie chain is outstanding and the coffee isn’t bad either. My go-to choice is always the quinoa, sweet potato & kale fritters served with roma tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, avocado salsa and warm napoli sauce. Alternatively, if you’re feeling sweet, go for either the açai or dragon fruit bowl with toasted muesli, fresh strawberry, banana & coconut.
Highly popular coffee shop and eatery Chapter IV does some great vegan options like sweet potato and red lentil fritters with turmeric coconut cream. Furthermore, they freshly bake jam-filled vegan croissants! Be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out.
Start your day right at Hellcat Maggie with the vegan breakfast that’s loaded with tofu scramble, thyme roast mushroom, house-made beans, grilled tomato and sourdough. Head back at lunch to try out the vegan hamburger with pickled onion and special sauce.
Vegan Asian Food
Superoll Thai Restaurant
Superoll used to be fully veggie but unfortunately it’s now under new ownership. Nevertheless, they still have an extensive vegan selection including vegan fish in sweet and sour sauce, as well as roast vegan pork with vermicelli noodles.
Banh Mi Now
Banh Mi Now on Adelaide St does the best vegan banh mi in Brisbane. Their signature vegan roll contains lemongrass and chilli vegan chicken, and is served with vegan mayo, Vietnamese pickes, cucumber, coriander and vegan dipping sauce.
This restaurant is rated the second best in Brisbane on TripAdvisor so it’s definitely worth checking out if you like authentic Thai food. Luckily, they have a dedicated ‘veggie lover’ section on their menu including the likes of vegan laksa, salt and pepper tofu, steamed dumplings and veggie tofu red curry.
Chinese restaurant King Tea does some great vegan options like savoury pancakes and crispy tofu to start. Next, go for the ‘Douban eggplant‘ or the lotus root mushrooms.
Malaysian café Pappa Rich has veganized many of its traditional dishes and they’re pretty good to say the least. Try out the vegan sweet & sour chicken with rice or the biryani with curried vegan beef & salad.
Asian restaurant Pochana serves up vegan dishes such as crispy eggplant sticks with spices & sweet vinegar and grilled corn skewers with tossed coconut. Ultimately, the stir-fried crispy tofu & asian greens in mushroom sauce ended up being my favourite.
South Brisbane’s best Vietnamese restaurant serves up creative dishes like crispy Sichuan tofu bao buns with pickled cabbage. I also love the truffle-braised shiitake with kale, beansprouts and pickled ginger.
Showcasing some of the best modern Chinese food Brisbane has to offer, Little Valley invites vegans to enjoy a real feast. To start, you have to get the amazing truffle & potato spring rolls. Next, try out the slow roast celeriac, lotus leaf & black bean dish. More importantly, they have an epic list of signature cocktails including a Ruby Negroni with dragonfruit & a Shanghai Sunset with kaffir lime infused rum.
Sushi Kenzen offers 'build your own' sushi and plant-based customers can choose between fried veggies, fried pumpkin and sweet bean curd as their filling.
This modern Asian restaurant champions Thai cuisine's many quirks and offers vegan options like salt & pepper tofu burger with peanut caramel. Also, I love the sour yellow curry with fried cauliflower, celery, cucumber & dill.
Chop Chop Changs
Pan-Asian street food is on the menu at Chop Chop Changs and vegans can feast on tons of dishes including corn & coriander cakes with chilli ginger sauce, fried tofu with spicy sauce & crushed peanuts as well as yellow curry with pumpkin & choi su.
Banana Leaf Thai
This Thai joint offers authentic green, red & panang curries with veggies or tofu, as well as their special Pra Ram Pak steamed veggies smothered in peanut sauce. Finally, black sticky rice with sweet & salty coconut milk is on the menu for dessert.
Kinn Imm, meaning 'Eat Full', offers a traditional Thai Hawker eating experience with incredibly authentic food on the menu. Vegans can tuck into garlic chive dumplings with sweet & sour dressing, corn fritters with sweet chilli & peanut or veggie chilli stirfry with thai basil.
Hai Hai Ramen
Check out the incredible miso ramen bowl at Hai Hai containing sweet potato noodles, pumpkin tofu, pickled shiitake, nori & black garlic. The katsu fried tofu bao buns are also great and a side of fried brussels with peanut and sesame wouldn't go amiss either.
Viet De Lites
Traditional Vietnamese vegan dishes from Viet De Lites include green papaya salad with special dressing, vietnamese mint, peanuts & chilli. As well as this, you can try the coconut pumpkin curry with crispy sweet potato, roasted shredded coconut & shallots.
Aside from the witty name, MisoHapi serves up all the classic vegan sushi dishes like tofu and sundried tomato rolls, inari and veggie rice paper rolls. Furthermore, they do a vegan ramen with braised tofu, bokchoi and shiitake mushrooms.
Popular Thai restaurant Siam cooks up excellent red, green, yellow & massaman veggie curries alongside curry puffs, spring rolls and deep-fried fresh tofu for a real vegan feast.
Craft beer paired with Japanese & Korean food? Yes please! Vegan favorites at Zero Fox include mushroom & sweet potato baos, ssam perilla leaf wraps and pan fried vegan gyozas with pandan.
The Hub's Wok
Vegan favourites at The Hub's Wok include traditional Nasi Lemak made with coconut milk, pandan leaf & crispy tofu as well as Mongolian style sizzling veggies with a side of steamed wontons.
The Roll Shop
Claiming to be 'Vietnam in a roll', this joint cooks up banh mi, rice bowls & salads with lemongrass tofu, asian garnishes and nuoc mam sauce (ask for no mayo on the banh mi).
Authentic bubble tea is on offer at Chatime. Milky teas can be made with soy milk and they have several vegan-friendly gel add-ins for the fruity varieties. Even better, they have a no sugar option if you're watching the calories.
Brisbane City & Southbank
Bubble tea can also be found at Gong Cha. Luckily, most of their gels are vegan and you can get soy milk with most drinks.
Vegan Indian Food
It's Mirchi Healthy Indian
As the name suggests, this restaurant cooks up incredible Indian food with fresh ingredients & tons of veggies. The dedicated vegan section on the menu is sure to make your mouth water with promises of Bombay spiced potato, tadka daal, eggplant masala, vegan garlic naan and much more.
Vegan specialities at Mehfil include Bhindi Masala with slow cooked okra, garlic, chilli & curry leaves. Furthermore, plant-based diners love the Daal Makhni, consisting of black lentils simmered overnight with onion, ginger & garlic.
Vegan Fast Food
Zeus Street Greek
Greek street food has landed in Brisbane and it's brought along plenty of vegan options. Firsty, Zeus offers up a vegan meze board with dips, falafel, roast red capsicum, pita, dolmades & kalamata olives. Additionally, the Cousin Nikki kebab with zucchini falafel, roast capsicum, salad and smokey eggplant sauce is pretty epic. Still hungry? Check out their traditional greek donuts with cinnamon sugar and walnuts or the almond baklava.
Gourmet vegan pizza can be ordered from this Amalfi Coast-inspired pizza shop. The vegan section of their menu includes winners like the plant-based Hawaiian complete with stringy dairy-free mozzarella. Moreover, I love the mushroom pizza with a creamy white base, truffle oil, mozzarella & parsley.
5 fabulous vegan pizzas are on offer at Crust. These include a smokey bbq jackfruit pizza with vegan aioli and a funghi pizza with hearts of palm 'scallops'. Furthermore, the vegan crab cakes with sriracha mayo and fresh lemon are definitely worth a try.
Undoubtedly, this chain is the best in Australia when it comes to vegan burritos. Far superior to spiced cauliflower or sautéed veggies, Mad Mex offers a spicy vegan chicken filling that can be added to burritos, nachos, tacos or quesadillas. Alternatively, you can choose the veggie rancheros tofu-based filling and pile your meal high with all of the classic toppings including vegan cheese and guac.
Fast, convenient and plant-based friendly, this country-wide burger joint is the place to get your big, greasy, burger fix. Choose between the standard ‘beef’ style pattie, the Beyond pattie or the mushroom parma and add vegan cheese, vegan mayo and toppings to create your dream burger. The rosemary fries are pretty great too.
With stores in the city & in South Brisbane, Burger Urge offers plant-based guests a beefy vegan cheeseburger with vegan aioli & special sauce as well as the New Mexico burger with a black bean & rice patty, jalapeños, vegan aioli and dairy-free harissa mayo. Moreover, they do 'guilt-free KFC' (Kentucky fried cauliflower) which is pretty good on the side.
This hot dog joint stays true to the traditional European delicacy. All dogs are served on a soft bun and covered in sauerkraut and fried onions, and you can choose between the vegan beer brat or kielbasa sausages.
Domino's changed the game last year by introducing an incredible vegan menu including vegan pepperoni pizza and other classics like ham & pineapple and beef & onion. Naturally, vegan cheese is available on all pizzas and the cheesy garlic bread is out of this world.
Another relaxed pizza joint offering a large range of vegan veggie-topped pizzas with plant-based mozzarella. Don't forget to order a garlic mozzarella calzone on the side.
Takeout pizza shop Pizza Capers offers a couple of excellent vegan options. Notedly, the satay tofu pizza is pretty special and you have to try the sweet chilli calzone stuffed with melty vegan cheese. In addition to this, they do an amazing mango and coconut swirl ice cream for dessert.
It's fast, cheap & greasy but sometimes it's exactly what you need after one too many schooners the night before. Hungry Jacks are the first big fast food chain in Australia to introduce a mock-meat burger to their menu and I've got to say the 'Rebel Whopper' has fooled meat-eaters more than once. *Make sure you ask for vegan mayo to keep it plant-based.
Zambrero caters for vegans with a tasty spiced cauliflower burrito with vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, guac, salad & your choice of zesty sauce. You can also get rice bowls and nachos if bread ain't your thing.
There are four vegan pizzas available at Pizza Hut. In truth, I think the simple cheese lovers is the best (basically a pizza with tonnes of stringy vegan cheese).
I know I know, Subway isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of vegan food, but there are a couple of great options for plant-based diners. Unlike its UK counterpart, the Australian veggie-patty is egg-free and delicious accompanied with veggies and sweet mustard sauce. Alternatively, you can opt for a falafel smash sub with avo and sweet onion sauce. The subway branches in Brisbane are particularly noteworthy because they sell the epic Lumi soft-serve icecream which is dairy free and pretty insane.
South Brisbane and Underwood
Gettaburger does two excellent vegan burgers. First up, I love the vegan cheeseburger with bbq sauce on an oat-bun. Alternatively, go for the crispy sunflower & flaxseed schnitzel with guac, vegan cheese & egg-free mayo.
Vegan Healthy Quick Eats
This açai joint creates truly instagrammable bowls that really look too good to eat. Vegan favourites from the menu include the Mango Weiss with açai-mango base, granola, vanilla coco yoghurt, mango and coco flakes. Also, the choc PB protein bowl with choc-banana base, vegan protein, granola, banana, crushed peanuts, cacao nibs and PB is a fab choice.
Soul Origin has got your lunch breaks sorted, offering incredible salads like the green lentil, freekeh & kale salad with edamame beans, wasabi peas & matcha dressing. Also, they do a mexi-bean salad with corn, crisp capsicum, Mexican dressing and fresh avocado.
Obviously, potato is beautiful in all forms. But there's something extra special about a baked jacket with a fluffy inside & crispy skin. Spudbar has well and truly mastered the art. Vegan punters can enjoy the moroccan chickpea & kale spud with wild rocket, quinoa grains mix, beetroot, spring onion & hummus. As well as this, they do a poké spud which consists of beetroot, corn, avocado, edamame & seaweed piled on top of soft sweet potato.
Brisbane City & Capalaba
Vegan customers at Malolo can get their bowls topped with tofu or miso mushrooms, layered with tons of veggies and crispy shallots or wasabi peas for extra crunch.
West End & Newstead
Vegan favourites at Cheeky Poké include the tofu bowl with broccoli, pickled ginger, avo, crispy shallots & miso tahini. You can also get a marinated mushroom bowl with turmeric cauliflower, beetroot hummus, sesame and Japanese 7 spice. Most importantly, be sure to add chilli sauerkraut to any bowl for a big gut-loving flavour hit.
Salad & smoothie bar Grazegrind offers four falafel-based vegan bowls including the hummus bowl, pesto bowl & teriyaki bowl all stuffed to the brim with veggies and flavour.
Dealing in all things wrapped, this café has some excellent vegan options including a teriyaki tofu wrap with pickled ginger & salad. My personal favourite is the satay tofu wrap with warm peanut sauce, cucumber & lettuce.
Suki Poké Bar
Unlike most poké joints that only offer one vegan protein option, Suki offers tempeh, tofu and crispy tempura beans. Choose from dozens of veggies and spicy mango, coconut & lime dressing or sriracha ponzu sauce to complete your masterpiece.