Brisbane’s Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants

Animals are friends, not food!

By Kiri Johnston | 6th June 2016

Being vegan and vegetarian has never been easier with new meat-free and dairy-free spots popping up all over Brisbane. These awesome venues will satisfy all your cravings and leave you completely guilt-free!

The Green Edge, Windsor

Image: The Green Edge

Image: The Green Edge

As Brisbane’s largest vegan café and grocery store, The Green Edge encourages you to make more sustainable food and lifestyle choices that will enhance the wellbeing of people, animals and the environment. The Big Breakfast is a morning go-to and for lunch you can’t go past the truffled button mushroom fettuccine. For dessert, check out the chocolate CocoLuscious ice-cream sundaes.

Vege Rama, West End & Brisbane

Based in West End and with two outlets in the CBD, Vege Rama has a vision to create a nourished world using a plant-based diet. The menu is super easy to follow, with vegan dishes clearly marked so you can make the choice that’s right for you.

Loving Hut, Mt Gravatt

Loving Hut’s goal is to promote and provide plant-based food for everyone to enjoy, catering for allergies and dietary requirements. The Loving Hut Laksa is always a winner. Plus, kick back to live music on Thursdays!

Botanica, Red Hill & Teneriffe

Image: Botanica

Image: Botanica

The boutique takeaway salad bar in Red Hill and Teneriffe specialises in chef-designed plant-based salads that are nutrient-rich and seriously tasty. The turmeric, roasted cauliflower with chickpeas and pomegranate is definitely a favourite for regulars. Satisfy your sweet tooth with one of their gluten-free treats!

Lost Boys, Fortitude Valley

Based on the whimsical Peter Pan characters, Lost Boys is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. You’ll love their fully vegetarian, organic, natural and local produce menu offerings. Vegan options are clearly marked on the menu; the vegan waffles are a serious crowd pleaser and the root veg pizza is the stuff dreams are made of.

Govinda’s, West End & Brisbane

International delight Govindas Pure Vegetarian serves fresh, tasty Indian-Bengali-style food. The café is a peaceful space where you can enjoy a mix of flavourful, ethical food, from traditional Indian curries and lasagne to colourful salads and luscious desserts. We love the decadent chocolate mousse, and no meal is complete without a glass of their fresh ginger and mint lemonade.

More Wholefoods, Fortitude Valley

Image: More Wholefoods

Image: More Wholefoods

More Wholefoods is a vegetarian hub popular for coffee and lunch. Their fresh salad boxes are all gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, vegan and delicious. High in plant proteins, the salads include a combination of grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. Enjoy fresh juices, smoothies, acai bowls, brown rice nori parcels, gluten-free muffins, and cacao coconut slice.

Press’d, Newstead

The family-run organic plant-based café specialises in organic foods, cold-pressed juices and healthy smoothies. Not only do they have amazing acai bowls, flavoursome salads and healthy raw treats, there are also some scrumptious breakfast options.

Homeslice, Newmarket & Bulimba

Homeslice makes thoughtful and healthy home-style foods for busy people to take home and enjoy. Their vegetarian soups and lasagne are big sellers, and the raw caramel slice is a Style office favourite. Their tasty wholesome salads change on a regular basis to make use of seasonal produce.

Kitchen Sanitarium, Brisbane

Kitchen Sanitarium’s first café and health food shop opened in March 1911 and its passion for wholesome delicious food is still going strong. The salads are a hit, but we can’t go past the cheesy mixed bean and pumpkin quesadilla.

Miss Bliss, West End

Image: Miss Bliss

Image: Miss Bliss

The Miss Bliss brand encompasses healthy, nourishing unprocessed and refined sugar-free wholesome food. Free from additives and artificial substances, their creations support both local and organic produce as much as possible. The menu caters for a range of dietary requirements including carnivore, vegan and vegetarian. The vegan herbivore burger and Buddha bowl are the most popular choices among diners, and make sure to stop by for an acai bowl, smoothie or snack!

Kunara, Nundah

Whether you’re grabbing a bite from the Organic Café, getting health advice from the naturopaths on hand, speaking with a horticulturists about native plants or discovering the incredible organic produce from local growers, Kunara will inspire you to take better care of yourself and the environment. The raw salted caramel and banana cake is a clear winner.

Pineapple Express, Hamilton & Fortitude Valley

Image: Pineapple Express

Image: Pineapple Express

With special emphasis on superfoods and everything “good for your insides”, Pineapple Express offers a full breakfast meal with dishes that appeal to fitness fanatics and those craving a more traditional, hearty meal. This venue is known for its streamlined service, including grab ’n’ go options such as fresh salads, wraps, paleo treats, acai bowls and Campos coffee. The vegan burrito bowl is one of the most popular dishes and you haven’t lived until you’ve tried Cocowhip, the dairy-free soft serve made from coconut water. It’s all natural and vegan-friendly.

Smashing Berries, South Brisbane

Image: Smashing Berries

Image: Smashing Berries

Smashing Berries is Brisbane’s newest superfood bar, offering customers acai and superfood bowls, smoothies, organic coffee, raw treats, healthy lunches and breakfasts, fresh juices and catering. They’re passionate about superfoods and you’re sure to find your new favourite on the menu.

Charlie’s Raw Squeeze, Everton Park & Greenslopes

Image: Charlie's Raw Squeeze

Image: Charlie’s Raw Squeeze

When brothers Johnny and Michael went vegan, they struggled to find places to eat at that catered for their diets. And so Charlie’s Raw Squeeze was born. Their nice-cream has quickly become Charlie’s signature sweet. With their own fruit and veggie market behind them, you know everything is as fresh as can be. AND they’re open 24/7.

Vegeme, South Brisbane

Image: Vegeme

Image: Vegeme

Vegeme is a relatively new vegan and vegetarian restaurant that uses quality ingredients and condiments and as little salt and oil as possible. The Asian-inspired menu includes delicious spring rolls, fritters and dumplings, as well as rice, veggie, noodle and soup dishes. Bibimbap (Korean hot rice bowl) and sizzling noodles are definitely the favourites on the menu.

Coco Bliss, Bulimba & Mount Gravatt

Image: Cocobliss

Image: Cocobliss

These guys are the acai and superfood bowl specialists. The 100 per cent wholefood café contains no refined or processed ingredients and no preservatives. Everything is natural. They also offer protein shakes, smoothies, raw desserts, amazing organic coffee and fresh cold-pressed juices.

Feature Image: Miss Bliss

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