Bread & Circus
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria 9698 2939
Enticing salad plates – try yellow and green bean salad with coriander, smashed almond and honey-dijon, perhaps – and sandwich boxes are just the start at this laidback wholefoods canteen.
7 Danks Street, Waterloo 9699 3174
Sopra’s salad of shredded savoy cabbage, aged balsamic and parmesan might well be Sydney’s most acclaimed veg dish, but it’s not the only stellar vego option at this casual Italian eatery.
Shop 10, 117 John Street (enter via Hill Street), Cabramatta 9727 9800
There are faux meat options among the 100-plus Vietnamese and Chinese dishes, but the real vegie bliss is in the likes of sour soup with vermicelli – a bounty of fruit, veg and herbs.
Earth Food Store & Cafe
81 Gould Street, Bondi 9365 5098
The name of this eatery/food store is apt, given the down-to-earth community vibe, and all-natural, flavour-packed vego food. Grab salads, tarts, muffins and more, including legendary buckwheat muffins.
538 Pacific Highway, St Leonards 9439 6533
Order a lazy-susan’s worth of faux-meat, addictive crispy not-chicken, plus crowd-pleasing straight-up veg dishes and wholesome five-grain rice. Also at Newtown.
Heart & Soul
Suite 6, 17 Gerrale Street (enter via Ocean Grove Avenue), Cronulla 9523 6146
Everything from curry to coffee, and the recent addition of a gelato bar – including vegan and gluten-free flavours – means this ‘organic chai cafe’ ticks all the boxes for a feel-good feast.
315 Cleveland Street, Redfern 8399 0888
The menu and decor is witty and playful, but most importantly, the gluten-free vegan food has bags of flavour. Dishes inspired by various Asian cuisines, with a focus on Vietnamese.
76A Wilford Street, Newtown 9516 1334
This cosy cafe devoted to delicious vegan wholefoods is part of a yoga studio just off Enmore Road. Try Chia porridge with almond milk, impossibly creamy choc-raspberry vegan cake, and good coffee, cold drip included.
Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher
175 Enmore Road, Enmore 9029 8990
Converting the sausage sizzle into a fun, vego-friendly zone, this ‘butcher’ serves up the likes of tomato, polenta and basil snags – try one on a sandwich with sauteed mushies.
417 Crown Street, Surry Hills 9319 6609
A great atmosphere and vibrant vegetarian fare make Yulli’s an undisputed crowd-pleaser. Be sure to track down Yulli’s spin-off, the Veggie Patch Van food truck, too.
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