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Despite popular belief, vegans do not survive solely on avo on toast. This is Melbourne, and - luckily for vegans - a wide variety of eateries now cater to non-meat-eaters. And with more popping up every day, we're a little spoilt for choice.
Whether you're looking for Mexican, Indian, a sweet treat or a pastrami sandwich (yes, really), you can find something to satisfy your cruelty-free tastebuds and satisfy your meat-eating mates at the same time. And if you don't disclose the details, they might not realise it's vegan at all.
SISTER OF SOUL | ST KILDA
73 ACLAND STREET, ST KILDA, VIC 3182
Sometimes it seems like all the vegan food is north of the river, but that’s not strictly so.
Sister of Soul has St Kilda and the bayside area covered with its all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner vegetarian and vegan menu. With dishes like the big vegan breakfast, tempeh massaman curry and deep fried eggplant, this is a surefire way to get your vegan fill after a session at the beach.
Just make sure you save room for their version of rocky road, which includes their house-made vegan marshmallows.
Green Man’s Arms | Carlton
418 LYGON STREET, CARLTON, VIC 3053
Pub grub got a green makeover when this brilliant bistro opened in the heart of Melbourne’s Italian area.
Serving mediterranean-influenced fare and local beers on tap, the pub experience has been preserved to perfection, but with a vegan and vegetarian menu. With a traditional pub-like atmosphere, both in decor and style - it's the perfect place for your Sunday brunchin' activities.
SMITH AND DELI | FITZROY
111 MOOR STREET, FITZROY, VIC 3065
Sweet doughnuts, flaky croissants, soft mozzarella-like ‘cheeses’, hearty soups, bagels and the perfect egg salad sandwich, all come completely animal product-free at Fitzroy’s New York-style Smith & Deli.
You won’t be the first to say I can’t believe it’s vegan, with omnivores happily munching on faux pastrami, turkey and other deli meat delights. With communal seating and lively artworks, it’s a friendly place to stop and park for lunch.
And if you’re looking for a sit-down deal, head over to the equally as excellent, Smith & Daughters just around the corner on Brunswick Street. Dishes may include vegan prawns, or even a vegan black pudding...
RICE PAPER SCISSORS
307 BRUNSWICK STREET, FITZROY, VIC 3065
While Rice Paper Scissors isn’t necessarily a vegan restaurant, they’re serving up some really great vegan alternatives to their meat-based meals.
Although the menu is largely meat-based, most of the menu can be made vegan — and the substitutions are quite impressive. Take the waterfall pork salad for example. The slices of mock pork have a thin skin-like layer that may even have you questioning whether they’ve forgotten your vegan request.
If you do have to ask, though, it’s okay — apparently they get that all the time. Other standouts are the faux pork belly banh mi! Rice Paper Scissors is located both in the city and Fitzroy.