Sydney is one of the best cities in the world to enjoy a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Not only have menus without animal products become more accepted, but the boring grilled veggies and salad stereotype has been torn down and replaced. Vegan fish and chips, traditional pies, or even gelato: let the feast begin. And whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or just enjoy delicious and healthy meals, it’s a wonderful time to go green. Dig in!
1. Lentil As Anything
Hours: Mon-Sun 6pm-9pm
Address: 391, King Street, CBD
Food with consciousness tastes better and Lentil As Anything is the living proof of it. This restaurant invites customers to pay what they can for their meals, as a way to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table and a delicious meal to dig in. They also hire volunteers among the long-term unemployable and the marginalized. It’s one step beyond your traditional business, but it goes without saying that food still amazing with generous servings.
2. The Plant Gallery
Hours: Tue 5am-10pm, Wed-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 7am-10pm
Address: 95, Bondi Road, Bondi
One of the newest addition to the vegan restaurants family, The Plant Gallery, is a raw vegan eatery that brings the best Peruvian ingredients to your plate. Mushroom Ceviche, eggplant bacon, banana pancakes with Thai basil syrup and coconut cream, the list goes on and on. Let yourself flow in its light-filled restaurant and embark on a journey of sensuous flavors for a healthier self.
3. Bliss and chips
Hours: Sun-Mon 11am-9pm
Address: 215, King Street, Newtown
Bliss and Chips serves Sydney’s first vegan fish and chips. This is your chance to dig into this typical meal remorse-free to calamari rings and crab sticks that are deep-fried, ocean-flavored, and finished with a crispy beer batter. Vegan and gluten-free breakfasts are also on the menu, along with some juicy burgers. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the Beet Burger. This well deserves to be featured on Troy McClure’s program “I can’t believe they invented it”!
4. Gigi Pizzeria
Hours: Tue-Sun 6am-11:30pm
Address: 379, King Street, Newtown
Gigi Pizzeria is putting King Street – or Eat Street, as we call it – on the map as vegan and veg-friendly headquarters. When the restaurant decided to get rid of cheese in 2015, they became a 100% plant-based pizzeria. And not an average one. They are members of the True Neapolitan Pizza Association, which ensures the quality of their hand-stretched dough, the traditional recipes, and the cooking techniques. This is a pizzeria like no other.
Hours: Mon 11am-4pm, Tue-Sun 11am-10pm
Address: Lower mezzanine lvl, Cook and Philip Park, 2 College Street
Bodhi is a veggie oasis in the middle of the city. A garden that fits up to 300 people looks somehow as if Neverland became a yum cha and pan-Asian restaurant. They have been around for a long time, since 1988, offering hand-picked ingredients from local markets and a wine list that features only certified organic, bio-dynamic, and vegan offerings. You can’t go wrong with Bodhi.
6. The Green Lion
Hours: Wed-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 12:30pm-9:30pm, Sun 10am-8:30pm
Address: 726 Darling Street, Rozelle
“I just want what you are having,” said co-owner of The Green Lion to her husband, tired of lentil burgers and hummus when they were dinning out. That plea for high-quality vegan food was the spark that caused The Green Lion, the first vegan pub in Sydney, to open its doors only six weeks later. Missing desserts such as merengue since you quit eggs? Fear not, besides your traditional pub meals, you can enjoy a wide range of deserts and healthy creations. Be warned: those who come can’t help but return!
7. Lord of the Fries
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am- 4am, Sun 11am-11pm
Address: Shop 7, 537 George Street , Sydney
Eating vegan and vegetarian doesn’t mean that you can’t have fast food. And doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy either. Lord of the Fries is an award-winning vegan burgers and hot dogs joint, believe it or not. Keep an eye on their monthly special sauces, as well as other hot offers. This fast food restaurant only serves the best. They even grow their own fresh produce.
8. Funky Pies
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-8:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8:30pm
Address: 144-148 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach
Australians love their pies. If you want to eat one without having to ask whether it has cheese, butter, or eggs, just hop on over to Funky Pies. Serving up fresh baked pies, rolls, and desserts with a gluten-free selection available as well. How about a Chilli-non- carne to spice things up? Or are you a Day Satay kind of person? There’s only one way to find out: you better try ‘em all!
9. Superfood Sushi
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-3pm
Address: 69-77 King Street, Newtown
Does your mouth water at the sight of sushi packed with superfoods, fruits, and greens without any refined sugar in it? These rolls can lift your spirit, fill your belly, and expand the meaning of the word “healthier”. There are a bunch of options for those seeking vegan sushi and almost all of them are gluten-free as well. Soups, bowls, burgers, gyoza, and curry are also available. Check their website to see the menus and the super reasonable prices that go along with them.
10. Gelato Blue
Hours: Mon-Thu Noon to 11pm, Fri-Sat Noon to Midnight, Sun Noon to 11pm
Address: 318 King Street, Newtown
What’s not to love about Gelato Blue? The range of 25+ flavors is 100% dairy free and compatible with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free diets. A quick glance at the prices and flavor offerings will easily reveal why this is considered some of the best ice cream in town. Top it off with some homemade brownies or a coconut water sorbet to wash it all down. Now that you know where to find healthy ice cream, you don’t have to make excuses anymore. Go and enjoy a scoop – or three.