Being vegan is hip, healthy & humane. Even if you still eat meat, we’ve found 10 hot vegan/vegetarian venues around Adelaide you’ll love.
BY LIZ H
Did you know that according to Google Trends, Australians Google “vegan” more than anyone in the world? Despite Sam Kekovich and his quirky lamb for Australia Day ads, it seems Australians are increasingly veg-curious.
In case you aren’t initiated, vegans don’t consume foods which contain any animal products or by-products, while vegetarians don’t eat animal flesh. If you’re veg-curious, here are 10 of the best places in Adelaide to whet your appetite for animal-free food.
Cherry Darlings Bake House
The darlings at Cherry Darlings Bake House produce the most delicious range of vegan, cruelty-free pies, pastries, cakes, slices and doughnuts you could wish for. Even their drinks and sundaes are vegan. Thankfully they’re located opposite the Forrestville tram stop so you can take something home to fool your finicky friends. They’ll never know! Cherry Darlings Bake House is open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 4pm and Sunday 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Cherry Darlings Bake House is located at 5 Aroha Terrace Forestville.
Eggless Dessert Café
If you’re good enough to avoid eggs and dairy products then surely you deserve a late night sweet treat, right? No yolk, Eggless Dessert Café has you covered. Their ever-changing menu specialises in vegan and lacto-vegetarian sweet treats. They’re open from Wednesday to Saturday 8pm ‘til late and Sundays 7.30pm ‘til late.
Eggless Dessert Café can be found at 162 Goodwood Road Goodwood.
Great Nature Vegetarian Snacks and Grocery
I love this place for lunch but I can’t decide if it’s a food outlet selling Asian groceries or grocery outlet selling food. There’s no doubt, however, about the warm welcome, terrific-tasting Asian-inspired vegan food or the value. Great Nature Vegetarian Snacks and Grocery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturdays 10am to 5pm.
Great Nature Vegetarian Snacks and Grocery is located at Shop 3/48 Beach Road Christies Beach.
Bliss Organic Café
This place is Bliss by name, and bliss by nature. All food is vegan and organic; anyone who is health conscious will enjoy the food at Bliss Organic Café. The small, laid-back café is open for lunch most days, except Sunday. It’s also open for dinner Fridays and breakfast on Saturday mornings. I suggest arriving early to get a seat in the small garden area out the back. It’s an oasis in the city.
You’ll find Bliss Organic Café at 7 Compton Street Adelaide.
The Tofu Burger at Bliss Organic Café
Nettle Raw Café
In December 2014, Nettle Raw Café was voted one of Australia’s Healthiest Cafes by Women’s Health Magazine. One glance at their raw, vegan menu and you’ll understand why. The place is ideal for brunch with friends or a healthy, heart-warming soup in winter. Nettle is open from 10am to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday. Oh, and check out the retro corner – straight out of the 70s!
Nettle Raw Café is at 10 Rosetta Street West Croydon.
Raw + Real Juicery and Kitchen
Raw +Real may be a tiny shopfront in James Place, off Rundle Mall, but their food is bursting with flavour and goodness. City workers flock there for their great range of tasty and healthy fresh-pressed juices and satisfying salad bowls – most of which are vegan. Raw + Real is open 8.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
Raw + Real Juicery and Kitchen is at 20 James Place Adelaide. Just look for the queue!
If you get peckish while stocking up at the Adelaide Central Market, pop next door to the Pure Vegetarian food stall in the Market Plaza Food Court. Their Taiwanese-inspired vegan food is great value, especially if you opt for the meal deal which includes a free soy drink. Pure Vegetarian is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 10am to 9pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Pure Vegetarian is located at Shop 8 Market Plaza Food Court, Moonta Street, Adelaide.
Red Lime Shack
Port Adelaide is being revitalised and you’ll feel revitalised after eating at Red Lime Shack. Their vegan menu is produced daily in-house although they do use BD Paris Creek milk in their coffees. Their waffles with banana ice-cream and berry coulis are the bomb! Red Lime Shack is open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm.
You’ll find Red Lime Shack at 158 Vincent Street Port Adelaide.
Two Bit Villains
Love Americana? Then it’s happy days for you at Two Bit Villains. Located upstairs in the beautiful Adelaide Arcade, TBV (as the cool kids call it) is a vegan soda/burger bar. My personal faves are the “Long Arm of the Slaw” burger and the nachos man. Two Bit Villains is open Tuesday to Sunday 11.30am to 4pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights 5.30 to 9.30pm and Friday nights 5.30 to 10.30pm.
You’ll find Two Bit Villains at Shop 150, Balcony Level Adelaide Arcade (off Rundle Mall), Adelaide.
Vego and Lovin’ It
This place has been around for about 13 years and is an Adelaide institution among vegos and vegans. Tucked away upstairs off ever-trendy Rundle Street, the 100% vegan menu is as eclectic as the décor. The burgers are a must-try, but be warned, the servings are huge. Even Sam Kekovich would be impressed! They’re open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and closed on public holidays.
Vego and Lovin’ It is on Level One, 240 Rundle Street Adelaide.