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29 Nov 2019

Adelaide is a plant-based paradise. 

With a plethora of plant-based dining options popping up all over Adelaide, it’s never been easier to find fresh and delicious vegan food. From American-style diners, to classic pizzerias, to fine-dining restaurants and cafes dishing up wholesome meals and mouth-watering vegan treats, Adelaide’s impressive plant-based offering has blossomed. Whether you’re a full-time herbivore or open-minded omnivore, check out our guide to the best vegan restaurants in Adelaide and get more plants on your plate. 

1. Nagev Plant Based and Vegan Cafe and Restaurant, Evandale

Nagev, EvandaleVegan spelt backwards, Nagev is a dedicated plant-based café with an impressive brunch menu featuring lots of brekky options plus wraps, pies, burgers, pastries and baked goods, and a separate but equally drool-worthy dinner menu served Thursday and Friday. Tucked on bustling Payneham Road, this suburban sanctuary for cruelty free eats also has an extensive gluten free offering and a range of vegan cakes available to pre-order for special events.

2. Crux, Semaphore Park

Crux, Adelaide A firm favourite in the Adelaide vegan community, this seaside herbivore hub serves up all-day breakfast with a plant-based twist. Fancy a BLT? Go one better with a toasted sandwich packed with house made rice paper bakon, cos lettuce, fresh tomato, avocado, vegan mac sauce and fries. Yes please! But then again how can we go past the peanut butter, jam and chocolate waffles? I guess we’ll just have to take both! A short stroll from picturesque Semaphore beach, Crux also has a substantial range of specialty coffee, tea, health elixirs, juices and smoothies and the kitchen is also entirely gluten free.

3. Two-Bit Villains, Adelaide CBD

Two-Bit Villains, Adelaide

Think eating vegan means forgoing favourites like cheese burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes? Pull up a seat at Two Bit Villains and think again. Perched above Rundle Mall in Adelaide Arcade, this meat-free Adelaide stalwart is reminiscent of a classic American diner, and trust us, you’ll want to loosen your belt buckle. With an exclusively vegetarian and vegan menu, all your plant-based fast food-style dreams are covered with more than 10 different vegan burgers featuring everything from vegan pulled “pork” to “fish” fillets and fried “chicken”, guaranteed to even fool your omnivore friends. Leave room for dessert, you won’t regret the salted peanut and chocolate sundae.

4. The Lost Deli, Norwood

The Lost Deli, NorwoodTucked down a leafy street just a stone’s throw away from Norwood Parade, The Lost Deli is a haven for herbivores in Adelaide’s east. With a seasonal 100% vegan menu including all your usual brunch suspects with a plant-twist (think tofu scramble and vegan pancakes), lunch dishes ranging from burgers to gnocchi, an impressive range of cakes and desserts, and smoothies and juices to wash it all down, you know where to find us on the weekend!

5. Plant B Life, Goodwood

Plant B Life, Goodwood

Plant B Life is on a mission to get more plants on your plate. Dishing up home-style vegan meals on King William Road with an emphasis on showcasing nutritious, whole foods, this plant-based kitchen is a new addition to the Adelaide vegan scene. The perfect destination for people looking for ways to eat more plants, beyond a mouth-watering lunch menu, Plant B life also offers take home meals and treats, cooking classes and catering options. Every Friday night, they also host an interactive dining experience including a four-course meal with wine, cooking demonstrations and recipes to take home.

6. V Spot, St Morris

V Spot Pizza, St MorrisHam and cheese, supreme and even meat-lovers pizza are back on the menu for vegans at V Spot Pizza Bar. This classic pizzeria dishes up 100% vegan carb heaven, including more than 20 types of pizza, garlic bread, pasta, dessert pizza and ice creams. About 10 minutes from the city on Magill Road in Adelaide’s east, you can eat in or takeaway, and if you can’t quite get off the couch, they’ll even deliver vegan-goodness straight to your door. 

7. Allegra, Adelaide CBD 

Allegra Dining Room, AdelaideVegan fine dining has found a home at Adelaide’s chic new Allegra Dining Room. Perched above Etica and from the same team behind the popular pizza restaurant on Gilles Street, this refined restaurant features a wholly-plant based menu designed by chef Elliot Vials. The set 10-item experience showcases local, seasonal produce with innovative cooking techniques sure to impress even the most apprehensive carnivore.

8. Metta Sol, Goodwood

Metta Sol, GoodwoodVietnamese-loving vegans rejoice! From pho to Banh Mi and noodle bowls, Goodwood’s 100% plant-based Vietnamese eatery Metta Sol has you covered. Dishing up meals inspired by the Vietnamese roots of owners Cindy and David, plus breakfast favourites with a twist, their motto is simple; eat good food. And they are helping Adelaide vegans do just that. Focusing on local, nutritious produce and with an emphasis on sustainability, Metta Sol ticks all the boxes. 

9. Cherry Darlings Bakehouse, Forestville 

Cherry Darlings Bakehouse, Forestville. Credit: @@fairespressoCalling all cake-loving vegans… or anyone one with a sweet tooth for that matter. Let us talk you through the 100% vegan bakery goodness that is Cherry Darlings Bakehouse. Vegan donuts, cupcakes, cookies, custard tarts, croissants, cannoli, slices, pastries, tarts, slices, sweet and savoury pies… need we say more?

10. Staazi & Co, Adelaide CBD

Staazi and Co, Adelaide. Credit: @karencosta.1Vegan Yiros. Moussaka, Spanakopita, loaded fries, stuffed capsicum… we could go on about the vegan Greek goodness Staazi & Co dish up until the (happy) cows come home. With a cult following of dedicated local herbivores, this vegan food-truck is regular fixture at festivals and events around Adelaide. Happily for herbivores, they have now opened a brick-and-mortar shopfront on Grenfell Street to meet demand for their plant-based Greek grub, open for lunch and dinner Thursday through to Saturday. 

11. Red Lime Shack, Port Adelaide

Red Lime Shack, Port Adelaide. Credit: @saralauradesignHip cafes, restaurants and breweries are popping up all over Port Adelaide, so it’s little wonder a vegan café has found its place at this historic port town-turned foodie hub. Sitting on St Vincent Street just minutes from the wharf and boozy goodness of Pirate Life Brewing (yep, a substantial portion of their impressive beer range is vegan-friendly), Red Lime Shack serves 100% vegan brunch. The ever-changing menu focuses on healthy, vegan food with breakfast options, burgers, snacks, shakes and incredible coffee (bonus points for being a zero-landfill). 

13. Argo, Adelaide CBD and Norwood

Argo, credit: @laikenrichelleWhile not entirely vegan, this Adelaide brunch hotspot deserves an honourable mention for their extensive plat-based offering from traditional breakfasts, to smoothie bowls, salads and vegan cakes. Located in Victoria Square in Adelaide and on The Parade in Norwood, Argo is the perfect spot to meet friends who aren’t quite ready to foray into the plant-based life. Our hot tip? Try the snickers slice. It’s seriously good.

14. Plant 4 Bowden

Plant 4 BowdenTucked in an old warehouse a quick 10-minute drive from Adelaide, Plant 4 Bowden is a sustainability-focused market complex packed with stalls offering fresh produce, delicious food, locally made crafts and products… and a huge range of vegan eats! Must tries include the vegan waffles and gelato at Live A Little Gelato and plant-based doughy goodness at Cake Boy Donuts. You’ll also find vegetarian and vegan offerings at Voula’s, My Grandma Ben, Nutrition Republic, Joe Dumpling and most of the pop-up stalls. Every few months, the markets also host a completely vegan-based night, Plant Based at Plant 4, a plant-lovers paradise with an extensive vegan offering all in one place.

Keep exploring

Hungry for more plant-based treats in Adelaide? Other restaurants and cafes dishing up vegan feasts include Veggo Sizzle, Vego and Love’n It,  Zenhouse Tea Corner, Sarah’s Sister’s Sutainable Café, Joy of Flora Café, Ayla’s Café, Dear Daisy, Juice Lovers, Bob Bowls, Nathan Bakes, Brother Bear Wholefood Café, Francesco’s Psteria and Nutrition Rebulic. Happy eating, herbivores!

Not strictly vegan? Adelaide is jam-packed with amazing restaurants. Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Adelaide.