After being diagnosed as coeliac I thought I’d never be able to eat out again. Throwing a Vegan diet into the mix made matters seem worse, thinking I’d only be able to eat lettuce out if I was lucky… and how wrong I was!

Living in Melbourne, the most accommodating city in the world when it comes to fussy buggers like myself, made my lifestyle change feel much easier. So, to help all the GF restricted people and the plant-based individuals out there, or if you’re lucky enough to be doing both, here is a list of my top 5 favourite vegan and gluten-free cafes you’ll find in Melbourne

These are in no particular order

SISTER OF SOUL

St.Kilda

Sister of Soul comes close to my heart when it is providing so many gluten-free and vegan options. It’s also one of the few places that offers vegan and gluten free pancakes! Any place that can offer them will always top my list! 

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Buckwheat and Banana Pancakes with a Chocolate sauce

Sister of Soul is located in the heart of St.Kilda at 73 Acland Street and is open 7 days from 7:30 am till late.

It is a perfect cafe to go to if you’re new to a vegan diet or are bringing a non-vegan with you as they offer dairy and eggs. I’d highly recommend trying the hazelnut mylk in your coffee if you’re unsure about soy! Sister of Soul make their own hazelnut mylk and it provides a similar creaminess and sweetness to cows milk. It’s all about making small changes initially and then building upon them! If you’re first step is changing the milk in your coffee, then do it! Progress is more important than perfection and Sister of Soul helps you get there!

A few of my other recommendations are:

  • The Jumping Jack Burger – pictured below
  • Big Vegan – House marinated tofu, avocado, wilted spinach, potato and rosemary rosti, tomato corn and coriander salsa, with sisters plum sauce and multigrain toast
  • Sweet potato fries – literally are next level of goodness

They also have plenty of raw options and have a good range of GF and vegan desserts

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The ‘Jumping Jack Burger’ – Pulled Jackfruit w sweet potato fries

 

 

SEROTONIN EATERY

Burnley

What’s better than a cafe that is nearly 100% gluten-free and vegan? A cafe that is based on happiness and wellbeing for not only your body but your mind as well!

Serotonin, located at 52 Madden Grove in Burnley, is the perfect place for anyone who wants some extra happiness in their life. With swings and tatami booths seating options, Serotonin Eatery has an extensive range of organic caffeine free speciality lattes, bluices (blended juices), teas as well as refined sugar-free, vegan and gluten-free raw desserts!

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I find it hard stating which dish is my favourite but here is a few that I order too much!

  • Smiling Smashed Avocado – with smashed pea and mint and the best beetroot relish ever.
  • Falafel Burger – featured on a delicious GF bun with carrot chips coated in a pomegranate molasses
  • Deconstructed Sushi
  • Nutrition Bomb
  • Ginger Bread Latte

Unfortunately their positive pancakes aren’t vegan 😦

 

Matcha Mylkbar

St. Kilda

Matcha Mylkbar is the leader when it comes to vegan cafes. Located at 72A Acland Street, St Kilda, Matcha is the proud creator of the first vegan egg! If you’re open-minded and willing, you’ll find their vegan egg a great substitute with your breakfast. Although it’s not to my taste, its hard not to give it a go.

Matcha’s menu is 100% vegan and offer gluten-free options. The pancakes are phenomenal, although aren’t gluten-free, and their diverse range of specialty lattes is a winner.

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Matcha Pancakes

With longevity bowls, burgers, breakfast bowls and just the simple toast and sides, Matcha has it all! Their bread is naturally gluten-free being made with cactus flour, super unusual but super tasty!

My favourite dishes are:

  • Loma Linda, California – Longevity bowl
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – Longevity bowl
  • Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Dragon Fruit Breakfast Bowl

 

Vegie Bar

Fitzroy

Vegie Bar ticks all the boxes for a vegan and gluten-free lifestyle and caters to practically all dietary requirements. It is one of my favourite places to go to for dinner due to the good vibes and epic food. Located at 380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Vegie Bar is always pumping. They don’t take bookings but let you enjoy a drink in their back courtyard while you wait for a table.

Their menu is extensive and the food is substantial.  I can’t go past their Virtuoso Pizza on a gluten-free base! The vegan cheese is amazing!!!

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The greatest pizza you’ll ever eat!

Not only is Vegie Bar good for dinner, it’s also a great place to get a few drinks and go out for coffee and dessert! Their chai latte is fabulous and their dessert cabinet is filled with copious amounts of options. Their vegan gluten-free lime cheesecake is definitely a favourite of mine!

It’s also a great place to take non-vegans!

With a place with friendly staff and good vibes and food, Vegie Bar has you covered!

Uncommon

Windsor

Uncommon isn’t a cafe known for it’s vegan options but is renowned for a gluten-free menu!   Their new look menu features a few good vegan gluten free options, and located in the heart of Windsor on Chapel Street, Uncommon’s indoor garden cafe is one of my regulars.

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I often go during the week as Uncommon pumps on the weekend. Uncommon has friendly staff and the foliage throughout the well-lit cafe is therapeutic! 

One of my favourites is their new Papaya Boat. The Papaya Boat is super fresh, packed with fruit, chia and a chocolate granola! It’s not only super pretty and light but it’s super satisfying

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Papaya Boat

I’m also a huge fan of the Herbivore Breakfast! It’s a massive rainbow plate of goodness featuring silken turmeric tofu, grains, tahini broccoli, raw veg and a sweet potato wedge. 

There you have it, my 5 favourite places to eat gluten-free and vegan in Melbourne! Make sure you hit them up and let them know what you think!

Be yourself and eat all the plants,

Steph xx

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