Not sure where to find the best vegan food in Brisbane? Or worry that there aren’t many vegan options in Brisbane?
I’m happy to report back that this capital of Queensland has its vibrant and delicious share of vegan food. From meaty cheesy burgers to decadent desserts, you will be impressed by the choices here.
Here are the list of places with great vegan food in Brisbane:
Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in Brisbane
Grassfed is an all-vegan burger shop in South Brisbane. Their burgers are next level: All vegan, and made with vegan beef (vEEF burger patties), bacon, egg, cheese and other mouthwatering ingredients. This is one of the vegan comfort food restaurants you need to put on your bucket list.
Although they don’t have a very big menu, all the options sound delicious and you may have a difficult time choosing just one. My favorite, BFC, has an XL vEEF patty, bacon, fries, double cheese, caramelised onion and other veggies. Finished with their special sauce. The brekky burger and the chicken burger are also great.
Other than burgers, they have some comfort food snacks like loaded fries and crispy buffalo cauliflower.
For something sweet, they have shakes and ice cream. The shakes aren’t just smoothie shakes; they are proper thick milkshakes with whipped cream on top. For the ice cream sundaes, they use I Should Coco vegan soft serve ice cream.
Grassfed is not very big with only about 5 tables. And there seems to always be a line outside because of its delicious burgers. So allocate more time if you plan to visit.
Grown is a vegan restaurant that puts an emphasis on sustainability. Menu uses seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally as much as possible and food waste are being composted. And of course, the food is great.
The menu may seem a bit simple at first, but Grown puts their own twist on the dishes. The french toast uses seasonal nectarine with housemade vanilla ice cream. Instead of regular french toast, they put sugar on top and torch it to make it crispy like a creme brulee. The contrast between soft cakey toast with crispy sugar top, mixed with the creamy ice cream, is delicious. The hash brown is also great with a vibrant and flavorful mix of veggies.
The lunch and dinner menus are different. Check their website here for the menus.
Dicki’s at New Farm is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon eating delicious vegan food. All the food is vegan, but they have milk as a choice for coffee.
Food includes some healthy and hearty choices. The classic burger is great with a crispy patty and melted cheese. Croissant with scrambled tofu egg is a rare vegan find, but could be a bit oily for some. Other good choices are breakfast burrito and nurture bowl.
Dessert is also great. Other than the pastries and cakes on display at the counter, they also serve waffles and smoothies. The apple crumble waffle is the daily special of the day. It’s like a deconstructed apple crumble in the form of a waffle with 2 scoops of ice cream, cinnamon apple and crumble on the side.
Wandering Cooks (Indie Treats, El Planta, Kiya’s Injera, Bond St Eats)
Wandering Cooks is a communal place where different foods stalls come together serving cuisines from different cultures. Stalls change salty so check their website for details.
Most of the shops have some vegan options or are completely vegan. At the time of writing, El Planta and Bond Street Eats are the vegan eateries. And most other ones have great vegan options, including Indie Treats, Kiya’s Injera, East by Middle East and more.
El Planta serves authentic vegan Mexican street food; Bond Street Eats uses local ingredients to make wholesome bowls and curry; Indie Treats make a bomb bowl of laksa noodles, and make sure to get their cookie cream sandwich as well; And Kiya’s Injera brings you wraps made with Ethiopia flatbread, injera.
Other than food, there are also band performances usually on the weekends. It’s a fun time watching people dance while eating vegan food.
Located between Indooroopilly and Taringa stations, Hay Gurl is a vegan cafe that serves delicious dishes and treats.
The menu has a small but varied range of savory comfort food dishes, including a delicious omelette that has smoked carrot ‘salmon’, almond feta cheese, mayo and veggies on a fluffy chickpea omelette pancake.
After your meal, you need to check out their counter to get one of the sweet treats. The selection changes regularly. The cookie sandwich on that day is perfect: chewy sweet cookie with Biscoff spread and buttercream in the middle. It’s so good that I bought another 4 for later.
Greenhouse Canteen + Bar
Greenhouse Canteen + Bar is a vegan restaurant near Southbank, Brisbane. You will be welcomed by the beautiful wooden tables and lush green plants when you enter.
The menu features familiar dishes, like burgers and tacos that are made with interesting vegan ingredients. The flavors are complex and rich. For example, the mushroom cheeseburger creatively uses tempura mushroom as the burger buns, or the crab cake that’s made with banana blossom. The portions are also big and won’t leave you hungry afterwards. Click here to see the menu.
At the time of writing, Greenhouse Canteen only opens at night from Tuesday to Sunday. One thing to note is that when the place is busy, it could get pretty noisy. So if you prefer a quiet meal, visit earlier before 6.
The Green Edge
The Green Edge is a must visit for vegans. Both the cafe and the shop section are all vegan. It’s walking distance from Windsor Station which is only a few stops from the city.
Boasting a big menu of vegan comfort food, from huge epic burgers to fluffy pancakes with ice cream, you may have a hard time choosing just one dish. Be sure to get one of their milkshakes or frappe to go with the meal. Their fridge next to the cafe also has a wide range of cakes and sweets.
Stop by their shop section to stock up on vegan goodies. Other than groceries, they also carry makeup, house supplies, and even shoes, recipe books and more.
Veganyumm is an all-vegan bakery in Brisbane with amazing baked goods. You will find brownies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. You can spend an afternoon here eating cakes and having a cup of coffee. If you are not a fan of sweet treats, they also have good savory options like sausage rolls and meat pies.
You Came Again
Located at the end of West End, You Came Again is an all vegan tapas bar serving sharable small dishes and snacks, as well as a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Dishes like cheesy kimchi toast, lemon popcorn cauliflower bites and vegan meatballs are crowd-pleasing comfort food. I’m happy to try one of their daily special desserts: chocolate rose cake which includes a light whipped cream that tastes like marshmallow. The quality and taste of the dishes are very good.
Lord of the Fries
Originally from Melbourne, Lord of the Fries is a vegan chain that serves up classic fast food. From burgers and fries, to hot dogs and shakes, you can find food and drinks here that satisfy your cravings. Their meaty chicken waffle with bacon and maple syrup is highly recommended.
Botanica Real Food
This upscale salad shop sells beautiful gourmet salads that are healthy and delicious. It’s a takeaway shop and there are no seats inside, but it’s not too difficult to find some benches within walking distance.
On the day of visit, the branch on Doggett St (near Fortitude Valley, or the Valley) has 5 out of 7-8 options that are vegan. There’s also a vegan chocolate brownie. The staff is knowledgeable of which ones are vegan, but it would be better if they are marked. The small salad box is already filling as it is filled to the brim.
Located in North Lakes, September 18 cooks up some hearty Asian dishes and everything is vegan. It’s walking distance from Mango Hill train station or North Lakes bus stop.
From traditional Malaysian Bak Kut Teh to fragrant coconut curry roti, the food is impressive in taste. For entree, the drumsticks that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside is highly recommended. Their spring rolls or homemade curry puff are other good choices. Try the roti chanai with potato curry and the peanut-y satay chicken with rice for main.
MooFree Burgers & Charlie’s Raw Squeeze
Another great vegan restaurant on the Northside of Brisbane is Moofree Burgers. Located in North Lakes, you can find great vegan burgers here as well as treats from its sister shop, Charlie’s Raw Squeeze.
Choose from a range of chicken and beef patty burgers, with other ingredients like cheese, mayo, hash brown, and more inside. They also serve snacks like loaded chips and nuggets.
For drinks and desserts, they have a wide range of shakes, sundaes, pancakes and more to choose from.
Both Moofree burgers and Charlie’s Raw Squeeze have daily special discounts including discounted burgers and smoothies. Check their website for more.
Located in the city center of Brisbane, Vege Rama is a quick and easy choice for vegans. You can find curry, dosa and more. The crispy pakora is a good option on its own or with curry. They also have salads and cakes. Make sure you ask for the vegan options as some options are only vegetarian.
Vegeme is a Asian fusion restaurant in West End, Brisbane. Most of the dishes are vegan and are clearly marked. From Japanese gyoza dumplings and okonomiyaki pancake, to Tom Yum and Laksa soup noodles, you will find some classic Asian flavors here. Taste could be a bit bland for some, but nevertheless, it’s a good option if you are in the area.
Vegan Desserts/Snacks in Brisbane
Craving for vegan doughnuts in Brisbane? Doughnut Time is the place to go. With shops in central locations in the city, it’s a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. They have 4 vegan flavors at the time of writing: Liam Hemsworthy (red velvet doughnut with cookie frosting), Get Ready To Crumble (caramel glazed apple cinnamon doughnut), Fairy Godmother (your classic buttercream doughnut with sprinkles) and Pump Up The Jam (Cinnamon sugar dusted doughnut with raspberry plum jam).
Noosa Chocolate Factory
Noosa Chocolate Factory near Central station in Brisbane has a decent selection of vegan chocolate and drinks. Ask staff for vegan options or explore yourself. They also make great vegan chocolate drinks. All the chocolate drinks with 56% or higher can be made vegan with soy, almond or coconut milk.
Cocobliss is a chain in Brisbane with many healthy vegan options. You can find acai bowls (Ferraro Rocher bowl is my favorite), juice, smoothies and other snacks here.
This dessert chain offers a variety of vegan desserts including churros (of course), ice cream, shakes and more. My favorite is the Happy Vegan, which is a churro bowl with dark chocolate and salted caramel & honeycomb ice cream on top as well as vegan milk chocolate, oreo and strawberry.
Gelato Messina in South Brisbane has a good range of vegan options. All their sorbets and both of the ice cream cones are vegan. Some flavors are quite exotic like the pandan+coconut milk and salted coconut+mango salsa. The coconut milk sorbet is also a good choice for affogato.
In the heart of Brisbane CBD, Gelatissimo has some clearly marked vegan options, including a triple chocolate and some other sorbet at the time of visit. The cone is also vegan. The shakes can be made with sorbet and coconut water if you are looking for something to drink.
Quench (The Standard Market Company)
This ice cream shop on James Street near Fortitude Valley has some vegan ice cream. They can also be made into ice cream thickshake.
Other Vegan-Options in Brisbane
Netherworld in Fortitude Valley is a retro arcade restaurant and bar with bomb vegan food. You will be greeted by pinball machines, retro gaming machines, retro consoles and more when you enter.
Despite being an omni restaurant, it’s refreshing to see that all dishes are vegan by default. Here you can find vegan comfort food like the classic cheese burger, fried chicken waffle, deep fried oreo and more. The dishes I’ve tried are delicious.
It can get pretty busy during the evening especially on Friday and Saturday. So visit during lunch time if you prefer a quieter place to play the arcade games.
This ramen chain has some clearly marked vegan items. Try their classic ramen (has 3 different spiciness levels) which has a thick flavorful broth and a variety of toppings. Make it even more delicious by adding the black garlic oil as an add-on option.
This Japanese restaurant in West End has some clearly marked vegan items including sashimi, ramen, fried noodles and other small dishes. You order your meal through an iPad. The yakisoba with tofu is simple but delicious. Pan-fried gyoza dumplings are crispy on the bottom, but would be better if the filling is less mushy.
Coffee Head Co.
This coffee shop in South Brisbane serves coffee with many non-dairy milk options. Also, they carry some vegan cakes and treats.
Some Other Brisbane Restaurant with Vegan Options
Other than the ones above, many other restaurants in Brisbane offer decent vegan options, especially restaurants in the city, South Brisbane and West End. Restaurant chains like Domino’s Pizza, The Boroughs of New York Pizza, Pizza Hut, Guzman y Gomez, Grill’d, Sumo Salad, Zambrero, etc offers vegan options as well.
Here is a map of the places mentioned:
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