Behold, my list of Canberra Cafes with Vegan Options has finally surfaced on the internet. I have wined and dined myself over several months to bring you a guide of Canberra Vegan Cuisine for Breakfast & Lunches. Included in my series of Canberra vegan guides is a ‘Canberra Restaurants with Vegan Options‘ article where I shared with you my favourite night time dining spots. Also included in the series was an article on ‘Where to eat Vegan on the South Coast‘ to demonstrate eateries catering to vegans at Canberrans favourite public holiday location. I’ve designed these guides to aid the transition to vegan for beginners and to support Canberra locals & tourists looking for a bite to eat in the nations capital. This article does not yet include ALL eateries in Canberra that offer vegan treats but, it is a start. I will be updating the article continually to add to this list & to promote new eateries with yummy vegan delights.
If you are a vegan beginner you may also like my following resources; Fast Food Chains with Vegan Options Australia, and Accidentally Vegan Grocery Shopping Cheat Sheet Australia. For those interested in learning about vegansim, please refer to my Vegan Documentaries You Must See article.
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Disclaimer: Menus pictured and options discussed are subject to change at the cafe’s discretion and may have been altered since the writing of this post. (26/01/18-27/03/18).
The Goods Wholefoods – Markus Clarke ★
The Goods Wholefoods are Canberra’s very own creative connoisseurs of salads and humble wholefoods. Situated in No Name Lane off Markus Clarke street, The Goods, cater to the ever so busy Canberra workforce. Feeding our capital, delicious and pure meals with inventive salad creations of unique tastes and flavours.
For the early riser’s breakfast is served Monday-Friday starting at 6:30am till 11am and all day Saturday! Ever wanted to try a pink toast? The Goods have you covered! The Goods are celebrated for their creative ‘loaded’ toasts (think your average joe avo smash has feasted on steroids). On offer for vegans is an avocado toast with fresh herbs and tomato, avocado & pea smash with chilli (remove the fetta) a PINK beetroot hummus with pumpkin and dukkah, and a vegan friendly house-made NUTELLA toast with a hazelnut spread, cacao nibs and banana (just sub the honey for maple syrup!) Alongside the delectable toast varieties, The Goods also do Breakfast Bowls- keeping with the salad bars Build-your-own theme, The Goods have left the culinary choice up to you. Choose from a bircher muesli or chia pudding as a base, then add your toppings! Toppings include fruit compote, fresh fruit, toasted muesli, gf nutty granola, nut butter and coconut yogurt. All breakfast bowl options are vegan except their base option of honey and yogurt. (They spoil us!)
From 11:30am Monday till Friday The Goods serve an entirely vegan salad bar for lunch which is a build-your-own. Simply mix and match your favourites out of the 10 featured salads of the day, select your salad size, add a dressing and if you wish, some extra plant based protein. Vegan salad add-ons include hummus, falafel, and avocado. (Hot Tip: Not only are all the salads and the dressings vegan their entire salad bar is also gluten free!)
To wash down your breakfast bowl, toast or salad (or all three I don’t judge) The Goods have coffee, hot chocolate, golden & matcha lattes which can be made vegan with bonsoy, almond, or coconut milk. (To order golden lattee just ask to sub the honey with maple). For a chilled beverage try one of their healthy smoothies. Salted Carmamelo, Daily Greens and Expresso Head are all vegan by default, and their final three smoothies are all vegan optional with substitute ingredients at the ready. To order the Goldie smoothie sub the honey or dates or maple syrup, to try BerryGood sub the whey for pea protein and the honey for dates or maple and lastly for Peanut Nutter again, sub the honey for maple and or dates.
Finally, The Goods additionally sell a range of raw sweet treats and baked goodies such as vegan bliss balls and a vegan banana bread. With so much colourful wholefood choices, choosing your meal at The Goods will prove to be quite a challenge. I wish you LUCK!
Patissez – Manuka ★
Patissez is Canberra cafe royalty for their creative sweet treats including the famous and original ‘FreakShake’. Their ‘freakshakes’ turned into a viral sensation in 2015, scoring them high street cred and even a Buzzfeed article. Since the success of their over the top thick shakes they have branched out their menu to cater for all with plenty of vegan options for desert or lunch. Patissez are located in Manuka, with indoor or outdoor seating and a great atmosphere to compliment their whimsical & fun creations.
Their menus are constantly changing with new and exciting flavours to experience. Just recently, Patissez have launched a entirely new range of shakes called the ‘Coco Freaks’ – 100% vegan freakshakes made with almond milk & coconut soft serve. Flavours include; Date Night, Ube, Blood Orange Martini, Delight of Turkey, and She’s my Cherry Pie. These freakshake creations are made with love and sweet decrotive treats like fairy floss, syrups, freeze dried fruits, nuts and a whip of delicious coconut gelato soft serve. All of which have presentation that is ‘insta-worthy’ and a taste that is heavenly. Patissez also have a ‘make your own’ soft serve menu with all ingredient options clearly marked.
Not only do Patissez have their famous sweet treats they also have a range of breakfast and lunch options clearly marked with ‘veg’ or ‘veg option’ for you to enjoy. Waiters are happy to subtract dairy or meat ingredients to veganise a menu item as I did when I visited and craved a smashed avocado. During my visit I was presented with the high honour of taste testing their new vegan smoothie range, which is just as exciting as their thick shakes. These health conscious smoothies are made with fresh fruit & veg and blended with coconut water. My favourites were Speed Date and Hey Arnold, but if your looking for a freakshake and love a Turkish Delight go for the ‘Delights of Turkey’.
Coffee Room – Braddon ★
The Coffee Room is a welcoming, cozy cafe in Braddon that is very under appreciated! This cafe has a seperate vegan menu with a large selection of breakfast and lunch foods. The coffee room provide a relaxed and welcoming environment with simple luxuries such as a complimentary bowl of free vegan cookies at the ordering counter, chilled help-yourself water and a welcoming smile from the waiter (who happened to be an owner). The Coffee Room is owned by a lovely wife and husband duo. The husband is vegan himself, and his wife insisted they designed the menu to showcase dishes they knew vegans would love and enjoy as much as they do themselves. Examples of what to expect from their vegan menu include; BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Loaded Fries (pictured), Corn Fritters, Big Vegan Breakfast, Potato Mushroom Pergoli, Mushroom Burger, Banana Split w/ vegan ice-cream (pictured), Smoothie Bowl and an assortments of toasts. (Avo toast included of course!) They are always updating their menu with new dishes and daily specials such as Vegan Poke Bowls.
Their vegan menu is long with plenty of variety, while they also have a seperate menu for meat eaters making dining out with friends very easy at this cafe. I ordered the Loaded Jackfruit Fries and the Banana Split with both Caramel & Chocolate sauce, which was divine.
Sweet Bones – Braddon ★
Sweet Bones are a vegetarian cafe (serves milk for coffees) with a fully vegan menu. Sweet Bones Bakery and Cafe have been around since 2011 and is a popular favourite amongst vegans and meat eaters of Canberra for its fun sugar skull, rock & roll decor and amazing food. They have an All Day Breakfast menu, Mexican Mains, Light Meals, Salads, Burgers, a large range of Juices & Smoothies and of course tasty Sweet Treats and Baked Goods. This cafe is great for a meet up with friends over coffee/lunch or a solo laptop editing session. I often come alone, order two light meals (roast pumpkin sandwich and marinated stuffed mushrooms) and type away blogging or doing assignments. Sweet Bones has such a welcoming and warm atmosphere its easy to feel at home.
Menu items you can expect include; ‘Big Breakfast’ (tofu scramble, sourdough, vegetables, coconut bacon, avocado oh my), ‘Bacon and Cheeze Burger’, ‘Buddha Bowls’, ‘Breakfast Burger’, ‘Philly Cheeze Steak’, ”Short Stack Pancakes’ and ‘Burrito Bowls’ just to name a few. Sweet Bones have also always got a fridge full of delicious homemade baked goods such as cookies, cupcakes, muffins, slices and savoury snacks. Seating is inside and outdoors. My favourite menu items include; ‘Jalapeño & Nutrition Yeast Prezel’, Allll the Mexican, ‘The Veggie Stack’, and everything in between.
As Nature Intended – Belconnen Markets
As Nature Intended is an organic produce health foods store with a cafe to the side. Located in the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, As Nature Intended is in a prime location for a bite to eat after fruit & veg shopping. The cafe serves vegan slices and cakes, plant based milk varieties for your coffees or lattes and vegan meals. Their vegan menu items are marked with a VG (Vegan) or VGO (Vegan Option). Their Breakfast menu includes Vegan Bircher Muesli, Smashed Avocado on Sourdough, and a Big Vegan Variety Breakfast (Marinated Tofu, Baked Beans, Pan Fried Tomato, Roasted Vegetables, Pesto and Sourdough). Lunch options include a ‘Lentil Bio Burger’, ‘Tofu Bio Burger’, ‘Moroccan Chickpea Salad’ and a ‘Warm Lentil Salad’. Delicious smoothies and Juices are also available. All menu items are organic and served with fresh produce.
Note: During your cafe visit don’t forget to check out the stores variety! They sell vegan freezer ready meals, mock meats, vegan cheeses, dairy alternative products, plant milks, vegan ice creams and yogurts, breads, vegan chocolate, cruelty free cosmetic and body products and of course, those organic fruits and veggies! They stock popular vegan brands such as Gardein, Funky Pies, Tofurkey, Zebra Dream, Freedom, Tofutti, Cheatin’, and Daiya. If your newly vegan these brand names will sound crazy and I apologise- go test them out! I would personally recommend trying the Tofurkey sausages, Gardein black bean burgers, Gardein chicken sliders (mock meat), Cheatin’ ham and pepperoni slices (mock meat), Freedom vegan marshmellows and Funky pies. Thank me later.
Lazy Su – Braddon ★
Lazy Su is a Korean dining house that oozes aesthetic with equally as exotic redesigned asian dishes. Instagram-worthy presentation is only the tip of the iceberg with creative flavour combinations such as sweet potato-avocado nori shell tacos and bao bun burgers with sweet corn and spicy tofu patties. Lazy Su cater for vegans with a variety of vegan staple menu items, clearly labeled, and Vegan Banquet Nights they call ‘Thats so Vegan’. Everyday vegan banquet is $49 pp, and a exclusive ‘Thats so Vegan’ event ticket will set you back $50-80 depending on the specialities of the night. Everyday vegan menu items include Tofu Fries, Tasty Tofu Bao-Burger, Su’s Nori Taco, Edamame Beans (PSA: the best I’ve ever had), Sweet Potato Poke Salad, Soba Noodle Salad and a Vegan Sundae Desert. Lazy Su is open for lunch from Tuesday-Sunday starting at 12pm and staying open till late over the weekends as they transform into a bar at night.
80/20 – Braddon
Eighty Twenty or 80/20 is a hip health food cafe serving, clean, fresh and unprocessed whole-food meals with a wealth of vegan options. 80/20 meals make eating healthy easy and delicious with creative flavour combinations and creative presentation. 80/20’s menu is clearly marked with ‘VG’ to indicate vegan meals or where meals can be customised to be vegan. A classic favourite by 80/20 is their ‘Super Salad’ with quinoa, alfalafa, avocado, kale, spinach, brown rice, carrot, beetroot, grated apple, ruby kraut, turmeric cauliflower, goji berries, mixed nuts & seeds. On menu vegan items also include Tacos, Soba Salad, Japanese Salad, a Green Nourish Bowl and Zoodles (a delicious meal pictured below that replicates and Italian pasta dish with grated zucchini noodles). 80/20 also do a variety of super smoothies dairy free and vegan with almond milk and soy for your smoothies or coffees. A must try is their ‘Coffee and Cacao’ super smoothie with espresso, cacao, chia, dates, coconut flesh, coconut nectar & almond milk – it had me buzzing even through my gruelling university study session, which was an absolute blessing.
For something sweet, 80/20 have acai bowls, muesli with dairy free yoghurts and decadent raw slices and bliss balls.
Mookie – Civic
Mookie is a new sit-down fast food eatery in Civic with American food that has a Japanese twist. They have burgers, fries and custard concretes (not vegan). Their ‘Donald Watson’ burger is completely vegan; a sweet potato, chickpea and tofu patty, vegan sauce, pickles and slaw. It was delicious! I also got confirmation that their chips on their own are vegan, you have the choice of sweet potato, french fries and potato gems. (Hopefully they expand their menu and offer vegan shakes and custard concretes soon!) Mookie is open from 11am and can cater for both lunch and dinner.
Click on the links to find their Location and Instagram.
Veganarchy – Old Bus Depot Markets ★
Veganarchy is the brain child of Gabb Carr, Canberras favourite vegan cupcake extraordinaire who has taken the Canberra vegan catering market by storm with her whimsical flavour combinations and fun decorations. Veganarchy sell cupcakes, sausages, schnitzels and donuts at the Sunday Old Bus Depot Markets and the Handmade Markets in intervals. Mock meats include; vegan ‘chick’n’ schnitzels and chorizo, smokey maple and spiced Italian sausages. During Christmas time you can also usually find a Vegan Roast. Some limited edition past cupcake creations include: Red Velvet, Coconut ‘Bacon’ Maple, Raspberry Lemonade, Vanilla Chai, Salted Caramel Pecan, Vanilla Fairy Bread and even a Vegan Fried ‘Chicken’ Maple Glazed Donut (Think crispy creme mixed with KFC vegan style). To keep up with Veganarchys whereabouts to hunt down a stall, like their Facebook page to be sure you don’t miss an update. To hire Veganarchy for Catering follow this link to their website.
Spoiler- Last week Veganarchys wonderful owner spilled the beans in the Vegan ACT Facebook group of a possible Veganarchy Food Joint to potentially open this year. Gabb explained this prospective Food Joint would be serving as a Bakery by day and a Vegan Fast Food restaurant by night. If this turns into a reality it will be a dream come true with extraordinary foods like Vegan ‘chickn’ waffles, burgers, deli faux ‘meats’ and so much more. However, for now, we will treat this information just as gossip! Only time will tell. Shhh….
Fish Shack – Civic
The Fish Shack serves an abundance of vegan mock meat and soy seafood options for vegans, listed on a seperate and lengthy speciality vegan menu that will have you tickled for choice. They have a variety of Soy Seafood main dishes for $13.50-16.50, served with lemon and vegan tartare sauce and your choice of side chips. (potato chips, chat potato wedges or sweet potato chips). The also have a fantastic vegan burger menu and a selection of side dishes like chips, salads, and potato scollops. A few soy seafood menu items include; The Vegan Snack Pack’, ‘Hoi Sen Duck Fries’, ‘Vegan Prawns’, ‘Vegan Calamari Rings’ and ‘Salt and Pepper Squid’. They also have mock meat burgers with patties including choices like veggie, mock ‘bacon’, mock ‘chicken’, pulled mushroom, soy ‘seafoods’ all served with your choice of chips.
Roleee – Braddon
Roleee is a indian restaurant open for lunch and dinner providing vegan platters with curries, samosas, roti, and much more. Roleee continues to showcase their support to the vegan community by coming up with speciality options and recreating traditional dishes to cater to the demand, even supporting the VEGAN BIG DAY OUT hosted in Canberra 2 times consecutively. They have delicious vegan samosas, curries, desert, roti, and chutneys which can be ordered take home or eat in. Staff are happy to accommodate and demonstrate to you whats available to be vegan on their menu.
Rolee alss do an ‘All You Can Eat Vegan Feast’ every Saturday and Sunday for only $22.
Seoul & Ko – Korean Street Food – Civic
Located in the heart of the CBD on the outskirts of the Canberra Centre (near Guzman Y Gomez) lies the brand new Korean street food joint Seoul and Ko.
Seoul has a “Vegan Delight” bowl with an abundance of vegetables prepared in Korean street style fashion. The Vegan Delight bowl comes at a price of $14.95 including: mixed grain rice, marinated tofu, edamame beans, bean sprouts, marinated zucchini, onion, pickled radish, cucumber and grilled eggplant. The dish provides you with a complete array of flavours and textures to experience of Korean street food with a contemporary twist.
Seoul and Ko offer sit down meals or takeaway allowing retail assistants and public servants to grab a quick lunch on the go. Open from 10:30am until 9pm on weekdays for Lunch and Dinner and 10:30-11pm Friday-Saturday for brunch.
Lonsdale Street Roasters – Canberra Centre
The famous ‘Lonsdale Street Roasters‘ are known well for their designer custom-made coffee beans that are stocked by popular cafes and coffee houses all through out Canberra. Lonsdale Roasters make an amazing Chai Latte with a blend thats dairy powder free which is quite rare. Lonsdale Roasters have two locations, their original cafe on Lonsdale Street and a smaller pop up in the Canberra Centre (near Jamies Italian) for on the go coffees and ready made snacks. Lonsdale Roasters in the Canberra Centre have a variety of vegan options, however their main location does not (beside the occasional vegan wrap). Canberra Centre Lonsdale offer a variety of vegan muffins in an assortment of flavours along side a guilt free vegan brownie and decadent caramel slice. For something savoury they have an Vietnamese summer rolls and an amazing vegan wrap which can be toasted. Their Canberra Centre location features quirky pop art and very welcoming staff, check it out for a chai or work break bite to eat!
Little Billys – Coleman Court
Little Billys, popular for their all-day breakfast food has a vegan big breakfast option called the ‘Lozza’. Its $21 and comes with wilted spinach, roasted tomato, cooked mushrooms and two pieces of toasted Italian bread with sliced avocado. (You can ask for this to be smashed if preferable). Little Billys can also do coffees with plant based milks such as soy.
A Bite To Eat – Chifley
A Bite To Eat cafe and restaurant always has several vegan options that are constantly changed with their adaptive and creative menu. Vegan options are labeled on their menu with VE or VE* meaning vegan or vegan option. Upon the time of me writing this their breakfast-lunch options included a banana bread, moroccan bowl (salad), bruschetta, fries and marinated olives. Dinner options served after 5:30pm included penne pasta, beetroot salad, fries and a tempura fried eggplant. Coffees, teas and juices are also available.
Cafe Next Door – Civic
Cafe Next Door is a small yet lively cafe situated on the outside of the Canberra centre near the fountain. CND always offers at a leat one vegan meal option (at time of writing this is a burger) and serves coffees, teas and juices too.
Soi Noodle Bar – Civic
Soi Noodle Bar is the most hip and on-brand noodle bar in Canberra. They have a vegan menu complete with several vegan noodle options, sauces, vegetable or tofu options and dressings so you can DIY your very own noodle box to go or eat in for just $14 or $15 with tofu. If you can’t see the vegan menu look for the I opt for the hokkien noodles, garlic pepper, cashew nuts and veggies. Open for lunch and dinner.
Canberra Fast Food Chains with Vegan Options
In a previous article on my website I have listed over ‘20 Fast Food Chains in Australia with Vegan Options‘. 17 of these featured chain restaurants/eateries are also located in Canberra and will provide you with an awesome vegan lunch or dinner when your craving a takeaway meal.
Fast Food Chains with Canberra locations featured in the article include: Zambreros, Mad Mex, Guzman Y Gomez, Beach Burrito, Crust, Dominos, Pizza Capers, Pizza Hut, San Churro, Gozleme King, Subway, Grilld, Nandos, Ali Baba, Th1ve, Sumo Salad, and Soul Origin. To find out how to order vegan at all these Restaurants please click here.
If your business is in Canberra and has great vegan options you would like me to share, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my ‘Contact’ page. I am stationed in Canberra and would love to promote your options as I’m looking to expand my list! This blog article will act as a guide for many Canberra tourists and Newbies in search of a meal when visiting the nations capital. Let me showcase your cafe or restaurant!