58 Must-Visit Vegan Cafés in Melbourne45 min read

Updated: 8th April 2024

Seeking the ultimate vegan café experience in Melbourne?

Look no further! We’ve dedicated our efforts to curating an extensive guide to the finest vegan-friendly havens across Melbourne’s 31 metropolitan council areas.

While my heart yearns to spotlight solely 100% vegan establishments, I’ve broadened our list to embrace vegetarian spots and those cafes offering a selection of vegan options as well.

It’s all about celebrating and supporting the local gems that are embarking on a journey towards more plant-based offerings.

So, buckle up and join us as we embark on a culinary exploration of Melbourne’s vibrant vegan café scene!

Also just quick, cafe and restaurant apparently means the same thing to some people. So the criteria for me, a vegan cafe in this article. Is an establishment that sells vegan friendly food and drink options and is open mainly for breakfast and lunch, sometimes dinner. While also selling coffee. The list below is organised in alphabetical order by Suburb. Enjoy!

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Albion

Vinh Nguyen Bakehouse – 35 Perth Ave, Albion VIC 3020

Specialising in Vegan/Vegetarian Vietnamese food and freshly baked piá cakes. With unlabelled vegan dishes. Menu includes lemongrass noodle soup, pho, and fried rice.

Altona North

Staple37 Cabot Dr, Altona North VIC 3025

Specialty coffee and eatery open since March ’20. Vegan meals include toasts such as chickpea toona mayo melt, just like scrambled egg, banhi mi style with tofu, various tempeh-based bowls and sweet dishes such as pbj toastie. 

Armadale

Willow Urban Retreat Cafe1203 High St, Armadale VIC 3143

Willow Urban Retreat represents a space in which you can escape the bustle of life in the city. Our whole foods café, next door to our wellness spa, yoga studio & infrared sauna, provides a light-filled space that brings together the local community to share nutritious food and exceptional coffee.

Ascot Vale

Mister Nice Guy’s Bakeshop151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032

Melbourne’s first 100% plant based vegan bakery / bake shop. Est in 2010. Specialising in celebration cakes and baked goods. Serves savoury and sweet food including baguettes, bagels, sausage rolls, hot dogs, quiche, doughnuts, cinnamon scrolls, babka, cupcakes & danishes. Also offers a variety of hot and cold drinks such as coffee, chai, hot chocolate and monster shakes. Open Mon to Fri 9:00am-5:30pm, Sat to Sun 8:00am-4:00pm

Avondale Heights

Particle Cafe47 Military Rd, Avondale Heights VIC 3034

Plant based food and specialty coffee. Grinds fresh cinnamon on site which is sold for retail and wholesale. Some menu items include jackfruit sliders, big breakfast, chickpea burger, nacho bowl, milkshakes, smoothies, mashed avo, BLT sandwich, tacos, muesli with coconut yogurt, and raw cheezecake.

Balaclava

Monk Bodhi DharmaRear, 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava VIC 3183

Monk Bodhi Dharma Melbourne is a specialist coffee and tea house, serving sustainable and healing food made from scratch. Serving all-day breakfast, daily soup/stew, enchiladas, smoothies, raw snickers and desserts. Open Mon to Fri 7:00am-5:00pm, Sat to Sun 8:00am-5:00pm.

Bentleigh

Raw Galore2/6 Matthews Rd, Bentleigh East VIC 3165

Vegan whole-foods business with 2 cafes located In Melbourne, Victoria. They specialise in raw, vegan, gluten free and dairy free products. Offering smoothies, açai bowls, jaffles, superfood toasts, raw desserts, protein balls and St Ali coffee. 

Berwick

Mr Black Juicery1 Blackburne Square, Berwick VIC 3806

Juice & Coffee Shop located in Berwick. Serving juices, smoothies, and vegan meals. All vegan except dairy milk for hot drinks. Has vegan yogurt, ice cream, and a variety of plant milks. Food is gluten-free and made in-house. Est. 2016. Open Mon to Fri 6:00am-3:30pm, Sat to Sun 8:00am-3:00pm.

Brighton

Allister McAllister9 South Rd, Brighton VIC 3186

A pop culture vegetarian cafe offering vegan options like vegan toasties, protein balls, muffins and other vegan foods. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-1:00pm. It is also a vintage pop culture collectables store, a comfortable and quirky coffee shop with pretty much everything in eyes sight for sale.

ARLO2 Railway Walk, Brighton VIC 3186

Real food made without animals! The Arlo Cafe utilize seasonal veggies and grains into their daily menu keeping things simple to produce some scrumptious looking vegan food. Their baked in house sourdough bread is super popular! But they also sell vegan dishes including hummus plate, falafel wrap, avocado toast, soups and stews, smoothies and smoothie bowls, muffins, and biscuits. Coffee, hot chocolate, and chai are available served with a variety of plant milks. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-2:00pm.

Bowl Me Over414 New St, Brighton VIC 3186

A all-vegan cafe eatery in Brighton specialising in bowl-based meals, smoothies and coffee. Some of the vegan dishes include scrambled tofu on toast, chick pea curry bowl, burritto bowls and Acai bowls. Open from Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 3pm and Saturday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm.

Cafe Bliss5 Mavis Ave, Brighton East VIC 3187

Cafe Bliss is a local vegetarian cafe joined to the Tara Institute (Buddhist community). Offering breakfast and lunch including options, soups, sandwiches and bowls. Along with cakes, juices, coffee. Open Mon-Sat 8:00am-4:30pm, Sun 8:00am-4:00pm. Ask them about what vegan dishes they can do for you when ordering.

Raw Galore21 Carpenter St, Brighton VIC 3186

Vegan whole-foods business with 2 cafes located In Melbourne, Victoria. They specialise in raw, vegan, gluten free and dairy free products. Offering smoothies, açai bowls, jaffles, superfood toasts, raw desserts, protein balls and St Ali coffee. 

Brunswick

Gloria391 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

A vegetarian cafe in Brunswick serving seasonal meals, savoury & sweet treats with a Brazilian twist, many of which are vegan. They have a fully vegan menu including; quiches, pies, cakes, brownies, slices with a Brazilian inspired vegan meal of the day. Open Monday to Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm

New Day Rising – 221D Blyth St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Tiny vegetarian cafe offering a variety of food items, including some vegan choices.

Bundoora

Realfoods Organic Cafe – RMIT Bundoora West Campus, Plenty Rd, Bundoora

Organic, fair trade cafe offering raw vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and low-fat meals from soups and salads, to mains, desserts, snacks and drinks. Both locations on university campus. All items are vegan unless specified vegetarian.

Burnley

Serotonin Eatery52 Madden Grove, Burnley VIC 3121

More then just a cafe.. Optimal health requires a holistic approach, this is why Serotonin integrates our nourishing Eatery, with Free Exercise classes and monthly Education Events. It’s a Vegetarian eatery with smoothie and juice bar. Find choices like açai and granola bowls, rice bowls, burgers, coffee, dessert bars and tarts. Also has vegan feta.

Camberwell

Soul Sisters Café891 Burke Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124

Vegan café open for breakfast and lunch. Sample dishes include pancakes, sandwiches, bowls, burgers and more.

Carlton

The Vegan Club793 Rathdowne St, Carlton VIC 3053

Come join the club! 100% plant based cafe serving breakfast, lunch, drinks and dessert, using locally sourced produce and fair trade coffee. Dishes include a vegan club breakfast, scrambled tofu with avocado smash, coconut waffle, vegan steak sandwich and vegan loaded hotdog.

Cheltenham

Love Madre34 Station Rd, Cheltenham VIC 3192

Love Madre is a plant based cafe with wholesome and nutritious comfort food. Cafe offering a 100% vegan menu with dishes such as nachos, buckwheat pancakes, acai bowls, buddha bowls, toasties, smashed avo, raw slices, juices, and more. Open Tue to Sun 9:00am-3:00pm. Closed Mon. Currently temporarily closed at the time of writing.

Clarinda

Shlokas1196 Centre Rd, Clarinda VIC 3169

Cafe offering vegan pies, vegan pasties such as chickpea and samosas. Also sells a variety of vegan pre-packed curries, frozen party packs and more.

Collingwood

Friends of the Earth Cafe312 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066

Almost vegan cafe serving hot vegan organic lunch (a mixed plate with occasional non-vegan vegetarian option), vegan sweets, treats, breads, and muffins. Also a bulk organic grocer with fresh fruit and vegetables, wholefoods, cosmetics, and cleaning products. Enviro bookshop and campaign office on site. Cards accepted over $5. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-5:00pm, Sat 11:00am-4:30pm, Sun 11:00am-4:00pm.

Green Burger240 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066

OMG!! This place has too be a must on your vegan list of things to try! A vegan burger cafe offering dine in, take away and delivery. With some amazing burger options, order now to see their menu. Menu includes burgers, burritos, loaded fries, onion rings, macaroni, milkshakes, and coconut soft serve. Open Monday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday – Friday 5:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm to 10:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm to 9:00pm.

Cremorne

Sable3 Railway Pl, Cremorne VIC 3121

Best bagels in Melbourne! Vegan cafe specialising in bagels, with several varieties of filling and a build-your-own option. Menu also includes sides, shakes, cold drinks, coffee, cookies and brownies.

Croydon

SoulPod Food – 43 The Mall, Croydon South VIC 3136

Two locations in Croydon and Ferntree Gully. Plant-based and organic first cafe serving soul nourishing food. All food is vegan however dairy is available for hot drinks.

Docklands

Home Vegan BarShop 4/699 Collins St, Docklands VIC 3008

Another all vegan cafe, located in Docklands on Collins St. Check out their extensive menu here. They sell juices, coffee, soup, buddha bowls, curry, salads, sweets and vegan wine. Open Monday to Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. Closed Sat-Sun

Elsternwick

Cocomamas – 341 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick VIC 3185

Smoothie and juice bar / vegan cafe in Elsternwick serving, noodles, nachos, bowls, snacks, smoothies and organic pressed juices. Indoor and outdoor seating. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-4:30pm. The food is said to be on the pricer side, but still taste amazing! Oh yeah and they even make their own almond milk in house, which is pretty cool.

Eltham

Earthbound Bolton Cafe5, 266 Bolton St, Eltham VIC 3095

Located in Eltham, with a 90% vegan menu, you can be sure to find something delicious! You can expect to get the best vegan fine dining quality at wholesome servings and price point. Taking a look at their reviews their food is amazing! I am personally excited to give this place a try, they are elevating expectations for plant based options. The flavours are so well balanced and leaving you wanting to try some more. Open Tuesday to Friday 8am till 3pm and Saturday 9am till 2pm.

Elwood

Combi138-140 Ormond Rd, Elwood VIC 3184

A petite cafe with hip decor, offering health-conscious smoothies, house blend coffee and raw food. Not a full vegan cafe as they serve meat options but vegan options are available. The kitchen stops one hour before closing. Open Mon-Sat 6:30am-4:00pm, Sun 7:00am-4:00pm. Check out their menu here.

Ferntree Gully

SoulPod Food – 3/794 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156

Two locations in Croydon and Ferntree Gully. Plant-based and organic first cafe serving soul nourishing food. All food is vegan however dairy is available for hot drinks.

Fitzroy

Louis Cafe93 Moor St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Vegetarian/Vegan Cafe in the heart of Fitzroy. Food and coffee is their passion. They pride themselves on serving top quality and innovative vegan and vegetarian food, Contemporary style vegetarian cafe serving breakfast, lunch and coffee, with vegan versions of almost all dishes. Open Mon-Sun 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Madame K’s Vegetarian367 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Madame K’s Vegetarian has three locations around Melbourne, CBD, Williamstown and Fitzroy. Offering an extensive Asian food menu with dishes like Thai style curry, Indonesian gado gado salad, Chinese style fried rice, and soba noodle. Top rated vegan food that’s definitely worth checking out!

Vegie Bar380 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Food for the Mind, Body & Soul. Since 1988, The Vegie Bar has provided Melbourne with a vibrant, wholesome and abundant selection of vegan & vegetarian food.

Vincent’s Marketplace Cafe379 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

All vegan Cafe within Vincent’s Marketplace serving coffee, tea, cakes and croissants.

Frankston

Nature cafe bar1/3 Thompson St, Frankston VIC 3199

Nature Cafe Bar offers delicious and healthy vegan and vegetarian dishes in Frankston. Offering an all vegan menu aside from dairy for drinks and non-vegan alcohol. Dishes include buddha bowls, burgers, pancakes, smoothies, açai bowls, and much more. A range of pantry and refrigerated vegan products is also stocked. They also have treats for your pup. Nature cafe vegan bone cookies! I know where I’m going…

Kensington

Argi512 Macaulay Rd, Kensington VIC 3031

A confirmed fully vegan cafe in Kensington VIC, providing wholesome food so you can nourish your soul! Call or send a Facebook message to order pickup. Open Tue-Fri 7:30am-2:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-2:00pm. The cafe offers an all day menu including dishes such as the big brekky, a burger, waffles, black bean burrito, a toastie, a choice of four bowls, smashed avo and toast. Smoothies, juices and a variety of lattes are also available.

Kew

V Series4/26 Princess St, Kew VIC 3101

Serving modern fusion vegetarian cuisine since 2015. Offers a varied range of dishes, and makes pastries and cakes daily. Coffee drinks and mocktails available.

Lyndhurst

Earthy Eating CafeShop 15A, Marriott Waters Shopping Centre, Lyndhurst VIC 3975

A cute little cafe with a variety of vegan options. They have dedicated to only serving vegan and vegetarian options. The Açai Bowls are my personal favourite, they offer many other options like slices, donuts, smoothies, vegan pies and more. Open Tuesday to Friday 8am to 5:30pm and Saturday to Monday 8am to 5pm.

Maidstone

One for the Crow – 9 Commercial St, Maidstone VIC 3012

Plant based cafe in Maidstone, Victoria serving delicious innovative cafe classic vegan food and allpress coffee. The entire menu is vegan but dairy milk is offered for drinks.

Melbourne

Madame K’s Vegetarian273 King St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Madame K’s Vegetarian has three locations around Melbourne, CBD, Williamstown and Fitzroy. Offering an extensive Asian food menu with dishes like Thai style curry, Indonesian gado gado salad, Chinese style fried rice, and soba noodle. Top rated vegan food that’s definitely worth checking out!

Realfoods Organic Cafe – 360-418 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Organic, fair trade cafe offering raw vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, and low-fat meals from soups and salads, to mains, desserts, snacks and drinks. Both locations on university campus. All items are vegan unless specified vegetarian.

Smoothme Superfood BarShop 6/120 Spencer Street (enter from Francis st 20m up from, Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Smoothie and vegan food bar est. 2017 in a central location. Serves açai bowls and smoothies plus pressed and fresh juices, raw cakes and vegan cheesecakes, hot mylks made from nuts, and a signature spiced cacao soy latte. Savoury options are bagel with toppings like avocado and radish slices. Order breakfast boxes on website. Temporarily closed at the time of writing.

Union Kiosk3/306 Little Collins st (on, The Causeway, Melbourne VIC 3000)

Hole in the wall coffee shop serving vegan jaffles, coffee and sweets in Causeway Lane Melbourne. Also has gluten free options and a range of vegan milks.

Moonee Ponds

Olivia Spring Cafe – 637 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039

A cute vegan cafe serving healthy delicious fresh vegan food & coffee. Vietnamese vegan meals and soups plus baked goods, smoothies, coffee, and tea.

Mordialloc

Conscious Cravings Co226 Beach Rd, Mordialloc VIC 3195

I love their motto! Eat like you give a F***! Established in 2015, they specialise in handcrafted desserts, that are made with no nasties and are raw vegan. Their recipes have been created with health and wellbeing in mind without sacrificing on taste or texture. Located in Mordialloc the cafe serves all its breakfast and lunch favorites with a delicious plant based menu. Serving only vegan, gluten free, FODMAP, wholefoods options. With some food choices like falafel bowl and curried rolls. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-2:00pm, Sat-Sun 8:00am-3:00pm

Wild Yam Health Foods and Cafe499 Main St, Mordialloc VIC 3195

Shop and cafe offering raw desserts and smoothies plus soup, salads, sandwiches, wraps, curries, organic pies, and pasties. Sells a range of shelf items which are mainly raw. All vegan except for dairy milk for drinks

Narre Warren

Good Food Emporium CafeUnit 15/430-440 Princes Hwy, Narre Warren VIC 3805

A whole-food, family owned community grocer and cafe specialising in  wholesome, nutritious and nourishing meals with a focus on plant-based, vegetarian and vegan food. With an ethos of sustainability, Good Food Emporium offers a wide range of organic produce, much of which is vegan and vegetarian, natural beauty and remedies, and sustainably produced craft liquors. Store is open Monday to Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm. While the cafe is open from 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Northcote

Shokuiku120 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Organic, raw & sustainable salads, bowls & smoothies served in a relaxed plant-filled space. Shoku Iku store offers the world’s best and most potent superfoods, tonic herbs and longevity supplement to take your health to the next level. Cafe and shop serving vegan organic food; the only non-vegan item is bee pollen and honey offered as add-on. Beverages include tonic teas and smoothies.

Tahina223 High St, Northcote VIC 3070362 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Plant Based Middle Eastern Cuisine inspired by the streets of Tel Aviv. With two locations in Fitzroy and Northcote. Dishes include; falafel dishes, as well as yarakoht (sauteed mushroom and pumpkin), lutsi (fried cauliflower and leek), shuit (white beans and spinach), vegan shakshuka (eggplant), carrot hotdogs, quinoa salad, desserts and smoothies.

Officer

Chelle’s Soulfood22/445 Princes Hwy, Officer VIC 3809

I found out about this little vegan cafe gem in Officer not too long ago. I got the Mexi Wrap with a passionfruit smoothie and Snickers slice. It was amazing! They serve a completely vegan menu with diary milk for drinks available. Chelle’s first started selling vegan raw desserts all around Melbourne. Which are 100% gluten, dairy, soy & refined sugar free. They also do cake orders and catering. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:00pm, Sat 8:00am-3:00pm, Sun 9:00am-3:00pm.

Parkdale

Love Your Soul77 Parkers Rd, Parkdale VIC 3195

Love Your Soul Studio now named Soul Athletic. Cafe started back in 2015. Focusing on organic ingredients. Menu includes a variety of toasted sandwiches, smashed avocado, smoothie bowls, raw treats, smoothies, and hot drinks. Refined sugar-free. Also available for catering via their food van. Hosts yoga, pilates, barre, and boxing. Open Mon to Fri 7:00am-4:00pm, Sat 8:00am-1:00pm, Sun 8:00am-3:00pm.

Parkville

Home.two 1 Monash Rd, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, 3052

Social enterprise cafe where profits go to programs aimed to alleviate youth homelessness. Everything is vegan except for dairy milk for coffees. Menu offers toasted sandwiches, soups, and sweet treats. Drinks are coffee, chai, hot chocolate, and tea.

Preston

The Merri Clan15 Gilbert Rd, Preston VIC 3072

Looking for vegan burgers, look no more! Community space and licensed vegetarian cafe by day; operating as a bar by night. Vegan except for honey and possibly some drinks.

Zen Arcade Cafe – 666 Plenty Rd, Preston VIC 3072

Cafe serving vegan bagels, coffee, doughnuts and muffins

Richmond

Sister of Soul – 77 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant with two locations in St Kilda and Richmond. Menu includes gluten free, raw food & “no garlic/onion” options. They offer a globally-inspired menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Asian, Mexican, American and Indian. Signature dishes include the soul burger and stir fries.

South Yarra

Bayano the Rebel41 Ellis St, South Yarra VIC 3141

A rather small vegetarian cafe offering vegan options, everything is pretty much vegan except dairy and honey which is available in drinks. The small menu sometimes include foods such as the weekly ‘healing’ stew, soup or curry; a range of gourmet toasted sandwiches, vegan pate, granola, and sourdough toast.

Jumi’s Cafe589 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

Vegan and vegetarian cafe on Chapel Street, South Yarra. Serving healthy plant based smoothie bowls, nourish bowls, smoothies, coffees and super toasts. Their entire menu is vegan and everything is packed with nourishing ingredients to make you smile inside and out.

St Kilda

Good Love56 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Good Love serve only vegan food creating an inclusive, positive community & space, queer, feminist owned business. If you have not, you need to check out their menu including some really creative vegan food & drinks. Open Wednesday – Friday 11am till late and Saturday – Sunday 9am till late.

Matcha Mylkbar72A Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182

At this award-winning cafe, they are putting the emotions, stigma and misconceptions around plant-based eating aside to help the Earth survive & YOU to thrive! Specialising in using matcha. Offers an array of savoury & sweet food items and latte drinks. Example of choices include vegan egg hollandaise, vegan egg toast, matcha burger, avo toast, açai bowl, cold pressed juices, and pancakes. Food is colourful and well-presented. Open Mon to Sun 8:00am-3:00pm.

Sister of Soul – 73 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant with two locations in St Kilda and Richmond. Menu includes gluten free, raw food & “no garlic/onion” options. They offer a globally-inspired menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Asian, Mexican, American and Indian. Signature dishes include the soul burger and stir fries.

Sunbury

Just Planet37 Oshanassy St, Sunbury VIC 3429

Fairtrade organic coffee roastery, espresso bar & online store. Wholesale enquiries welcome. Established in 2008. A small range of plant-based cakes and snacks are available. Outdoor seating and takeaway. Fairtrade organic coffee, chai blend and hot chocolate mix for sale in store. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am to 2:00pm, Sat 8:00am to 1:00pm.

Templestowe

Power Plant Cafe2-6 Swilk St, Templestowe VIC 3106

A plant-based cafe located in Templestowe, Naarm. Their entirely vegan menu consists of breakfast and lunch dishes that are fresh, tasty, and healthy! With gluten free, onion & garlic free, soy free and nut free options. Offering a selection of vegan pies, sausage rolls and sandwiches. As well as vegan sweets, such as, cupcakes, cookies, muffins, raw cheesecakes and slices.

Upwey

Nevedya52 Main St, Upwey VIC 3158

Nevedya is Food for the Spirit. Run by husband and wife duo Daniel Rigos and Shakti Iyer, it is an experience to bring you back to your true self. Vegetarian cafe with vegan options. Serves hot meals, salads and desserts.

Williamstown

Madame K’s Vegetarian367 Brunswick St, Fitzroy145 Nelson Pl, Williamstown

Madame K’s Vegetarian has three locations around Melbourne, CBD, Williamstown and Fitzroy. Offering an extensive Asian food menu with dishes like Thai style curry, Indonesian gado gado salad, Chinese style fried rice, and soba noodle. Top rated vegan food that’s definitely worth checking out!

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