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Food on table at Yellow
Photograph: Anna Kucera

The 18 best vegan restaurants in Sydney

The plant-based dining scene is mighty strong in the Harbour City

By Time Out editors
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People are choosing plant-based eating for its softer step on the earth, concerns about animal cruelty, and the health benefits of a vegetable-rich diet. Plus, the rise of the flexitarian means you might not be a full-time vegan, but where you can, you opt for more plants on your plate.

And as more people embrace vegan eating, the dining options that are meat, dairy and animal byproduct-free are multiplying. Only a few years ago, vegan dining meant a whole lot of pulses and sprouts, but now Sydney is home to plant-based burger shops, classic Italian pizzerias that showcase cheese and meat alternatives, gelato shops that favour coconut bases and a growing contingent of fine diners offering fancy degustations for vegans.

Cool with eggs and dairy? Check out the best vegetarian restaurants in Sydney.

Got a mixed group? Head to one of the 50 best restaurants in Sydney.

On a budget? Have a look at the 50 best cheap eats in Sydney.

The best vegan restaurants Sydney has to offer

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Forbidden Rice at Yellow
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Yellow

Restaurants Potts Point

After a plant-based restaurant with fine-dining cred? Yellow is your best bet. While they still have dairy and eggs on the menu, they can adapt most dishes to cater for vegans, and plants are truly the star of every single dish. 

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Bodhi

Bodhi Restaurant Bar

Restaurants Sydney

This CBD spot has your yum cha cravings covered. The only thing missing is the rumbling trolleys, but in exchange you get to eat your cruelty-free sui mai out under the shade of a giant fig tree in Cook and Phillip Park.

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PIzza chef pours oil over pizza

Gigi Pizzeria

Restaurants Newtown

Turns out pizza without cheese is still bloody excellent, and Gigi Pizzeria slings some of the city's best wood fired, plant-based pies.

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Aranchini at Peppe's Bondi

Peppe's

Restaurants Vegan Bondi

The queue forms early at this trad-looking trattoria on Bondi Road, and it's for the gnocchi – but definitely not the kind that nonna used to make. The entire pantry is plant-based here, so you find butter, milk or cheese in a single menu item, but you will find everything you know and love about Italian food: garlic bread, crunchy arancini, pillow-soft gnocchi, tiramisu and panna cotta. Gone is the guilt, but the goodness remains.

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Food at Alibi Bar Ovolo Woolloomooloo

Alibi Bar and Dining

Restaurants Vegan Potts Point

It’s a brave move for a boutique hotel to make its food and beverage offering nut-and-plant-based (or perhaps an indication of how far we’ve come), but a very worthwhile one. 

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Person holding a burger at Mary's Circular Quay
Photograph: Anna Kucera

Mary's CQ

Bars Circular Quay

At this burger bar the big twist is that everything on the menu has a twin that’s starring veggies in place of meat. Love the crunch of a fried chicken burger but not the agricultural practices? Here they’ve cooked big chunks of seasoned cauliflower and encased it in a thin, bronze shell that shatters with each mouthful. 

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Curry at Little Turtle Thai

Little Turtle

Restaurants Thai Enmore

Vegetables are delicious in their own right, and at Little Turtle, an all-veg Thai restaurant on Stanmore Road, they are banking on the fact that it’s not chicken that makes a tangle of hokkien noodles delicious.

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Food at Mark and Vinnys Spaghetti

Mark and Vinny's Spaghetti and Spritz Bar

Restaurants Italian Surry Hills

It's not exclusively vegan, but the plant-based options – a carbonara with a vegan egg yolk (magic!) and mushroom pancetta, or a plant-based lasagne – are pretty darn convincing. Plus, there's a whole list of Spritzes, so you're winning on all fronts.

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Food and drinks at Bad Hombres

Bad Hombres

Restaurants Mexican Surry Hills

Anyone who thinks vegan can’t be fun needs to both update their opinions from 1998 and also get to Bad Hombres, stat. It's a Mexican Chinese mash-up nailing snacks, tunes and booze, the key elements to a good time.

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Food at Otto Wooloomooloo

Otto Ristorante Sydney

Restaurants Italian Woolloomooloo

It was a regular – a vegan diner who has been visiting fortnightly for a decade – who sparked executive chef Richard Ptacnik’s experiments with animal-free dining. 

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Yulli's

Yulli's

Bars Surry Hills

This long-standing vegetarian eatery on Crown Street also has a dedicated, and expansive, vegan menu, including vegan wines. A visit isn't complete without an order of the edamame and coconut moneybags.

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Vegan ramen at Rara Ramen
Photograph: Cassandra Hannagan

RaRa Redfern

Restaurants Japanese Redfern

RaRa boasts not one, but two different vegan ramen options on its concise menu and they both pack enough punch to convert even the staunchest tonkotsu fans. The soy shio is the lighter of the two, delicately garnished with sliced grilled tomatoes, while the miso variation is creamier, richer and more complex. The good news is you can't go wrong either way. 

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Laksa at Golden Lotus

Golden Lotus

Restaurants Vegan Newtown

South King Street is earning itself a reputation as Sydney vegan’s home turf, and one of its prized players is Golden Lotus, a Vietnamese eatery. 

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Shift Eatery Surry Hills

Shift Eatery

Restaurants Cafés Surry Hills

Surry Hills has long had Yulli’s to cover your veggo nights out, but there’s now a daytime destination in the Shift Eatery, a vegan café and delicatessen peddling super sandwiches, tiny sweet treats and solid coffee. 

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Photograph: Supplied

Oriental Healthy

Restaurants Thai Redfern

You know a place has its meat-free options sorted when you find you prefer the vegan version of your favourite Thai dish. The massaman curry here is a ripper.

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Vegan pub food at the Green Lion
Photograph: Emily Lloyd-Tait

The Green Lion

Restaurants American Rozelle

A few years ago if we’d have told you that the first floor vegan restaurant in an old pub was packed, while downstairs at the bar you could count the punters on one hand, you wouldn’t have believed us.

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Soul Burger Glebe

Restaurants Vegan Glebe

Even the most ethical eater craves junk food from time to time, but rather than pushing it until you cave, indulge your fast food cravings at Soul Burger, the all-vegan burger bar taking Sydney by storm. 

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Photograph: Joelle Miller

Funky Pies

Restaurants Cafés Bondi Beach

Back on Glenayr Ave there’s a pocket-sized establishment selling golden, flaky pies with not an iota of meat in them. They even do mash and gravy for extra comfort points.

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