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16 of the best vegan restaurants in Sydney

Find all the top plant-based eats to be had at Sydney's vegan and vegetarian restaurants
Noddles at Little Turtle Thai
Photograph: Katje Ford
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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 product-free are multiplying. Only a few years ago vegan dining meant a whole lot of pulses, but now Sydney is home to plant-based burger shops; classic Italian pizzerias that opt for cheese and meat alternatives; gelato shops that favour coconut bases; and a growing contingent of fine diners offering fancy degustations for vegans.

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The best vegan restaurants Sydney has to offer

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Gnocchi at Paperbark Waterloo
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Vegan

Paperbark

icon-location-pin Waterloo

Anyone who is holding fast to ideas of plant-based eating that centre on unseasoned vegetable protein needs to wake up and taste the strawberry and eucalyptus sorbet. It’s every bit as refreshing as Paperbark itself – a highly accessible, sustainable, beautifully styled, and downright delicious take on vegan dining.

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PIzza chef pours oil over pizza
Restaurants

Gigi Pizzeria

icon-location-pin 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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Food at Alibi Bar Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Restaurants, Vegan

Alibi Bar and Dining

icon-location-pin 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. 

4
Curry at Little Turtle Thai
Restaurants, Thai

Little Turtle

icon-location-pin 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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Forbidden Rice at Yellow
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants

Yellow

icon-location-pin 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. 

6
Food and drinks at Bad Hombres
Restaurants, Mexican

Bad Hombres

icon-location-pin 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
Restaurants, Italian

Otto Ristorante Sydney

icon-location-pin Wooloomooloo

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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Shift Eatery Surry Hills
Restaurants, Cafés

Shift Eatery

icon-location-pin 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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Laksa at Golden Lotus
Restaurants, Vegan

Golden Lotus

icon-location-pin 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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Photograph: Supplied
Restaurants, Thai

Oriental Healthy

icon-location-pin 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
Restaurants, American

The Green Lion

icon-location-pin 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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Yulli's
Bars, Craft beer

Yulli's

icon-location-pin 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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Restaurants, Vegan

Soul Burger Glebe

icon-location-pin 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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Bodhi
Restaurants

Bodhi Restaurant Bar

icon-location-pin 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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Nourishing Quarter
Restaurants

Nourishing Quarter

icon-location-pin Redfern

This vegan restaurant on Cleveland Street is a bit of a kook. The room has a vintage Royal Britannia theme that is very into the early reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Photograph: Joelle Miller
Restaurants, Cafés

Funky Pies

icon-location-pin 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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