The best vegan restaurants Sydney has to offer
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.
Turns out pizza without cheese is still bloody excellent, and Gigi Pizzeria slings some of the city's best wood fired, plant-based pies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gathered Kitchen looks like an everyday café but this café is pioneering the way for vegan brunch. The menu is hefty, running from prime Insta-bait like lemongrass pandan waffles and "buttermilk" pancakes through to dairy-free smoothies and even vegan pastries like an almond croissant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.