Brisbane has a fast-growing and vibrant vegan scene. You will find a wide selection of cafes and restaurants that serve up some delicious vegan creations. You won't be bored with the amazing options.
Here is a list of my favourite places for vegan eats in Brisbane:
Recommended Dish: Murtabah
Vega Cafe is an all vegan cafe located in Spring Hill. I've visited many times and they make some of the most delicious vegan dishes I've had in Brisbane. And the owners and staff are always friendly and welcoming.
It's hard to choose a favourite here as the quality is consistently high. The murtabah is a must-try with its creamy curry chicken filling in crispy roti pocket. And the vegan omelette is my favourite in the breakfast menu with its creamy, egg-like texture. They also open for dinner for a few days a week; The yellow curry in the dinner menu is one of the most flavourful and rich curries I've had in a while.
They also carry a good selection of cabinet desserts including macarons, croissants and doughnuts.
Recommended Dish: Creme brulee pancakes
Plant Vibes is a beautiful vegan cafe in Bowen Hills. You'll be welcomed by the friendly staff and cozy decor when you arrive. The menu features classic cafe dishes like toasties and pancakes. They update their menu every few months. Currently, the delicious creme brulee pancakes and truffle mushroom croissants are top of my list.
Recommended Dish: Purple yam doughnuts
This colourful, anime themed ramen bar in Everton Park is a gem, and it's probably one of the biggest portion vegan restaurant in Brisbane at the moment!
Everything here is vegan. The menu features highly customisable ramen and stir-fry. You can pick the sauce, noodle type and toppings you prefer. Try the tan tan ramen broth for ramen and the surprisingly flavourful garlic mushroom sauce for stir-fry.
Be sure to leave some space for the amazing desserts. I've tried all 4 and they are all superb. The ice cream they use is soy based and super creamy. And the purple yam doughnuts are a must-try.
Other than the delicious food, another stand out feature here is the huge portion, especially the stir fry and desserts. The big portion size was definitely unexpected and welcomed. Not just for my table, other tables couldn't finish all the food and left with takeaway boxes.
U Tong Thai
Recommended Dish: Whole coconut curry
This all-vegan Thai restaurant is a great choice if you are craving some authentic Thai dishes. You'll find some delicious options here including the whole coconut curry with seafood and veggies, pineapple fried rice and pad see ew. The portions are great; some of the curries are so big that I had difficulty finishing by myself.
They also have some vegan desserts and drinks. One dessert to consider getting is the classic sticky rice with mango. For drinks, try the red Thai milk tea if you don't mind something sweet.
Recommended Dish: Make your own bao with sticky duck
Dicki’s at New Farm is a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon eating delicious vegan food. They recently opened a second cafe in Ascot offering a similar menu.
They serve some classic comfort food like burgers and waffles. I especially love the sticky duck baos. The slightly sweet ‘duck’ has a chewy texture, which is great with the soft fluffy baos. Dessert is also great, including the fluffy waffles. They also have pastries and cakes on display at the cabinet.
Recommended Dish: Noodles with bean sauce or sweet and sour pom pom mushroom rice
Vegeme is an Asian fusion restaurant in West End, Brisbane. Most of the dishes are vegan and are clearly marked. Food is generally delicious with big portions. Some stand out dishes include bean sauce on rice/noodles, sweet and sour pom pom mushroom rice, bibimbap (swap out egg for corn to make it vegan), and suji (Taiwanese fried chicken).
Za Za Ta
Za Za Ta is a vegetarian restaurant specialising in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. They have a dedicated vegan menu.
Overall I enjoyed the food, decor and service here. Stand out dishes include the black lentil mushroom manti (it’s a dumpling dish made with Fable meat. Deep flavours with contrasting textures) and triple cooked potato (so surprisingly crispy and flavourful, and the garlicky vegan butter the potatoes are served on is amazing). However, the green wheat tabbouli was a bit of a let down with its flavours and presentation.
The prices of Za Za Ta are on the higher end with pretty small portions. But it still can be a good choice for special occasions if you don’t mind spending more.
Recommended Dish: Charcoal roasted broccoli
This high end restaurant in Wooloongabba has some great vegan options. The 'Herbivore' part of the menu is all vegan with 7 choices. They also had an impressive vegan dessert. Overall the food is delicious and creative, although a bit pricey.
I highly recommend the charcoal roasted broccoli. It's seemingly simple, but you'll be impressed by the rich umami flavours from the roasted broccoli and contrasting textures from the crispy quinoa topping. The dessert that night - raspberry basil nitro meringue - is also perfection.
The Vegan Mary
Recommended Dish: No Cluck'n Around Burger
The Vegan Mary has become my new go-to for a tasty burger in the West End area. They began their journey as a food truck early in 2023, and has now found a permanent home in West End, serving as the kitchen for The Bearded Lady.
Specialising in 100% vegan comfort food, The Vegan Mary has a menu of classic burgers and snacks. All the burgers I've tried here are delicious with great attention to detail. My top pick is the No Cluck'n Around burger, which uses crispy fried oyster mushrooms alongside other classic burger fillings. For snacks and bites, I particularly enjoy the buffalo cauliflower wings which has a deliciously tangy and spicy sauce.
It's a good idea to check The Bearded Lady's page before heading over, as they often host live bands which might require a ticket for entry.
The Green Edge
Recommended Dish: Chicken waffle
The Green Edge is the OG in the Brisbane vegan scene. Both the cafe and the shop section are all vegan. It’s walking distance from Windsor Station which is only a few stops from the city. They also have parking available.
Stop by their shop section to stock up on vegan goodies. Other than groceries, they also carry makeup, house supplies, and even shoes, recipe books and more. The selection is impressive, but the prices are on the higher side.
For the food at the cafe, they have a selection of classic dishes like burgers, salads, pancakes and more. While the taste of the food is okay, I feel that the level of effort put into the dishes is not as high as I'd have liked. Compared to other similarly priced vegan options in Brisbane, the food quality is not as impressive.
Vegan Restaurant West End
This vegan restaurant in restaurant serves a wide variety of Asian dishes. The dishes are tasty in general with good portions. Honey chicken is my go-to.
An all-vegan restaurant in Paddington, Brisbane. The atmosphere here is relaxing, and staff is helpful and friendly.
They serve some classic restaurant/pub dishes like parmy fries and burgers. The taste is good, but some may find the portion to be a small.
Veganyumm is an all-vegan bakery in Everton Park with amazing baked goods. You will find a wide selection of brownies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more. They also sell coffee and shakes. If you are not a fan of sweet treats, they also have delicious savoury options like sausage rolls and meat pies.
You Came Again
Located at the end of West End, You Came Again is an all vegan tapas bar serving sharable small dishes and snacks, as well as a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
The menu changes from time to time. I've had mixed experiences of the food here with inconsistent quality. For example, the lemon curd dessert was delicious, but in a recent visit, the meatball and miso eggplant were both overly salty.
This West End restaurant specialises in plant based Italian cuisine. Their sourdough pizza crusts and burger buns are made fresh in house. You can’t go wrong with the magic mushroom pizza and tiramisu.
(Grassfed is permanently closed since Sep 2023, but they are still available at QLD vegan markets)
Recommended Dish: BFC Burger
Grassfed is an all-vegan burger shop in South Brisbane. Although they don’t have a very big menu, all the options sound delicious and you may have a difficult time choosing just one. If you are feeling hungry, go with their signature BFC burger which has everything from patty and bacon, to double cheese and curly fries. The loaded fries is another great choice. They also feature a special menu that change regularly.
For something sweet, they have soft serve ice cream and thick shakes made with ice cream.
Botanica Real Food
This upscale salad shop sells beautiful gourmet salads that are healthy and delicious. It’s a takeaway shop and there are no seats inside, but it’s not too difficult to find some benches within walking distance.
On the day of visit, the branch on Doggett St (near Fortitude Valley, or the Valley) has 5 out of 7-8 options that are vegan. There’s also a vegan chocolate brownie. The staff is knowledgeable of which ones are vegan, but it would be better if they are marked. The small salad box is already filling as it is filled to the brim.
Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain. The Brisbane one is located in Mount Gravatt. They have a decent sized menu, with a focus on Asian dishes. The food is well made and delicious. The crispy yum, which is a fried nugget with a sweet fruity sauce, is especially good.
Blazenest is a vegan Asian-inspired restaurant in Brown Plains. The food is tasty here, but one thing to keep in mind is that almost every item on the menu is fried/deep-fried. Although the dishes are made well (crispy & crunchy without too oily), it’s possible to feel a bit heavy afterwards with all the fried food.
They have only 3-4 tables in the restaurant so definitely call ahead to book if you are planning to go!
Located in the Brisbane CBD on Adelaide Street, Vege Rama is a quick and easy choice for vegans. They have a good selection of curry, dosa, desserts and more. The selection changes regularly. Food quality is good. They have some seats outside the shop but it gets quite busy during lunch time.
Tea Master is a vegetarian restaurant near the valley. The dishes are mainly Taiwanese, and the vegan options are clearly marked. Food quality is decent, but I’m disappointed at the use of plastic, including the bubble tea drinks and dine in water cups.
MooFree Burgers & Charlie’s Raw Squeeze
Moofree Burgers is a vegan burger chain with multiple locations. You can find vegan burgers here as well as treats from its sister shop, Charlie’s Raw Squeeze.
Choose from a range of chicken and beef patty burgers, with other ingredients like cheese, mayo, hash brown, and more inside. They also serve snacks like loaded chips and nuggets. For drinks and desserts, they have a wide range of shakes, sundaes, pancakes and more to choose from.
Overall the food quality is decent, but not wow.
Craving for vegan doughnuts in Brisbane? Doughnut Time is the place to go. The shop is located on Grey Street in South Bank. The doughnut is big is size and very filling. It has a bread-y doughnut texture. They have 4 vegan flavours at the time of writing: Liam Hemsworthy (red velvet doughnut with cookie frosting), Orita Ora (Oreo vanilla glazed), Fairy Godmother (your classic buttercream doughnut with sprinkles) and Pump Up The Jam (Cinnamon sugar dusted doughnut with raspberry plum jam).
Lord of the Fries
Originally from Melbourne, Lord of the Fries is a vegan chain that serves up classic fast food. From burgers and fries, to hot dogs and shakes, you can find food and drinks here that satisfy your cravings. Their chicken waffle with bacon and maple syrup is highly recommended.
Noosa Chocolate Factory
Noosa Chocolate Factory near Central station in Brisbane has a decent selection of vegan chocolate and drinks. Ask staff for vegan options or explore yourself. They also make great vegan chocolate drinks. Be sure to ask for the vegan milk chocolate for the drinks.
Oakberry in West End serves build-your-own acai bowls and smoothies. The acai is on the sweeter side, which I like as it tastes like a dessert. You won't go wrong with the peanut butter, berries and granola combination.
Gelato Messina in South Brisbane has a good range of vegan options. All their sorbets and both of the ice cream cones are vegan. Some flavours are quite exotic like the pandan+coconut milk and salted coconut+mango salsa. The coconut milk sorbet is also a good choice for affogato.
In the heart of Brisbane CBD, Gelatissimo has some clearly marked vegan options, including a triple chocolate and some other sorbet at the time of visit. The cone is also vegan.
Netherworld in Fortitude Valley is a retro arcade restaurant and bar with great vegan food. You will be greeted by pinball machines, retro gaming machines, retro consoles and more when you enter.
Despite being an omni restaurant, it’s refreshing to see that all dishes are vegan by default. Here you can find vegan comfort food like fried chicken burger and ice cream sundae. The dishes I’ve tried are delicious.
It can get pretty busy during the evening especially on Friday and Saturday. So visit during lunch time if you prefer a quieter place to play the arcade games.
This ramen chain has a small vegan menu. Try their classic ramen (has 3 different spiciness levels) which has a flavourful broth and a variety of toppings. The broth is nice, but the toppings can be a bit lacking with only two small pieces of tofu
Okuman Karaage and Ramen Bar
This Japanese restaurant in West End has a decent sized vegan menu including bento boxes, ramen, curry rice and other small dishes. The ginger bento box and vegetable croquette curry rice are great choices.
This eatery in West End, Brisbane specialised in wraps, and they have a few delicious vegan options like falafel and satay tofu. Keep in mind that you would need to specify vegan when ordering and the vegan wrap is $1 extra unfortunately.
This hidden Thai place in Redcliffe has a surprisingly big vegan menu with classic dishes like curry, pad Thai, spring rolls, etc. Overall I'm impressed with the food with the curries with crispy chicken and Thai fried rice being the standout dishes.
This ramen place in Paddington has 2 vegan options - Miso and Veg (remove egg for the veg one). They are flavourful and the topping is generous. On Monday and Tuesday 4:30-5:30, the ramen is on special for $10.
Australia Restaurant Chains With Good Vegan Options
Zeus Street Greek
Zeus Street Greek has a new vegan menu using plant based meat from 100% Not. The texture of their vegan chicken and lamb are amazingly realistic.
I love the Pythagoras chicken wrap which is vegan by default. And the Tzimmy is great as well. Swap protein for vegan chicken/lamp and swap tzatziki for vegan mayo to make the wrap vegan. Click here to see their vegan and vegetarian range.
P'Nut Street Noodles
P'Nut Street Noodles is a restaurant chain specialised in South-east Asian cuisine. They have clearly marked vegan dishes like Singapore noodles, satay sauce with rice, spring rolls and dumplings. The dishes I've tried are flavourful and tasty.
Motto Motto has a few surprisingly delicious vegan Japanese dishes. My favourite is the tofu teriyaki donburi. Donburi is Japanese rice bowl. The deep fried tofu is smooth and melty. The rice bowl pairs well with the sweet teriyaki sauce. Other dishes include the vegan miso ramen and miso eggplant donburi.
Other than dairy-free milk, Starbucks now offer rice-based vegan whipped cream for drinks. They also carry options like muffins, sandwiches and sausage roll.
Domino's Pizza has a vegan menu including vegan cheese pizza and cheesy garlic bread. In general it's pretty good and nostalgic. I like the beef & onion pizza the best. Click here to see their vegan range.
Grill'd offers a few vegan burgers using Fable mushroom patty and Impossible Meat.
Cocobliss is a chain in Brisbane with many healthy vegan options. You can find acai bowls (Ferraro Rocher bowl is my favorite), juice, smoothies and other snacks here.
This poke bowl shop has 2 vegan options - tofu bowl and mushroom bowl. I've tried both of them and they are tasty. You can also find vegan-option tacos. Two of the main protein options are vegan - tofu with miso tahini, and mushroom with beetroot hummus. Make sure to ask them to omit mayo to make it vegan.
Keep in mind that this place also serve meat and seafood. And the smell of seafood inside the restaurant could be quite strong.
Miss Claudes Crepes
A crepe shop located in South Brisbane and Newmarket with a vegan menu. The sweet options here is better as they come with a coconut ice cream with no extra cost. The savoury options, however, is a bit less attractive with vegan cheese add-on being $4 extra.
This dessert chain offers a variety of vegan desserts including churros (of course), ice cream, shakes and more. Taste is overall good, but sometimes the quality is not consistent from shop to shop.
When you are in Brisbane, be sure to visit the QLD Vegan Markets for some delicious food. They have multiple locations in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Check out this guide for more info.
And if you are planning to visit Gold Coast, read this foodie guide and visit the best vegan places there!