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:
Grassfed is an all-vegan burger shop in South Brisbane. Their burgers are next level: All vegan, and made with vegan beef (vEEF burger patties), bacon, egg, cheese and other mouthwatering ingredients. This is one of the vegan comfort food restaurants you need to put on your bucket list.
Although they don’t have a very big menu, all the options sound delicious and you may have a difficult time choosing just one. My favourite, BFC, has double vEEF patty, bacon, fries, double cheese, caramelised onion and other veggies. Finished with their special sauce. The brekky burger and the chicken burger are also great.
Other than burgers, they have some comfort food snacks like loaded fries and crispy buffalo cauliflower.
For something sweet, they have shakes and ice cream. The shakes aren’t just smoothie shakes; they are proper thick milkshakes with whipped cream on top. For the ice cream sundaes, they use I Should Coco vegan soft serve ice cream.
Grassfed is not very big with only about 5 tables. And there seems to always be a line outside because of its delicious burgers. So allocate more time if you plan to visit.
Vega Cafe (Closed February 2022)
Vega Cafe is a cosy vegan cafe in Lutwyche serving delicious Asian-inspired dishes. Stand out dishes include murtabah, which is a buttery pastry stuffed with creamy curry chicken and veggies, and the Shibuya toast, which is a dessert toast loaded with ice cream, caramelised banana, whipped cream and other tasty elements.
I love the relaxing vibes and location of Vega Cafe. Built on a Queenslander, the interior is bright with big windows facing a quiet local park. Staff here is also warm and helpful.
At Pancha cafe in Hamilton, you will find some standout vegan Asian dishes like pad Thai and massaman curry, both of which are authentic and delicious. Desserts like the Pancha pancake is also fantastic. The whole menu is vegan but keep in mind that at the time of writing they have dairy milk for coffee.
The staff is friendly and the environment is also beautifully rustic.
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 breakfast burrito which is loaded with delicious ingredients. Another great choice is the sticky duck baos. The slightly sweet ‘duck’ has a chewy texture, which is great with the soft fluffy baos.
Dessert is also great. Other than the pastries and cakes on display at the cabinet, they also serve waffles and smoothies. Their waffle has great soft texture. The flavour changes regularly.
Greenhouse Canteen + Bar
Greenhouse Canteen + Bar is a vegan restaurant near Southbank, Brisbane. You will be welcomed by the beautiful wooden tables and lush green plants when you enter.
The menu features familiar dishes with a twist, for example, the mushroom cheeseburger creatively uses tempura mushroom as the burger buns, or raw pesto pasta made with zucchini noodles. The dishes are flavourful, but some may find them a bit too oily.
At the time of writing, they are doing $5 taco on Tuesday. The taco is well made and filled with delicious ingredients.
The Green Edge
The Green Edge is a must visit for vegans. 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.
Boasting a big menu of vegan comfort food, from huge epic burgers to fluffy pancakes with ice cream, you may have a hard time choosing! Be sure to get one of their milkshakes or frappe to go with the meal. Their fridge next to the cafe also has a wide range of cakes and sweets.
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.
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.
Plant Vibes is a beautiful vegan cafe in Bowen Hills. The decoration is beautiful and the food is nicely presented. Here you can find some classic cafe dishes like all-day breakfast, burgers and french toast. Also they have cabinet desserts like croissant and doughnuts.
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.
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.
Grown is a vegan restaurant that puts an emphasis on sustainability. Menu uses seasonal ingredients that are sourced locally as much as possible and food waste are being composted. And the food is pretty great too.
Menu changes regularly. One of the dishes I tried is the french toast. It uses seasonal nectarine with housemade vanilla ice cream. Instead of regular french toast, they put sugar on top and torch it to make it crispy like a creme brulee. The contrast between soft cakey toast with crispy sugar top, mixed with the creamy ice cream, is delicious. The hash brown is also great with a vibrant and flavorful mix of veggies.
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. Dishes I’ve tried are very good and nicely presented.
This tea shop in West End has quite a few vegan dessert options. The best one being their vegan soft serve ice cream. Flavour rotates regularly, and they include cherry blossom, chai, taro and more. They also have vegan bubble tea.
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.
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.
September 18 (Closed January 2022)
Located in North Lakes, September 18 cooks up some hearty Asian dishes and everything is vegan except the dim sim.
From traditional Malaysian Bak Kut Teh to fragrant coconut curry roti, the food is impressive in taste. For entree, the drumsticks that’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside is highly recommended. Their spring rolls or homemade curry puff are other good choices. Try the roti chanai with potato curry and the peanut-y satay chicken with rice for main.
Vegeme is an Asian fusion restaurant in West End, Brisbane. Most of the dishes are vegan and are clearly marked. Food is generally delicious. However, sometimes the quality can be a little bit inconsistent, like oily fried rice. I would recommend the rice with bean sauce and sweet and sour pom pom mushroom.
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.
A cosy cafe located in Stafford Heights with many vegan options. My favourite that I've tried is the summer sorbet taco, which they made by putting mango sorbet in little pancake tacos. Staff is warm and friendly.
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.
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
Another good vegan restaurant on the Northside of Brisbane is Moofree Burgers. Located in North Lakes, 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. However, during my few visits, the shop is not the cleanest and the tables are not wiped.
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 flavors 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).
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 flavors 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 some clearly marked vegan items. Try their classic ramen (has 3 different spiciness levels) which has a flavorful broth and a variety of toppings.
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. You order your meal through an iPad. The tempura bento box is a great choice for first timers to try a few of their vegan dishes like croquette and gyozas.
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.
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.
New Chinese Garden
This Chinese restaurant in Kedron has a separate vegan menu. You can find some classic dishes here. I like the plum sauce duck with a crispy crust and delicious sauce. However, some dishes including the dim sim, fried rice and Singapore noodles are disappointing.
Coffee Head Co.
This coffee shop in South Brisbane serves coffee with many non-dairy milk options. Ask for the 70% cocoa for a rich vegan chocolate drink. They also have some vegan chocolate, cakes and toasties.
Cups On Melbourne
This West End coffee shop carries desserts from French Tarts, including almond croissants, melting moments and cake slices. They also have vegan cheese for toastie at the time of writing.
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.
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 Beyond meat and Fable mushroom patty. Tastes good in general. One of the things to keep in mind is that none of the new Fable burgers is vegan by default. For example, the spicy cheeseburger you need to change the aged cheese to the vegan cheese, and change the egg mayo to vegan mayo.
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 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.