Here’s your guide to the best vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner spots in Canberra.
On the waterfront at the Kingston Foreshore, try Local Press Cafe for an Instagram-worthy meal (added bonus – it’s going to be healthy!). With a menu bursting with fresh flavours and cold pressed juices, this café is family owned and operated. Try the coconut pancakes before exploring the nearby historic Manuka precinct.
Sweet Bones Bakery & Cafe
Punk rock meets Mexican fiesta at this bakery and café. With hand-painted saws and Day of the Dead inspired skull table numbers decorating Sweet Bones, the fact that all the meals are plant-based is not the most surprising thing about this eatery. Locals flock here for the tofu scrambled ‘eggs’, perfectly seasoned tacos and their signature cinnabons.
Named after its approach to life, the menu at Eighty/Twenty showcases 80% natural, wholefoods with a cheeky 20% of indulgent desserts. Famous for salads that are as colourful as rainbows and nutrient packed smoothies, this Lonsdale St café is 100% delicious. With lots of outdoor seating, 80/20 is a great spot to refuel as you explore Braddon’s nearby boutiques and bars.
At Morks their mission is simple - to create delicious Thai food. Their modern take on traditional dishes captures authentic flavours as well as the excitement of a true Thai dining experience. Morks’ menu is vegetarian-friendly with half the dishes being plant-based. Feast on the wok tossed bok choy with burnt soy and crispy, thrice-cooked eggplant with rhubarb salad.
My Rainbow Dreams
Full of fresh and healthy eats, this unassuming café is popular with locals in the know. Owned and operated by students of spiritual master Sri Chinmoy, My Rainbow Dreams’ lunches nourish both the body and soul. Regulars return for their gelato made fresh on the premises and wholesome curries.
Look for bright neon signs and a wall of beckoning gold cats on Lonsdale St and you’ll find yourself at Lazy Su. Inspired by a mix of retro 60s to 80s American-Japanese-Korean pop culture, this Asian eatery serves up hawker-style food that is designed to be shared. With lots of vegetarian dishes and vegan options available on request, share a feast with your friends. The bulgogi jackfruit pancakes and seasonal kimchi platter are must-eats.
Verity Lane Market
If you’re craving a variety of delights head to Verity Lane Market, a food hall hidden in the heritage Sydney building in Canberra’s city centre. With three distinct vendors each with their own vegetarian offering, choosing where to eat will be the hardest decision you make all night.
For those who love South East Asian cuisine that playfully showcases Australian ingredients, head to Enoki Project. Keep an eye out for the satay cauliflower curry and the burnt basque goat’s cheesecake on their ever-changing menu. Dig into the plant-based ramen with ginger soy tofu from Ramen Daddy or munch of a range of veggie pizzas that would make any nonna smile from Pizza Artigiana. Wet your whistle at the stunning early 20th century inspired Verity Bar with a cocktail or two before exploring more of Canberra’s great bar scene.
Au Lac Royal Vegan Cuisine
Au Lac’s Asian eats have a cult following amongst locals. Specialising in crafting soy into unbelievable textures and flavours, their chef will have you asking ‘are you sure this isn’t meat?’. The roast soy ‘duck’ in plum sauce and sizzling eggplant cooked in a clay pot are a must-try experience. This family-friendly eatery is dishing up delights in Woden and the Asian foodie district of Dickson.
Monster Kitchen and Bar
Nestled at the base of one of Canberra’s hippest hotels is Monster Kitchen and Bar. For 365 days, this Monster has become a herbivore serving up an entirely vegetarian menu. This restaurant is a conscious consumers’ best friend featuring local produce and stylish décor sourced sustainably with a fine-dining twist. The parmesan churros, hand crafted spaetzle and grilled broccolini are crowd favourites.
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