Glam’s Guide To The Vegetarian/Vegan Hot Spots Around Town

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Here at Glam Adelaide we love every kind of food. We think that it is all glorious – in fact we would go as far to say that food is our number one love (although wine is right up there). So when we had a request from one of our readers to put together a guide of the places that you can pick up a delicious vegan/vegetarian meal in Adelaide, we willingly obliged. Hey, someone has to do it…

So here they are:

Abyssinian Restaurant– 126 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville. For something completely different try out this little Ethiopian restaurant. Bringing you fresh traditional Ethiopian style cuisine, you can choose whether you’d prefer your dishes mild, medium or “Ethiopian HOT”

Addis Ababa Café– 462 Port Road, West Hindmarsh. This is another Ethiopian spot. Who knew there were so many?! While not a vegan restaurant, they do have at least 5 curries that are vegan. Try the yellow split pea curry, or if you like spice, go for the red berbere curry.

Argo Espresso– 212 The Parade, Norwood or Victoria Square, Adelaide. A popular spot for people of all weird and wonderful dietary requirements. The atmosphere in either of their café locations is always buzzing, and their extensive menu has so many great choices. We love the Soul Cleanser Salad.

Bambi’s Kitchen– 31 East Tce, Adelaide. Formerly known as Horner and Pratt, this little modest café is a real inner city treat, but blink and you might miss it. Their small menu changes regularly with vegan options always available and fresh salads to add to every meal, at a great price. The also make a mean coffee, or try our favourite Green Juice.

Bliss Organic Café– 7 Compton Street, Adelaide. Vegan and organic. Their style of dining is all about contributing to a better, fairer, more sustainable world. As they say ‘this is radical eating.’ They also actively try to help the local community by donating leftovers to homeless shelters. They serve brekky, lunch and dinner.

Brighton Jetty Bakery– 83 Jetty Rd, Brighton.  Just an everyday bakery that’s working to cater for all their diverse customers. They have around 30 different vegan products, including our guilty pleasure, chocolate doughnuts. Yum!

Café Chennai– 276 Main North Rd, Prospect. Bringing you a large range of vegetarian and vegan dishes in an authentic South Indian style. We love the Mushroom Manchurian.

Cafe Komodo– 118 Prospect Rd, Prospect. They claim to be “Prospect’s best kept secret” well Glam readers, consider the secret exposed! They have vegan and non vegan options. Hidden down an alleyway, they host open mic nights and are a great brekky location.

Cherry Darlings Bake House– 5A Aroha Tce, Forrestville.  A hot pick for the vegans of SA. Mainly because they have every delicious baked good you can imagine… but entirely vegan. There are so many delicious pies, doughnuts, pastries and cakes to choose from that it’s hard to even pick one to recommend, but if they have it in stock get your hands on a vegan Maxibon, made from scratch. Amazing.

Combi- 17A Leigh Street, Adelaide Coming to us from Melbourne, Combi is a raw cafe that has been making waves ever since it opened in late 2015. You can’t really miss this hole in the wall venue (see more here) because there are always hoards of people lining up to get their hands on the goodies. We stick with saying that our fave so far is the Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie. Oh lord, it is beyond delicious!

Creperie Bruxelles– 70 Henley Beach Rd, Mile End. They have savoury and sweet crepes with vegan options and waffles too! The savoury Breton Crepes or Galettes, are both buckwheat based crepes filled with faux meat and cheese plus tomato, mushroom avocado spinach and are divine. All the sweet crepes are all vegan including the house made salted caramel (yummmmm) They even have vegan cream AND ice cream.

Creperie Bruxelles– 70 Henley Beach Rd, Mile End. They have savoury and sweet crepes with vegan options and waffles too! The savoury Breton Crepes or Galettes, are both buckwheat based crepes filled with faux meat and cheese plus tomato, mushroom avocado spinach and are divine. All the sweet crepes are all vegan including the house made salted caramel (yummmmm) They even have vegan cream AND ice cream.

Earth’s Kitchen– 131 Pirie St, Adelaide. Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner in Adelaide’s CBD. The Avocado, Roasted Pumpkin and Caramelized Onion Toastie is amazing for brekky. You can grab it on the go, but we recommend taking a seat and savouring every last bite. They have a range of cakes and nibbles available, and there’s a small whole foods shop attached so you can grab your groceries too.

East Taste Cafe– 119 Gouger St, Adelaide. If you’re feeling a little indulgent this is your Asian delight destination. Try the salt and pepper tofu or salt and pepper eggplant for some deep fried deliciousness. They also do an incredible BBC. For those not in the loop BBC stands for broad bean, bean curd and Chinese chutney.

Eggless Dessert Cafe– 162 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood. Finally a dessert location that caters to alternative diets! This place is popular for vegans and non-vegans alike. For those of you that think you can’t live without eggs and cream, we challenge you notice its absence in these delectable treats.

Everything Vegan SA– 172 Goodwood Road, Goodwood. This isn’t technically an eatery, but a vegan supermarket. Filled with all the weird and wacky ingredients you’ve spotted in your internet recipes, but just can’t source from a mainstream supermarket.

Fakery Bakery– 50 Vinrace St, Adelaide. To start we just love the name. The cakes here are divine! They even do larger party cakes too. SO much cake. The calories don’t count if it’s vegan right? They are purely online, and are taking orders through their Facebook page currently.

Ginza Miyako Japanese Restaurant– 150 North Tce, Adelaide. We love the environment here. Sit in traditional Japanese style (on the ground cross legged) or in the stylish western section, for those of us in skirts. Not a vegan restaurant, but they have recently added some amazing vegan additions to the menu, so it’s a great place to go with a mixed group. We recommend trying the vegetable tartare flavoured with miso and olive. Yum.

Gorilla Pizza– 3 Brighton Rd, South Brighton. Just an ordinary pizza house that wants everyone to be able to enjoy a slice! They provide all of their standard menu in vegan form if requested. They stock Redwood’s Cheezly Mozzarella and a variety of mock meats so everyone is happy!

Goodies and Grains Kitchen– 21-22 Central Market Plaza, Adelaide. The extensive Central Markets whole foods store that has brought us all those organic and unique products we’ve struggled to source elsewhere has now introduced their kitchens to us. Sharing recipes online and opening a small cafe to enjoy their treats. Whether you’re vego, gluten free, paleo, low fructose… they’ve got you covered!

Govinda’s– 25 LeHunte St, Kilburn. A Hare Krishna style vegetarian restaurant, so make sure you take your shoes off at the door! It’s $8 for all you can eat vegetarian, with many vegan items available. You can’t argue with those prices, or the calming temple surroundings.

Great Nature Vegetarian Snacks and Grocery- 48 Beach Road, Christies Beach. Do your shopping and grab something to nibble on too. Not a huge range but what there is is amazing. We love the curry puffs. This spot has great value for money and a home style environment.

Hill of Grace– Adelaide Oval, North Adelaide. With prior notice Hill of Grace, a truly premium Adelaide restaurant, will create a vegan degustation.

Let Them Eat– 18 Elizabeth St, Croyden. Catering for whole food and fast lifestyles. So basically we love them. Try the Middle Eastern Cauliflower Fritters or the zesty Fresh Risoni Salad with Preserved Lemon.

Market Shed On Holland– 1 Holland St, Adelaide. Not one vegan eatery, but a whole smorgasbord! The team have converted an old tin shed into an awesome buzzing Sunday event. Filled with stalls catering to vegan (and non vegan) diets, live music and activities. We love heading here to relax on a Sunday.

Minestra– 123 Churchill Rd, Prospect. Minestra – it’s Italian for soup. So therefore you should probably try the soup. This Calabrian style café is homely and welcoming, like a hug from Nonna.

Namaste– 41 George St, Parkside. Inside a quaint old cottage nestled in Parkside is the home of this unique Nepalese restaurant. A fusion of Indian, Chinese and Tibetan flavours which allow you to indulge in a feast of aromatic dishes.

Nettle Raw Café– 10 Rosetta St, West Croyden. The menu here is 100% plant-based. They love adopting international concepts in their food creations, using mushrooms used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cacti from Mexico. It was also voted as one of Australia’s 50 Healthiest Cafes in Women’s Health Magazine.

Papa Mia’s– 503 Goodwood Rd, Colonal Light Gardens. A traditional pizza house but you have to try their vegan pizzas with fake meat and cheese! They have twelve vegan options available and they are all incredible. We love the BBQ cheat-ken.

Pollen 185– 185 King William Rd, Unley. This new addition has been SO popular already. The décor is gorgeous, as are the staff. The food is fresh, local, wholesome and is made with love to nourish the soul. It varies from vegetarian to vegan, and there are a bunch of raw and gluten-free options. It’s an all round kind of cafe.

Raw & Real Juicery– 20 James Place, Adelaide. Besides the fact that these guys serve up an amazing juice and an even more phenomenal smoothie (check them out in our Smoothie Guide here), they also serve up some tasty treats. Think raw and vegan Cherry Ripe Slice or an out of this world Veggie Stack Burger.

Red Lime Shack– 158 St Vincent St, Port Adelaide. Their food is freshly made each morning from whole ingredients with no shortcuts taken using salt, sugar, fat or white flour. They make a mean coffee (they offer standard milk too) but a great spot for breakfast or brunch down at the developing area of Port Adelaide.

Sarah’s Sister’s– 117 Semaphore Road Semaphore.  Fresh produce is used here from within 100 miles of the café to help promote local business and sustainability. They’re open for breakfast and lunch daily and have a Friday burger and wine night (obviously our fave) their Ragged Peasant Lasagne is amazing, if they have it on the specials board be sure to snap it up!

Sukh Sagar– 4/85 Prospect Rd, Prospect. Indian street food at a great price. They are a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options available that pack a punch with flavour and spices! This is non-commercialised Indian food at its finest.

The Annex Café– 3 Waterloo St, Glenelg.  They have a range to suit everyone, from vegan to vego, gluten free to paleo. Their salads are our faves, and we always sneak in a delicious cake too.

The Green Room on High Street– 2 High Street, Willunga. They provide a beautiful space in which they cater for people with individual dietary needs. They promote knowledge about healthy eating and environmental impact in a family friendly zone. A great community business to get behind.

The Seasonal Garden Cafe– 81 Main Rd, Hahndorf. The sort of cafe that makes you feel good. Inside and out. The staff are friendly and their approach to dining is all about organic, seasonal, local produce. They love educating people on the benefits of eating this way. Oh, and they’re constantly posting great specials and offers on their Facebook page!

Thea Vegetarian Tea Garden– 112 Gawler Place, Adelaide. Beautiful, clean, fresh food. The menus are sheets of paper folded and kept on each table with a pencil. You just tick what you wish to eat and drink! Very cute. They have very generous portions too.

Two Bit Villains130 Balcony Level, Adelaide Arcarde.  This little upstairs venue has gained lots of hype since it’s opening. They’re a Soda and Burger bar that cater to vegans and non vegans alike. We love the El Bandido Burger.

Vego n Lovin’ it- Level 1, 240 Rundle St, Adelaide. A favourite among so many vegans across SA. Delicious burgers and vegan treats. Only open for lunch though so you’ll have to make a dash from the office!

Windy Point Restaurant-Windy Point Lookout, Belair Rd, Belair. Undoubtedly one of Adelaide’s most premium restaurants. The views, the service, the menu are all incredible. They also have an entirely vegetarian menu available, ask your waiter for the vegan options.

Zenhouse– 19 Bent St, Adelaide. They aim to integrate the cultures of the world, promoting mind, body and soul. Such a cosy environment and brilliant for tea lovers.

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Thanks to all the Glam readers who sent in their suggestions. Here are all the reader additions that we haven’t had a chance to visit yet, but come highly recommended.

Deli Thebarton– 54A George St, Thebarton.

Five Little Figs– Cnr Ashbrook Av & Devitt Av, Trinity Gardens. 

Kenji- 242 Hutt St, Adelaide.

Nutrition Republic– 92-94 King William Rd, Goodwood.

Meesu Vegetarian Kitchen– 449A Pultney St, Adelaide.

Zenhouse Fusion– 462 Port Rd, Adelaide.

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Hannah is a passionate young writer who loves food, wine, fashion and wine. Oh did we say wine already? She is thrilled to be able to share what is new and exciting here in South Australia, through writing the regular 'Glam Guides' and other feature stories.

12 Comments

  1. Godzilla Pizza, Brighton Rd at Brighton have an awesome range of vegan pizzas and desserts. Thanks for the list, so helpful

  2. Thank you so much for including Two-Bit Villains in this list! ♡ This Winter we will be opening a full restaurant that will also cater for vegetarians, vegans & gf folk (and we would love everyone to come to the opening!!). Thanks again.

    TWO-BIT VILLAINS
    http://www.two-bitvillains.com

  3. Creperie Bruxelles – amazing vegan options
    Five little figs – very vegan friendly
    Windy Point restaurant – seperate vegan menu
    Kenji- seperate vegan menu

    Nice list guys!! Xxx

  4. Meesu on pulteney St are a vegetarian Chinese restaurant
    Sukh sagar is a vegetarian Indian street food restaurant in prospect

  5. Zenhouse fusion on port road is a sister restaurant to Zenhouse in town and the food tastes so much better than the town one for some reason.