You’d be hard pressed to go out for a bite in Adelaide these days without spotting something of the vegan or raw food variety on the menu with healthy and clean eating still being a popular choice. And why not? Over the last couple of years, thanks to some of the following eateries, it’s been proven that healthy and clean vegan/vegetarian food need not be boring or uninspiring. That said, here at Glam Adelaide we love every kind of food and so our guide to a great vegetarian or vegan meal extends from a smoothie bowl; fresh and light, to curries and burgers; hearty and decadent. Please note that this guide comes at the recommendation of a vegetarian that will happily be a returning patron at a meat institution such as Low ‘N’ Slow (just to eat the rockin’ mushie burger and delectable vego sides) where the most vegan thing you’ll find is the large roll of paper towel on the table used for mopping up meat juices.
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. Argo is always packed and rightly so. The menu is extensive so you’re most likely to spend half your time figuring out what you want to eat so you’re sure to find a reason to return. Wraps, smoothies, juices, salads, sangas, burgers, classic breakfast plates and there’s even a vegan and gluten free breakfast loaf. If winning is being able to order a meal and not ask for mods then everyone’s a winner.
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.
Coffee Amigo – 36 John Street, Salisbury, SA. Have you ever heard of vegan Salvadoran food. We hadn’t until now, but apparently this cafe even offers up vegan pupusas with bio cheese!!
Cold Presse Organic Juice Bar – Wyatt St, Adelaide. Don’t let the name fool you. Alongside juices, they’re offering warming soups, bahn mi, and freshly prepared salad concoctions that are an all year round necessity!
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.
Croydon Social – 18 Elizabeth Street, Croydon. The geniuses behind Red Door Bakery are seemingly taking over the Queen Street precinct with their newest venture; a homely neighbourhood social eatery where the focus is wood-fired pizza. The Grierson’s have kept food simple and modern; there are 3 utterly delicious vegetarian pizzas (plus others) on offer, a collection of tapas style starters as well as delicate but inventive side salads. Add a Pirate Life brew or a tumbler of your favourite drop and casual dining in the ‘burbs becomes an experience to savour. Croydon Social is the first place on Queen Street to open for dinner in a few years so there’s always a crowd.
DEW: Drink Eat Work – 101 Hindley St, Adelaide. This cafe by day and wine bar by night know their way around a raw cake or snack. They also offer delicious, freshly prepared salads in house, as well as breakfast options if you’ve missed the most important meal of the day.
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.
Five Little Figs – Cnr Ashbrook Av & Devitt Av, Trinity Gardens. This quiet suburban café offers your standard breakfast fodder but the twist is that the menu notes a vegetarian/vegan option for each meal so, as a non-meat eater, you don’t feel like that person that asks for all the mods to their meal. There is always a great selection of raw treats in the cabinet to satisfy that sweet tooth. FLF is super quaint and family friendly.
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 longstanding Goodies & Grains store have expanded beyond their already awesome smoothies and now offer full vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals just next door. For just $10 you can grab yourself a lunch that even your carnivorous workmates will envy. Flavoursome fritters, huge wraps, fresh spiralised salad and slaw with your choice of raw dressing (go the almond pesto dressing). This is easy, fast and delicious. Almond pesto dressing on errrrythang…
GOODPRESS Juice – 13 Henley Beach Road, Henley Beach. The new kid on the block is this enticing and beautiful cold pressed juice bar by a team that come from a career in the fruit and veg biz. Best of luck selecting just one of their jewel hued juices to keep your body going, the rainbow is just as gorgeous to look at as it is to drink! The owners also make their own almond mylks on site and have concocted the perfectly balanced strawberry almond mylk. Handmade protein balls and raw salads are also available in grab packs for something more substantial.
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 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.
Hopes and Beans – See NagevAdl
Let Them Eat – Shop 26D Central Market Arcade, Adelaide. Locals shed a tear when Let Them Eat departed their Croydon premises. This writer spent many a lunch break here gazing at their cabinets full of vegetarian fritters, arancini, tarts and colourful salads. Now located in the Central Markets, LTE is one hearty experience. I can highly recommend EVERYTHING on the menu as I have eaten it all, no lie. There is not a skimpy salad leaf or poor excuse for a fritter to be seen here; the food boasts a modern Mediterranean feel and packs serious flavour (not salt). It would be remiss to not recommend the mung bean salad and pumpkin and lentil lasagne. You’ll convince yourself to stop halfway and leave some for lunch the next day but it’s all just too darn delicious.
MALOBO – 257 Seaview Road, Henley Beach. Henley Square has finally welcomed a new and modern eatery in the old Zoots space. Malobo hints at Asian, South American and European (let’s just call it modern Australian!) flavours throughout their very delectable breakfast, lunch/dinner and kids menu. Plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options on the menu and an ever changing cabinet brimming with sweets of the baked, healthy and raw variety. You’re guaranteed a great coffee here as well.
Market Shed On Holland – 1 Holland St, Adelaide. This market is set up each Sunday from 9am to 3pm in a carpark by the same family that own the IGA just next door. Every Sunday it is converted into a foodie’s brunch dream with a haven of goodies for every type of dietary requirement. Gelato for breakfast? Why not, when it’s from vegan gelato connoisseurs Live a Little Gelato! With a strong focus on local produce and all organic be sure to bring your market bag to stock up on pantry wholefoods, fruit and veg, bread and raw vegan desserts from the South Australian cult favourite Raw Karma (alternating weeks). Arrive early to avoid the lines for coffee.
Note: Every now and then The Market Shed stages a twilight market on a Saturday night with wine!
Mayfair Bakery – 156 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide. This excellent bakery gets a mention for the spinach roll, vegan kransky (yes, you read that right) and vegan pasty. Plus the fact that there really is a reason to visit Port Adelaide these days. Come for the kranksy, stay for the French tarts (sadly none vegan).
Motherduck – 1/13 Cadell Street, Goolwa. Beautiful, simple and wholesome food using ingredients sourced from the Fleurieu region is what you’ll find here, along with bulletproof coffee. Motherduck take a classic such as pancakes to a wicked level by decking them out with loads of berries, berry sauce and coconut icecream, just the vegan breakfast to start your day!
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.
Mister Sunshine’s – 32 George Street, Thebarton. The friendliest staff in Adelaide surely work here at the ever popular Mister Sunshine’s. Your usual brunch options but venture into the lunch menu and you will find a haloumi burger you’ll be talking about for weeks. The coffee is also spot on.
My Kingdom For A Horse – 191 Wright Street, Adelaide. Still fairly new on the scene is this solid coffee house with an amazingly clean retro fit out. The food, however, is far from retro and the place is always bustling. Check their to-die-for waffles and super tasty haloumi burger. Vegan dishes include coconut chia pudding, soba noodle salad and bircher. With almond, coconut and soy milks available you simply cannot go past their coffee which is roasted in house.
NagevAdl – 190 Payneham Road, Evandale. Formerly “Hopes and Beans”, this gorgeous little cafe was recently taken over by Lucie, Nissa and Ryan. Open from 7am-4pm, it’s a plant based kitchen which also serves up a house blend Sumatran fair trade organic coffee. With breakfast, sweets, pastries, and even catering on offer, the newly opened joint looks set to be a success.
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 Croydon. 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.
Nutrition Republic – 92-94 King William Rd, Goodwood. This hip vegetarian/vegan/gluten free/raw friendly café is an institution of health in the mass of raw vegan eateries with their strong and nourishing menu. I often find myself dreaming of the smoothie bowls (you wouldn’t even know they are vegan) and their egg and quinoa slice which comes in a few flavours and you can choose to have it with or without salad or even go the whole (vegetarian) hog and top it with a fried egg. Opting to only offer cow’s, coconut and nut milks is a conscious move. The chai with coconut milk tastes as though it’s the way chai is supposed to be!
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 is the place to check out your raw vegan savoury foods, the Rainbow Tart in particular is simply stunning in taste and appearance! You’ll feel nothing but nourished once you’ve eaten a meal here and downed a smoothie or a juice. Plenty of options here including gluten free plus they make their own fresh almond milk daily.
Raw & More – 247a Grange Road, Findon. If raw is your deal, you can’t go past this café which acts as the shopfront for Just Rawsome Healthy Treats who supply to a number of your favourite cafes around the state. You can stop by for juices, smoothies, salads and of course just about any flavour of raw protein ball, cake or slice you can imagine. The team also run food and health seminars and workshops regularly, check their website to book into an upcoming event.
RAW Concious Eatery – 2/2 Chapel Street, Glenelg. Tucked away from a bustling Jetty Road RAW is a fully vegan café with a hefty focus on locally and consciously sourced ingredients. The Berry Banger smoothie is a real berry hit and their vegan pastie and homemade tomato sauce (it looks just like something you’d shake out the sauce bottle) is incredible.
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), 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.
Red Roar – 4/124 Port Road, Hindmarsh. With a refreshing, modern, organic fitout Red Roar is a welcome addition to the top of Port Road’s strip of evolving shopfronts. We sincerely hope that this one’s here to stay as the mother and daughter team are providing worker’s in the area with that healthy lunch we always convince ourselves we should be having! Everything’s made daily; eat in or takeaway salads, slices, soups, (vegetarian, vegan and meats), acai bowls, juices, coffee and raw treats by Sweet Nectar.
Sarah’s Sister’s – 117 Semaphore Road Semaphore. A firm favourite on Semaphore Road, Sarah’s Sisters still produces its signature degustation dinner where you eat what the chef is cooking on the day and it’s all vegetarian. Each dish from their kitchen has a distinct homely feel to it but the execution is far beyond your midweek meal. The café ensures that their ingredients are sourced very locally (within 100 miles) to maintain their sustainability ethos.
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 Organik Store & Cafe – 37 Broadway St, Glenelg & 131 Pirie St, Adelaide. Not only are they stocking a range of some of the best vegan and vegetarian products around, they have an incredible kitchen, a selection of raw and delicious cakes and almond milk options for days.
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 Villains – 130 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.
Oh, and if you’re looking for vegan friendly wines to join your vegan friendly meal, we hear Byrne Vineyards offer a great selection.
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.
Kenji Modern Japanese – 242 Hutt St, Adelaide.
Meesu Vegetarian Kitchen – 449A Pultney St, Adelaide.
Zenhouse Fusion– 462 Port Rd, Adelaide.
Bomdia Bowls – 2B Moseley Square, Glenelg.
This guide was previously published on January 7, 2016. It is now up to date as of July 13, 2016.