If you’re a veggie in Aus in search of great food, here’s a selection of the crème-de-la-crème of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in and around Canberra.
With their motto ‘Be Vegan + Make Peace’, Kingsland serve up a fantastic array of Chinese-style vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes, all made from plant-based, natural ingredients. Tempt your carnivore friends along with the restaurants ‘mock meats’, used in popular dishes like roast or soy duck, drizzled in their special pepper sauce. Other fantastic choices are the sweet potato cakes and the Cahn Chua soup to share, which is bursting with exciting flavors.
Au Lac Royal
For vegan food with a Vietnamese twist, why not visit Au Lac Royal. Their fresh ingredients, tasty food and relaxed atmosphere makes this place great for adults and kids alike. With a menu packed with enticing dishes from Ca Gung (fried soy fish with savoury ginger sauce), to Dau Hu Xao Xa Ot (tofu with lemongrass) and a vibrant Canh Kho Qua (stuffed bitter melon soup), there really is something for everyone at Au Lac Royal.
My Rainbow Dreams
Whether you’re here for breakfast or lunch you won’t be disappointed at My Rainbow Dreams. Run by the students of the spiritual master and meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy, this little cafe exudes a calm yet upbeat ambiance. Serving coffees, cakes, juices and smoothies, and an array of tasty lunch dishes from speciality burgers to soups and salads, every meal should be rounded off with a double scoop of their homemade gelato! You can also hire out part or even the whole venue for functions, making My Rainbow Dreams a great place for lunch parties and family occasions.
Where the only non-vegan product served is the dairy milk option for drinks, Sweet Bones is every vegan’s dream. With its rustic, country, rock ‘n’ roll vibe and outstanding food, it’s no wonder this place is such a local favourite. In fact, Sweet Bones recently won the People’s Choice Award for the best café in Canberra. The food and drinks are all prepared with quality and sustainability in mind, and are sourced locally and Fair Trade wherever possible. Try their outstanding coffees, made using beans roasted just 3 doors down, and a selection of the in house baked breads, cakes and muffins. Run by owners Emily and Russell Brindley, their menu is inspired by their globe trotting and packed with exciting flavors and textures.
The Food Co-op Café
Pop by the Food Co-op Café for a tasty and 100% vegan breakfast or lunch. Striving to use only fresh, local, organic and sustainable produce, you can be sure that here you’re definitely getting the good stuff. Try the curried soups, a favourite amongst the regulars. They also offer a range of gluten free options too. And it’s not just the food that’s great here; the communal atmosphere brings this place to life with music, laughter and great conversation.