Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is a must visit for vegans and anyone looking to explore Melbourne’s thriving plant based food scene. With over 50 vegan friendly eateries along a single street, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
Fitzroy is often referred to as the vegan hub of Melbourne as the area has a large vegan community, with most of its cafes and restaurants offering a diverse range of plant based options that are both healthy and delicious.
In addition to its food scene, Fitzroy also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, making it a popular destination for those looking for a unique and enjoyable experience. Fitzroy’s emphasis on healthy, sustainable, and ethical living has contributed to its reputation as a vegan friendly neighbourhood.
FACTS ABOUT BRUNSWICK STREET
Brunswick Street runs north-south through the heart of Fitzroy and is approximately two kilometers long. It starts at Alexandra Parade in the north and ends at Victoria Parade in the south, intersecting with other major streets such as Gertrude Street, Johnston Street and Rose Street where the Rose St Artists Market is on every weekend.
Brunswick Street is a vibrant and eclectic street located in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy in Melbourne, Australia. It is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, known for its trendy cafes, bars, restaurants, boutiques, and street art.
The street has a rich history, dating back to the 19th century when it was first developed as a residential area for the city’s working-class population. Over the years, it has evolved into a cultural hub, attracting artists, musicians, and creatives who have helped shape its unique character.
Today, Brunswick Street is a bustling and diverse strip that offers something for everyone. Visitors can browse through independent bookstores, vintage clothing shops and record stores, or grab a coffee at one of the many trendy cafes. The street is also home to a range of restaurants and bars, serving up everything from classic pub grub to modern fusion cuisine.
One of the most distinctive features of Brunswick Street is its vibrant street art scene. The walls and buildings along the street are covered in colorful murals and graffiti, showcasing the work of local and international artists.
Brunswick Street is a must visit destination for anyone looking to experience the creative and cultural side of Melbourne.
If you’re looking for where to eat in Melbourne’s Chinatown in the city, check out this vegan food guide for that area too!
VEGAN FOOD OPTIONS
If you’re looking for vegan brunch, pizza, burgers, sushi, noodles, dumplings, tacos, curry, souvlaki, smashed avo on toast, muffins, cakes, sandwiches, icecream, toasties, iced coffee, smoothie bowls or banh mi, you’ll find it all here!
Starting from the north end of Brunswick Street from Alexandra Parade and working our way down to Gertrude Street, check out this comprehensive list of places to find vegan food along this famous street.
There’s also a handy map at the end of the list for you!
These restaurants have clearly marked vegan options. Menus can change. They were correct as of May 2023.
1. BLONDE FOOD AND DRINK
(443 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy)
This cozy coffee shop at the top end of Brunswick Street is a perfect place to visit for a coffee or a meal.
Highlights: Açai Bowl, Breakfast Burrito, Green Goodness Bowl
2. PIDAPIPO LABORATORIO
(429-431 Brunswick Street)
Authentic, artisanal, Italian style gelato made from scratch in shop. Enjoy the unique experience of watching the scooping of the gelato with wooden panels.
Highlights: Vegan Coconut Sorbetto
(416-418 Brunswick Street)
A beautiful Italian woodfired pizza and pasta restaurant with a warm interior that can easily cater for large groups. Has vegan cheese available for their pizzas and gluten free bases.
Highlights: Vegetariana Pizza, Rigatoni Napoli, Spaghetti Calabrese, Olive Rustiche
4. GOGYO FITZROY
(412 Brunswick Street)
A unique and chic Japanese ramen bar, enjoy eating delicious ramen in an open concept space.
Highlights: Veggie ramen
5. RICE QUEEN ORIENTAL DINER AND BAR
(389-391 Brunswick Street)
This restaurant has an airy and fun dining space with beautiful lanterns hanging everywhere. There’s also a private karaoke room out the back you can book for you and your friends. Their menu has clearly marked vegan, gluten free and fructose free items.
Highlights: Crispy Szechuan Eggplant, Crispy Inari Bao, Shiitake Dumplings, Thai Green Curry
6. WOLFHOUND ON BRUNSWICK
(386-388 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy)
A warm and eclectic dog friendly space with booths to sit in, couches to lounge on and a courtyard out the back. Has a vegan menu and all dishes can be made gluten free except one. Free wifi, lots of board games and an art gallery (Wolfhound Gallery) on the second level, this is a lovely place to catch up with friends or have a business meeting.
Highlights: Banana Waffles, Tofu Scramble, Vegan Burger, Jackfruit Tortillas
7. TOKEN TOASTIES
(385 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy)
This pop punk and retro cafe serves delicious toasties to the public with a music culture ambiance. Some seats near the window are designed using skateboards which is really fun.
Highlights: The Simple Plan Toastie, Jumpin Jack Flash Toastie, Jacked and Loaded Fries,
8. LORD OF THE FRIES
(383 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy)
This fully vegan fast food restaurant was founded in Melbourne and is famous around town. Their burgers are so delicious and the HSP is a classic. A perfect place to take your relatives out for a meal as it’s likely they may not realise it’s beautifully vegan 😉
Highlights: Halal Snack Pack (HSP), Chick’n Burger, Phish Burger, Biggie Burger, Tijuana Hot Dog, Nuggets, Onion Rings, Veg Beef Tacos, Egg and Bacon Breakfast Bun.
9. GIRLS AND BOYS
(382 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy)
100% plant based gelato shop with seating inside and out. Sitting next to their sibling restaurant, Vegie Bar and Transformer, this delicious Icecream shop really hits the sweet spot! You can also buy vegan Icecream cakes here for birthdays!
Highlights: Not a Maxibon, Snickers Gelato Bar, Cookies and Caramel Sundae, Cookie Dough Gelato, Biscoff Salted Caramel Gelato
10. VEGIE BAR
(380 Brunswick Street)
The OG veg restaurant of Brunswick Street, Vegie Bar opened 35 years ago in 1988! Located in a large airy warehouse next to their sister restaurants, Girls and Boys and Transformer, with plenty of tables inside and out the back in the courtyard. Staff are always friendly and helpful and the vibe here is really cool. Food is always delicious.
Highlights: Tempura Mushroom Bites, Mexican Burrito, The Burgernator, Pad Thai, Laksa, Margherita Pizza
11. VINCENTS MARKETPLACE
(379 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy)
A clean and modern plant based grocery store stocking many vegan items you’ll need on your travels. Chocolate bars, frozen meals, icecream, milk, cheese, cream, sauces, tempeh, sausages and heaps more!
12. NUTTEA FITZROY
(Located inside Vincents Marketplace at 379 Brunswick Street)
This 100% Vegan bubble tea shop, is a fun cafe to visit. Inside Vincent’s Marketplace, Nuttea has seating at the front near the window. If you want the best bubble tea ever or an iced coffee with the most divine nut cream on top, you need to go here! You will love it.
Highlights: Pour Over Nut Latte with Cream, Jasmine Nut Mylk Tea, Matcha Nut Mylk Tea, Watermelon Green Tea
13. TRANSFORMER FITZROY
(99 Rose Street, Fitzroy)
An upmarket elegant dining experience from the crew who also run Vegie Bar and Girls and Boys. Their menu changes with the seasons and they focus on supporting local small farms. A set menu for most nights if over 6 people and they cater for large groups.
Highlights: Crispy Spiced Oyster Mushroom, Truffled Chickpea Panisse, Carrot & Preserved Lemon Cream Profiterole, Confit Sweet Potato
14. PAUSE MENU – BOARD GAMES BAR AND CAFE
(74 Rose Street, Fitzroy)
A really fun, relaxing and inclusive board game hangout space with over 200 games on offer. Check out their events for nights like “intro to dungeons and dragons”, “drinks and board games community nights” and “call of Cthulhu TTRPG”.
Highlights: Matcha Latte, Reboot Smoothie, Cakes, Muffins and Biscuits
(376 Brunswick Street)
$5 pizzas all day every day! A cool spacious vibe with a rooftop area and fun kewpie babies decor. DJ’s, live bands, perfect place to meet up with friends.
Highlights: Margherita Pizza, Sweet Potato Fries,
16. BASIL LEAF PHO
(369 Brunswick Street)
A family owned authentic Vietnamese Restaurant with a super friendly vibe and chill atmosphere. Let them know you’re vegan and they’ll be able to help you.
Highlights: Spring Rolls, Vegetable & Tofu Pho, Mock Duck with Plum Sauce, Curry Laksa Noodles, Fried Veggie Wonton Noodles
17. SKULL TRASH CAFE
(368 Brunswick Street)
Cool alternative punk rock cafe and fashion shop, this is a friendly inclusive place to chill, drink and eat where you can also get tattooed, pierced and buy music merch.
Highlights: Açai Bowl, Vegan Cream Cheese & Tomato Bagel, Hot Chocolate, Green Smoothie,
18. MADAME K’S VEGETARIAN
(367 Brunswick Street)
A beautiful Thai and Asian restaurant with a moody romantic atmosphere. Friendly staff, good prices and delicious food.
Highlights: Banana Roti, Dumplings, Gado Gado, Vegan Laksa, Nasi Goreng, Panang Curry, Vegan Chicken Satay Skewers, Tom Yum
19. MUKKA INDIAN RESTAURANT
(365 Brunswick Street)
Funky modern Indian restaurant with cool vibes and friendly staff. Authentic tasting meals and many vegan dishes available.
Highlights: Vegan Thali, Dosa, Samosa, Aloo Ki Chaat, Tibetan Momos Vegetarian, Vegan Biryani, Dal Makhani Vegan,
20. NYALA AFRICAN RESTAURANT
(1/356 Brunswick Street)
Located on the first floor, up a flight of stairs, this restaurant specialises in Ethiopian cuisine. With beautiful decor, lovely atmosphere and an incredible view overlooking Brunswick Street through the windows. Has a special vegan menu.
Highlights: Keek Wot, Futari, Gomen, Seble, Defen Meser,
21. MASTI-INDIAN RESTAURANT
(354-356 Brunswick Street)
This stylish Indian restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy the modern warm surrounds with a large mural painted on the main wall. Friendly staff, has a large vegan menu and a vegan curry night every Tuesday, you don’t want to miss this one!
Highlights: Onion Bhaji, Aloo Gobhi, Bhindi Do Pyaza, Vegan Naan
22. THE FITZ CAFE & ROOFTOP
(347 Brunswick Street)
One of Melbourne’s longest running cafes and open every day of the week. Enjoy their diverse menu outside, inside or on their rooftop which has a really nice view.
Highlights: Vegan Bondas, Plant Based Burger, Gyoza, Eggplant Parma, Spicy Vegan Dahl
23. NICO’S SANDWICH DELI
(100 Kerr Street, Fitzroy)
This European style sandwich deli serves up delicious sandwiches every day out of the side of a building. Small amount of seating outside so a good place to buy and take it away to a local park (Edinburgh Gardens is just up the road).
Highlights: Vegan Schnitzel Sandwich, Vegan Truffle Mushroom Melt
24. HELLENIC SOUVLAKI
(346 Brunswick Street)
Get your authentic Greek Souvlakis right here. A restaurant with tables inside, friendly staff and yummy vegan souvlakis.
Highlights: Vegan Souvlaki, Vegan Club Sandwich
25. RADHEY CHAI BAR
(336 Brunswick Street)
A vegan/vegetarian soul conscious cafe that serves Asian, Indian and Mediterranean flavoured dishes. Their Chai Bar also offers a full Chai menu made with exotic spices. Inside has a calm and cozy atmosphere.
Highlights: Vegan Kofta Burger, Bhakti Burger, Vegan Lasagna, Vegan Cheesecake, Vegan Special with Rice/Roti/Curries/Salad/Dessert
26. TWISTED DESSERT BAR
(329 Brunswick Street)
This cute and cozy gem of a dessert bar is the perfect place to catch up with friends for lunch or dinner. Many vegan options and the price is great value.
Highlights: Waffles, Banoffee Crepe, Apple Crumble, Peanut Butter Cheesecake,
27. YESHI ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT
(328 Brunswick Street)
An authentic Ethiopian cuisine experience with flavoursome dishes and friendly staff. Let them know you’re vegan and they can guide you on what to order. Vegan options are also marked on the menu.
Highlights: Shiro, Beyaynetu, Kiki Alecha, Keysere
28. AFGHAN GALLERY RESTAURANT
(327 Brunswick Street)
Opening in the 1980’s, this was the first Afghani restaurant to open in Australia. They are very community minded and recently supported arriving Afghan refugees in Melbourne that fled from the Taliban in Afghanistan. This is a restaurant you absolutely need to support. Plenty of vegan options and the vibe inside has traditional middle eastern art and decorations and is a beautiful place to enjoy.
Highlights: Bolani, Sholla-e Gorbandi, Golpee
29. HECHO EN MEXICO
(326 Brunswick Street)
The ambiance of this restaurant is really fantastic with cool and unique decor inside. It has a clearly marked vegan menu, staff are so friendly and food is delicious.
Highlights: Vegan Street-Style Corn, Jackfruit Tacos, Vegan Classic Burrito, Vegan Enchilada, Spanish Paella
30. RICE PAPER SCISSORS
(307 Brunswick Street)
A really fun Asian fusion restaurant that has many vegan options. Meet up with friends here and have a great yarn about your South East Asian travels!
Highlights: Balinese Pumpkin Curry, Mushroom Dumplings, Jackfruit Bun, Tofu-Chilli Noodles, Malaysian Roti
31. FARRO PIZZERIA FITZROY
(301 Brunswick Street)
Modern and organic Italian restaurant focusing on conscious ingredients with organic spelt pizzas as the hero. Has a seperate vegan menu that includes vegan meats, cheese and gelato in your dishes.
Highlights: Arancini, Rigatoni Pomodoro, Gnocchi Mushroom Ragu, Vegan Margherita Pizza, Vegan Capricciosa Pizza, Vegan Nutella Calzone
32. VEGAN GROCERY STORE
(124 Johnston Street, Fitzroy)
Previously named “The Cruelty Free Shop”, this is the go-to grocery store for vegan items. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s vegan hub, you can find everything you’ll ever need here including household, beauty, fashion, health and animal sanctuary items.
33. VEGIE MUM
(72 Johnston Street, Fitzroy)
With a menu full of mock meats, this is a great place to go to get your Chinese cuisine fix. Really friendly staff and most things are vegan. Reminds me of a Saturday night out to the local Chinese restaurant with the family in the early 1990’s. Great for nostalgia.
Highlights: Mongolian Lamb, Satay Skewers, Fried Wonton, Lemon Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork
34. SAIGON STREET EATS
(52 Johnston Street, Fitzroy)
A family owned and operated Vietnamese restaurant, everyone is so friendly here. The vegan banh mi tastes exactly the same as I had in Hoi An! Such a great place to visit with many vegan options.
Highlights: Vegan Pho, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Vegetable Dumplings, Salt and Pepper Tofu, Vegan Banh Mi
35. FOLLIES BAR
(34 Johnston Street, Fitzroy)
An antipasti bar where the menu is entirely plant based. Really cool interior decor with a 70’s vibe. Friendly and inclusive.
Highlights: Truffle and Zucchini Arancini, Dolmades, Patatas Bravas
36. NAKED FOR SATAN
(285 Brunswick Street)
This restaurant has a cool underground vibe and a rooftop eating space with unique decor. Vegan items clearly marked on the menu.
Highlights: Roasted Cauliflower, Yellow Split Pea Dahl, Wild Mushroom Risotto
37. LITTLE HOP
(277 Brunswick Street)
Opening in 2015, this cute and cozy Taco Bar is a lovely place to visit. Tasty vegan options with vegan cashew cheese.
Highlights: Zucchini Tacos, Smokey Mushroom Tacos
38. LE GOURMET CAKES
(271 Brunswick Street)
If you’re looking for a quick coffee and cake, you can easily go here. They always have vegan cake options in the glass cabinet and the coffee is really nice!
Highlights: Vegan Chocolate Cake
39. ELEKTRA – HIMALAYAN ALCHEMY HOUSE
(268 Brunswick Street)
One of my favourite places in all of Melbourne! If you’re a traveller, you will adore this restaurant. The interior makes you feel like you’re in Kathmandu. The staff make you feel like family, the hospitality is exactly like you would get in Nepal. There are lots of vegan options and the vegan chai is so delicious. Please visit this amazing restaurant!
Highlights: Vegan Chai, Mandala Pancake, Momos, Himalayan Tacos, Basecamp Fried Rice, Gurkhali Fritters, Namaste Porridge, Berrynana Smoothie
40. MADAME SAIGON VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT
(263 Brunswick Street)
Fun Vietnamese interior in here with the conical Non La hats on the wall. Marked vegan items and if you tell them you want plant based food they will also assist you.
Highlights: Vegan Pho, Tofu Banh Mi
41. RAINBOW HOTEL
(27 St David Street, Fitzroy)
Over 150 years old, this is one of Melbourne’s oldest and friendliest pubs. Located on a prominent corner, just off Brunswick Street, this welcoming pub serves up Sunday Vegan roasts with an inclusive and warm atmosphere.
Highlights: Sunday Vegan Nut Roast, Vegan Fajita Sizzle Plate, Nepalese Cauliflower & Tofu Curry, Vegan Burger, Spanish Churro & Icecream
42. VLOGS OF HYDERABAD
(223 Brunswick Street)
Serving traditional Indian and Pakistani food, this lovely restaurant has lots of delicious vegan options.
Highlights: Tofu Korma, Dal Tarka, Karahi Tofu
43. EL CAMINO CANTINA FITZROY
(222 Brunswick Street)
Located in a massive 400 seat warehouse, this is a great Tex-Mex experience to have. With Sombreros at every table and large drinking glasses, you can have a ball of a time! Meet up with family or have a party here with dozens of your friends!
Highlights: Vegan Tacos
44. CAFE LOUIS FITZROY
(93 Moor Street, Fitzroy)
A beautiful Vegan/Vegetarian cafe in Fitzroy with couches and lounge room chairs you can sit on. Attached to a gorgeous gift shop, have your brunch here with friends then walk through to Zetta Florence to buy some stunning items. Don’t forget to try the vegan lotus biscoff french toast that is designed with an upside down cone!
Highlights: Lotus Biscoff French Toast, Smashed Avocado Louis Style, Matcha Double Patty Beef (Pb) Burger,
45. VINH LONG 2 RESTAURANT
(183 Brunswick Street)
An authentic family run Vietnamese restaurant serving many delicious vegan options. Really warm and friendly and a great place to take the family.
Highlights: Vegan San Choy Bow, Vegan Sizzling Bean Curd, Vegan Singapore Noodles
46. BLUE CHILLIES
(182 Brunswick Street)
A beautiful restaurant serving modern Malaysian Cuisine since 1999. With a warm atmosphere, staff incredibly friendly, they also cater for events and large groups. Vegan items all clearly marked on the menu.
Highlights: Vegan Spring Rolls, Nasi Lemak, Singapore Mee Hoon, Curry Laksa Vegetables, Sago Gula Melaka
47. SLOWPOKE ESPRESSO
(157 Brunswick Street)
A really warm breakfast, coffee and cake restaurant with a cute courtyard out the back. Interior has rustic wood on the walls and floors and a great bench to sit at near the window to watch the Melbourne trams go past.
Highlights: Organic Porridge, Avocado Smash, Organic Smoked Tofu Sandwich
48. ICHI NI NANA IZAKAYA
(127 Brunswick Street)
Masterchef Australia filmed a challenge here in Season 14. This stylish authentic modern Japanese restaurant fuses cuisines between east and west. The ambiance is glorious here with lush green plants outside and catering for large groups.
Highlights: Renkon Chips, Spicy Cauliflower, Agedashi Tofu, Vegetable Gyoza, Vegetable Donburi, Mushroom Kushiyaki
49. SUNRISE CAFE
(121 Brunswick Street)
A family owned and operated Vietnamese cafe, it stands out brightly on Brunswick Street with its shops happy yellow colours. Friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere, a great place to chill and relax with friends. They can advise you on what’s vegan.
Highlights: Vegan Rice Paper Roll, Vegan Pho, Vegan Banh Mi
50. THE WORKERS CLUB
(51 Brunswick Street)
Serving up traditional pub cuisine with a modern twist, every Wednesday is $15 Parma night (including vegan!). Live music rules here and they’ve hosted many popular Australian musicians.
Highlights: Eggplant Parma, Vegan Burger, Herb-Crumbed Zucchini,