Vegan Food Guide to Melbourne’s Chinatown

After a big day out of exploring Melbourne’s Chinatown, it’s time for some delicious vegan food. So where do you go? 

Dumplings, noodles, rice bowls, soup, pho, katsu, dim sum, spring rolls, phad thai, gyoza, xiao bao, bibimbap, curry, tacos, totopos, sushi and desserts. It’s all right here. 

Following on from the Ultimate Chinatown Melbourne Travel Guide, here is a comprehensive vegan food guide on what to eat and where. 

Don’t forget to check out the Vegan Food Guide to Brunswick Street in Fitzroy which has over 50 vegan friendly restaurants and cafes you can choose from along one street!

These restaurants have clearly marked vegan options. Menus can change. They were correct as of April 2024.

VEGAN FOOD OPTIONS

Mr. Ramen San

MR RAMEN SAN

(12a/200 Bourke Street. Inside Midcity Centre)

Cozy Japanese restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Makes their fresh ramen in store every day. 

Highlights: Vegetarian Charsu Ramen, Vegetarian Tofu Ramen (ask for no egg to make it vegan).

Shandong Mama

SHANDONG MAMA

(7/200 Bourke Street. Inside Midcity Centre)

Famous for their vegan handmade dumplings. 

Highlights: Vegan dumplings, Mapo tofu, Zucchini Pie, Potato Pancakes. 

SHANGHAI STREET

(146-148 Little Bourke Street)

One of the first Melbourne Chinese food restaurants in Chinatown. 

Highlights: Xiao Long Bao, Dumplings, Chinese Broccoli, Vegetable Bun, Noodles and Veg. 

Entrance to Gurkhas Nepalese Restaurant

GURKHAS NEPALESE RESTAURANT

(11 Cohen Place, Melbourne)

One of the first Nepalese restaurants to open in Melbourne and now with two locations open (Brunswick is their other restaurant), this friendly restaurant serves a taste of Himalayan Cuisine with a smile.

Highlights: Eggplant Mushroom Curry, Dahl, Stir Fried Tofu

BANGKOK JAM (Closed as of April 2024)

(107 Little Bourke Street)

Modern Thai restaurant that is well priced. 

Highlights: Fried Rice, Phad Thai, Gaeng Jued, Spring Rolls, Pomelo Salad, Phad See Ew, Curry, Soup. 

Rice Workshop


RICE WORKSHOP

(238 Little Bourke Street)

Authentic Japanese rice bar that has a clearly marked vegan curry. 

Highlights: Vegan Katsu Curry. 

Shanghai Village

SHANGHAI VILLAGE

(112 Little Bourke Street)

Situated in a beautiful heritage building this is a well known Chinese dumpling house. 

Highlights: Fried and steamed dumplings, spring rolls, fried pancakes, Chinese broccoli with garlic, fried rice

Entrance to By Korea

BY KOREA

(7 Tattersalls Lane)

A really cute authentic Korean restaurant. 

Highlights: Dumplings, Kimchi Pancakes, mushroom chapche, bibimbap, tuckboki. 

GINGERBOY

(27-29 Crossley Street)

Funky bar and restaurant serving up South East Asian street food. 

Highlights: Stir fried rice noodle rolls, coconut curry 

HOCHI MAMA

(35 Little Bourke Street)

Really cool Vietnamese fusion restaurant. 

Highlights: Green tea tofu bao, rice paper rolls, sweet and sour vegan duck, fried rice, cashew stir fry, Penang style coconut curry, roti with satay sauce. 

Entrance to Gong De Lin

GONG DE LIN

(3 Swanston Street)

100% plant based, this restaurant is well known in the Melbourne vegan community. Everything you remember eating non vegan in a Chinese restaurant is here. 

Highlights: Peking duck, sweet and sour pork, lemon chicken, sizzling Szechuan beef

BODEGA UNDERGROUND

(55 Little Bourke Street)

Funky eclectic Mexican restaurant that is also a child-free venue. 

Highlights: Totopos, papas, elote, tacos, churros.

Daughter in Law

DAUGHTER IN LAW

(37 Little Bourke Street)

Authentic Australian-Indian Bar and Restaurant near the Parliament train station end of little Bourke.

Highlights: Coconut Veg Curry, Old Delhi Vegan Chana Masala, Jeera Aloo

Kiss & Tell entrance

KISS & TELL

This Asian fusion restaurant opens from 5pm every night and serves clearly marked vegan options.

Highlights: Vegan Chicken Baos, Popcorn Vegan Chicken, Vegan Duck Salad and Vegetarian Gyoza


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