V, VG, GF, DF, PL, FL (okay, that’s just one I made up) are spreading across Melbourne menus more than ever before. Times are changing and with it, the Melburnian diet. Meat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free is fast becoming the norm on the streets of Chapel Precinct and people are really starting to notice a difference. Whether they’re skin is looking better, energy levels are higher or their conscience is a little lighter, the results are there. If you’ve been throwing a potential change in diet fast into the ‘too hard’, ‘too inconvenient’ or ‘too expensive’ basket, let us help you change that around. If you want to of course. Chapel Street has an extensive list of options for the plant-eating folk and the food is absolutely delicious.
So, if you need just one more kick to get you through the plant based doors, here are twelve places to go vegan on Chapel Street.
Image credit: Messy Veggies
Coffee lover with a conscience? This place is for you. The coffee is incredible and the delectable vegan snacks have been created to compliment the flavours in the coffee beans. The gluten free banana bread served with sweet potato jam & coffee maple syrup is a must-try! They even brew their own macadamia milk on site. Yum.
02/41 Ellis St, South Yarra| @bayanotherebel
A vegetarian wellness cafe has landed on the Yarra River end of Chapel Street, Little Green on Chapel is sure to be your new best friend. The ultimate goodie stop, with the added bonus that everything is really good for you! Think raw desserts, wellness bowls, juices, smoothies and jaffles. From the same owners of Hello Sam burgers, only instead of mouth-watering burgers on the menu, it’s vegan and vegetarian foods only. It’s basically plant based heaven.
667 Chapel St, South Yarra | @littlegreenonchapel
Veg Out Time
Frequented by locals who have a long history with them, Veg Out Time is clean eating at its finest. This entirely animal free menu serves Singaporean, Malaysian, Thai, Indian and Chinese culinary goodness. They use no oil in their recipes and for under $10 you can get two curries, with brown or white rice and roti bread. The serving sizes aren’t modest either. Here’s your new duck-in lunch spot. You can thank us later.
366 Chapel St, South Yarra
Finally, quality food in a convenience store! One of the few cafe’s tucked away from the bustle of Chapel Street that’s open before 7am. This is sure to be your new pick to grab a coffee, lounge outside and watch the world go by. This joint doubles as a mini grocer and for all you raw and health food lovers it’s definitely worth checking out.
96 Greville St, Prahran | @365foodstore
Located in the heart of Prahran Market, Kooks Kitchen is a gourmet salad bar that’s 100% plant based. With the aim to have a ‘favourite salad’ for everyone – Kooks’ salads are nutritious, delicious and convenient. Take note for your next Prahran Market shopping date.
16/163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra | @kooks_kitchen
Gone are the days of greasy, fast food that makes you feel heavy and sluggish. Herbivore Eatery is tasty, convenient and you’ll get bang for your buck. If you believe plant based is the way of the future, then come and hang out with this crew, they’re all about it. Their focus is on lowering the carbon footprint and environmental impact the food industry can have on the planet. They also use biodegradable packaging and their recycling game is on point. Oh, and did we mention their food is incredible?
361 Chapel St, South Yarra | @herbivore_chapelst
Who said vegans can’t enjoy the good stuff? Raw and vegan desserts are all the rage and can taste just as good as a block of Cadbury dairy milk chocolate, sometimes better! Pierrick Boyer offers traditional wedding cakes that can be tailored to suit the dietary requirements of the herbivorous kind. Check out this vegan cheesecake, it’s just oozing with deliciousness!
31 Izett St, Prahran | @pierrickboyer
Labelling yourself The Falafel Man is a big call, and one that owner Austin has certainly lived up to. Do yourself a favour and bite into the amazing falafel available at this vegan cart in Prahran Market. Light and fluffy, tasty and healthy, you’ll soon discover why people keep going back for more. Austin cooks each order fresh so there may be a queue but we promise it’s worth the wait.
A/163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra | @the_falafel_man
Launching at the beginning of the vegetarian fast food revolution, Lord of the Fries’ sole purpose was to deliver the best fries in the world to the people. Since 2005, these imitation meat masters have been providing delicious fast food options that aren’t drowning in beef fat and juiced up with gluten. Head here for the best ‘meaty’ meat-free meal you’ll ever meet.
170 Chapel St, Windsor | @lordofthefries1
If you’re anything like us, you’ll find that it’s a super pain in the ‘peach emoji’ to find a great place to get vego, gmo-free, organic only, gluten-free lunch or brunch. Well, Simple Seed might just change all of that! Simple Seed is all about fresh, seasonal fruit & veg turned into wholesome salads, soups, smoothies and raw desserts. It’s all hand crafted and made from scratch so they know that there are zero nasties. And just FYI, it’s all delicious too!
Shop 4/9 Yarra St, South Yarra | @simpleseed_
An entirely vegan cafe and bar, Grey Cells Green is a rare find on Chapel Street. Along with loads of gluten-free options, vegan-friendly dishes like the Mac ‘n’ Cheese with velvety cashew cheese are a must-try. Rest assured that every drink you order at the bar is vegan and cruelty free. The great vibes alone are enough to warrant a visit to this magical place.
50 Chapel Street, Windsor | @greycellsgreen
We’ve hit the jackpot! The Red Balloon Candy Artisans’ entire range of handcrafted sweet treats are 100% vegan. Instead of animal gelatin and bee’s wax, Pectin (an all natural gelling agent found in fruits and vegetables) and vegetable based wax have stepped in and we promise the results are just as scrumptious. You’ll eat one piece and want ten more.
5/3 King Street, Prahran | @candyartisans