Guilt-free dining: The Sydney vegan restaurants you need to try

Sydney vegan restaurants are growing in popularity as more people shun meat.

But you don’t have to be vegan to savour the delights that these restaurants are serving up. Every single restaurant or take away joint on this list offers incredible food. It just happens to be meat-free.

Here’s our list of the best Sydney vegan restaurants for 2021. If you have another one, let us know and join the discussion on our Vacations & Travel Facebook page.

Bodhi, Sydney CBD

Cuisine: Pan Asian
Address: 2/4 College St, Sydney
Website: bodhirestaurant.com.au/

Bodhi Vegan restaurant Sydney

Bodhi is a Sydney staple, offering yum-cha style dumplings underneath a canopy of fairy light-entwined Moreton Bay fig trees next to the Cook & Phillip Aquatic centre.

The produce is locally sourced and organic where possible.

Our favourite dishes include rice noodle folds with spinach and caramelized cabbage, chilli smoked soy and beetroot dumpling and the pan-fried ‘duck’ dumpling. Hint: It’s not duck.

Finger eggplant with caramel sauce. Drool!

​The cocktail menu uses organic herbs, fruits, fresh pressed juices and bespoke syrups.

You can also order craft beers and Australian boutique wines from local growers who use organic, bio-dynamic or environmentally friendly farming practices.

Alibi, Woolloomooloo

Cuisine: Modern Australian
Address: Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo
Website: alibibar.com.au/

Alibi Wooloomooloo.

Expect clean simple eating with a whole lot of flavour from this incredible Sydney vegan restaurant.

World-renowned plant-based chef Matthew Kenney designed the menu at Alibi, which can be found inside Ovolo Woolloomooloo.

If you have time, the eight-course chef-tasting menu is worth every cent of the $75 price tag. Highlights include the gluten-free mango cheesecake with macadamia coconut crust. It’s worth going vegan for that alone.

We also love the paprika roasted cauliflower with piquillo peppers, shaved fennel, macadamia, cauliflower cream and crispy chic peas. If only cauliflower tasted so good when I was a child!

Alibi also does a delicious high tea menu with both sweet and savouring options.

Do not miss the cocktails at the Alibi bar.

Alibi cocktails.

Kindness Cafe, Darlinghurst

Cuisine: Thai
Address: Shop 6, Republic 2 Court Yard, 248 Palmer St Darlinghurst
Website: kindness-cafe.com/

This Sydney vegan restaurant specialises in Thai meat-free curries, stir-fries and salads.

The Kindness Cafe

Kindness cafe makes its own curry pastes using plant-based ingredients grown by local Thai farmers and bottled in glass packaging.

It’s become a staple of inner city vegans for the past few years.

Top dishes include the cashew nut stir fry, thai garden salad and the delicious massaman curry.

Kindness cafe is looking to make meal boxes in the future so that vegan Thai fans can make their own food at home.

Buddha Bowl, Newtown

Cuisine: Cafe food
Address: Shop 1 / 60 Enmore Road, Newtown
Website: buddhabowlcafe.com.au/

Everything about Buddha bowl screams goodness. Apart from being vegan, the Newtown cafe is also 100 per cent refined sugar-free and plastic-free, ocean-friendly certified and Fairtrade.

The food is also incredible. This has to be one of the best places for breakfast in Sydney. But it can be really hard to decide what to eat.

Buddha Bowl Newtown

The toasted maple pecan granola is to-die-for. But then the brekky burrito with smokey beans, tofu scramble, roasted capsicum, avocado, kale and chipotle mayo is just so satisfying.

Buddha Bowl sells kombucha on tap and their range of vegan smoothies is out of this world. Try the blue algae smoothie. It sounds weird, but it is so good.

Yulli’s Surry Hills

Cuisine: A little bit of everything
Address: 417 Crown Street Surry Hills
Website: yullis.com.au/

Yulli’s is an old favourite with a loyal following on Crown Street Surry Hills.

It often hosts live art, spoken word and amateur film nights. Their mission is to combine great vegan food with the best beer and wine NSW has to offer.

Yuli’s Surry Hills

No matter what type of cuisine you feel like devouring, Yulli’s has it.

They serve Vietnamese pancakes, spaghetti with leeks and porcini cream and an incredible Korean fried broccolini.

Do not miss out on dessert. We highly recommend the Davidson Plum and persimmon crumble with coconut ice cream. Or the warm chocolate lava cake.

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Hippocrates Healthy Eatery, Randwick

Cuisine: Modern Australian and Lebanese
Address: 129 Avoca st. Randwick
Website: hippocrateshealthyeatery.com/

Fancy a kebab without the meat? You need to try Hippocrates.

The Sydney vegan restaurant sells an incredible Zeus wrap with Lebanese-style vegan chicken (grilled jack fruit with vegan yogurt, lemon and spices). They add homemade hummus and babaganoush made with eggplant, lemon dressing and spices, lettuce, cucumber and purple cabbage.

Incredible Sydney vegan restaurant food is easy to find.

It hits the spot every single time.

This Sydney vegan restaurant is 100 per cent plant based and uses only certified organic or organically grown ingredietns. They have also ruled out refined sugars, flour, preservatives and anything artificial.

The result is pure, healthy, delicious, simple food that will leave you feeling good.

Hippocrates also sells non-alcoholic cocktails including a watermelon caipiroska and a strawberry mojito.

Shift Eatery, Surry Hills

Cuisine: Deli food
Address: Shop 4/241 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills
Website: https://www.shifteatery.com.au/

Sydney’s first vegan deli produces seriously tasty sandwiches and DIY packs.

This is the place to get your vegan meat fix. They have vegan meetball subs, Reubens and a sensational club sandwhich.

Shift’s Rueben sandwich.

Shift’s all day breakfast options include “the best vegan bacon and egg bagel in the world” which comes with chipotle mayo and barbecue.

You can also order vegan bowls and smoothies.

A great vegetarian option – Mister Percy

Cuisine: Modern Australian
Address: 139 Murray St, Pyrmont 
Website: misterpercy.com.au

Mister Percy is vegetarian and it is worth a mention because a large part of the menu is vegan, but they also serve cheese platters.

The restaurant in Pyrmont’s Ovolo Hotel uses fresh, handpicked artisanal produce. The menu isn’t large, but it packs a punch.

Mr Percy

You can order small or big plates at Mister Percy and every single one of them will be delicious.

Our picks would be the whole roasted cauliflower with 1888 dukkah, smoked yogurt and chili dressing for a big plate.

For something smaller try the smashed edamame, umeboshi sesame seeds and fried nori. Just look at the photo and drool.

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