Australia is easily one of the best places in the world to be a vegan. Not only would you be hard-pressed to find a cafe that doesn’t stock a non-dairy alternative to milk, but each main city (and even the smaller ones!) have a fantastic range of vegan eateries.
Even sweet treats are back on the menu for vegans, with a growing number of plant-based dessert places popping up around the country.
Here, we’ve rounded up 9 of our top picks.
Where: Melbourne, Victoria
If you’re after freshly baked vegan treats in Brunswick, look no further than this bakery cafe. All of their colourful creations are 100% dairy free and they also have gluten-free, wheat-free, corn-free, fructose friendly and low-GI options! Address: 151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale, Melbourne VIC Website: misterniceguy.com.au
Where: Sydney, New South Wales
What’s a day at the beach without cooling down with an ice cream? Now, it’s no longer off the menu for vegans, thanks to this hole-in-the-wall at Bondi Beach. Cha Cha’s serves up super creamy, cashew-based ice cream, with a delicious range of vegan (and insta-worthy!) toppings. Address: 6/156 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Chachas-Icecream
Where: Hobart, Tasmania
If you’re visiting the iconic Salamanca Market in Hobart, make sure you swing by the Raw Indulgence stall. Owner Elaine serves up a delectable range of raw vegan treats, from mango cheesecake to apple caramel slice. Address: Salamanca Market, Salamanca Pl, Hobart TAS Facebook: facebook.com/RawIndulgenceHobart/
Where is it: Adelaide, South Australia
This vegan dessert cafe wins the award for the most variety. You’ll find everything from a lamington ice float to a black sticky rice sundae to a banana and vegemite brownie with peanut butter (whaaaaat!?). It’s all locally sourced and freshly made each day, too. Address: 162 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood SA Website: eggless.com.au
Where: Perth, Western Australia
This super cool, plant-based eatery always has a tasty array of freshly baked vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free treats on offer. The highlight? The decadent sticky date pudding with vegan ice cream. Address: 181A High St, Fremantle WA Website:therawkitchen.com.au
Where: Braddon, Australian Capital Territory
Braddon is home to a growing number of hip, healthy cafes — but this one definitely takes the cake for vegan options. As well as a great range of brekkie options, burgers and salads, they serve up plant-based cupcakes, cinnamon scrolls, peanut butter cups and more! Address: 8/18 Lonsdale St, Braddon ACT Website: sweetbonescompany.com
Where is it: Darwin, Northern Territory
Not only are Petra’s treats vegan, they’re gluten-free, refined sugar-free, non-GMO and paleo-friendly. She’s created plant-based versions of everything from tiramisu to chocolate ganache and banana pie — the hardest part is choosing just one! She runs the store from her home, but also supplies to various locations around Darwin. Address: 87 Rothdale Road, Jingili, NT Website: petrasrawcakes.com.au
Where: Sydney, New South Wales
As a non-vegan, I have to say this is easily one of the best donuts I’ve ever had. They’re super dense without being overpowering or too rich. Honestly, if I hadn’t already known, I wouldn’t have even been able to tell it was vegan. Address: 13 Beattie St, Balmain NSW Website: nutie.com.au