10 of Melbourne’s Best Plant-based Breakfasts

Welcome back! To me!

As some of you may have noticed, I took five weeks away from Earth by Anna whist I was overseas recently to spend some time with Sids (who I hadn’t seen for FOUR months) and to enjoy some time travelling around Europe. I had an a-mazing time, went to the most beautiful wedding in Spain and of course, ate my way around every city I went too.

Depending on who you ask, Melbourne is the vegan capital of the world and travelling for me is always a wonderful reminder of how lucky we are to have such an incredible range of cafes and restaurants at our doorstep. On every corner, you can often find somewhere fantastic to eat and it is such a big part of the Melbourne lifestyle going out on a weekend and having breakfast or brunch.

Anyone who knows me, knows that food is a big part of my life. I’m obsessed with it and in all fairness should probably be about seven times bigger than what I am (after Europe i’m probably two times bigger). Eating great food, in my opinion, is one of the great pleasures in life. I am not talking about the crappy stuff that comes in a greasy brown paper bag that would still look the same three weeks later, I’m talking about the food which resembles every colour of the rainbow, fills you up without feeling sluggish and provides so much joy and satisfaction at no expense of any living being.

Over the years, and in some cases only over the recent months, i’ve discovered some of my favourite breakfast haunts all over Melbourne. If I love somewhere and I love the food they dish up, I often find myself going back time and time again. So, putting together a list of only 10 of my favourite places to eat breakfast in Melbourne is like giving me a box of vegan donuts and asking me to only try one. Virtually impossible.

We are so lucky to be surrounded by incredible food everywhere we turn in Melbourne and for those who believe it’s “too hard” to eat out and be social as a vegan, really need to get out more… a lot more! This breakfast hit list only scratches the surface of what is available to us so get out there, explore your neighbourhood and let me know what you find on your travels by using the hashtag #EarthByAnna.

Without further ado, here are 10 of my favourite places to chow down on a big, nutritious and delicious breakfast in Melbourne.

Serotonin Eatery

Everything in Serotonin screams healthy and fresh. The decor, the food, the staff, the coffee, everything. Located in Burnley, Serotonin is an entirely vegetarian eatery, although most of their menu items are vegan. They focus on healthy, colourful and nutritious food and provide service that is as upbeat as the whole Serotonin experience. Sit on the swings (yes, swings) in their sun-filled courtyard, sip on one of their incredible chai lattes and chow down on some of their pumpkin bruschetta (one of my favourites), all while enjoying Serotonin’s beautiful and unique decor. A must visit.

Serotonin Eatery
52 Madden Grove
Burnley 3121

Serotonin Eatery
Urban Projuice

Less than a year old, Urban Projuice has been a fantastic and welcomed addition to the Albert Park area. Serving predominately vegan meals, Urban Projuice is a wonderful spot for those wanting healthy, delicious and nutritious plant-based meals at reasonable prices. Tegan, one of the main girls at Urban Projuice is a nutrition guru so you can be sure that the food you’re getting is nutritionally diverse and great for your mind and body.

Tickle your tastebuds with the chai pancakes, a cacao bowl or even the vegan big breakfast. Perhaps you would prefer a peanut butter smoothie, a green juice or a strong coffee? Whatever your fancy, Urban Projuice has something for every palette.

Urban Projuice
315 Montague St
Albert Park 3206

Urban Projuice

Smith & Deli

Where do I start with this one? Hmmmm donuts, cinnamon scrolls, vanilla slice, cheesy-mite scrolls, cake, toasties, the list goes on and on and on – and it’s ALL vegan (fist pump).

Smith & Deli is a New York style eatery created by the incredible team behind Smith & Daughters. Stocking everything from ham, cheese and tomato toasties, out-of-this-world sandwiches, juices, delicious desserts and your everyday vegan groceries, Smith & Deli has enough mock meats and vegan cheese to satisfy even the most naive carnivore (tried and tested, I’ve fooled a few). It’s not the healthiest of all the places on this list to visit, but it is a place you definitely need to experience.

There is no seating at Smith & Deli so all the food is takeaway which is a great excuse to pack a brunch picnic, load up with some Smith & Deli goods and get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Smith & Deli

111 Moor St
Fitzroy 3065

Smith and Deli Fitzroy
Image: The Urbanlist

Monk Bodhi Dharma

A tiny little hole in the wall down a graffitied alley way in Balaclava, Monk Bodhi Dharma is a place only the locals would know about. With a very laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff, Monk is a fantastic choice for an early morning brunch with friends. Serving fresh and healthy vegetarian and vegan food and coffee that is some of the best Melbourne has to offer, Monk Bodhi Dharma is a must visit south of the river. Try the smashed avo on toast and the banana pancakes. Both will leave you weak at the knees.

Monk Bodhi Dharma is small so be prepared to wait for a table. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Monk Bodhi Dharma
202 Carlisle St
Balaclava 3183

Monk Bodhi Dharma

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Evolved Fair Food Store

Based in Belgrave, Evolved Fair Food Store is the perfect refueling station after working your toosh up the 1000 steps. It is not an entirely vegetarian or vegan restaurant, but a good majority of their menu items are plant-based and can be changed to suit your requirements. The passion Evolved has for sourcing local and organic produce creates not only a loving and homely environment, but fantastic mouth-watering meals. Their big breakfast is to-die-for and their vegan cakes and raw vegan treats are next level amazing. A must visit if you’re out near the Dandenongs or fancy a Sunday drive.

Evolved Fair Food Store
64-68 Monbulk Road
Belgrave 3160

Evolve Fair Food Store

V Series

Formerly known as A Caterpillar’s Dream, V Series is a vegetarian cafe right in the heart of Kew. Serving above average cafe food with a twist, V Series has turned it up a notch since rebranding and have recently expanded their menu which is now predominately vegan.

Breakfast is served until 3pm, so if you’re feeling a bit seedy the day after, you’ve got plenty of time to haul ass and get down there for a delicious meal. The tofu benedict is a must-try, as are their large selection of vegan cupcakes. Some of the best I have had.

V Series
4/26 Princess St
Kew 3101 

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Image: Fire and Tea

Sister of Soul

I never feel disappointed when I eat at Sister of Soul for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The menu is huge, there is plenty of seating and the service is always fantastic. I’ve always found the food fresh and flavourful and it’s a joy to have another plant-based restaurant south of the river.

Try the avo on toast and the quinoa porridge, washed down with one of their delicious freshly made juices. I’m not a coffee drinker, but from all the reports, the coffee is top-notch too.

Sister of Soul
73 Acland St
St Kilda 3182

Sister of Soul

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Combi

The smoothies here are a-mazing and the other food options, like acai bowls and raw granola, are pretty damn good too. I will admit – I had some time away from this place for a few months because I had a few occasions where the service was terrible and the staff incredibly rude. However, I went recently and thought it had improved immensely which is a relief because not much comes between me and a good feed. Worth a visit just to stare at the beautifully presented food but be prepared to wait for a table as seating is limited.

Combi
140 Ormond Rd
Elwood 3284 

Combi Food

Image: Collective Hub

Admiral Cheng-Ho

The sister of Monk Bodhi Dharma and perhaps even more delicious than its south of the river sibling. Based in Abbotsford, Admiral Cheng-Ho is a haven for specialty coffee and a seasonal changing wholefood menu using organic locally sourced produce. The menu is entirely vegetarian and every menu item can be made vegan. With dishes like Northside French Toast and Avoca Ho, this above-par breakfast and lunch cafe is not to be missed.

Admiral Cheng-Ho
325 Johnston St
Abbsotsford 3067

Admiral Cheng-Ho Abbotsford

Image: Broadsheet

 Holy Bowly Superfood Bar

Located on Hampton St in Hampton, Holy Bowly Superfood Bar is a great pit-stop for quick, healthy, clean and organic food. With juices, raw food, acai bowls, granolas and more, Holy Bowly has a menu item for everyone. Their food is served in a very fun and insta-worthy way (did I just say that?) and always tastes fresh. Holy Bowly’s focus is on providing super healthy and nutritious food that makes healthy living easy for everyone.

Holy Bowly Superfood Bar
531 Hampton St
Hampton 3188 

Holy Bowly

11 Comments

  • bassam Chakelli says:

    Hi. .thanks for the list…ive eaten at all of the above, except the hampton one….i was suprised mistet nice guy was left out…:-( but then again…like your donut theory..which one???

  • Erin says:

    Hi Anna, could you possibly recommend any vegan cafes in Melbourne cbd? Thanks

    • Anna says:

      Hi Erin,

      The CBD can be a bit tricky! If you want something a bit ‘naughty’, Lord of the Fries do some mean vegan milkshakes and breakfast buns etc.They also do lunch and dinner.

      Otherwise, Supercharger in the Emporium does amazing vegan food. There are a few places that offer vegan options, but your best bet is to jump out of the city. Enlightened Cuisine on Southbank is another one – vegan Chinese!

      Hope that helps.

  • Paul Mathis says:

    Hi Anna
    Love the round up lots of places I’ve never even to.
    FYI we are opening a new Supercharger Wholefood in Prahran at Shop 3/22 Chatham Street.
    We will be serving 4 unique breakfast treats as well as coffee and chai.
    Hope you can make it when we open anytime after Wednesday October 16.
    Love to meet and say hello 🙂
    Paul

    • Anna says:

      Hi Paul,

      Drove past the shop the other day and saw your signs up. I was wondering when you were opening! Joe had told me you were going in there. Great news!

      I look forward to coming down after the 16th. See you then!

      Anna

  • That’s a fab roundup– so many places I haven’t tried yet (I really should get my driver’s license)!

  • Shannon says:

    Yes! Such a fantastic list with beautiful photos! Thank you so much 🙂 I noticed the west was missing so I thought I’d add these two as well- while not a vegetarian cafe, Dad & Dave’s in Yarraville does some great vegan brekkies, including some delicious corn fritters topped with avocado. Rhubarb in Seddon also have a small but delicious vegetarian/vegan menu (and a bulk foods section too!).

    • Anna says:

      Hi Shannon,

      Thanks so much for the suggestions! I will have to try and get to one of them soon. Unfortunately I don’t get over to the west much as i’m based Bayside, but I’m always willing to travel for great food, so maybe I can jump over there one weekend. Thanks for the tips!

  • What a fabulous post – I will be keeping these details for when I visit Melbourne next – loved your photographs too – beautiful.

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