When it comes to eating out in Melbourne, you really are spoilt for choice. I’ve been living in Prahran for several years now and exploring the incredible cafes and restaurants on the south side has been a highlight.
I’ve put together this list of my top places to in Prahran and South Yarra ranging from breakfast and brunch spots, salad bars, fast food joints and juice/smoothie bars.
Most of these are not 100% plant-based, however, they have amazing options available. A lot of the time I’m eating out with friends and family who don’t choose to eat plant-based so it’s useful to know where we can enjoy a meal together.
Plant-based favourite: Herbivore
Herbivore has made the top of the list for good reason. It’s the type of place you can bring your meat-eating boyfriend and he will love it just as much as you. The Earth Burgers are our go-to and their felafel balls are some of the best I’ve had. Even the hot chips are better than your average chip. Add a side of kombucha and a salted caramel ball for dessert and you have yourself a darn good meal.
Address: 361 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Smak Food House
The team at Smak have recently updated their menu and I’ve loved every dish I’ve tried so far. The Smaked Avo is my usual choice for breakfast and I can’t get enough of the little fritters served as the side. The Vegan Buttermilk Ricotta Hotcakes look amazing, taste amazing and are also gluten free – definitely try them if you feel like something sweet. Next on my list to try is the vegan burger! They serve great coffee too and make their own almond milk in-house.
Address: 6C Daly Street, South Yarra
The Alley is relatively new and so far I’ve only been once. It’s list-worthy though. If you’re a burger-enthusiest like me, you are going to love it. Their menu is completely plant-based – get excited! Other than delicious burgers, they offer salads, pastas, desserts, juices and smoothies. The chocolate-chip cookies are definitely worth a mention, as well as the unusual carrot ketchup.
Address: 417 St Kilda Road, South Yarra (not sure if it’s technically South Yarra but we’ll let this one slide)
Greene St Elixir Bar
I love to pop in to Greene Street on my way home from the gym. The New Yorker is my usual go-to smoothie, although my latest obsession is the Cashew Almond Latte. I also enjoy their soups and the raw treats from Pana are always hard to say no to. The space itself is gorgeous, filled with plants and crystals in the a New York City decor.
Address: Corner Commercial Road & Cato Street, Prahran
Another one that’s 100% plant-based. Perfect for when you want something quick and healthy after a shop at the market. They have a salad bar with plenty of options. I recommend grabbing a selection of two salads, adding some avocado and a side of marinated tofu. They also have juices, smoothies, soups and desserts.
Address: Shop 16, Prahran Market
The Organic Food and Wine Deli
They have an abundance of plant-based meals so I often drop by the city location for lunch. A few of my top picks – the tofu burger, mushroom pie, pesto pasta and any of their curries. If you feel like a treat, the croissant is amazing and the genderless gingerbread figure is delicious.
Address: 603 Orrong Road (enter via Sydney Street), Prahran
The menu at Palate is paleo-inspired and I usually order from their paleo menu, however, I simply switch the meat/eggs for another veg option. They use Almond Milk Co so this is another one of my coffee shop favs.
Address: 132 Greville Street, Prahran
Veg Out Time
All vegan dishes including noodles, curries, stir fries and dumplings that are either already made or cooked fresh to order. I love the Pad Thai and the oil-free vegetable stir fry.
Instagram: Veg Out Time
Address: 366 Chapel Street, Prahran
To be honest, there’s not a whole lot of vegan options on the menu, although they are more than happy to omit eggs or dairy where they can. I usually order the smashed avo with beetroot hummus, minus the feta or I make my own breakfast plate with gluten-free toast and plenty of sides. Tall Timber is another great coffee spot to grab an almond milk latte. And if you sit outside, you are sure to get plenty of dog patting done. Until I get my own pup, this will have to do.
Address: 60 Commercial Road, Prahran
Naked Chicks is an organic chicken shop that has some insanely good plant-based options. I don’t eat their chicken, however I do love their roast veggies, salads and herbed chips (regular and sweet potato). I usually order a plate with half roast veg and half slaw, a kombucha and for dessert, possibly the best raw snickers slice I’ve tasted. They also stock the Citizen Cacao raw chocolates – if you haven’t tasted these then you are missing out.
Address: 162 High Street, Prahran
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