Vegan fare in Sydney is the best it’s ever been, it feels like every week we’re treated to a new restaurant to gorge on earthly, cruelty-free delights.

If you, like many of us, are testing the waters of vegan living as part of this years resolution, you’re probably chomping at the bit to eat your way through everything this gorgeous city has to offer. So in the spirit of things, we’ve put together a list of our favourite vegan eateries.

We’ve attempted to cover all bases, whether you’re looking for an evening of glitz and glamour or have your mindset on scoffing down the best vegan club sambo you can get your hands on. So without further ado, here is a list of our favourite vegan eateries in Sydney.

417 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

This beloved Surry Hills staple made the transition to fully-vegan nosh a few years ago, and didn’t lose a hint of its decadence. The Yulli’s menu is a perfect intersection between Mediterranean and South-East Asian fare. We recommend going for the set menu, accompanied by their trove of gorgeous signature brews.

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57 Macleay St, Potts Point NSW 2011

Save this one for a special occasion. Yellow is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly art-deco haven from the award-winning team behind Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Monopole and Cirrus. It’s moody, glamorous and inconceivably delicious. The kind of joint where you’ll be privy to taste sensations that feel extramundane. This is another institution where we recommend saving up to splash out on the set menu, with accompanying wines (or non-alcoholic beverages) of course.

Little Turtle
10 Stanmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042

Whilst most Thai places do a cracking job of satiating one’s cravings for a vegan-friendly pad kee mao by omitting the egg, Little Turtle in Enmore elevates it to that next level of satisfying. They do these little curried arancini balls that sound bizarre but are off their nut delicious, trust me when I say you’re going to want to get two servings.

261 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026

Intimate and rustic without a hint of pastiche, if you ever find yourself in Bondi make sure you take the time to hit up Peppe’s. The Italian restaurant offers a menu of simple pasta favourites and a bounty of delicious natural wines by the glass. It’s the brainchild of Joe Pagliaro and Paperbark’s Grace Watson and it is simply scrumptious.

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Mark and Vinny’s Spaghetti and Spritz Bar
8/38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Another fine Italian restaurant that offers immensely delicious vegan options. Mark and Vinny’s is the perfect place to go if you need to cater to your meat-enthusiast friends and family. There’s a smorgasbord of food that caters to the carnivore, vegetarian and vegan diet. Including a very decadent vegan take on the classic carbonara (a dish I found myself missing intensely during my first attempt at veganism.) As the name suggests, they also boast one of the greatest Spritz lists in town.

Shift Eatery
Shop 4/241 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

It’s no coincidence that Shift Eatery opened and I stopped going to Melbourne; this Surry Hills sandwich joint filled the Smith & Deli sized hole in my heart. Eat your way through the menu but make sure you indulge in their take on the club sandwich.

Bad Hombres
40 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Good Mexican food in Sydney is few and far between but Bad Hombres make a convincing case that we shouldn’t give up hope. All the classic flavour sensations you crave from a good Mexican feed will be catered to, smoky, charred, spicy and not in the phony Guzman Y Gomez way. Though Bad Hombres also have a flare for experimentation, take their Baja Jackfruit taco with seaweed and white cabbage slaw for example, exquisite.

Inside Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011

There are two sides to Alibi. The bougie, fine-dining extravaganza where you’ll be privy to decadent dishes like carrot and ginger kelp noodles or XO eggplant. Splash out on the chef’s selection set menu and take a stroll down Woolloomooloo Wharf for the perfect date night extravaganza.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have Alt Ctrl Eat; Alibi’s take on gluttonous fast-food glory. You’ll be able to stuff yourself to the brim on plant-based takes on beloved st Filet-O-Fish or chicken and waffles.

2/4 College St, Sydney NSW 2000

A restaurant that needs to introduction, if you haven’t yet experienced Bodhi’s yum cha spectacle, you’re in for a real treat. There’s a real lack of alfresco dining in Sydney, so getting to indulge in a nice pinot gris and a dazzling array of dumplings on Bodhi’s sumptous outdoor terrace is a real treat.

Gigi’s Pizzeria
379 King St, Newtown NSW 2042

Gigi’s Pizzeria made the switch to an all vegan menu back in 2015 and haven’t looked back since. What is there to say about this beloved Newtown joint that hasn’t been said already. Gigi’s, in my opinion, offer one of the finest pizza doughs in Sydney — woodfired, slightly chewy, slightly crispy, extremely delicious.

Here you’ll be able to indulge in classics like their Marinara Tradizionale, a simple marvel of San Marzano tomato, garlic, fresh oregano, extra virgin olive oil or their more inventive offerings like the Cavolo, a pizza compried of cauliflower puree, cauliflower, artichokes, pinenuts, capers, currants and other deliciousness.

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Gigi’s is often packed to the rafters so those looking to waltz in may be left dissapointed. Thankfully just across the road is Manoosh, a Lebanese inspired pizza joint that boasts the best god damn vegan garlic bread in the city.

I am a firm believer that pizza is a meal that should be enjoyed between friends, preferably sitting in a park, with a coupla longnecks handy. It is my gentle recommendation that you order a couple of takeaway za’s (or one of their mouth-watering wraps), head to Campo park and stop off at the grog shop enroute to lap up the last waning days of summer.

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