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Cafes Doing Vegan Breakfast in Melbourne You Need in Your Life

Vegan or not, breakfast food is delicious

Vegan dining has become one of the most popular trends in Melbourne in the past few years. With more and more people embracing a plant-based diet, cafes and restaurants are tuning in, with seriously delicious results. Now you’d be hard-pressed to find a place not offering vegan alternatives. Whether you’re vegan or not, the food being served up is some of the most delicious in the city. And considering breakfast in Australia is a near religion, it’s essential to locate the perfect vegan breakfast in Melbourne. It’s only natural, after all. 

So we’ve done a little digging and found the 5 places cooking up some of the best vegan breakfasts in Melbourne. Paired alongside a long black or almond milk flat white, let’s just say your mornings are sure to improve drastically with these Melbourne cafes into your life. Some of the following aren’t fully vegan but they’ve all got plenty of options to suit any lifestyle or dietary requirement. Whether you’re a fully fledged vegan, veg-curious or just love breakfast food (like our queen Leslie Knope), read on and go forth and indulge in the best vegan breakfast in Melbourne.

Where oh where can that vegan breakfast be?

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1. Healthy Planet

A haven for healthy eating, this Fitzroy North cafe is a definite contender for best vegan breakfast in Melbourne. Healthy Planet is entirely vegetarian with loads of vegan and gluten-, nut- and fructose-free dishes as well. Exceedingly popular among Fitzroy’s foodies, dining here is guilt-free and delicious. The folks that run the show are passionate about the planet, as the name suggests, and go above and beyond to make sure there is minimal waste and that all their produce is ethically sourced. Open early and all day, this is a hit when you’re after a vegan breakfast with a conscience.

Must-try: The sunrise tofu scramble made with tofu, mushrooms, capsicum, onion and spinach, served with roasted sweet potato and avocado toast.

252 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North, Melbourne 3068

Sun – Mon: 7 – 3:30pm

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2. Vegie Bar

Full disclosure: Vegie Bar doesn’t actually open all that early, but we’d be remiss to talk about delicious vegan breakfast items without mentioning this iconic Melbourne cafe and restaurant. Located in the heart of Fitzroy on Brunswick Street, this Melbourne institution has been paving the way for environmentally-friendly, conscious and damn delicious vegetarian and vegan food for over 30 years. While it may not open until 11, the menu is filled with delicious dishes that can definitely step in as your first meal of the day. Home to one of the most vibrant and infectious atmospheres in Melbourne, this is a must-visit spot for all your vegan breakfast needs. If Vegie Bar doesn’t float your vegan breakfast boat, nothing will.

Must-try: The Better Than A Big Mac burger of two no-beef patties, special sauce, vegan cheese, pickles and onions served in a three-part brioche bun with golden potato fries. Trust us, this is definitely an excellent way to start the day!

380 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065
Sun – Mon: 11 – 10pm

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3. Raw Trader

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So, we know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and all, but eating dessert for breakfast is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Thankfully you can indulge without fear or guilt at CBD vegan haven, Raw Trader, which specialises in raw desserts that are vegan, gluten-free, organic and paleo. Here, all your dessert and vegan breakfast dreams can come true. We’re big fans of ordering a cake (or two) and a smoothie, but you’ll also find granola, fruit salads and acai bowls for those who don’t have a sweet tooth. Raw, healthy and delicious, it doesn’t get much better than Raw Trader.

Must-try: The ultimate chocolate layer cake with the detox smoothie made with spinach, kale, cucumber, apple, celery and parsley… it’s all about balance here at Quisine.

10 Sutherland Street, Melbourne CBD 3000

Sunday: Closed

Mon – Fri: 7:30 – 5pm, Sat: 12 – 5pm

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4. Monk Bodhi Dharma

No guide to the best vegan breakfast in Melbourne would be complete without vegan icon, Monk Bodhi Dharma. Veggie through and through, this cosy and rustic cafe doubles as a specialty coffee roaster… it’s actually impossible to get more Melbourne than this. Another heavenly place that understands our constant need for all-day breakfast, you’ll find some creative vegan dishes here as well as outstanding coffee, of course. A perfect combination of caring about the environment, animals and good food, this is one of the best places we’ve been for brekkie.

Must-try: Buckwheat apple pancakes served with raw cinnamon ice cream, maple syrup, raw vanilla bean whipped cream and dehydrated apple chips.

202 Carlisle St, Balaclava, Melbourne 3183

Mon – Fri: 7 – 5pm

Sat – Sun: 8 – 5pm

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5. Smith & Daughters

Vegan powerhouse Smith & Deli is a Latin-inspired restaurant in the heart of Fitzroy that makes vegan food like we’ve never seen it before. Running as a restaurant six nights per week, thankfully the breakfast gods have answered our prayers and Smith & Deli offer a delicious brunch menu on the weekend. Satisfying sweet and savoury inclined folk everywhere, this Brunswick Street spot is run by a team of talented, retro staff who know how to make damn delicious vegan food. Serving up some of the best vegan breakfast in Melbourne, try it out, then go back for dinner and cocktails…

Must-try: Divorced Eggs of scramble, carnitas, lime crema, avocado and red and green salsa served on fried blue corn tortillas. This one is enjoyed best with a Bloody Frida – Smith & Deli’s take on a Bloody Mary – for good measure.

175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065

Mon: Closed

Tues – Fri: 6pm – late

Sat – Sun: 10am – late

Rhiannon Meagher

Rhiannon Meagher

Rhiannon is a firm believer that tacos are an anytime food and that a good cup of tea or glass of wine can fix any problem. She moved halfway around the world from Australia to Berlin, and gets the travel bug on a regular basis.

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