Plant-based and visiting South Australia? Here are all the places I’ve loved while eating vegan in Adelaide.
I am often eating in the Adelaide city centre, and I am always looking for fabulous vegan meals.
Not just those meals where the meat and dairy are removed, but meals that are made with plant-based diners in mind. You know, the kind of meals that even those who are not vegan will eat and enjoy – and they won’t even miss the meat!
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Eating Vegan in Adelaide
To be fair I want to be honest – I am not vegan in the true sense of the word, but for health reasons I avoid eating animal proteins, which means entirely plant-based eating.
I anticipate that this will be an ongoing project as I find more and more delicious vegan options in Adelaide.
I will seperate this list into Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner options. Some places will be open longer so will overlap, but I will include places in the category I enjoyed them.
Vegan Breakfast in Adelaide
All-day breakfast is a thing right? I loved to indulge in a “big breakfast” back in the days of meat-eating. All that delicious bacon, eggs, butter-drenched mushrooms….yum! But can I find a great breakfast now that I’m not eating those animal products? Here are my favourites so far.
Address: 44-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
Hours: Tues 7 am – 5:30 pm, Wed 9 am – 4 pm, Thurs 7 am – 5:30 pm, Fri 7 am – 9 pm, Sat 7 am – 3 pm, Sun/Mon closed
This is the place I always go for breakfast when I am in the city centre. It’s also the place I tend to take any guests I have when they are visiting too.
Le Souk is an Algerian food stall in the Adelaide Central Market, owned by the larger-than-life Azou who will ask if he can date you on arrival!
No, he doesn’t want to take you out for a meal, he just wants to give you one of the delicious Middle Eastern dates to eat while you are choosing from the menu.
If I get here later in the morning I always have a dilemma – do I get the delicious Chakchouka, or do I go with the amazing Paella? If I’m early, the paella is not yet ready, so the choice is easy.
The coffee is good here at Le Souk, and the meals are large enough to serve two, or, do as I usually do, ask for a takeaway container and have breakfast the next day too.
While I tend to eat here at breakfasttime, it’s a great place for lunch or dinner too if you are visiting the markets later.
Vegan Lunch in Adelaide
Lunch can often be a challenge, especially when looking for something quick. Often I will pick up something simple like avocado sushi (which can be found all over).
Here are some of the other lunches I have had that are vegan.
Two Bit Villains
Address: Adelaide Arcade, Shop 150, Level one, 111/117 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
Hours: Tues 11:30 am – 3 pm, Wed/Thurs 11:30 am – 3 pm & 5:30 – 8 pm, Fri 11:30 am – 9 pm, Sat 11:30 am – 8:30 pm, Sun 11:30 am – 3 pm
Two Bit Villains is an Americana-themed burger and soda joint, found up the stairs in Adelaide Arcade.
The menu consists of burgers and hotdogs, amongst other things, making this a great option when you’re looking for that fast food hit – but with a touch more class.
Since it is in Rundle Mall, Two Bit Villains is a convenient lunch option whether you are shopping or exploring nearby.
Vegan Dinner in Adelaide
To be fair, most restaurants in Adelaide will have at least one or two vegan options if you are eating out for dinner. I’ve even had vegan food at some places you would not expect – like The Little Hunter (a steakhouse).
Here are a few places that have done vegan meals really well.
Staazi & Co
Address: 224 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000
Hours: Fri/Sat 12 – 9 pm, Sun/Wed/Thurs 12 – 8 pm, Mon/Tues closed
This is one of those places to take all your friends who think vegan food is boring! Buy them a yiros from this incredible Greek street food place and they will soon change their mind.
Staazi & Co are a tiny little shop with a few small tables out on the footpath. We visited on a Sunday night, and there was a constant stream of diners and UberEats drivers the whole time we were there – they are very popular, and rightly so.
The meals here are made with meat alternatives, so don’t be worried when you see chicken and lamb on the menu – everything in store is vegan.
We chose a combo AB and a combo open yiros, and these were so good. We also took some baklava home with us for dessert later. This place has been added to our list of favourites for a quick meal in the city.
Address: 17 Solomon St, Adelaide SA 5000
Hours: 5 pm until late, 7 days a weeks
I discovered Sunny’s Pizza a few months ago during one of the Illuminate Adelaide events. It’s down what appears to be a dodgy little laneway, but was packed with people.
I was excited to hear that they make an awesome vegan pizza, even making their own vegan cheese and meat alternatives.
Well, that didn’t quite turn out to be true. They no longer offer meat alternatives, and the cheese is now brought in from elsewhere, but their pizza is still easily the best vegan pizza I have had.
The cheese they use was so much like real mozzarella that my husband (not vegan) was convinced they had not used vegan cheese and had to confirm it with the staff.
If you are planning to visit, I recommend making a booking. Even on a Monday night, we could only get seating at the bar without one.
Vegan pizzas are not specifically listed on the menu, but about half of the options are vegetarian and just require the cheese to be swapped out. We had the roasted eggplant pizza.
Address: 167 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
Hours: Sun/Wed/Thurs 5 – 9 pm, Fri/Sat 5 – 9:30 pm
I seem to have covered all the fast food substitutes so I may as well continue the trend with KFC – Korean Fried Chicken that is.
K-Pub is a Korean restaurant with a casual pub style. You will eat as K-Pop plays on the screens in the background and you sip your drinks that have been imported straight from Seoul.
They don’t just do KFC here, but lots of other great vegan dishes too, like vegan “beef” and “chicken” stir fries, dumplings, pancakes, even vegan hotpot.
Your non-vegan friends will enjoy coming here too because they also have a standard menu.
Address: SkyCity Adelaide, 125 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Hours: Tues/Wed 4 – 10 pm, Thurs 12 -3 pm, 4 – 10 pm, Fri 12 -3 pm, 4 pm – 12 am, Sat 4 pm – 12 am, Sun/Mon closed
I had been wanting to eat at Madam Hanoi even before I became plant-based. It’s a French-Vietnamese restaurant located at the Skycity casino, as part of the Adelaide Railway building.
The meals have always looked delicious, and the setting is definitely instagrammable! I was browsing the menu a few months back and I discovered they do a whole vegan banquet!! I was sold.
We tried to get a booking here a few times before we found a night that worked out, so I recommend booking at least a few days in advance if you want to eat here.
The vegan banquet was made up of seven vegan recipes, starting with a sechzuan tofu lettuce cup. It was quickly followed by a green mango & papaya salad and some absolutely delicious fried eggplant (above).
It was so soft it just melted in our mouths. The main meals were a coconut chickpea curry, Asian greens and steamed rice. The dessert was a coconut pandan panacotta.
As with most Asian restaurants, the serves were generous and even though we were very hungry, we did not quite finish everything. Every dish was filled with flavour and beautifully cooked.
My meat-eating husband hadn’t even missed the meat because it was all so flavourful.
There are a minimum of two people required to order the vegan banquet, and at $65/person I think the price is spot on for what is offered. I would happily return and eat the exact same meal again.
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