Your go-to guide for the best Vegan Food in Bondi
How do you know if a backpacker is vegan? They’ll tell you exactly where to eat.
If you haven’t realized it yet, I am a full-on foodie. I ate my way up the East Coast and living in Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) was a vegan food haven. Staying in Bondi is no different. Generally considered a trendy and modern suburb, vegan options are sneaking their way into every menu. From vegan ice cream shops to accidentally vegan Poke bowls, Bondi has everything you’re seeking and more.
Bondi Farmers Market
Every Saturday, enjoy fresh produce and made-to-order meals from local vendors at the farmers market at Bondi Public School. Just a 5 minute walk from Wake Up! Bondi Beach, the market is an excellent spot for breakfast or lunch. The sweetness of the local strawberries I purchased simply cannot be compared to any store bought fruit.
In my article on unique Aussie foods, I mentioned meat pies and sausage rolls. Thanks to Funky Pies, vegans and vegetarians alike can still enjoy the famous Aussie delights with flaky crusts and savory fillings. *drools*
Although they don’t advertise this bowl as vegan, the Tofu Boys bowl is completely plant-based with no modifications needed. You get to choose your base, I always go with brown rice and cabbage. The sauce is light and refreshing and the bowl will leave you feeling full for hours.
Check out their menu here.
Moving from hostel to hostel as a backpacker makes it challenging to carry large quantities of food. Enter: bulk food stores where you can buy only what you need. Scoop sells all of its product in bulk bins. You can either bring your own container or use their free bags to fill up on your favorite dry foods. Oats and pasta are my primary purchases, but I’ll usually treat myself to smooth dark chocolate and chewy dried mango, too.
Tucked away up Hall St., Chachas is a vegan, refined sugar-free ice cream shop with a wide range of notable flavors. I tried the Snickers, Notella, Peanut Butter, and Mint. It’s noteworthy to mention their tasting spoons are reusable and they have multiple allergen-free options.
(Psst – stalk them here.)
Lebanese Street Food
Substantial serving sizes and genuine Lebanese street food? This spot is still waiting to be checked off my bucket list, but I’m excited to try the Lebanese Buddah Bowl and Spinach Triangles.
Chic décor, pressed juices, and smoothie bowls are abundant at my favorite organic, raw shop with five different locations in Sydney. On Valentine’s Day, they had a 2-for-1 deal and while walking by the shop, a stranger handed me a pink smoothie. Anyone will tell you I have a slight obsession with ice and blended things, so that small gesture stands out as the best Single’s day yet.
Check them out here.
A rotating array of gelato flavors fill this beachside shop. Need I say more? Beyond the sorbet options, Gelatisimo includes creamy, chocolatey flavors void of dairy. A few months back, their flavor of the month was a vegan chocolate and almond delicacy.
I was thrilled to learn that Domino’s has vegan cheese in Australia. Imagine my excitement when I discovered Mad Pizza, a popular pizza shop that Wake Up! Bondi Beach brings guests to every week, has a Vegan Suprema pizza decked out with vegan mozzarella, sausage, and bacon. In an ideal world, you could save half for a second meal. But in reality, you’ll inhale the whole pizza in one sitting.
I hope you enjoy eating your way through Bondi as much as I did! If you’re looking for inspo, check out the Happy Cow phone app to discover more vegetarian and vegan eats in every nook and cranny of Australia.
by Janine Denney-Mazzilli
Hi there! My name is Janine and I am a self-professed, travel obsessed foodie from Seattle. I recently graduated the University of Washington and am now living my Australian dream on a working holiday! Follow along on @janini133