Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and is commonly referred to as ‘the city of churches’. It also seems to be emerging into a foodie mecca when it comes to some of the best vegan food in the country. I can’t tell you the number of times people said to Jordan and I ‘why would you go to Adelaide, there’s nothing there’. Now that we’ve checked it out for ourselves, I can tell you that couldn’t be further from the truth! We spent a few days in Adelaide and the surrounding suburbs checking out some amazing vegan spots and these are our top picks.
Two-Bit Villains – Adelaide Arcade, Shop 150, Level One, 111/117 Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Think vegan burgers, tacos & mac and cheese; if you’re into American diner style food, then this is the spot for you! Two-Bit Villains is a completely vegetarian restaurant and most of their food options can be made vegan. They also cater to dairy free and gluten free requirements which is amazing for those who are gluten intolerant or coeliac! I had a ‘beef’ burger with potato gems which was delicious – honestly you wouldn’t know the difference between soy beef and actual beef! Jordan had a chicken burger which he compared to a KFC chicken burger and said it was the best burger he’s ever had. They also make the most delicious handcrafted soda which I hiiiighly recommend trying! You can check out their menu here.
Juiced Life – Rundle Place, 77-91 Rundle Mall, (shop 24), Level LGK3 Lower Ground Food Court, in front of Coles, Adelaide
This little spot is tucked away inside a food hall in the Rundle Mall but if you keep your eyes peeled for Coles, you’ll see Juiced Life just in front. It’s a small little standalone store that has fresh juices and smoothies to quench your thirst after a long day of walking around the city and/or shopping. Fresh juices and smoothies are also a fantastic way to give your immune system some love & support. I had green juice and it was delicious!
Bakery on O’Connell – 128-130 O’Connell St, North Adelaide
Ok so just putting it out there, but I feel like every city needs a Bakery on O’Connell. This spot is open 24 hours a day which means you can satisfy your cravings any time of the day or night. They serve up a huge range of sweet and savoury options, with a ton of vegan options. They actually have a seperate vegan menu which makes it really easy to see what is and isn’t vegan. We visited at about 11pm on a Saturday night and the place was heaving! This is definitely one to check out whilst in Adelaide. The jam berliner and raw ferrero rocher come highly recommended from us! 🙂
Plant 4 Bowden – 5 Third St, Bowden
Plant 4 Bowden is unlike any spot we’ve visited in Australia and in fact, we were blown away by the setup. It’s a large warehouse type space filled with eateries, food stalls and boutique shops. Inside, we found a cafe called Nutrition Republic that had a huge menu filled with healthy food options. We couldn’t decide on just one option so we decided to try a smoothie bowl and two toast options on their house-made bread, one with avocado and cashew cheese and the other with Everymite. It was all delicious and the staff were so lovely and friendly. Plant 4 Bowden hosts lots of events year round so keep an eye on their website here to see what’s happening!
The Lost Deli – 38 Charles St, Norwood
If you’re looking for a big vegan breakfast, The Lost Deli is the place to go. This completely vegan cafe is a few kilometres out of the CBD but is well worth the walk or Uber. It’s a cute little cafe on a quiet street in suburbia with both indoor and outdoor seating. I had the most delicious big breakfast that was so big, I literally couldn’t finish it. Jordan had the pancakes and said they were also delicious. Their coffee and fresh juices come highly rated by us too! You can check out their menu here.
Staazi & Co – 224 Grenfell St, Adelaide
If you’re in the mood for some vegan greek street food, Staazi & Co is a must. They have a small takeaway store on Grenfell Street (where we ate) as well as a food truck that was voted #5 best vegan food truck in the world by Lonely Planet so that tells you how good their food is! We tried the plant based lamb yiros and the loaded fries, both were 10/10. Don’t leave without trying their tzatziki, it is SO good! You can find out more here.
We were only in Adelaide for 3 days so these are the spots we managed to visit and really enjoyed. As you can see there are so many different cuisine options and this is just a handful of the best vegan spots in Adelaide. I hope this is helpful for your time in Adelaide, I’d love to hear your thoughts if you visit any of the places I’ve recommended.