However, if there’s one corner of the food realm that we are yet to properly dabble in, it’s veganism. While veggies are an office lunch staple (we literally watched our Marketing Manager inhale a giant plate of broc and spinach this week), we understand that #veganlife goes well beyond leafy greens.
From the best vegan best vegan cafes in Auckland, to vegan-friendly beauty and food products, here’s your ultimate guide to getting your vegan on.
Hit Up Auckland’s Best Vegan Cafes
Meat and dairy have their place, but sometimes your body needs something, y’know, not from an animal. Here are some of Auckland’s best vegan cafes.
Little Bird Unbakery | Ponsonby, Britomart
Arguably the best vegan café in Auckland is Little Bird Unbakery. These gorgeous cafes are full of raw, vegan treats, free of dairy, gluten and refined sugar. Leave your guilt at home, because everything on Little Bird’s menu is delicious—and good for you!
The Raw Kitchen | CBD
Another utterly awesome vegan café in Auckland is The Raw Kitchen. Their raw cakes will have you ditching dairy and sugar for good.
Mondays Eatery | Kingsland
Kingslanders, if you weren’t already aware, your stomping ground is home to one of the best cafes in Auckland—that just so happens to also serve up some staggeringly good vegan fare. Mondays Eatery’s treat selection is always a-changing and their all day menu is perfect for those tempted to dip their toes in the vegan world.
Try Vegan Skincare
Contrary to what you’ve just read, veganism goes well beyond just food. Here are two vegan-friendly skincare products worth trying.
Did you know our skin absorbs up to 60% of the products we use? Oh, the horror! Luckily, you can rid yourself of chemical cocktail-like products for something more au-naturale.
Natural Instinct products are a skincare essential for vegans, or anyone looking to give their skin some lovin’. Their face, body, hand and hair products are 100% free of nasty chemicals. Natural Instinct’s Invigorating Facial Scrub is particularly good. Let finely ground walnuts (yep, nuts) lift impurities and radiate your skin.
Matakana Botanicals Bath & Massage Oils
Had a long day? Treat yo’self to a long, relaxing bath with Matakana Botanicals Bath & Massage Oils. Made from locally grown ingredients, these oils come in two different flavours—macadamia and wild fig, or lime and olive. Baby soft skin, here we come!
Stock Up On Vegan Noms
While we’d love to solely nourish our bods with the food of Auckland’s best vegan cafes, it’s just not gonna happen. Luckily, we’ve found some scrumptious vegan snacks to keep at home!
OOB Organic Smoothie Range
Kick start World Vegan Day with an OOB Organic Smoothie. Their Strawberry (or Blueberry, Kiwifruit and Banana mixes are full of natural antioxidants and flavour. Blast with coconut water or nut mix and you’ve got yourself a liquid meal on the go!
Perfect for the picnic! Hailing from England, Tyrrells Crisps have landed in New Zealand with three vegan-friendly flavours—Lightly Sea Salted, Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper, and Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar. Pick up a bag from your local supey.
Want more of Auckland’s best vegan cafes and restaurants? Search ‘vegan’ in The Directory!
Main image credit: Little Bird Unbakery