Once upon a time, tracking down decent vegan eats in Brisbane was a royal pain in the butt. Thankfully, the dark days are behind us, with cafes all over the city opening their arms (and their menus) to plant-based eats. Any vegan or vegetarian worth their tofu has no doubt ticked these bad boys off their list, but if you’re new to ethical eating, we’re here to make the journey just a little bit easier, one meal at a time. So whether you’re vegan for life or just trialling a meatless Monday, we’ve rounded up the best vegan and vegetarian cafes in Brisbane for your next brunch date.
If you’re all about eating green, prepare to drool over the plant-based concoctions of this inner city cafe. Plant Vibes' minimalist, Scandi aesthetic (and tasteful greenery) will whisk you away to the streets of Denmark, providing the perfect escape from the scorching summer heat. Tuck in to their delectable black forest waffles, topped with housemade raspberry jam, chocolate mousse, vegan ice cream and hazelnuts. Prefer a savoury brunch? Try the enoki gnocchi, loaded with garlic mushrooms and cashew cream, or the duck ramen, complete with miso soup, plant-based duck, pickled radish and crispy lotus root.
Spruiking sustainability and locally sourced ingredients, Grown Café isn't only for vegos, though their plant-based ethos resonates throughout their modest menu. Dig into house-made hash, scrambled tofu and baked maple granola for breakfast, or drop by for dinner feeds like house-made gnocchi, or pan-fried potatoes topped with fresh river mint. Just wait ‘til you hear what they have for dessert…
With a menu designed to make even the most devoted carnivore drool, Dicki’s is our go-to for vegan eats on the fly. Their all-day breakfast menu features all your faves, with an animal-friendly, plant-based twist. Think buckwheat waffles with caramelised banana, scrambled tofu, and the classic avo smash topped with macadamia feta. Dicki’s also has some fab lunch options, and an epic range of freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. Our pick? The peanut butter and banana smoothie, made with coconut milk and vegan ice cream. De-lish.
Papermoon Coffee House
Get your caffeine fix with your choice of plant-based milk at this eclectic southside coffee house. Papermoon’s curated beverage selection is 100% vegan, so you can work your way down the menu without selling your soul. Even better, from Wednesday to Sunday, vegan food truck Wild Spice Kitchen sets up shop alongside so you can munch on eats like vegan French toast with grilled banana and coconut butterscotch or baked beans with herbed polenta chips and hariss aioli.
Little Black Pug
Being one of the southside’s few dog-friendly cafes, Little Black Pug holds a special place in hearts, made all the larger by their vegan-friendly menu. Start the day off with a slice of sourdough french toast, topped with miso caramel, mango puree, vegan vanilla ice-cream and toasted coconut flakes. Little Pug has vego and gluten-free options too, making it the perfect place to host your next group brunch (doggos included, of course).
Mylk + Ko
Set amongst the leafy streets of New Farm (is it just us or is New Farm the place to be for vegan-friendly eats?) Mylk + Ko is one of the prettiest vegan venues to grace the Brisbane brunch scene. Gorge without guilt on one of their eight (eight!) acai bowls, with the option to add granola if you’re rockin’ the GF life. Plenty of their regular dishes can be made vegan as well, so don’t think acai bowls are your only option.
The Green Edge
Everyone knows you’re not supposed to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, which is why The Green Edge offers a two-in-one eating experience. Fill up on bacon and egg muffins, brekkie burritos or pancakes with Nutterscotch sauce, before shopping their range of raw, fresh, pre-packed and frozen goods. Everything they stock (and cook) is 100% vegan, so there’s no need to stand around analysing ingredients lists for sneaky animal add-ins.
St Coco Cafe
Take your brunch game to the next level with a trip to St Coco Cafe. Treat yourself to a house made rotating coconut panna cotta, or miso with roasted pumpkin, cauliflower, puffed black wild rice, and beetroot hummus. Trust us—it tastes even better than it sounds. St Coco even boasts a few vegan lunch options, so hit us up with the verdict on their sweet potato pita. Spoiler alert: we’ve heard it’s pretty damn good.
Looking for more inspired eats to brighten up your vegan dining adventures? Find the best vegan restaurants in town right here.
Image credit: Ranyhyn Laine, Mylk + Ko, Dicki's