Plant-based Sydneysiders, you know we’ve got your back. We understand that just because you’re vegan, doesn’t mean that you’re a full-time clean eating, yoga-doing human (although kudos to you if you manage to be exactly that). It’s only human to crave burgers and pizza from time to time and guys—this list is for those times.
Leave your judgement at the door people, because these are Sydney’s best vegan fast food joints.
Bliss & Chips
Not exactly by the seaside, Bliss & Chips is the next best thing if you’ve given fish the flick. You’ll be pretty spoilt here with classics like their bliss ‘fish’, where you can choose between battered, grilled with lemon butter or grilled with garlic butter, and also their seafood basket, which looks pretty damn legit.
Parramatta, Glebe & Randwick
For those times when a burger is the only thing you want in your belly, we give you Soul Burger. The menu reads like a regular burger shop, but rest assured that every single thing here is vegan (and delicious). We suggest that you order the classic cheeseburger with a choc-coconut shake on the side.
We’re not sure if yum cha can be classified as actual fast food, but since it’s served up damn fast and feels a little bit naughty, we figured it counts. Head here for a yum cha feast on the weekend and do us a favour by taking some meat eating friends with you, because we bet they won’t even notice.
Newtown & St Leonards
If you have a firm rule against anything that comes from a bain marie, then this one might not be for you, but if you have no such issues, then please keep reading. The Green Gourmet vegan buffet is epic, with rows of Chinese dishes that are entirely plant based, great value and delicious to boot. Come the weekend, it’s all about the yum cha (bring on the dumplings), but you definitely need to leave space for their house-baked treats, of which there are many tasty options.
Gigi’s has been a staple pizza joint in Sydney for years, but they really stole our hearts when they converted into a completely vegan kitchen last year. Their eggplant parmigiana is the stuff of dreams, with dairy-free parmesan melted on top (seriously), but we are suckers for their potato croquettes and anything from the pizza menu. Literally anything.
There are some moments in life, when only a meat pie will do. Well, the pies at Funky Pies are perfect for those moments, except there is no mystery meat inside these little pastry parcels. There isn’t even any faux meat (what is that stuff made from anyway?), but rather, they’re filled with mushrooms, pumpkin, marinated tempeh and ridiculously great gravy. We just want to keep it simple with the funky chunky pie, which replaces beef with mushrooms and steals our hearts every damn time.
Gluten free doughnut kings Nutie Donuts are basically the only place you’ll want to head when the intense craving for a doughnut hits. The great news is that these guys are pretty good for you, but the bad news is that not allllll of their donuts are vegan. Ask the right questions though, and you’ll be given the goods. You’re welcome.
Again, we’re not entirely sure whether this one counts as fast food, BUT it involves beer, so who are you to complain? The Green Lion is Sydney’s first vegan pub and they serve things like loaded souvlaki fries and lasagne, so again, who are you to complain?
Here are a few other places that you can head to for a vegan feast.
Image credit: Soul Burger