V, VG, GF, DF, PL, FL (okay, that’s just one I made up) are spreading across Melbourne menus more than ever before. Times are changing and with it, the Melburnian diet. Meat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free is fast becoming the norm on the streets of Chapel Precinct and people are really starting to notice a difference. Whether their skin is looking better, energy levels are higher or their conscience is a little lighter, the results are there. If you’ve been throwing a potential change in diet fast into the ‘too hard’, ‘too inconvenient’ or ‘too expensive’ basket, let us help you change that around. If you want to of course. Chapel Street has an extensive list of options for the plant-eating folk and the food is absolutely delicious.
So, if you need just one more kick to get you through the plant based doors, here are twelve places to go vegan on Chapel Street.
Image credit: Messy Veggies
Coffee lover with a conscience? This place is for you. The coffee is incredible and the delectable vegan snacks have been created to compliment the flavours in the coffee beans. The gluten free banana bread served with sweet potato jam & coffee maple syrup is a must-try! They even brew their own macadamia milk on site. Yum.
02/41 Ellis St, South Yarra| @bayanotherebel
A vegetarian wellness cafe has landed on the Yarra River end of Chapel Street, Little Green on Chapel is sure to be your new best friend. The ultimate goodie stop, with the added bonus that everything is really good for you! Think raw desserts, wellness bowls, juices, smoothies and jaffles. It’s basically plant based heaven.
667 Chapel St, South Yarra | @littlegreenonchapel
Melbourne’s first and only 100% vegan wood-fired pizzeria, located on Chapel St, Prahran. Opened in February 2017 by Michael Craig and Shelley Scott, both long term vegans, Red Sparrow Pizza is a result of passion and hard work, after a long career in the hospitality industry.
260 Chapel St, Prahran
Veg Out Time
Frequented by locals who have a long history with them, Veg Out Time is clean eating at its finest. This entirely animal free menu serves Singaporean, Malaysian, Thai, Indian and Chinese culinary goodness. They use no oil in their recipes and for under $10 you can get two curries, with brown or white rice and roti bread. The serving sizes aren’t modest either. Here’s your new duck-in lunch spot. You can thank us later.
366 Chapel St, South Yarra
Finally, quality food in a convenience store! One of the few cafe’s tucked away from the bustle of Chapel Street that’s open before 7am. This is sure to be your new pick to grab a coffee, lounge outside and watch the world go by. This joint doubles as a mini grocer and for all you raw and health food lovers it’s definitely worth checking out.
96 Greville St, Prahran | @365foodstore
Located in the heart of Prahran Market, Kooks Kitchen is a gourmet salad bar that’s 100% plant based. With the aim to have a ‘favourite salad’ for everyone – Kooks’ salads are nutritious, delicious and convenient. Take note for your next Prahran Market shopping date.
16/163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra | @kooks_kitchen
Gone are the days of greasy, fast food that makes you feel heavy and sluggish. Herbivore Eatery is tasty, convenient and you’ll get bang for your buck. If you believe plant based is the way of the future, then come and hang out with this crew, they’re all about it. Their focus is on lowering the carbon footprint and environmental impact the food industry can have on the planet. They also use biodegradable packaging and their recycling game is on point. Oh, and did we mention their food is incredible?
361 Chapel St, South Yarra | @herbivore_chapelst
Who said vegans can’t enjoy the good stuff? Raw and vegan desserts are all the rage and can taste just as good as a block of Cadbury dairy milk chocolate, sometimes better! Pierrick Boyer offers traditional wedding cakes that can be tailored to suit the dietary requirements of the herbivorous kind. Check out this vegan cheesecake, it’s just oozing with deliciousness!
31 Izett St, Prahran | @pierrickboyer
Labelling yourself The Falafel Man is a big call, and one that owner Austin has certainly lived up to. Do yourself a favour and bite into the amazing falafel available at this vegan cart in Prahran Market. Light and fluffy, tasty and healthy, you’ll soon discover why people keep going back for more. Austin cooks each order fresh so there may be a queue but we promise it’s worth the wait.
A/163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra | @the_falafel_man
Launching at the beginning of the vegetarian fast food revolution, Lord of the Fries’ sole purpose was to deliver the best fries in the world to the people. Since 2005, these imitation meat masters have been providing delicious fast food options that aren’t drowning in beef fat and juiced up with gluten. Head here for the best ‘meaty’ meat-free meal you’ll ever meet.
170 Chapel St, Windsor | @lordofthefries1
If you’re anything like us, you’ll find that it’s a super pain in the ‘peach emoji’ to find a great place to get vego, gmo-free, organic only, gluten-free lunch or brunch. Well, Simple Seed might just change all of that! Simple Seed is all about fresh, seasonal fruit & veg turned into wholesome salads, soups, smoothies and raw desserts. It’s all hand crafted and made from scratch so they know that there are zero nasties. And just FYI, it’s all delicious too!
Shop 4/9 Yarra St, South Yarra | @simpleseed_
Image at top of page: Vegan Liftz
Measuring up to 17 metres in height, each of these interactive displays of intergalactic awe will grab your attention by day and take your breath away by night. See them come to life with vibrant lights, electric energy and sounds from 8-11pm nightly. Get ready for vibrant lights, electric energy, up-cycled masterpieces, and streets of FREE family fun. We’ve added an army of larger-than life 17-metre space robots to the precinct until 31 January.
We’re celebrating the January public holiday by lapping up all the things we missed the most during lockdown – live music, world-class food and drink and being in the company of the people we love. All whilst being grateful to live in this prosperous country. Following a harrowing last year, heading out to give your favourite locals some love this Australia Day has never been more important. However you observe your day off this year, Chapel Street Precinct’s restaurants, bars and cafes would love to raise a glass with you.
Grab your mates, pull up a deckchair, slap on some sunscreen and watch the Channel 9 tennis live broadcast on a 10 metre mega screen in Prahran Square from 16 to 21 February 2021.
Check out who’s joined the vibrant corridor that is Chapel Street Precinct. We got some new friends in town last year and we’re giving them an extra big shout out for bravely swinging their doors open during what was an incredibly tumultuous time.
The days of living lacklustre lives in our residential boxes are (thankfully and hopefully) over. While our newfound freedom is oh-so-sweet, it feels like mere months ago that we were hanging out for the day when we could look back and laugh about the perils of lockdown. This is that day. Get an eyeful of some long-gone and relatable iso moments below. Today, getting off your couch means going further than the fridge and back to Chaps.
“Arrivederci Italy, Ciao Chapel Street!” Much loved radio personality and comedian Kate Langbroek has returned from Italy to rediscover her one true amore, Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street Precinct, which has seen a post lockdown renaissance of booming business over summer. Langbroek has stitched the words ‘Support Local’ on her sleeve, making unexpected visits to many Chapel Street Precinct businesses.
Right now, it’s black and white. Please support your local faves now or they may not be around for much longer. We know this time is strained for almost everyone, so when it comes to buying food, clothes or any shopping you need doing, just think TWO WORDS. SUPPORT LOCAL. With your support, they’ll get through this. It’s now or never.
Now that the afternoons and evenings have heated up and we’ve shredded our iso grumps, it’s time for summer afternoons and glasses of wine in the sunshine. Luckily for ya’ll, we know the outdoor dining and beer garden hot spots, where the drinks and meals are tasty and good times ensue.