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Adelaide's 10 best vegetarian eateries


Adelaide's 10 best vegetarian eateries

Emilie La Pietra

We're so proud of our little city and all it's hidden wonders. But what we're especially proud of is our ever-expanding eateries, friendly to all dietary needs! In no particular order or ranking, here are our top 10:

1. Bliss Organic Cafe
7 Compton Street Adelaide, 5000

Only a minutes walk away from the Adelaide Central Markets, Bliss Organic Cafe is not only vegetarian-friendly but also vegan. Providing some of the finest home-made vegan food only made from organic ingredients, Bliss nourishes the body as well as soul. Their signature raw drinks as well as fair trade coffee will please your palate, as will their ever popular vegan banana pancakes (this is a must-try). 

Tucked away down Compton Street, Bliss has an amazingly laid-back vibe, making you forget you're in right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city. 

You can also take a piece of Bliss with you, where you can also shop organic and fair trade products, as well as groceries, house-hold-products, vegan pet food, cosmetics, books, and more in their conjoined market.

2. Zenhouse Vegetarian Yum Cha
17-19 Bent Street Adelaide, 5000

A unique asian-style restaurant that provides a complete healthy-dining experience, Zenhouse has got to be one of our favourites. There's a delicious vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu, where you can sit and dine in a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. Along with a delicious daily and restaurant menu, Zenhouse offers amazing teas from around the world, making it an absolute haven for all tea-lovers. Along with natural and organic ingredients, they also use 100% complete vegetable oil and absolutely no MSG.

Zenhouse offers a sense of tranquility, belonging, and peace. Their amazing food will leave you satisfied and your taste-buds tingling.

3. The House of Donkey

188 Sturt Street Adelaide, 5000

Opening in 2012, The House of Donkey is a small vegetarian cafe, created by 6 six travellers who met in Adelaide, all sharing the same collective idea to create a community. They now live above the cafe, and share their home with fellow travellers, friends, and organic food-lovers. This dining experience is like no other; to eat outside you must walk through their house, catching a glimpse of their kitchen, as well as their lives. The courtyard is surrounded by beautiful seating areas, where you can sit on a pillow, cross-legged, and just take in the surroundings. And to top off the whole experience, there are often live performances from local musicians.

Their menu reflects their love and passion for whole foods and seasonal local produce. With the tastiest tofu going round, this place is one of Adelaide's best and most beautiful hidden gems.

4. The Organic Market and Cafe
5 Druid Avenue Stirling, 5152

If you're not a local Adelaidian, then a drive through our hills is a must. Not only for the beautiful scenery, but also to discover little wonders such as this cafe. With such a wide variety of certified organic fruit and veggies, you'll be shopping in a market along side people who are passionate about providing fresher, and healthier organic whole foods. With a simple yet sensational cafe, this place is the complete package. If we could recommend only one thing to eat it would have to be their deliciously fluffy home-made scones, along with the best home-made jams and marmalade you will ever come across. Trust us, this place is worth the drive.

5. Wild Thyme 
101-103 Melbourne Street North Adelaide, 5066

Wild Thyme is another half-cafe / half-market project, but a little more city central. With a bit of a busier vibe, this cafe aims to please the masses as it does serve meat, yet is SUPER veggie-friendly. Here you can enjoy a beautifully prepared healthy meal, while inhaling the aroma of freshly crushed fair-trade coffee beans, or sipping on herbal tea, delivered from across the world. With distinctive and delicious food, all of the products and produce that you can purchase in the cafe are also available to purchase at their own little market out the back, supporting local farmers and manufacturers.
It's Thyme to eat "Wild". 

6. Vego and Love'n it
Level 1, 240 Rundle Street Adelaide, 5000

The name just says it all. Another little secret that only the most observant Adelaidians would come across, Vego n' Lovin It was established in 2013. This charming home-feel eatery was previously vegetarian, but has now become 100% vegan. With a menu focusing on the all-mighty burger, they give any large burger corp chain-stores a run for their money. They make eating healthy an absolute treat, and the dialed-back interior is so funky, you'll wish you lived there. 

7. Eggless Dessert Cafe 
162 Goodwood Road Goodwood, 5034

Now to the sweeter side of things. This evening cafe is amongst some of the most popular little dessert places our city has to offer, with egg-free, vegan, and lacto-vegetarian desserts, not one single person will ever feel like they're missing out! As well as an inexpensive listing, all menu items are made on-site using seasonal and local produce. With a monthly changing menu, some of September's delights include their Latte Cheesecake, Sweet Spring Rolls, and Rose and Raspberry Chocolate Dessert Cake (yes, we are salivating too). 

8. Joy Discovery
13 Bent Street Adelaide, 5000

Right next-door to Zenhouse Cafe is this wondrous food-haven that allows your senses to take over. This eatery is owned and operated by students of spiritual Master, Sri Chinmoy, where at each table setting you will find a set of cards with inspirational and up-lifting quotes. Joy Discovery offers soups, soy burgers, fresh salads, curries, rice, and dhals. And for the sweet tooth's, there are a range of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan cakes, all to be served with a side of soy ice-cream (so much yum). Joy Discovery is a cafe completely content in itself - a hard find in today's competing food-chains and restaurants. 

9. Salad Days
21 Gilbert Place Adelaide, 5000

Now this place has got it all. It is a multi-arts space - think artistic tasting palate for every sense; it's a venue, gallery, cafe, and vintage store. You can lose yourself here, not only in the delicious vegan food, but in the retro settings. Just another example of the Adelaide's finest, need we say more?

10. The Annex Cafe
3 Waterloo Street Glenelg, 5045

Last but definitely not least, The Annex cafe is situated down at touristy-Glenelg, and is a double threat: it's a cafe as well as gallery. You would be hard-pressed to walk by this aesthetically pleasing joint, giving off a homey-DIY kitschy vibe. With yummy salads and a cake cabinet that'll make you froth at the mouth, the Annex Cafe also provides frequent intimate sessions with musicians and poets. If you love taking time off and spending some quality time with yourself, then this is the place for you.