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Vegan Food in St Kilda – with Melbourne Vegan Tours

Cafe, Gluten Free, Icecream, Licensed, Lunch, South, Vegan Tours, Vegan Tourism, St KildaThe Good HeartedComment

When Jess Ivers and Dan Pinne visited Paris and discovered that a vegan tour was on offer in the land of foie gras and buttery croissants, they thought, well, if you can have a vegan tour there, then you can definitely have one in vegan-friendly Melbourne. Soon after, in May 2018, Melbourne Vegan Tours was born.

We joined Jess on a vegan tour of St Kilda, meeting her at 2pm in front of iconic Luna Park. She’s down to earth and friendly, and as you’d expect on a vegan tour, the other attendees are the same. Our tour is a small group of four, and numbers don’t exceed ten people so that it can remain an intimate experience; this is much more of a walk and eat with friends vibe rather than the wrangling of a bunch of strangers in name tags.

An adult ticket for the St Kilda vegan tour will set you back $105 (or less if you book a group of 3 or more) and includes all of the food throughout the tour – and trust us – you won’t go hungry. We’d like to thank Jess and Melbourne Vegan Tours for the gift of hosting us on this tour. Check them out here:

Here’s where we went:

Ground Yourself Cafe


Ground Yourself Cafe
Shop G8
Acland Court
183/189 Barkly St,
St Kilda VIC 3182


First stop on our vegan tour of St Kilda is to Ground Yourself Cafe, which makes the cut thanks to it being voted as having the best coffee in Melbourne on BeanHunter.

We sample delicious delights from the Vegan Big Breakfast ($22.50) which includes fabulous scrambled tofu, fresh sauerkraut (this did not come from a tin!), a lovely mushroom jam and more. The house beans are rich and smokey, and a real stand out.

Other options on offer are a variety of cold bowls (all GF $17)), including an Acai Bowl and a Dragon Fruit Bowl (Superfood Pitaya (Dragon Fruit), Mango, Banana, and Passionfruit topped with Buckwheat Granola, Coconut Flakes and Fresh Fruit).

Most lunch items are also vegan and gluten-free, and include a Buddha Bowl ($17) and a Burrito Bowl ($19), although bacon from pigs, eggs, and dairy are also on the menu.

Melbourne Vegan Tour inclusion: Coffee or Prana chai, Breakfast board and smokey beans to share

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 7am–6pm | Sat-Sun: 8am - 6pm | Public holiday: 8am onwards


Empower Shop


3/112 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


After getting caffeinated, we next stopped by the store Empower – a social enterprise helping girls and women from Asia whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and abuse. These women make all goods in the store with profits going back to them. Through rescue, rehabilitation, medical care, and ongoing nurture and skill development, these people have been able to turn their lives around, giving them a brighter future.

Melbourne Vegan Tour inclusion: 10% off all items in the store. (You may, of course, want to let them keep the 10% as a much-deserved donation)

Note: Not all items in-store are vegan


Trippy Taco Southside

Trippy Taco
6 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


After a stroll down the leafiest part of Acland Street, our next stop is Trippy Taco's "southside" restaurant. It's a colourful space with more indoor seating (and perhaps more character) than it's "northside" sister restaurant, but the Mexican-style street food is just as good. 

We indulged in the crowd-pleasing vegan Tofu Asada Burrito ($13.50) with its seasoned chargrilled tofu, salad, salsa, guacamole, lime, and maybe the odd sultana thrown in for good measure (don't worry, it works). The vegan nachos (small $13) are made with those yummy corn tortilla chips (no Dorritos or CCs here) and include all the vegan trimmings, including sour cream. Just keep in mind that most items aren't straight-up vegan – always ask for the vegan version.

Melbourne Vegan Tour inclusion: Half a Tofu Asada Burrito each and Vegan Nachos to share.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thur: 5pm–9pm | Fri-Sat: 12.30pm–9pm | Sun: 12.20pm–8.30pm


Good Love

Good Love
56 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


A refreshing walk along the foreshore brought us back into the heart of Acland Street and into Good Love, an all-vegan bar with food. It has a friendly and playful atmosphere (um, you can play Nintendo) and an exciting all vegan food menu – I'm talking a "Bacon and Egg Brioche" ($16) and banana blossom "Phish and Chips" ($23). YUM.

We all tried a slice of New York Pizza ($8), including a "Calabrese" with salami, napoli, cheese sauce and chilli oil, and an "Anti Pasto" with napoli, cheese sauce, feta, parmesan crisp, olives and rice paper prosciutto. The pizza dough has a pink tinge thanks to a waste-free approach of utilising excess beetroot from the kitchen – and it's of a more homely style than traditional pizza.

Melbourne Vegan Tour Inclusions: Cocktail or Soft Drink and a Slice of New York Pizza.

Opening Hours:
Mon: Closed | Tue-Fri: 11am–11pm | Sat-Sun: 9am–11pm

Piccolina Gelataria

Piccolina Gelataria
137 Acland St
St Kilda VIC 3182


To top off our afternoon of eating, walking, and chatting to good people, we made our way to the traditional Italian gelateria, Piccolina. Everything is made from scratch here, and the fresh fruit vegan sorbet is hard to beat. There is dark chocolate, passionfruit, lemon, strawberry as well as the odd bonus flavour on offer.

Melbourne Vegan Tour Inclusions: 1 x vegan sorbet each.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 2–10pm | Fri-Sat: 2–10:30pm | Sun: 12–10pm


Augustus Gloop Gelatery

7 days, Pascoe Vale, North, Icecream, Gluten FreeThe Good HeartedComment

Augustus Gloop Gelatery
15a Pascoe St,
Pascoe Vale VIC 3044


Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am–11pm

Augustus Gloop Gelatery joins Miinot Gelato in serving up cold treats to the Pascoe Vale crowd, and business is absolutely booming.

All of the store-made sorbets on offer are vegan, and there are around 6-8 different flavours each day. Great flavours we've tried include piña colada, mango and watermelon sherbet; while some other flavours we've seen include lemon, strawberry, raspberry, coconut and turkish delight.

Pricing refers to 'gloops' instead of scoops, with 1 gloop for $4.50, 2 gloops for $6.50 or 3 gloops for $8.50 – enjoyed in a cup or waffle cone. Take away tubs are also available in a half litre ($12.50) or full litre ($20). 

Augustus Gloop Gelatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Miinot Gelato

Desserts, Gluten Free, Icecream, North, Pascoe Vale SouthThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Miinot Gelato
71 Melville Road,
Pascoe Vale South
03 94375569


Opening Hours:
Mon: 1-7pm
Tues: Closed
Wed-Fri: 1-7pm
Sat: 12-7pm
Sun: 12-5pm

North and westsiders no longer have to make the trek to Fitzroy to join the queues at Gelato Messina for amazing all-fruit based handmade gelato – thanks to Miinot Gelato, which opened in late 2014 in Pascoe Vale South.

Miinot Gelato is an impeccably presented family run shop with a small, but fruitful selection of quality gelato, including around 4-5 vegan flavours on rotation. On our visit, the vegan choices included lemon, forest berries, mango and strawberry & pear. The vegan dark chocolate gelato is also usually on offer.

The flavours are intensely natural and if you're lucky you might even encounter a little chunk of fruit or berry seed. The mango gelato was a particular highlight and exceptionally creamy.

Whether you're after a single plain cone ($4.20), a double waffle cone ($5.80) or even a tiny cone ($2.50), Miinot Gelato can accommodate. Cups range from a tiny cup ($2.50) through to a quad cup ($7.20), or you can grab a 500ml ($15), 1000ml ($20) or 1500ml ($27) tub of your favourite flavours to devour at home.

Miinot Gelato Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

also visited by veganopoulous

Gelato Messina

Fitzroy, Inner North, IcecreamThe Good Hearted2 Comments

Gelato Messina
237 Smith St,
Fitzroy Vic 3065

NSW Stores

Opening Hours:
Sun-Thur: 12pm-11pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm-11.30pm

Gelato Messina make all of their gelatos and sorbets from scratch using raw and natural ingredients and have had queues out the door since opening up on Smith Street in Fitzroy. All of the current sorbet flavours (in the first cabinet) are vegan and the ones we tried were sensational.

We sampled the 'Salted coconut and mango salsa' flavour, which is reminiscent of salted caramel and unsurprisingly, incredibly delicious. The 'mango' flavour was also top notch and surprise, surprise tasted of unadulterated mango! Just be careful about visiting on a hot day... you'll be in for a daunting wait out the door and down the street.

The full vegan sorbet list is as follows:

  • Salted Coconut and Mango Salsa
  • Blood Orange
  • Cherry
  • Chocolate Sorbet
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Pandan & Coconut (pandan is a green asian leaf used in asian cooking)
  • Passionfruit
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry

Prices: 1 scoop ($4), 2 scoops ($6), 3 scoops ($7)

Gelato Messina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Spring Street Grocer

Gluten Free, Vegan Groceries, Organic, Melbourne CBD, IcecreamThe Good Hearted3 Comments

Spring Street Grocer
157 Spring St,
Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9639 0335


Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-10pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm

Rolls/Burgers available Weekdays Only: 11am-3pm

Mon-Fri: 7am-12am
Sat-Sun: 9am-12am
(Gelateria Cash Only)

The Spring Street Grocer is an organic grocery store, come takeaway lunch spot, come gelateria. The vegan options for lunch are quite good, as are the bountiful vegan sorbet and gelato options.

For lunch, you can't go past the 'Tofu and corn fritter w/ curried cashews, cucumber & coriander' ($9.50) complete with a side of salted potato chips. An 'Open vegan salad sandwich' ($8.50) is also available. There is also a 'Tempeh Burger', which disappointingly contains fish sauce.

If a burger doesn't take your fancy, you could try one of the daily 'organic, non dairy, wholefood salads' ($8 small, $12 large) or a takeaway vegan soup. The catch with these delicious lunches is that they are available only on weekdays (11am-3pm) so will be of benefit mainly to those lucky office workers nearby. There is very limited seating inside, so takeaway is a good option.

The grocery store is jam-packed with an assortment of organic goodies, many of which are vegan. The cold pressed juices (made on site) are highly recommended and you can also stock up on vegan yoghurts (coyo and babushka), as well as many vegan chocolate varieties.

The gelato/sorbet bar has 8-9 vegan flavours that change daily. All of the sorbets are vegan, and the vegan gelati varieties have a base of almond, oat, rice or coconut milk in lieu of dairy. The sorbet flavours are quite exotic and include 'pear & cinnamon', strawberry & mint' and 'white nectarine & basil' - they are divine. Vegan gelato flavours include 'chocolate & orange' and 'zesty coconut'.

Coffee is $3.30 (plus 40c soycharge for Pureharvest Nature's Soy). Espresso is $2

Spring Street Grocer Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato