The Good Hearted - Vegan Food in Melbourne


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


St Ali - South / Passion Foods

Bonsoy, South, South Melbourne, Organic, Shop, Vegan GroceriesThe Good HeartedComment

St Ali - South
12-18 Yarra Pl,
South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9686 2990


Opening Hours:
Open 7 days, 7am-6pm

Passion Foods
219 Ferrars St,
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: 03 9690 9339

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am - 7.30pm
Sat 8am - 7pm
Sun 9am - 6pm

After checking out the Rainbow Warrior which was docked at Port Melbourne on the weekend, we went off in search of breakfast in the unfamiliar territory of South Melbourne. After scanning the menus of a few cafes near the South Melbourne market, we ended up off the main drag at the very busy, but large, St Ali - South (there is also a St Ali - North in Carlton).

After scanning the menu, I noticed a vegan option right away that I had to try - the 'Wholefoods gluten free sandwich' ($16) which is a braised kale sandwich on gluten free bread with saffron chickpeas, sumac onion, vegan mayo and green salad. This sandwich deserves a much more exciting name as it's absolutely sensational! The kale is deliciously crispy and seasoned, the saffron chickpea is in a soft pattie that is amazing with the red cabbage and creamy vegan mayo and if you're accustomed to gluten free bread, then you'll especially appreciate how good this bread is!

My sidekick was set on a more traditional breakfast, so he opted for a DIY option of some extras  including field mushrooms ($4.50), roasted tomatoes ($4.50) and fresh avocado ($4.50) on sourdough ($2). Whilst this made for a simple breakfast, every element was cooked to perfection - he was especially impressed with the roasted tomatoes, which 'rival' the confit tomatoes at Wide Open Road. A point to note if ordering extras is that the bean ragout isn't vegetarian, let alone vegan (what's up with cafes ruining perfectly good beans with ham hock and the like?!).

St Ali roast their own coffee beans which are also for sale, so needless to say their coffee was great - and good ol' Bonsoy is used at no extra charge which seals the deal nicely.

If you pay a visit to St Ali - South, be sure to also swing by the nearby Passion Foods to stock up on a variety of vegan groceries including vegan yoghurts (CO-YO!), ice creams, cheeses (Vegusto!), snack bars and more. There's also a good array of take home organic vegan salads that may take your fancy.

St Ali Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Licensed, Takeaway, South, Restaurant, Gluten Free, Albert ParkThe Good HeartedComment

Misuzus Restaurant
3-7 Victoria Avenue,
Albert Park VIC 3026

03 9699 9022

Opening Hours:
Open 7 days, Midday-10pm 

After an afternoon at the beach and in need of an easy takeaway dinner, all we could think of was "Oooh, I wish South was still open!" (Clearly, South had being making vegan life way too easy for us!). So the racking of the brains began, and we remembered that Misuzu's Japenese Restaurant has an awesome take home section that could sort us out.

The refrigerated glass cabinet was glowing with all sorts of tasty Japanese treats, including some delightful looking cold snacks of Sesame Tofu and Pea Croquettes. Unfortunately, neither of these were vegan as they contained egg (ughh, arrow through my hungry heart!). We got over that and our attention wandered to the selection of salads - all vegan!

We liked the look of the Hijiki Salad, Tofu & Veg Salad and the Sweet Potato Salad and snapped them up, leaving behind the Soba Noodle & Veg Salad and Green Seaweed Salad for another day. Prices for a large takeaway container of salad (choice of 2) is $9, while the small size (choice of 2 salads) is $6.20.

The Hijiki Salad had hijiki seaweed, julienne carrots and soy beans and was splendid. Even better was the Sweet Potato Salad, which was seriously amazing, with green beans, sesame and crushed nuts. The tofu in the Tofu & Veg Salad was firm on the outside, so silky in the middle and the dressing had a nice hint of chilli.  

We'd also picked up some vegan uramaki ($2.30 each) that contained seaweed salad, cucumber, carrot and sesame seeds. The accompaniment of white pickled ginger was much appreciated, especially as I recently learnt that the pink pickled ginger is sometimes white ginger that has been dyed using cochineal.

So next time you take yourself off for a swim at a southside beach, follow our lead and check out Misuzu's for a quick and healthy take home vegan meal or if you're not in a rush to return home, their restaurant is worth checking out too.

Misuzu's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monk Bodhi Dharma

All Vegetarian, Bonsoy, Cafe, Gluten Free, Organic, SouthThe Good HeartedComment

Monk Bodhi Dharma
Rear 202 Carlise Street,
Balaclava VIC 3183
03 9534 7250

Open 7 days. Open for dinner of Friday nights - bookings necessary.

Monk Bodhi Dharma has possibly ruined all weekend breakfasts for me - simply because their food and coffee is sooo good that we'll never be able to go anywhere else again.

Big call? Well yes it is, but mainly because MBD is in Balaclava and too far away from us to visit every single weekend. The fact that we do make the trek regularly though, is testament to the fact that they really know what they're doing. The menu is all vegetarian (dairy available, no eggs) but the majority of choices are vegan and everything is vegan optional.

I always get a vegan version of "The Avo" ($15.50) which is smashed avocado with mint, chilli and lemon on top of a vegan cashew sour cream spread on organic sourdough. The avocado mix is always stacked generously high and really is the most special avocado on toast I've had.

My sidekick always gets the vegan version of Umami Mushrooms ($18.50) which is a rather decadent mix of creamy slow roasted oyster, shitake and swiss brown mushrooms on house made pumpkin, spinach and sundried tomato polenta bread. The vegan cashew sour cream also makes an appearance on top of the polenta bread. It's just as delicious as it sounds and looks a work of art to boot.

If you visit Monk Bodhi Dharma it's also worth checking out the Coles on Camden Street, Balaclava for vegan Vienetta's (about $17 each) and other non dairy ice-cream treats and frozen delights such as vegan boreks. Rishon Foods at 23 William Street, Balaclava also has plenty of vegan foods including ice-cream desserts and homemade fresh fruit sorbets. They also stock some great vegan whipping cream (should you need to make a vegan chocolate ripple cake!) and plenty of other goodies. Rishon is closed Saturdays but open Sundays.

Monk Bodhi Dharma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato