Just another vegan brunching in Melbourne
Brunch has got to be one of my favourite meals to eat out, not breakfast, not lunch, not dinner, but brunch (is brunch technically a meal?). What can I say, I’m a Melbournian.
I’m a bit of an adventurous eater, I love to try new places and new flavours, I’m big on atmosphere and good quality coffee. Today I thought I would share with you a couple of my most recent brunch outings in Melbourne. I have had brunch at all of these places in the past four weeks (I know I’m brunch addict, I’m working on it) and will share my experience and observations below.
1. A Thousand Blessings, 251 Highett St, Richmond
Find A Thousand Blessings on Instagram: @athousandblessingscafe
A little gem of a cafe tucked away on the quieter, leafier side of Richmond, opposite Citizens Park which is often full of doggos being walked (big win!). Their menu changes seasonally, carefully designed to make use of fresh, local and bio-dynamic produce. While this cafe is not vegan, they definitely have some excellent vegan options and are willing to accommodate dietary requirements. Their coffee is delicious, offering bonsoy and house organic almond mylk. A Thousand Blessings also stock a yummy collection of vegan cakes if you are after something sweet for afternoon tea. There can be a small wait, however they tend to keep things moving with tables available both inside and outside if you prefer the fresh air or are bringing your furry friends.
I visited in April and had the Vegan Mushroom Toast with cashew cream and arugula pesto *drooling* it was absolutely amazing!
2. Round Bird, 170 Main St, Lilydale
Find Round Bird on Instagram: @roundbirdlilydale
This popular cafe is situated on the way to the Yarra Valley in the main street of Lilydale. Round Bird offers both a cafe and a small food store selling high quality and locally made baked goods, sauces, preserves and even some vegan cheeses! Their menu is based on seasonally available local produce with the goal to reduce miles from farm to plate. While this cafe is not vegan, they do have a separate vegan menu with both breakfast and lunch options available. Round Bird offers locally and ethically sourced coffee from Chum Creek, with soy and almond milk available. They also have a selection of freshly baked vegan sweet treats on the counter if you have a sweet tooth. I have visited twice in May and never had to wait for a table, the staff are friendly and the cafe is well designed.
My favourite brunch is the vegan tofu scramble with a side of avocado, tomato, mushroom and beetroot relish! My husband had the same breakfast and loved it!
3. Leaf & Vine, 34 Panfield Ave, Ringwood
Find Leaf & Vine on Instagram: @leafandvinecafe
A lovely modern cafe tucked away on a quiet Ringwood street. Leaf & Vine serves delicious breakfast and lunch dishes making the most of the fresh seasonal produce available. Their menu clearly indicates which items are vegan or have vegan options and they are more than willing to accommodate dietary requests. Leaf & Vine serve Genovese coffee with good quality soy and almond milk available. This cafe can get pretty busy on the weekend but I have never had to wait too long for a table. There are also tables available out the front of the cafe for those bringing their doggo.
One of my favourite breakfast menu items is the vegan version of The Sweet Potato and Smoked Paprika Mash served with mushrooms and cashew feta. From their lunch menu, the vegan version of the Autumn Tart was a flavourful and light option.
4. Smith & Deli, 111 Moor St, Fitzroy
Find Smith & Deli on Instagram: @smithanddeli
I mean, would this even be a Melbourne vegan blog if I didn’t mention Smith & Deli? As its name suggests, Smith & Deli is in fact a Deli come General Store, vegan style. They are famous for their breakfast and lunch sandwiches that are entirely plant based using mock-meats that could fool any meat eater. Each day they have fresh salads available and a selection of baked goods (think cupcakes, doughnuts, biscuits and cake – all delicious, all vegan). Their coffee tastes great with only dairy free milk options available including almond, soy and coconut. If you need to stock up on your vegan pantry (or fridge/freezer) items, they have a large assortment of local and imported products from confectionery and ice cream to pasta, sauces, savoury food and mock meat. With no tables available, I suggest taking your delicious feast to Whitlam Place park just up the road opposite the Fitzroy Library to sit in the sun and relax. Also forewarning, I have seen this place packed with lines around the block, generally it is pretty good but if you are going on a public holiday, be warned! Smith & Deli is owned by the same dream team responsible for Smith & Daughters on Brunswick St – another vegan restaurant well worth a visit!
My go to lunch at Smith & Deli is a soy cappuccino and a Foghorn Legless sandwich (my husband’s favourite too) which is basically chicken schnitzel, bacon, lettuce, tomato, ranch and celery salt – all vegan!
5. Second Wife, 8 Wellington Rd, Box Hill
Find Second Wife on Instagram: @secondwifecafe
Nestled in a quiet spot on Wellington Road is this gem of a cafe providing locals with great coffee and food! Second Wife caters to all dietary requirements, with a big focus on flavourful and healthy breakfast and lunch options. The menu has a slight Japanese and Middle Eastern influence in honour of the two co-owners cultural backgrounds. The cafe is a modest size, filling an odd wedge shaped section of the building it is situated in, offering inside and outside seating. Its sleek modern interior, friendly staff and cool vibe makes it the place to be. Second Wife use Industry Beans for their coffee and have bonsoy and almond milk available. I’m a regular at Second Wife for my daily coffee, however I have only just recently been for brunch…it did not disappoint.
If you are in the mood for something sweet, their Acai Bowls are delicious (add a scoop of peanut butter to make it even better) and for something savoury, why not build a bowl of all your favourite things.
I hope you have enjoyed this overview of my month of brunching in Melbourne, I’ll continue to take one for the team, testing out new places and reporting back! I know I know, I’m really generous like that.
Until next time,