Vegan Dining is on the Rise in Australia

We’ve all toyed with various diets – or the idea of them – throughout our lives, but what about vegan living? Have you ever considered abstaining from animal products all together? 

Google has found Australia has the second highest number of "vegan" searches worldwide - the highest it has been in a decade. Similarly, popular food website, Zomato, found "vegan" is being searched on its site more than 1,100 times a day.

Australian cities, in particular, are leading the charge with vegan dining options sweeping menus in hatted restaurants and trendy neighbourhood cafes alike.

So why the sudden interest?

Naturopath and Founder of The Compassionate Road, Gemma Davis, explains people are going vegan for a number of reasons, but ethics plays a large part in the community.

Gemma says as much as 80 per cent of meat products now come from factory farms, where animals are often kept in cramped conditions and fed unnatural diets.

She also explains vegan diets are helpful in reducing the impact of animal agriculture on the environment. 

“The UN’s reports show that it is responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all transport combined," Gemma explains.

"Raising animals for food is also responsible for 33 per cent of the world's total fresh water consumption and is the biggest land user, with livestock and livestock feed occupying over one-third of the earth's land.” 

Finally, some prefer eating vegan for the health benefits. While vegan diets aren't recommended for everyone, a plant-based diet can certainly help if balance is maintained. 

Gemma confirms a vegan diet is not going to be beneficial for your health if you cut out meat but continue to fill your diet with processed carbohydrates.

To get the necessary dose of protein and iron, vegans need to consume a diet rich in nuts, seeds, lentils, beans, as well as a range of vegetables and good fats.

So if you're considering jumping on the vegan bandwagon, here are some top places to get your fill: 

While originally a Sydney-based eatery, Suzy Spoon's products are stocked and sold at various stores across Australia.
 

If you're in Sydney, you should check out this totally vegan pizzeria in trendy Newtown.

 

 

A photo posted by Lisa Featherby (@lisafeatherby) on

With two locations in Melbourne, Smith and Daughters is popular among locals and tourists. It uses faux meats and seafoods to recreate popular Spanish and Mexican-inspired meals. 

 

Based in Perth, this cafe is completely vegetarian with a lot of vegan fare on offer. Those with a sweet tooth will also enjoy the stunning vegan cakes on offer.

 

Meat-eaters commonly mistake this joint for just your common, carnivore-friendly burger franchise. Little do they know it is entirely vegan. LOTF has franchises across NSW, Victoria and WA. Eat your heart out, veggos!

 

 

A photo posted by @lordofthefries1 on

The Lost Boys cafe in Fortitude Valley is a favourite among the Brisbane vegetarian crowd. While not strictly vegan, you will have no problem finding substitutes and options for every appetite.

 

A photo posted by @lostboysfortitudevalley on

Expanding to two locations in Sydney this year, Sadhana Kitchen in Enmore and Bondi serves up colourful, plant-based dishes on its delicious seasonal menu. Best to visit for breakfast.

 

Lentil As Anything is a vegetarian (with vegan options) restaurants, where you "pay as you feel" - literally, pay what you think the meal deserves. While the Sydney branch sadly has been suffering because people aren't chipping in (shame on you! It's a not-for-profit!), the Melbourne eatery has been thriving for years with a fantastic menu and a loyal but always-growing clientele. 

 

 

Want more? We thought you might like this video.

 
 

Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

1 comment
Please login to comment
Posted by Simon599Report
"vegan diets are helpful in reducing the impact of animal agriculture on the environment." Could you please live link the UN Report these assertions are based on so the public can see the actual research? I notice you gave a live link to the naturopaths book, but not the UN Report. Surely the report is the proof for the destruction of the planet by animals and the naturopath just has an opinion on the topic like the rest of us? Could we have a follow up with facts please?
The naturopath states ""Raising animals for food is also responsible for 33 per cent of the world's total fresh water consumption and is the biggest land user, with livestock and livestock feed occupying over one-third of the earth's land.” Could you please do an article for us please on how much of the earths water and surface will be taken up by the production of fruit and vegetables if the entire planet went vegan?
I reckon that sort of balance would be great for people to get an idea of benefits to the planet as well as the individual. I balance my diet, I also like balance in what I read, so I can make up my own mind.