By Rosie Stevens
September 9, 2020 | 5 minute read
Nourish on North, Batemans Bay
Vegan and loving it? Luckily there’s been a groundswell of vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants popping up all over the country—meaning that in most places, you’ll be able to find a delicious meal or treat that suits your requirements.
This certainly goes for the South Coast — where the chilled, laid-back and coastal lifestyle lends itself perfectly to plant-based food that is environmentally-conscious to boot. Here’s where to go on the South Coast for a delicious dose of vegan fare.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Completely vegetarian and overwhelmingly vegan-friendly, The Perfect Break is a vegan Mecca in Gerringong that serves healthy, wholesome options made from the freshest ingredients. Utilising ingredients like cashew cheese in wraps and coconut yogurt in nachos and burritos, we’re pretty sold on a trip to Perfect Break next time we’re on the South Coast!
This gem offers smoothie bowls, juices and smoothies, organic coffee, all-day breakfast and lunch plus house-made cakes, slices and muffins for a little sweet treat. What more could you want?
Location: : 115 Fern Street, Gerringong
In the market for a Mexican-themed fiesta? Look no further than 3 Gringos in Vincentia. Offering a huge menu with items that can all be made dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan, this family favourite is sure to be a hit with meat eaters and non meat eaters alike.
With all the usual suspects like nachos, burritos, enchiladas, sizzling fajitas and chimichangas gracing the menu, the hardest part will be choosing what to eat!
Location: 30-31 Burton Street Mall, Vincentia
Peach Cafe, Milton
A vegetarian cafe that offers some mouth-watering vegan options, Pilgrims at both Huskisson and Milton are well-worth checking out if you’re on the South Coast. We thoroughly recommend getting there at lunchtime and indulging in a Millennium Burger—a curry lentil pattie with fried onion, avocado, lettuce, beetroot, cucumber, sprouts, tahini dressing and sweet chilli sauce on a toasted wholemeal roll.
And if you’ve still got space; a vegan pie will make a nice to-go treat (we won’t tell if you don’t).
Location: 5-6/57 Owen St, Huskisson and Shop 8/9 Princes Hwy, Milton
Showcasing a fresh perspective on the Milton food scene, Peach Cafe brings the owner’s Melbourne roots to life in coastal NSW. Boasting coveted ST.ALi coffee made by talented baristas and brimming with plant-based eats, it’s sure to please vegans and non-vegans alike.
From avocado toast and granola to smoothies and Middle-Eastern inspired dishes, Peach has all of your breakfast, brunch and lunch needs covered.
Location: Shop 7/97 Princes Hwy, Milton
The perfect pick for a plant-fuelled lunch, Native Cafe in Ulladulla has some gorgeous vegan options on their ever-changing seasonal menu, served alongside an extensive range of organic loose-leaf tea as well as Will & Co. coffee.
If you want our pick (and we’re presuming you do), we can’t get past the Gaia Bowl—served with sumac beetroot, local leaves, seed crunch, spiced roast pumpkin, beans, smoked almonds and topped with turmeric spiced cashew cream. Drool!
Location: 2/84 Princes Hwy, Ulladulla
Native Cafe, Ulladulla
If you’re into authentic Indian food and find yourself on the hunt for something vegan-friendly on the South Coast, you’re in luck! The Bay Leaf in Ulladulla boasts a huge range of vegetarian meals with some vegan delights thrown in for good measure, thanks to the use of coconut cream instead of dairy cream—just make sure to check with the staff before confirming your order.
Location: 16 Wason St, Ulladulla
A health cafe in the popular seaside hub of Batemans Bay, Nourish on North is a must-visit experience for vegans on the coast.To kick things off there’s a vegan egg and bacon roll (yep, you read that right), served with house-made barbecue sauce on a locally baked bun, vegan waffles with baked peaches, vegan lemon curd, hazelnut, sesame crumb and maple syrup, plus a portobello mushroom miso burger that will really hit the spot for a hearty lunch.
The nourish bowl option allows you to build your own lunch that we reckon will have you returning to Nourish time and time again. Delicious!
Location: 5 North St, Batemans Bay
Situated in the lesser-known suburb of Mossy Point, the Mossy Cafe focuses on serving great quality coffee alongside seasonal, simple yet delicious dishes. Their easy-to-follow menu is a dream for those who prefer not having to bother the waitstaff with a hundred questions of “is this vegan?”, “can this be made gluten-free?”
The all-day breakfast and lunch menu boasts the usual suspects of smashed avo and chia pudding alongside quirkier-sounding items like a Seoul Bowl or Mossy Salad. Their vegan offering is impressive—with a vegan breakfast stack available until 11am, and then a slew of delicious-sounding mains that are available after that.
Location: 31 Pacific St, Mossy Point
Based around the concept of “Piattini” —which is Italian for small plates, the menu at Ollie Mason’s offers meals inspired from around the world, and you can combine plates or add extras in order to build your meal to your liking whether it be for brunch, lunch or dinner. Beetroot bombs, bean nachos, mushroom ravioli and quinoa-stuffed mushrooms on avo hash are just a few of the delights you can expect to see at this Eden tapas cafe.
Location: 126-128 Imlay St, Eden
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