By Lara Flanagan
September 15, 2020 | 4 minute read
Secret Creek Café, Lithgow
If you are visiting the Blue Mountains and follow a plant-based diet or like delicious healthy food, this is the travel guide for you. The incredible natural surrounds of the Blue Mountains create a fabulous backdrop for food that is fresh, tasty and satisfying. Here are our recommendations of where to go in the Blue Mountains for the best vegan delights.
* 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.
The laid back Plantbased Wholefoods café in Katoomba is known for its relaxed atmosphere, tempting café menu and live folk music on a Friday night. They serve a range of speciality teas, coffees and beverages all made with plant-based milk, (including hemp milk) or fresh fruits and vegetables. Their café meals are generous and satisfying and include options such as burgers, wraps, salads, and nachos.
Where: 97 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Mountain High Pies is a fabulous find for those craving vegan options as it is generally all but impossible to be able to find vegan choices in your standard bakery. They are located just off the highway with plenty of parking available. All their delicious pies, desserts and menu items are made on the premises using local ingredients whenever possible. If you are craving a coffee with your vegan pie, they offer soy and almond milk as plant-based milk alternatives.
Some of the vegan pie options include Chickpea and Curried Vegetables, Satay Lentil and Chilli Con Corn. They also have a vegan Apple Pie on their dessert menu.
Where: 293 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls.
Little Niche Nosh, Leura
The Secret Creek Café offers an authentic farmhouse experience that is 100% plant-based. Although they are currently closed due to Covid-19, they are hoping to resume normal operations as soon as possible. You will find this unique eatery within a 200-acre native wildlife sanctuary that is home to Eastern Quoll, dingos, Tasmanian Devils, and many more threatened native species. At Secret Creek Café, you will enjoy rustic, refined vegan food in the surrounds of their home-style cabin.
Secret Creek Café also hosts monthly 7-course degustation events, weekend brunches, Friday & Saturday night special dinners and a range of themed special events.
Where: 35 Crane Road, Lithgow
The Embassy Vegetarian Café is a quirky art-deco vegan-friendly café located on the high street of Katoomba. It has an extensive vegetarian menu that includes many vegan options. The Embassy Vegetarian Café is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week and is also open for dinner on Saturday evenings.
Their breakfast menu includes everything from Bircher Muesli to a Vegan Big Breakfast, and we loved their Vegan Four-Cheese Toastie. For lunch, enjoy a range of delicious burgers, nachos, salads, pies, and wraps, to name a few!
Where: 36 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Whilst the Basil Nut Café & Restaurant is not vegan, it does offer a pleasing amount of vegan options on its menu. The menu includes Asian Street Food, Fusion Wraps and Burgers and a great selection of coffees and cakes. Their menu has a dedicated section for vegans and vegetarians.
They use fresh local produce whenever possible, and their vegan meals contain an incredible range of fresh vegetables and are colourful and appealing. Enjoy meals such as the Ginger Tofu with shallots and shitake mushrooms in a ginger soy sauce, the Basil Nut Curry with mixed vegetables, tofu and rhizome root in a red curry sauce or the Basil Chilli Eggplant trio of eggplant, mushrooms, and tofu.
Where: 5/147 – 153 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
If you would prefer to take your food with you so you can spend all your time in the great outdoors, then Little Niche Nosh is an excellent option for you. The food menu is 100% vegan though they do offer dairy milk with their beverage choices. Their entire menu selection is made on the premises using local seasonal ingredients.
On their daily changing menu, you will find a range of delicious vegan takeaways that include pies, pastries, salads, burgers, bowls and wraps. They also have a very tempting array of desserts!
Where: Shop 2/201 Leura Mall, Leura
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