Lake Macquarie Vegan Dining Options
Double Shot Espress’o $ - Locations along the Pacific Highway at Belmont, Charlestown and Swansea. Double Shot does the best vegan iced coffee around. Double shot over huge ice cubes, soy milk and a dash of vanilla syrup will have you bouncing off the walls for the rest of the day. Perfect for a hot, summer morning
Sesames on The Lake $$ - Belmont. Sesame's offers a separate vegan menu with plenty of options at their modern Thai fusion restaurant. Open for dinner Tuesday to Sunday.
Door 34 $ - Kelton St, Cardiff. Check out this cute cafe in Cardiff for delicious raw treats, great coffees and a few cafe classics which can be made vegan on request. Open seven days.
Papkum Thai $ - Harrison Street, Cardiff. Staff will make vegan alterations to dishes, ask for no fish sauce or egg in stir frys like the pad see ew. Pop in on Wednesdays for $10 noodle night.
The Mosh Pit $ - Main Rd, Cardiff. The Mosh Pit has been killing it with vegan versions of cafe classics for a while. Look out for awesome treats like their vegan pancakes, beans on sourdough or diabolical potato waffle! Open Monday - Saturday for breakfast and lunch.
Black Treacle $$ - Shop 5, Caves Beach Road, Caves Beach. This hidden gem in Caves Beach offers a fantastic selection of vegan food to go with your coffee, herbal tea or fresh fruit & veg juice. Their menu includes 'BT Bruschetta', 'Smashed Avocado Dukkah Doo', 'Major Tom Salad' & 'Give Peas a Chance' as well as boasting a large range of sandwiches and rolls made fresh on their baked-in-store bread. Coffees are served with Bonsoy. Open Tuesday - Sunday.
Absolute Thai Charlestown $ - Charlestown Square. Lots of options here, staff are really helpful. Just let them know you're vegan and you'd like dishes made without fish sauce, shrimp paste or egg. Favourites are the laksa and chili jam stir fry. Open seven days for lunch and dinner.
Cafe 147 $ - Pacific Highway, Charlestown. This cafe specializes in gluten free options, but stocks a number of gluten free and vegan options. Look out for fresh salads and soup specials. Open for breakfast and lunch.
Grill’d $ - The Junction & Charlestown. Grill’d have a couple of veg burgers on their menu that are easy to veganize and relatively health conscious. Ask staff to help you veganize their burgers. Open for lunch and dinner.
MamaP $ - Pacific Highway, Charlestown. 100% vegan & organic menu with plenty of gluten free choices. MamaP has a great selection of raw and baked treats. Pick up a chia pudding or fresh salads for a takeaway meal or sit in for a plate of their gluten free waffles served with chocolate nicecream and fruits. Open for breakfast and lunch.
New Shanghai $$ - Charlestown Square, Charlestown. This dumpling house has a range of vegan options including salt and pepper tofu, garlic spinach and veggie dumplings. Decent prices, but be prepared for some not so excellent service. Open for lunch and dinner.
Sprocket $ - Hunter Street Mall & Charlestown Square. In the mall there are vegan options on the board and in the cabinet and usually one or two vegan treats, brownies and raw balls at both locations.
Utsav Indian $$ - Pacific Highway, Charlestown. Like all good Indian restaurants at Utsav there is a separate vegetarian menu for entrees and mains, like even better Indian restaurants vegan options are marked on the menu with a (v) and there is plenty to choose from. Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday and dinner seven days.
Edgy Thai $ - 720 Main Road, Edgeworth. All your favourite Thai options. Staff will help you to alter options to be free from fish sauce and shrimp paste.
Aroma’s $$ - Glendale. This cafe has a bunch of vegan items on the menu including amazing Gardein burgers and sells vegan sweets, including Dobby's Donuts deliveries fortnightly, as well. Keep an eye out for a full vegan menu coming soon. Open for breakfast and lunch.
Urban Relish House $$
Redhead Beach Cafe $$ - Redhead Beach. Visit this beachside cafe for a great salad at lunch time, loaded with grains and fresh veggies or a great avo on toast at breakfast time. Open Monday - Sunday for breakfast and lunch.
Custom Espresso $$ - The Esplanade. Custom Espresso is at a beautiful location by the lake and has recently added some great vegan options to their breakfast & lunch menus! Try their vegan french toast, or coconut berry granola trifle for breakfast, or a vegan burger at lunch time. Open seven days, for breakfast and lunch.
Char's 58 $ - Victory Parade, Toronto. Char's lovely cafe is a great venture to support, their three locations give opportunities to adults with disabilities to create delicious cafe food for everyone to enjoy. There's usually a vegan option like a loaded avo smash to be found, and sometimes even an amazing special like their satay tofu burger, when there's nothing on the menu staff are usually happy to alter something for you to be made vegan. Open Monday - Friday for breakfast and lunch.
Double Take Cafe $$ - There are a number of vegan options clearly labelled on the Double Take menu as vegan and even vegan options on their breakfast and lunch time. There are even vegan specials on their specials board.
Essence on the Boulevard $$ - Check out this cafe on the boulevard at Toronto for a couple of cafe classics like their smashed avocado and pesto bruschetta made vegan.
Felici Mi $$ - Victory Parade, Toronto. Staff here have an understanding of veganism and will alter dishes for you.
Greg & Audrey's $ - Toronto. This cute little retro diner always has some delicious vegan ice cream or sorbet options made from classic sodas and coconut cream bases. Follow their Instagram to get up to date information on their changing roster of flavours.
Tinto Espresso Bar $ - Victory Row, Toronto. This little cafe has a simple garden salad on offer, soy and almond milk for coffees and their hot chocolate powder is vegan. Open seven days for breakfast and lunch.
Custom Espresso $$ - The Esplanade. Custom Espresso is at a beautiful location by the lake and has recently added some great vegan options to their breakfast & lunch menus! Try their vegan french toast, or coconut berry granola trifle for breakfast, or a vegan burger at lunch time. They're also stocking Bonta Vera sweets, so check out the cabinet to see when they're in stock! Open seven days, for breakfast and lunch.
Black Sheep Espresso $ - 240-260 Hillsborough Rd, Warners Bay. This cafe is located in the foyer at Genesis Fitness Club and offers a great selection of vegan options at breakfast and lunch. Options are fast, fresh and healthy.
Folie Cafe $$ - The Esplanade, Warners Bay. Stop by this cute little cafe at Warners Bay for some tasty cafe treats. Just ask for their avocado smash or acai bowl to made vegan, or check out what vegan specials they have on offer, like their lovely chia puddings. Don't forget to pick up a great coffee, they can make you a dairy free chai latte as well! Open seven days for breakfast and lunch.
Hippo Espresso $$ - The Esplanade, Warners Bay. There are a couple of simple, light options on the menu. Check with staff to ensure breads aren't buttered. Open for breakfast and lunch seven days.
Lena's Lakeside Cafe $$ - 444 The Esplanade, Warners Bay. Visit at lunch time for fresh salad and sandwiches. You may need to chat with staff to have something altered to be vegan.
Lilly Thai $ - 73 King Street Warner's Bay. Visit Lilly Thai for classic Thai food. Ask for no fish sauce and no shrimp paste in dishes.
Sephardim $$ - Warners Bay. Sephardim offers a taste of the Mediterranean with dishes that have influences in Spanish, Turkish and Egyptian cuisine and much more. They offer a completely vegan menu with plenty of delicious options to choose from. You can read the full review and check out the pictures here.
Trevino's $$ - Warners Bay. No vegan options on the menu but chef will provide vegan option on request.
Pegs Cafe $$ - Whitebridge. One or two vegan options on the menu and on request. The lovely staff will also help you find a vegan treat in the sweets cabinet.