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It’s not actually Sunday that I am doing this ‚What I Eat in a Day‘. It’s Monday to be honest. But it’s like a Sunday for me and my friend, roommate and colleague because it is our free day. And what do you do on a rainy, gray and lazy day on the Sunshine Coast, Australia? You eat some yummy vegan food. So that’s what we did – follow along!
11.20 am Brunch
I started my day with a run and walk along the river. At that time the sun was still shining and I could catch some good weather. I worked out for around an hour, had a shower and then it started to drizzle outside.
So we had to eat our yummy brunch inside instead of outside in the sun, but it was still so delicious! My favourite breakfast combi at the moment: toasted rye sourdough bread with avocado, fried soy sauce tofu strips, tomato and fresh spinach. And we also had some really sweet and juicy cantaloupe melon.
Originally our plan was it to go to a really cute town in the mountains. Unfortunately, the public transport here is so so bad and we would have had to drive in the bus for 3 hours there and back and could only spend 1,5 hours there. So that doesn’t make any sense and we’ll have to do that differently.
That’s why we decided to go to the next bigger city and to the shopping centre to get a few things we need (face cleanser and moisturizer, toothpaste and Tatjana got a bikini) and strolled a bit through the shops.
4.30 pm Moo-Free Burgers
Afterwards, we were starving and tried out a 100% plant-based restaurant someone recommended us. It’s called Moo-Free Burgers and I’ve already seen them in Sydney once.
They don’t just do fake beef and chicken burgers, but also healthy burgers, salads, loaded fries, nuggets, toasties, bowls, nice cream, juices & smoothies and healthy cakes and raw treats. So we already decided that we need to come back to check out a few other things because there were soo many options on the menu and the prices are good.
So I had a falafel burger with beetroot, avocado, pickle, cabbage salad and tomato relish and we shared the „nuggets“ and fries with aioli. The burger was super delicious, the only thing is that it could have been warmer. The „nuggets“ were really crispy and super delicious and they actually looked and tasted a bit like chicken, definitely worth a try. And the chips were amazing! You wouldn’t expect it from their look, but they are so much better than normal fries I know. Extra crunchy but still soft inside and seasoned with herbs.
6.30 pm Vegan Halo Top
And then Coles had 1/2 price on Halo Top ice cream. So we obviously needed to take some home. We got toasted coconut and peanut butter cup, both the dairy-free versions with coconut milk and tried them later. They are super creamy and so delicious!
The toasted coconut is so yummy and has some toasted coconut shreds in the ice cream and the peanut butter cup is not too peanut butter-y itself but has peanut butter swirls inbetween. They are both so so good and even better together, not too sweet and the best – they are vegan and don’t have many calories.
Tatjana also said that they taste much better than the dairy versions because she already tried and didn’t like those, which means – vegan wins!
So I hope you enjoyed this random, lazy „Sunday“ food diary and let me know in the comments what kind of blog posts you are interested to see more on my blog!
Sydney is the best place to eat vegan that I have ever been to. So many health food cafés, restaurants and so many completely vegan places.
I already wrote a general Travel Guide for Sydney with all my tips on where to go, what to do and also some important things to know. So this post is supposed to be the addition to that, talking about all the food hotspots, cafés and restaurants that I tested and loved and recommend to you!
I hope you are ready for some serious mostly vegan + mostly healthy food porn!
But before I start with the restaurants & cafés, you definitely need to check if the SYDNEY VEGAN MARKET is on! They host it once a month and it’s a paradise for vegans and foodies (and vegan foodies obviously). Unfortunately, I never made it there, but I would do everything to go there next time.
Speedos Café, Bondi Beach
Goals for every food blogger and photographer. This place is not just heaven for the mouth but also for the eyes. Vegan banana pancake stack, different avocado toast options, amazing juices & smoothies, and a berry-licious breakfast pannacotta. Sounds like a dream? It is. I’ve been there twice and even though it’s pretty loud and squishy, the food is just 100% worth it.
Bodhi, Asian Vegan Restaurant
Located near Hyde Park and St. Mary’s Cathedral this restaurant overlooks into Cook + Phillip Park and has a wonderfully quiet location. The menu is completely vegan and offers so many different meals and little dishes that it is hard to choose. It is a bit more pricy but soo delicious and great to order different things and share with friends and family.
I remember the Japanese taco, cauliflower chicken, spring rolls, mushroom dumplings and „nachos“ as super delicious.
Café in Westfield Shopping Centre Burwood
For my last breakfast with my parents, we found this little surprise in the Westfield Shopping Centre in Burwood. We didn’t expect to find something that delicious and pretty in a shopping centre, but we got surprised.
Avocado and poached egg on black sourdough with beet hummus, fruity honey crunchy muesli on yogurt and I also had a great Acai bowl. Super photogenic and great taste – we did not expect that at all! Only the juices where disappointing because they weren’t fresh pressed and super watery…
Shift Eatery, Surry Hills
I saw them on Instagram and immediately knew that I had to try one of their toasties. 100% vegan, fresh sourdough, tofu ham, creamy „cheese“, garlic aioli and tomato – so freaking delicious and they had so many more options. Vegan bacon, sauerkraut on toast, breakfast toasties and other deliciousnesses. Perfect snack or lunch when walking around in the city all day.
Preach Café, Bondi Beach
At daytime an epic breakfast and lunch spot. In the evening an 100% vegan restaurant. Unfortunately, I only tried their dinner and not one of their healthy buddha bowls, vegan pancakes or acai bowls, but I can really recommend their vegan mac’n cheese, burger and nacho bowl.
Cali Press, Bondi Beach
Famous for acai bowls, sandwiches and toasts, juices and smoothies. They offer many different options and everything I had was really good. They also make all their juices themselves and you can order juice cleanses with them.
Lentils as Anything, Newtown
I discovered this amazing chain in Melbourne. They have a daily changing menu with three different all vegan meals and you pay as much as you want/can in the end. I like the vibe & food in Melbourne better, but it was still a super delicious vegan health lunch.
Toast Café, Surry Hills
Australians just love their breakfast. That’s why they have so many cafés that do amazing all day breakfast and so we had no struggles finding a new place to eat every day (and for ever meal).
And even if their Avo toast contains fetta or poached egg, it’s never a problem to ask for vegan options!
Max and Co, Manly
I love good Mexican food, but I think it can be boring and similar everywhere you go. It’s always Burrito, Nachos, Tacos, Enchiladas and Quesadillas. But if a restaurant really knows how to do it nicely, it’s so delicious. And this place in Manly really did it great! But still not as good as the Mexican restaurant I went to in Byron Bay.
The Sandwich Shop, Haymarket
Between all the big skyscrapers and offices you find amazing bistros to eat lunch or have a snack. Because that’s what the Sydneyaner and business people do in their break as well. At lunchtime, you see so many of them meeting for a quick lunch or coffee with friends, business partners or just to eat and be outside.
At The Sandwich Shop, you get super healthy sandwichs, wraps or salads and mine, with avocado and hummus was really good!
Umu Vegetarian, Bondi Beach
Breakfast heaven, snack bar, lunch spot and daily dinner menu – all vegetarian. Me and my friend shared a dream of a breakfast. Vegan avocado toast, sweet potato zucchini breakfast stack with beetroot hummus and vegan cheese and a berry ricotta pancake. Everything was so so good!
Jet Café & Restaurant, Townhall
I’ve been there 4 times, I know, crazy. Never to eat lunch because it’s pretty expensive, but to have cake. Because their carrot cake is heavenly, so moist, creamy and with pecans on top and it’s only 5$ (3€).
Lord of the Fries
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Surfers Paradise. This chain is slowly taking over Australia (and hopefully the world soon) with their completely vegan menu of burgers, hot dogs, nuggets and fries. Not healthy and definitely fast food, but you can find all those „cheese burger“, „bacon and egg breakfast burger“, „fish burger“ and more made vegan – how amazing is that! No need to mention that it tastes amazing.
Two Daughters, Surry Hills
Super cute hippie café that offers amazing vegan options. I had a tofu scramble avocado toast and their juices were really good too.
Oh and by the way… it’s not just Sydney that is amazing when it comes to healthy food places, vegan meals and beautiful cafés and restaurants. Australia in general is so so good when it comes to amazing food!
Byron Bay – Acai bowls, fresh coconuts and raw vegan treats everywhere you look around. I tested many places and still haven’t tried them all, but here you find my top tips for you.
Perth also has many great places and I love seeing vegan options everywhere. Here are my tested places.
And there are more blog posts and food guides in planning. One for the whole East Coast and general (vegan) food tips for Australia. A Sunshine Coast food guide because they just know how to make the best breakfast. And I am also freaking excited to eat out in Bali soon!
Which Cities can you recommend for great (healthy & vegan) food? Have you tried a few of these places in Sydney? What are your favourite meals when eating out?
I had the biggest urge to go back to Melbourne. I could literally hear it calling me to come back again before I leave back to Germany and I couldn’t and didn’t want to resist.
Melbourne is one of my favourite places in Australia and its definitely on the same ranking level as Sydney. I love the vibe, the coffee shops and cafés, the amazing Vintage stores and the alternative places in Brunswick. And it has an extra special place in my heart because I met two amazing people there and we spend a few wonderful days together that I will forever keep in my memory.
So before I started my new job I decided spontaneously to just book a flight and spend another week in Victoria knowing that my friend James (that I met over 6 months ago in Melbourne and haven’t seen since then) would come over from Adelaide as well. And it was a big miracle that my other friend Sabrina from Italy (that I saw in between in Surfers Paradise in January) just texted me a few days before and said that she is going to be in Melbourne for one day as well. What a crazy coincidence!
I had two days to myself in Melbourne that I also vlogged and spend mostly shopping and strolling through the amazing Vintage shops and boutiques, spending time with myself cooking, reading and drinking tea, going to a café by myself and just enjoying the city.
I hope you enjoyed the vlog and like my videos! Feel free to give me suggestions to better or ideas to talk about in my videos. I really want to get more into YouTube and videos as I really enjoy it.
This video is actually my favourite and (in my opinion) the best video I made so far. Not really because the clips are that nice and cinematic or anything (more the opposite :D ) but just how natural it felt for me to film and talk. So I hope you like it too!
This was the cutest store I went to! 100% interior goals and the cutest jewellery. It’s called Folkstore and you can see more of it in my video and also what I bought there.
I have a thing for beautiful dishes and tableware. Especially when it’s handmade and unique. Pity that it’s also so freaking expensive and not really handy to take with you as a Backpacker :D
My hostel-cooked dinner: fresh spinach and rocket with wholemeal spaghetti and a tomato sauce made of canned crushed tomatoes, onion and carrot.
Two achievements from my shopping day 1: a black vintage Levi’s mom jeans and a beautiful ring.
My favourite Avo smash toast that I needed to eat again in Melbourne. Find out where you get it and more Melbourne food tips in this blogpost!
Reunited with my first friend I made here in Australia. Crazy to think that that’s already 7 months ago…
I also tried a new place to eat: Vegie Bar and I had a vegan Pizza which was really good!
And I also had t go back to Lentils as Anything because I fell in love the last time and it was almost as good again! We had such a good night talking a lot and it felt like we never left Melbourne and spread apart.
Roadtrip to Wilsons Promontory & Phillip Island
Me and my friend James rented a campervan for 3,5 days to go on a little adventure road trip to the south-east of Melbourne.
We had the best three days even though the weather wasn’t that great and we didn’t explore much, but we just enjoyed the time together in our cool camper. It was that great that we decided to do another, longer one up the East Coast from Noosa to Cairns (and further north) in June and I am already looking forward to that.
Breakfast in the van. Not outside because it was rainy most of the time, but really cozy and comfy inside the van.
First, we drove to Wilsons Promontory and we wanted to hike and explore a lot. Unfortunately, the weather was pretty grey, foggy and rainy but the hike up the mountains is supposed to be really beautiful and you have an awesome view over the national park (when it’s not foggy at least :D ).
But we were lucky to get some sunshine in the afternoon and did a bushwalk to see wallabies, wombats (my first wild ones) and beautiful colourful birds.
Behind the scenes of the picture above :P
Our afternoon view playing cards and watching the sunset.
This trip made me realise again how awesome camper life is and now I really want to do that more often and have my own van in a few year to travel Europe and make weekend trips as often as I can.
After Wilsons Promontory we drove to Philipp Island. A little island, not far from Melbourne with beautiful beaches, crystal blue water and awesome sunsets over the water.
We probably had the best ever view over the ocean, relaxing in our bed, windows and doors open, enjoying the sun and watching the sunset.
Our days consisted of driving, talking, listening to music, cooking and eating, reading, playing cards, walking through nature and watching out of our camper windows – just enjoying life.
This trip has been my favourite road trip I did so far and I am so looking forward to renting a camper again and go explore!