Food is what I think about at the start, in the middle and at the end of every holiday. On a long weekend break in Sydney, I made sure to get the maximum eats that time allowed. This meant a lot of unwise overconsumption, more meals a day than is medically advised, and a huge amount of walking to distant foodie destinations to balance it all out.
Here are the vegan food highlights of my Sydney getaway, as told through Instagram photographs.
321 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000
A raw-food haven open Monday to Friday, where you can fuel yourself with smashed avocado on toast, the most decadent peanut butter smoothie (Commando Ed), breakfast muffins, raw salads with flavour-packed dressings and more, all within a small-but-perfectly-formed escape from the business bustle.
2-4 College St, Sydney NSW 2000
Vegan yum cha. Vegan. Yum. Cha.
Lord of the Fries
537 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Sydney’s vegan junk food game is strong with Lord of the Fries – we have nothing so down-and-out guilt-inducing in New Zealand. A mainstay of Melbourne, there’s just the one in Sydney, but it’s worth checking out if you like greasy chips, salt, fake meat, all the sauces you can dream of, and diner-style shakes. If they’re doing it when you visit, I can recommend the fish burger.
Cnr King St and York St, Sydney NSW 2000
We ate twice at this fast-food Italian restaurant just because it was such a novelty. First you queue for what feels like a million years, poring over the menu but realising there are only two or three vegan options. Then your pasta (or pizza, salad, antipasti) is made to order at the counter and you take it away on a tray and find a table. A Subway-esque ordering process with top-quality flavour.
All over Sydney
I didn’t try anything from here until my last full day in Sydney because, like a fool, I assumed there wouldn’t be any vegan doughnuts. And then I saw this exquisite thing in the window. It seems like they always have at least one vegan flavour on the go, so check them out.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria, Sydney NSW 2015
I’d already been having a long-distance love affair with Pana Chocolate since trying the bars that they stock in New Zealand, and admiring their incredible Instagram feed. I went twice, once for chocolates and once for waffles with butterscotch sauce. Life-changing.