Organic and authentic! Explore the top vegan restaurants Newcastle has to offer
Foodie hub Newcastle has been quick to cater to the growing number of plant-based eaters with its range of trendy vegan cafes and restaurants. Whether a veggie-loving local or out-of-towner, discover our roundup of the best vegan restaurants in Newcastle, NSW.
Located in Mayfield, Equium Social is one of Newcastle’s favourite brekkie and brunch spots, with simple, wholesome dishes to satisfy the morning masses. With a stylish interior and a feel-good atmosphere, Equium Social serves up a range of delicious vegan options, including a rye and potato waffle with ocean trout gravlax, herbed cashew cheese, and a crispy fried egg or their tasty kimchi and vegetable pancake served with broccoli and sticky Chinese mushrooms. On the drinks menu are restorative broths, refreshing mint and lemon ice teas and vegan-friendly endurance, green and chocolate peanut butter smoothies.
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Newcastle’s Mama P is all about nourishing the body from the inside out with a focus on plant-based options, free from gluten, dairy and refined sugars and all made from scratch. The Mama P cafe menu is packed with tasty vegan treats, from their dairy-free milkshakes, bulletproof lattes, and magic moon matcha's to their vegan sweet potato toast and baked harissa cauliflower bowls. But a trip to Mama P’s in Charlestown isn’t complete without a sampling of their famous Plain Jane waffles served with house-made coconut ice cream, pure maple syrup and fresh seasonal berries.
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Moor Newcastle East
Located in foodie central on Hunter Street, Moor Newcastle East is a charming cafe/restaurant with a menu of eclectic dishes infused with aromatic flavours. Vegans will love their field mushroom and cashew cheese toasties and healthy bowls made with miso-roasted pumpkin, chilli sesame tempeh and sauteed greens. Moor Newcastle East also hosts a BYO tagine night each Thursday, with vegan options served with Persian rice, couscous or hand-rolled flatbread, with mezze plates and aperitivos to start.
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Eight Buns in Hamilton is best known for its authentic Chinese dishes—serving up some of the best dumplings in town. The Newcastle restaurant has a minimal yet stylish set-up, with plenty of options to keep vegans and vegetarians more than satisfied. Try out their Shanghai stir-fried noodles with mushrooms and green veggies, fragrant vegetable laksa or fresh, handmade steamed vegetable dumplings, all easily paired with a range of handpicked organic wines.
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Bangkok On Darby
With a prime location on buzzing Darby Street in the heart of Newcastle, Bangkok On Darby is a Thai restaurant known for its traditional dishes and authentic Thai flavours. The restaurant features a specially-designed vegan menu with spicy fried rice, vegan laksa, plant-based pad thai and curries of your choosing, including red, green, yellow and classic panang curry.
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For some of the best vegan food in Newcastle, Pino’s is at the top of the list. The recently renovated restaurant in Islington boasts an entirely plant-based menu with morning cocktails and a curated list of Italian and local wines. Vegan breakfast menu highlights include kimchi hash browns with avocado and pickled shiitake and their wood-roasted mushroom toastie with macadamia pesto. On the dinner menu, you will find more Italian-inspired flavours, including their sweetcorn and saffron arancini for starters, gnocchi pumpkin alfredo with potato pangritata for mains, finished off with apple fritters and beer gelato for dessert.
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