While many restaurants and cafes have a couple of vegan options available on the menu, the ones chosen for this list are either 100% vegan or have a variety of vegan and vegetarian options available. A lot of these cafes and restaurants also offer events, workshops and classes such as yoga, cooking classes and more.
Now, here’s where to find delicious vegan food in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie:
100% vegan and cruelty free café, located in the quiet streets of Minmi. They’ve gained a pretty dedicated following since opening in March 2016, and you’ll understand why when you taste their food/drinks.
They even donate 100% of their tips to the heroes over at Sea Shepherd.
Wednesday 11:30am–3pm, 6–8pm
Thursday 11:30am–3pm, 6–8pm
Friday 11:30am–3pm, 6–8:30pm
Saturday 10am–3pm, 6–8:30pm
Address: 40 Church Street, Minmi
Natural Tucker is an Organic and Vegan Supermarket/Café located on Darby Street. Natural Tucker has been at the one location for over 30 years trading 7 days a week. They’re also opening an online shop soon!
From delicious vegan and vegetarian wraps/burgers to bulk organic groceries, they have it all.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM-5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM-3:30 PM
Address: 108 Darby Street, Cooks Hill
Pickled & Pressed
Pickled & Pressed believe in natural, local, sustainable and nourishing food. Wanting to create a wellness hub for happy, healthy people, Pickled & Pressed offer a range of wellness education programs and events which empower people to live fun, healthy and amazing lives in harmony with the planet. Those programs cover topics such as sustainability, ethical investing, energy efficiency, permaculture, raw food preparation, fermentation classes and cooking classes on delectable desserts.
Oh, and they also have a plant filled, dog friendly courtyard out the back!
Open 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM daily.
Address: 98 Glebe Rd, The Junction
Established in 2014, Mama P believe eating more real, less processed foods is the key to wellness.
Mama P are predominantly plant based but also use ethically sourced wild or grass fed proteins. They don’t use processed sugars, gluten or dairy, use minimal grain and only use fermented soy products.
Mama P always have options for vegans and those with nut allergies.
Monday – Friday 6:30am–2pm
Address: 142 Pacific Highway, Charlestown
Sephardim is a small and intimate Mediterranean meze bar on the shores of Lake Macquarie. They not only have a whole menu dedicated to serving vegan food (which you can view here), they also offer a vegan banquet option for groups.
Friday and Saturday 12pm – 2:30pm
Tuesday – Sunday 5pm – late
Address: 71 King Street, Warners Bay
The Bhakti Tree
A pure vegetarian and vegan café managed and run by volunteers. Their various activities make up the branches of the Bhakti Tree – pure vegetarian and vegan food at their café in Mayfield or at University of Newcastle through the student vegetarian club, yoga, kirtan (mantra-meditation), philosophy discussions, cooking classes, catering etc. A welcoming community, a place to share a meal and make friends!
Tuesday 11:30am–2pm, 6–8pm
Wednesday 11:30am–2pm, 6–8pm
Thursday 11:30am–2pm, 5:30–8pm
Friday 11:30am–2pm, 6–8:30pm
Saturday 11:30am–2pm, 6–8pm
Address: 410 Maitland Road, Mayfield