Brunch at The Green Edge, Brisbane, Australia
During my year abroad in Australia, I spent many afternoons in search of the perfect brunch. I take brunch very seriously (as one should) – because it combines two very important meals into one. Therefore, I believe it should be twice as good as any other regular meal.
Of course, it can be tricky as a new (or even experienced) vegan to find the perfect brunch outside of your own kitchen. Most restaurants are busy whipping up the ‘standard American breakfast’ – eggs, bacon, and everything we would not expect to find in a truly nutritious start to the day.
To make it a little easier for you, I’ve come up with my top five vegan brunches that I recommend you try. Not all of the restaurants are completely vegan – but I’ve done some very important research (substituting and taste testing) to ensure you have a delicious, hassle-free Sunday morning brunch!
- The Green Edge is a vegan café and supermarket set in the Northern suburb of Windsor. I cannot tell you how many times I have been here – and each time I was just as impressed as the last. They have everything you need for the perfect brunch: scrambled tofu wraps, pancakes and waffles, and smoothies or juices. I highly recommend you try the salted caramel latte – in fact, don’t leave without one. The best part of this café is browsing the aisles (and dessert cabinet) of vegan items while you wait.
- Paw Paw Café is a trendy little place tucked away near the famous Brisbane cricket ground, aka ‘The Gabba’. The food and décor inside are truly drool (and Instagram) worthy. Although Paw Paw is not completely vegan, the menu (and staff) makes it super simple and stress-free. I recommend the breakfast burrito (vegan option available) or the Tropical Bircher Bowl – and don’t forget a side of the famous ‘Coyo Whip’ coconut vegan ice cream.
- The Beartown Coffee House is another café you cannot miss! Also located in Woolloongabba (near The Gabba), this little gem is the perfect place to visit on a sunny afternoon. Having only one vegan option on the menu – I almost missed out on this delicious brunch (but thank goodness I didn’t). The vegan oat pancakes are to die for, and even come topped with fresh berries and coconut whipped cream. Make sure to grab a spot in the outdoor seating area to enjoy the full experience.
- Charlie’s Raw Squeeze is a vegan café with multiple locations around Brisbane, serving up some of the best Acai bowls in town. The only problem is deciding which flavor! If you’re feeling like dessert for breakfast – they also serve up Nice Cream (frozen banana-turned ice cream) topped with delicious vegan treats. I recommend trying an iced latte, and a Snickers smoothie bowl.
- Vege Rama is a vegetarian chain of restaurants, also with multiple locations around Brisbane. Each location is slightly different – one is more of a sit down restaurant, while my favorite one is an on-the-go storefront in the Myer Centre Mall. Although they are mostly serving up lunch items (curries, lasagna, etc) I mostly head here for one thing: the vegan frittata. It’s quick, absolutely delicious, and pre-made – so you can grab it on the go and get back to more important things (like shopping).
I hope this list is helpful – whether you are visiting, stopping by, or living in Brisbane. Thanks for reading, and happy brunching!
Kassy Gilkie is a female travel nurse from NS, Canada. She is an avid explorer and plant-based vegan!0