Melbourne Wholefoodie Hot Spots
Ask anyone that has been to Melbourne and they will tell you there is definitely not a shortage of places to eat. Melbourne is home to some of the finest coffee, hidden cafes and quirky restaurants in the country. But when you’re following a wholefood lifestyle or adhering to dietary requirements, being social with food becomes quite difficult. Luckily for us, Australia has seen a recent shift towards people eating for their health. Healthy eating is quite ‘on trend’ and there are many new cafes and restaurants taking advantage of this. From grabbing something quick at work to sitting down for a social occasion, below you will find a great list of eats from all around Melbourne.
BARRY (Northcote). Breakfast, Lunch. 7 Days a Week.
BARRY Coffee and Food is a great restaurant just north of Melbourne’s CBD. BARRY is part of the latest food revolution, serving the latest on trend health products such as activated almonds and baked ricotta. It is quite a popular place so if you don’t mind waiting for a table, it is well worth it! BARRY is also able to cater to those who follow a gluten-free or vegan diet.
SHAKAHARI TOO (South Melbourne). Lunch, Dinner. Tuesday-Saturday.
This restaurant is dedicated to bringing great food without any artificial ingredients. SHAKAHARI TOO caters for those following gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian diets and also avoids onion and garlic for those following the low FODMAP diet. This place is never empty so it is always best to book in advance!
THR1VE (CBD). Shopping Centre Hours, 7 Days a Week.
THR1VE is a very new concept to be introduced. Based in the food court of Emporium (Lonsdale St) it has taken ‘fast-food’ to a whole new level. The idea is that you pick your vegetables, protein and starch, essentially building your own meal. Not only do you get to control everything that is put onto your plate, it is made from scratch so any food allergies and intolerances can be catered for. All meals are under $15 and there are also a great variety of sugar-free, gluten-free snacks available.
Yong Green Food (Fitzroy). Lunch, Dinner. Tuesday-Sunday.
Yong Green Food is a cafe passionate about being eco-friendly, and delivering wholesome, nourishing food. Catering to dietary requirements is their specialty, making it a restaurant friendly for all. And if you didn’t already have a reason to visit this place, Yong Green Food is a very charitable company, donating 10% of its profits to famers in Kenya, alongside World Vision and AusAID.
Shokuiku (Northcote). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Not all meals available all days). 7 Days.
For those of you following a predominantly raw diet, this is the place for you! All food served at Shokuiku is raw, natural and organic, as well as creative and diverse! During food preparation, chefs take into account modern nutrition systems alongside East Asian healing systems (Ying and Yang) to provide balanced, healthy meals. A variety of products can also be purchased from the café, such as teas and extracts- well worth a look!
Admiral Cheng Ho (Abbotsford) and Monk Bodhi Dharma (Balaclava). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Fridays Only). 7 Days.
These partner cafes are known for their excellent coffee and dining menu. Operating 7 days a week, they provide an array of delicious, nutritious meals adaptable to suit those that are gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, soy and sugar free! Their excellent in-house roasted coffee is also available for wholesale purchase in store so be prepared to walk away with some take home goodies!
By Doralise Halepis, Nutrition and Dietetics student.