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Where to find the best vegetarian and vegan brunch in Adelaide

I love brunch.

In Melbourne, I use brunch as a placeholder every fortnight to meet up with friends and fam. It’s a chance to get out of the house and away from the daily scrambled eggs and enjoy something fancy (I’m looking at you insta-worthy waffles!)

When moving back to my hometown of Adelaide for a work contract earlier this year, it was the one area I wasn’t sure how it would stack up compared to Melbourne.

Truth be told, the brunch scene in Adelaide blew my mind!

Going vegan… in Adelaide!

My biggest barrier to eating brunch in Adelaide for the first few months as I simply didn’t know where to eat brunch in Adelaide for vegetarians or vegans.

Having been on a strict diet due to health reasons earlier this year, I’ve had to turn (mostly) vegan. I did eat a boiled egg or piece of halloumi every so often but mainly stuck to veggies and whatever recipe I was cooking this week in Thug Kitchen.

Then I found Pickle in the Middle.

Located along Unley Road, Pickle in the Middle was my gateway back into brunch in Adelaide.

After the third week straight of visiting their cafe, their staff gave me the names of other vegetarian and vegan-friendly brunch places in Adelaide they recommended and sent me on my way…

From their list, here are five of my favourite vegetarian and vegan-friendly spots to brunch in Adelaide!

My five favourite places to eat brunch in Adelaide:

  • Pickle in the Middle, Unley
    I have to mention these guys first because they are still my favourite in town. Focusing on a plant-centric menu but with something for every type of diet. Whatever they can make on-site they do, especially their housemade pickles.
    I order the Breakfast Greens bowl every.single.time because their orange tarragon vinaigrette is a game changer!

    Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Karma and Crow, Richmond
    This warehouse-style cafe is hidden on a main road behind a artists gallery just outside the city.
    Known for pushing the boundaries with breakfasts – think using sago and native Aussie plants – and good coffee!
    Get in early because they regularly sell out. Oh, and menus change seasonally.

    Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Mister Sunshine’sThebarton
    This place came to my attention when a few of the boys from the AFL team I worked for kept posting Instagram Stories of his food from Mister Sunshine’s. I visited the very next weekend.
    The menu is small but what they do make is done damn well. My favourite is the Zucchini, Corn & Jalapeno Fritters. Or if I’m in need of a cheat day on my diet, I’ll eat the heavenly French Toast (without the cream cheese).

    Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Froth and Fodder, Kurralta Park
    Tucked out of the way behind the K-Mart on Anzac Highway this is a favourite for locals in need of a good brunch, though their burgers also come highly recommended!
    Their quinoa & falafel burger is the perfect more-lunch-than-brunch meal served up with a delicious housemade chutney and relish.A tip for vegans, look out for their plant-based menus as part of World Vegan Day in October!

    Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, but limited options for vegans outside of special events.
  • Hispanic Mechanic, Frewville
    The name is confusing but the food is not. Mexican and South American inspired foods served up fresh and sometimes with a little Korean twist. If there’s one fish you have to try it’s the KFC Taco, that is ‘Korean Fried Cauliflower’ served up with pickled vegetables and daikon kimchi.
    This is more a lunch destination than a brunch destination (it opens at noon Fri-Sun) so this is one for the late risers! Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

All photos are of Pickle in the Middle or Unley Road.
All thoughts, opinions, and breakfast bowls consumed in the name of research are, as always, my own.

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