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Vegetarian restaurants

Whether you're a strict vegetarian or simply after meat-free Monday inspiration, Melbourne has your animal-free dining needs covered. Tuck into tofu at casual community eateries, inner-city dining halls and fine dining restaurants. Choose your favourites from full vegetarian menus offering vegan and raw food options, or glam up and go for the vegetarian degustation at some of the city's top restaurants.

Take a break from the token vegie risotto and try out some of these local vegie hot spots.

Vegetarian eateries

Grumpy's Green, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Grumpy's Green

With a long list of local beers, rainwater-fuelled toilets and a purely vegetarian menu, Grumpy's leaves nary a carbon footprint on Smith Street.

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Smith & Daughters, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Photo: Michael Danischewski

Smith & Daughters

It's only at the end of a meal at Brunswick Street's Latino eatery Smith & Daughters that you remember that not a scrap of meat has passed your lips.

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Monk Bodhi Dharma, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia

Monk Bodhi Dharma

Pull up a pew and put away a pourover at Monk Bodhi Dharma, or try tea with the changing menu of vegetarian delights for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Vegie Bar, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Vegie Bar

A Fitzroy institution serving up vegetarian, vegan and raw food dishes from around the world, with organic wine and beer to boot. Be ready to queue.

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Shakahari, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Photo: John Dunham

Shakahari

One of Melbourne's first and finest vegetarian restaurants, with a seasonal menu offering Indian-influenced vegetarian dishes along with vegan options.

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Moroccan Soup Bar, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia

Moroccan Soup Bar

Relax in the well-cushioned interior, let the staff bring you the right amount of food, and embark on a gastronomical trip to the Middle East.

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Trippy Taco, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia

Trippy Taco

Take a Mel Mex pilgrimage to the brightly coloured Trippy Taco for vegetarian Fresh Mex street food. Sit outside and enjoy a cocktail in the sun.

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Vegetarian degustation

Yes, you read it right. These fine establishments offer a vegetarian degustation menu.

Maha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Maha

Get your fill of top-shelf Middle Eastern cuisine at Shane Delia's Maha in the city, winner of a chef's hat from The Age Good Food Guide.

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Cutler & Co, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cutler & Co.

Winner of two hats from The Age Good Food Guide and ranked number seven by Australian Gourmet Traveller, McConnell knows his game.

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Private dining room, Attica, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Attica

Sample the degustation menu at Australian Gourmet Traveller's Restaurant of the Year. On a budget? Come for the Chef's Table on Tuesday.

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