Many are making the switch to plant based foods and looking for cafés and restaurants who will accommodate them. Toowoomba has more and more menus that are either completely vegan or vegan-friendly.
Using free range and locally grown seasonal produce, Raw Energy is all about clean eating. Renowned for their juices and smoothies, they also serve out fresh acai bowls, vegan burgers and stacks of delicious pancakes.
Address: 83 Bridge Street, Toowoomba
It’s the wafting smell of spices that you’ll notice first – followed closely by the bright red décor and slightly mysterious hookah pipes out the front. But the unassuming location hides the talent of this chef, who trained in both London and Egypt. Enjoy authentic Egyptian dishes – such as moussaka, kebab wraps and shared mezze plates – that accommodate everyone, with plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Address: 34A Neil Street, Toowoomba
This pet-friendly, child-friendly, wheelchair-accessible café is full of nods to the owners’ travels. The menu is international, the sweets cabinet completely homemade, and the daily lunch specials all under $15. There’s plenty of options for dietary needs, including delicious vegan options.
Address: 195 Hume Street, Toowoomba
Phone: (07) 4637 9740
Tucked away in the Northlands Shopping Centre, ONS is a local secret. Serving homemade pasta, pizzas and risotto, ONS Toowoomba is a simple diner run by husband and wife team, Oskar and Sue (hence ‘ONS’). They have gluten-free and vegan options on their classic Italian menu, so vegan pasta-lovers unite!
Address: 8-12 Hume Street, Toowoomba
Phone: (07) 4564 8380
Original Saigon offers an authentic, affordable taste of Vietnam. This family run restaurant has become a local favourite for its cheap and cheerful traditional dishes, including pho, bahn mi and rice paper rolls. A good option for feeding a group, Original Saigon has plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
Address: 286 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba
Phone: (07) 4589 1580
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