posted on 01 Nov 19

Being a vegan in Bendigo is a breeze. Our passion for local food and beverages, as well as local producers, means there's plenty of fresh, innovative and seasonal dishes and drinks to choose from. But being vegan isn't all about food options, Bendigo has a strong boutique culture supporting local makers and designers, making for a great range of quirky and rare finds. 

Check out our awesome range of vegan friendly food, drinks, products and experiences all available right here in Bendigo.  And be sure to sure your favourites with us at @BendigoEatDrinkShop #BendigoEatDrinkShop  

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Dine

Bendigo has a thriving foodie scene and almost everywhere you go will be able to cater for vegans. When you're after more than one option on the menu why not try breakfast at Adam & Eve, The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Cafe or Wholefoods Kitchen, lunch at Hoo-Gah or StupaView Cafe, and dinner at Masons or Malayan Orchid

Looking for a foodie adventure? The Food Fossicking Tour is completely vegan-friendly, simply specify vegan in the dietary requirements when you book. 

Check out this list of why Bendigo is a vegetarian's heaven for more foodie options.

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Stock up

Bendigo Wholefoods stocks a plethora of plant-based groceries and goodies, including picnic supplies and ready-made hampers. You can also pick up a packet of the brand new vegan Bendigo Brittle! Plus they're open Monday through to Saturday.

PepperGreen Farm has a great vegan-friendly cafe, and sells fresh produce and delicious preserves and sauces perfect gifts and goodies to take home.

Head to the Bendigo Community Farmers Market for local produce, vegan cheeses, pestos, chocolates and more. Held on the second Saturday of every month you cannot go wrong. 

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Indulge

Fancy a decadent afternoon tea or some sweet Bendigo souvenirs? Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates does a beautiful range of delicious vegan-friendly dark chocolates, including a rich dairy free hot chocolate. Yum!

Treat yourself to some pampering at Endota Spa, where every product is certified 100% cruelty free and every treatment can be vegan on request. 

Every Friday Wholefoods Kitchen brings out a delicious vegan donut in a new flavour. Get in quick, because these tasty treats sell out fast!

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Experience

The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is the largest Buddhist Stupa in the Western world, and their cafe has an amazing view. Don't miss the annual Vegecarian Festival held in October or take a tour today.

Get up close and personal with Bendigo's mining history at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Their underground adventure tours can cater for vegans with a few days' notice.

Eaglehawk's Star Cinema's bar is stocked with vegan-friendly goodies including local wines, dark chocolates and packet popcorn. Keep your eye out for their food & film nights, which are usually plant-based or have vegan options. 

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Drink

The Dispensary Bar & Diner crew know all there is to know about their impressive drinks menu, and will help you navigate the vegan-friendly options. They also have some delicious and contemporary vegan dishes to keep your appetite satisfied.

Visit Hop Supply Co for some friendly local knowledge about tasty local beverages. Keep an eye out for regular in-store tasting events of everything craft beer, wine and cider.

Handle Bar is the definition of laid back, with a great range of local vegan-friendly brews and wines. This secret oasis in the CBD doesn't serve food, but does let you bring/order in whatever food you like. 

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Shop

Bendigo is full of great boutiques that stock vegan wares. 

Try The Meadow & Gathered for vegan handbags, contemporary fashion, beauty products, some vintage pieces, as well as some of their own locally designed range. 

The Pepperpot is a one-stop shop for homewares, gifts, and decor. They also stock a great range of vegan handbags and gorgeous soy candles.

bob boutique is the cute shop for adults! Brimming with local Bendigo artists' work, you'll find clothing, homewares, and accessories. 

5ifty Boutique has a focus on sustainable, fair-trade and slow fashion. If you love natural fibres then this is the store for you! 

Made in Common stocks locally designed wares, vegan hair care products, make up, fashion, accessories and vintage pieces.