South Island Vegetarian & Vegan Eating Establishments 2


Dream Garden Vegetarian Café

62 Kendal Ave, Russley

03 358 8485

Opening hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-9pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm

They say: “Mostly Asian vegan, some vegetarian, dozens of bubble teas and interesting vegetarian mock meat dishes such as roasted hedgehog.”

Driftwood Vegetarian Café

3 Carnaby Mall, New Brighton

03 388 0124

Opening hours: Thu-Sun 12pm-9pm or later

They say: “The Driftwood Café is a small vegetarian restaurant and coffee bar that aims to provide delicious, healthy, affordable food. Meals, takeaways, snacks, hot and cold drinks available. We love to host community events.”

Fo Guang Tea House

2 Harakeke St, Riccarton

03 341 6276

Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11.30am-2.30pm; tea & coffee 10am-4pm

They say: “Fo Guang Tea House is located in the new eco-buildings of the International Buddhist Association. It has a relaxed atmosphere with a fantastic view of water through the front window. The tea house offers two set menu options for lunch, which change daily. A small variety of snacks are available, such as noodles, wontons, soup and spring rolls. Vegan options available.”

The Dark Room

336 St Asaph St, CBD

03 974 2425

Opening hours: Wed-Sat 5pm-1am

They say: “A bar with a small vegetarian menu, with a constantly changing lineup of free live music.”

The Herb Centre Cafe

223 Kilmore Street, Christchurch

03 365 3011

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm; Sat

They say: “We offer a range of delicious, nutritional and seasonal food. Our aim is to provide tasty, seasonal, plant-based food in a healthy and unique way.”
We say: “The Herb Centre Cafe has a devout following, and I can see why. The salad selection is great, and they’re gorgeous to look at, too.”

Our review is here.

The Lotus Heart

363 St Asaph St, CBD

03 379 0324

Opening hours: Tues-Sun 7.30am-3pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-9pm

They say: “The Lotus Heart is dedicated to conscious living, healthy eating and strives to create a global cuisine naturally with pure vegetarian food. It uses the freshest non-GM, locally grown and organic (where possible) pure vegetable oils, avoids the use of microwaves, and the menu includes a wide variety of savoury and sweet dishes free of dairy products and gluten, and low in fat.”
We say: “A great restaurant with lovely staff, a very pretty setting and fabulous food – how could that not nurture your soul?”

Read our review here.

Welcome Chinese Vegetarian Café

2 Wharenui Rd, Riccarton 8041

03 348 2630

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm; 5pm-9pm

They say: “Welcome Vegetarian serves fresh and delicious food. This eatery is great value for money. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly and great for quiet night out.”


Circadian Rhythm

72 St Andrew St

03 474 9994

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 5pm-8pm

They say: “Vegetarian buffet restaurant, juice bar, in-house bakery. Extended menu features vegan dishes, organic wine.


97 Stuart St

03 477 9983

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-3.30pm; Sat 9am-3pm

They say: “Potpourri is a vegetarian and vegan café.”

The Good Earth Café

765 Cumberland St, CBD

03 471 8554

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8am-5pm

They say: “The Good Earth offers high quality organic, vegetarian meals. Features NZ Pacific fusion chef’s specials with a contemporary edge, plus locally roasted fair trade coffee. The café recycles everything.”

The Joyful Vegan Café Caravan


Hours: Saturday mornings

They say: “This mobile caravan is usually at the farmer’s market at Dunedin Railway Station on Saturday mornings.”



Takaka, Golden Bay

03 525 8677

Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

They say: “Delight is an all vegan restaurant.”

Krishna Food

Mobile in the Nelson area

03 970 9877

Opening hours: Sat-Sun 8am-1pm

They say: “The Krishna Food caravan is at the Nelson Market in Montgomery Square every Saturday and the Motueka Market every Sunday. Serves vegetarian food with an abundance of vegan and gluten free options. Somosas, kofta balls, $5 lunch with rice, curry and savouries, as well as sweets.”


276 Hardy St, Nelson

03 546 6348

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

They say: “Zippy’s is Nelson’s only café specialising in vegetarian cuisine with gluten free, wheat-free and vegan options. Everything is made on the premises using the freshest local ingredients.”

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