Melbourne wouldn’t be the same without its public tram network. Taking a tram is one of the most popular modes of transport in Melbourne, and is one of the city’s most environmentally-friendly ways to travel. Trams have been in continuous operation since 1885 so it’s no wonder they have become an iconic part of the city’s landscape. The bulk of the tram network is concentrated in Melbourne’s central business district (or CBD) and inner city suburbs.
Melbourne welcomes thousands of travellers every year. Some stay for a long while, while many only visit for a short-stay. In order to travel on public transport in Melbourne, travellers need a myki card that’s charged with enough credit to get around. This is not always an economical way to travel during a really short stay, especially when travellers aren’t expecting to return to Melbourne any time soon.
However, there is a free tram zone in the Melbourne CBD, stretching along its main perimeter. Melbourne’s free tram zone allows travellers to explore the CBD without the burden of buying a myki card. The trams in the free tram zone stop regularly and travel along many of the city’s major streets, allowing travellers to get on and off at their leisure.
For vegan travellers, the free tram zone provides the canvas to take a vegan food tour of the city. Download the Free Tram Zone Map from the Public Transport Victoria website and try some of the places within the zone for some of the city’s best vegan food. There’s a generous spread so travellers can sample Melbourne’s multicultural flavours. From savoury to sweet, hot and cold; many of your Melbourne vegan food desires can be realised!
Crossways Food For Life – The Walk Arcade, 309-325 Bourke Street
Crossways is a cheap vegetarian Indian casual spot with lots of vegan options.
Gopals Pure Vegetarian – 139 Swanston Street
Another of Melbourne’s pure vegetarian options for cheap food and enough vegan options to make a banquet of your visit.
Gong De Lin Vegetarian Cuisine – 264 Swanston Street
Traditional Chinese vegetarian restaurant with many delicious vegan options.
The Organic Food & Wine Deli – 28 Degraves Street
A gorgeous, organic deli that’s filled with vegan options in takeaway meals and groceries.
Lord of the Fries – three CBD locations
From burgers to hot dogs, shakes and drinks, these takeaway stands are 100% vegan.
8 Star Circus, Shop G05, Docklands
Elizabeth Street Exit
Flinders Street Station on Flinders Street
La Camera – Shop MR2 Mid-Level East End, Southgate
One of Melbourne’s popular a la carte Italian restaurants with an extensive vegan options
Home Vegan Bar – two CBD locations
A 100% fully vegan dine-in or takeaway for salads, hot and cold bowls, cold-pressed juices and raw desserts.
Shop 9, 720 Bourke Street, Docklands
Shop 4, 699 Collins Street, Docklands
Union Kiosk – 3/306 Little Collins Street (on Causeway Lane)
A cosy all-vegan ‘hole in the wall’ serving up an Aussie toasted sandwich tradition – jaffles! Plus, there’s quintessential Melbourne espresso coffee and sweets.
Gelateria Primavera – 157 Spring Street
A gelato shop that features a generous number of vegan gelato and sorbets.
Disclaimer: No payments or sponsorships were received by Justine de Jonge as part of this post and all views expressed in this post are that of her own.
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