Sydney has a vast selection of healthy eating options for when you’re in need of a delicious, guilt-free lunch. So next time you’re out and about and craving a virtuous lunch, these are the places to pop in to. From seared tuna poké bowls to fruit smoothies and fresh salads, here's our pick of Sydney's healthiest food joints, serving up the prettiest, most wholesome plates in town.
News of this freshly minted Bondi salad joint is hot off the press, and with a focus on selecting top quality producers and suppliers you can have faith that your kale will be crisp. With an entirely gluten-free menu (all but two dressings are vegan) regardless of how you build your salad bowl, you can rest assured that you’ll be doing your body good.
Shop 1, The Pacific Building, 180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
The opening of Verd in downtown Barangaroo means there's no excuse for anyone working in the city to skip a healthy lunch. Plant-based eats that look good and make you feel even better, is the aim of the game. Verd’s salad bowls deliver incredible flavour, each bowl made using strictly nutritious ingredients; the Raw Rad Thai with Chinese cabbage, kale, carrot, beetroot, bean sprouts, peanuts, tofu, coriander, mint, shallots and a zesty satay dressing is an absolute must-try.
Barangaroo, Manly, and Surry Hills
This poké venture puts a Sydney spin on everyone's favourite Hawaiian food trend – ensuring every delicious element of your poké bowl is doing you good. Their ‘boat to bowl’ philosophy is apparent and while you can build your own bowl, it’s the Pineapple Ponzu Tuna and Wasabi Salmon creations that piques our interest.
Bondi Beach, Sydney CBD and North Sydney
If you find yourself in the Inner West around lunchtime, there are few better spots to pick up a healthy feed than at Bread & Circus. The wholefoods canteen delivers a menu replete with organic dishes which changes daily – the Daily Plates are unfailingly perfect – and their extensive Fine Tea list will help you recover from the inside out.
21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
The allergen and vegan-friendly philosophy at Warren & Holt is a godsend for those with specific intolerances. Their chemical free, nutrient dense and ethical sourcing of meat makes the place a haven for the health-conscious. Their elegant menu traipses between all-day breakfast and lunch, with the Summer Crumpet and Warren Smash catching our eye.
415 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
The plant-based menu at Chippendale’s Concrete Jungle will have you glowing from the inside out. Crafted with ethically sourced meats, the sustainable menu (with kitchen helmed by Bryan O’Callaghan) is all about teaming excellent flavours with nourishing ingredients.
58 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Nestled in the heart of trendy Surry Hills, this virtuous venue is the perfect pit stop for a Friday food fix, that's guaranteed to see you through to the weekend. The toasted Sonoma Sourdough Toasties are surprisingly both healthy and decadent, while the Pulled Lamb Wrap will have you giddy with delight.
118 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills
Renowned for their impeccably healthy organic juices and smoothies, Orchard Street's cold pressed juices are a favourite for fanatic detoxers, as well as those in need of a vitamin hit. Also offering raw food meals, treat, elixirs and other organic products, you’ll be feeling incomparably virtuous after stocking up at this health food haven.
Bronte, North Bondi, and Paddington
Synonymous with vitality and health, Flannerys serves up nourishing lunches without fail. The menu works to exhibit the best (and most inventive) healthy creations, without sacrificing on flavour. Almost every grain you can think of makes an appearance on the menu, alongside generous serves of fresh vegetables and salad. The super burrito and protein bowls are particularly moreish.
Bondi Junction, Cronulla, Crows Nest, Engadine, Gymea, Lane Cove, and Mona Vale
This ‘fast casual dining destination’ brings effortless, healthy food to the health-conscious-yet-time-poor folk of Sydney. Without being fanatical, their selection of Farm bowls, sandwiches, and light meals (hello chia pudding) tick every box. Wholesome and hearty, you'll feel suitably satisfied, although it will be hard to resist adding a tempting (but totally guilt-free) sweet to your order. But after all that goodness, you totally deserve it.
4 Century Circuit, Baulkham Hills