Friends of the Earth Cafe

Overall rating: 4.0 stars 6 Reviews
Veggie cafe serving hot vegan organic lunch (a mixed plate with occasional non-vegan vegetarian option), vegan sweets, treats, breads, and muffins. Also a bulk organic grocer with fresh fruit and vegetables, cosmetics, and cleaning products. Enviro bookshop and campaign office on site. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Organic, Macrobiotic, International, Juice bar
312 Smith Street (Johnston St, Metropolitan Melbourne)
Fitzroy, Victoria 3066

Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

  • Cash only


First Review by bunjil
  • vegan

wholesome and reliable

4 Posted on 03 / 14 / 2014

I've never had a bad meal at FOE which is pretty remarkable given that the dishes served up on the lunch plates are created by different volunteers every day. Rather than being hit and miss as I'd expect, there's always diversity and a balance of dishes, lovingly and artfully prepared. Their bulk wholefoods and fresh produce section is always well stocked and comparably priced.

Sometimes you need to be a bit patient with surly staff but most of the volunteers are gorgeous and friendly and you have to respect the people that are donating their time (and have done for years) to make nutritious, delicious, ethical food accessible to as many people as possible. I'm not involved with the co-op myself but have an understanding of the time and energy these folks put in, and how draining that can be. Give 'em a break, alright?

  • vegan

Unfriendly staff

2 Posted on 09 / 15 / 2012

This is a nice place, which has some nice food and organic drinks, but when I was there the service was horrible. The older lady behind the counter was pretty rude to me for no reason what so ever. I hope other people had better experiences when they were there, I would not recommend this place because of their appaling service.

Pros: Nice food
Cons: Rude staff
  • vegan

Guilt free!

4 Posted on 06 / 24 / 2011

haven't actually eaten there, as most things have sesame in them (and I'm allergic) but loved the raw chocolate they sell.
great range of books, some great clothing, jewellery and the organice produce is always great value.
Staff are friendly, love the idea of taking your own containers too.
Sometimes though you can feel a bit judged by staff if you aren't dressed more bohemian.
My partner had a soy latte there too - he's a fussy coffee drinker but he loved it!

  • vegan

wasn't overly impressed

3 Posted on 03 / 18 / 2011

this place has great community feel seems to always have lots of people hanging out. it has great reading material and groceries. as for the cafe part, we were put off by waitresses B.O and hairy armpits in a vest but granted that wont happen everytime, the food was ok a like dry where it's canteen style. won't be eating again but will shop again

Pros: groceries, reading material, hang out with friends for coffee
Cons: dry cake
  • vegan

Large diversity in one shop!

5 Posted on 11 / 24 / 2008

Friends of the easrth (FOE) serves lunch around midday which is around $6 for a small plate and $8 for a large. Always vegetarian, just need to ask for vegan only. It is a mixed plate usually 2 warm dishes and 2 salad dishes. There are also many deserts and some are gluten free and vegan, ingredients are shown next to the item. There is also a well stocked mostly organic Co-Op and fresh produce. Nuts, grains, oils, herbs, spices, pasta, teas and coffee and packaged products too.
Also at the front of the shop are many items that are recycled and locally made stationary, clothes, books and other items. One of my favourite places and the place I choose to eat my lack meal in melbourne before i left the country.

The chefs are voluntary and dishes can be quite diverse but are always quite delicious and creative.

Pros: Vegan options, deserts, chocolates
Cons: not open sundays
  • mostly-vegetarian

Love the place!

5 Posted on 10 / 28 / 2006

The lunch plate is excellent! It tastes good, and fills your belly. They also have delicious cakes and they have coffee. Good place to have a healthy cheap lunch. Also have a good selection of grocery items, literature and clothing. And proceeds go to a good cause!

Pros: good value for money, organic, wholesome food


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Last updated: 2010/08/20


Added: 2007/08/01


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