Guest Blog: Kate Campbell from Chief Active
The health food scene has blown up in Melbourne over the last few years in a big way! No longer are healthy options only for the gym junkies or juice cleanse lovers, cafes are now exploring gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free and dairy-free options in an incredibly inventive way. Did we mention, they taste amazing too?! From espresso pancakes to fresh acai bowls to big bowls full of nourishing goodness, there’s something for everyone!
1. Fourth Chapter
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Known for its big white entry door, Fourth Chapter is set amongst a more industrial part of Prahran but showcases an abundance of healthy eats (as well as some not so healthy options!) that’ll suit any brunch lover.
Acai is always a favourite on the menu featuring 'Coyo' (coconut yoghurt), berries, coconut water, granola and peanut butter or, if you're after something a little simpler, try the Paleo bread with avocado. If you’re looking for a post pilates feast, you can’t go past The Bowl which is filled with brown rice, avocado, cherry tomatoes, edamame, golden cauliflower, beetroot hummus, pickled cabbage, peanut sriracha sauce and a poached egg.
385 High Street, Prahran | fourthchapter.com.au
2. SOS Cafe
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SOS, aka Save Our Souls Cafe, has been created with the health foodie at heart. It's a bustling spot on the weekend and conveniently located right by South Yarra Station. With a menu packed with diet-conscious options, they’ve created a name for themselves in the foodie scene, especially for those of us who are dairy or gluten intolerant, vegan, paleo or just looking for something a bit different.
We can’t go past the Espresso Pancakes. Yeah sure, pancakes are always pretty good, but these are not only ridiculously delicious, they're refined sugar-free, gluten free and dairy free. Looking for something more savoury? The Primal Plate, featuring bacon, eggs and fresh vegetables, is sure to convert you into a veggie lover, as will their Wild Mushroom Baked Eggs. Come here with an empty stomach because you’re going to leave filled to the brim!
5/177 Toorak Road, South Yarra | instagram.com/soscafe
3. Green Cup
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Nothing says healthy breakfast more than a green smoothie! Green Cup are experts in creating the best green smoothies around but if you’re new to the green smoothie scene, we suggest opting for one with a little more fruit for a bit of a sweeter hit. For more on the green smoothie trend, check out Chief Active’s blog all about it here.
Great for a takeaway option while you peruse Chapel Street, Green Cup also does some more substantial food like avo on toast, banana bread with house made peanut butter and some of the best acai bowls going around.
593 Chapel Street, South Yarra | greencup.com.au
4. Darling Cafe
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The beautifully lit Darling Cafe sits on a residential street in South Yarra making it a beautiful spot to catch up with friends away from the hustle and bustle of Toorak Road. You may have seen their Instagram-famous smoothies that are so bright and vibrant; even the healthy food sceptic is going to want to have a sip!
Their menu is full of nutritious options, all packed with veggies like the Blanched Kale Salad which features a poached egg, broccolini, alfalfa, roasted pumpkin, butternut squash and toasted almonds to keep you feeling full and nourished. They also have some great vegan options like Quinoa and Pecan Porridge and the Honey Baked Granola with Mixed Berry Compote.
2 Darling Road, South Yarra | darlingcafe.com.au
5. St Edmonds
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Tucked behind Greville Street, St Edmonds’ industrial vibe makes it instantly one of the coolest places around. Boasting a great coffee selection, this cafe ramps up their menu with healthy brunch options to tempt health enthusiasts and more traditional brunch fans alike.
The Maca Green Smoothie Bowl is vibrant in colour and flavour, making it an instant hit with food bloggers. For those that like something a bit more hearty, the Energy Boost Grain Bowl features quinoa, brown rice, puy lentils, chilli, almonds, harissa, feta and rocket which is sure to keep you feeling energised all day long!
154 Greville Street, Prahran | instagram.com/stedmonds
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About Kate Campbell, Chief Active Co-founder
Kate has always been an advocate for an active and healthy lifestyle but it wasn't until early 2015 that she started understanding health from a holistic perspective. Coming from Perth, she misses the sun and the beach but loves the culture, creativity and sense of community Melbourne brings. She has a fascination with pretty yoga studios and loves going for a run around the Tan (secretly so she can check out the cute puppies). As a co-founder of Chief Active, her vision for the publication is to inspire others to be the best version of themselves and become the go-to resource for active people in Melbourne.