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Top 5 Allergy Friendly Cafes in Melbourne

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by Katie Alford (subscribe)
Allergy friendly food for the soul
Published August 30th 2012
Chocolate and cake for everyone, even the lactose intolerant
I am allergic to both dairy and eggs. My allergies have plagued me for most of my life, as I turn down cake, chocolate and cheese on a regular basis. I have lost count of the number of friends who have "freaked out" upon learning about my allergies and asked, "well what do you eat"? I have also lost count of the number of times I've made myself sick snacking on forbidden treats.

Only recently did I finally resigned myself to the fact that I am stuck with my problem plagued body and my second rate digestive system forever. But never fear, allergy catering cafes are here!

1. My allergies mean that anything marked "vegan" is a-okay for me to eat. To my delight, Green Refectory on Sydney road sell a whole heap of vegan treats. Their menu features everything from vegan (or cow's milk and egg free) apple and rhubarb pie, to gluten free cakes and biscuits, as well as other "regular" treats for those with healthy digestive systems. This place also has the most amazing laidback atmosphere, friendly staff and the coffee is good.

2. I have made no secret of the fact that I am a student at La Trobe University and Veloci in the Agora is my one stop shop for dairy and egg free treats at Uni. They sell a huge range of slices from brownies to caramel slice and they are all vegan. They also have many gluten and nut free options. As an added bonus Veloci also use Bon Soy soymilk which is probably the best on the market

3. The Cupcake Bakery is a great place to purchase cakes to keep sensitive tummies happy. Not only do they stock a range of Gluten Free cupcakes but some stores also stock a vegan option, which is perfect for people with milk or egg allergies. You can pre-order cupcakes in large quantities, which makes The Cupcake Bakery the perfect option for allergy free birthday cakes.

4. Gelativata is a gelato and ice-cream chain that stocks a huge range of both dairy and egg free gelato. Usually "lemon" is the only flavour that meets my very specific requirements but Gelativata has a whole range of delicious, allergy friendly, options that range from watermelon to passionfruit. They also do takeaway tubs, which is brilliant.

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5. I know it's not really a place, but my favourite dairy and egg free treat is Co Yo ice-cream. Co Yo sell a range of ice creams and yoghurt made from coconut milk and Oh Gosh, they are delicious! If you look up their website you'll find a whole list of stockist scattered all over Melbourne.

See, you said allergies can't be fun!
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If you all want to go out a little further, in Bacchus Marsh you will fine 'Loot' in the main street. Has gluten free bread and cakes. And if you want to take someone who doesn't have a constricted diet they have both alternatives in nearly all menu items.
by Leanne Sampson-Bowden (score: 2|139) 3096 days ago
Hi Katie,
Thank you for this article it was really helpful and I'm looking forward to getting along to Green Refrectory and giving it a try!

Also, Cupcake Central have great vegan/gluten free cupcake options too, I had their carrot cupcake yesterday and it was incredibly tasty! I didn't realise cupcake bakery had vegan options so I'll have to ask next time I'm there.
by bec_e (score: 0|7) 3095 days ago
Thanks Katie, i was a student at Latrobe uni and would get the slices for my son (also dairy and egg and nuts too).

Do you know the name of the company who makes them?

by angel (score: 0|2) 2822 days ago
Thank you that is awesome info, my daughter is allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs and nuts so now we can venture out of hiding!!
by Jfjac (score: 0|2) 2716 days ago
The best cafe that specialises in catering for all people with food intolerances is " Fox In The Box " 169 Martin St Brighton! It doesn't matter if you are gluten, lactose, fructose there is something there for you! Take home food as well! Delicious food for everyone!
by d.byr (score: 0|2) 2512 days ago
Wow, I can't believe you haven't listed or heard of 'Red Robin' on Camberwell Rd, Camberwell. (Opposite council chamber buildings) it's even got gluten free doughnuts on some days, they are always brilliant. My friends and I meet for breakfast, an all time favourite.
by racha (score: 0|4) 2000 days ago
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