Let’s Be Natural: I just want to let you all know about our new store in Southlands Mawson. We have heaps of great vegan foods and vegan skincare and makeup. We try to focus on things that are healthy, sustainable, fair trade and as local as possible. We also have a great bulk foods section where you can bring your own container and cut out the packaging, with 10% off the second Saturday of each month if you do.
Sonja Barfoed: The giantest health-food shop! Their display of bring-your-own-container goods is overwhelming. Lovely vibe and they have the easiest discount club, it’s an automatic percentage off every visit, you don’t have to remember anything. I think there have been yoga classes in the past as it’s such a big space, and beauty treatments are also available. Parking: Free (specific time limits), very close. Closest gallery: Mawson Gallery
Our website is www.letsbenatural.com.au
Update: Vegan ACT members!
We are delighted to announce that Naked Foods Braddon will be trialling a 10% discount to card-carrying members of Vegan ACT, to be reviewed in July.
It’s a beautiful store and the low packaging ethos is fantastic, go check ’em out!
Written by Sonja Barfoed
Naked foods, Braddon: I must admit, I was surprised when this opened, given the long-standing ANU Food Coop isn’t too far away. This is on my “to visit” list, as I never seem to get there during opening hours – “The store is set out in the style of a lolly shop – but the wares for sale are anything but.” – …and I’m like a little kid leaning my head on the glass trying to open sesame the doors. Parking: Paid, nearby or up the road. Closest gallery: KIN Gallery (check out the Hamlet in general)
You can also read a Canberra Times article here.
I’m sad to say I’m leaving Harry Hartog Woden…
BUT, the thriving vegan cooking, veganism and animal ethics section will remain!
And I will still be maintaining stock for the foreseeable future. So please let me know if there is anything missing, anything you want to get in or if you have any feedback, etc.
Thanks everybody for supporting this little initiative, I’ve been lucky to witness hundreds of people enjoying the books, discovering ideas and recipes and even encouraged many, many people with ethical choices towards animals and a vegan diet.
May these shelves continue to bring a little more kindness into the world!
by Shani Louise Mulcaster’s (
SOUTH SIDE VEGANS !
Calwell chemists has turned into a mini health food shop with an amazing range. Pop down and have a look. Today’s little haul will hopefully satisfy my sweet tooth 😍
Canberra’s not-for-profit food co-op. Has lots of organic and sustainable Vegan ingredients and foods (such as Funky Pies in the frozen section and Sprout and Kernel Vegan Cheese). They also have a cafe which sells organic, fair-trade coffee and cakes. Bring your own containers and weigh them before you fill them up with goodies (so the weight of the container can be subtracted at the checkout).
Review by Gareth Ballard – 28 January 2016
I went to the Food Co – op Shop (formerley the ANU Food Co-op) to get lunch for the first time a while ago. They are a non profit Co – op with a café. They have a wide range of unpackaged organic foods to choose from and a select range of packaged foods (frozen and unfrozen) and drinks (which are all discounted if you become a member, check out the link below for more info) Some of the items of most interest to a vegan would be the range of cheeses, including some by Sprout and Kernel as well as yoghurts etc. The setting is quite casual in a really good way. The café also does breakfast from 8 until 11:30 in the morning and at the moment the vegan options are homemade porrige and museli (with a gluten free option) served with a selection of non-dairy milks. They do lunch from 12 till 2 in the arvo. They will serve one type of meal each lunch (which is ALWAYS vegan) and on Wednesdays and Fridays when they have Peter doing the cooking an option of spicy and not spicy. On the day that I went there was a 2 potato with black lentil stew served with rice. It was a bit like a chilli. Really great simple flavours with that nourishing comfort food factor. I loved it and was struggling to finish the bowl due to how hearty it was. I had a chat with the cook and he said that they (obviously when you think about it) just grab ingredients from the shelves that need to be used in the next few days, so the main ingredients were seasonal organic food. I really like a bit of spice and ordered the spicy which was at the limit for my tastes and the cook said that he usually puts a bit more spice in! There is some chilli powder to add to the non spicy if you’d prefer to choose exactly how spicy it gets, which I’m definitely doing next time. They can also do a funky pie for you (If you haven’t had one STOP right now and go get one!), and have a selection of treats from Veganarchy and Raw Capers. The lunches cost $5 for Food Co – op members / students and $7 for everyone else, which, with filling food that tastes as good as this, is damn hard value to beat. I’ll certainly be returning soon, I’ll just have to remember to have a small breakfast to leave as much room as possible!
The Food Co-op Shop is located at 3 Kingsley Street on the ground floor of the Lena Karmel Unilodge building. Their website is http://foodco-opshop.com.au/ which is really worth checking out for all their events and the information on becoming a member (which has loads of benefits!)
Sonja Barfoed: Community-based, non-profit cooperative with bring-your-own-container options. Also sweets, vegan cheeses, unusual vegetables and fruit. Similar to As Nature Intended and Mountain Creek in that there’s an in-store café (the lunches are great value and generally vegan). It has been around for ages, I don’t remember when it was in the Union building, but before the current bricks-and-mortar, it was in a transportable building near the Law Courts, and prior to that, a different transportable near the current site. Parking: There is a loading zone out the front, but it’s more polite & good karma to park in the proper spots. There is a useful map on the Co-op’s website. Closest gallery: Drill Hall Gallery
Written by Sonja Barfoed
Just in time for healthy new year’s resolutions! Canberra has some wonderful (but not always easy to find/know about) health food shops and places to bulk-buy or bring your own containers. Make sure you check they’ve definitely re-opened after the holidays!
I have a theory about the proximity of health food shops and art galleries – a good opportunity to improve your entire health and outlook. Read more…
Vegan ACT is pleased to announce that like Go Vita Jamison, Go Vita Woden now offers 10% off when you flash your precious Vegan ACT membership card! Click here to become a Vegan ACT member today!
Where: Shop G88, Westfield Woden
Go Vita Woden is your one stop health food store offering a holistic approach to your overall health needs. Go Vita Woden is owner operated and has been servicing the Canberra community for over 17 years. Our qualified staff and in-store naturopaths will offer you quality service and assist with your health needs.
At Go Vita Woden you will find a wide range of Vegan vitamins/supplements, organic foods, wholefoods, natural cosmetics, gluten free products, protein powders, nuts and dried fruit and much more!
Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 9am – 5:30pm, Friday: 9am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
The Greenway Organic downstairs in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome has many new vegan products including Gardein, Vegusto and Bio Cheese, Tofurky sausages, Primal Strips (vegan jerky), Vego Chocolate Bars, Funky pies, frozen pizza and ravioli to name a few. They are open to new suggestions and seem committed to getting new products in from all over the world.
Location: Shop 18, Tuggeranong Hyperdome. (Ground floor, across from the newsagency, Hero Sushi and chemist)
Click here to like them on facebook.
Sonja Barfoed: Interesting ingredients, staples like nutritional yeast and dairy-free ice-cream. Lots of dry goods for dietary requirements e.g. celiacs, as well as frozen food and a wide range of chocolate bars. They get new products in a lot, but it can be worthwhile to phone to check that what you need is in stock. Parking: Free (Don’t park at Homeworld as it’s very expensive, usually Hyperdome is best as you can get a few hours free), relatively close. Or nearby on-street parking near the restaurant strip exit. Closest gallery: Tuggeranong Arts Centre
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They pack lots into a very small space with a wide range of Vegan items such as sauces, tofu, mock-meats, noodles, sauces, and fresh Asian greens. Freezer section has mock-meats as well as banana or taro in sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves.
Location: Next to Woolworths in Belconnen Mall
As Nature Intended Shop offers a huge range of vitamins, organic fruit and veg, fudge, products by Gardein, Cheezley, Orgran, Linda McCartney and Tofutti.
10% discount off store items for card-holding members of Vegan ACT.
Click here for info on their Cafe.
Sonja Barfoed: Lots of what you’d expect in a health food shop plus fruit and vegetables and delicious cakes (see the cabinet). Really good vegan frozen food options, and lots of beauty products. Similar to Mountain Creek as it has a café component (very big) but many more meal options. Parking: Paid, nearby carpark. Closest gallery: Belconnen Arts Centre
Organic Energy, 8A Barker St, Griffith
Ph: (02) 6295 6700
5% for card-holding members of Vegan ACT (10% for people on cancer diets) http://www.organicenergycanberra.com.au/
Griffith Shops, Unit 1/14 Barker St
Ph: (02) 6295 1474
5% discount, or 10% on purchases over $100 (not avail on fridge or frozen products) for card-holding members of Vegan ACT.
Sonja Barfoed: A classic favourite. Extensive, intense tea range and lots of health shop products, dry goods that can be measured out (hot tip: there are even barrels under the counter), and a separate area with lots of eco-gifts. Great range of frozen goods and a lovely café to boot. Parking: Free (specific time limits), very close. Closest gallery: M16 artspace
Shop 2, Jamison Centre, Bowman St, Macquarie, Ph: (02) 6215 2670
10% discount off rrp for card-holding members of Vegan ACT (not valid for fridge or freezer items).
- Vegan foods (including coconut yoghurt, desserts and daiya cheese)
- Health Foods, Vitamins
- Naturopathic Consultations
Open 9am-6.30 Mon-Fri, Sat 9-5pm, Sun 10-3pm
Stocks a wide range of items. Stocks tofu, mock-meats, noodles, sauces, and fresh Asian greens. Freezer section: mock-meats and banana or taro in sticky rice.
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Apna Indian Bazaar, Belconnen, has an extensive range of Vegan ingredients for making Vegan food. It also has a large ‘veg’ frozen section which has lots of Vegan offerings. Start by looking for ‘Deep’ brand products which are mostly Vegan and palm-oil-free. Deep Muthia (Vegan cabbage dumplings are fantastic!)