Health Food Stores in Melbourne: Shop for Yourself & the Planet
Ditch the plastic and pesticides with the help of these health food stores in Melbourne.
Taking care of our health, and the planet, is more important than ever. The good news is that nourishing ourselves from the inside out has never been easier, with a slew of health food stores across Melbourne here to help us do just that. Here, you’ll find gorgeous organic produce, waste-free self serve bulk goods and everything you need to support a vegan, gluten-free, paleo, or simply balanced life. So, grab your BYO containers and reusable bags and fill up on goodness to go at the best health food stores in Melbourne.
A mecca for all things organic, Wholefood Merchants have been providing the local community with farm-fresh, pesticide-free goodies since the '80s. It's not just fresh produce you'll come across either. From skincare to cleaning products, they have sustainable alternatives to almost everything you'd find at the supermarket. With multiple locations scattered around the city, conscious shopping has never been easier.
3/794 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully
Southern Cross Station, 99 Spencer Street, Docklands
Greensborough Plaza, 25 Main St, Greensborough
A favourite with the health-conscious Inner North crowd, Terra Madre is often packed to the rafters with locals snaking through the store’s maze-like layout. Each turn reveals a treasure trove of delicious, wholesome products, from organic produce and fancy superfoods, to cheap pantry staples and vegan deli items. Each visit uncovers a new treat you’ll want to try so be warned, you’re bound to leave with more than you intended.
101/105 High Street, Northcote
The Staple Store in quiet Ripponlea is a warm and welcoming health food haven, loved by locals for their approachable attitude to looking after both yourself and the earth. Load up your containers with bulk staples, nuts, dried fruits, honey, housemade muesli mixes, spices and teas, and why not throw in a vegan sourdough donut from the counter for good measure? Owner Catie Gett is a seasoned cook and naturopath with a vision for only stocking high quality, tried and tested ingredients.
19 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
Grocery shopping turns from a chore to a treat when you’re doing it at Wild Things, an abundant emporium of all things ethical and organic. Spy gorgeous fruit and veg in every colour of the rainbow, free range meat and eggs, dairy and vegan alternatives plus bread from Zeally Bay and Baker D. Chirico. Browse the aisles for a wide range of guilt-free snacks and desserts, and settle in for post-shop coffee and pastry at their in-store café.
228-230 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
At Naked Foods, it’s all about stripping down to the essentials to reduce waste. BYO Tupperware or nab a few paper bags to stock up on high-quality organic whole foods including grains, cereals, lentils, seeds and nuts. We love that they keep prices affordable and stock delectable sweet treats, in particular their chocolate moon macadamias.
Shop 3, 110-122 Wattletree Road, Armadale
With locations dotted around Melbourne, The Source is a reliable go-to for all your bulk health food needs. They stock over 400 varieties of neatly arranged nuts, grains, oils, herbs, spices and superfoods – and you can buy as much or as little as you need, reducing waste and unnecessary packaging. We love their clear labelling, which helps paleo, gluten-free and vegan folk navigate their delicious granola mixes and confectionary selection.
Balaclava, Brunswick, Burwood, Camberwell, Fitzroy, Hampton, Malvern, Moonee Ponds, Prahran, Rowville
Clay may be small in size but it’s got everything you need to live virtuously. Pick up certified organic and biodynamic produce (including meat and seafood), loaves from Loafer Bread and Baker D. Chirico, vitamins and some of the best brownies in town. Part of the leafy Rathdowne Street village of shops, this cosy, timber-lined store is run by friendly staff that are always ready to answer questions and help you discover new products.
719/721 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
This stretch of Sydney Road’s well serviced by multiple major supermarkets, but for a less frenetic (and more uplifting shop), check into wholefoods store Pachamama. Named after a Mother Nature-like ancient Andean goddess, they’re all about nourishing the community with food that’s also kind to the earth. There’s organic and local produce, plastic-free bulk dry goods, vegan supplies and a vast selection of gut-friendly products, from kefir and kraut, to kombucha.
74-78 Sydney Road, Brunswick
For leisurely browsing, you can’t go past Apples and Sage; an airy, expansive wholefoods store that’s got every (healthy) luxury you can think of and regular tasting sessions. There’s aisles and aisles of neatly arranged organic fruit and veg, healthy sweeteners, pantry goods and freshly churned nut butters, while new treats, teas and virtuous snacks beckon from the shelves. Pick up one of their moreish raw desserts on the way out and just like that, you’ve won the day.
371 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
For over the three decades, this friendly volunteer-run cooperative has been nourishing the neighbourhood with healthy, ethical and affordable food. You’ll find locally grown, organic and biodynamic produce alongside bulk goods to pack in your own containers and purchase by weight. Helpful staff are always ready to help navigate allergies and dietaries, or introduce you to their favourite eco-friendly kitchen and bath products. On your way out you can even power up with a delicious veggie meal at the in-store café.
312 Smith Street, Collingwood
Caring for both yourself and the environment is easy when you’re stocking up at Graina. Whether you need two kilos or two teaspoons of something, you can sort yourself out, waste free, with their pay by weight system. Reload your pantry with a broad selection of flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, mueslis, dried fruits, organic teas, chocolates and more before trying something new, be it hazelnut cacao butter or alfalfa superfood powder.
Shop 3/20 Homer Street, Moonee Ponds
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