Our Story

At Serotonin Melbourne, we provide a sanctuary to escape from our fast-paced lives. Optimal health requires a holistic approach and is why Serotonin integrates a nourishing eatery, exercise centre and education platform to our thriving community. Our ethos is based around eating a plant-based diet to ensure the body, mind and earth all function at their best.
Emily our founder, sought a place where she could be motivated daily and connect with like minded individuals looking to embrace a positive lifestyle. She longed for a 'no-brainer menu', where every dish was nourishing and remove the need to narrow it down to one ‘healthy option’. With a gap in the market and a strong need for change, Emily decided to create the ultimate Happiness Center- Serotonin Eatery.
The world is shifting. There is a movement growing and Serotonin is at the forefront. Our wellness centre is focused on facilitating those who wish to relearn the importance of health and happiness whilst simplifying this process. Serotonin is a reminder that health and happiness does not need to be complex and can be achieved with little effort.

Serotonin’s mission is to:

  • Always be ethical and scientific
  • Be a leader and teacher with a voice that’s heard
  • Provide people with reliable evidence-based information
  • Work with the best team, as a team
  • Give “aha” and “hmm” moments
  • Be world class
  • Change negative behaviors and help future generations
  • Create a hub for the community
  • Be positive and share true happiness with a smile
  • To reduce preventable deaths & diseases by changing minds & lives



Emily Hazell is the founder and owner of Serotonin Eatery, Exercise + Education. She is also an interior architect and graphic designer. She opened her Happiness Centre with a vision of changing minds and lives with mental health education and awareness. She hopes for Serotonin to become a leading facility in happiness and health education. She has a passion for living and promoting a plant-based lifestyle through her Happiness Centre.

Emily is the visionary behind Serotonin Eatery, Exercise + Education and she designed Serotonin to be a sanctuary to escape from our fast-paced lives. As optimal health requires a holistic approach, Serotonin integrates both a nourishing Eatery with an Exercise centre. The ethos is based around eating a plant-based diet to ensure the body, mind and earth all function at their best.



Ingrid is our amazing General Manager. She brings so much warmth, love & positivity to our happiness center. Originally from Paris, she brings a flair of european hospitality to Serotonin fused with a good positive australian attitude. She is a strong believer that happiness is all relative and you cannot depend on anyone else for your happiness. Her favourite dishes is the Love Bomb paired with our iced choc mint!

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid" - Albert Einstein.



Rory is our incredibly talented bar manager and barista extraordinaire! Originally from Albury where he was in a band, Rory brings a creative flair and love for coffee to the bar at Serotonin. He enjoys working with a fabulous team and is known to indulge in our Positive Pancakes! Rory’s key to happiness is a combination of human connection, self understanding and appreciation!

"Eternity is a long time, especially towards the end" - Stephen Hawking



Johnny's parents originated from a small village south east of Vietnam, where there was a community of mainly Cambodian people. He grew up eating a variety of different cuisines such as Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese and Lebanese. 

His passion for food started when he was a small child. He used to walk around the house and say to his mum “I had no flavor in my mouth”. 

Originally he was going to have a career in multimedia design, but ended up leaving it as he didn’t enjoy it anymore. He became a apprentice Chef in March 2005 and was hooked ever since. 


"a recipe is like a blank canvas you can do what ever you like with it if you understand the ingredients and what each component brings to the dish”. 



Gabriel is our floor manager from Colombia. One of his many likes is photography and he’s currently having a blast capturing our beautifully created food with his camera. He has a degree in industrial and product design, and is currently undertaking his master degree in design at Swinburne.

Gabriel strongly believes that a positive impact in someone’s day can go further than the moment and that we should all strive to move beyond what is comfortable for us, to inspire joy in others.

His ranking of favorite pet is: 1. Dogs. 2. Horses 3. Cows. As a kid he dreamed of creating a suit that will allowing to pet wild lions and to explore the world. (Patent Pending)

He’s favorite meal are the Tacos, especially in between the burger and glazed with the PB smoothie.

“Find joy in the ordinary.” – Max Lucado