Finding vegan food in Queensland has never been easier, especially with this guide to vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Cairns,and Toowoomba!
The first place worth checking out in Brisbane is Charlies Raw Squeeze, a 100% vegan superfood bar serving squeeze bowls, smoothies, squeeze juices, taco bowls, wraps, Mediterranean bowls, pad thai, salads, and Buddha bowls.
They also have cupcakes and a lot of other delicious desserts!
It’s located in Ashgrove (486 Waterworks Road, Ashgrove), Clayfield (730 Sandgate Road, Clayfield), Clontarf (70 Hornibrook Esplanade, Clontarf), Everton Park (473 South Pine Road, Everton Park), Greenslopes (51 Old Cleveland Road, Greenslopes), Kenmore (904 Moggil Road, Kenmore), Newstead (33 Longland St, Newstead), North Lakes (53 Endeavour Boulevard, North Lakes) and Thorneside (1/100 Mooroondu Road, Thorneside).
The next place you’ll definitely want to check out is The Green Edge Store and Café (2b/229 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor, Brisbane), Brisbane’s 100% vegan grocery store and café.
The store sells a range of groceries, including bulk and chilled food, confectionery, snacks, household products, cosmetics, baby food, nappies, vegan pet food, and books.
The café serves avocado on toast, breakfast wraps, baked beans on toast, tofu and baked bean scramble, pancakes, pesto salad, satay tofu burgers, spicy seitan, meatball sub sandwiches, pies, spaghetti, chocolate sundaes, smoothies, milkshakes, tea, and coffee.
One restaurant you don’t want to miss out on is Vege Rama, which is located in West End (Shop 2a, 220 Melbourne Street, West End), Queen Street (Level E, Myer Centre, 91 Queen St), Adelaide Street (Shop 30, Post Office Square, 270 – 280 Queen Street) and Westfield Carindale (Shop F21, 1151 Creek Road, Carindale).
Vege Rama is entirely vegetarian and have plenty of vegan options, including burgers, pizzas, samosas, tacos, bolognese, stuffed tofu, grilled tofu steaks, cannelloni, and noodles.
They also have a wide range of healthy salads, as well as plenty of delicious desserts
If you’re craving Asian food, go satisfy it at Loving Hut (Shop 2/ 1420 Logan Rd, Brisbane), a 100% vegan restaurant.
They serve chow mein, stir fry, curry, spring rolls, lasagne, wraps, satay nuggets, BBQ buns, fried rice, spaghetti bolognese, sweet and sour nuggets, and vegetable kormas.
They also sell a wide range of desserts, including vegan ice cream, chocolate cake, sweet potatoes deep fried, pastries, and smoothies.
They also stock lots of vegan groceries, including vegan roasted chicken, bacon slices, drumsticks, sausages, fish, chicken, duck, prawns, ice cream, cheese, and even vegan pet food.
If you’re craving a hot dog, you can get two different kinds of vegan hot dogs from 5 Dogs in Fortitude Valley (290 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley) and Surfers Paradise (G27A Orchard Ave, Surfers Paradise).
Their two vegan hot dogs are the Vegan Beer Brat (Tofurky’s Original Beer Brat Sausage Served with Sauerkraut, fried onions, and your choice of sauces) and the Vegan Kielbasa (Tofurky’s Kielbasa Sausage Served with Sauerkraut, fried onions, and your choice of sauces).
Just an hour drive South, the Gold Coast also has plenty of vegan hot spots.
The first place you’ll want to visit is Mandala Organic Arts Café (2558 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach), an entirely vegan and organic café.
The menu includes vegan pizza, waffles with coconut bacon, grilled bananas and strawberries, omelettes, vegan benny, acai bowls, rice paper rolls, nachos, burgers, and stir fries.
Another great place in the Gold Coast is the all-vegan Govindas Surfers Paradise (Shop 6, 3120 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise), which serves an all you can eat buffet for only $12.90.
The buffet includes Indian dishes like dhal, curry, rice, samosas and pakoras, as well as pasta bakes, salads, and much more. For dessert, there is vegan cheesecake, mousse cake, sago pudding, halva, and raw cake.
If you’re craving the taste of meat, you can get many different kinds of vegan meat dishes at a little family run Chinese restaurant called Easy House (Shop 8/90 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters).
They serve vegan chicken and fish fried rice, sweet and sour pork, stir fried hokkien noodles, curry, dumplings, chicken buns, steamed BBQ pork buns, prawns, and drum sticks.
If you’re in the mood for a pizza party, head down to Feed The Earthlings (6/2723 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach), an all vegan pizza and takeaway place. They also serve burgers, burritos, hot dogs, churros, fish and chips, and more.
If you live in the Sunshine Coast, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to vegan restaurants!
One of my favourite places is Café Nurcha (32 Wises Road, Maroochydore), an all vegan café serving smoothie bowls, smashed avo on toast, spring rolls, nachos, mushroom burgers, blueberry pancakes, pizzas, toasted wraps, and great tasting coffee.
Another good spot is the New Earth Café (21-37 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach), an all vegan, raw, and organic café.They serve superfood smoothies, wraps, burgers, pizzas, curries, muesli, acai bowls,and a large variety of hot drinks.
In Cairns, there are also plenty of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants.
Check out the vegan bakery Earthly Bakes (31 McLeod St, Cairns) for pies, muffins, scrolls, desserts, salads, wraps, and more.
95% of Cheeky Yam’s (1 Pier Point Rd, Inside the Shangrila-la Hotel Centre, Cairns) breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are vegan, and the rest are vegetarian. They serve unique and delicious artisan foods, such as spinach pies, pizza, breakfast style muffins, chocolate cheesecake, and cupcakes.
The best place to eat vegan in Toowoomba is Full of Life Organics (1/476 Ruthven St, Toowoomba). All the food is vegan, except for dairy in some of the drinks. They serve café food and cold pressed juice, and they specialise in organic, gluten-free, and whole foods.
Check out the HappyCow website for even more vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Queensland, including in Ipswich and Rockhampton.