The 5 best places to go for vegan food on the Gold Coast

Having a plant-based diet doesn’t mean having to go hungry, especially in the vegan haven of South East Queensland. Nutella honeycomb vegan pancakes, anyone?

Plate of vegan food from Goodness Gracious in the Gold Coast
  • Celeste Mitchell
  • December 2019

Whether you’re an ethical vegan or just trying to avoid animal products there are plenty of options for vegan dining on the glorious Gold Coast.

Best for vegan Mexican: Goodness Gracias

This cheery yellow Palm Beach burrito joint switched to 100 per cent vegan in November 2018, serving up re-imagined classics including a cacao mole burrito (made with plant-based shredded chicken), alongside street corn, tacos, quesadillas and mocktails. It’s as much fun as you can have this side of the border.

Best for conscious eating: The Cardamom Pod

Keep your footprint light as you dance through the plant-based menu at this vegetarian favourite (they keep cow milk in the mix for those who think milk from nuts is, well, nuts). Starving? Order the Buddha bowl with rainbow rice paper rolls.

Best for vegan cocktails: Greenhouse Canteen & Bar.

Since Greenhouse first opened in Kirra in 2014, the Gold Coast vegan scene has boomed. A new home (Miami), two franchises (Coolangatta, South Brisbane), ready-made dinners, a deli and a spa have all been added to the line-up. Drop in for Small Eats and Big Eats with a Mexican bend (hello, smoked jackfruit enchilada).

A sign outside Vegan Greenhouse in the Gold Coast
Vegan Greenhouse offers a tasty menu with a Mexican twist,

Best for Instagram: The Milkman’s Daughter

Ok, this restaurant is not strictly vegan but at this vegetarian café you will find slow roasted mushrooms and, on request, a vegan version of lemon ricotta pancakes. Concrete arches frame cushion-filled nooks in this Mermaid Beach haunt, competing with the food for best Instagram fodder.

Vegan pancakes at The Milkman's Daughter on Mermaid Beach
This Mermaid Beach haunt is loved for its Instagrammable fare

Best for vegan desserts: Nude Sisters.

As the motto scrawled on the wall in this Mermaid Waters café reads, “Life’s too short, eat the cake”. Even if you come for the savoury, such as vegan cheesy fries, save room for the Nutella honeycomb vegan pancakes. The coffee is Allpress, the sourdough is from Burleigh Baker and the décor is minimalist Scandi-chic.

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