A Gold Coast Guide for Vegans

Given Australia’s position as the world’s third-fastest growing vegan market, it’s no surprise that plant-based establishments, shops, beauty salons, and even the country’s first plant-based kebab outlet have sprung up across the city. Meanwhile, restaurant owners are swiftly incorporating vegan options into their menus. Vacationing as a vegan on the Gold Coast has never been more convenient, so here are some standout plant-based venues to add to your itinerary.

 

Greenhouse Canteen & Bar

 

Sisters Charlie and Natalie Evans made waves in mainstream veganism when they launched Greenhouse Canteen & Bar four years ago in Kirra, now relocated to Miami. This lush haven is consistently bustling with patrons enjoying vibrant, plant-based delights such as beetroot burgers, Moroccan chickpea crepes, and smoked jackfruit enchiladas, all accompanied by organic wine. Among their offerings, the generous quinoa chilli nachos stand out. It is especially true when paired with a classic margarita or two. Their ethos of cruelty-free dining resonates deeply, and it’s hard not to love it.

 

 

Francie’s

 

Though not strictly a vegan establishment, this trendy Neo-Neapolitan-style pizzeria in Coolangatta caters to plant-based diners. Their entire menu is dedicated to vegans. From vegan garlic bread to various starters—including vegan meatballs—the menu spoils patrons for choice. Indulge in wood-fired delights with imaginative names like the White Nice and the Dollop Parton, paired perfectly with a glass of Francie’s Shiraz. Here’s to good health!

 

 

Earth + Skin

 

Another Gold Coat hidden gem for vegans is Earth + Skin. Driven by her discoveries, the founder established Earth + Skin, an organic spa nestled in a reimagined Queenslander-style home in Mudgeeraba. Patrons can rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul with a guilt-free experience.

 

The spa exclusively uses vegan products (save for a couple containing beeswax), with the Vegan Collagen Stimulating Facial being a standout. Crafted with popular vegan blogger Bonny Rebecca, this treatment boasts carefully selected ingredients. These ingredients aim to enhance collagen production through plant-based proteins. Additionally, the store offers an impressive array of vegan cosmetics and skincare products.

 

 

Easy House

 

Nestled in a shopping complex at Mermaid Waters, Easy House Vegetarian offers a delightful surprise with its traditional Chinese fare sans animal products. Established over a decade ago, this family-run eatery boasts a lunchtime yum cha menu. It features handmade dumplings bursting with flavours like mushrooms and coriander. Don’t miss out on the XO Noodles—a local favourite that truly stands out.

 

 

Blendlove

 

From its humble beginnings as a market stall, Blendlove has blossomed into one of the Gold Coast’s premier plant-based eateries. Founded by Riki-Lee Gilbert and Sharlene Fletcher, Blendlove initially focused on raw treats before expanding to offer a range of vegan meals, coffee, and smoothies. Moreover, indulge in guilt-free delights like the BBQ Ranch Burger, served with hand-cut sweet potato fries and home-made vegan cashew aioli. And be sure not to leave without sampling one of their popular raw desserts. Everything is vegan, gluten-free, and free from dairy and refined sugar.

 

 

Izakaya Midori

 

Izakaya Midori stands out as a top dining destination on the Gold Coast for vegans, defying its location with exceptional offerings that warrant a visit. Nothing can match the culinary experience here. It boasts excellent flavours and stunning presentation. The menu brims with Japanese classics from sushi to ramen to katsu rice bowls. All of it has an authentic touch and a vegan twist. Moreover, the staff exudes warmth and hospitality, adding to the delightful dining experience.

 

 

Lord Of The Fries

 

This vegan restaurant in Surfers Paradise offers a selection of plant-based fast food to appease your hunger pangs. You can indulge in classic burgers, hot dogs, fries, and more at Lord of The Fries. While the food generally hits the spot, an occasional rise in quality might occur. Additionally, extended wait times and less-than-enthusiastic staff interactions could occur on occasion.

 

 

Embrace the Gold Coast as Your Vegan Haven

 

Conclusively, the Gold Coast beckons vegans with open arms, offering an array of dining options and a vibrant sanctuary for those who relish flavourful, cruelty-free culinary adventures. Here, every meal explores plant-based delight, where taste and ethics intertwine harmoniously. So, whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just beginning your journey towards compassionate eating, the Gold Coast promises an unforgettable gastronomic odyssey that nourishes both body and soul. Welcome to your vegan haven by the sea.

 

Also read: Gold Coast Cafes with Vegan Options.