Noosa’s vegan food scene is bigger than ever with 40+ establishments serving up plant-based dishes. Check out the Noosa Vegan Guide 2021 below!
Heading south? Check out the Brisbane Vegan Guide 2021 here.
With a focus on good food, health & the environment, Vanilla Food naturally offers tons of plant-based dishes for you to sample. For breakfast, tuck into cinnamon rhubarb porridge with house-made almond milk or avocado on charcoal sourdough with cashew cream & toasted seeds. For lunch, why not try the Japanese cabbage pancakes with green pea mayo or miso wild mushrooms with hemp dukkah. Pretty much everything on the menu is gluten-free too!
This Cali-Mexican inspired restaurant and cocktail bar knows how to cook up a vegan storm with holy shitake quesadillas, smoked pineapple tacos, bean burrito bowls & guacamole nachos (vegan cheese is also available on request to finish off the fiesta).
Light Years Asian Diner
Serving small plates designed to share, Light Years offers a mouth-watering choice of dishes for a proper vegan feast. My personal favourite was the katsu aubergine bao buns with cucumber kimchi, siracha mayo and peanuts, closely followed by the shitake, ginger & chestnut wontons and the turmeric & cauliflower curry with kaffir lime & snake beans. Naturally I washed this all down with a ‘Lemon Kimono’ cocktail made with limoncello, montenegro, aquafaba and lemon flavoured popping candy.
Flux restaurant & lounge takes modern Australian tapas to a whole new level with its uber-creative dishes and relaxed atmosphere. Whilst there aren’t any 100% vegan restaurants in Noosa, Flux is the next best thing with plant-based dishes taking up almost half of the menu. I would recommend the crispy lotus root with Japanese 7-spice, the fried polenta cake with roasted field mushrooms, crispy sage & romesco sauce and the salted chocolate tart with vanilla ice-cream, hazelnut praline and berry coulis.
Jungle & Co
Labelled as ‘home of the healthy gut’, Jungle & Co offers a variety of plant-based foods packed with pre & probiotics to keep your insides happy. Opt for a wholesome vegan curry or the ‘One Night in Heaven’ smoothie bowl with PB, cinnamon, banana, coconut milk & popcorn topping if you’re feeling sweet. You can also choose from a range of gut health toasts smothered in nut butters, chia jam or house crafted notella. Best of all they do amazing raw treats like this matcha vegan cheesecake.
Noosa Junction’s new Asian street food & cocktail bar is proving popular amongst tourists and locals thanks to its refreshingly modern menu and the incredible gin & rum-based cocktails. Vegan diners won’t be disappointed by Bombay loaded potatoes with curried gravy, ‘dhal-icious’ curry with roti bread, fried baby corn with coconut masala crust and Siracha or the tofu Laksa.
Well-known for it’s 72-hour fermented sourdough pizzas and perfect location a stone’s throw from Noosa Main Beach, El Capitano offers the incredible ‘Vegan Butternut’ pizza with pumpkin purée, cauliflower, spiced chickpeas, aubergine tahini, onion jam, coriander & vegan cheese. In fact, all of the pizzas come with vegan cheese & they also do epic vegan sides like the green apple slaw with vegan mayo. Best of all, you have to try their vegan strawberry coconut sundae with coconut icecream, strawberry coulis, fresh fruit & nut crunch.
Hop & Vine
As the name would suggest, Hop & Vine is known for great beer & wine as well as its excellent vegan-friendly food. Plant-based guests can look forward to vegetable pakoras with potato, onion, spinach & green chutney salad and yakisoba noodle stir fry with tofu amongst tons of other plant-based options.
Land & Sea Brewery
Land & Sea Brewery creates some of the best craft beer on the Sunshine Coast, and their feel-good menu perfectly compliments the ales. There’s a section of the menu entitled ‘Fine Vegan’ including chilli dogs, toasted nachos, ramen, rainbow bowls & ‘the spread’ vegan board.
A visit to this venue will provide the only Japanese Izakaya-style eating experience in the area. Vegans can tuck into spicy fried eggplant, coconut soup with gyozas, Japanese curry, yakisoba, garlic seaweed edemame & much more thanks to their excellent veggie-orientated menu.
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View by Matt Golinski offers creative dishes with the majority of ingredients sourced from the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions. Found at the beautiful Pepper’s Resort, the restaurant promises a unique dining experience in the heart of Noosa. Vegan diners can enjoy falafel, hummus, pickled green chillies and hazelnut dukkah to start, followed by tempeh and eggplant San Choy Bau with sticky rice. They also do amazing vegan cocktails with aquafaba foam and edible flowers.
This traditional sushi joint is a long standing favourite amongst plant-based diners in the area with loads of options for us to choose from. The extensive menu includes crispy sweet potato & pumpkin rolls, inari, veggie gyozas & teriyaki tofu rice.
Larder & Baked
As far as feel-good cafes go, this place is pretty bomb. Pair your freshly ground coffee with an açai bowl and head back at lunchtime to try out the vegan Larder bowl with spiced chickpeas & tahini slaw or a traditional poke bowl with miso glazed vegetables & toasted nori.
As one of the only restaurants in the area with a dedicated (and extensive) vegan menu, it’s no wonder Montezuma’s Mexican is a hit with plant-based punters. The ‘beef style’ tender strip burritos are always a winner, as well as the vegan San Antonio nachos with frijoles, grilled vegan cheese, ranchero sauce and dairy-free sour cream.
Noosa Reef Hotel
With amazing views of Laguna Bay & North Shore, take a seat on the terrace at the Noosa Reef Hotel and tuck into a saffron-poached cauliflower buddha bowl with harissa tofu and cashew cheese, a chickpea tikka masala with naan or a vegan burger/nachos.
Quenchers Espresso Bar & Juicery specialises in freshly squeezed drinks and veg-filled wraps. There are tons of dairy-free smoothies on offer like the ‘No Rum Punch’ with guava, mango, lemon, orange & rose syrup and vegan wraps can be made with smoked tofu or falafel and stuffed to the brim with hummus, veggies and tahini sauce.
This well known açai chain offers healthy açai bowls with dozens of vegan toppings available such as COYO coconut yoghurt, cacao nibs, peanut butter or chocolate buckini.
Fast, convenient and plant-based friendly, Australia’s favourite burger joint is the place to get your big vegan greasy burger fix. Choose between the standard ‘beef’ style pattie, the Beyond pattie or the mushroom parma and add vegan cheese, vegan mayo and toppings to create your dream burger (the rosemary fries are pretty great too).
Café Le Monde
Despite the name and the charming French-style interior, Café Le Monde’s menu isn’t all that français after all, but luckily it’s still delicious. Vegan options include roast pumpkin salad with carrot, green lentil, nuts, seeds, parsley, dill & nut mylk dressing and yellow coconut curry with organic tempeh.
Kaali Gourmet Indian
Indian cuisine is notoriously good for plant-based eaters and Kaali on Hastings Street ticks all the boxes. A trip to this restaurant wouldn’t be complete without a big bowl of the red lentil Tadka Dhal, the chickpea and pumpkin Salan with aromatic spinach and coconut or the Kadhai with veggies, tomato, garlic, chilli & cumin. Samosas & onion bhajis are obviously essential accompaniments, and they even do vegan tandoori bread!
Poké on Hastings
For the freshest poké bowls in town head to Poké on Hastings in the food court where all of the ingredients are locally sourced and really high quality. They offer a wide range of customised bowls as well as delicious vegan home-made soups and baked goods for dessert.
This health store and coffee shop is possibly the most colourful place on earth. Head in for some organic groceries and take a pitt stop at the cafe to devour asian tempeh bowls or some of their daily salad specials with falafel, hummus, parmeZan & hemp.
The food quality at this well-known ozzie chain is outstanding and the coffee isn’t bad either. My go-to choice is always the quinoa, sweet potato & kale fritters served with roma tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, avocado salsa and warm napoli sauce (it tastes as good as it sounds), but if you’re feeling sweet you should go for either the açai or dragon fruit bowl with toasted muesli, fresh strawberry, banana & coconut. They also do an amazing vegan burger!
Tuk Tuk Thai Cuisine
This restaurant has so many vegan options I don’t even know where to begin. There are 10 vegan-friendly curries on offer that are available with veggies & tofu, or if you fancy noodles you can choose Pad Singapore, cashew noodles with chilli jam sauce or flat rice noodles with peanut sauce & veggies.
Noosa Amore Gelato
Located at Noosa Marina, this ice-cream shop offers several dairy-free gelato scoops plus a selection of vegan slices, chocolates and desserts.
HARU Korean Kitchen
Boasting excellent TripAdvisor reviews, this Korean restaurant serves up tofu udon noodles, glass noodles fried with japchae veg, dumpling soup, edamame & avo salad for its plant-based patrons.
Raw & Rice
This Poké bowl joint prides itself on being a sustainable & healthy takeaway establishment and the packaging is very eco-friendly. Hungry vegans can choose a base of sushi rice, brown rice, quinoa or mixed leaf, topped with tofu or sticky mushrooms and 5 veggies of your choice. Drizzle with tahini, coco-lime, tamari or lemon rapeseed oil to add an extra flavour punch to the most nutritious meal you’ll ever eat.
This cafe is brunch heaven to say the least and offers some cracking choices for vegan patrons. Favourites include the sautéed mushroom & spinach sourdough with avocado, beetroot hummus, balsamic glaze and sesame, as well as the sweet potato and quinoa fritters with fresh salad. They also serve up vegan cakes & fresh juice for those with a sweet tooth.
Superfood bar Açai Nation creates delicious vegan bowls filled with pitaya & chia pudding or traditional açai covered with their signature nut butters, vegan chocolate sauce or passionfruit pulp.
Zachary’s Gourmet Pizza Bar
Noosaville & Noosa Heads
Boasting two locations in the Noosa area, one on Gympie Terrace and one on Hastings Street, Zachary’s is a hit with vegans thanks to their love of veggie-stacked pizzas and vegan cheese for an extra cost. Opt for the veggie pizza with roasted red pepper, mushrooms, courgette, aubergine and vegan cheese or the classic margherita made vegan if, like me, you believe simple is best.
*Note: standard pizzas have a mozzarella and napolitana base sauce, so remember to ask for the dairy free version!
Blended Health Bar
Head to Blended for a ‘Lean Green’ smoothie or a ‘Choc Dream’ shake. If you’re hungry, try the ‘Blue Ocean Bowl’ with watermelon, coconut sorbet & blue pea anti-oxidant powder. They also do amazing vegan protein balls with peanut butter or salted caramel.
Vegan diners at the Boathouse can enjoy a heirloom tomato & cucumber salad with olive dust to start, followed by a delicious organic tofu thai yellow curry with asian vegetables.
An ice-cream chain celebrated across Australia with a bigger-than-average vegan range including cookies & cream, strawberry cream tart & silky dairy-free chocolate. The traditional cones are vegan too!
Taco Boy is a takeaway that offers tacos, burritos, enchiladas & quesadillas stuffed with frijoles, pumpkin, corn salad, guac, salsa and vegan cheese AT NO EXTRA COST (it’s a miracle).
You don’t need a PHD to work out what’s on offer at this super popular restaurant. Unfortunately for vegans the pasta contains egg, however the owners have added some great plant-based alternatives like sweet potato gnocchi with sage or the zucchini spaghetti with house made pesto sauce. Add a side of fresh tomato bruschetta or garlic and rosemary pane to finish off the italian experience.
The Sunflower Hotel (@ Noosa Farmer’s Market)
The Sunflower Hotel is a 100% organic, gluten-free and vegan smoothie bar located at Noosa Farmer’s Market every Sunday. They have 18 different flavours available all made with fresh fruit and veggies – remember to bring your own cup/jar to help out the oceans.
New kid on the block Dog Shack specializes in authentic German hot dogs and offers a banging vegan option. Think organic vegan bratwurst with Sauerkraut, raw onions and mustard.
This bar is named after a legendary vintage NYC DJ and the funky interior matches the establishment’s hip-hop roots. Enjoy beer from around the globe whilst you tuck into a jackfruit and wild rice burrito bowl with black beans and guac or a coconut roasted cauliflower with satay sauce.
Noosa Surf Club
The surf club enjoys the best location in the whole of Noosa and the food is just as good as the ocean views from the club terrace. I never usually go for salads in restaurants but the ‘Sunshine Salad’ with mango, macadamia, avocado, cherry tomato and creamy dressing was sensational. If you fancy something bigger go for the ‘Noosa Bruschetta’ with roast pumpkin, marinated olives, grilled zuchinni, tomato, spanish onion & balsamic glaze or the loaded nachos with bean chilli, guac, mexican salsa & jalapeños (ask for both dishes vegan to avoid the cheese).
A Taste of Spice
With a chilled yet authentic vibe, this BYO joint offers Malaysian & Thai cuisine including thai curried veggies, stir-fry with ginger & tofu and veggie curry puffs.
Technically, this is a takeaway rather than a restaurant, but Pizza Capers couldn’t be left off the list due to it’s insane vegan options. They offer a satay tofu pizza as well as sweet chilli or garlic & rosemary calzones stuffed with vegan cheese.