Gold Coast Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants

The Gold Coast is quickly becoming recognised for its cuisine and most exciting for us is the easy access to amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurants which are popping up all over the GC – how exciting is that!

Here are some of the Essence of Living team’s favourite vegetarian and vegan restaurants on the Gold Coast. We’d love to hear from you too, leave your favs in the comments below.

Bon appetite!


The Cardamom Pod


1/2685-2689 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218 and 3/3 Brolga Ave, Southport QLD 4215

The Cardamom Pod, originally from Byron Bay, is now on the GC in two locations – Broadbeach and Southport.  A gourmet vegetarian restaurant using organic produce as much as possible with gluten free options. Vegan platters, fresh fancy salads, hot dishes, tea bar, mocktails, fresh fruit lassies, and house-made desserts and ALL GOOD FOR YOU!


Mandala Organic Arts Cafe

2558 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach (at near Pacific Fair)


Mandala Organic Arts Cafe offers nourishing meals, live music, an art gallery, community events and workshops. The food is prepared with fresh produce from their own garden (awesome!) and local organic farmers. The menu offers amazing vegan pizza, mouth watering raw chocolate and raw desserts, probiotic drinks, juices, elixirs, organic coffee, and teas. A great place to catch up with your friends.


Greenhouse Canteen + Bar


1916 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami QLD 4220

As the slogan says, Greenhouse is ‘cruelty free and killin’ it’! This totally vegan restaurant could originally be found down in Kirra, but has moved premises to their current location in Miami where they serve delicious and creative dishes 6 nights a week. With a focus on vegan street food and creative cocktails you’ll be impressed for sure.


Tian Ran


Shop 8, 2464 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach


All dishes are prepared fresh daily with only high quality, ecologically and socially responsible ingredients. Imagination and a variety of flavours and dishes makes this restaurant a place not to be missed. Takeout on the run is fantastic at Tian Ran if you’re on the go 24/7!


Elixiba Plant-Based Restaurant


The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre

Elixiba is one of the newest plant-based options to hit the Gold Coast, located in the uber chic Kitchens at Robina Town Centre. Shopping up a storm and need to refuel with nourishing vegan food? Elixiba is for you! Also a great option for those looking for gluten free options.


Easy House


Corner Markeri St and Sunshine Blvd


Easy House Vegetarian restaurant is a great little vegan eatery with good prices and service.  Try them for a fantastic, quick and delicious yum cha selection that will leave you full and satisfied. The perfect place to take your best friend for a quick catch up!


Flour of Life Bakery


20 Siganto Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212


While not technically a restaurant, we think the Flour of Life Bakery deserves an honourable mention as they provide us with vegan versions of all our bakery favourites – yes, we’re talking donuts, cakes, slices, custard tarts, loaves of bread and croissants! Next time you’re on the northern end of the Coast, be sure to drop by for a ‘meat’ pie or maybe a square of vanilla slice – even the non-vegans will be impressed.


Govindas Pure Vegetarian


20 James St, Burleigh Heads (4220) and 3120 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

Govindas is perfect if you’re on the run or want to sit, chill and watch the world pass by.  Choose from a huge variety of hot dishes eg. vege lasagne, dahl, curry, pakoras, amazing fresh bean and kofta salads to mouthwatering desserts (without the guilt!) all washed down with a delicious and refreshing lemon ginger juice!


Naked Treaties


The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre


A Byron Bay institution has made it’s way up the coast to grace us with healthy desserts and tasty plant-based snacks. A great place to hit mid-shopping trip for a quick meal, or maybe a house-brewed kombucha. You’ll find an array of the vegan desserts that Naked Treaties is known for, alongside a diverse menu of savoury options.