11 tasty vegan dishes to try in Cairns

Vegans: are you ready to eat your way around Cairns?

You're in luck! Our city offers an abundance of plant-based meal options to suit every vegan palate.

Here are the vegan eats you need to try in Cairns.

PS: If we've missed any, please let us know via our message board.


1. Chilli tofu at Mr Soy Boy

A tasty wok-tossed stirfry of mixed market vegetables, flat rice noodles and chilli sauce.

Mr Soy Boy also offers vegan alternatives on many of its curry dishes.

GO THERE: 463-465 Mulgrave Road, Earlville

2. Power Bowl at Pantry 15

A rainbow of tasty veggies that looks like an edible work of art.

Pantry 15 is a must-visit for vegans, scrumptious offers include vegan acai bowls, juices and smoothies.

GO THERE: 15/62 Grafton St, Cairns City

3. Chick’n Burger at The Healthy Hub Cafe

Great news for green-eaters – while you're picking up your organic produce and eco-friendly products, you can also peruse The Healthy Hub Cafe's 100% vegan menu.

It's hard for a burger to look bad, but how delish does this one look?

GO THERE: 45 Moffat St, Cairns North

4. Vegan waffles at Waffle On

Voted the best breakfast in Cairns on TripAdvisor, this family-owned waffle house is a must-try. Luckily, vegans don’t have to miss out! A variety of waffles are available for vegans.

Our pick? The special vegan waffle with fresh fruit, coconut cream and organic maple syrup.

GO THERE: 64 Shields St, Cairns City

5. Gado Gado at Bagus Café

Stir-fried veg, tofu and tempeh, tossed together in a sticky peanut sauce? Yes please! You can also have mi goreng or nasi goreng with tofu or tempeh. Just ask for no egg for a vegan option.  

GO THERE: 149 Esplanade, Cairns City

6. Build your own breakfast at Caffiend

If the coffee alone doesn’t make you want to check out this hip joint, the vegan food will! The friendly crew are happy to make a variety of dishes on the menu vegan just for you!

We recommend the ‘build your own’ breakfast, which includes a variety of scrumptious side dishes such as roast pumpkin and mushrooms. Otherwise, keep an eye out for seasonal specials like the roast cauli creation below!

GO THERE: 5/72-74 Grafton Street, Cairns City

7. Salads at Snoogies Health Bar

Whilst you’re browsing the quirky stores of Grafton Street’s Main Arcade, stop by at this absolute vegan utopia and graze on one of their amazing salads.

Don’t forget to try the bliss balls too!

GO THERE: Main Arcade, 82 Grafton St, Cairns City

8. Pink Pitaya Swirl at Cherries Health & Wellness

Lo and behold – the Pink Pitaya Swirl. Rich in fibre, vitamin C, antioxidants, and a bunch of other good stuff. I bet you didn't even see the donut hiding in there. 

This Cairns Central health store offers an array of vegan foodstuffs for you to create gourmet treats at home too.

GO THERE: Cairns Central, 1/21 McLeaod St, Cairns City

9. Bombay Aloo at Marinades

Is there any better cuisine than Indian when it comes to vegan food? Our pick is Bombay Aloo – essentially potatoes drowned in a tomato-based curry brimming with cumin and ginger flavours. Yum. There's a whole range of vegan dishes to try at Marinades though, with vegan roti to boot.

GO THERE: 43 Spence St, Cairns City

10. Macro Bowl at Ozmosis

Roasted paprika pumpkin felafel, wilted kale, tri colour quinoa, cauliflower rice, cajun baked chickpeas, sliced avocado, sweet potato crisps ... oh and tahini. Need we say more?

Well, we hear Ozmosis also has a little dairy-free ice cream menu. This vegan mecca in the ever-trendy suburb of Edge Hill ticks all the boxes. 

GO THERE: 1/116 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill

11. Vegan Lasagne at Lillipad Café

After something hearty? This slice of lasagne will do the trick. Consists of layers of pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms, and a housemade sugo. There's even a crispy vegan cheese topping! 

GO THERE: 72 Grafton St, Cairns City