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    14 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. Black bean burrito at The Cheeky Yam

    Located in the centre court of The Pier shopping centre, The Cheeky Yam is a cute joint that specialises in artisan vegan comfort food.

    Start with one of their scrumptious burritos, then treat yourself to one of the many vegan sweet treats they offer.

    Location: Pier Point Rd, Pier Centre

    2. "I am a vegan salad" at Apex Milk Bar

    The name literally says it all!

    Location: 24 Houre St


    3. 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.

    Location: 463-465 Mulgrave Road, Earlville

    4. 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.

    Location: 15/62 Grafton St

    5. 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.

    Location: 64 Shields St

    6. Nasi goreng vegetables at Bagus Café

    The classic Asian dish with a vegan twist!

    Location: 149 Esplanade

    7. Vegan share board at Pineapple Café

    Get everyone involved with this share board of natural goodness! Includes pea and mint croquettes, pickled vegetables, whitebean hummus, grape salsa, polenta fries, marinated olives, pistachio-kalamata tapenade and lentil skillet bread. Yum!

    Location: 94/92 Lake St

    8. 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.

    Location: 5/72-74 Grafton Street

    9. 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!

    Location: Main Arcade, 82 Grafton St

    10. Raw pad thai with zoodles at Lafew Teahouse & Kambucha Bar

    This dish of raw zucchini is more than just yummy, it has additional health benefits! This raw dish refers to itself as ‘food as medicine’.

    Lafew Teahouse and Kambucha Bar is a teahouse with a twist that specialises in clean eating and raw foods. A must visit for any vegan!

    Location: 33 Sheridan St, Cairns

    11. Cashew cheese at Cherries Health & Wellness

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

    We adore the cashew cheese! As well as being dairy free, it is packed with B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, vitamin E. Pssst- it makes great pasta sauce!

    Location: Cairns Central

    12. Chana Masala at Marinades

    A tasty chickpea curry that is prepared without any milk, cream or dairy. Pair with vegan rotti or nan bread.

    Location: 43 Spence St

    13. Vegan lasagne at Lillipad Café

    After something hearty? This homemade lasagne will do the trick. Consists of layers of pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant and mushrooms.

    Cheese can be added for vegetarians.

    Location: 72 Grafton St

    14. Coco Whip at Ozmosis

    All hail this vegan ice cream!

    Get thee to the ever-trendy suburb of Edge Hill to taste this dairy free treat!

    Location: 1/116 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill