Food is one of the best ways to explore a new place. Finding a friendly coffee shop, grab and go lunch, or perfect cosy dining atmosphere can become a treasure hunt for those hidden gems that will leave a lasting impression in a new place.

Here are the top dining options for vegetarian and vegan travellers to the Sunshine Coast.

Grab and Go

Black Bean Café

A great place to grab breakfast or lunch after getting off the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. This café serves up an all-day veggie and vegan breakfast sandwich and baked goods are made in-house. The coffee is “roast on the coast”, with beans sourced from Brazil and Columbia and roasted down the street.

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Black Bean Café in Gibsons. Photo: Chris Thorn Photography

Beachcomber Coffee

Beachcomber Coffee has been satisfying caffeine cravings since its establishment in 2015 and recently opened a café in Gibsons Landing. Grab a coffee and one of their vegan treat options supplied by “To Die For Fine Foods”. The café also offers a vegetarian breakfast sandwich if you are looking for an early morning boost before exploring the Coast.

Beachcomber Coffee in Gibsons Landing.

Emelle’s Bistro at the Gibsons Public Market

The Gibsons Public Market is a great place to load up on fresh produce, cheese, and baked goods with a variety of vendors on the market’s lower level. After you shop, head upstairs to Emelle’s Bistro where you can grab a Veggie Hash, Avocado Eggs Benny or Penang Curry Buddha Bowl. They also have avocado toast and a vegetarian soup special every day!

Hooray Truffles

Beautifully and meticulously hand crafted in Gibsons, Hooray Truffles is a quintessential stop to satisfy your sweet tooth. All of their truffles are certified vegan, gluten-free, and “fruit sweetened” with Medjool dates.

The Gumboot Café 

In the heart of quaint Roberts Creek, The Gumboot Café has a long-standing reputation on the Coast for providing locals and visitors with a variety of vegan and vegetarian meals and treats. Try their tofu scram burrito or their hummus avocado toast. The Gumboot Cafe is a can’t-miss stop for herbivores.

HooRAW Vegan Market

The HooRAW Vegan Market in Sechelt is a new addition to the culinary scene on the Coast. Find fresh juices, nut butter, raw chocolate, and vegan soft serve ice cream at this small shop in downtown Sechelt. Full vegan meals and smoothies are also prepared daily.

Cheeky Monkey Cakes

This little shop on Cowrie Street dishes out some incredible small cakes, cupcakes, and bars. There are a wide selection of treats available that are all gluten free and vegan. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the place for you.

Base Camp Coffee

Base Camp is a staple of the Sunshine Coast and Powell River. Enjoy the cosy atmosphere while you rub shoulders with the locals who hang here regularly. There is a selection of vegan treats and vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. They also serve up locally roasted coffee from 32 Lakes Coffee Roasters.

Base Camp in Powell River.

Fruits & Roots Juice Bar

Using fresh seasonal ingredients and local organic produce, this place is the perfect spot to fuel up for vegans and vegetarians. Sip on their superfood cold press juices or chow down on their vegan and gluten free menu items like the vegan caesar salad or falafel wrap.

Sit Down and Dine

Lunitas Mexican Eatery

Sit down at Lunitas and enjoy a lively atmosphere with a great view of the Gibsons harbour. The menu includes vegan, gluten free, and celiac-friendly menu options making it an easy night out for people with different dietary needs.

Lunitas Mexican Eatery in Gibsons Landing.

The Gumboot Restaurant

This is the sit down dining alternative to the cafe next door. The Gumboot Restaurant serves up vegan and gluten-free friendly dishes using locally grown food whenever possible. Chow down on veggie burgers and yam fries, assorted quinoa bowls, or a salad made with ingredients from their on-site garden. Room for dessert? Try their gluten and dairy free chocolate cake.

The Gumboot Restaurant in Roberts Creek.

Shift Kitchen & Tapas Bar

This tapas bar is a great addition to Sechelt with daily drink specials and special attention paid to their vegan and vegetarian eaters. Dive into their house-made vegan and gluten free veggie patties that come with a gluten free bun.

Coastal Cookery

From the same owners who run the popular Costa del Sol restaurant across the street, this restaurant in Powell River offers up a warm west coast vibe with quality service, a diverse menu, and specials for “Happy and Appy Hour”. Sit down with their harvest bowl, coconut curry lentil soup, or cashew hummus dip.

Royal Zayka

This Indian restaurant in Powell River is a great option for vegetarians and those with gluten free diets. You can choose from over ten vegetarian curry dishes that are all gluten free. They also have daily vegetarian lunch specials for your mid-day hunger.

Vegetarians and vegans can rejoice on the Sunshine Coast with so many options to choose from.