By Lara Flanagan
September 9, 2020 | 4 minute read
Over the last decade, vegan eating has moved into the mainstream, which is excellent news for our vegan readers! Vegan options are also increasingly being sort after by carnivores, due to the fact that plant-based eating generally offers some of the healthier options on the menu. The Central Coast of New South Wales is known for its laid-back coastal atmosphere.
With expansive surfing beaches and unspoilt coastal scenery, it is the ideal location for vegan food that is delicious and satisfying. Following are our recommendations of where to go on the Central Coast for the best vegan feeds!
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
The Bamboo Buddha is a complete sensory experience. This relaxed café oasis is vegetarian and offers a satisfying number of vegan options. A destination in its own right with a serene garden setting complete with koi and goldfish ponds the menu items include Bavarian Pancakes, Loaded Sourdough, Creamy Vegetable Curry, and the most delectable looking Buddha Burger.
The menu is almost all vegan, and features a delicious range of sides and beverages. You will feel so fabulous after dining at the Bamboo Buddha that we don’t think you will ever want to leave!
Location: 221 Wattle Tree Road, Holgate
Gnostic Mana Café in Woy Woy likes to cater for everyone! They are vegan-friendly, gluten-free friendly and even dog-friendly with a lovely open courtyard. Gnostic Mana serves fair-trade tea and coffee, and when it comes to their food, they work with local suppliers and bakeries to provide only the freshest seasonal ingredients.
The menu is filled with your standard range of café fare and includes a delicious selection of divine sounding vegan dishes! If it is breakfast you are after, you will love the Vegan Big Breakfast or the Vegan Breakfast Burrito. If you are dining later in the day, you will enjoy options such as the Gnostic Vegan Bowl filled with warm Mediterranean vegetables, vegan basil pesto, hummus, and falafel.
Location: 31 The Boulevarde, Woy Woy
Bay Organics is a laid-back, quirky offering that serves organic, raw, and vegan food. They focus on providing a sustainable and authentic experience and are all about using the best quality local ingredients. It is tough to go past their smoothie bowls which are akin to works of art, but you will also find a range of savoury and sweet options that are impossible to resist.
Try their Sri Lankan cashew curry or their sourdough toast topped with zucchini relish and a cashew cheese drizzle. Then when you are ready for sweets, their house-made doughnuts are the perfect match for a coffee made with your favourite plant-based milk.
Location: 82 Toowoon Bay Road, Toowoon Bay
Ooomph is a warehouse-chic offering in East Gosford. They have a reputation for serving delicious creative brunches and build-your-own breakfast and lunch options. While Ooomph is not a vegan café, its range of vegan menu items is impressive.
Kale Slaw with roasted pumpkin, mixed salad with sweet potato and vegan aioli and falafel with hummus make up just a few of the vegan options that feature on the menu. If you are looking for something a little lighter, they also have a range of fabulous looking smoothie bowls, all of which are vegan.
Location: 26A Adelaide Street, East Gosford
Three Donkeys Whole Foods Café
Three Donkeys is much more than a café; it is a complete shopping and dining experience. The laid back beachside town of Wamberal is the perfect location for Three Donkeys where eating well, living well and feeling well are all celebrated in every aspect of the business. The Three Donkeys menu offers whole food options made using local, seasonal ingredients.
While it is not a vegan menu, you will find countless vegan options to satisfy. They are famous for their Lentil and Mung Bean Burger which includes cashew cream, house-made chutney and alfalfa sprouts. The menu also offers options such as smoothie bowls, a Buddha bowl and a dish called the Veggie Delight which promises to be a taste explosion! There are even vegan-friendly options for the Little Donkeys!
Location: 15/6 Ghersi Avenue, Wamberal
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