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One of the greatest things about Kauai is that there are so many outdoor activities to do. From lounging on its beaches, surfing and hiking, you’re guaranteed to work up an appetite. After spending six months on Kauai as a Canadian snowbird, I learned the ins and outs of vegan restaurants on Kauai through trial and error.
Being vegan is easy once you know where the best stuff is located, but this can be tricky on short trips. So if you’re headed to Kauai, which I’m extremely jealous if you are, here are my fave vegan restaurants on Kauai for vegan and vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
1. Coconut Cup Juice Bar – Vegan Kauai
Coconut Cup is a little juice bar (4-1516 Kuhio Hwy) along Kapaa’s scenic ocean-view bike path. Organic fruit and veggies are locally sourced and the service is stellar. I would highly suggest stopping here for a Kauai smoothie for breakfast (the Polihale Punch is my main squeeze: mixed berries, banana, papaya and pineapple juice, add hemp protein for an extra boost), plus they also have tremendous breakfast burritos for our vegetarian friends.
Most importantly, they have the best açaí (say it with me now: ah-sigh-ee) bowls on island.
WARNING: DO NOT LEAVE KAUAI WITHOUT TRYING AN AÇAI BOWL…they are heavenly. Bonus: If you swing by for lunch try the avocado nori wrap with wasabi veganaise!
2. El Taco Feliz – Vegan Restaurants on Kauai
One of the other best things about this island’s laid back atmosphere is that whether you’re staying in a hotel or exploring the beaches and jungle trails with a campervan rental in Kauai, you can show up most places barefoot in your bathing suit or hiking gear and no one bats an eye.
On the main strip in Kapaa there’s a charming little food truck you might miss if you’re not looking for it. On this island you can’t throw a stone without hitting a Mexican restaurant, but my favorite mixed veggie tacos and vegan burritos on the globe are right here at El Taco Feliz.
This family-owned business makes their food with love, and it certainly shows. The prices are fair, the portions are generous, the guacamole is made on the spot, and the sign is hilarious. This is definitely one of the best vegan restaurants on Kauai.
What’s not to love?
3. Kitchen Table – Vegan Restaurants on Kauai
When you’re done beach-bumming around on the East side and enjoying the many free things to do on Kauai, why not indulge in a classy night out on the North shore?
I had the pleasure of visiting Kitchen Table at the lovely Common Ground garden property for both Wednesday night dinner (highly recommended cultural performance and fire show included) and Sunday brunch! It’s definitely one of the best restaurants in Kauai.
The vegan brunch buffet was magical, but the baked tofu with mushroom gravy, grilled veggies and sweet potato mash dinner was literally to die for. Farm to table, homegrown/local ingredients, awe-inspiring scenery and top notch entertainment to boot.
As far as fine dining goes, Kitchen Table is also where to go for high-quality cuisine, presentation, and taste. Don’t forget to mention your dietary needs when you make reservations.
If you’re looking for vegan food in Kauai, you’ll be happy with these options. They don’t call it the garden island for nothing, Kauai’s never ending assortment of exotic fruits and eco conscious restaurants make plant-based diets a cinch.
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Jessica Percy Campbell is a world traveller currently based out of beautiful British Columbia. She loves to experience the latest and greatest of plant-based alternatives wherever she goes. Always venturing off the beaten path for unique local businesses and the hidden gems of vegan life, you can keep up with @veganvacationista on Instagram.
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