Vegan Eats In Tahiti and Moorea
Ever wondered what the eff you can eat on The Islands of Tahiti? Wonder no more! From fancy French fare to bitchin' street food and something to suit all budgets, Tahiti has proven that it's not just a feast for the eyes. Check out my top vegan eats during my travels to Tahiti + Moorea with the Townske + Tahiti Tourisme team flying with Air Tahiti Nui!
PK 13,200, PUNA'AUIA 98703, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Le Coco's is known by tourists and locals alike as one of the ultimate food experiences on the Islands of Tahiti, not only due to the unbelievable beach view and impeccable service but for the dynamic duo of Head Chef and Tahitian local Heiarri and Patisserie Chef Bénédicte.
Enjoy an a la carte lunch or gastronomic dinner menu served with incredible freshly baked breads and rare wines from around the globe selected by owner Thierry. The cuisine at Le Coco's looks like edible art, clearly made by people who don't just know food but live and breathe it.
As always, giving a heads up is recommended to get the best vegan dining experience.
PK 27.5 CÔTÉ MER HAURU HAAPITI MOOREA, MOOREA 98729, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Just when you thought the pristine bungalows and beach front location of this locally-owned guest house couldn't get any better, they go and put on a dope vegan breakfast spread on the spot. Take a seat just steps away from the sand and feast your eyes on the view while you wait for your meal.
With notice the chef can prepare their special vegan breakfast however during my stay I got fresh fruit, juices and breads before being served up a dope dish of stir-fried beans and tofu. If this is what they can prepare with no notice, imagine what that specialty vegan breakfast looks like!
PAPE'ETE, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Set above the Pape'ete Market on Tahiti, Cafe Maeva is your go-to for fresh AF smoothies, juices, salads and breakfast bowls. For a premo breakfast option get stuck in to the coco oats served with a variety of different toppings while you take a break from the hustle and bustle of the thriving market below.
Manager Cedric Wane is a vegetarian Tahitian triathlete and an ambassador for Tahiti's national airline - Air Tahiti Nui. In a country that has been infiltrated by Western fast food influences, Cedric takes great pride in providing healthy options at the café and using his success to promote better lifestyle choices to the people of Tahiti.
HA'APITI, FRENCH POLYNESIA
If you're a food lover, take your dining experience to 100 with a trip to Le Mayflower on the island of Moorea. While vegan options aren't listed on the French inspired menu, the chefs are more than happy to prepare a vegan entree, main and dessert; such as a quinoa salad unexpectedly served with a lime sorbet or the vegetable selection served with a fried, crumbed tomato and fries.
Get the most out of your meal by booking in advance - the more notice you give, the better your meal will be. Plus they'll even come and pick you up from your nearby accomodation so you can enjoy a few sneaky cocktails (try the Violette Gin & Tonic - OMG).
BOULEVARD DE LA REINE POMARE IV, PAPEETE, ÎLES DU VENT, FRENCH POLYNESIA
For an outdoor dining experience, hit up Place Vaiete in Tahiti's capital of Pape'ete and take a stroll through Les Roulottes, a collection of food trucks by the water. This place is kinda like an outdoor food court, with vendors offering a range of different cuisines from Western-inspired fast food to Chinese, French and just about everything in between - some trucks even clearly label their vegan options, a rare find on The Islands of Tahiti.
Once you've found the perfect meal, take a seat at one of the open-air tables and take in the atmosphere as you get stuck in to some of the best street food Tahiti has to offer. An excellent option for the budget-conscious traveller!
BP 28, MOOREA, MAHAREPA 98728, FRENCH POLYNESIA
You don't have to stay in a famous over-water bungalow to enjoy the dining experiences offered by Pure Restaurant at the Hotel Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort. Check out the breakfast buffet for a dope selection of breads, cereals, vegetable dishes and fruit - there's even a gluten-free zone clearly marked out for my coeliac peeps.
For a solid dose of traditional Tahitian culture, you've gotta experience the Sofitel's ahima'a and dance show. This underground cooking method is used to cook whole pork and fish (so you might want to look away) but vegans can still sink their teeth into the local fruit and veg, coconut bread and fruit puddings served with coconut milk along with plenty of other choices from the buffet. Combine that with an hour-long show provided by local dancers and you've got one of the most memorable evenings Tahiti has to offer.