Most vegans have worked well around their dietary restrictions for a long time, but if you’re not vegan yourself, you might think that vegan food is simply too limited, plain boring or “too healthy” for anyone. But give it a chance and you might just be surprised at the myriad of creative and mind-blowingly tasty dishes that vegan chefs can come up with!
For working adults, it can be especially difficult to find vegan options for your 1 hour lunch break. So, we found a list of the top vegan cafés or dining choices in Singapore for you, specifically near the CBD area or in town.
A purely vegan eatery with a healthy and extensive Asian local menu, Loving Hut is a favourite amongst vegans in Singapore. You can be sure that their food affords healthier options with lower calories at great affordable prices.
With a rich broth made up of coconut milk and organic soymilk, their Nyona Laksa Lemak ($8.90) only hits 462 kCal and it’s definitely a top favourite among customers. Papa’s Portobello Burger ($14.90) is also proof that a 500 kCal creative and tasty vegan recipe can exist. They replace typical beef burger patties with a grilled and juicy Portobello mushroom, beautifully marinated in herbs and olive oil.
Loving Hut also has weekday specials serving up different Asian delights everyday – Sesame Chicken Claypot Rice ($9.90), Vegan O-Luak ($12.90), Nyonya Mee Siam ($9.90) and many more.
|Address: 229 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427489
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (Mon to Fri) | 11:30am – 9:30pm (Sat/Sun/PH)
Tel: 6348 6318
Whole Earth is Singapore’s one and only Peranakan-Thai vegetarian restaurant that caters to vegan diners as well. Though their dishes are extremely niche, their delectable dishes with vegetable, legumes and grains have caught the attention of customers beyond vegetarians and vegans. Some of their signature favourite classics include their Penang Rendang, Sambal King, Olive Rice and Handmade Honey Lotus Roots. Whole Earth and their plant-based cooking has passed the test of time of 15 years since its opening in 2003, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in town and looking for vegan food options!
|Address: 76 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079331
Opening hours: 11.30 am – 3pm (last order 2.30pm), 5.30 – 10pm (last order 9.15pm)
Tel: +65 6221 6583
Often packed during the weekday lunch hours, Real Food is a well-known restaurant name amidst this growing organic food trend. From all-day breakfast to pasta and noodles, from sweet potato fries to salads and soups, their menu provides a hearty spread of high quality food. For starters, go for their salads, or if you’re feeling for a savoury treat, be sure to try their sweet potatoes and potato fries – crunchy on the outside, adequately spiced and fried in healthy high-oleic sunflower oil. For mains, we would recommend their fried egg noodles, which sounds simple but is delightful nonetheless, and their wonton dumplings served in a simple but tasty broth. Vegans with a sweet tooth would also enjoy their vegan dessert menu. The relaxing ambience also provides a refuge in town from a busy day at work.
|Address: 181 Orchard Road, #02-16 to 19 Orchard Central, 238896
Opening hours: 10 am – 8:45 pm
|Address:10 Sinaran Drive, #B1-105/106/129 Square 2, 307506
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
|Address: #B1-19, 26 Beach Rd, Singapore 189768
Hours: 10AM – 9.30PM
Café Salivation is just as their name says it. Throwing in the freshest ingredients with a focus on healthy vegetarian cooking options in their dishes, you can expect this quaint café to be simple, delightful yet nourishing for your body. With vegan, gluten-free and even options for those who don’t consumer onion and garlic, you’re sure to find something for yourself. Oriental Brown Rice Noodle ($15), Penne Arabiatta ($13), Thai Green or Red Curry ($15) are just some of the wide spread of vegan options. Located near the CBD area at Little India, Café Salivation is a convenient dining place to pop by during your lunch break. Drop by from 11am to 2pm to check out their menu and grab their affordable set lunches.
|Address: 176 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218607
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10:30 pm
Tel: 6298 1412
Genesis Vegan Restaurant is a restaurant fuelled by passion, with the owner herself turning vegan when she was only 9 years old. With an emphasis on whole grains and high fibre ingredients, their menu is not only wholesome, aromatic and savoury, but hearsay that it has the potential to convert people into vegans. One of their must-try top favourite dishes is their Dumplings with Capsicum Sauce ($6 for 6), with mock meat and mushroom fillings freshly made every morning. Some other mouth-watering items on the menu that will prove that a meat-free diet works are their Lasagne ($9.90) made from vegan cheese, lentils and tomatoes, the Claypot Organic Wholemeal Noodles ($7.90) and a smooth tangy Tofu Cheesecake ($4.50).
|Address: 115 Owen Road, Singapore 218922
Opening Hours: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 9pm (Sun to Thu) | 11am - 3pm (Fri) | Closed on Sat
Telephone: 6438 7118
A hipster-looking café with a rustic interior, Afterglow is definitely one of those cafes you would visit while café-hopping – but yet, it’s more than just another classic café. Serving up an interesting vegetarian and vegan food spread, this café brings a new twist to your typical everyday café food, not to mention the effort put into crafting dishes of different themes. Think: almond crust pizza, almond sushi rice, plant-based food, walnut meatballs. One of their popular items often recommended is their Basic Alfredo Pizza ($22) topped with a pesto cashew spread. Located in the CBD, be prepared to pay a little more for these one-of-a-kind dishes made from fresh and natural ingredients.
|Address: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
Opening Hours: 12pm - 2.30pm, 5.30 - 10.30pm (Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat) | 5.30 - 10.30pm (Wed, Thu)
Telephone: 6224 8921
nomVnom bags the prize for the prettiest-looking vegan burgers in the CBD. Burgerscraper is a lean stack of ingredients, including their mushroom patty, tomatoes, crispy golden rings and beautifully decorated with edible blue pea flowers. Beetroot Mame Burger was another that caught our eye with its bright dash of pink beetroot patty. Apart from burgers, they serve up pastas, fries, soups as well. Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($10.90), Bolognese Pasta ($10.90), Spinach Linguine ($10.90) – check out their scrumptious yet affordable spread yourself during your lunch breaks at any of their two CBD outlets.
|Address: Central Clarke Quay, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-44, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm
Tel: 6224 4996
| Address: 18 Tai Seng Street #B1-02, Singapore 529775
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm
Tel: 6348 9678
You’d think a Japanese restaurant would be full of raw sashimi and meat, but Herbivore is the first vegetarian Japanese-Western restaurant, with vegan menu options, in Singapore. Located at Middle Road, near Bugis, this restaurant should be visited by anyone looking for vegan options in the CBD. With a widespread of vegan dishes, their menu will leave you undecided about what you should have for lunch. There’s one thing you should definitely try though – their Avocado Maki ($14) with mock unagi and salmon. Remember to let them know you’re vegan to avoid any dairy products in your lunch!
|Address: Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, #01-13/14, Singapore 188979
Opening Hours: 11:30am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm (Mon to Fri) | 11:30am - 10pm (Sat/Sun/PH)
Tel: 6333 1612
Gone are the days when people give you weird stares for mentioning that you are vegetarian or vegan. For many people the choice to be vegetarian or vegan is based on a myriad of different reasons such as religion, health or the environment. Singapore lives up to its name of being a food haven and there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian friendly options in various different cuisines. However, not everyone is willing to jump on the vegan/vegetarian bandwagon. These restaurants can help you when you want to introduce a curious friend or a hesitant family member into the goodness of this diet.
Yes, I know. When you think of Japanese food, you think of sashimi and sushi which are clearly not vegan options. This was exactly what Mr Ho had in mind when he came up with the idea of Zen, a first of its kind Japanese themed vegetarian and vegan Restaurant together with Chef Masatshi Yasui. Herbivore is an offshoot of Zen and it includes Western dishes as well. Not only can you satisfy your Japanese food cravings, you can demolish some juicy looking burgers too! Mr Ho firmly believes in innovation to the menu while sourcing for unique ingredients that do not require the slaughter of animals. Good food with ethical business practices? Sign me up.
Address: 190 Middle Road, #1-13/14, Fortune Centre, 188973
Vegan and vegetarian fare does not have to break the bank. With prices below $10 for dumpling soup, this place at Clarke Quay proves that. Even though they’ve expanded to three other locations, the place still retains its small organic cafe feel. You might have to wait for your order because they make dishes to order. This place also labels their dishes – vegan/gluten-free/wheat-free – so you know exactly what you are ordering.
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-52/53 The Central
Don’t want to give up burgers when going vegan? No problem! With plant protein patties and fresh produce, these vegan alternatives will even have professed meat lovers going back for another visit. The burger patties are pan grilled and combined with artisan whole meal buns, fresh vegetables and mayonnaise that is egg and dairy free. You have to try it to believe it. The best part is that VeganBurg aspires to change the way we eat into something more environmentally sustainable. It is difficult to find tasty and healthy food that does not harm the environment but they manage it perfectly.
Address: 44 Jalan Eunos
Sometimes, you don’t want plant based patties. Sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into some good old Asian cuisine that combines the perfect amount of sweet, sour and spice. Behold Whole Earth, a restaurant that specialises in Thai and Peranakan cuisine that surprisingly does not include any type of mock meat. The Penang Rendang that is pictured above is actually made of mushrooms. This restaurant has been established since 2013 and as proof that they really know what works, they have even been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016.
Address: 76 Peck Seah Street
Can we forget Indian food when talking about a vegetarian diet? With over a third of India being vegetarian and with such a long heritage, Indian vegetarian food is a must have. Singapore has a great many Indian places to eat at. Annalakshmi works at a pay what you want basis in order embody the idea that no one should be deprived of food. According to Hinduism, a great deed you can do is feeding others so if you want to, you can contribute to another’s meal. Fulfil a great deed while feasting on delicious Indian cuisine.
Address: Central Square, #01-04, 20 Havelock Road
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Written by: Annmaria Patteri