The days of being served up an uninspiring salad and a plate of mushrooms when you request “something vegetarian” are long gone, and good riddance too. Whether your reasons for seeking out something vegan, organic or vegetarian (or any combination of these) are for health, in the interests of animal welfare, for religious reasons or out of concern for the environment, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan restaurants here in Singapore.
We checked out a range, from fine-dining organic food to local neighbourhood all-raw vegan dishes, where the chefs go to extra lengths to cater for the discerning foodie in search of healthier options. With such a selection of vegan and vegetarian restaurants popping up around town, it’s never been a better time to go meat-free! From hearty veggie burgers to ice cream, here are 30 plant-based places to eat across Singapore.
When it comes to vegetarian food, Indian cuisine has an endless array of options! ADDA Singapore, for example, features the best dishes that India has to offer, with a fun, contemporary twist and infusion of local flavours! Vegetarian starters include Claypot Portobello, Potli Samosas, and Bollywood Burger Sliders made with Tindle plant-based chicken. Want to stick to the classics? Pick the Vada Pav (a spiced potato patty burger), a soulful street food favourite.
For mains, you can choose from modern Indian creations like Butter Paneer Pot Pie, and Bok Choy and Cottage Cheese Kofta. Or stick with stalwarts like the Vegetarian Biryani Dum Pot and the Dariya Gunj Eggplant Bharta. To end things on a sweet note, why not try the Vegan Carrot Halwa – it’s a sticky, lightly spiced sweet that’s a favourite in India.
#01-201 Diners Building, 7500E Beach Road
8922 3679 | thespiceadda.com
Love Mediterranean cuisine? Check out this gorgeous diner, started by the same folks behind furniture and homeware store House of AnLi. Located on the second floor of Tanglin Mall, the bright and airy space is decked out in white and rattan furnishings, along with lovely green accents for a tropical touch. On top of the relaxed resort-like vibes, you can look forward to a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.
Start with some delicious Greek dips and appetisers to share; popular items include grilled halloumi, the trio of dips with pita, and horiatiki, a classic Greek salad. Then, indulge in family recipes served straight from the oven; one favourite is spanakopita, a vegetarian dish of filo pastry with fresh spinach, feta, onion and eggs. Also on offer are healthy, meat-free wraps like the falafel wrap, which includes a vegan falafel, hummus, tomatoes and capsicum. If you’re still feeling hungry, the Impossible Bolognese or vegan pizza will definitely fill you up.
Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the homemade desserts. We’ve heard rave reviews about the restaurant’s Greek baklava: layers of crispy filo, roasted pistachios and rosewater syrup, served with vanilla gelato and thyme honey.
#02-23 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road
6593 0387 | houseofanli.com
Meat-free burgers can be tasty too! This is especially true at plant-based burger house Veganburg, where they come in flavours like char-grilled satay, featuring rich Asian peanut sauce drizzled over a grilled soy patty, and smoky barbecue, which comes with a delish mushroom patty. Go with a bun, or get your burger in a lettuce wrap instead. Visiting with friends? Order a side of creamy garlic fries or Shrooms Pops to share! Look out for the seasonal specials too. Past renditions include the mouth-watering Curry Dhal Burg, which featured a signature potato and spinach patty and slow-cooked curry dhal sauce.
44 Jalan Eunos
6844 6868 | veganburg.com
This award-winning restaurant serves fresh and authentic South Indian vegetarian food, prepared without artificial enhancers, MSG, preservatives or additives. If you love spice, start with a serving of Pudi Idly ($5), flavoured with spicy chutney, ghee, spices and coriander. An idly is a savoury snack of steamed rice cakes made with a batter of fermented black lentils and rice. Another must-try is the Uddina Vada ($3.00), a savoury donut that’s also made from lentils. Served with sambar and chutney, the fritter is the perfect bite for any time of the day.
440 Serangoon Road
6296 5800 | mtrsingapore.com
Part café and part grocery store, Little Farms is popular for its fresh produce and all-natural grocery options, including the always impressive avocados!
Amongst its curated list of products, Little Farms also carries a wide range of vegan and vegetarian dishes that often use ingredients from the grocery side – one massive advantage to having an endless supply of high quality produce. Try, for example, the signature smashed avocado on freshly baked sourdough, which uses both cage-free eggs and Hass avocados from the grocery side. Another popular pick is the sweet corn fritters served with homemade avocado salsa.
Vegans can relish a wide assortment of salad options. Both the Farmer’s Salad and heirloom tomato salad use a rotation of fresh vegetables available. For wrap lovers, there’s the vegan burrito, which is filled with organic brown rice, spiced beans, mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes, grilled peppers and house salsa. Before you leave, don’t forget to take a stroll along the grocery aisles, where you’ll find a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian snacks.
Find Little Farms in Valley Point, United Square, Katong Point, Guoco Tower and Holland Village.
Tea Villa Café
Looking for vegetarian restaurants with variety? This café serves up a wide range of cuisines – from Indian, Mexican and Lebanese to Italian and Indian Chinese fusion – with vegan, gluten-free, and onion- and garlic-free options available as well. There’s really something for everyone, making it an easy go-to for meat-free meals.
Whether you’re in the mood for pizza and pasta, tacos or garlic fried rice, the menu is vast, so there’s always something new to try. The French fries options alone are overwhelming (in a good way!) with six types to choose from, including a peri peri variety. We’re also really digging the dedicated page of eggless Belgian waffles – the 10 options include banana caramel, Nutella, Oreo and sizzling waffles with chocolate sauce. You’ll also find a selection of eggless cakes, ice cream and other desserts.
Aside from the delicious food, the restaurant’s got a selection of over 100 teas – everything from fruit to herbal to Indian milk teas with spices.
97 East Coast Road
8518 4250 | teavilla.sg
The Living Café
This Bukit Timah-based café is another mainstay on Singapore’s raw vegan scene. The whole idea here is to fully maximise food’s vitamins and minerals by consuming them raw rather than compromising their health-promoting qualities through the cooking process. All dishes are free of dairy, preservatives, artificial additives, refined sugars and red meat. While these guys do serve a small amount of white meat and fish, the majority of menu items are raw vegan. We’d suggest the avocado cucumber soup with chilli and lemon, and the build-your-own taco boats with raw walnut “meat”, guacamole and mango salsa. For dessert, don’t miss the range of raw cheesecakes and chocolates.
779 Bukit Timah Road
9735 9404 | thelivingcafe.com
This Peranakan-Thai vegetarian spot in Tanjong Pagar is a firm favourite with those who work in or frequent the neighbourhood. Popular dishes include assam pedas vegetables (a sour and spicy Peranakan dish), addictive olive rice, and the bestseller Sambal King – okra, eggplant and long beans – to name a few.
76 Peck Seah Street
6221 6583 | wholeearth.com.sg
Like its sister restaurant, The Boneless Kitchen in Tai Seng, this recently opened eatery serves meatless Korean fusion cuisine using plant-based ingredients; think kimchi soup, bulgogi mushroom stew, bibimbap made with tofu, and vegetable dumplings – yum!
#01-35 Galaxis Building, 1 Fusionopolis Place
6254 8446 | daehwavegetarian.com
Afterglow by Anglow
This cosy vegan café is one of the original vegan hotspots in town. Its healthy menu features a mix of raw and cooked dishes. Highlights include the raw lasagne – layers of zucchini sheets with walnut minced “meat”, cashew cream cheese, dehydrated cherry tomatoes and herb pesto – and the Cuban burger with a three-bean patty, flaxseed, purple cabbage slaw, tomato salsa and guacamole. The signature avocado kimchi rolls are great too! Dessert fans should definitely try the raw chocolate salted caramel fudge, made with avocado mousse, tahini layer, honey, pressed organic coconut oil, and a medjool date and walnut crust.
24 Keong Saik Road
6224 8921 | afterglow.sg
Health nuts with a sweet tooth will love this açaí superfood café, which offers low-sugar, gluten-free and vegan açaí bowls and smoothies, packed with flavour and antioxidants. Start with a blended Sambazon açaí base, and layer on all sorts of healthy toppings like fresh fruit, raw cocoa nibs, coconut shavings, goji berries, chia seeds, granola and bee pollen. Pronounced “ah-sigh-ee”, the superfood, which comes straight from the Amazon rainforest, is packed with antioxidants, fibre and omega 3, 6 and 9, and is known to help prevent heart disease and cancer, increase energy levels and also help delay signs of ageing.
Find Project Açaí in Holland Village, VivoCity, Orchard, Lau Pa Sat and Katong.
This East Coast café does vegan versions of popular local dishes – think “three-cup chicken rice” (with vegan chicken meat), sesame “chicken” clay-pot rice, char siew and vegan laksa lemak – as well as vegan burgers, pasta and other Western food.
229 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01
6348 6318 | lovinghut.com.sg
Joie by Dozo Restaurant
Located on the rooftop garden at Orchard Central, Joie (“Joy”) by Dozo Restaurant offers modern meatless fine dining. Choose from an elaborate six-course lunch ($39.80) or seven-course set dinner ($69.80) consisting of contemporary dishes with Japanese-European flavours.
#12-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
9663 0901 | joierestaurant.com.sg
Genesis Vegan Restaurant
You likely wouldn’t stumble upon this place, as it’s tucked deep inside the basement of a rather empty mall. But it’s worth seeking out if you’re looking for Western and Chinese specialties done in vegan form. Don’t miss ordering the dumplings – they’re delish! Other firm favourites include the “chicken” rice and also the Nyonya laksa.
Havelock II #B1-01, 2 Havelock Road
6438 7118 | facebook.com/genesisvegan
Apart from serving vegetarian dishes, Real Food makes a point of avoiding processed ingredients, artificial preservatives and trans fats. Fan favourites include the beet burger, steamed dumplings and spicy tom yam soup with tofu, eggplant, mushrooms and pineapple, to name a few. Meanwhile, for kids, there are mini sourdough pumpkin pancakes, crispy veggie nuggets and a mushroom burger.
Real Food can be found in Orchard Central, Oasia Hotel Novena, South Beach and Yishun.
This veg restaurant chain offers a modern interpretation of meatless cuisine with Chinese, Japanese and Western influences from lasagne and quinoa salad to Asian curry with crispy roti and a wild mushroom and truffle pizza. Also, don’t miss the five-course set for $28.80, or the eight-course set for $33.80! There are outlets at HarbourFront Centre, Millenia Walk, Paya Lebar Quarter and Great World City, all offering a selection of Elemen’s most popular dishes.
This vegan fast-food chain offers over 20 different vegan burgers with patties made from soy, tempeh, jackfruit, potato or vegetables; the Beetroot Hummus burger has a mushroom patty, for instance, and the Terrific Light burger is cauliflower-based. You’ll also find vegan soups, sides and a range of desserts including six- and eight-inch vegan cakes for purchase. If you can’t make it to their store locations, you can order online – they deliver island-wide!
NomVnom can be found in Tai Seng and Clarke Quay.
This long-time favourite in Jalan Merah Saga is known for its vegetarian Middle Eastern and Italian cuisine, and for good reason. Everything here is fantastic – from the mezze platter with hummus, pumpkin and carrot dip, beetroot and almond dip, falafel, tzatziki and pita, to the moussaka – baked layers of eggplant, potato, tomato and lentils with Middle Eastern spices. We also love the Principessa salad with pumpkin, avocado, asparagus, mushroom, French beans, bocconcini and balsamic, and – one of our personal favourites – the Kashmir pizza with bocconcini, mozzarella, hummus, onion, asparagus, tofu, cherry tomatoes and tandoori sauce.
#01-62 Chip Bee Gardens, 43 Jalan Merah Saga
6475 5605 | originalsin.com.sg
We’ll take ice cream any way it comes, including its vegan incarnation at Smoocht (previously Brownrice Italian Vegan Ice Cream & Kitchen). Here, the ice cream is made from organic brown rice milk and evaporated cane juice. The shop serves flavours like hazelnut, Nutella, Earl Grey and French chocolate, mint, coconut and matcha, among others ($3.80 per scoop); you can also get them served on a waffle!
- #01-03 Sin Ming Centre, 8 Sin Ming Road
- 319 Jurong East Street, #01-58
- Level 3, 282A South Bridge Road
Hailing from Taiwan, this vegetarian chain offers a selection of pasta, pizza, rice and salad dishes. For lunch, there are four-course ($25.80), six-course ($31.80) and eight-course ($36.80) set meals available, though you can order à la carte too. Popular picks include the five-grain rice with black truffles and mushrooms, avocado and macadamia salad, and wild mushroom charcoal tagliatelle.
#02-19 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road
6333 5338 | sufood.com.sg
If you like Japanese food but want to go meatless, not to worry! This place serves vegan sashimi (prawn, salmon, squid, scallop and tuna) that looks just like the real thing. They’ve also got maki rolls to satisfy your sushi cravings, with the avocado maki considered a firm favourite. In addition, you’ll find salads, noodle dishes, hand rolls and more.
91 Bencoolen Street, #01-50
Want more? Here are some other vegetarian and vegan options in Singapore!
This small café is a great option for Japanese food, serving the likes of udon and sushi, as well as bento sets and more. Dishes feature mock meat, from chicken and pork to mock unagi and salmon sashimi.
Fortune Centre #01-13/14, 190 Middle Road
6333 1612 | herbivore.sg
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
Here you can find the very best in North, South Indian and Asian vegetarian food. With over 100 food items from small bites like samosa chaat, dosa to mains like tom yum noodle, Hokkien noodles and paneer fried rice to Western and Asian salads, it can be quite overwhelming, but the more the merrier, we say. All the dishes contain no onion, garlic or egg.
19 Upper Dickson Road
6396 7769 | gokulvegetarianrestaurant.com
This vegetarian restaurant has three locations in Singapore (TradeHub21 at 8 Boon Lay Way, The Aperia at 12 Kallang Avenue, and 11 Jalan Bukit Merah), each serving up a wide variety of local, Asian and Western dishes; they’re also made without MSG, alcohol, onions or garlic.
Genesis Vegan Restaurant
Genesis Vegan Restaurant has plenty of options, whether you’re in the mood for Western or Chinese cuisine. Their dumplings are a hit, while the and homemade desserts (tofu cheese pie and apple pie) are also a highlight.
Havelock II #B1-01, 2 Havelock Road
6438 7118 | facebook.com/genesisvegan
From claypot dishes to steam-boat, Chinese favourites are made here from vegetables and also mock meat.
541 Orchard Road, Liat Towers
6734 3788 | lingzhivegetarian.com
Little Green Kitchen
Fancy going veggie at home? Then seek out Little Green Kitchen, an East Coast cookery school that teaches vegetarian recipes from India, Vietnam, Thailand and more.
1 Hacienda Grove
9763 1483 | littlegreenkitchen.com.sg
For Indian vegetarian
Almost a third of Indians in India are vegetarian, so it’s no surprise that Indian vegetarian restaurants abound. These are some of our favourites in Singapore:
While Little India is the epicentre of Indian vegetarian restaurants, one of the city’s best is, surprisingly, in Central Square. Annalakshmi also has a most interesting concept: eat what you want, pay what you want. The restaurant is staffed by volunteers and all donations go to charity. And the home-style curries, breads and rice dishes are excellent.
#01-04 Central Square, 20 Havelock Road
6339 9993 | annalakshmi.com.sg
Ananda Bhavan Restaurant
Celebrating its 90th anniversary next year, Ananda Bhavan is said to be the oldest of Singapore’s Indian vegetarian restaurants. There are now at least six branches, the one next to Mustafa’s being the most popular. Try the thosai set with accompanying curries and dhal.
95 Syed Alwi Road
A couple more vegetarian restaurants to look out for…
Middle Eastern dishes:
Fill a Pita
#01-29, Nankin Row, 3 Pickering Street
Vegetarian Asian buffet:
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
#02-07 Royal Square@Novena
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