The days of being served up an uninspiring salad and a plate of mushrooms when you request vegetarian food in Singapore are long gone. Whether your reasons for seeking out something vegan, organic or vegetarian (or any combination of these) are for health, animal welfare, religious reasons or the environment, there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Singapore.
We’ve 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 in Singapore, it’s never been a better time to go meat-free! From hearty veggie burgers to ice cream, here are some of the good plant-based places to eat.
Cultivate Cafe for Vegan Food
This plant-based, GMO-free, gluten-free vegan restaurant specialises in flavourful dishes made from organic ingredients sourced locally and globally from small and family farms. Located in the Maxwell Reserve hotel, Cultivate has a warm ambience and showcases everything from freshly pressed organic juices to gluten-free breads and desserts. Specialties include white asparagus with Turkish figs and Sicilian green olive dressing, dessert treats and dairy-free ice creams. You’ll also find interesting soups such as pear and leek, and roasted heirloom tomato and basil. Heartier dishes include vegan sandwiches, including one with roasted eggplant and avocado smoked plant-based mozzarella with sumac, red onion and mango chutney, and there’s also a rich selection of poke bowls and salads.
Meanwhile, Cultivate’s grab-and-go patisserie has delicious handmade delicacies to carry you through the day – from a morning croissant to an afternoon treat – and beautifully boxed celebratory cakes to pick up on the way. The baristas here use the highest quality of beans to elevate the flavours, aromas and textures in their coffees. or choose from herb-laden smoothies and locally brewed kombucha.
Sexy Indian Vegetarian Restaurant
Sexy Indian ticks so many boxes for the health-conscious with its plant-based, GMO-free and gluten-free menu – and in the most exquisite of settings, too. Housed in a vintage Art Deco building with interiors by Jacques Garcia, Sexy Indian forms part of The Vagabond Hotel, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel.
Perfect for a quick lunch or a casual dinner, this modern Indian restaurant brings traditional dishes from across India to Singapore. Each menu item is prepared from scratch using top-quality ingredients and inspired by the ancient Indian Ayurvedic ideal of purity.
Expect honest and wholesome food with a contemporary twist such as Papadum Tacos, Chef’s Special Sexy Curry and Thandai Panna Cotta. You’ll also find a cheeky selection of cocktails, coolers and signature hot drinks.
ADDA Vegetarian Food
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.
Pano Kato Vegetarian Dishes
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.
Out of the vegetarian food options, 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.
Veganburg Tasty Vegetarian
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.
MTR Singapore for Indian Vegetarian
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.
Little Farms Vegetarian Food
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 food 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.
Tea Villa Café Fusion Vegetarian Food
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 and vegetarian food.
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.
The Living Café for Vegan Food
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.
Whole Earth Vegetarian Restaurant
This Peranakan-Thai vegetarian restaurant 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.
Like its sister restaurant, The Boneless Kitchen in Tai Seng, this recently opened eatery serves meatless Korean fusion cuisine using plant-based ingredients for vegetarian food; think kimchi soup, bulgogi mushroom stew, bibimbap made with tofu, and vegetable dumplings – yum!
Afterglow by Anglow Vegan Cafe
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
Project Açaí for Superfood
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.
Joie by Dozo Restaurant for Meatless Dining
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 or seven-course set dinner consisting of contemporary dishes with Japanese-European flavours.
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.
Real Food Vegetarian Dishes
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, and Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre.
Elemen Vegetarian Restaurants
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.
Multiple locations islandwide
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.
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; you can also get them served on a waffle!
Hailing from Taiwan, this vegetarian chain offers a selection of pasta, pizza, rice and salad dishes. For lunch, there are four-course, six-course and eight-course 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.
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
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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.
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.
This vegetarian restaurant has two locations in Singapore (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 homemade desserts (tofu cheese pie and apple pie) are also a highlight.
From claypot dishes to steam-boat, Chinese favourites are made here from vegetables and also mock meat.
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.
For Indian vegetarian
Almost a third of Indians in India are vegetarian, so it’s no surprise that there are many Indian vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. These are some of our favourites.
While Little India is the epicentre of Indian vegetarian restaurants in Singapore, one of the city’s best is, surprisingly, in Downtown Gallery. 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.
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.
Multiple locations islandwide
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