In recent years vegetarianism and veganism have shifted from the margins to the mainstream. Long gone are the days of boring nut roasts and over-boiled vegetables. Thanks to increasing awareness about the environmental impact of the livestock industry, improvements in alternative proteins, Veganuary, and numerous Netflix documentaries, turning to a plant-based, animal-friendly diet is one trend we can get on board with.
And in Singapore, the number of vegan and vegetarian restaurants continues to increase (hurrah to that!). As does the number of restaurants including more plant-based menu choices; noticed the explosion of alternative proteins like Impossible™, Huera, Beyond, and OmniPork appear on menus island-wide? In addition, thanks to apps like abillionVeg, it’s never been easier for herbivores to find something delicious to eat. If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s where you’ll likely spot a GITNB member eating in the wild. Our guide is split in two: the first section covers our favourite vegan and vegetarian restaurants. And the latter half includes our favourite restaurants that serve meat but are vegan and veggie-friendly. Happy eating!
VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS
VeganBurg – Vegan fast-food (vegan)
On the scene since 2010, VeganBurg lives up to the hype of being the world’s first 100% plant-based burger joint. So good that even carnivores will love it. It covers all the burger bases, from smoky BBQ to spicy chilli ‘crab’, and it also stocks Impossible™.
VeganBurg: 44 Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419502 | Monday to Sunday, 11:30 – 22:00
Afterglow by Anglow – Healthy European Cuisine (vegan)
With the aim of “bringing sexy back to vegetables”, there’s nothing boring about Afterglow’s bright and fun menu. From cauliflower bites and rice bowls to raw lasagna and pizza, this innovative kitchen serves up vegan versions of comfort-food classics.
Afterglow by Anglow: 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131 | Monday to Saturday, 12:00 – 22:00.
Loving Hut – Local, European, and Asian-fusion cuisine (vegan)
Nobody ever said you had to give up your favourite mee siam, o-luak and claypot chicken rice just because you went vegan. The Loving Hut serves up local favourites, plus Asian and European-fusion dishes, minus the meat. And it’s delicious.
Loving Hut: 229 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01 Singapore 427489 | Mon, Weds, Thurs, Fri 11:30 to 15:00, and 06:00 to 21:30. Sat, Sun and public holidays 11:30 – 21:30.
nomVnom – Vegan fast food (vegan)
nomVnom opened its doors in 2015 and is a firm favourite with the vegans in the GITNB team. It covers all the fast-food bases (think burgers, fries, pizza, pasta) plus a few salads thrown in for the health freaks. When you want to eat dirty but fresh, nomVnom is worth a visit.
nomVnom: Central Clarke Quay, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-105/106/107, S059817 | Sun – Thu 11:00 – 20:30 and Fri – Sat 11:00 – 22:30, and 18 Tai Seng Street, #B1-02 S539775 | 9:00 – 21:00 daily
Smoocht – delicious vegan ice cream (vegan)
For when only something sweet will do, this vegan ice cream is next level. Made using organic crystal brown rice, each scoop contains one-third the calories of regular ice-cream, and they taste great to boot.
Kind Kones – more delicious vegan ice cream (vegan)
Can you tell we love ice cream? Kind Kones is another must-visit for those with a sweet tooth. Ice cream aside, you’ll find other treats here like vegan doughnuts, parfaits, cakes, bread, and spreads. But back to the ice cream; not only is it vegan, but it’s also free of soy, refined sugar, eggs, and all things artificial. We say that makes it guilt-free too.
Kind Kones: B1-27, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd, S238884 | Mon-Sun,10:00 – 22:00.
The Boneless Kitchen – Korean Cuisine (vegetarian)
For authentic Korean eats, look no further. If you love bibimbap and kimchi as much as we do, The Boneless Kitchen is a must-try. This social enterprise is on a mission to make plant-based the norm and prides itself on using the freshest, highest quality ingredients. The entire menu is entirely vegetarian, but some dishes do contain eggs and dairy (always optional).
The Boneless Kitchen: 1 Irving Place #01-31, The [email protected], Singapore 369546| Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 21:00.
Whole Earth – Peranakan-Thai Cuisine (vegetarian)
The team behind Whole Earth describe the food as “vegetarian cuisine for non-vegetarians”. And it’s so good even the Michelin guide has given it a nod; it’s received a Bib Gourmand for four consecutive years and counting. And it’s the only plant-based restaurant to make the cut. Its Peranakan-Thai menu is brimming with delicious dishes like rendang, Nonya curry, and sambal kang kong.
Whole Earth: 76 Peck Seah Street, S079331 | 11:30 – 15:00, and 17:30 – 22:00 daily.
Original Sin – Mediterranean and Italian Cuisine (vegetarian)
Be wined and dined at Singapore’s first vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant. Located on a quiet street in Holland Village’s Chip Bee Gardens, its pretty location provides the perfect backdrop to a vegetarian feast. It’s been on the scene since 1997 and over the years has honed a dazzling array of ethically-sourced ingredients and an excellent wine list. A beautiful spot for a veggie date night.
Original Sin: Block 43, #01-62 Jalan Merah Saga Holland Village, Chip Bee Gardens S278115 | 11:30 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 22:30 daily.
Cafe Salivation – Western/Mediterranean Cuisine (vegetarian)
If you’ve got a fussy eater in the group, Cafe Salivation is an excellent choice. The eclectic vegetarian menu features everything from soups and salads, to rice dishes, pasta, and burgers. It also has a selection of egg-free desserts, cakes, and pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. A casual spot for wholesome food that won’t disappoint.
Cafe Salivation: 176 Race Course Road, S218607 | Sun, Mon, Tues, Thurs 10:00 and 22:30. Fri – Sat 10:00 – 23:00.
Elemen – Chinese and Western cuisine (vegetarian)
Four words: Sizzling. Quinoa. Brown. Rice. Order it. Who knew that quinoa could be this good? If you’re on the market for hearty plates with a Chinese twist, Elemen is for you. Embracing the philosophy ‘love self, love earth’ Elemen’s focus is serving healthy, natural food, without compromising the sustainability of the environment. We approve.
Elemen: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-75A/76 Millenia Walk S039596 |1 Maritime Square #02-85, S099253 | 301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-113 Thomson Plaza Singapore 574408. Check each location for specific opening times/days.
Sufood – Taiwanese, Italian, Western, Asian Cuisine (vegetarian)
Fuel your body and mind with creative (and delicious!) Taiwanese inspired plates from Sufood. Its simple, colourful menu is bursting with nutritious options that pack a punch in flavour. Vegetarian dining doesn’t get healthier than this.
Sufood: Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road #02-19, S179103 | daily from 11:30 – 15:00, and 17:30 – 22:00.
Herbivore – Japanese and Western Cuisine (vegan and vegetarian)
Katsu curry is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And Herbivore’s vegetarian version lives up to expectations. Katsu aside, its bento boxes, fish-free sushi, tempura, and gyoza are also worth a try. Or for the less adventurous, you’ll also find some Western classics like pasta and burgers on the menu. There are a few (clearly labelled) vegan options too, word on the street is the vegan unagi is a must-try.
Herbivore: 190 Middle Road, #1-13/14, Fortune Centre Singapore 188973 | Monday – Friday 11:30 to 15:00 and 17:00 to 21:30. Saturday – Sunday 11:30 – 21:30.
Greendot – Fast casual, Asian-fusion cuisine (vegan and vegetarian)
Greendot makes the list for two reasons. One; who doesn’t love a good bowl of noodles? And two; there are so many dotted across the city it makes grabbing something veggie on the go a breeze. We’re also fans of the bento sets, salads, and rice bowls. Vegans: it also has myriad options for you to tuck into as well.
Greendot: Outlets cover Singapore! Here’s a list featuring each location. Open daily, 11:00 – 22:00.
The Bowl Co – Fusion vegan and vegetarian comfort food (vegan and vegetarian)
*The Bowl Co is temporarily closed, but will be returning in a new location shortly. We’ll update you when it reopens!*
What started as a hawker in Ang Mo Kio 20 years back, has evolved into a Chinatown staple serving up bowls (what else) of local comfort food. From steaming plates of vegan bee hoon and vegetarian laksa to spicy noodles and mini spring rolls. It’s also friendly on the wallet.
The Bowl Co: 3 Temple Street, S058556 | 11:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 21:15 daily.
Joie – Fine dining (vegan and vegetarian)
We ain’t gonna lie; Joie can get pricey, so we save it for a special-ish occasion rather than gorge ourselves at every possible opportunity. However, make sure you check it out if only to try the carrot sashimi. How the kitchen manages to transform a carrot into the actual taste and texture of salmon is mind-bogglingly brilliant. There has to be magic involved. 100%.
Joie: 181 Orchard Road, #12-01 Orchard Central, S238896 | Open daily, 12:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 21:00.
Thunder Tree – casual, organic eats (vegan and vegetarian)
Next time you find yourself wandering the streets of Chinatown, take a detour to the basement of People’s Park Centre and discover this gem of a stall. It mainly uses organic, locally sourced ingredients from a Singapore family farm in all of its dishes. We are completely addicted to the noodles (and the brilliantly green accompanying broth). Be sure to ask for the chilli. It’s very spicy and very delicious. And at under $5 a pop, it’s the best value vegan bowl around.
Thunder Tree: 101 Upper Cross St., People’s Park Centre #B1-06, S058357 | Mon – Sun 11:00 – 19:30.
Gokul Vegetarian – traditional Indian and Singaporean Indian (vegan and vegetarian)
Proving that vegetarian food is neither boring nor bland is this excellent curry house in the heart of Little India. Its extensive menu features everything from biryanis and dosas to daal and butter ‘chicken’. Plus a healthy dose of Singaporean influence in the form of multiple noodle-based dishes. We recommend the vegetarian ‘mutton’ curry – delicious. Vegan options are also clearly indicated on the menu.
Gokul Vegetarian: 19 Upper Dickson Road, S207478 | Open daily, 11:30 – 20:30.
Eight Treasures – Chinese cuisine (vegan and vegetarian)
Catering for the veggie crowd since 2007, if you’re craving Chinese classics (sans meat), this is the restaurant for you. Its extensive menu features the likes of vegetarian Peking ‘duck’, vegetarian suckling ‘pig’, hot and sour soup, and seemingly endless vegetable dishes.
Eight Treasures: 282A South Bridge Road S058831 | Sat – Thurs, 11:30 – 14:15 and 18:00 – 21:30. Fri, 11:30 – 02:15
Well Dressed Salad Bar – Clean lunchtime eats (vegan and vegetarian)
Owned by the same folks as Eight Treasures, this vegetarian lifestyle cafe is a great lunchtime spot for tasty, clean eats (but it’s open all day if you fancy swinging by for dinner, too). Serving up grain bowls, burgers, wraps, salads, and a variety of avo toasts, even your no-veggie friends will be impressed.
Well Dressed Salad Bar: 282 South Bridge Road S058831 | Mon-Sun 12:00 – 21:15
VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS
Violet Oon’s newly extended plant-based menu for local and Peranakan cuisine
Violet Oon – Satay Bar & Grill
Craving the spices and heatiness of local flavours? Get yourself over to Violet Oon at Clarke Quay with a newly launched extended plant-based menu packed full of well-loved flavours of Singaporean and Peranakan cuisine. We would highly recommend the Eggplant Goreng Dip, Tau Hu Goreng, Kunyit Lemak King Oyster Mushroom, and Meatless Meatball Rendang. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, you can enjoy a hearty bbq feast that will take your taste buds on a fragrant and tantalising journey.
Violet Oon: 3B River Valley Rd #01-18, Clarke Quay, 179021 | Open daily 18:00 – 22:00.
Kitchen by Food Rebel – Organic Health Foods, European Cuisine
Struggling with getting those #gainz at the gym? It’s no secret that exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand, so if you’re looking for a restaurant that’ll help you get your body looking and feeling fit and fab, look no further than Food Rebel. Grab a vegan Buddha bowl or some coconut oat pancakes. They are delicious.
Kitchen by Food Rebel: 28 Stanley Street, S068737 | Mon to Fri, 8:00 to 18:00, Sat from 9:00 – 15:00.
Le Faubourg Sentosa – Comforting French plates
A little slice of Paris in the heart of Sentosa, Le Faubourg’s homely vibes provide the perfect backdrop for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a glass of rose. The menu is filled with French classics like sweet and savoury crepes, galettes, platters, and more. There’re plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, making it a safe choice if you’re dining with a group featuring mixed dietary requirements. And it goes without saying the wine list reads like a dream with glasses starting from $14 a pop.
Le Faubourg Sentosa: 2 Gunner Lane #01-02 Mess Hall Block 17, S099567 | Tues – Sat 09:00 – 21:00, Sun 09:00 – 17:00
The Garden Club – European cuisine with an Asian twist
Perched on a cute rooftop oasis in the middle of the urban jungle is The Garden Club. Plant-based dishes (like Impossible™ sloppy buns, braised celeriac, and wild mushroom crostini) intersperse the Western Asian fusion menu. And did we mention it does a mean happy-hour? Swing by daily between 12:00 and 19:30 for $5 cocktails, wine, and draft beer (yes, really!). You might want to pop a few ‘meetings’ in your work diary after a lunch trip here *hic*.
The Garden Club: #05-01 OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way S068815 | Monday to Friday 11:30 – 14:30 and 17:30 – 11:30, and 11:00 to 15:00 on Saturday.
Le Bon Funk – Unfussy, fine plates of European cuisine
Wine aficionados will be familiar with this bright, breezy spot at the foot of Club Street. It’s home to an ever-evolving selection of natural wines with a buzzy atmosphere. The best part? Its vegetarian set-lunch offering is really bl**dy good. Think burrata with pumpkin seed gremolata. Then gnocchi with hazelnut, and broccolini. Followed by a cheese selection or dessert of the day. Heck, we’ve known meat-eaters who rate the vegetarian dishes more highly than the carnivorous offerings. Go there.
Le Bon Funk: 29 Club Street, S069414 | Tues – Sat, 12:00 – 14:30 and 17:00 – 24:00.
Kilo Kitchen – Bold flavours with a Latin-American and Asian influence
A stalwart on the Singapore scene, Kilo’s newest opening serves up a yummy vegan-friendly weekend set lunch. For $25, you can choose from one snack, one bowl, one broth, one sweet, and a drink. There’s a vegan option in each category, making this a great spot if you’re dining in a group that isn’t 100% plant-based.
Kilo Kitchen: 97 Duxton Rd, S089541 | Tues – Weds, 18:00 – 23:00, Thurs – Fri, 18:00 – 24:00, Sat, 11:00 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 24:00 and Sun 11:00 – 15:00
Potatohead – Burgers
Ask a meat-eater where to get the best burgers in SG, and we bet Potatohead is in their top 5. It’s recently added several Impossible burgers to the menu, which means the plant-based eaters can get in on the action. And the PH Impossible™ burger is the best veggie option in the city. We’re calling it.
Potatohead: 36 Keong Saik Rd, S089143 | Mon-Sun, 11:00 – 24:00.
Pete’s Place – Italian Cuisine
Full disclosure, we’re obsessed with the vegan pizzas and pasta at Pete’s Place. If you’re looking for a moderately swanky night out, hit up the Grand Hyatt and pig out on Italian. There’s even a gluten-free pizza option making this, dare we say it, healthy?! Give it a whirl and thank us later. Or if you fancy more variety and something a little swankier, check out Mezza 9 (also within the Hyatt); its menu features a ton of vegetarian options too.
Pete’s Place: Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211 | Mon – Sat 12:00 pm to 14:30, and 18:00 to 22:30 daily (for dinner), Sunday brunch, 11:30 to 14:30.
The Song of India – Fancy Indian food
Michelin-starred Indian food? Hell yes. It’s the easiest cuisine to please a crowd. And The Song of India makes it particularly easy thanks to its myriad vegetarian options (vegan dishes are also clearly marked). This also gets a point for its beautiful setting in a converted black and white house. OK, so the decor inside is a little chintzy, but it’s worth overlooking as the food is so good.
The Song of India: 33 Scotts Rd, S228226 | Mon-Sun, 12:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 23:00.
Pizza Express – Pizza. Duh.
High five to one of our favourite pizza joints for embracing veganism. It recently celebrated Veganuary with a menu featuring multiple vegan options. But you’ll still find Omnipork and Impossible™ choices all year round. And thank God that the dough balls are vegan. Because life without Pizza Express dough balls is no life at all.
Prive – Casual Western and Asian bites
Prive’s have been popping up all over Singapore over the last few years. And for casual lunches or dinners, it’s a perfect spot. Serving up soups, salads, burgers, pasta, and Asian bites, it’s wholly embraced the alternative protein movement. You’ll find the likes of Huera chicken and Impossible™ feature widely across the menu, with plenty of options whatever your dietary requirements.
Chengdu – Spicy Sichuan
For delicious Sichuan food, look no further. Chengdu’s menu is brimming with authentic dishes, most of which they are happy to ‘veganise’. However, there is an entire section of the menu suitable for vegans and vegetarians alike. We recommend the mapo tofu and crispy baby potatoes. Yum.
Chengdu: 74 Amoy Street, S069893 | Mon – Sat 11:00 – 15:00 and 17:00 – 22:00.
Lime at ParkRoyal on Pickering – Asian and international plates
Take one look at ParkRoyal on Pickering, and you’ll understand why it’s the winner of Asia’s most sustainable hotel (World Travel Awards) for five years on the trot. No surprises then that it has an entire a la carte plant-based menu in its signature restaurant, Lime. Dining here with meat-eating pals is a breeze.
Lime at ParkRoyal on Pickering: 3 Upper Pickering St, S058289 | Sun – Fri, 06:30 – 10:30, 15:00 – 18:00 and 18:30 – 22.30. Sat, 06:30 – 11:00 and 12:00 – 22.30.
The English House – British brasserie classics
Marco Pierre White’s Singaporean venture is set within a beautiful shophouse on Mohamed Sultan Rd. Once famed for blasting vegetarians, the world-renowned chef has since softened his approach. To the extent he has created an entire, ever-rotating vegan menu for The English House. OK, there’s not a massive amount of choice, but it all sounds delicious, and it makes dining out with friends one helluva lot easier. Oh, be sure to hit the gin bar out back for pre- or post-dinner drinks (or both).
The English House: 28 Mohamed Sultan Rd, S238972 | Tues-Fri, 11:30 – 15:00, 17:30 – 23:00. Sat, 08:30 – 15:00 and 17:30 – 11:00. Sun 08:30 – 20:00.
Empress – Smart casual Chinese
This semi-swanky restaurant can be found tucked away in the Asian Civilisations Museum. And alongside its regular menu, you’ll find a varied vegetarian a la carte offering too. From pan-fried Impossible™ gyoza and egg drop soup to sweet & sour Omnipork balls and stir-fried ‘vegetarian’ squid with black bean sauce. We’ll take the lot, please, sounds delicious.
Empress: Asian Civilisations Museum,1 Empress Pl, #01-03 Asian Civilisations Museum, S179555 | Mon-Sun, 11:00 – 15:00 and 18:00 – 23:00
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