The Best Vegan Food in Singapore

June 12, 2021
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Michele Koh Morollo
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The Best Vegan Food in Singapore

Singapore has a good selection of vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafes, so if you’re on a plant-based diet, you’ll be spoilt for choice when dining in this city. Here are ten of the top vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Singapore.

Whole Earth

The first and only plant-based restaurant in Singapore to have received a Michelin Bib Gourmand rating for four years in a row, Whole Earth presents a uniquely Southeast Asian, vegan menu. Their speciality is Peranakan cuisine – a hybrid cuisine originating from the Straits-born Chinese communities in Singapore and Malaysia – which includes ingredients and cooking methods from Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Thai and Eurasian cultures. Bestsellers here include the Penang rendang, made with shitake mushroom instead of beef, and Assam Pedas vegetables cooked with invigorating tamarind, galangal and ginger flower.

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Vegan Burg

Founded in 2010 by Singaporean entrepreneur Alex Tan, VeganBurg is not only a household name among ethical eaters in Singapore, it’s also a big hit San Francisco where Tan opened two more restaurants. Tan, who converted to veganism after experiencing poor health in his later twenties says, “The whole idea behind starting VeganBurg was about inspiring and exciting the world to choose a plant-based diet as a form of sustainable living.” His 100 percent vegan burgers are made with soy patties and some varieties include dairy and egg free cheese, mayo, aioli.

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Afterglow

Located near popular bars like Neon Pigeon, The Guild and Taki Taki, this relaxed vegan café on Keong Saik Road is a good spot to grab a light meal before a big night out. The cafe offers an entirely plant-based, dairy and egg free menu of veggie burgers, salads and snacks. Except for their breads and taco shells, everything else they serve is also gluten-free. They also serve a variety of dip platters that are great for sharing with friends before heading out to party the night away.

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Orginal Sin

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian who loves healthy Mediterranean cuisine, then this romantic restaurant with its lovely alfresco terrace is perfect for your next date night. One of the oldest vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore, Original Sin has been around since 1997 and continues to serve up well-loved favorites like the Principessa salad and vegan tandoori skewers. Located in the hip, expatriate neighborhood of Holland Village, the restaurant has both vegan and vegetarian dishes, so it’s a good choice if you’re dining with a friend who still enjoys their cow and goat cheeses.

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Miao Yi

Located in Chinatown, Miao Yi is all about home cooked Chinese cuisine made with wholesome fresh vegetables, legumes and grains. While some items on the menu contain eggs, most are vegan-friendly and include mock meats made of wheat gluten – a common ingredient in Chinese Buddhist vegetarian cuisine. If you’re looking for a place to take the whole family or business associates for a vegan, Chinese banquet-style celebration, Miao Yi is a good bet.

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The Living Café

Founded by nutritionist and homeopath Dana Heather as part of her Balanced Living wellness center, The Living Café, which specializes in nourishing raw, organic, vegan, keto and paleo dishes, is a popular dining spot among local yogis. Nestled within the green Sixth Avenue residential suburb in Bukit Timah, the café is a sanctuary of health and well-being where you can tuck into rejuvenating breakfast items like the superfood smoothie bowl with maca, lucuma, cacao, fresh raspberries, raw cacao and chia seeds or lunch favorites like pesto zoodles and zucchini lasagna. The cafe’s menu doesn’t include red meat, dairy or refined sugar, but they do serve dishes with fish and chicken, so your non-vegan friends will have no problem dining here too.

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WellShmoocht

Located in the residential hub of Sin Ming in the heart of Singapore, WellSmoocht is the place to go for vegan ice-cream, cakes and plant juices. Their specialty is R’ice cream – handcrafted gelato made with organic, brown rice milk and organic evaporated cane sugar. If you’re looking for decadent-tasting vegan deserts, the café’s PB&J Brownie Mudpie with gluten-free peanut butter brownie, strawberry flavored R’ice cream and raspberry jam will satisfy your sweet tooth. Besides ice-creams and desserts, WellSmoocht also serves yummy salads, toasted sandwiches and pizzas with vegan cheese.

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NomVnom

This handmade vegan burger restaurant has three branches, one in Clarke Quay, one in Woodlands and one in Tai Seng. All their dairy, eggs, and onion-and-garlic-free burgers are made with soy, potatoes, mixed vegetables or mushrooms patties that are handcrafted in-house. Their menu boasts more than twenty different types of burgers including locally-inspired options with spicy satay sauce, chili padi sauce and nasi lemak chili paste. If you’d rather have Asian cuisine instead of a burger, NomVnom also offers delicious vegan and allium-free noodle and rice dishes.

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The Boneless Kitchen

Most people think of meat-rich dishes when they think of Korean food, but The Boneless Kitchen gives fans of Korean food delicious vegan alternatives. All items on the menu here are meat, seafood, alcohol and allium-free, and most are egg and dairy free too. And they all taste authentically Korean. Expect items like spicy and sour kimchi stew and stone pot mixed rice with vegetables and homemade Gochujang sauce. Almost half of the staff working here are individuals with special needs, so you’ll be supporting them when you dine here.

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Nature Café

This well-loved, 15-year-old vegan and vegetarian food and beverage brand serves delicious and unusual Asian cuisine as well as a smaller selection of western items. Popular dishes include the spicy burdock noodle soup, chestnut and bailing mushroom with rice, vegetable “fish ball” mee pok, and Thai-inspired, green curry rice noodles soup. The brand has cafés in Boon Lay, Kallang, Bukit Merah and Suntec City Mall.

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