Wholesome grain bowls, epic salads, hearty vegetarian and organic food – hit up these healthy cafes in Singapore for a guilt-free feast.
Planning a ‘vegetarian day’ to compensate for a weekend of booze and desserts (hello, cookies and cakes)? You’ll be pleased to know that clean-eating doesn’t equate to bland food – these healthy cafes in Singapore offer plenty of nutritious options that taste great too.
Healthy food in Singapore: Wholesome cafes, vegetarian meals and customisable bowls
1. Terra Madre Singapore
You’ll find this in-house restaurant within Terra Madre’s organic and natural store. The healthy cafe in Singapore serves up some darn good Aussie-inspired breakfast food. Think classic pancakes with yogurt and fresh fruit, lobster benedict with runny poached eggs, and the full Aussie breakfast for famished folks. You can also let them know if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences. They’ll swap out any of the ingredients for something that works for you.
Terra Madre Singapore, #01-02, 71 Loewen Road, Singapore 228847
Set in an alfresco terrace decked out in hanging plants and greenery, [email protected] is a relaxing and breezy haven perfect for weekend brunch and tea. Expect a wellness-focused menu with dishes made from fresh market produce and a selection of craft cocktails. The delightfully crunchy Vietnamese summer rolls are filled with green mango and papaya, and the crispy crab cakes are delish! There’s also a plant-based menu if you’re looking for less meaty options.
[email protected], Four Seasons Hotel Singapore, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
Whether you’re going keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or low-carb, Plateless has a meal for you. This cafe caters to various dietary preferences without compromising on taste, because healthy meals don’t have to be boring! Using the freshest, sustainably-sourced local ingredients, its menu features all-natural flavours with no added MSG, so you know your health is in good hands.
Everything’s wholesome, nutritious and delicious in its range of international and local favourites. Dig in to hearty burgers and tasty pizzas for a satiating treat. Craving noodles? Order up the delicious prawn noodles here. Or, tuck in to aromatic fried rice to satisfy your cravings. Psst: enjoy 20% off the food menu for walk-ins!
Plateless, #01-01, 131 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427416
4. Carrotsticks & Cravings
This healthy food haven in Singapore serves delicious and nutritious dishes and desserts to nourish and recharge you. It has a wide variety of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and paleo options, as well as refined sugar-free dishes, hormone-free chicken, salads bowls and smoothies loaded with superfoods. We love dropping by the Stanley outlet for a cup of almond milk latte and a slice of guilt-free carrot cake.
Carrotsticks & Cravings, multiple locations including Robertson Quay and Stanley
5. Shake Farm
By day, Shake Farm offers hearty shakes, breakfast bowls, protein bowls, acai bowls and super toasts. By night, it transforms into – wait for it – Singapore’s first healthy bar with organic cocktails, biodynamic wine, gluten-free organic beers and healthy tapas. Ahh, music to our ears. Oh, and if you want to grab-and-go, pop by its express outlet at Robinson Road.
Shake Farm, 126 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068595
6. Cafe&Meal Muji
We know Muji for its minimal and functional homeware, but did you know it offers wholesome meals too? The menu at Cafe&Meal Muji sees healthy ingredients that’ll improve your sleep and overall health. After all, us city folks struggle with sleep thanks to stress and countless devices keeping us awake. Enjoy the likes of tofu salad, smoked duck and sweet potato salad, inari pockets, miso soup and more. The cafe offers delivery via Capita3Eats and GrabFood as well.
Cafe&Meal Muji, multiple locations including Plaza Singapura and Raffles City
Who says Korean food has to be gut-busting? Dosirak delivers clean Korean fare in a fast-casual setting. Bibimbap is the highlight here. Choose from 1o different variations such as kimchi tofu, soy citrus salmon and bulgogi beef alongside a medley of veggies and tantalising sauces like apple gochujang. And everything is served in takeaway tubs instead of the traditional stone bowl. Pro tip: go for the toasted cauliflower grains as a base for a low-carb meal, and mix it all up before you tuck in.
Dosirak, #01-44, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
8. The Living Cafe
Joined at the hip with holistic wellness centre Balanced Living, this cafe aims to inspire patrons with its dedication towards sustainability and a healthy lifestyle. It’s housed in an airy space with a high ceiling (always a plus!) and a mezzanine floor, decked out with furniture in earthy neutral tones. The menu is truly extensive, offering organic, raw, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to provide you with nutritious yet tasty fuel for the day. From the pesto zoodles to the spiced chicken burger, there are plenty of mains to order. But leave space for dessert as the raw blueberry cheesecake is a must-try.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758
Mahota prides itself on being a “gathering of goodness”. It’s all about growing good food, serving good meals and stocking only good ingredients – you can find the latter at its sister brand, Prime Food & Grocer. Pop by the restaurant and cafe for hearty meals that nourish the body and soul, intricately crafted rice bowls, meatless burgers, vegan desserts and more.
Mahota, #01-11, Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509
The CBD has no lack of salad spots, but the same can’t be said for the other districts in Singapore. If you’re around the East Coast area, you can count on Harvest for your leafy greens fix. This salad bar serves what you’d expect at any city lunchtime nook, but at a more affordable price. For $12, you get one protein, one base, three sides and a topping and dressing. Have yours with a cold-pressed juice for an extra dose of goodness and take time to enjoy the cafe’s cool jungalow-style interior.
Harvest, 81 East Coast Road, Singapore 428785
11. Lean Bento
For gym buffs looking to up your protein intake, swing by Lean Bento to pick up a takeaway lunch (it does delivery too!) for a guilt-free meal at your desk. Bentos at this healthy joint are low-cal, high in protein, affordable and halal. Options include sous vide salmon zucchini, streamed prawn noodles and more. The kitchen also whips up healthy sweet treats like protein croissants and custard.
Lean Bento, #03-01, The [email protected], 1 Irving Place, Singapore 369546
12. Haakon Superfoods
A firm believer of Danish wellness philosophy hygge, this Nordic-inspired healthy cafe is known for its nosh that’s good for the body and soul. We especially love the tasty acai offerings, but save that for dessert and feast on the savoury meals first. The poke, grain and salad bowls are replete with choice proteins like beef brisket, tuna sashimi, falafel and quinoa.
For breakfast aficionados, bite into the flavourful avocado and hummus toast topped with granola sprinkles. Or you can go for the brunch selection, which includes hearty burgers. Wash it all down with freshly squeezed juices like the Green Goddess, a refreshing cup of spinach, celery, apple and cucumber.
Haakon Superfoods, multiple locations including Holland Village and One Raffles Place
13. Real Food
For healthy eaters, Real Food is a household name in Singapore. Run by a passionate team of ethical food advocates, the cafe is free from meat, processed ingredients and trans-fat. The menu features a combination of Western and Asian fare, with items such as sweet pumpkin pancakes, scrambled tofu with broccoli and sourdough toast with homemade kaya. And oh, everything’s pretty pocket-friendly, too.
Real Food, multiple locations including Orchard Central and South Beach
Aiming to ‘bring sexy back to vegetables’, Afterglow’s dishes prove that a plant-based diet can be delicious. We’re impressed by the garlic cashew aioli, and let’s not forget the addictive salted “eggless” sweet potato fries! This trendy healthy cafe is also big on community, crowdsourcing ingredients from local farms and food artisans. Feel free to reach out to them if you share the same ethos.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
15. The Daily Cut
The Daily Cut has multiple locations around the CBD and it’s one of the most popular places for lunch. The protein-heavy bowls are an easy, fuss-free option perfect for gym rats and healthy eaters. Beef up your bowl with an array of protein-packed fillers – from generous servings of sirloin steak to herb-crusted dory fillet – before topping up on other nutritious goodies like braised daikon, sweet potato and avocado. But before you pile on the proteins, track your calorie requirement with its online macro calculator.
The Daily Cut, multiple locations including Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar
Wheat is a healthy cafe that’s big on soba, quinoa and brown rice for guilt-free carbs, with well-seasoned proteins like beef, salmon and chicken. Vegetarians can tuck into dishes like coriander yogurt grilled salmon rice and teriyaki chicken quinoa. Or you can design your own bowl.
Wheat, multiple locations including One Raffles Place and [email protected]
17. Aloha Poke
While Hawaiian sun, sand and surf might be far off, Hawaiian fare makes its way to the CBD at Aloha Poke. Founded by two Singaporean couples that fell in love with poke while vacationing in Hawaii, this casual, colourful eatery specialises in the traditional Hawaiian raw fish salad. Design your own tasty meal by picking house-marinated tuna or salmon (vegetarian choices include tofu and king oyster mushroom) alongside complementary add-ons from its comprehensive selection.
Aloha Poke, multiple locations including Marina Bay Link Mall and Jewel Changi Airport
18. Grain Traders
Believing in #feedingpeopleright, Grain Traders deserves its rep as a popular CBD lunch spot. Grab a customisable healthy bowl and fill it up with base options like barley with mushrooms and brown rice nasi lemak, plus meats such as tuna tataki and jackfruit rendang. Or take your pick from one of the ready-to-eat bowls, each crafted with a deliberate ratio of protein, carbs and greens for a well-balanced meal. Mains aside, you can also expect to find a wicked cuppa, along with a selection of pastries and desserts.
Grain Traders, Ground floor, CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946
19. Poke Theory
A healthy meal doesn’t have to cost a lot and this poke joint proves that. Fully customise your bowl with a vast selection of fresh ingredients, including pickled beetroot, wakame seaweed, kimchi and pineapple. It’s a great way to eat your colours! Top it off with a choice of spicy mayo salmon, spicy garlic sesame tuna or sous vide dashi chicken. And instead of Japanese sushi rice or crunchy romaine lettuce, you can even switch your base to the nutty lemon herb quinoa.
Poke Theory, multiple locations including Novena Square and Cross Street Exchange
20. Salmon Samurai
This joint is by the people behind Tanuki Raw, Shinkansen and Standing Sushi Bar – so you know it’ll be good. Toppings include salmon fillet in teriyaki sauce and salmon slices topped with mentaiko to go with your choice of base (yuzu-ume brown rice, udon noodles, mixed greens salad, or buckwheat soda). If that’s not enough for you, try the miso soup filled with generous chunks of salmon!
Salmon Samurai, multiple locations including Ocean Financial Centre and 100AM
Wafuken stands out thanks to its sous vide based concept. (That’s a method of cooking where ingredients are vacuum-packed and submerged in a water bath.) These folks pride themselves on serving perfectly cooked meats, from silky salmon fillets to juicy chicken breasts to tender steaks. Select your choice of protein, vegetables and carbs to customise your meal, and dig in happily, knowing none of the food contains unhealthy fats, excess sugar or tenderisers.
Wafuken, multiple locations including OUE Downtown Gallery and Novena Square 2
22. The Lawn
This halal-certified specialty salad spot is where you can customise your green bowl with an array of toppings and grilled meats. We’re not talking plain ol’ steak cubes and grilled chicken, by the way. Chow down on items like pesto chicken and butter-seared dory. If you don’t feel like building your own bowl from scratch, try the signature salads instead.
The Lawn, #01-07, Nanos Building, 31 Biopolis Way, Singapore 138669
Eat well and feel great at WellSchmoot. This vegan pizzeria and ice cream parlour has everything from juices and burgers to mudpies and waffles. We particularly love the ice cream – it’s made with organic brown rice milk, fruits and nuts so you know it’s jam-packed with nutrition and wonderfully guilt-free.
WellSchmoot, #01-03, Sin Ming Centre, 8 Sin Ming Road, Singapore 575628
24. Kind Kones
Using only fresh and natural ingredients – sans preservatives, refined sugar, artificial flavouring and all those nasties – Kind Kones offers a great alternative to ice cream. Offering a bevy of fun flavours such as almond brittle fudge, charcoal vanilla and black forest, the brand proves that vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free ice cream can taste just as good! You’ll never notice the difference. Psst: bring your own container to get 50 cents off the bill.
Kind Kones, multiple locations including Forum Shopping Mall and The Paragon
25. Project Acai
Singapore’s first dedicated acai cafe sources organic and sustainable acai to turn into sin-free superfood bowls. And if you’re wondering, the acai fruit isn’t touted as a superfood for nothing. With up to 10 times more antioxidants than blueberries, it’s high in fibre, low in GI and makes for a great vegan source of essential heart fats. Drop by the healthy cafe to give this amazing fruit a try! The acai sundae bowl is our fave – an acai blend served with bananas, goji berries, strawberries, vegan house-made chia pudding, cookie crumble and cashew cream, along with a drizzle of nut butter.
Project Acai, multiple locations including Holland Village and Takashimaya
26. Canteen by Trapeze Rec. Club
Aside from a yoga studio, gym, outdoor sauna and consult rooms, the four-storey Trapeze Rec. Club also has an in-house canteen with a wellness-focused menu. Talk about all-in-one! Here, you’ll find a limited menu of toasts, coffee, and smoothies made with healthy and organically sourced ingredients. If you’re a big believer in the saying “you are what you eat”, you’ll be pleased to know this cafe also offers sweet and savoury Ayurvedic yoghurt bowls that are so good for you.
Canteen by Trapeze Rec. Club, #02-00, 27 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088450
Enjoy a meal of healthy food at these great cafes in Singapore!