It’s a revolution! At these vegetarian (and vegan) restaurants in Singapore, plant food is good food.
Singapore is a foodie’s paradise when it comes to eating out, with dining spots catering to all taste buds and lifestyle choices. Even non-carnivores will be chuffed to discover that heaps of places have brilliant menus loaded with satisfying veggies. If you think it’s time to add more plant-based foods to your life, or if you’re planning to go all the way with a meat-free lifestyle, read on for our guide to awesome vegetarian restaurants in Singapore (plus some love for vegan grub). We’ll prove that going green isn’t as hard as you think.
Best vegetarian restaurants in Singapore
1. Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant
Located right beside the Singapore Buddha Tooth Relic temple in Chinatown, this establishment’s been around since 2007. Here’s where you can get vegetarian renditions of Chinese cuisine for the whole fam. The chefs are always on the lookout for high-quality ingredients and use soy and plant-based mock meats. The restaurant is also used as a platform to share the team’s knowledge about vegetarianism.
Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant, Sago Lane, 282A South Bridge Road, Singapore 058831
2. The Kind Bowl
If you’ve got a hankering for Vietnamese food but plan on keeping it meat-free, check out The Kind Bowl. You’ll find tons of delish dishes sans the meat created by the team’s Vietnamese executive chef. The banh mi here is made with Omni luncheon meat and served with a bowl of hot and spicy soup. Or go for The Kind Pho with shredded seitan. You can even have it made without onion or garlic!
The Kind Bowl, multiple locations including Killiney Road and Northpoint City
3. Whole Earth
Thai-Peranakan dishes take the spotlight at this vegetarian restaurant. Surprising, considering how meat-heavy these cuisines are. It’s Michelin Bib Gourmand-approved, so we suggest you give the menu highlights a go. Must-tries include Penang rendang (made of shiitake mushrooms), crispy tofu rolls, and monkey head mushroom and broccoli with a sauce of angelica root and wolfberries. Oh, and the olive rice or XO fried rice for that carb fix.
Whole Earth, 76 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079331
Elemen doles out flavourful vegetarian food in Singapore. Think salads like quinoa or rojak fruit and mains of herbal mee sua and truffle pizza. Swing by if you’re looking for an earthy feast. It offers wallet-friendly sets – $28.80 for five courses or $33.80 for eight courses, including starters, salads, soups, mains and desserts.
Elemen, multiple locations including Millenia Walk and Paya Lebar Quarter
5. Real Food
This isn’t a showy cafe with fancy creations and pretentious-sounding menu items. Instead, it’s a humble store with simple but delish offerings. Think dumpling soup, curry noodles, pesto pasta, pancakes and more. Oh, and everything’s pretty pocket-friendly, too.
Real Food, multiple locations including Orchard Central and Yishun
6. Joie by Dozo
Joie (pronounced ‘joy’, not ‘joey’) is a meat-free dining spot that serves up luxurious options. You’ve got choices like bailing mushroom on paper hot pot, zucchini tower and vegetarian sashimi. Can’t make up your mind? Opt for the multi-course lunch (four courses for $38, five courses for $50) or dinner (six courses for $78) sets.
Joie, #12-01, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
7. Warung Ijo
It’s all about Indonesian fare made vegetarian (or vegan, depending on your preference). Tuck into crowd favourites like the kampung fried rice, mee goreng and bakso soup with plant-based alternatives. For sumptuous veggies that’ll please even the salad-haters, order the sambal sweet potato leaves or vegetable curry for the table. And try the deliciously aromatic otah if you’re craving this local bite.
Warung Ijo, 337 Beach Road, Singapore 199565
Leave all notions of boring vegetarian food at the door. Thanks to its industrial-chic interior, this is a trendy go-to spot for raw, plant-based food. Try impressive plates like lentil flaxseed nuggets, tofu cream cheese platter, raw crispy lasagne and chocolate salted ‘caramel’ fudge. Plus, cold-pressed juices and unique lattes to wash it all down.
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131
9. Teng Bespoke
Teng Bespoke ain’t your average Japanese restaurant. It’s all about spotlighting vegetarian food in Singapore. Its bestselling sashimi platter is made up of five types of mock seafood: salmon, prawn, squid, scallop and tuna. Another popular dish? The avocado maki. Slices of creamy avocado sit atop the maki rolls, which are filled with mock prawn, mock sashimi, nori and cucumber. Yum.
Teng Bespoke, #01-50, Sunshine Plaza, 91 Bencoolen Street, Singapore 189652
10. LingZhi Vegetarian Restaurant
This long-standing restaurant has been putting out classic Chinese creations since 1991. Look forward to prettily plated dishes such as double-boiled LingZhi soup. Plus, hearty stuff like vegetarian satay, which is made with mushrooms and other greens.
LingZhi Vegetarian Restaurant, #05-01, Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881
11. Ananda Bhavan Restaurant
Established in 1924 (yes, really), this chain of Indian restaurants has been winning the hearts of vegetarians with its fuss-free menu. We’re talking thosai, prata, naan and varieties of rice. If you’re not familiar with Indian cuisine, get ready for a culinary adventure at this place.
Ananda Bhavan Restaurant, multiple locations including 95 Syed Alwi Road and 58 Serangoon Road
Vegetarians have it tough, as far as Japanese food goes. The most common options are often limited to vegetarian ramen, or meat-free maki rolls at supermarkets. But at Herbivore, its menu includes rarities like unagi, teriyaki chicken and salmon sashimi. None of which contain meat. Plus, the kitchen avoids using garlic and onion, so you’ll find Jain-friendly dishes as well.
Herbivore, #1-13/14, Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road, Singapore 188979
This social enterprise restaurant is volunteer-run and offers a medley of lunch offerings with no fixed prices. The dishes you’ll be served vary according to who’s manning the kitchen. But staples like dhal, chutney and sambar are always present. While it’s pay-as-you-wish, that’s no excuse to short-change the team! The vegetarian restaurant has helped many people going through financial difficulties get a wholesome meal during dire times. So if you can afford it, it’s worth putting in a little bit more for those who can’t.
Annalakshmi, #01-03, OUE Downtown 2, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
14. Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
Want to go crazy with your veggies? Head this way to enjoy scrumptious plates of meat-free dishes. Start with edamame with Sichuan peppercorns or claypot lion’s mane mushrooms. Mains include variations of local faves like chicken rice and nasi lemak, and grilled mock fish in various broths. Dim sum lovers will adore the sharing platter of vegetarian goodies.
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant, #02-07, Royal Square @ Novena, 103 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329566
You won’t find mock meats at this vegetarian restaurant. Hailing from Taiwan, Sufood puts out Italian-inspired plates. Start your meat-free Italian journey with rosemary breadsticks with mustard dip. Mains come in the form of truffle rice, pesto pasta, and even a whole head of cauliflower roasted in miso. We recommend getting the Star Pizza to share. It’s topped with cheese, king oyster mushrooms, and shredded seaweed.
Sufood, #02-19, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103
16. Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the cuisine types on offer, from North and South Indian to Asian fusion. Dum biryani, murtabak, Chinese rojak, nasi lemak and ‘chicken’ rice are some signature vegetarian dishes that are real crowd-pleasers.
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant, 19 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore 207478
17. Komala Vilas
Both North and South Indian signatures are on offer at Komala Vilas. It’s a chain of vegetarian restaurants in Singapore that started back in 1947. Can’t decide what to pick from the extensive menu? We suggest you go for the vegetable biryani or the naan with palak paneer.
Komala Vilas, 76-78 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217981
18. Original Sin
The Holland Village stalwart serves some of the best Mediterranean-style vegetarian food in Singapore. You won’t even miss the meat. Don’t leave without trying the Magic Mushroom. It’s a baked portobello mushroom with spinach and ricotta cheese. Or go light with the Principessa Salad. It features roasted pumpkin, avocado, asparagus and other mouth-watering ingredients.
Original Sin, #01-62, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278115
19. Madras New Woodlands
Like Komala Vilas, this name needs very little introduction. You’ll get a lot of Indian food aficionados swearing by it. Its been open for years and have developed their own loyal following. If you find yourself at Madras New Woodlands, make sure you try the VIP thali set. It’s a massive platter of various dhals, curries and a hearty portion of rice. Of course, you also have an extensive selection of Indian vegetarian dishes to choose from. Wanna stave off the food coma? Order a cup of masala tea or coffee.
Madras New Woodlands, 14 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore 207474
20. The Boneless Kitchen
Don’t despair if you’re a vegetarian with a weakness for Korean food. At this K-joint, all dishes are 100% vegetarian and vegan. They’re made entirely from scratch, including the kimchi and gochujang (you won’t find garlic or fish sauce in there!). The menu features familiar favourites like spicy kimchi stew and bibimbap. Only with plant-based proteins, of course.
The Boneless Kitchen, #01-31, The Commerze@Irving, 1 Irving Place, Singapore 369546
21. Project Acai
Singapore’s first dedicated acai cafe sources organic and sustainable acai for its sin-free superfood bowls. All the items on the menu are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. We love the Nuts for Acai bowl. The blended base is topped with your granola of choice and a bunch of other goodies. We’re talking banana slices, cacao nibs, chia seeds, and your choice of butters. We enjoy the cookie butter for added indulgence.
Project Acai, multiple locations including Holland Village and Takashimaya
Be kind to your body and the planet by going meat-free at these vegetarian restaurants in Singapore.