12 must-try, affordable vegetarian/vegan restaurants for Singapore 2024

Written by Heng Xuan Teo
4 mins read
Published on Jan 19, 2024

In 2023, 700k people pledged to try going vegan for a month. Will you join them in 2024? We are sharing a list of top vegan/vegetarian-friendly places to check out and support this effort to go meat-free in Singapore.

Long gone are the days when going ‘vegetarian/vegan’ meant eating miserably yellowish salad leaves for lunch. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Singapore, whether you are seeking something meat-free for health, animal compassion/welfare, religious reasons, or the environment. We have left out the kopitiams and hawkers as these change quite a bit!

Here is the list of 12 plant-based places to eat across Singapore.

1. Warung Ijo: Indonesian

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I personally never thought I could eat Indonesian food ever since I became a vegetarian. Warung Ijo is a Godsent (Buddhasent?). Their highlights include Kalasan Chicken Rice, Nasi Lemak Rendang, and Tempe Goreng. The vegetarian food here is also alliums-free and vegan-friendly.

Warung Ijo, 601 MacPherson Rd, #01-61 Grantral Mall Tai Seng, Singapore 368242

2. Coco Veggie Nyonya Cuisine: Peranakan

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Nyonya food typically has shrimp hidden in certain dishes making it tough for vegans/veges to find suitable dishes. Coco’s food provides an opportunity to enjoy the Peranakan side of life. Do try their Sambal Sauce with Petai Fried Rice, and Vegetarian Curry Monkey Head Mushrooms with Turmeric Rice.

Coco Veggie, Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd, #03 – 130A, Tel: (+65) 6261 0369

3. Daehwa: Korean

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Korean food is well known for its seafood and beef, Daehwa shows that you can get tasty food without the meat! Indulge in their Kimchi soup, bulgogi mushroom stew, Army stew, and vegetable pancakes! Enjoy your meat-free K-Drama-esque getaway there!

daehwavegetarian.com #01-35 Galaxis Building, 1 Fusionopolis Place

4. Leaf Corner: Chinese

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Leaf Corner is tuck away at Tai Seng/ Sembawang/ Jurong West with awesome Chinese food. Do try their Monkey Head Mushroom, Yam Ring, KL Hokkien Mee (I always go for that despite looking at the menu for 10 minutes to try new things).

Leafcorner | 3 outlets!

  1. 5 Jalan Legundi, Sembawang Garden Arcade
  2. 11 Irving Place #02-01, Tai Seng
  3. 60 Jurong West Street 91 #01-09

5. Grove Cafe: Kopitiam/ Hong Kong Style

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I can’t really pin down what Grove Cafe offers in terms of cuisine. It is nicely nested in the heartlands such as Paya Lebar / Canberra / Northshore / Buangkok and offers food ranging from Lu Rou Fan to Nasi Lemak (highly recommended) to your traditional breakfast toast & Chee Cheong Fan.

Grove | 3 outlets

  1. Singpost:10 Eunos Road 8 #01-151 | Singapore 408600
  2. SMU | Li Ka Shing Library, 01-21, Singapore, 178901
  3. 133 Canberra View #01-19
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6. Zen Cafe: Cafe in a Temple

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You can’t get any more closer to Zen, by dining at a temple. Located at level 1 of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. This cafe serves coffee, tea, smoothie, cakes, and moments of peace. The temple has many spaces to chill and meditate at for greater peace.

Zen Cafe | 88 Bright Hill Rd, Level 1

7. Jingsi Books & Cafe: Taiwanese Teahouse Vibes

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Tzu Chi always strikes me as a Dhamma Centric Humanitarian Organisation that is always intentional about their activities. Check out their book cafes at Sims Avenue or Yishun! It is really a tea place to chill and contemplate about life. Don’t expect a huge variety of bites there!

Jingsi Books & Cafe | 2 Outlets

  1. Blk 134 Geylang East Avenue 1 #01-219, Singapore 380134
  2. 30A Yishun Central 1, Singapore 768796

8. Kind Bowl: Vietnamese

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Vietnamese Pho is typically cooked in meat broth so this is a great treat to go meat-free! Check out their Kind Pho or Eat the Rainbow dishes to enjoy some warm soupy food on cold rainy days!

Kind Bowl | 3 Outlets

  1. 71 Killiney Rd Singapore 239527
  2. Northpoint City, South Wing #B2-132
  3. myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens 1 Maju Avenue #B1-03

9. D’life: Tze Char Vegetarian

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From Orchard to Beauty World, D’life has grown to 4 outlets in Singapore. They offer a huge variety of food from Asian to Western (though I’d recommend their Asian food more!). Do try their KL Noodle, Bak Ku Teh, and Creamy Abalone Mushroom.

D’life | 4 Outlets

  1. Toa Payoh: 600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-05, 319515, Singapore
  2. Jurong West: 428 Jurong West Ave 1 #01-256/ #02-256, 640428, Singapore
  3. Beauty World: 6 Chun Tin Road, 599593, Singapore
  4. Orchard: 277 Orchard Road #B2-04A/05 Singapore,, 238858, Singapore

10. MTR: Indian Food Awesomeness

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MTR offers awesome South Indian food with very nice spices (you can of course choose non spicy too!). Try their Rava Idly or Masala Dosa. Queues can get long during lunch hours so do be prepared to develop patience there. It is worth the wait!

MTR | 440 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218134

11. Lotus Vegetarian: A Lingzhi Alternative

Their Abacus dish is mouthwatering!
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We found that Ling Zhi vegetarian may be quite expensive on the wallet and found this to be a good cheaper alternative! For mala lovers, do give their mala ‘fish’ a try. It is numbing but tasty.

Lotus | 103 Irrawaddy Rd, #02-07 Royal Square@Novena, Singapore 329566

12. Lian Xin 莲芯膳坊: Hidden Nomz in a temple

Affordable ‘wanton mee’ with Kopi.
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Located RIGHT next to Maxwell Mrt & at the basement of Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, this hidden gem provides awesome breakfast and lunch at an affordable price. It is ‘cai fan’ (pick your veges) style and there is plenty of seating after lunch hours. There is a nice Guan Yin statue there to pay respect too before and after your meal.

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With a couple of uncle and aunties chilling there after lunch, the place is serene and great for work-from-cafe vibes. However, they close earlier than cafes! Do check!

Lian Xin | 288 South Bridge Rd, B1 Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, Singapore 058840

Any places we have missed that are yummy and affordable? Do drop it on our Telegram’s comment section!

Author: Heng Xuan Teo

Data driven nerd who you may find hanging out more at libraries than at parties. Passionate about finding different ways to not fall asleep during meditation. A borderline social media luddite.

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