10 must-try, affordable vegetarian/vegan restaurants for Singapore

10 must-try, affordable vegetarian/vegan restaurants for Singapore

In 2021, half a million people pledged to try going vegan for a month. Will you join them in 2023? 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.

Here is the list of 10 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, 337 Beach Road, Singapore 199565, Tel: (+65) 8857 8600

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 | 4 outlets

  1. Singpost:10 Eunos Road 8 #01-151 | Singapore 408600
  2. 407 Northshore Drive #02-39/K5
  3. 133 Canberra View #01-19
  4. 991 Buangkok Link #01-17/18/19

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

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

The ultimate guide to Vesak Day 2022 in Singapore: 9 things to do this long weekend!

The ultimate guide to Vesak Day 2022 in Singapore: 9 things to do this long weekend!

Vesak Day, also known as Buddha Day, is a sacred day to millions of Buddhists worldwide. It commemorates the day that Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and passed away. It gives us an opportunity for quiet reflection on Buddha’s teachings and the values of compassion, wisdom, and kindness.

It has evolved over time and brings different meanings to different people!

After 2 years of muted celebrations due to the pandemic, this year’s May 15 will see practitioners gathering and celebrating it in different ways. If you are trying to plan out your Vesak Day weekend to bask in the spirit of Vesak, check out these 10 things you can do!

1. Plan your calendar for your temple-hopping!

Torii Gate, Japan

Find an excuse to head out for the long weekend by visiting the many temples that are open. Use our directory to navigate the many online and offline activities. Who knows?

You might find yourself in the middle of a concert or peaceful chanting session.

Your directory is right here!

2. Three steps, One bow

Vesak 3-steps-1-bow Practice 31 May 2015 – Ramblings of a Monk
Photo Credit: KMSPKS

The three-step, one-bow ceremony is an expression of devotion and serves to lessen mental defilements or build virtue as one goes through the activity. This practice, which symbolically reminds us of the difficult but rewarding journey to enlightenment, has been passed down and has evolved into the 3-Step, 1-Bow we know today.

Book your free tickets here

3. Check out some Food carnivals!

brown bread on black table

While tuning in to some peaceful Buddhist teaching (food for the heart), why not check out food for the body?

Check out food fairs organised by Buddhist Fellowship near newton or spicy tteokbokki and takoyaki at KMSPKS’s Vesak Carnival

4. Help fill the stomachs of the needy

person slicing on the wooden board

In the spirit of Buddha’s compassion shown to many beings, why not give back by volunteering at a Soup kitchen? There are multiple time slots and different tasks you can choose to volunteer with Willing Hearts. 

Hone your chopping and cooking skills here!

5. Find a quiet space to experience peace

Marina Barrage - Visit Singapore Official Site
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Visit nature places with your insect repellant to reconnect with nature by taking in the good vibes. Plug into the sound of nature to meditate or try one of the meditation audio guides!

We highly recommend botanic gardens, marina barrage, or a nearby park!

6. Be a Buddy to seniors

Supporting seniors in going digital for life - Infocomm Media Development  Authority
Credit: IMDA

We often think that giving means the gift of money. This Vesak, we invite you to rethink the idea of generosity! Volunteer with YouthCorp SG & Healthhub to strengthen the digital literacy of our seniors by empowering them and reducing the waiting time at the polyclinics. 

Giving starts here!

7. Go vegetarian!

vegetable salad
Green Yum! Cred: Unsplash

In the spirit of non-harming, why not go vegetarian? The possibilities are endless with vegetarian food. Check out this sleek guide to vegetarian food places in Singapore!

FYI! Circuit Road Hawker Centre has one of the highest concentrations of vegetarian hawkers.

8. Watch a movie related to Buddhism

Buddha Netflix show - OnNetflix.ca
Netflix: Buddha (2013)

Netflix lover? Watch this live-action TV series about the Buddha. I was personally hooked on it!

Alternatively, watch a short < 30 mins documentary about the late famous zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Be inspired on Vesak!

9. Kick start your meditation habit

woman sitting on cliff overlooking mountains during daytime

Always trying to start the ‘meditation habit’ that every productive/mental health guru has been talking about? 

Why not join HOL’s free meditation challenge for 30 days? Who knows you might just start a new meditation habit that last!