Going meat-free has never been easier!
If we’re being honest, practicing a vegan lifestyle doesn’t come as easy in Metro Manila. At present, the city’s dining scene is still finding its footing in terms of diverse vegan and vegetarian cuisine— and while it can be frustrating, some rare gems offer plant-based meals that are not only good for the animals, planet, and you but are accessible and tasty, to boot!
Check out our favorite spots that serve vegan and vegetarian dishes in Metro Manila with this list!
Note: While some of these spots may be all-vegan or all-vegetarian, there are some that also serve dishes with meat and animal byproducts on the menu. If unsure, don't hesitate to ask the waiter!
WILD Plant-Based Cafe Bar – Uptown Parade
WILD Plant-Based Cafe Bar is an all-vegan food truck located in Uptown Parade BGC. From Korean chicken burgers, waffles, soft-serve, cocktails, and coffee, they have an array of comfort yet wholesome food you can choose from.
Must-try: Spicy Gochujang “Chickn” Sandwich, Mushroom Fritters, Classic Vanilla Waffle Cone
Break Fast Food – Shopesville
Break is an all-vegan fast food restaurant where you can satisfy your breakfast food cravings minus the meat. Bacon, eggs, and fried rice? They’ve got it! They even offer burgers of all kinds including one that’s patterned after a lobster roll sandwich. Can you believe that?
101 Hawker Food House – Arnaiz Avenue
101 Hawker Food House as the name suggests serves hawker food inspired by the many food stalls found in Singapore and its neighboring Asian countries. Good news for vegans and vegetarians: they have an extensive menu for vegans and vegetarians.
Our picks: Salt & Pepper Vegemeat, Mee Goreng, and Vegan Laksa.
Restoran Garuda – Salcedo St.
Restoran Garuda is an Indonesian restaurant with colorful, eye-popping murals and interiors that serves up flavorful savory dishes such as “make your own packets” and spectacular spicy dishes such as beef rendang which are no doubt authentic and worth the trip to the resto.
Must-try: Spicy Ve-G Lamb Rendang, Terong Rica Rica, Gado Gago, Nasi Siram
Crying Tiger Street Kitchen – Poblacion
This small hole-in-the-wall street kitchen situated in the heart of the ever-so-lively Poblacion is the perfect place to get your Thai street food fix. They focus on providing simple Asian street food, from Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, and have an extensive vegetarian and vegan menu.
Must-try: Black Pepper Tofu and Char Kway Teow.
El Chupacabra – multiple branches
El Chupacabra is a Mexican-American restaurant serving street tacos, barbecue, and affordable beer. At first glance, El Chupacabra may seem like a non-vegan-friendly zone but they actually offer a separate vegan menu that includes burritos, tacos, quesadillas, burgers, rice plates, etc.
Must try: Soyrizos con Papas, Grilled Vegetables Quesedilla, Vegan Cheese Enchilada
IMC Kavino – Jupiter Place
IMC Kavino is a Chinese and Asian fusion cuisine restaurant by award-winning International Master Chef Kavino Lau. Their extensive menu includes vegan and vegetarian options of their bestsellers like the veg lemon chicken and veg three-cup chicken!
Cosmic – multiple branches
A hidden gem waiting to be found along the Poblacion pub crawl, Cosmic is a 100% vegan bistro that serves up some truly must-try meat-free creations. From vegan sisig topped with vegan bagnet to their signature spinach lasagna, get ready for an out-of-this-world experience when you dine at Cosmic. To prove just how delicious their meals are, they’ve already expanded to Kapitolyo and even Siargao!
Must try: Vegan Sisig with Bagnet, Vegan Spinach Lasagna, Kare-Kare with Bagnet, Miso-Mushroom Sinigang, Vegan Bangus Relleno
Green Bar – Legazpi Village
Green Bar serves up delicious plant-based grub offering vegan wraps and sandwiches. Its menu spans from breakfast food, hot bowls, baked goods, coffee, and wine–making it the best place for coffee hour, happy hour, nd hungry hour!
Must try: BBQ Tofu Sandwich, Breakfast Burrito, Penne Pomodoro
Greenery Kitchen – E Pascua
If you’re looking for a place to get affordable yet delicious 100% “lutong bahay” vegan food, Greenery Kitchen most certainly tops the list. They offer a wide array of dishes from different cuisines from around the world. Though they focus particularly on Filipino classics, they also give a taste of other cuisines.
Must try: Sisig, Shawarma Rice, Palabok, Tofu Ala Max
Corner Tree Cafe – Jupiter St.
Corner Tree Cafe is a cozy little vegetarian cafe serving modern vegan and gluten-free dishes from various cuisines as well as good wines, local beers, and house cocktails. They also have a special menu for kids and Sunday brunches!
We recommend: Buddha Bowl, Vegetarian Chili Bowl, and Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna.
iVegan – Legaspi Village
iVegan Restaurant aims to promote a better and healthier life through quality food and service and they do just that by serving natural, fresh, and tasty vegan food. Their menu ranges from American and Filipino breakfasts to Japanese, Vietnamese, Italian, Korean, and Mediterranean food.
Our picks: Breakfast Steak & Scrambled Eggs, Summer Spring Roll, Stir Fried Mushroom Rice Bowl, Bibimbap
Hummus Elijah – Poblacion
A Poblacion favorite, Hummus Elijah is a Middle-Eastern late-night joint that offers different varieties of hummus, falafel sandwiches, shakshuka, and more. Proving that you can get great flavor from organic spices and vegetables, it might be time to find out if they really have “the best hummus and falafel in Manila.”
Must try: Hummus Elijah, Mashawsha, Falafel in Pita, Vegan Shakshuka
Shaka Cafe – Burgos Circle
Siargao’s Shaka Cafe now in Metro Manila is known for vegan, plant-based, and gluten-free dishes created out of organic fruits and vegetables. Apart from their stunning and Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls, they’ve also got wholesome and hearty meals like burgers, pad thai, and lasagna.
Also try: Bakunawa smoothie bowl, Big Breakfast, Wak Wak burger, Vegetable Lasagna
The Roti Shop – multiple branches
If you’re on the lookout for Malaysian and Singaporean hawker-style food that will get your money’s worth, The Roti Shop rightfully belongs to that list. They’ve got a couple of vegetarian and vegan items on their menu that they conveniently properly label.
Must order: Roti Prata with Dal, Asian Spring Rolls, Roti Pisang with Caramelized Bananas.
Wabi Sabi – multiple branches
Wabi Sabi presents its plant-based take on Japanese cuisine. They serve dishes such as Tantanmen Ramen, Veggie Unagi, Mission St. Dumplings, and their Okonomigyoza to name just a few. Most of their dishes are also priced at ₱200 or less, which makes healthy living definitely affordable.
The Vegetarian Kitchen – Mother Ignacia
The Vegetarian Kitchen is a must-try restaurant for heartwarming vegetarian and vegan dishes that will satisfy even the biggest of meat lovers. Enjoy comfort classics like their Southern Fried Chicken. It’s a crispy southern-style nugget dish served with homemade gravy, macaroni salad, and grilled corn.
Must try: Black Bean and Beet burger, Spaghetti and Meatless Meatballs, Tofu Tonkatsu Bento
Pipino Veg – Malingap Teachers Village
Pipino sources locally-grown fruits and vegetables for creative Filipino vegan dishes, taking a new taste to familiar flavors, textures, and ingredients to satisfy the palate of vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, proving that 100% plant-based meals can be both healthy and delicious.
Must try: Veg Kare-Kare, Spring Rolls Trio, Truffle Mac N’ Cheese
Veggie Guys – Maginhawa Teacher’s Village
Veggie Guys is a vegetarian-friendly outlet located in Quezon City that offers fresh and flavourful plant-based comfort food for your convenience. Experience your pinoy favorites in a healthier alternative!
Our picks: Veggie Isaw, Vegan BBQ, Dinakdakan, Spicy Dinuguan
Daily Veggie N’ Cafe – Siena
Daily Veggie is a Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian Restaurant established in 2000. A favorite in the Sto. Domingo area, their kitchen can adjust their dishes to cater to customers with specific diets. You can even take home your favorites with their refrigerated and dry vegetarian goods on sale!
Try out: Veggie Dumplings, Sotanghon Guisado, Sizzling Tuna Steak Rice
Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe – Sct. Castor St.
Greens Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe is a proud ‘genuine Lacto-vegetarian restaurant‘, which means no meat, no fish, and no eggs. Focused on providing healthy and wholesome meals, drop for tasty and affordable dishes that are good for you at Greens!
Must try: Mushroom Tofu Burger, Fresh Tomato and Basil Pasta, Eggplant Parmigiana
Little India Healthy Cuisine – Malingap St.
Found at the underrated Malingap food strip, Little India Healthy Cuisine is a must-try vegan-vegetarian-friendly find that uses all-natural ingredients for their dishes. They also serve Indian specialties dishes that can cater to customers with strict vegan diets.
Check out: Curry Veggie Meat, Kofta Curry Veg
Lucy in the Sky – Greenhills
Take your tastebuds on a culinary trip at Lucy in the Sky Cafe! Eat healthy without sacrificing on taste with their vegetarian and vegan takes on foodie favorites such as sisig, Korean barbecue, and more.
Must try: Palabok, Tofu Nori, Shiitake Tempura, Malunggay Basil Pesto Pasta
Pizza Express – multiple branches
Hailing from London, PizzaExpress specializes in handmade pizza and also offers other specialties such as chicken wings, pasta, and other main entrees. They recently released vegan-friendly dishes called The Good Green which include the OmniPork Tofu and Mushroom Sisig Pizza, Vegan Spaghetti ai Funghi, and OmniPork Spinach Lasagna.
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