We stan a plant-based diet.
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 eco-friendly but are accessible and tasty, to boot!
Hungry for more vegan goodness? Discover 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!
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 none-vegan-friendly zone but they actually offer a separate vegan menu which includes burritos, tacos, quesadillas, burgers, rice plates, etc.
Crosta Pizzeria – The Social on Ebro
Crosta Pizzeria was one of the first stalls to open at The Social, which is Poblacion’s first food park. Instead of using normal pizza dough, Crosta makes use of sourdough, which requires a 48-hour fermentation period and results in a perfectly puffy and crispy crust. Some of their bestselling pizzas are their Shroomed Out and The Basic Bitch. Most of the items on their menu have vegan alternatives.
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.
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!
Green Bar – Legazpi Village
Green Bar serves up delicious plant-based grub offering vegan wraps and sandwiches. Menu standouts include their BBQ Tofu Sandwich, and their Breakfast Burrito.
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.
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. We recommend the Buddha Bowl, Vegetarian Chili Bowl, and Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna. They also have a special menu for kids and Sunday brunches!
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, Mediterranean food.
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.”
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.
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. Among them include the Roti Prata with Dal, Asian Spring Rolls, and the 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 includes the OmniPork Tofu and Mushroom Sisig Pizza, Vegan Spaghetti ai Funghi, and OmniPork Spinach Lasagna.
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