Options for vegetarian and vegan restaurants are still limited in the Philippines, but there are several spots in the metro that play the game really well with the plant-based recipes they serve.
So, whether you’re searching for good food that fits your diet or just looking to eat healthy for Sunday brunch, here’s a list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the metro to bookmark so you never run out of places to go.
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The restaurant has rebranded to Vege Select in recent years.
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For affordable vegetarian and vegan food, head to Quay Yin Chay Vegetarian or Vege Select in Binondo. Located in the oldest Chinatown in the world, this turo-turo (cafeteria) serves Chinoy-style plant-based fare.
A cup of rice and 3 dishes only costs P120 (~USD2.03), but you can also get a la carte orders. Plus, diners get a free pot of tea to prepare their stomach for the meal.
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This vegetarian restaurant serves a wide variety of food, but we recommend that you try their veggie sisig, veggie bbq, eggplant in sour sauce, and vegetarian cua pao (filled steamed buns).
You can also buy uncooked meat substitutes and other vegetarian groceries from the store so you can cook your own healthy meals at home.
Address: 739 Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila, Metro Manila
Opening hours: 6AM-9PM, Daily
Contact: (02) 243 3356
New Quay Yin Chay Vegetarian’s Facebook
A traditional ramen house vibe.
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Enjoy vegetarian Japanese food without breaking the bank at Wabi Sabi Noodle House.
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Among the Japanese dishes they serve are a variety of ramen (from P200, ~USD3.38) made with veggie broth.If you want a different flavor and thickness to your noodles, you can also get soba. You can have these with vegetarian sides such as veggie unagi made with tofu.
For a cherry on top of their affordable Japanese vegetarian dishes, the restaurant has the ambiance of a traditional Japanese ramen house.
Address: Pos Building, Scout Madriñan Street, Barangay 305, Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: 12PM-9PM, Daily
Contact: 0949 993 4240
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Satay with couscous pineapple rice.
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Have home-cooked vegetarian and vegan dishes delivered to your home from The Vegetarian Kitchen.
They make plant-based bentos (from P390, ~USD6.60) in a variety of cuisines. Some of their dishes are tofu tonkatsu, satay barbecue, japchae (a Korean glass noodle dish), and Korean fried mock chicken.
Japanese curry tofu tonkatsu.
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They also offer party trays, so you can conveniently serve guests or bring delicious vegetarian and vegan food to potluck dinners.
The restaurant is only offering their food for curbside pickup and delivery for the time being, as their store is under renovation.
Address: 62 B, Mother Ignacia Avenue, Barangay Paligsahan, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11AM-5.30PM | Closed Mondays
Contact: (02) 8819 9438
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Tofu teriyaki bowl.
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Corner Tree Cafe serves plant-based food from a wide variety of cuisines, including Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and European.
If you’re worried about getting overwhelmed by their menu, we recommend getting their spinach feta croquettes (from P220, ~USD3.72), tofu teriyaki bowl (P340, ~USD5.75), and veg bibimbap (P410, ~USD6.94).
Arroz a la Cubana.
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They also have vegetarian and vegan kids’ meals, ideal for when kids are tagging along to your brunch with friends.
The restaurant has 2 branches in Makati – one in Bel-Air and one in Powerplant Mall.
Address: 150 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Contact: 0906 558 6177
Powerplant Mall branch
Address: 3rd floor (New Wing), Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati
Opening hours: 11AM-8PM, Daily
Contact: 0977 243 3487
Image adapted from: Cosmic Poblacion, Makati – A Vegan Restaurant & Cafe
Cosmic is a full-fledged vegan restaurant that serves mouthwatering, vegan versions of well-loved Filipino comfort dishes.
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Their menu includes kare-kare (peanut stew) with mock pork bagnet (deep fried mock pork) (P250, ~USD4.23) and vegan sisig (sour-spicy stir-fry) (P250, ~USD4.23). For dessert, they even have decadent vegan cakes.
This vegan restaurant has branches in Poblacion, Makati and Kapitolyo, Quezon City. But if you don’t have time to dine out often, they also offer vegan meal plans with delivery.
Address: G/F 4980, P. Guanzon Street, Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu 11AM-4PM | Fri-Sun 11AM-8PM | Closed Tuesdays
Contact: 0915 365 8758
Address: 7 San Rafael Street, Pasig City, Metro Manila
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 11AM-5PM | Fri-Sun 11AM-8PM | Closed Mondays
Contact: 0968 693 1344
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iVegan is an inconspicuous vegan dining spot inside a building within the Makati central business district, making it the ideal lunch spot for vegans who work in the area.
This fully vegan restaurant serves international cuisine, including Filipino, Japanese, Korean, and Italian.
Portobello steak with kimchi fried rice.
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While you might be tempted to order everything from their menu, we suggest that you try some of their highly recommended dishes, such as gyoza made with shiitake mushrooms (P290, ~USD4.91), bibimbap made with ground tofu bulgogi (P420, ~USD7.11), and portobello steak (P490, ~USD8.29).
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Many vegan restaurants in Metro Manila cater to the Filipino palate, but few of them do it like Pipino Veg. It elevates Filipino vegan food by putting unique twists on them.
You’ll see their creativity in dishes such as pinakbet (stewed vegetables) risotto (P195, ~USD3.30), brown rice arroz caldo (rice porridge) with mushroom and tofu (P195, ~USD3.30), and chop suey served with cauliflower rice (P265, ~USD4.48).
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They pay attention to detail and use healthier rice and pasta options, including zucchini and squash noodles.
For dessert, they even veganized Filipino favorites such as halo-halo and leche flan, so you can enjoy these while sticking to your diet.
Lemon meringue pie.
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For vegans with a sweet tooth, check out Green Bar in Makati. They sell vegan cupcakes, pies, doughnuts, danishes, and more, so you won’t need cheat days to enjoy these treats.
Vegan doughnuts, brownies, and cookies.
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Their doughnuts (from P80, ~USD1.35) come in classic flavors such as Boston cream, Bavarian cream, and fun, creative flavors, including chocolate-covered churro, and bukayo (sweetened coconut strips).
A bar and restaurant, they also serve vegan brunch items, including French toast, breakfast burritos, and breakfast banh mi.
These vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Metro Manila prove that plants, too, can make great vessels for flavor.
We hope to see more of these dining spots across the country in the near future, so plant-based food can be accessible to more Filipinos!
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