If you’re a vegan in Manila, congratulations for not giving in to temptation! To most Pinoys, meat is pretty much an indispensable part of a meal. It’s probably the first dish to go in every buffet station, and usually a staple whenever you decide to eat out.
Fret not, successful vegan, for here’s a list of places where you can pig out to your heart (and tummy’s) content. At the same time, they’re so good, they can convince any aspiring vegan to give up meat altogether.
8. Corner Tree Café
150 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 897-0295 | Facebook
Open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 10pm
Budget for two – P1,200
As its name suggests, Corner Tree Café is located at the corner of Jupiter and Saturn street. This restaurant serves dishes from different parts of the world, from arroz a la cubana to spinach feta croquettes, making it a prime choice despite the multitude of other options located on Jupiter. With their incredible flavors, eating healthy becomes a bonus at Corner Tree.
The Collective, Malugay Street, San Antonio, Makati City
0906 468 3426 | Facebook
Open Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm
Budget for two – P300
Juicesabel, a small vegan café located in The Collective, is a hub for vegans. The fruit juices are a must-try, but make sure you order one of their vegan burgers to go along with it. The burgers come in generous servings and, aside from being delicious, are also fairly priced.
6. Chimara Neo-Vegan Café
Level 4, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Greenbelt, Makati City
(02) 625 0790 | Facebook
Open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 11:30pm
Budget for two – P500
For the neo-vegans out there (those who eat vegan food from time to time, transitioning to becoming a full vegan), Chimara’s food was made for you! Conveniently located next to the Greenbelt 3 cinemas, look forward to munching on healthy snacks like tofu chips and popcorn while enjoying your movie. They also offer meals, such as pita wraps, salads, pasta and soup.
5. Dr. Tam Mateo’s Vegan Haus
2/F Metrowalk, Meralco Ave, Pasig City
0915 618 9085 | Facebook
Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm
What’s unique about this place is that it promotes not only the health aspects of being vegan but also its ethical aspects. Apart from fellow vegans, you’ll also find yourself dining with others who are after healthy food with a distinct Pinoy taste, as they serve dishes like vegan palabok, sweet and sour vegan fish and lumpiang shanghai. They also have Filipino desserts like buko ice cream.
4. Pipino: Vegetarian Food by Pino
39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
(02) 441 1773 | Facebook
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 12mn; Sundays from 11am to 10pm
Budget for two – P600
On the first floor, you’ll find a restobar call Pino, while on the second sits Pipino, a cozy vegan restaurant with Instagram-worthy interiors and fantastic food. Indulge in Filipino favorites, burgers, pastas and a whole lot of sweets here. The Pinakbet risotto is a must-try!
3. Green Bar
M-104, West of Ayala, Urban Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(02) 246 9069 | Facebook
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Budget for two – P900
The Green Bar was created for those who are in a rush but are still craving for some honest-to-goodness vegan meals. Located in Manila’s CBD, the Green Bar definitely hasn’t disappointed any of its customers with must-try culinary concoctions like their Breakfast Burrito Wrap, which contains scrambled tofu, roasted potatoes, slightly sweet seitan sausage, baby spinach and a creamy vegan hollandaise sauce.
2. Agico Vegetarian Café
83 Araullo Street, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City
(02) 705 1997 | Facebook
Open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm
Budget for two – P1,000
Agico Vegetarian Café is serves its customers with guilt-free and authentic Japanese cuisine. The food in Agico is made from simple plant-based ingredients, but you will surely leave the place with a full stomach. Agico is perfect for satisfying your Jap food munchies.
Bellagio 2, Forbestown, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
(02) 833 7874 | Facebook
Open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 11pm
Budget for two – P1,200
Who knew that sustainable living could be so pretty? Even non-vegans find themselves drawn to this simple-looking restaurant located at the corner of Burgos Circle, and guess what? They end up getting hooked on the scrumptious meals they serve. If the terms soy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free and nut-free get your appetite going, then this is the place for you.
What’s your favorite vegan restaurant in Manila? Share your favorite restos in the comments below!