Where To Eat: Manila’s Hidden Gems For Vegans and Vegetarians
In a country that has one of the highest meat consumption in Southeast Asia, it sure can be a struggle maintaining a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. There’s always a meat-grilling kiosk or an ihaw-ihaw in almost every corner of Manila that it has become a meat haven for many. Although the Filipino diet consists primarily of meat, there are still many ways you can enjoy meat-free dishes!
Here is a list of restaurants that serve healthy and delicious plant-based meals in the Philippine capital:
This restaurant features contemporary vegan and vegetarian dishes that can be easily found in Legaspi Village, Makati. The Green Bar is known for its delectable high-quality plant-based sandwiches, wraps and burritos. You can even build your own bowl of greens mixed with your own choice of protein and grains.
Green Bar is located at West of Ayala, 252 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati. For inquiries, contact +632.885.7537.
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If you’re looking for a quick and calming escape, Likha Diwa is the place to go. The vegetarian café is sprawling with numerous plants, decorative crafts, and paintings that make up its cool interior. Located within close proximity to the sprawling University of the Philippines, it is also a haven for budding poets, artists, and writers.
Likha Diwa is located at 1 Lt. J. Francisco, Diliman, Quezon City. For inquiries, contact +632.925.5522.
Although it is named Pipino, which means ‘cucumber' in Filipino, it doesn’t mean that the restaurant only serves cucumber-centric meals. Pipino restaurant serves a wide variety of beautifully plated plant-based meals that are a sure hit with vegetarians. The restaurant also sources its fruits and vegetables from local markets. You don't only help local vegetable vendors, you're Instagram feed will also be extra pretty.
Pipino Vegetarian is located at 39 Malingap St., Diliman, Quezon City. For inquiries, contact +632.441.1773.
Lucy in the Sky
Lucy in the Sky is an artsy café that boasts of colourful, homey interiors that strikingly resemble a dollhouse. The restaurant’s menu consists of reinterpreted Filipino dishes that are vegan and vegetarian-friendly. Dine with colours in Lucy in the Sky and if you’re travelling with kids, call in advance and book a workshop that offers drawing and painting lessons.
Lucy in the Sky Café is located at 222 Wilson, San Juan, Metro Manila. For inquiries, call +632.370.4113.
Craving for a good Pad Thai? Head over to Easy, Tiger and get your Thai food fix! Easy, Tiger offers vegan and vegetarian dishes. For those who choose not to eat meat, their menu has a special “Vegan Corner” that features their best sellers Vegetable and Tofu Curry and the Tofu Satay.
Easy, Tiger is located at The Corner Market, The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, visit www.facebook.com/easytigerph.