We’ve mapped out popular vegetarian restaurants and vegan-friendly cafes in Klang Valley that you can try out with families and friends.
Many have come to realise that becoming a vegetarian and vegan is beyond abiding by religious values. It has gone mainstream. It is also an environmental cause that unites people from different backgrounds and all walks of life.
Apart from that, research shows that there is a long list of benefits of consuming a plant-based diet. Among others is health ailment prevention, such as high blood, heart disease, and diabetes. Also, it is excellent for those who are looking to lose weight and maintain healthy brain functions.
It is much easier to be vegan and vegetarian as there is a community of people who share recipes on hacking the regular meat and dairy dishes to vegan dishes, also people recommending and sharing eateries that offer fantastic vegan and vegetarian-friendly platter.
As veganism and vegetarianism become mainstream, growing numbers of Malaysians have opted for a plant-based diet, witnessing more local eateries adding plant-based diet options on their menu to accommodate them.
Vegan vs vegetarian – What’s the difference
Despite having a baseline of not consuming meat and having a plant-based diet, vegan and vegetarian are two different things. People practice them for several reasons such as religion, health, environmentalism and to fight animal cruelty.
What is a vegan diet
A vegan diet eliminates anything that comes from animals such as meat, poultry, and dairy, including honey and egg. Vegans exclude all forms of animal cruelty and exploitation by excluding all animal products in their daily life. This includes clothing and skincare products. Veganism is considered the strictest form of vegetarianism.
What is a vegetarian diet
Vegetarianism avoids incorporating slaughtered meat, poultry, and fish in their diet. They still consume dairy, eggs, and honey. There are four common types of vegetarians:
- Lacto-Ovo Vegetarians – avoid all fish, meat, poultry, and products containing these foods but they consume dairy and egg products.
- Lacto Vegetarians – exclude meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs but consume dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt.
- Ovo Vegetarians – avoid all animal and dairy products except eggs.
- Vegans – avoid all animal and animal-derived products.
Vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in Klang Valley
Now that you already understand the differences between vegan and vegetarian. Let’s check out the vegan-friendly cafes in Klang Valley.
This eatery is famous for their big portion and unique combination of fresh juices, and they cater to regular food palette and vegan-friendly choices. The restaurant is vouched for its commitment to only using fresh and natural ingredients in its cooking.
Their curry cauliflower rocket and their vegan pasta are something to try along with their big portion of fresh juice. They have two branches, one in Sri Hartamas and another one in Taman Desa.
Location: No. 17, Jalan 26/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Sri Hartamas – Monday to Sunday 8.30 am – 10.00 pm.
Another branch: Lot G13, Ground Floor, Podium Block, Faber Towers, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur. Open on weekdays from 10.00am – 10.00pm and weekends from 9.00am – 10.00pm
Status: Non-halal and served alcohol
Customer’s review: “Breadfruits offer natural, balanced and healthy food. I’ve only tried the vegan pasta and fruit juice and liked both”- Summer Tan, Happy Cow review.
If you are craving some finger-licking good pizza, be sure to head over to Crust in Mont Kiara. Crust’s speciality is their sourdough pizza cooked in a wood fire oven. The eatery offers many vegan versions of their famous pizzas, such as the classic Margherita Pizza, Carne Pizza, Aloha Pizza, and a few other vegan-friendly pizzas. For cheese, they use soy-based cheese and vegan pepperoni to make vegan pizzas.
Apart from pizza, they also make good burgers, and interestingly, the patties of their burgers can be substituted with beef, chicken, and falafel patties for vegans. Another dish to try out and is vegan friendly is the Middle Eastern Platter that consists of Baba Ghanoush, Hummus, Stuffed vine leaves, Falafel, Tabbouleh, and Sourdough bread.
Location: Unit 17, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur,Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Daily 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Customer’s review: “Great pizzas and burgers!! Great vegetarian/vegan options. The falafel burger is a must-try”- Wern, Google Review.
3. Fittie Sense
Living up to its name, Fittie Sense is undoubtedly a place to eat for people who wants to stay fit and healthy. Fittie Sense caters to both vegetarian, vegan, and meat-eaters as well as Keto-based diet. Located in Bangsar, this eatery offers different variations to its vegan menus, such as mushroom patty Eden Burger, Zucchini noodle of Aglio Oglio, Vegan Chili Con Carne, Chili Broccoli, Sweet and Potato Summer Salad and the Fittie Diane Bowl to try out.
Fittie Sense also makes vegan versions of traditional Malaysian dishes such as their curry laksa called Loaded Laksa. You can also build your own vegan meal from 48 ingredients of choice to fill your tummy. To top it all off, they also make some vegan-friendly desserts to end your meal on a sweet note. On certain holidays and occasions, you can find vegan desserts such as vegan mooncakes.
Location: 23A, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Daily 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
Status: Pork-free, served alcohol
Customer’s review: “Good option for vegetarian and vegan. Eden Burger is delicious and filling. Fittie Coffee is the speciality black coffee with coconut oil”-KL T, Google Review.
Crave for more vegan Malaysian favourite dishes? Then you should head over to Kanteen. This local dining place definitely scores to make Southeast Asian and western favourite food into delectable vegan-friendly dishes. From decadent Nasi Lemak to Mac and Cheese, you are not missing out on anything! The sambal on their nasi lemak uses tempeh, and for the umami anchovies taste, they substitute it with mushroom. For mac and cheese, they substitute the dairy with pumpkin and cashew sauce. You can find Kanteen at two locations, Tropicana Avenue and Banyan Mont Kiara.
Location: Mont’ Kiara Banyan, Lot GF2, No 28, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Daily 8.00 am to 10.00 pm
Another branch: No.12, Persiaran Tropicana, Tropicana, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Status: Pork-free, served alcohol
Customer’s review: “When it’s so good you’ve been in at least 3 times in the last 2 weeks…”-ssayang.life, Kanteen’s Instagram.
What started from chia seed pudding, the owner of Rawsome took the business to the next level by producing the healthier version of local Malaysian food. Meat eaters, vegans, and vegetarians can find their spot at Rawsome. Promising to provide healthy, fresh, and guilt-free meals, Rawsome also appeals the most to vegans and vegetarians, as there are several healthy vegan dishes to choose from on the menu. Local favourites such as pan mee, nasi lemak, pucuk paku, and tempeh rendang will not disappoint you. Have you ever tried vegan chia seed sambal? You have to give that a try at this eatery.
Location: Rawsome HQ – Jalan LGSB 1/3, OFF, Jalan Hospital, Pusat Komersial LGSB, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm, closed on weekends.
- Rawsome AvenueK: FireSation Avenue K, Avenue K Mall, L1-7, Level 1, 152, Jalan Ampang, 55000, Kuala Lumpur. (Daily 10.00 am to 10.00 pm)
- Rawsome SS2: Ground Floor, No. 37, Jalan SS 2/66, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Monday to Saturday 9.00 am to 7.00 pm)
- Rawsome Publika: BIG Supermarket, Publika, Lot 1A, 83-95, Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. (Daily 10.00 am-10.00 pm)
- Rawsome TTDI: No. 4A (level 1, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. (Tuesday to Sunday: 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)
- Rawsome BSC: 285, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur. (Daily 10.00 am to 10.00 pm)
Customer’s review: “Just order anything from this shop, and you will be satisfied. Nothing let me down. Definitely will eat food from this place. Seriously good!”- Owen Koay, Google Review.
6. RGB Cafe
RGB or Rather Good Beans is a coffee shop that also prepares healthy food on the side to be enjoyed with a cup of good coffee. RGB offers a variety of menus, and a vegan menu is an option. If you are craving some good vegan burgers, RGB can be served in three plant-based ways; The Big Red Burger (made of beetroot), Hemp Burger (made of hemp seeds, carrots, flax seeds, lentils, and oats) as well as Power Protein-Packed Burger. The choice is yours. Do not miss out on their scrumptious mushroom waffles, as well as their decadent desserts such as the cinnamon roll and Vegan Dark Chocolate Pumpkin cake.
Location: 35, Jalan Damai, Kampung Datuk Keramat, 55000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
- Monday to Thursday
8.00 am to 5.30 pm
- Friday and Saturday
8.00 am to 11.00 pm
8.30 am to 9.00 pm
- Public Holidays
8.30 am to 7.30 pm
Customer’s review: “One of the best waffles I’ve ever had ??”-Shafiqahkhan, RGB’s Instagram
Parklife truly embraces their slogan “A place for all” as their menu accommodates all types of diet from Veganism, Vegetarianism, Keto, Paleo, and Pescatarian. They are also beef-free and pork-free. Parklife’s vegan menu is a sprinkle of everything, from the Mediterranean coast to East Asia, dishes such as Signature Hummus with Arabian Spice and Pomegranate to Soba Wakame Chuka Salad should be on your list if you are looking for a change of taste in your meals. Those who have a sweet tooth, keep an eye out for Parklife’s Vegan Chocolate Cake and their Vegan Lemon Pistachio Cake.
Location: Unit 5, Level Upper Ground, The Sphere, No.1, Avenue 1, Bangsar South City, No.8, Jalan Kerinchi, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Daily 10.00 am to 10.00 pm
Another outlet: 80, Jalan Sultan, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Status: Pork-free, served alcohol
Customer’s review: “SO DELICIOUS. So happy to read the Parklife label. I just knew it was going to be good, and once again, you didn’t disappoint! Keep up the amazing work, guys, and thank you for the tasty options in the Klang Valley!”- davinadavegan, Parklife’s Instagram.
Spruce up your meal with some Mexican delicacy at Sala. This Tex-Mex inspired food eatery serves Mexican fusion food in Klang Valley. From burritos to tacos and nachos, you name it, and everything is VEGAN at Sala. From their website, Sala means living room in Spanish, an acronym for slaver a Los Animales (save the animals), which is the core value of the restaurant, to ensure environmental sustainability and a healthy lifestyle by providing an alternative to a plant-based diet. Do not be surprised to see their fusion of Malaysian and Mexican dishes on their menu, and they make some mean Geprek Burrito or, even better, Nasi Lemak Burrito.
Location: Sala – A-G-3A Galeria Hartamas, No 21 Jalan 26A/70A Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 am to 10.00 pm
Another branch: Lot 32 G Jalan Doraisamy, Kuala Lumpur, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Customer’s review: “Excellent vegan food! Especially the Chimichanga and mushroom nuggets. Service is good as well. They use paper straw which I appreciate.”- Jason Lim, Google Review.
Vegetarian restaurants and cafes in Klang Valley
Here are more options for Indian and Chinese vegetarian restaurants.
9. The Ganga Cafe
Crave for some Indian vegetarian food? Look no further because The Ganga Cafe Bangsar has it all! The Ganga Cafe takes pride in not incorporating any colouring, egg, or Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in their cooking. Most of their dishes, such as Pani Poori, Pakoda, and Chat, are Gujarati Indian food and be assured that all of their foods are vegan and vegetarian-friendly. If you are looking to munch on good food on Sunday, then you should head over to have brunch at Ganga Cafe because they serve a buffet every Sunday, and the price is RM30 per pax, RM 18 for children and senior citizens.
Location: 19, Lorong Kurau, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8.00 am to 10.00 pm, Sunday 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.
Customer’s review: “Good ambience, good choice of Indian vegetarian food (North Indian and South Indian). I have tried only a few from their menu, but they have plenty of items to choose from. If you have a sweet tooth, do try their Kesari or Gulab Jamun”-Prasil Lakshmanan, Google Review.
10. I Love Veggie Steamboat
When someone mentions steamboats, we cannot stop but wonder if only meat-eater can enjoy it. We all know that vegetables are the most things that we eat when we go for a steamboat at any time of the day. I Love Veggie Steamboat is perfect for those who want to eat some good old steamboat with friends. The eatery provides choices of up to 150 freshly prepared ingredients and free-flow beverages with a time limit of 120 minutes.
Location: Kepong, 25, Jalan Metro Perdana Timur 2, Taman Usahawan, 52100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays.
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
5:30 pm to 11:00 pm
- Saturday and Sunday
12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Customer’s review: “Love the All-you-can-eat style of steamboat. There’s a variety of vegetables, noodles, and mock meats to add to your steamboat. You also get to have snacks and other dishes on the side as a part of the buffet. They have fried stuff like popiah, yong tau fu, or nasi lemak as a part of the buffet. And not to forget the variety of ice cream flavours”- Voormila Naidu, Google Review.
11. Kuan Yin
Kuan Yin has been around for a while, and people still huddle over there to get a taste of their vegetarian Chinese food. They have vegetarian meat, chicken and prawn, and vegetarian shark fin, and an array of choices of Chinese dishes to try from. Kuan Yin also serves rice and noodle dishes for ala carte, and foods are prepared with fresh ingredients upon order. Be sure to try their crispy tofu, Hock Kian Style fried noodles, seaweed fried rice, and Thai style fried rice. Not to forget, their yummy vegetarian dim sums!
Location: 1084, Jalan 17/29, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6:00 am – 3:00 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Saturday 10:30 am to 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm, Sunday 6.00 am to 3.00 pm, 6.00 pm to 10.00 pm.
Customer’s review: “Very good Vegetarian Char Siew Rice. The rest of the food is good too. One of the few places you can buy frozen Vegetarian Siew Mai, that you can steam at home!” – Kumar. S, Google Review.
12. Pure Heart Vegetarian
Pure Heart Vegetarian is another Chinese vegetarian restaurant on the list. This restaurant is one of the go-to eateries that serve various choices of Chinese food and are all vegetarian-friendly. Customers have also attested to their low price and the quality of the food, which is a great combo for any foodie around. Pure Heart Vegetarian’s menu indicated that some of their foods are also vegan-friendly. Wanton noodles, special vermicelli soup, pan mee soup, and Portuguese style fried oyster mushroom should be on your food list to try when you visit Pure Heart Vegetarian restaurant.
Location: 41, Jalan Seri Utara 1, Seri Utara Off Jalan Ipoh, 68100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, 5.00 pm to 10.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
Another branch: G-40, Jalan Puteri 4/8, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Customer’s review: “Great vegetarian fare with affordable pricing keep customers coming back for more! Popiah salad ? is the best! Curry puff both vegan and vegetarian too” – Nicole Tan, Google Review.
13. WTF Restaurant
WTF or What Tasty Food Restaurant serves vegetarian Indian food. Intriguingly, there is also a hint of other cuisines such as Western and Mexican food on the menu, making WTF Restaurant an ideal place for those who like to discover a new taste palate. Foods served by WTF Restaurant are vegetarian friendly, and they can also make the dishes vegan upon request. Despite being slightly on the higher price side, the quality of the food speaks for it. Foods to try are Mushroom Tikka Masala, Tava Masala Sizzler, Nasi Lemak Sizzler, and OMG Burger.
Location: 98, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur,
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11.30 am to 10 pm, Friday to Sunday, 11.30 am to 11.00 pm
Status: Served alcohol
Customer’s review: “ It is simply DELICIOUS, Tasty, it melts in your mouth… I will be coming here every day if I could”- Roman Onillon, Google Review.
Edited by Rebecca Hani Romeli