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5 Best vegan cafes and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur to try out

Green soul food


By Marissa Chin

5 Best vegan cafes and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur to try out

With the ever-growing community of vegans and vegetarians in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian dining scene has really stepped up in recent years to cater to customers of different dietary preferences. As a result, switching to a plant-based diet has never been this easy as there are plenty of options around. 

In case you didn’t know, veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of any animal products. In relation to the vegan diet, this means excluding foods and drinks that are made with animal byproducts, which include honey and eggs.

In celebration of World Vegan Day today, we spotlight five plant-based cafes and restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that are serving delicious green soul food. Whether you’re a meat-eater curious to try the diet out yourself or an existing practitioner looking for new places to check out, there is something for everyone. 




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Recently launched in October this year, Savor is barely a month old but already has the plant-based community buzzing about its delectable and creative offerings. The restaurant boasts a wide menu from local favourites such as Sambal Sotong Nasi Lemak, Sarawak Laksa and Nasi Kerabu to Western classics such as meat-free Shephard’s Pie and Lagasna Neapolitana. Savor prides itself on using the freshest ingredients and does not serve alternative meat products. Come for the scrumptious dishes and stay for the serene and tropical vibes of rattan furniture and floral motifs all around.

Address: 38G, Jalan 28/70a, Desa Sri Hartamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: Sundays to Thursdays 10am to 10pm (Sundays to Thursdays),

Contact: +6011 5430 6870

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The Hungry Tapir


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Since opening its Chinatown doors in 2020, The Hungry Tapir has quickly become one of the go-to spots for plant-based eaters—and for good reason. The vegan cafe offers a variety of vegan-friendly dishes that cater to both locals and tourists. Further, its cocktail bar is also worth mentioning as The Hungry Tapir brews its own li hing (rice wine), kombucha and more. With its neon lights and draping foliage all around, this is one jungle oasis herbivores should have on their list!

Address: 135, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays), 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm (Wednesdays), 12pm to 12am (Fridays and Saturdays), Closed on Mondays

Contact: 03 2022 2137

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Hijau is a halal restaurant which serves Malay-Indo fare with a vegan twist. Using only whole-food ingredients that are non-GMO and free from preservatives and MSG, patrons will be impressed that their mouthwatering Nasi Kerabu, Nasi Lemak and others are all 100 per cent plant-based! The restaurant was previously serving customers in REXKL but has since relocated and opened in DC Mall in August 2023, so you know where to go next!

Address: L1-08, 6, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily 

Contact: 011 3750 7708

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Delectable vegan desserts that taste just as good as they look? Yes, please! Herbivores with a sweet tooth should make their way to Wownana, a bakery specialising in a range of vegan pastries that are dairy-free and egg-free. The bakehouse serves a variety of breads such as croissants, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, sandos, and of course, its signature banana loaf which the store is named after!

Address: Outlet 11 Jiospace, Lot 1, Jalan 19/1b, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays 

Contact: 012 694 9673

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Kuki Vegan

For a more luxurious vegan experience, Kuki Vegan is your answer. This exquisite Japanese restaurant offers a hand-crafted menu that shows seafood-free sushi can be just as delicious and satisfying. Not to mention, handmade ramen that comes in gluten-free options! The restaurant is characterised by minimalist interiors, a pathway of bonsai plants and the relaxing sounds of birds chirping to give customers a calming atmosphere. Further, Kuki Vegan also serves zero-proof cocktails as the perfect accompaniment to the dishes. 

Address: Unit 1-8, Menara KEN, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11am to 3pm and 5pm to 10pm (Tuesdays to Sundays), closed on Mondays

Contact: 012 551 2577



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