Best Vegan Restaurants in Kowloon – The 8 We Love

by Doris Lam
March 07, 2021

Looking for the best vegan restaurants in Kowloon?

Chinese-style vegetarian restaurants have long been popular in Hong Kong within the Buddhist community. However, in recent years, a new wave of modern vegan and vegetarian restaurants has arisen, giving plant-based eaters a wide variety of options when eating out in the city. 

Kowloon is a haven for vegan and vegetarian restaurants; there are almost too many restaurants to choose from, but here are our favorites. 

In this article, we tell you where in Kowloon you can buy vegan:

  • Plant-based Indian food
  • Veggie or grain-based bowls
  • Japanese-inspired vegetarian food
  • Western-style vegetarian
  • Superfood bagels

and more!

 

1. One of the best inexpensive vegan restaurants in Kowloon

La Fresco Veggie (Kowloon Bay)

Why we chose it:

  • La Fresco Veggie is a casual sit-down-style vegetarian cafe in Kowloon Bay with a tantalizing menu.
  • Single veggie dishes are generally priced under $50; for a little extra, you can order a set meal (including salad and a drink) 

What we like:

  • Their menu changes frequently, but we’ve enjoyed angel hair pasta with black truffle, soba with a Japanese salad, and udon with vegetarian seafood.
  • Affordable, homey, and delicious

What we don’t like:

  • La Fresco Veggie is a bit further out from the city center, but it’s worth a visit the next time you find yourself in Kowloon Bay.

Summary:

La Fresco Veggie location, Shop No.2 1/F, Enterprises Square, 9 Sheung Yuet Rd., Kowloon Bay, 2868 3266    

 

2. One of the healthiest vegan restaurants in Hong Kong  

Fete Up (Kwun Tong)

Fete Up sells vegan food that is well-balanced.

Why we chose it:

  • For a quality, hearty meal that doesn’t sacrifice your macros, Fete Up’s got your back.
  • Fete Up specializes in veggie or grain-based bowls, topped with lean protein and colorful vegetables seasoned and cooked to perfection.

What we like:

  • They provide a calorie count on all items; they sell well-balanced food.

What we don’t like:

  • The restaurant isn’t a dedicated vegan restaurant; instead, offering some vegan options.

Summary:

  • While the spot isn’t a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, they do have veggie options for when you’re going green.
  • Switch up your protein for falafel balls or load up on their selection of veggies such as roasted pumpkin, kale, roasted cauliflower, and more.

Fete Up location, Shop 12 & 13, 2/F, The Quayside, 77 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong    

 

3. One of the best vegan restaurants in Hong Kong for Indian food

Woodlands (TST)

 Why we chose it:

  • Looking for 100% plant-based Indian food? Yes, please. Woodlands is your answer.
  • Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Woodlands offer traditional lactovegetarian, Jain, and Buddhist food.

What we like:

  • From curries to dosas, rice dishes, and side dishes such as chili paneer and Idli Vada Sambar, a savory rice cake made with black lentils, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Woodlands.

What we don’t like:

  • Not much not to like; we just love authentic plant-based Indian food. Maybe better not to eat every day?

Summary:

  •  A long-standing restaurant in Hong Kong that existed long-before veganism became popular. This restaurant is the real deal.

Woodlands location, UG 16-17, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui    

 

4. One of the best vegan restaurants in Hong Kong for Japanese-inspired food

Nizen (Kowloon City)

Nizen is one of the best vegan restaurants in Kowloon.

Why we chose it:

  • Located in Kowloon City, Nizen is a Japanese-style coffee shop that offers delicious healthy veggie eats.
  • You will find all-day breakfasts, Japanese cauliflower rice curry, Red Kidney Patty Portobello Burger, and Truffle Mushroom Quinoa Risotto.

What we like:

  • A huge variety of dishes and prices at reasonable.
  • They have a large variety of delicious drinks.

What we don’t like:

  • The portion sizes can be small.

Summary:

  • We love how the cafe swapped out carb-heavy ingredients and substituted them with healthier alternatives, perfect for those looking to decrease their carbohydrate intake.
  • Pair your meal with their signature iced Hojicha Latte or a glass of Kombucha to cool down from the summer heat. 

Nizen location, Shop UG18, UG/F, Kowloon City Plaza, 128 Carpenter Road, Kowloon City    

 

5. One of the best vegan restaurants in Hong Kong

Years (Sham Shui Po)

Years is one of the best vegan restaurants in Hong Kong.

Why we chose it:

  • This popular vegetarian restaurant needs almost no introduction; with nearly zero bad reviews on Openrice, Years offers Western and Asian-style dishes in Sham Shui Po.
  • Due to their rising popularity, they’ve recently opened up two new branches, including a second location in Sham Shui Po and a new Tsuen Wan spot. 

What we like:

  • Good portion size and reasonable prices

What we don’t like:

  • Need to book or may have to wait for a table

Summary:

  • Whether you’re looking for something healthier, or a heaty spaghetti or burger, Years have perfected all their recipes.
  • Try their Turkish Salad Bowl, which includes hummus, kale, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, crunch from tortilla chips, or try their take on the popular Chinese Dan Dan noodles by ordering the Sichuan Dan Dan Spaghetti.
  • Regular veggie eaters will recognize some of the veggie meat options on the menu, such as the home-grown Omnipork mince and cutlet and Impossible Meat patties.

Years locations:

Years, Shop 1, G/F, Fuk Lung Building,191-199 Fuk Wah Street
Sham Shui Po The Park by Years, G/F, 132 Yu Chau Street
Sham Shui Po
Friends of Years, G/F, 20 Sam Pei Square, Tsuen Wan    

 

6. One of the best vegan restaurants in Kowloon for tasty dim sum

Pure Veggie House (TST)

Pure Veggie House isn't a vegan restaurant but they have plenty of vegan items on their menu.

Why we chose it:

  • Pure Veggie House has an extensive menu of Buddhist vegetarian cuisine.
  • Mushroom dumplings, minced veggie rice, pan-fried tofu with the special house sauce are all available.

What we like:

  • Large selection of authentic Chinese, vegetarian food
  • Good customer service
  • Reasonable prices
  • Delicious jasmine tea

What we don’t like:

  • It can be hard to get a table; book ahead.

Summary:

  • A great option for dim sum lunch
  • Buddhist restaurant; no alcohol, no onions, no garlic, no MSG.
  • Non-vegetarians tend to enjoy this restaurant.

Pure Veggie House location: 27 Granville Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. +852-252 50552

 

7. One of the best Indian vegan restaurants in Kowloon

Branto Pure Indian Vegetarian Club (TST)

Branto Pure Indian Vegetarian Club is one of the best vegan restaurants in Hong Kong. Tasty, authentic Indian. Yes, please!

 

Why we chose it:

  • Long-time operating restaurant in the heart of TST serving tasty, inexpensive authentic Indian food 

What we like:

  • Huge variety of tasty Indian food
  • Large-sized portions
  • Staff tends to have very good knowledge about the menu and which dishes are vegan or made vegan.
  • Great location 

What we don’t like:

  • Not the prettiest of venues, but the food is authentic, and we keep coming back for more.

Summary:

  • Well located restaurant; vegetarian menu with plenty of vegan options
  • Eat a meal here, and then head over to DAMA in K11 Musea for vegan ice-cream.

Branto Pure Indian Vegetarian Club location: 1/F, 9 Lock Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. +852-2366 8171

 

8. The best vegan restaurants in Hong Kong for superfood bagels

T.H.E. Deli Blendit (Tai Kok Tsui)

The Deli Blendit is one of the best vegan restaurants in Kowloon.

Why we chose it:

  • Getting bored with traditional veggie dishes? Superfood bagels will be a surprise for you.
  • T.H.E. Deli Blendit prides itself on offering authentic New York-style bagels supercharged with superfoods, creating naturally colorful and delicious bagels perfect for your on-the-go life. 

What we like:

  • Unlike traditional bagels, their bagel flavors are on the sweeter side, with a selection such as matcha, hojicha, Moringa, miracle Morinaga, and black sesame.
  • Spread on a layer of hummus to bring the bagel to a whole different level.
  • You can even bring home their store-made bagels by purchasing their bag of 3 bagel pack for $75 (that’s $25 per each)! 

What we don’t like:

  • Suited for the busy bees of Hong Kong, T.H.E. Deli Blendit only offers takeaway services due to the small space.

Summary:

  • Delicious, inexpensive bagels which are supercharged with superfoods. Yes, please!

T.H.E. Deli Blendit location, Shop 6, G/F, 36 Hoi King Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, 5334 0188    

 

FAQs

Is Hong Kong vegan-friendly? 

Hong Kong is increasingly becoming vegan-friendly. Kowloon was always a hot-spot for vegan-friendly food, and as time goes on, more and more vegan-friendly restaurants are opening up in Hong Kong. In addition, it is becoming easier to buy vegan groceries in Hong Kong.

What is the best vegan restaurant in Kowloon?

– For Indian food, we love Woodlands and Branto Pure Indian Vegetarian Club.
– For superfood bagels, we recommend T.H.E Deli Blendit
– For tasty vegan dim sum, we like Pure Veggie House.
– For a mix of both Chinese and Western dishes, we strongly recommend Years.
– For Japanese-inspired vegan, we like Nizen.
– For well-balanced, healthy vegan food, we like Fete Up.
– For inexpensive vegan food, we recommend La Fresco Veggie

 

Finally

We’ve rounded up the best budget-friendly vegan and vegetarian restaurants on the Kowloon side. We are committed to helping people have a great life in Hong Kong; we hope you try some of our favorite Kowloon vegan restaurants.

We really enjoy eating a clean vegan meal, and we’re so delighted to see that more and more vegan restaurants are popping up all over Hong Kong.

If we missed your favorite vegan restaurant, please let us know all the details in the comments below.

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