Looking for the best vegan and vegetarian lunch options in Kowloon?
Did you know that Kowloon is a haven for vegan and vegetarian restaurants? There are almost too many restaurants to choose from, but here are our favorites.
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 have arisen, giving plant-based eaters a wide variety of options when eating out in the city.
We’ve rounded up the best budget-friendly vegan and vegetarian restaurants on the Kowloon side. We’re sure you’re hungry so, we’re going to tell you where to get:
- Superfood bagels
- Veggie pastas
- Veggie or grain-based bowls
- Plant-based Indian food
- Japanese-inspired vegetarian food
- Western-style vegetarian
T.H.E. DELI BLENDIT
Photo courtesy of T.H.E. Deli Blendit on Facebook
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.
Unlike traditional bagels, however, 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 could even bring home their store-made bagels by purchasing their six bagel pack for $150 (that’s $25 per each)! Suited for the busy bees of Hong Kong, T.H.E. Deli Blendit only offers takeaway services due to the small space.
T.H.E. Deli Blendit, Shop 6, G/F, 36 Hoi King Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, 5334 0188
2. LA FRESCO VEGGIE
La Fresco Veggie is a casual sit-down style vegetarian cafe in Kowloon Bay with a tantalizing menu. Single veggie dishes are priced under $50, and set meals (including salad and a drink) cost no more than $59.
At lunchtime, you can get angel hair pasta with black truffle (set $59), soba with a Japanese salad (set $55), and udon with vegetarian seafood (set $52).
Affordable, homey and delicious, La Fresco Veggie might be a bit further out from the city center, but it’s worth a visit the next time you find yourself in Kowloon Bay.
La Fresco Veggie, Shop No.2 1/F, Enterprises Square, 9 Sheung Yuet Rd., Kowloon Bay, 2868 3266
3. FETE UP
Photo courtesy of Fete Up on Facebook
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 that are seasoned and cooked to perfection.
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, Shop 12 & 13, 2/F, The Quayside, 77 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong
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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.
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.
Woodlands, UG 16-17, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
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Located in Kowloon City, Nizen is a Japanese-style coffee shop that offers delicious healthy veggie eats such as all-day breakfasts ($80), Japanese cauliflower rice curry ($78), Red Kidney Patty Portobello Burger ($80) and Truffle Mushroom Quinoa Risotto ($85).
We love how the cafe swapped out carb-heavy ingredients and substituted it with healthier alternatives, perfect for those looking to decrease their carbohydrate intake. Pair your meal with their signature iced Hojicha Latte ($48) or a glass of Kombucha ($45) to cool down from the summer heat.
Nizen, Shop UG18, UG/F, Kowloon City Plaza, 128 Carpenter Road, Kowloon City
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This popular vegetarian restaurant needs almost no introduction. With nearly zero bad reviews on Openrice, Years is a Western-style vegetarian restaurant 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 spot in Tsuen Wan.
Whether you’re looking for something healthier, or a heaty spaghetti or burger, Years have perfected all their recipes. Try their Turkish Salad Bowl ($88), which includes hummus, kale, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and crunch from tortilla chips, or try their take on the popular Chinese dan dan noodles by ordering the Sichuan Dan Dan Spaghetti ($88).
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, 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
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