It is a scientific fact we cannot avoid anymore–the meat industry is one of the most significant contributors to climate change. Moreover, all the influential health organizations claim that reduced meat consumption and going mostly plant-based is beneficial for your health. Of course, there’s no forcing a diet on everyone but going meatless has its benefits. For your upcoming Meatless Mondays, or our vegetarian and vegan readers, here is a list of the best vegetarian and vegan places in Macau that will not disappoint!
– Vegetarian and Vegan only –
The Blissful Carrot
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The Blissful Carrot is a renowned Taipa Village eatery with amazingly conscious owners. Not only do they offer some of the tastiest vegetarian food in Macau, but they also regularly start-up and support sustainable and charitable initiatives. So by dining at The Blissful Carrot, you would in a way contribute to a number of good causes!
Every now and again, they introduce new and seasonal dishes, such as vegetarian tacos, vegan ramen, or Beyond burger. Trust us, you won’t miss meat while dining there! Moreover, they make their own kombucha, sauerkraut, and coconut yogurt. If you need organic veggies from a Hong Kong farm, ask them about their veggie boxes.
Follow them on their social media to be updated on vegetarian novelties. We suggest ordering in advance to grab your food upon arrival and enjoy their wholesome dishes on the nearby steps surrounded by old Taipa trees.
Opening hours: Wednesday–Monday, 10:00am–8:00pm
Meng Wong says that Chakra Space reflects his lifestyle, and it shows. It sort of feels like visiting that one buddy of yours that is all about a healthy lifestyle, spirituality, and art. Moreover, he is also a talented chef.
In fact, it is the owner who is responsible for all the food preparation here. Vegan food with a sustainable approach is what he cooks. Dishes arrive at the table presented in such a homey yet stylish way that an Instagram post must be made. Most of the menu is based on Asian flavors, some curries with mushrooms and vegetables, and delicious desserts are available too. Four-legged friends are welcome here, by the way.
Opening hours: Daily, 12:30pm–6:00pm, 7:00pm–10:00pm
Sum Yuen in Pou Tai Monastery
Sum Yuen is a well-hidden vegan restaurant in the Taipa Buddhist monastery. Not many spots in the city have such a tranquil vibe as this place. It might lack sophistication and trendiness, but it all boils down to food. Well, Sum Yuen delivers that. They mainly serve Chinese, vegetarian dishes such as marinated tofu, cabbage rolls, and many mushroom-based options like the skewers above. Besides, there is a Japanese section if you like veggie rolls. As the menu is pretty extensive, it’s best to come with friends and order several things to share.
Opening hours: Daily, 10:30am–3:00pm, 5:30am–10:30pm
Beautifully presented vegetarian food in a simple and cozy space–that is what you will find at Veggie Macau. Although most of the food here could easily pass your healthy diet criteria, they offer you some guilty pleasures to indulge in, like a banana chocolate waffle.
Veggie Macau’s menu is inspired by national cuisines and features dishes like tofu tikka masala, pineapple and vegetarian “meat” quesadilla, baked vegetarian bolognese spaghetti with cheese. We can’t get enough of their pastel lattes–green matcha and Japanese sweet potato which you simply must order too.
Opening hours: Wednesday–Monday, 12:00pm–9:00pm
Also read: Macau’s Best Veggie Burgers
Ting Ting Café Restaurant and kiosk
Ting Ting Café Kiosk is located inside a small park on Praça de Jorge Álvares. You can say they sell fast food, only healthier. They started with vegetarian burgers that quickly became popular. These days, some of their bestsellers are beetroot vegetable soup, tofu burger, black pepper mushroom burger, and organic quinoa salad sushi. If you are pressed for time during lunch, this spot would be a great choice. Order some freshly squeezed juice of your choice or a smoothie to go before heading back to work or city exploring.
An older brother of the kiosk, Ting Ting Café Restaurant is a casual dining spot for vegetarians. The food served is the same, and they have a set lunch menu.
Opening hours: Kiosk: Monday–Saturday, 9:00am–7:00pm; Cafe: Daily, 10:00am–10:00pm
Ting Ting Café Kiosk Praça de Jorge Álvares, Macau, +853 6387 7345
When you crave some vegetarian Italian cuisine, this is where you should go. Veggie Castle has various pizzas, risotto, and pasta, including fragrant black truffle, mushroom, and asparagus spaghetti. Their menu is 100% vegetarian and, besides Italian dishes, features salads, soups, and burgers. The desserts here are heavenly with cakes as their specialty, particularly the earl grey chiffon cake. Try it with some hot Ukranian plum juice for an exciting twist!
Opening hours: 11:00am–9:30pm, Tuesday–Sunday, closed on Monday
Here is another decent option for vegetarian Italian-cuisine-inspired comfort food. They have pasta, risotto, pizza, and a bunch of plant-based starters. They substitute dairy in creamy sauces with plant-based milk, and it works perfectly in pasta and risotto. The majority of dishes are vegan, but some may contain dairy cheese. However, you can ask to substitute it for a vegan one. Besides, they offer several dishes with plant-based meat such as burgers and Omnipork bowls.
The drinks section offers some original smoothies such as dragonfruit or grape. An avocado and banana smoothie can easily make a deliciously light lunch too.
Opening hours: Friday–Wednesday, 11:30am–9:30pm
Harmony Village Vegetarian
If you are fond of Asian, especially Chinese flavors, check out Harmony Village Vegetarian at Barra. Steps away from the iconic A-Ma Temple, it’s a nice spot to have a meal if you are in the area. There are various dishes where you’d typically find meat or seafood with plant-based substitutes. The menu here is only in Chinese, so better bring a friend to help you out, unless you can read characters. Anyway, the staff here will do their best to help you make a satisfying choice. Personally, we like their crispy spring rolls with sweet chili sauce and fried rice with veggies.
Opening hours: Daily, 10:00am–3:00pm, 5:30pm–10:00pm
Harmony Village Vegetarian 286 Rua do Almirante Sergio, Macau, +853 2833 1811, www.facebook.com/澳門紫來坊素食料理
A tiny eatery in San Malo with a steady group of loyal customers, Urban Tribe, has a diverse menu with strictly healthy dishes and guilty pleasure. We are talking Impossible burgers, Beyond hotdogs, and meatless “meatball” spaghetti. Most importantly, Urban Tribe’s food never lacks tastes and a creative approach. Moreover, they offer a good value for money–check Urban’s vegan and gluten-free lunch sets for less than MOP $100.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 11:00pm–7:00pm
Urban Tribe 1 Calçada da Rocha, Macau, +853 6555 8067, www.facebook.com/urbantribemacau
Going vegetarian doesn’t mean abandoning some of your favorite food when you have places like Love Veggie. Their veggie pizza selection worth checking out, especially the sweet potato option. Other than that, there are primarily Chinese dishes, such as fried rice, wok-fried veggies, and more. Even though the menu here is only in Chinese if you go to their Wechat page, the pictures will help you select something nice. The friendly staff will go out of their way to assist you and not let you leave the restaurant hungry.
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00pm–3:00pm, 6:00pm–10:30pm
Love Veggie 18 Estrada de Coelho do Amaral, Macau, +853 2835 8793
– Loads of vegetarian options –
Named after a cute little bird, Puffin Cafe serves salads, pasta, sandwiches, wraps, and more. Although they do have some non-vegetarian dishes, a big part of their menu is plant-based. Even better, some of the dishes can be cooked without meat on request. Besides, there are vegetarian alternatives to all-time favorites like hotdogs and burgers with Impossible and Omnipork “meat.”
Puffin’s whole wheat wrap with creamy spinach filling and stuffed portobello mushroom are firm favorites. Pair them with an avocado soy milkshake for the perfect combo. If you’re not satisfied with what they offer on the menu, you can build your sandwich or salad with some home-made mayo. Yum!
Opening hours: Thursday–Tuesday, 11:00am–9:30pm
Healthy Habits Superfood Cafe
Healthy Habits Superfood Cafe has become one of the main dining-out spots in the city for those of us who chose a healthy lifestyle path. All the items on their menu are cooked to provide you with a balance of macro and microelements. There are keto, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free options–whatever diet you are on, you won’t stay hungry. Moreover, all the data about calories and fat-protein-carbs balance of each dish is there as well—so no need to spend time calculating your daily intake.
Naturally, a cafe with such a categorical approach to healthy eating offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Vegan breakfast, falafel and buddha bowls, soups, wraps, dairy-free lattes–the list goes on, and the chance you will ever get bored of the assortment here is low. If you need to stay in and don’t feel like cooking, call them to arrange for home delivery.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–10:00pm
Also read: Best Places for Food Delivery in Macau
Macau’s foodies know and love Wynn Macau’s cafe for its terrace and delicious breakfasts like its fluffy pancakes pictured above. However, Esplanada is also an excellent place for a plant-based meal. Ask for their vegetarian and vegan menu to order something meat-free. From veg alternatives to Asian classics such as egg fried rice and Phad Thai to Western salads and wraps, you won’t have a problem to find something yummy. Expect balanced flavors, high-quality ingredients, and flawless service.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am–10:30pm
Also read: Best Places for a Healthy Meal in Macau
A small takeaway shop in Taipa Village opened in June 2020, becoming the second healthy food place in Taipa Village after The Blissful Carrot. Their menu is as simple and straightforward as their minimalistic design–salads, bowls, healthy snacks, and desserts. They do have some animal-based protein here, but most of their dishes are vegetarian and vegan.
If you are looking for a hearty meal packed with veggies, try their zoodles (zucchini noodles), a healthier alternative to pasta. Pair it with some falafel bites with flavorsome in-house made onion sauce and sugar-free lemonade for a satisfying and guilt-free lunch. Craving something sweet? Ask for Naked Foods’ vegan brownie to go.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–9:00pm
Naked Foods 79 R. de São Joao, Taipa Village, +853 2875 3487, www.facebook.com/NakedFoodsMacau
North at The Venetian Macao
More and more Macau restaurants are introducing a vegetarian section on their regular menus. One of them is North at The Venetian Macao, a casual yet beautifully designed place serving affordable Northern Chinese food. With options for meat-eaters and vegans alike, North can be an ideal destination for a group of restaurant-goers with different diets. While your friend is enjoying their pork dumplings, opt for the mixed vegetable ones. If you feel like having something spicy, try the vegan “Chongqing” fried chicken, a meatless interpretation of the Sichuan traditional dish.
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00am–11:00pm
Northern Noodle House Level 1, Casino, City of Dreams, Estr. do Istmo, Cotai, +853 8986 3663, www.cityofdreamsmacau.com/en/dine/chinese/northern-noodle-house
Also read: Macau’s Best Dumpling Places
Named after a teacup and inspired by tea ceremony traditions, Cha Bei is much more than just a cute little cafe to have some fruity tea in. Even though they do have an impressive tea selection and plenty of desserts to indulge in, they also cook great Western and Asian food here. For guests who prefer vegetables to meat and seafood, there are some tempting items. Even though the list of plant-based dishes is not that broad, some of them earned Cha Bei a spot on this list. Besides the common Impossible burger, more creative plates such as Impossible kimchi rice and Impossible Bolognese are available. These two create a serious threat to their traditional meat-based competitors!
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00am–9:00pm
Also read: Where to Get Poke Bowls in Macau
This article was originally written in February 2019 and updated by Ksenia Kuzmina in December 2020.