2018 Nov 1
Despite its lack of solely vegan cafes, Colombo has a lot of restaurants offering vegan friendly options and this list just keeps getting longer. With more eateries propping up which serve such dishes, the more accommodating Sri Lanka seems to be, catering to plant based preferences.
So, in honour of World Vegan Day, we have put together a list of places to dine at for good vegan food and also stores to buy your weekly supply of organic resources, for all you Lankan vegans out there.
Livin La Vegan Loca!
1. The Vov Coffee Lounge
Where – 23/2, Ramakrishna Road, Colombo 4
Contact – 0777202166
Open Hours – 10am – 10pm
The Vov Coffee Lounge is a plant based café known for their burgers and uses 100% vegan friendly ingredients. They also have really good deals and promotions appearing on their Instagram page so do follow them if you’re looking to grab a wholesome meal worth your buck.
Tip – Limited menu on Mondays!
2. Café Nuga
Where – 69A, Green Path, Colombo 7
Contact – 0773445377
Open Hours – 11:30am – 10pm
Promising organic food, Café Nuga offers a menu consisting of an array of vegan choices, with almost all the mains having a veg or vegan option. The service here is excellent and the café also has their own organic shop so that you can kill two birds with one stone and get your weekly supply here!
Tip – Check out their organic shop.
Where – 30, Sea View Avenue, Colombo 3
Contact – 0114382838
Open Hours – 12pm – 9pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday
As the name suggests, this trending eatery offers a range of customizable Poké Bowls and they have a few vegan “build your own bowl” options as well. They use gluten free and low carb ingredients for guaranteed nourishment and their bowls are totally picture-worthy!
Tip – Get the zoodles for a crunchy base.
4. Kumbuk Kitchen
Where – 14, Reid Avenue, Colombo 7
Contact – 0114848676
Open Hours – 8am – 5pm
While Café Kumbuk located down Horton Place just launched a new menu with some vegan options, Kumbuk Kitchen focuses on vegan friendly options which are also affordable! Also, with the good market shop right there, you can conveniently get some organic shopping done too.
Tip – Order the Jackfruit Sloppy Joe and thank us later!
5. Plus Nine Four
Where – 35, D.S Fonseka Road, Colombo 5
Contact – 0112554225
Open Hours – 9am – 5pm (Monday), 9am – 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Although Plus Nine Four is a sister café to Café Kumbuk, it deserves a special mention for its homely atmosphere, prompt staff and of course its vegan choices. They hold pop up shops on Sundays, on and off for those who like do a bit of shopping while getting a bite to eat.
Tip – Try the Rainbow Pakora with Avocado Dip.
6. Milk and Honey Café
Where – 44A, Horton Place, Colombo 7
Contact – 0115234373
Open Hours – 9am – 5pm (Monday), 9am – 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Milk and Honey Café is renowned for their specially curated menu consisting of an array of selections for vegans. It is the go-to place for vegan mums or dads with their children because their space is super kid-friendly.
Tip – They have all day breakfast options!
7. Life Food
Where – 31, Perahera Mawatha, Colombo 3
Contact – 0117225433
Open Hours – 8 – 10pm
In terms of beverages, Life Food has soy or almond milk options for vegans and also a versatile menu with various add-ons available for not only vegetarians but vegans too! Life Food is the epitome of a leafy green café. Just check their Instagram for a glimpse!
Tip – Try the Purifier for a good detox.
8. Calorie Counter
Where – 7, Havelock Place, Colombo 5
Contact – 0112580980
Open Hours – 7am – 10pm (Weekdays), 8am – 10pm (Weekends)
This being their latest restaurant, Calorie Counter also has its flagship branch at Ward Place and one in Galle too, making it the first and only health food restaurant chain in Sri Lanka. Calorie intakes are annotated on their menu and they have a kids menu too!
Tip – For all you vegans into fitness, meal plans are available!
9. Bohemian Quest
Where – 24, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7
Contact – 0771335550
Open Hours – 10am – 7pm (Weekdays), 10:30am – 5pm (Weekends)
The ultimate store for all your organic needs, Bohemian Quest has it all! Nutrition bars cost LKR 200 here for anyone looking to grab a quick bite on the go. It is basically a hub for all things healthy in one convenient location.
Tip – Perfect for all your fruit, seed and herb needs!
Where – 427, Elvitigala Mawatha, Narahenpita, Colombo 5
Contact – 0718489949
Open Hours – 7am – 7pm
Ideal for your fruit cravings, Kurumba is a funky and colourful juice bar with a minimalistic setting. They have customizable “build your own bowl” (BYOB) and “build your own cup” (BYOC) concepts essentially catering to every palate.
Tip – Opt for the bowl if you’re really hungry and go for the cup if you’re in for a quick snack.
11. Smokey’s (The Brownie Bar)
Where – 1B, College Avenue, Mount Lavinia
Contact – 0777105113
Open Hours – 9am – 9pm
Our only home baker on the list, Smokey’s does great vegan brownies! It is exceptionally hard to find vegan home bakers, yet Smokey’s comes to the rescue with their delicious 6 pack and 12 pack brownies. Check their Facebook page out and satisfy those chocolate cravings.
Tip – Order in advance!
12. Paan Paan
Where – 84, Lorensz Road, Colombo 4
Contact – 0117500201
Open Hours – 5:30am – 9pm
Paan Paan has a selection of health breads to choose from! Ranging from multi grain to brown breads and more, they offer fresh, quality bread. They also have more stores located in convenient locations which also serve as eateries, ideal for a quick bite during work breaks.
Tip – Visit early for wider variety as they tend to sell out fast.
Where – 339, Galle Road, Mount Lavinia
Contact – 0115683843
Open Hours – 9am – 7pm, Closed on Wednesday
Do not let its name fool you, because Nuthouse has it all! From seeds to dried fruit, to spices and of course, nuts, their menu is extensive! Visit their website www.nuthouse.lk for the works and you won’t be disappointed!
Tip – Delivery available!
Where – 31/B, Dakshinarama Road, Mt. Lavinia
Contact – 076670035
Open Hours – 8am – 9pm (Weekdays), 8am – 7pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday
Super refreshing and healthy, Saladgram does totally vegan salads! Basically, you can either pick it up or call them up for delivery. They too equip a customizable concept so you can build your own salad to fit your preference, and their regular portions are super filling!
Tip – Order from their website – www.saladgram.lk – for a hassle free process!
Where – 347, R. A. De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3
Contact – 0115115115
Open Hours – 7am – 11pm (Monday to Wednesday), 7am to 12am (Thursday to Sunday)
We had to include a fast food joint in this list! But, Subway is unlike any other fast food joint in Sri Lanka as it has vegan friendly options like their salads and veg submarines. There are multiple restaurants as well, located in Rajagiriya, Fort and Mount Lavinia.
Tip – Be on the lookout for their promotions and offers!
Don’t forget to check out our extensive list of Indian Restaurants in and around Colombo right here, all of which have a number of great vegan options!
So there you go Sri Lanka, our roundup of Vegan Friendly Eateries and Stores. Is there any place we missed out? Do let us know in the comments below!