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9 All Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

You looking for delicious vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur? I’ve got you covered.

Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, is one of the fastest-growing cities in Southeast Asia. It’s a bustling city full of different cultures. You’ll have no problem finding amazing things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

And the best part, you’ll also be able to easily find vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.

I spent 4 days in Kuala Lumpur and during that time I tried as many vegan restaurants as possible.

Vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

I love going to all-vegan restaurants. That way you support vegan businesses, there’s no chance you get something non-vegan by accident and you can choose whatever you feel like from the menu without double-checking that it’s really vegan.

So, luckily there are some all-vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur that you can visit after checking out the amazing free things to do in Kuala Lumpur.

1. Hijau

Hijau was the first of all vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur I visited. It’s inside a food court in Chinatown. Just seeing the decorations I knew I found my kinda place. I love the vegan pun memes they have over the counter and it looks like a very relaxed atmosphere.

a graphic saying "Be leaf in yourself"
How cute is that?

The menu has a stylish picture next to every dish, so it’s easier to decide what to order. They have a menu for all year and a special seasonal menu.

I went to Hijau twice because it was close to the hotel I stayed in.

The first time I went with the recommendation from the waiter, noodles with basil and garlic.

The tempeh crisps were so good and crunchy, I never had anything like it before. The noodles were generally a bit too oily for my taste and could have been done with more vegetables. I guess the waiter and me have different preferences.

The second time I visited I chose something for myself and I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I didn’t remember the name of the dish.

2. Kusa 

Kusa is an all-vegan Japanese restaurant. Of all the vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, this one is probably the most fancy one but it’s also the best vegan restaurant in KL.

A person at the front desk greets you and shows you to your table. It’s more expensive than other vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, but it’s still cheap for the high quality of food they serve and the great service.

soup
Soup at Kusa

Every time I go to a vegan Japanese restaurant I have to try sushi. And the best way to do this is with a mixed sushi plate so you can try different flavours.

It’s great that they have the sushi plate in different sizes so you can even get the mixed plate just for yourself. You can even get a small plate with just one piece each which is great if you’re on your own and want to try something else as well. 

selection of sushi
Small sushi mixed plate at Kusa

Besides sushi, I really enjoyed the mushrooms in a batter and the passion fruit fermented juice. The mushrooms are a great starter, they were perfectly seasoned. The fermented juice tastes a bit like kombucha but not as strong.

3. Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Food Centre

As the name suggests the Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery Food Centre is a restaurant inside a monastery.

You can check out the temple before your lunch and then head around the house to the back and go for some food. So this vegan restaurant is definitely inside the most impressive building.

Buddha statue inside a temple
You can visit the temple before or after lunch

The food is in a buffet style but you tell the very friendly staff what to put on your plate. You pay at the cashier depending on how much you took.

It’s super cheap. I paid about 2€ for one plate of food and one tea. Value for money the monastery is one of the best vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur.

plate full of vegan food
My plate from the buffet

On the buffet, you can get everything from plain rice over different kinds of fried or steamed veggies to vegan chicken wings with a wooden “bone”.

Unfortunately, we got there only half an hour before closing so the buffet was already almost empty. We went there after our trip to the Batu Caves, which is a must-see destination in Kuala Lumpur and one of the incredible landmarks in Malaysia.

It’s supposed to be a really big all-vegan buffet. They close at 2:30 pm. So, best to get there around noon.

4. Minf Houze Vegan Cafe

It was quite difficult to find Minf Houze because it’s in a mall on the third floor in a back corner and from the first floor up the place looks quite abandoned. But once there it’s a very nice small place.

It’s the only one of all vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur which has a little shop with vegan snacks.

3 glasses with smoothies
We only had some delicious smoothies at Minf

You write your order down on a small piece of paper and then hand it in at the counter. We only went there for a smoothie and a cake but the main dishes looked all very good in the pictures.

The smoothies are made with vegan cream so they’re super creamy and sweet, almost a little bit like a milkshake. They also have different kinds of freshly pressed juices. 

5. SALA 

There are multiple locations of SALA in Kuala Lumpur. I went to the one in the time square shopping mall. In this shopping mall, you can also see an indoor roller coaster which is a fun thing to do in Kuala Lumpur.

The Happy Cow reviews of the SALA location I went to aren’t the best mainly because of the atmosphere. Yes the atmosphere isn’t the best but what do you expect of a restaurant inside a mall? It’s a place where you go for quick food and not to spend hours.

restaurant inside a shopping mall, sign reads "Powered by Plants"
SALA inside the Time Square Shopping Mall

In all the SALA vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, you can choose from a wide selection of dishes or create your own bowl. If you create your own bowl you get a laminated piece of paper to tick your options and then they can wipe and reuse the paper which is very cool.

There are a lot of categories that go in your bowl, you can choose one green, one protein, one fruit, 3 toppings, a sauce and so on.

6. Kelava ice cream 

ice cream display
They have loads of great flavours

There are multiple locations of Kelava ice cream in Kuala Lumpur. I visited the one in Time Square Mall on the lower ground floor. All ice cream is vegan and made with coconut milk.

For Malaysia it’s quite expensive, one scoop was about € 1.80 but it’s really good. I had a coffee latte flavour and it was super creamy. 

Vegetarian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur

There are even more vegetarian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur than vegan ones. Many of them are more traditional food places which means super cheap.

There are a lot of vegetarian Indian restaurants in Kuala Lumpur but also some Malayan restaurants. Those restaurants are the only places which are open for breakfast. So, it doesn’t look good for breakfast places in Kuala Lumpur for vegans.

The best vegetarian restaurant in KL is The Hungry Tapir.

7. The Hungry Tapir

Before visiting I read online that The Hungry Tapir is one of the best vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur. Well turns out it’s just vegetarian since they sell non-vegan cakes but it was still really good.

smoothie in. a bottle, in the background you see a cosy vegan restaurants in Kuala Lumpur
Delicious smoothies and nice atmosphere

Everything on their food menu is vegan (the non-vegan cakes are on display and not on the menu). The atmosphere inside The Hungry Tapir is very relaxed, it got a bit of a backpacker / digital nomad flair.

It’s a great place to relax with a delicious smoothie or a snack after exploring Chinatown. Don’t forget to take some great Instagram pictures in Chinatown KL.

Another attraction close to Chinatown is the beautiful River of Life.

8. Happy Sambodi Vege

plate. of fried noodles with cabbage
Quick and cheap Malayan meal

Happy Sambodi Vege is a very small traditional vegetarian Malaysian restaurant with a pre-made breakfast you can take a look at before choosing.

They have fried noodles, rice, and cabbage in sauce. You have to ask which dishes are vegan since it’s not labelled. Many locals come here for breakfast before work. It was very cheap, I paid for a plate of fried noodles less than €1. 

9. Saravanaa Bhavan

plate of three different curries and bread
A bit too spicy for me

Saravanaa Bhavan is a worldwide chain of vegetarian Indian restaurants with multiple locations in Kuala Lumpur.

Unfortunately, I don’t like spicy food at all so I wasn’t that happy with my meal. I had some steamed buns with different chutneys and dips. It was supposed to be not spicy but it still was to me. For my dish and an orange juice, I paid about € 3.

Final thoughts: Vegan Kuala Lumpur

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Me trying a lot of vegan food in Kuala Lumpur

To be completely honest, I expected more of the food in Malaysia because I’ve heard so often that Malaysian cuisine is supposed to be one of the best in the world.

In that regard, I was a bit disappointed. But the restaurants were still all very good and reasonably priced.

My favourite vegan restaurant in KL was KUSA, the service and food were just outstanding for the price.

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