Vegan Guide to Kuala Lumpur

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Despite spending more than a couple of months in Kuala Lumpur since 2014 for some reason we’ve never managed to publish a Vegan Guide to Kuala Lumpur. Finally, after our recent couple of visits we’ve put together the following information which should help you when your vegan travel adventure takes you to the capital of Malaysia. In the time since we first stayed in Kuala Lumpur the availability of vegan food has increased dramatically and after writing our Vegan Guide to Kuala Lumpur we can’t wait to head back and eat our way around one of our favourite cities in Southeast Asia; many people don’t spend much time in town but we love it and look forward to returning….

RGB and the Bean Hive

RGB and the Bean Hive
35 Jalan Damai
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: Mon 9am-4pm Tue-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm Sat-Sun 9am-6pm

Only a short distance from KLCC this cool cafe is in an upmarket, leafy residential area surrounded by towering office blocks. Decent menu with plenty of clearly marked veggie and vegan options including our choice of hemp burger and vegan pizza. Our very tasty vegan pizza was served with 2 homemade vegan cheeses and grilled tempe, the burger was good although the roll was a little stale and it was served with French fries which were cold. We liked the vibe and we liked that you could refill your water bottle, we also like the fact they had 3 different vegan cakes available, we shared a slice of the carrot cake which was delicious.

Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - RGB Bean Hive 1
Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - RGB Bean Hive 2

LN Fortunate Coffee

LN Fortunate Coffee
16 Jalan Solaris
Mont Kiara
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 10am-10pm every day

Situated a little way out of the centre we took the MRT to Semantan and then a Grab taxi which cost 8 MYR and took 10 minutes. A relaxed atmosphere, chilled music and an all vegan menu awaited us. We ordered a multi grain sourdough sandwich with grilled tempe and tahini, also waffles with rice syrup and blueberries. The sandwich was light and tasty with the tempe (6 decent slices) being the star of the show, we also loved the tahini mustard dressing. Our waffle had a great flavour and the blueberries were fresh and tasty, it was a little over cooked but still very good making us want to buy our own waffle maker.

Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - LN Fortunate 1
Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - LN Fortunate 2

Raisin’ the Roof

Raisin’ the Roof

Since 2017 Raisin’ the Roof is now Kind Kones but we wanted to include it as many people talk about RTR online. Don’t bother wasting your time searching for it, just head to straight over to one of the Kind Kones locations…

Kind Kones

Kind Kones
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 10am-10pm every day

Kind Kones have multiple locations across KL and we would say that you MUST visit at least once when you’re in town. We loved the wholewheat vegan waffle cones as often even when you find vegan ice cream the cones aren’t vegan; however, the ice cream was next level deliciousness, nutella and vanilla OMG in one cone and a generous scoop of almond brittle swirl business in the other. This place is incredible!

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Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Kind Kones 1

Sala

Sala
3A Galeria Hartamas
21 Jalan 26a/70a
Desa Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: Opens every day at 11am and closes 7pm Mon/Tue/Wes 9pm Thu/Fri/Sat 5pm Sun

We headed to Sala very excited as everyone we know who had been there said it was fantastic. We left Sala a little underwhelmed wondering if our expectations had been set a little high. Our tortilla wraps were packed with tofu, tempe, mushrooms, jackfruit, chilled beans, black beans and all manner of salad and vegetables, this was topped with vegan nacho cheese, vegan sour cream and salsa.

What was not to like I hear you ask?

It was noisy, there were a big group that just didn’t know how to keep their voices down and this was annoying, we can only think that this impacted on our enjoyment having traveled for nearly an hour to get to Sala which is away from the centre. But it wasn’t just that, the fillings were varied and the portions were big which along with a decent price should have had had very satisfied but there was something missing, our food lacked any spice or real flavour, it was tasty for sure but didn’t leave us drooling and wanting more. We were due to return the next day to meet a friend but made other plans, we will return for sure as we think we maybe missed something and that the bar was set far to high in our minds. In the meantime, we would say it is well worth a visit as an all vegan restaurant serving creative burritos (amongst other options) is doing the right thing for sure and we wish them all the very best of luck.

Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Sala 1
Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Sala 2

Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery

Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery
161 Jalan Ampang
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 10.30am-2pm Monday-Friday

This place is incredible. We have been to many Buddhist veg buffets around the region but there has never been a restaurant with so many options. We were told that everything is vegan on the buffet with no egg and no milk. Every time we turned around there were new dishes being added to the selection of vegetables, curries, mock meats and even scrambled tofu. Wandering around the huge space there were people busy preparing the food and serving steamed buns, salads, spring rolls, noodle soups, dumplings in addition to the buffet which had around 30 options. The hardest thing was the fear of missing out and making the wrong choice, we both piled our plates which cost 17.50 MYR for both of us; the easiest thing was deciding that we will return tomorrow…

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Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Dharma 1

The Good Co Cafe

The Good Co Cafe
184 Jalan Maarof
Taman Bandaraya
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 9am-6pm every day

We loved The Good Co Cafe and despite it being in Bangsar which is not central we were glad we made the effort and will return for sure. All veg with many clearly marked vegan options the food was healthy, fresh, and delicious. Our drinks included a carob and peanut butter latte with almond milk and a strawberry and lemongrass cooler, both were very good indeed. The smoothie bowls looked amazing and tasted amazing too, the hardest thing was deciding which one to order, we had two and the Acai Bowl was our favourite. We also shared a mushroom and truffle soup which was creamy and flavour packed. The Good Co Cafe is a very good option indeed and worth the travel in our opinion.

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Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - The Good Co 1

Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan
Signatures Food Court
Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 10am-10pm every day

You will find Saravana Bhavan literally all over the world, they are the biggest chain of vegetarian Indian restaurants with over 30 in India and 47 at different worldwide locations. We’ve visited their Brickfields restaurant in KL many times but this was our first visit to the outlet in KLCC. With time on our hands we would go to Brickfields as it’s a more authentic dining experience due to being in Little India as opposed to a food court but we would have to say the food was very good all the same. We enjoyed dosa, masala poori and chilli gobi which were all fresh, tasty and very enjoyable.

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Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Saravana Bhavan 1

Simple Life

Simple Life
Signatures Food Court
Suria KLCC
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 10am-10pm every day

Simple Life has been a long time favourite of ours as we have often stayed near to KLCC and this all organic and all veggie restaurant in the food court offers a number of great dishes with our favourite being the laksa without a doubt. It’s packed with flavour and spices and we’d have to admit that we’re kind of craving it right now as we’re writing this.

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Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Simple Life 1

Ashley’s by Living Food

Ashley’s by Living Food
11 Jalan Telawi 3
Bangsar
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 11am-11pm every day

We’ve not visited for some time but always enjoyed our previous visits to Ashley’s by Living Food. The menu includes many vegetarian, vegan and raw options including a delicious laksa and our favourites, the Living Pulled Eggplant and the Living Enchilada; here is our review of Ashley’s by Living Food from 2015.

Ashley's by Living Food - vegan laksa
Ashley's by Living Food - Living Pulled Eggplant

Happy Chef

Happy Chef
G19 Ground Floor
Wisma MPL
Jalan Raja Chulan
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 7.30am-5pm Monday to Friday

This is a typical Chinese Buddhist style vegetarian buffet restaurant that is located on the ground floor of the Wisma MPL office block, it primarily caters for the office staff and therefore isn’t open at the weekend. The staff were friendly and happy to explain which dishes were vegan, the food was tasty and cheap which was perfect as we were staying nearby. We wouldn’t travel especially for this restaurant but if we were hungry and in the ‘hood then we’d return for sure.

Happy Chefs Kuala Lumpur
Happy Chefs Kuala Lumpur vegan food

Be Lohas

Be Lohas
L2M-19
Gateway Mall
KLIA2
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 24 hours

Be Lohas is an all vegetarian and organic restaurant from BMS Organics who supply health food products in Malaysia, they have 10 restaurants in Kuala Lumpur but the one that we’re writing about (and we absolutely love) is in the mall at KLIA2 airport. That’s right there is an all vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options at the airport. Does it make us a bit weird that on more than one occasion we have queued up at immigration, had our passports stamped and entered Malaysia just to eat there? We don’t think so meaning whenever we have a layover in KL between flights we head to Be Lohas for the laksa which is our favourite vegan laksa of all time.

Be Lohas vegan laksa
vegan food at Be Lohas KLIA2

Vegan Friendly Shops in Kuala Lumpur

The Hive Bulk Foods

The Hive Bulk Foods
92a Lorong Maarof
Bangsar Park
Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times: 9am-7pm every day

The Hive Bulk Foods is the first zero waste store in Malaysia and has a fantastic array of products including dried food, spreads and oils but also cleaning products and toiletries. It is inspiring and refreshing to see this type of business and would support it for sure if we were living in Kuala Lumpur…

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Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - The Hive 2

Supermarkets

We planned to give you a definitive list of what you can find in the many supermarkets in Kuala Lumpur but during our last few visits it became apparent that this wasn’t possible. The availability changes on a regular basis and we don’t want to be responsible for sending you from one side of town to the other to buy Gardein vegan burgers or Follow Your Heart vegan cheese only for you to find they no longer stock the product you were craving. However, we can say if you take the time to visit branches of Jaya Grocer, Cold Storage and Village Grocer you are likely to find something exciting, imported and vegan if that’s what you’re looking for. We can say that the Village Grocer with the largest selection of imported goods and a dedicated organic section is in Bangsar and Jaya Grocer has an outlet at KLIA2 which is perfect to pick up some supplies when passing through the airport.

Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Gardein
Kuala Lumpur Vegan Food - Follow Your Heart

More online Vegan Guides to Kuala Lumpur

Below are some of our favourite online vegan guides that will help you as a vegan traveller in Kuala Lumpur, please let us know if we’ve missed any and we can add them to the list and of course Happy Cow is your friend as a travelling vegan so here’s their Kuala Lumpur page. Also, special thanks to our friend, Abi from Veganning in KL who has helped us keep this guide up to date.

Guide to Eating Vegan in Kuala Lumpur by Mindful Wanderlust
Vegan Food in Kuala Lumpur by Mostly Amelie
Malaysian Vegans Favourite Restaurants

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2 Comments

  1. Abi October 26, 2018 at 1:49 am - Reply

    Hey Caryl and Paul!

    A mini update to say that the Kind Kones location you visited (at Four Seasons place) was sadly only a temporary pop up, and is no longer there! Kind Kones have, however, just opened two new outlets this month (Oct 2018)! One in Empire mall, Subang, and one in Mid Valley Megamall – yay for all the vegan ice cream!

    Huge thanks for this updated KL post by the way – it’s an excellent resource to direct people to! Hope to catch up next time you visit! Love and nooch, Abi (@veganninginkl) x

    • Vegan Food Quest October 30, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Hi Abi,
      Thank you so much for the update re Kind Kones, we will amend the guide right now. It’s a shame as we often stay right by Four Seasons Place so it was perfect to get our ice cream fix!
      Hope you are well and also hope our paths cross next time we’re in KL for sure…
      Paul & Caryl x

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