Veganism is one of the healthier life choices you can make, but it is also one of the most misunderstood. The worst part used to be that unless you’re cooking for yourself, there weren’t many vegan options you could find in restaurants, and fewer still could be classified as ‘mouthwatering’. Especially in Delhi, which is mostly associated with butter chicken and garlic naans, people believe that if you walk into cute cafes or high-end restaurants, you will not encounter many vegan options on the menu.
But Delhi is nothing if not resourceful and pioneering when it comes to food and hospitality, so now there is no dearth of options for vegans in eateries across the capital. Whether it’s those highly Instagrammable salad bowls or inventive dishes like meatless meatballs, there are several specifically vegan eateries in Delhi now. Plus, a lot of regular places also have an extensive vegan menu that will make even the most hardcore non-vegetarians reconsider their stance of not ordering vegan food.
Read on and pick a fave!
With Greenr Cafe, the founders pioneered a shift in the Indian food industry towards conscious eating and being more mindful of our health. If the idea of ‘plant meat’ intrigues you, as it most certainly should, then you must try the meatless meatball burgers and plant meatball pizzas here. You can also use this cafe as a co-working space or find a nice reading nook here, which is always an added bonus!
Address: Building 4, SMR House, Basantlok Community Centre, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
Contact: +91 7042115117
Cost for two: Rs 500
While Rose Cafe is not exclusively vegan, it has a delightful selection of vegan food options to choose from. Their specially-curated vegan menu includes Sun-Dried Tomato, Roast Garlic Salad Pizza, Baked Aubergine, and a Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, plus a range of beverages that will spoil you for choice. They also have a selection of vegan cakes that will cater to your sweet tooth and make sure you become a regular here. Their pretty pastel decor is perfect for your Instagram stories!
Address: 2, Westend Marg, Saidulajab, Saket
Contact: +91 9899055665, +91 9810088762
Cost for two: Rs 1,000
If clean, healthy, and mindful eating is your thing, then Getafix is perfect for you. They take the idea of guilt-free indulgence seriously and choose air-frying, grilling, and baking over other forms of cooking to make sure all their dishes satiate your hunger but do not do you any harm. Buckwheat pancakes, avocado toast, and the mezze platter are all good, but the arugula salads, tofu sandwich, and quinoa burgers are their specialities.
Address: M 15, 1st Floor, Greater Kailash (GK) 1, New Delhi
Contact: 011 49064141, +91 8800203503
Cost for two: Rs 1,500
At Roadhouse Cafe, the chef has specially designed a comprehensive vegan menu with starters, sides, and desserts. You might get a hint of cheese-like flavour in these dishes but that's only because they have tried to achieve a similar flavour by using specific vegan-compliant ingredients. Try their chipotle chilli hummus, Aglio olio peperoncino spaghetti, and don't forget to sample the yummy carrot cake for the perfect vegan meal!
Address: M-22, 2nd Floor, Main Market, Greater Kailash 1 (GK1), New Delhi
Contact: 011 66103928
Cost for two: Rs 1,700
This is a very popular name across Delhi, with outlets in several prime locations. And while they are known for their delicious burgers and cocktails, some time ago they launched an organic menu full of healthier options and superfoods, including many vegan dishes.
Addresses: 23, Ground Floor, Odeon Building, Radial Road 5, D Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi
17, 1st Floor, Khan Market, New Delhi
Ground Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Contact: 011 46075646, 011 43562820
Cost for two: Rs 1,600
Look no further if the idea of reading a book in a peaceful cafe while savouring vegan delicacies appeals to you. Cafe Turtle, which has outlets in Khan Market, GK 1, and Nizamuddin East, is set up along with the bookstore Full Circle, and is perfect for an afternoon or evening visit. Their most popular vegan menu items include salads and Lebanese platters, so choose something, get your favourite book along (or buy one from Full Circle), and settle in for an evening of a book lover’s dreams.
Addresses: Shop No.23, 2nd Floor, Middle Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi
N-16, 3rd Floor, Greater Kailash I (N Block Market), near Fabindia, New Delhi
8, Nizamuddin East Market, New Delhi
Contact: +91 11 24655641
Cost for two: Rs 1,100
This restaurant is a treat for Asian food lovers, and vegans are often led to believe that they have very limited options when it comes to this particular cuisine. Dirty Apron is here to prove those people wrong, as they have plenty of vegan options as part of their regular menu. Start with their orange and raw mango salad, and have the blacked tofu with udon noodles as the main course, and this will soon become your fave restaurant in Delhi. It is just a floor above The Piano Man so you know that you’ll have the right music and ambience to accompany your meal.
Address: B6-7/22, 2nd Floor, Safdarjung Enclave Market, Opposite Deer Park, Safdarjung, New Delhi
Contact: 011 41315181, +91 9773710169
Cost for two: Rs 2,800
The Crafts Museum by the Ministry of Textiles espouses the back-to-roots ethos, which is also reflected in their very retro, very popular Cafe Lota. While not exclusively vegan, a lot of their food options are healthy and light. You should try their breakfast menu for a quick meal, and their khichdi made with rice, lentils, and signature spices to really get a taste of the place. Apple jalebi is one of their most celebrated desserts, so if you have a sweet tooth, you know where to go!
Address: National Crafts Museum, Gate 2, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Contact: +91 7838960787
Cost for two: Rs 1,200
Even though Perch is heaven for wine and coffee lovers, they have a comprehensive menu with several gluten-free and dairy-free options for vegans. The roasted pumpkin and kale soup, apple and fennel salad, and black rice and mushroom risotto are some of the top choices. Let their chill ambience elevate your dining experience so you can treat yourself right!
Address: 71, 1st Floor, Khan Market, New Delhi
Contact: +91 8373976637
Cost for two: Rs 2,000
The exclusively vegan menu of Burma Burma is enough to convert any non-vegetarian. With an emphasis on maintaining the authenticity of Burmese food, everything is cooked with precision and perfection, and the results speak for themselves. Their salads and soups are just as delectable as their mains, which are more rice and curry-based. Try their samosa soup, crispy lotus stem and spicy avocado tea leaf salad. But whatever you do, do not forget to order their bubble tea, which is about to become your new favourite drink.
Address: S 25, Second Floor, A 3, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi
Contact: 011 49145807, 011 49145808
Cost for two: Rs 1,500
Sattvik is a Delhi staple, and pretty much everyone from your family will have fond memories of this strictly-vegetarian place that also has a host of vegan options. Their vegan dragon rolls, stuffed with exotic vegetables, are a huge crowd puller here and reason enough for you to hit this place.
Address: S-5, 2nd Floor, Select Citywalk Mall, Saket, New Delhi
Contact: 011 40599913, 011 40599911
Cost for two: Rs 1,700
This is a three-storey Tibetan-themed cafe in Majnu Ka Tila, which has a few nice vegan options that make it perfect for an evening hangout. Try their juices and salads, and let the ambience transport you to a different place altogether.
Address: House 6, New Colony, Majnu ka Tila, New Delhi
Contact: 011 66103668
Cost for two: Rs 450
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