January 24, 2020
Hi guys! Do you know that philippines cuisine is all about fish, seafood and meat? The meat they consume are mostly pork (you might be familiar with “lechon” – a whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal). When I first came here I thought that it would be really difficult to find plant-based cafes.
However, going deep into the city I found some vegan places that I want to share with you. Here we go!
Monday – Thursday from 11:30am – 9pm, Friday 8am – 5pm, Saturday – closed
Lunhaw Vegan Cafe
Behind Maxwell Hotel
N Escario Street
First in my list is Lun-haw vegan cafe. It’s only 20 minutes from 3D Academy on foot. This is a lovely place with friendly people. Lun-haw shines with its harmonious interior and cute plants at the tables. Most importantly, the food is amazing and healthy. They cooked dishes like lasagna, buffalo broccoli, breaded nori-wrapped tofu, moringa sesame noodles, pizza and so on.The prices are really affordable ranging from 85 pesos (~USD 1.60) for a delicate soup to 200 pesos (~USD 4) for black burger.You should definitely try the vegan version of local Filipino famous ‘sisig’ (when I tasted it I was over the moon). They also have a selection of smoothies / shakes and new purple ice-cream on coconut milk with fruits and nuts on top. Yumm
Open Monday – Saturday 9am – 10pm
Healtht U vegetarian cafe
A Tormis Street, Cebu CIty
Cebu City Call 0917 312 6009
If you have a tight budget, Healthy U cafe is a good place to visit. Located near the city center, next to Southwestern University Phinma, it provides a variety of delicious food. Don’t let the modest and old looks of the cafe stop you from visiting. It has a homey atmosphere to relax and here you can spend time with close friends in a quiet ambience. They have quite some choices of vegan dishes. Healthy U serves satisfying side dishes including tofu cheese lumpia, ngohiong, veggie meat barbecue sticks, mock meat with chickpeas, veggie nuggets, vegetables dishes and sweet desserts.I should say it was the best food I tried in the Philippines! Steamed tofu in curry sauce was filling and tasty. I also tried a bean cutlet that had a great flavour and texture. When I finished my dinner I was full.Service was excellent and helpful to introduce each dish. Next time, I want to try drinks such as soymilk, kombucha, tamarind and lemongrass juices. I recommend you to visit this place at lunch time because after 6 pm there might be no dish left for you.
Open daily for lunch 10am – 3pm, dinner 5pm – 9pm and buffet at the weekend
Planet Vegis Cebu
E Osmana St
Corner of J Diaz St
The next hidden restaurant waiting to be found is located in Osmena St. corner J.Diaz St (20 minutes from Fuenta Osmena Circle). Planet Vegis is a vegan and vegetarian cafe that is famous for its variety of creative veganised filipino dishes. The price of the dish here is higher than in average cafe. However, the portions served are huge. So you can order one dish and share for two people. Here you can try the good moc meat, BBQ skewers with sweet sauce, ‘calderetta’ – a Spanish stew deliciously fragrant with bay leaf. The Chef always tries to create a new taste to the familiar flavors. Menu also includes some arabic dishes like falafel and kebab, indian and chinese meal. I liked the interior of this cafe with spacious rooms and informative stands but I was not satisfied with food such as vegan kebab from tofu and vegetables seemed tasteless for me. However, the vegan burger that my friend ordered was pretty good.
As you see Cebu have some options for people who want to avoid eating animal products. There are some other places that I didn’t visit. Come and explore Cebu together, while studying here.
Hi everyone, this is Anastasiia. You can call me Anna. I am the current Russian intern of 3D Academy. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you in 3D :)