Finding restaurants that serve up interesting gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan food in Singapore used to be a mad hassle. But the tables are turning as chefs and restaurateurs jump onto the clean-eating, sustainably sourced bandwagon. No longer is healthy eating or food intolerances considered an inconvenience. And gone are the days of boring old rabbit food fare; now we’ve got funky cafes slaying it with drool-worthy brunches, vibrant Mexican taquerias, Michelin-starred Cantonese fine-dining spots, and buzzy Mediterranean eateries offering delish options. If you’re looking for great grub minus the gluten and other nasties, you can’t go wrong with these health-conscious spots.
Healthy & Holistic
Afterglow (GF, VG, V)
Who says vegan and gluten-free cuisine must be boring? Afterglow aims to bring sexy back to veggies with raw, vibrant plant-based dishes made with locally sourced produce. The space is warm and inviting with soft lighting, wooden tables, and eclectic artworks. Order a cuppa made with Common Man Coffee Roasters beans, then dig into guilt-free dishes like the avocado kimchi rolls and drag-pom salad loaded with raw fruits and veggies. We’re also fans of the raw pizzas, and raw lasagne; even non-vegans would approve!
Afterglow, 24 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089131. p. +65 6224 8921. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 10:30pm
Some may lump gluten-free dining into the crunchy granola cafe type of camp, but Artemis takes GF dining to a whole new level. This sleek spot is perched on the 40th floor of the CapitaGreen building and offers up a menu that is just as inspiring as the views. Nearly everything that comes out of the kitchen is gluten-free and made with organic veggies and sustainably sourced seafood and meats. Try the wild sea bass sashimi with avocado mousse or the venison loin with balsamic poached pear.
Artemis, 148 Market Street, CapitaGreen rooftop, Level 40, Singapore 048946. p. +65 6635 8677. Open Mon – Fri 11:30am – late, Sat 6pm – late
Carrotsticks & Cravings (GF, VG, V, refined sugar-free)
Brightly done up in all white with breezy al fresco seating, Carrotsticks & Cravings is one of our favourite new Dempsey Hill haunts. The menu suits all sorts of diets including gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and vegan. The organic acai berry bowl is a great breakfast bet, while the organic lentil and dukkah roasted pumpkin salad is a solid lunch dish that will fill you up without weighing you down. You can also grab healthy sweets and snacks to go.
Carrotsticks & Cravings, 75E Loewen Rd, Singapore 248845. p. +65 8356 3331. Open Mon – Sat 8am – 3pm and 7 Rodyk Street, #01-34. p.+65 6219 3710. Open Daily 7am – 4pm
Kitchen by Food Rebel (GF, VG, V, refined sugar-free)
After years of living a not-so-healthy lifestyle as she worked in the corporate world, Elika Tasker decided to set out on a holistic clean-eating path, and that journey led her to create Kitchen by Food Rebel in the heart of the CBD. The concept here is clean wholesome food for all types of eaters including those with food sensitivities. Think raw salads, hearty GF bowls packed with veggies and hormone-free meats, grilled fish, and pastas that swap out noodles for zoodles.
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street, Singapore 068737. p. +65 6224 7088. Open Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm, Sat 9am – 3pm
The Living Cafe (GF, VG, V)
If you’ve been slacking a bit on the vitamin front, The Living Cafe is the fix to all your nutritional needs. It’s all about fresh, raw fusion food here, so you’ll find dishes like the Asian quinoa salad with a rainbow of crunchy goodness piled high on a plate, the brown rice bowl with wild barramundi, and the sesame tofu burger wrapped in lettuce. Many of the dishes are already gluten-free, and most of those that aren’t can be done up sans gluten on request.
The Living Cafe, 779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758. p. +65 6468 4482. Open Mon – Thurs 11am – 7pm, Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat 9am – 10pm, Sun 9am – 8pm
Original Sin (GF, VG, V)
The name makes it sound like the type of place where you might let all your healthy eating notions fly out the window, but Original Sin actually encourages diners to eat right with a fab menu that includes an array of vegetarian Mediterranean dishes that can be prepared vegan and gluten-free. Standouts include the haloumi with roasted capsicum, falafel salad with a minty yoghurt dressing, and the baked eggplant stuffed with pulses and ricotta.
Original Sin, 43 Jalan Merah Saga #01-62, Holland Village Chip Bee Gardens, Singapore 278115. p. +65 6475 5606. Open daily 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
Real Food (GF, VG, V)
Real Food now has three locations around Singapore, but we’re still fans of the flagship Orchard Central locale that’s part bookshop, part cafe, and part retail shop where you can buy healthy eats to take home. We love grabbing a seat next to the floor-to-ceiling windows and indulging in its awesome cakes and cookies that you can’t even tell are gluten-free. They also have a decent selection of vegan bites, but check the menu carefully (non-GF treats are still available).
Real Food, 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #02-16, Singapore 238896. p. +65 6737 9516. Open daily 10am – 10pm
Verde Kitchen (GF, VG, V)
Located in the Hilton Singapore, Verde Kitchen is a healthy eating lunch spot that aims to serve nutrient-packed food that’s good for the body, the environment, and the community. This means locally sourced, pesticide-free veggies (many of which come from the restaurant’s own vertical garden), sustainably sourced seafood, and free-range meats. Gluten-free options include the superfood organic quinoa and spinach salad, the almond-crusted salmon with green pea mash, and the flourless chocolate cake.
Verde Kitchen, 581 Orchard Road, Hilton Singapore, Singapore 238883. p. +65 6730 3397. Open mon – Sat 10:30am – 5:30pm
Pizza & Pasta
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar (GF, VG)
Pizza may be the downfall of many a gluten-free eater, but now you don’t have to suffer in agony after indulging in all that cheesy, saucy, bready goodness because Crust offers gluten-free bases for every gourmet pizza on their menu. Go veggie with the wild mushroom drizzled in truffle oil or satisfy those carnivore cravings with the sausage duo. Feel like being extra decadent? Try the Wagyu beef and prawn pizza with creamy hollandaise sauce.
Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, 34B Lorong Mambong, Singapore 227691. p. +65 6467 2224. Open Mon – Thurs 12pm – 11pm, Fris – Sat 12pm – 1am, Sun 12pm – 12am
Rosso Vino (GF)
Rosso Vino draws in the crowds with its rustic trattoria-style vibes and al fresco riverside setting in Robertson Quay, but it’s the homey Italian classics that keep people coming back for more. And just for the GF peeps, there’s an entire menu page dedicated to gluten-free eats like the penne with fresh pesto and sundried tomatoes and the risotto with mixed seafood in a light tomato sauce. Pair your authentic eats with a glass of prosecco and you’ve got the perfect GF Italian meal.
Rosso Vino, 15 Merbau Road, Singapore 239032. p. +65 6733 7735. Open daily 3pm – 1am
Blu Kouzina (GF available)
Blu Kouzina is hands down one of the best Greek restaurants in the city, and while it doesn’t claim to be gluten-free, they can actually customise some of their dishes to make them GF. Just ask your server what they can whip up, and they’ll hook you up with delish eats like the saganaki, grilled octopus, or stuffed veggies.
Blu Kouzina, 10 Dempsey Road Blk 10 #01-21, Singapore 247700. p. +65 6875 0872. Open Fri – Sun 12pm – 2:30pm, Mon – Sun 6pm – 10pm
Guzman y Gomez (GF)
A Mexican-style taqueria might be the last place you’d think would have great gluten-free grub, but Guzman y Gomez is aware that some folks have dietary restrictions, so it has made the menus to cater to all types of eaters. Try the gluten-free burrito bowls with slow roasted pork, beef, fish, chicken, or veggies piled on top of rice, jack cheese, beans and salsa. They also do fab salads with all sorts of GF fixings.
Guzman y Gomez, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2, #02-11, Singapore 018961 (plus various locations around Singapore). p. +65 6702 3200. Open Mon – Fri 10am – 8:30pm
Lucha Loco (GF)
Fun, funky, and featuring fresh Mexican flavours, Lucha Loco is a primo spot for after-work drinks and bites. The great thing about the menu here is that dishes containing gluten are clearly marked, and there are surprisingly few of them, which means you have tons of enticing options to choose from. Start with a blood orange and guava margarita before digging into the likes of ceviche, corn tacos with carne asada, and pimped out salads.
Lucha Loco, 15 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089598. p. +65 6226 3938. Open Tues – Fri 12pm – 12am, Sat 6pm – 12am
Super Loco (GF)
Created by the same people behind Lucha Loco, Super Loco has the same buzzy vibes and tasty Mexican street food style fare going on at two breezy waterfront locations. You can expect the same thoughtful labelling of all the dishes containing gluten on the menu, and tons of shared plates and hearty mains made with fresh veggies and marinated seafood and meats. We’re totally crushing on the elotes (grilled corn with chipotle mayo) and the pescado tacos with marinated snapper.
Super Loco, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-13, Singapore 238252. p. +65 6235 8900. Open Mon – Fri 5pm -12am, Sat – Sun 10am – 3:30pm, 5:30pm – 12pm
Summer Palace (GF)
Featuring elegant interiors decked out in Chinese antiques, flawless service, and exquisite Cantonese cuisine, Summer Palace is well deserving of its Michelin star. And in a rare move not seen in too many other fine-dining spots, the chef has created an entire extra menu dedicated to gluten-free plates like the pan-fried kurobuta cutlet in Mongolian sauce and wok-fried prawns with shimeji mushrooms and black garlic. You might expect it to cost a small fortune, but actually the prices are reasonable.
Summer Palace, 1 Cuscaden Road, Regent Singapore Level 3, Singapore 249715. p. +65 6725 3288. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 2:30pm, Sun 11:30am – 2:30pm, daily 6:30pm – 10:30pm