Cafe Nuga – Healthy Vegan Food in Colombo

Cafe Nuga is one of the restaurants in Colombo that offers healthy vegan food 

Nuga is not a vegan restaurant but offers healthy vegan food which is labelled as vegan on the menu. They saying that their ingredients are sourced daily from local markets. Also, they never use preprocessed raw material in food preparation. So for that reason, Nuga Cafe was on my list to check their healthy vegan food.

There are vegan options on the menu and a great selection of juices and shakes with almond or soya milk options. 

Cafe Nuga - Healthy Vegan Options in Colombo
Cafe Nuga – Healthy Vegan Options in Colombo

The waiters are not well trained (which is normal in Sri Lanka). I asked to substitute honey with trickle for one of the shakes but the waiter told me that they didn’t have trickle until I pointed out that my husband’s drink choice had trickle as an ingredient. So we both explained that we’re vegan at this point along with our vegan order. A few minutes later, non-vegan garlic bread was placed on our table by the same waiter! This is not a complaint about this particular restaurant, it’s common across Sri Lanka to have untrained but very friendly staff.

Cafe Nuga - Healthy Vegan Options in Colombo
Cafe Nuga – Healthy Vegan Options in Colombo

Healthy Vegan Food

Now for all the good stuff: we ordered a rice bowl and a wrap along with an avocado smoothie and tamarind drink with the trickle instead of honey.

A rice-based dish included roasted sweet potatoes, onion, kale, crispy chickpeas and tahini. The portion was a good size and it was delicious. And I can tell you this was one of the best guilt-free restaurant food I’ve had in Sri Lanka. Both dishes were well balanced in nutrients, delicious of course, 100% plant-based and cruelty-free. (Thank you for using metal straws).

Cafe Nuga - Healthy Vegan Options in Colombo
Cafe Nuga – Vegan Chocolate Cake

This is now my new favourite place for vegan food because everything offered is healthy. ….. Well except for the vegan chocolate cake that kept staring at me. I had been good all day so it was ok to have a slice. I had it with delicious ginger tea. (black tea with fresh ginger pieces)

I can’t recommend this place enough. It’s now my favourite cafe in Colombo. I still have to visit more locations to review, but I’ll be returning to Cafe Nuga.

Cafe Nuga - Healthy Vegan Options in Colombo
Cafe Nuga – Healthy Vegan Drink – Avocado Smoothie

Where to find

Address: 69A Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 77 344 5377

Food: 5/5

Loos: 4/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average ($10 for 2 meals, 2 drinks and a slice of cake)

Laptop Friendly? – Yes, plug points by the tables.

Parking: 3.5/5 (available but difficult when busy)

Conclusion: Why are you still here? Go there already!



by | Sep 26, 2018


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<a href="" target="_self">Inga K</a>

Inga K

Inga became vegan in March 2018. After a series of documentaries that hit hard, she and her husband switched to a plant-based diet within a week and vegan soon after.Inga has a UK Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Diet and Nutrition. is a blog for anyone who strives for a healthy and happy life. We share healthy plant-based (and often oil-free) recipes and give you the best tips on finding vegan local food whilst travelling, promoting a plant-based lifestyle focusing on good health and spiritual wellbeing.

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