25 Best Vegan Friendly Cafes in Colombo with Drinks & Food

Sri Lanka is very vegetarian-friendly but being vegan in Sri Lanka is difficult unless you cook at home. We are looking at the best vegan friendly cafes in Colombo that I visited.

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Cafes vs. Restaurants

By my definition: A cafe is where the drinks are the main item and ordering food is optional. For vegan friendly restaurants in Colombo see Vegan Restaurants in Colombo | 19 Best Places to Eat

100% vegan cafes in Colombo

Smokey’s Cafe / Smokey’s Brownie Bar – Vegan Dessert and Breakfast

Smokey’s Cafe is 100% vegan and is owned by a vegan. They offer a range of delicious brownies, cakes, juices and many flavours of tea. Smokey’s Café can also deliver cakes made to order.

Smokeys don’t advertise the fact that they are vegan and attract many non-vegans to vegan treats.

Smokey's cafe / smokey's brownie bar - ranks at the top of vegan friendly cafes in colombo & the best pubs
Smokey’s brownie bar – vegan dessert and breakfast in dehiwala / mount lavinia

Drinks: 5/5

Food: 3/5 (Great but limited selection)

Laptop Friendly: Limited

Ambience: 4/5 (Not scenic but good company)

Loos: n/a

Address: Smokey’s Cafe, No 1B, College Avenue, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.

Phone: +94 (0)77 710 5113

This cafe is at the top of my vegan friendly cafes in colombo list

The list for 100% vegan cafes in Colombo ends here. The cafes below serve great drinks and also have vegan friendly items on the menu or off the menu.

Best cafes in Colombo with vegan options

Cafe Kumbuk – Vegan food options in Colombo

It was almost impossible to find Cafe Kumbuk. We tried several times before and gave up. After hearing so many positive reviews about the cafe we were determined to find it again. Later we found out that the cafe was attached to Prana Lounge and for that reason, we kept missing the sign for cafe Kumbuk. I am so glad that we found this cafe. It is so beautiful, and thoughtfully decorated with a European /colonial flair.  There is a lot of seating inside and outside and there were so many people and yet it felt relaxing with a good vibe.

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Cafe kumbuk – vegan options

The menu had awesome vegan food and drink options including desserts, it was very easy to identify the dishes as they were labelled. We ordered the burger and the chocolate mousse for the dessert. The burger was ok, but the dessert was exceptional. I couldn’t have enough of it. The service was good and the waiters were friendly.

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Charcoal vegan burger at kumbuk cafe
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Cafe kumbuk – vegan options

They also have a yoga studio which I decided to join on that day. No reservation is needed if you put your name down early enough. The class lasted for 1.5 hours and it was the best yoga class I had attended in a long time.

Our day was well spent at the cafe and I will certainly come back.

https://www.cafekumbuk.com

Drinks: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Ambience: 5/5

Cost: (Average $15 for a meal)

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

Loos: 4/5

Address: Prana Lounge 60 Horton Place, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka. Difficult to spot!

Phone: +94 112 685 310

Parking – Allocated parking area.

The Four Leafed Clover – Vegan food options in Colombo

The Four-Leafed Clover is an Irish-themed cafe based in Maya Avenue with a beautiful and modern interior.

The staff was very pleasant and reassured us that they can definitely offer custom-made vegan sandwiches.

Not long after, a beautiful sandwich arrived with the platter of chips, and by that time the waiter confirmed that the coffee machine was fixed and the coffee was ready to be served. It was a beautiful coffee, the chips were hot and crispy. The baguette with roasted vegetables was crispy, fresh, and simply delicious.

These guys can make vegan sandwiches on request. Always assume waiters don’t know what Vegan means even if they say they do. Vegans will find instances of “no milk or cheese… we only use a tiny bit of butter” etc. You can never be too careful.

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Drinks: 3/5

Food: 4/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average ($10 for two coffees, wedges and a sandwich)

Laptop Friendly? Yes, power sockets are next to most tables.

Loos: 4/5

Address: 168 Maya Ave, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 76 169 0006

The four leafed clover vegan options in colombo

Café on the 5th with vegan food options in Colombo

The cafe has a very spacious and nice seating area outside. You order at the counter and they bring it to you. We waited about five minutes for the roti to arrive, the waiter served them hot and they were tasty.

Nothing much to complain about nor to shout loudly about the cafe. Roti and drinks were good. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find anything else suitable for us.

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Drinks: 4/5

Food: 3.5/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average ($5 for a couple)

Laptop Friendly?  – N/a

Loos: Did not use

Address: 108 5th Ln, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 573 765

Parking – Own parking

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Cafe on the 5th

Café La Defense – vegan options in Colombo

Café La Defense is a small cafe with good seating areas. There were only three vegan options on the menu: a veggie sandwich which you need to ask to prepare without butter, potato wedges and pol sambol sandwiches which were not available.

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Café la defense - cafe with vegan options in colombo
Café la defense – cafe with vegan options in colombo

If you are coming to do some work on your laptop Café La Defense is not the best place in terms of lighting but you can find plug points to charge your computer. Wifi is usable too.

Café la defense vegan options in colombo

We were planning to work until late evening but had to leave earlier. Because the restaurant’s staff was chopping vegetables at the “meet and greet” area possibly for the next day. The smell of onions was so overpowering in the seating area that it started to sting my eyes and we had to leave immediately.

Drinks: 3/5

Food 3/5

Ambience: 3/5

Cost: Average ($10 for snack and coffee)

Laptop Friendly? Yes, power sockets are next to most tables.

Loos: 3/5

Address: 124 Park Rd, Colombo 5, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 115 977 787

facebook.com/cafeladefense

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – Great coffee and good vegan sandwiches

There are three Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf cafes in Colombo and the one we usually go to is based in Colombo 03. They do pleasant coffee compared to the quality of the coffee you get in some coffee shops in Sri Lanka and they also have a good selection of tea.

The cafe offers a variety of food options on the menu but nothing suitable for vegans. The manager, knows very well what vegan means and was happy to prepare some vegan toasted sandwiches with veggies (without butter and cheese) and French fries. He also offered us soy milk with our coffee if we wanted.

At first, I asked if they can prepare vegan fried rice with vegetables but unfortunately, they don’t offer an option like that as their main meals were already premade. So, for that reason, we have been having our vegan sandwiches along with hot drinks.

The staff in the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Cafe are nice and helpful. The reason why we keep going here is because of the excellent coffee and it’s great for casual business meetings. 

Drinks: 5/5

Food: 3/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: $12 for 2 sandwiches and 2 hot drinks

Laptop Friendly: Yes, plug points and acceptable Wifi

Loos: 5/5

Address: 375 Landmark Galle Road, Building, Colombo 03 00300, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 301 466

https://www.coffeebean.lk/

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Kopi Kade – Excellent coffee and interesting vegan food options

The friendly owner of Kopi Kade is able to provide off-the-menu vegan options when requested. Also, they have great kombucha!

You can find a variety of coffee beans to choose from, including the single-origin and various blends that may surprise you. It’s clear that the owner is really passionate about coffee and you can find some of the best coffee for the cheapest prices.

If you like good coffee then this would rank as number 1 on the list of vegan friendly cafes in Colombo.

Kopi kade - cafe with vegan options in colombo

Tip for tourists: Ask taxis to go to Stratford Avenue at Kirulapana and ask for directions from locals in the area instead of asking them to go straight to Kopi Kade, because Kopi Kade simply means Coffee Shop in Sinhalese.

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Drinks: 5/5

Food: 3/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average ($20 for a couple)

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Loos: 5/5

Address: 15/3 Stratford Ave, Colombo 00006, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 77 055 2233

Parking: Available at the Cafe

Kopi kade - cafe with vegan options in colombo

The Cauldron – Perfect for working, good coffee, great staff and vegan food

We have been to The Cauldron cafe so many times that the staff recognizes us. They know exactly what we want.

The cafe doesn’t have vegan food options on the menu. But we had a couple of selections that can be prepared so that it’s suitable for vegans. One is the seeni sambol (toasted sandwich with caramelized onions) which we normally have for breakfast. The seeni sambol never fails. It comes out hot and crispy and simply delicious.  The other dish is meat-less-meat (soya) fried vegetable rice served with gravy which is not exceptional but quite good and fulfilling to have as a dish for your main.

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They serve Lavazza coffee using a consumer-level coffee machine which is better than most coffee you can get in Colombo but may not be suitable for coffee buffs.

As they have some vegan options which are not advertised as vegan, be sure to say you’re vegan if the owner is available, if not, specify that you don’t eat eggs and not to use butter anywhere.

The staff is very good and always happy to see us. The cafe is spacious with good and subtle music. Perfect place for business meetings, teleconferences or just to chill out. If you need to make a short conference call they are happy to reduce the music to a minimum (if it’s loud), just ask.

This ranks as my number one in vegan friendly cafes in Colombo for laptop-friendly work.

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Drinks: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average ($8 for 2 people)

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

Loos: 5/5

Address: 06, 68 Stratford Ave, Colombo 00600, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 366 243

Parking – Limited spaces at the cafe but you can always park by the road.

Heladiv Tea Club in Colombo – Amazing tea and vegan-acceptable food

We sat down outside in the open-to-air square which was quite nice with a pleasant atmosphere.

The cafe offers mainly vegetarian food and vegetarian items can be made suitable for vegans. I had a veggie patty burger without cheese, mayo, butter, etc (as always make sure you go through the entire list – I can’t stress this enough)

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The burger tasted okay. It actually reminded me of a vegetarian burger from McDonald’s that we used to buy when we were students. We were hungry enough to order anything as long as it was suitable. Surprisingly, the burger didn’t come with any fries however, it did come with sad looking salad.

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The teas tasted good we tried two different types and they were strong and aromatic. 

I wouldn’t go out of my way for this place however, The Ministry Of Crab which is in the same court is extremely popular and this is maybe your only option if you are out with your friends and end up in this area.

I didn’t see any other restaurants in this square offering vegan food. 

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You need to speak to the manager and ask if they can make you a vegan sandwich or a vegan-friendly burger. They will happily make changes for you. They serve beautiful teas. 

This place only made it to the list of vegan friendly cafes in Colombo because of how nice the tea was.

This place only made it to the list of vegan friendly cafes in colombo because of how nice the tea was.

Drinks: 5/5

Food: 3/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average ($15 for a couple)

Laptop Friendly – N/A

Loos: N/A

Address:  Dutch Hospital, No 8, Old, Colombo 20000, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 115 753 377

http://heladivteaclub.com/

The Barnesbury – A nice cafe with vegan food options in Colombo

We stopped at The Barnesbury after my eyes caught a pretty garden outside of it. It was Sunday afternoon and we thought it might be worth checking out their menu.

The menu had listed ingredients under each item (which is uncommon in Sri Lanka) and it was easy to choose the dishes. As always, don’t just go by the ingredients. Make sure you confirm with the waiter that the dish you’re ordering is totally animal free. (in Sri Lanka, not many people are aware of veganism)

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The barnesbury cafe

I ordered the vegetable soup. It was just ok but it was fresh and tasty more like homemade soup. The soup was served with a piece of bread which I couldn’t have because it had butter on it.

The coffee, juices (particularly papaya) and the atmosphere were amazing.

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Overall, it’s a nice restaurant thoughtfully decorated with antique wall decor, crafts and paintings. As a result of that, the restaurant looks very attractive to spend time in, unfortunately not many options to eat for vegans at the time when we visited. 

Drinks: 3/5

Food: 3/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average $8

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Address: 91, Barnes Pl, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Loos: 3/5

Phone: +94 112 682 144

Parking – Own parking

http://thebarnesbury.com/about.html

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The barnesbury cafe – nicely decorated restaurant

Delifrance (Odel) – Vegan food options in Colombo

My husband and I absolutely love Delifrance when it comes to sandwiches.

The staff is amazing here, they know what vegan means and are happy to help you with vegan food options. The sandwiches are always made to perfection. Footlong crispy bread filled with roasted or freshly grilled vegetables and topped up with salad. The size and the filling of the sandwiches keep you going for a good few hours.

There is a food court by the entrance of Odel. There is only one of the outlets that offer a vegan option and we weren’t impressed with it. It’s not often when we pick sandwiches over local food but if you are here at Odel it is an exception that we recommend.

Drinks: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Ambience: 3/5

Cost: Average $8

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Loos: 3/5

Adress: 5 Alexandra Rd, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 676 860

Parking – Own parking

https://www.facebook.com/delifrancelk/

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Barefoot Garden Cafe – Great vegan finger food in Colombo

My husband and I planned to visit Barefoot Garden Cafe since we arrived in Colombo. I was eager to find out what vegan food they can offer if any. They did have vegan-friendly food and we had a good time enjoying live jazz, fresh juices and finger food.

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Barefoot cafe with vegan options – colombo

The vegan dishes are not labelled on the menu however, the ingredients of the dishes are listed and you can easily see which dish is likely to be vegan. Also, the staff knew what vegan means (highly unusual for Sri Lanka) and with their confirmation, we placed our order.

We had three delicious dips: olive, hummus and baba ghanoush with pita and fresh-cut vegetables. The portion was a reasonable size and was enough for two to share. The dish was freshly-made, tasty and yet filling. The wedges were well seasoned, crispy and served hot with a pot of ketchup. Our food was great and we enjoyed every bit of it.

The coffee and the freshly made juice were very good.

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Vegan options wedges and three dips with pitta & vegetables

Drinks: 5/5

Food: 4.5/5

Ambience: 5/5

Cost: Average ($15 for a platter to share and 2 soft drinks)

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Loos: 4/5

Address: 704 Galle Rd, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 589 305

Parking – Own parking

https://www.barefootceylon.com/

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Dips olive, hummus, baba ganoush with pitta and fresh cut vegetables

Java Lounge – Coffee shop with vegan options in Colombo

Java Lounge Colombo is one of the oldest coffee houses in Sri Lanka. One day we needed to get our work done and came across this cafe on Jawatte Road. It was very attractive outside and inside and we wanted to find out if Java Lounge Coffe House offers vegan options. So, we walked in and asked for the menu. 

The staff were very nice and were happy to prepare for us custom-made wraps. The wraps were filled with grilled vegetables and tasted very good. They were accompanied by a portion of french fries which were hot and crispy.

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Custom-made wraps accompanied by a portion of french fries

For drinks, we had americano which tasted as good as standard coffee. If you fancy latté you can have it with soy milk.

Java Lounge Coffee House has a relaxing atmosphere and it’s a good place for a meeting or just to get work done. They serve varieties of snacks, desserts, cakes, juices, tea and coffees. There are no vegan options at all however, they are happy to customise for you.

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Drinks: 4/5

Food: 3.5/5

Ambience: 4/5

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

Cost: Average ($8 for fries, sandwiches and 2 drinks)

Loos: 3.5/5

Address: 135 Jawatte Rd, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 556 63

https://www.javalounge.lk/

Cafe Beverly – Vegan options in Rajagiriya, Colombo

The Cafe Beverly in Colombo is located on the side of a busy highway. The building is divided into two parts, one part is the cafe and the other part is the shopping mall.

It offers a wide selection of vegetarian dishes. The menu is colour coded and ingredients are mentioned under each dish. Those which are labelled green, you can easily tell if it can be suitable for vegans although a waiter confirmation is a must.

We had a dahl soup (lentils soup), and tomato soup and both of them were freshly made although to my personal taste the soups were a little bit over-seasoned.

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Cafe beverly – vegan options, colombo

It was nice to know that this cafe had some options for vegans but it’s nothing to go out of the way for.

Food: 4/5

Ambience: 3.5/5

Laptop Friendly? – No powerpoints but you can stay a whole day with an M1/M2 Laptop. 

Cost: Average ($8 for  two portions of soup)

Loos: 3.5/5

Address: 475/C Sri Jayawardanepura Mawatha, 10100, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 888 686

Parking – Own car park

https://www.beverlystreet.lk/cafe-beverly-menu

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Some vegan options

London House of Coffee – Some vegan food options in Colombo

London House of Coffee is a very nice and thoughtfully decorated cafe with a British theme. A very good seating arrangement with vintage decor, books on the shelves and the piano. When we walked to the second floor, there was a pianist performing and it was very relaxing.

After a few minutes of settling in and finding comfortable armchairs, we were ready to order. The waiter almost immediately brought us a menu but took an awfully long time to get back to us to take our order.

When he finally came, the waiter either didn’t understand English or didn’t have the ability to listen. He got our order wrong several times. When we asked for coffee without milk, he kept repeating coffee with milk. We asked for tea and he thought we are ordering an apple pie…maybe they are famous for apple pie. It was bizarre that he got that wrong as well. Eventually, we had medium-roasted coffee and Earl Grey tea.

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They don’t offer vegan food options and the only thing we could order was a salad with two slices of bread but it was nice and filling.

Overall, it’s a nice place for relaxing, reading a book or just for a good cup of coffee.

Drinks: 4/5

Food – 3.5/5

Ambience – 5/5

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Cost – ($10 salad and two drinks)

Loos – 5/5

Address: 2 R G Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 693 072

Parking – Available on the road

Tea Avenue – Cafe with excellent Polos (Jackfruit) burgers

Most cafes and restaurants in Colombo, Sri Lanka will have some vegetarian options. If they don’t have anything suitable for vegans, most of the time they will be happy to customise the dish or snack making it vegan-friendly. In most cases, they can make sandwiches with suitable ingredients, serve you with a portion of chips or make a vegan burger with vegetables and coconut sambal. During our visit, we found out that Tea Avenue in Colombo, Sri Lanka offers vegan burgers made from polos.

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Premium coffee by tea avenue

Based on their menu, Tea Avenue specialises in tea brewing to perfection. They also offer premium coffees and chocolate-based drinks.

The highlight – Delicious vegan burgers made with polos 

Going through the menu there was a list of burgers I was desperately hoping to find a vegan option in the burgers section but part of me was expecting there to be none. And there it was…..a vegan burger. Spicy Polos Burger with Jalapenos served with Chips and Salad. Perfect! What more can I wish for?  

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Spicy polos burger with jalapeños served with chips and salad

Although the menu doesn’t specify vegan food, you can tell by the listed ingredients below the dish if it’s suitable for vegans. However, bear in mind you can’t solely rely on listed ingredients, you need always confirm with the waiter or manager before ordering any dishes in Sri Lanka unless it’s specified as “vegan” on the menu. 

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Tea avenue – vegan food options

Polos (young jackfruit) Burger list had all veggie ingredients. Despite explaining that we were vegan, the burger arrived with a pot of mayonnaise. It wasn’t a big issue because we turned down the mayonnaise and still enjoyed the burger with ketchup instead.  

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I absolutely enjoyed my polo burger. Good portion with a good amount of “meat”, very satisfying.  Polos is also very nutritious and you can find more about its nutritional benefits here. 

Loved the food. The prices, however, were a little expensive for Sri Lanka and the setting. The burger tasted really good though. There were comfy sofas and soft music in the background, a perfect place to relax.

Drinks: 4/5

Food: 5/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: Average $20 for a couple

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Loos: 3/5

Address: 55 Barnes Pl, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 112 669 944

Parking – Difficult

http://www.tea-avenue.com/

Cafe Nuga – Some healthy vegan food options – great for lunch

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

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Cafe nuga – healthy vegan drink – avocado smoothie

Drinks: 4/5

Food: 5/5

Ambience: 4/5

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

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

Loos: 4/5

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

Phone: +94 77 344 5377

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

https://www.cafenuga.com/

Milk and Honey Cafe – A nice cafe with vegan food options

At first, we couldn’t find the Milk and Honey Cafe easily because the sign is not quite visible from the road when driving. What you will find is a children’s bookstore in Horton place. You have to walk through the bookstore and at the back, you will see the cafe.

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Milk and Honey Cafe is quite small but very pretty and thoughtfully decorated. There are about four tables inside and a few are outside in the garden. The cafe serves fresh juices, some vegetarian food, and gluten-free and vegan food options which are clearly labelled on the menu.

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Here you can have a vegan breakfast. A few dishes are available for mains as well as vegan ice cream, cookies and dessert.

We tried miso vegetables with tofu and rice, for dessert we had a banana cake which was absolutely delicious.

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Drinks: 3/5

Food: 4/5

Ambience: 4/5

Cost: $15 for 1 meal, 1 dessert and 2 drinks for two

Loos: 2.5/5

Address: 44a Horton Place, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 11 2 696256

Parking – Limited spaces at the bookshop.

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Good Market Shop & Cafe – Ideal for shopping, drinks and vegan food

Good Market is a small shop where you can find organic grocery items, nuts and seeds, handmade toiletries and cooking spices. Although it’s not vegan it’s a good place to shop for vegan products in Sri Lanka. Inside the shop, there is a cafe where you can buy drinks juices and smoothies, snacks and main meals.

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Good market shop - colombo (vegan shopping)
Good market shop – colombo (vegan shopping)
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Lovely atmosphere and they have plug points

We normally go there for juices and once I ordered a rice curry. The food gets delivered to them but they make fresh juices in front of you. They also sell vegan brownies and cookies which is great. The sitting area is outside and some tables have plugs for your computer if you need them.

Once I ordered juice and it arrived with sugar and salt, I took it back and was happy to pay for another juice without the sugar and salt. The staff were happy to make me a drink without charging. I highly recommend this place mainly because of how well they treat the customers.

We mainly go to the shop to buy Himalayan salt and linseeds and usually end up buying some juice as well.

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Sorbets are vegan

Drinks: 5/5

Food: 3.5/5

Ambience: 3.5/5

Cost: Average $10 per person

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Loos: 2.5/5

Address: 14 Reid Ave, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 77 276 4455

Parking – Own parking

Coffee Rooms – Cafe with vegan food options Rajagiriya

Coffee Rooms has no vegan options on the menu but they are happy to customise their meals to suit your needs. We ordered pol sambol toasties vegan version (coconut and chilli without Maldive fish) with a portion of chips, served with ketchup and roasted vegetables. The dish was very good and the size was nothing to complain about. Prices are very reasonable for illy coffee and tea.

The sitting area is small but pleasant with a modern design and a nice atmosphere. It’s very agile when you want to get work done while enjoying your meal at the same time. The music is not too loud and the loos are very good (rare for Colombo at this price range). Plenty of plug points on offer which is also amazing.

Drinks: 3/5

Food: 4/5 very good

Ambience: 4/5 very good not scenic

Cost: $10 for veggie toast and coffee for two.

Laptop Friendly? Yes

Loos: 4/5 very good

Address: No.548, Nawala Rd, 10107, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 115 115 757

Parking: 4/5 secure and good but not great on a rainy day.

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Whight & Co Cafe – Vegan food options and great coffee

Whight & Co Cafe is a two-story cafe based on Marine Drive by the sea.

No vegan options on the menu but vegetarian options can be made suitable for vegans but seemed overly expensive for what it was.

We asked for french fries and they were crispy and hot. Coffee was amazing and it’s their signature drink. They really do take pride in their coffee. Coffee has been grown in Sri Lanka since 1800 and since then the coffee plantations have been replaced by tea. So, since the new millennium, the company decided to bring history back and grow coffee. The café has historical pictures and decorations about coffee and its production back in time.

Whight & Co Cafe has a very lovely atmosphere, large yet cosy spacious rooms with amazing sea view.

Drinks: 5/5

Food: 3/5

Ambience: – 5/5

Laptop Friendly? Yes, power sockets are next to most tables.

Loos: 3/5

Address: Marine Drive, 24, Aloe Ave, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 114 383 236

Parking: is available on the road.

Whight co cafe vegan options and great coffee

Coco Veranda – Cafe with good chips in Nawala

Coco Veranda offers really good coffee and a selection of sandwiches, wraps and salads that can be customised for vegan customers. Some of the best potato wedges we’ve had in Sri Lanka. The sandwiches that we ordered were forgettable (neither good nor bad).

Drinks: 4/5

Food: 3/5

Laptop Friendly? Yes

Cost: Coffee for two and a portion of wedges approx $10.

Loos: Did not use.

Ambience: 4.5/5

Address: 441 Nawala Rd, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte 11222, Sri Lanka

Number: +94 112 886 333

Coco veranda cafe with good chips in nawala

Hebrews Cafe – Good salads, great drinks

Good coffee and they were happy to make changes to their regular items. Their juices were delicious.

Drinks: 4/5

Food: 4/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

Cost: Average $10 for 2

Laptop Friendly? – Yes

Loos: 3/5

Address: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka

Parking: Private parking

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Vegan food options in bars/pubs

CÉ LA VI – Bar/Pub in Colombo with vegan food options

Formally known as Skylounge but taken over by Ce La Vi chain with the rooftop dining & club concept in Sri Lanka. This club can be found on the rooftop of Kingsbury Hotel. The rooftop has a cosy seating area with a view of the sea, a beautiful bar and a great DJ space.

The service and the staff were great. You can request nachos without cheese, edamame beans and vegan skewers which were good but not amazing. Overall, had a great night out ordering the same food over and over again (except skewers) to accompany our drinks. They have a good selection of drinks both local and foreign.

Cé la vi colombo

Good vibes, good music, a good view, and amazing drinks. But not worth going just for food.

Food: 2/5 for the limited vegan food options

Ambience: 5/5

Cost: It cost us $150 for 4 rounds of cocktails, top local whiskey and snacks for two

Laptop Friendly? – N/A

Loos: 5/5

Address: 10th Floor No. 48, Janadhipathi Mawatha, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 76 111 0110

Parking – Own parking

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Gyms

High Octane Fitness – Gym with vegan shakes

High Octane Fitness offers some of the most high-end gym facilities in Colombo. Listed here because you can buy vegan protein shakes.

Address: 42 Dutugemunu St, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Phone: +94 112 852 317

High octane fitness gym with vegan shakes

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