Maintaining a healthy diet can be tricky when traveling, especially in a locality with a myriad of scrumptious traditional meals like Yogyakarta. But being a vegetarian (either for life or just for the day) can actually enrich your dining experiences. Here are the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
More than just a vegetarian restaurant, Milas is a community and lifestyle attraction for those who take their health and wellness seriously. They go beyond simply not eating meat and strive for the best food quality, with organic ingredients and natural, non-MSG flavoring. The tasty, earth-loving meals go well with the al fresco dining experience, surrounded by lush greeneries and fresh air. Guests can also chill at the charming library and buy some handmade souvenirs. Every Wednesday and Saturday, Milas even hosts an organic market, selling the best of organic local produce.
When you’re a vegan, the next best thing after umami and something savory is probably mushrooms. The meals at Jejamuran are made from mushrooms, cooked into all kinds of dishes, from skewers to soup, and from deep-fried snacks to traditional recipes and even beverages. With the juicy texture and delectable taste, the mushroom dishes at Jejamuran are almost better than real meat and fat. Top everything off with fresh juice and you get yourself an amazingly nutritious meal.
Somayoga's vegetarian burger | @somayogavegan via Instagram
Traveling to Yogyakarta, you may want to try as many traditional dishes as possible. But being a vegan, there’s only so many edibles you can consume. Actually, you don’t have to skip the delectable Indonesian meatball, the famed satay, or rawon; what you need is a healthier version of all those meals. Somayoga uses plants and vegetables to recreate the most popular traditional menus for vegans and vegetarians. Even better, guests can feast on their earth-loving scrumptious meals while enjoying the calming nature ambiance with a traditional touch.
Avocado Smoothie Bowl | @simpleplantkitchen via Instagram
Many have said the dishes at this restaurant are too good to be vegan, but they are. Burgers, traditional meat dishes, noodles, steaks – none of which use meat and its derivatives. Beyond substituting meat for plants, this restaurant strives to provide ingredients with the best organic materials and make healthy choices for their recipes, such as using whole wheat bread for their famed vegan burger. The restaurant also serves as an art space showcasing different artworks from local and international creators.
Beyond the energizing and aromatic coffee, Fortunate serves scrumptious healthy meals to go with your cup of joe, providing all kinds of nourishment you’ll need for the day. This establishment offers you a hip, cafe-style dining experience, and helps you celebrate healthy decisions with delicious and innovative menus. From coffee, bread, snacks and to main courses, vegetarians and meat-munchers alike can enjoy the natural, eco-friendly ways of living promoted by this coffee shop.
Not really a full-on vegan restaurant, Letusee does have some non-vegetarian dishes on its menu. However, this place is known mainly for its delicious and presentable vegan menu, such as the veggie burger and a mouth-watering selection of salads. Guests can also get their nutrition fix from various healthy beverages, with fresh combinations of plants and fruits. The restaurant also offers a personal catering menu, bringing nourishing meals to its customers every day.
Veganissimo offers everything a typical Indonesian restaurant would, all in a healthier vegan version. From the famed traditional Padang meals to the Kentucky-style fried mushroom (instead of chicken), this restaurant can satisfy every kind of appetite for tasty but healthy meals. The cozy but humble setting and affordable prices make this place popular not only among tourists but also among students and locals.