If you’re looking for the best vegan restaurants in Rishikesh…
You’re in the right place!
Located along the holy Ganges and in the Himalayan foothills, Rishikesh is well-known for being town quite unlike any other in India.
People from all around the globe are going there to visit yoga retreats, Reiki, rafting, meditation courses, and some other spiritual things. It’s the perfect place to be, because of its many different ashrams, stunning Himalayan foothills, vegan restaurants, etc.
Today we’re going to take a look in Rishikesh like a vegetarian/vegetarian town because it’s pretty easy to find great vegan food near you. Rishikesh is on the top of the ranking list of vegan-friendly cities in India.
We from Siddhi Yoga International know this amazing city like no other. In our years of experience here in Rishikesh, we have visited every single vegan restaurant. And today we want to present to you the ones we liked the most.
14 Top Vegan Restaurants in Rishikesh
1. Soul Kitchen
Delicious & nutritious vegan dining experience.
Owned by a vegan, whose mantra is “food prepared with love”, this plant-based café is the foodie’s dreamy place to eat. Here you can taste things like veggie bowls, lettuce wraps, smoothies, and raw desserts.
As you already know we’ve eaten in all of the listed restaurants, so we will tell some of the must-try dishes out there. Sprouted chickpea and the raw tiramisu are very well prepared and we recommend these two.
The best part?
In fact, the cost! A meal for 2 will cost you around $7 USD, which is absolutely worth it for the quality you receive.
2. Ramana’s Garden Organic Cafe
Garden-located, picturesque surroundings & fresh food.
This place is absolutely awesome! It’s run by Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home, which is well-known for being school and refuge for at-risk children. The menu is vegan-friendly, but that’s not all because all of the products needed for preparing the dishes comes from their organic garden.
There are different plates you can order such as spinach gnocchi, seasonal salads, eggplant moussaka, and the Indian Lunch Special which is prepared with brown rice. The desserts are no way inferior to the other dishes. Some of the must-try of them are the chocolate truffles that are personally prepared by the students in the school.
This place is not only vegan-friendly, however, it’s also wallet-friendly because here you can take a menu for 2 for the price of USD $7.
3. Beatles Cafe
Comfort place to try some healthy & Tasty food served in a gorgeous way.
With the amazing views of the Ganges river and its retro vibe, this is the perfect place for leisurely and long meals with your friends or loved ones. The cafe is located on Paidal Marg which can be called “the heart of the city”.
The cafe offers vegan, continental, Indian, and gluten-free meals. For example, if you go there for breakfast, you can try their high protein pancake and soy milk coffee, both for only USD $3.5. If you don’t drink coffee maybe you might like their cold-pressed juices and smoothies.
So if you’re searching for some healthy food, just type “Beatles Cafe in Google, and go to take what you deserve!
4. Zorba’s Organic Restaurant And Cafe
The vegetarians and vegans’ paradise.
Zorba’s is famous not only with tourists, however with locals too. The reason behind this is the excellent food and the good vibes which you can feel while you’re there.
What do we mean with excellent food?
Well, the restaurant offers a plethora of all-vegetarian and an exclusive raw vegan menu which is a big trend now in all of the tourist destinations across India.
This multi-cuisine restaurant gives you the opportunity to eat everything from the Mediterranean, Indian and Japanese classics like sushi with avocado and falafel, vegetable nuts salad, green elixir juice, and all of this at wallet-friendly prices.
And that’s not all… They’re also offering music evening parties with different artists regularly.
5. Chatsang Cafe
The perfect place to start your day with a good cup of coffee!
However, that’s not all. The brilliant cup of coffee is not all that this place can offer you.
Located very close to Lakshman Jhula, Chatsang Cafe is well-known as one of the best places to eat in Rishikesh.
The food is home-style made, and there are vegan and vegetarian dishes. Some of the must-try plates are from the Indian and western fusion cuisine.
Salads, pasta, and much more. When it comes to great desserts, the vegan banana and carrot cake are your perfect choice.
The interesting here is that all the drinks can be vegan-friendly. You can try coffee, dairy drinks, masala chai. There’s something for everyone.
The Cafe can brag with its modern interior design and the extremely good and more importantly wallet-friendly food. The meal for two here will only cost you $7-8 USD.
The best coffee house in Rishikesh is waiting for you!
6. Cafe Bistro Nirvana
Bamboo & cane hut combined with organic food…
Furniture made of bamboo, outdoor seating near to the trees and friendly atmosphere. The vegetarian organic menu in cafe-bistro Nirvana is one of the biggest in Rishikesh.
There are many traditional dishes such as Dal Makhani, Chicken Tikka Masala, many types of soups, garlic naan, organic pizzas, pita-falafel platters, pancakes.
In Bistro Nirvana you’ll see that the portions are generous and veganism is highly represented. There you can really do spiritual and physical Nirvana under the trees!
7. The Sitting Elephant
Wonderful restaurant on the rooftop of the Ellbee Ganga View Hotel in Rishikesh.
The beautiful view of the Ganges river is spectacular!
But that’s not all. This is a restaurant with décor inspired by elephants has delicious options available for every meal. All their dishes can be vegetarian and still delicious though!
The Sitting Elephant is an excellent place if you prefer to eat simple and healthy food. Some of the best dishes are their, onion soup, mushroom appetizers, veg kebab platter, and aromatic nugget biryani.
This vegetarian paradise focus to provide guests with personalized service that meets all their personal needs.
There’s only one thing you can be sure about…
…And it is that you will fall in love with this amazing place!
8. Free Spirit Cafe
The vegan’s heaven!
Free Spirit Cafe is a peaceful place with a great vibe and a fantastic view over the Ganga river which is combined with the picturesque green hills around.
The vegan-friendly Cafe is among one of the places in Rishikesh which offers hygienic and healthy food at perfectly fair prices.
The atmosphere there is relaxed and comfortable and the staff knows how to make you feel special:
Here you can check some of their must-try dishes:
Vegan papaya shake, veg laffa, pancakes, fresh apple-beetroot-carrot juice, Paneer butter Masala and Aloo Gobi with garlic Naan.
To consider, we can tell that Free Spirit Cafe is a superb place to pamper yourself with some high-quality and healthy vegan food.
9. Little Buddha Cafe
Some of the best world cuisines, all combined in a plethora of healthy vegan dishes.
Little Buddha Cafe offers a majestic view of the Ganges river to all of its visitors.
However that’s not all, they’re also serving one of the greatest the view of the river is simply majestic…food is great.
Cool atmosphere, good music, free wifi, and delicious food make this place and an outstanding option for every meal. The atmosphere is incredible and the smell of incense adds the Rishikesh authenticity!
Little Buddha Cafe serves extravagant breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu offers a wide variety of Indian and Western food: a selection of Indian bread, chips and guacamole, pizza, green salads, gnocchi, tacos, and Oreo shakes are all the most delicious.
The menu is great with lots of choices and the staff is friendly and unobtrusive.
A very relaxed and pleasant place to spend the day with great food.
10. Devraj Coffee Corner
Espresso with a view and…
Situated just next to Lakshman Jhula, this coffee corner has a few tables overlooking the river. Here you will find pure veg, so everything on the menu is safe for vegetarians. Everything is combined with the perfect atmosphere.
Devraj Coffee Corner is representing many types of food from different countries.
The excellent variety of vegan and gluten-free bakery items, tea, coffee, and other eatables. Crepe with Banana and honey, Mash Potato with vegetables, Hawaii Pizza and fruit and vegetable salads are among the most preferred.
Nice place to relax & get a proper coffee after walking around Rishikesh with an excellent taste and fantastic views!
11. Pyramid Cafe
A plethora of cuisines in the name of the perfect vegan meal.
Pyramid Cafe offers its customers mixed vegan meal options from the European, Mexican and Indian cuisine.
To reach this amazing place you’ll need a bit of a trek. However, once you’re there it will be totally worth it.
The restaurant is welcoming the guest with its amazing outdoor restaurant which is situated underneath the shade of mango trees. The beautiful garden also helps the restaurant to give you the best meal experience possible.
All of this is combined with an astonishing view down onto the city of Rishikesh and live playing music makes Pyramid one of the best restaurants in Rishikesh.
The food is no way inferior to the atmosphere. We recommend you to try their chickpea flour battered onion pakora which is their bestseller.
An important thing to know is that only a few things are in the vegan section of the menu, however, the rest of the dishes can be easily converted into vegan if you remove one or two ingredients.
The price here is pretty normal for India, so two people can get back home full for under $5 USD.
12. Street Food
Everything you can imagine to get full for under $2 USD!
India is well known for its street food. We’ve tried everything out there, so we can give you proper advice on what should you try.
For those who don’t know what exactly is Chole Kulche, this is the well-known chickpea served with some bread. In the plate, you can have also ingredients like lime juice, onion, and plenty more besides. To make it more vegan you can just ask the guy in charge to make it with bread which contains no butter.
Momos are Tibetan dumplings that are fried or steamed.
You can find them everywhere in Rishikesh.
Samosa is prepared with flour which is known from the locals as maida shell. The samosas are stuffed with some filling. In most cases, it’s mashed boiled potato, green peas, onions, lentils, fruits, or green chili. After this, it’s deep-fried in vegetable oil until it gets the perfect golden brown color.
Aloo Tikki is widely-distributed all around the streets of Rishikesh. So this is one of the best-sellers at the streets of Rishikesh.
The dish is prepared around a fried potato cake combined with some sauces. The ingredients are only water, flour, and potato, so it’s pretty simple to cook.
If you’re looking for some fresh fruits, the streets of Rishikesh are the perfect place to find the best fitting for you. There are different fresh fruits like mangos, oranges, grapefruits, and bananas. The people are also offering to juice as well.
An important thing to have in mind is to wash the fruits with filtered water before you eat them.
13. Pumpernickel German Bakery
The German Bakery is situated on the main street of Lakshman Jhula.
It has a beautiful view of the River Ganga, Tapovan, and Lakshman Jhula from the top floor of the bakery. There is a great area to read a book or just rest if you’re willing to.
The menu of this incredible place is just brilliant, it has everything for everyone except the meat-eaters.
There is a big number of vegan and vegetarian dishes prepared in a very creative way. However, creativity is not all you need. The meal here will be absolutely mouth-watering.
We recommend you try the Raw Spaghetti Salad which is topped with Pesto. It’s very tasty and vibrant.
14. Moksh Cafe
This excellent vegan place can be easily found in just 5 minutes walk on the right side of Lakshman Jhula Bridge.
The atmosphere in this amazing place feels like you’re in a different world and far away from the loud Indian traffic and the beeping horns of the cars.
This cafe can be a paradise for people who love to socialize and don’t want to watch people standing on their phones laptops and whatever tech gadget they have.
To make this happen Moksh Cafe started a “No Wi-Fi” policy which is initiated to help people connect with each other rather than keeping their eyes down watching what’s going on in social media.
People from all around the world are going there to have fun together in the rhythm of live music which is playing there every single night.
Here you can enjoy dishes like Roast Vegetable Platter with brown rice, their sweet tahini combined with sesame sauce.
Our recommended drink here is the virgin mojito which is one of the best in Rishikesh.
So what you’re waiting for?
As you can see Rishikesh is a town with a beautiful nature welcoming all vegans and vegetarians from all over the world with their big number of places to satisfy their personal needs.
So if you want to experience Rishikesh in the best way possible, you can check our Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Rishikesh!