Healthy places to eat in the CBD area: Vegan, gluten-free, and other diet-friendly options

Healthy places to eat in the CBD area: Vegan, gluten-free, and other diet-friendly options

No excuses

Text: Marielle Solano

Yes we know, a McSpicy can be the easy choice, especially when it comes to that measly hour-long lunch break on a work day. But our bodies can do better — with healthy, wholesome foods that are nutritious while fulfiling at the same time. For those in the CBD, here are six spots to go to that'll spruce up your 12pm. 

1. Haakon Superfoods and Juice

For those who haven't heard about this Scandinavian eatery: where have you been? It's a haven for everyone including those with dietary restrictions, with their diverse menu of vegan, gluten-free and paleo-friendly dishes. Everything is prepared with natural ingredients to give you that extra kick of nourishment, so you can keep being boss for the rest of your day. We suggest trying out their acai superfood bowls, which they describe as "frozen bowls of goodness" — with the blends of wholesome ingredients featured in their acai bowl menu (read: granola, chia seeds, almond butter) — we certainly couldn't agree more.

1 Raffles Place, #01-11/12
Opening Hours: (Mon-Fri) 7:30am-8:30pm, (Sat) 9am-5pm

2. Kitchen by Food Rebel

The fusion dishes created by the founders of this young food place are a must-try. Embedded in a strong theme of rebellion, eating their dishes is almost empowering, the strong takeaway message being that you can make better food choices for your body and be proud of it. Expect a Hot Rebel Meal to hit you with the freshness of sustainable eating, complete with cage-free eggs, hormone-free chicken, and grass-fed Aussie beef. Vegan options are also available. 

28 Stanley Street
Opening Hours: (Mon-Thurs) 8am-6pm, (Fri) 8am-8pm, (Sat) 9am-2pm

3. Chico Loco

Introducing the dirty healthy movement: The newest food joint in this list, Chico Loco brings a fresh perspective to the 'down and dirty' Mexican chicken landscape we never knew we needed. Their opening in May is a guaranteed blessing for people who love comfort food (and, well, that's all of us), and with their antibiotic-free, organic-fed and spit-roasted birds, they serve meals you can get dirty with guiltlessly. Plus, their fast casual concept promises but a ten-minute waiting time to get your food during peak lunch hour periods. Makes you wonder what they can't do.

102 Amoy Street
Opening Hours: (Mon-Thurs) 8am-10pm, (Fri) 8am-12am, (Sat) 5pm-2am

4. Grain Traders

This casual diner has proven itself to be a reliable source of hearty, healthy meals to both satiate your hunger and satisfy your taste buds. As an added bit of control over what goes on your plate, they have a "gather your meal" option (extra points to them for the apt horticultural reference!) where you're in charge of what you eat and how much. No excuses for overeating because of large portions anymore!

#01-01/02/03, 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen
Opening Hours: (Mon-Fri) 8am - 8pm


Although there are useful apps nowadays that can help you count your calories, it's always more reassuring when the number comes from the restaurant itself. This is where YOLO has done us a solid — their signature meals (which are all Halal to boot) come with an allocated number of calories, and are conveniently categorised according to the health benefits they each offer. From their Energise menu (designed to keep you—wait for it—energised) to dishes that are vitamin packed to help you maintain youthful-looking skin, it's a simple matter of picking your health focus of the day each time you visit YOLO.

12 Gopeng Street, Icon Village #01-01
Opening Hours: 11am-9:30pm

6. Pita Tree Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar

Nothing as of yet beats biting into a perfectly grilled kebab — and that's exactly what's in store for you at Pita Tree Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar. As genuine health propagators, their authentic dishes are extra special because they're power-packed with underrated superfoods including sumac berries (a powerful antioxidant), tahini (a sesame seed derivation with more protein than even milk and most nuts), and saffron (said to have multitudinous health benefits fighting ailments such as asthma and insomnia). As they say, you are what you eat, so if you want to be the picture of vitality and vigor, you might consider a visit to their Kitchen & Bar soon.

14 Lorong Telok, Boat Quay, Singapore 049027
Opening Hours: (Mon-Thurs) 11.30am-11pm, (Fri) 11.30am-12am, (Sat) 3pm-12am