Where to Satisfy that Vegetarian Sweet Tooth

PETA’s Top 10 Vegan Desserts in Manila

With studies showing that a full 90 percent of Filipinos are lactose intolerant, the demand for dairy-free desserts has never been greater. Add to that the intense suffering of cows and their calves on dairy farms, and the case for consuming milk and other dairy products becomes hard to swallow. That’s why the folks at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia decided to search out the top 10 vegan desserts in Metro Manila.

Pipino’s Chocolate Chip Cookie
Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino, 39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; (02) 441-1773

Simply the best cookie in town! Pipino also offers vegan chocolate cake—a favorite among PETA staffers—and green tea cupcakes.

Chocolate Fire’s Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Fire, G/F PDCP Building, corner of Leviste and Rufino streets, Salcedo Village, Makati; (02) 840-3473

While all the dark chocolate at Chocolate Fire is dairy-free, the chocolate-covered strawberries are a must to sample. And be sure to try their soy mocha.

Coconut House’s Coco Loco Dairy-Free Ice Cream
Coconut House, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City, Metro Manila (02) 392-4115 

No one will miss the milk in this luscious and creamy dairy-free ice cream. The menu at Coconut House also offers many easy-to-veganize items, such as a veggie tofu scramble.

Heart2Hearth’s Chocolate Banana Cupcake
Heart2Hearth, Salcedo Saturday Market, J. Velasquez Park, Makati City; 09178053865

A no-fail flavor combination that kids and adults are sure to love. Visit Heart2Hearth at the Salcedo Saturday Market and stock up on treats for the whole week. A variety of other vegan cupcake flavors, cookies, and savory dishes is also available.

Vegan Polvoron From Dr. Tam’s Vegan House
Dr. Tam’s Vegan House, Metrowalk, Second Floor, Meralco Avenue, Metro Manila; (02) 633-9877

A cruelty-free and healthier take on the traditional Pinoy candy. This is the perfect treat to top off some of Dr. Tam’s famous kare kare.

Corner Tree Café’s Chocolate Cake
Corner Tree Café, 150 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati City; (02) 897-0295

Scrumptious chocolate cake topped with creamy chocolate frosting—nirvana for chocolate lovers!

Gelatissimo’s Dark Chocolate Sorbet
Gelatissimo, locations in Ayala Center Cebu SM City Cebu, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, and Piazza Serendra in Fort Bonifacio

Gelatissimo offers several other dairy-free flavors, including fruity strawberry, guava, raspberry, and green apple.

Strawberry Soy Ice Cream Milkshake From Chimara Neo-Vegan Café
Chimara Neo-Vegan Café, 4/F Greenbelt 3, corner of Paseo de Roxas and Legaspi Street, Ayala Center, Makati City; (02) 757-5652

What could be a better treat while watching a movie? Other available flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and green tea.

Starbucks’ Dark Mocha Soy Frappe
Starbucks branches nationwide

While it may be described as a coffee drink, it’s really more like ice cream with a kick!

Mango Sticky Rice From People’s Palace
People’s Palace, G/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City; (02) 729-2888

This traditional Thai dessert is made from sweet sticky rice, coconut cream, and ripe mangoes. People’s Palace also has an outstanding vegetarian menu.

“All our top 10 vegan desserts show just how delicious compassion can be,” says PETA Asia vice president Jason Baker. “And everyone wins: the diners who get to indulge in heavenly desserts and the animals who are spared suffering on cruel dairy farms.”

Sans the need to venture out to a restaurant, other mouthwatering dairy-free treats include everything from Oreos and other accidentally vegan cookies to local snacks like hopia mongo, ube, and homemade baked creations.

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