With studies showing that 90 percent of Filipinos are lactose intolerant, the demand for dairy-free desserts has never been greater. Vegan dessert options include everything from Oreos (yep, they’re vegan) to coffee cake and other treats from cruelty-free food companies such as Kitchen Revolution. Even Starbucks’ frappes are vegan if you order them with soy milk and hold the whip (try the mocha or green tea versions), and you can even get Nestle Soy Cream at your local supermarket to make your own desserts at home. Though it was hard work, we managed to narrow down the top vegan sweet treat must-haves in Metro Manila to 10. Give these desserts a try—you won’t miss the milk. And if you get a craving for chocolate and can’t make it to any of the following places, grab a pack of Oreos!
1. Pipino’s Chocolate Chip Cookie
The best cookie in town! Pipino also offers vegan chocolate cake (a top choice of some PETA staffers) and green tea cupcakes. Try them all.
Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino
39 Malingap St.
Teachers Village, Quezon City
2. Chocolate Fire’s Dark Chocolate–Covered Strawberries
While all the dark chocolate at Chocolate Fire is dairy-free, the chocolate-covered strawberries are a must-have item. With soy lattés and so many chocolate options, you can make a meal out of chocolate.
Ground Level of PDCP Bldg.
Corner of Leviste Street and Rufino Street
Salcedo Village, Makati
3. Starbucks’ Dark Mocha Soy Frappe
While it may be described as a coffee drink, it’s really more like ice-cream with a kick!
Starbucks branches nationwide
4. Coconut House’s Coco Loco Dairy-Free Ice Cream
No one will miss the milk in this luscious and creamy dairy-free ice cream. Best of all, it has no cholesterol—unlike ice cream that is made with cow’s milk. The menu at Coconut House also offers many easy-to-veganize items such as a veggie tofu scramble.
Quezon City, Quezon Memorial Circle
Quezon City, Metro Manila
5. Heart2Hearth’s Chocolate Banana Cupcake
A no-fail flavor combination that kids are sure to love. Visit Heart2Hearth at the Salcedo Salcedo Market and stock up on treats for work. A variety of other cupcake flavors, cookies, and savory dishes is also available.
Salcedo Saturday Market
J. Velasquez Park, Makati City
6. Vegan Polvoron From Dr. Tam’s Vegan House
A cruelty-free and more health-conscious take on the traditional Pinoy candy. Perfect for anyone with a die-hard sweet tooth. This is the perfect treat to top off some of Dr. Tam’s famous kare kare.
Dr. Tam’s Vegan House
Metrowalk, 2nd Flr.
Meralco Avenue, Metro Manila
7. Corner Tree Café’s Chocolate Cake
Scrumptious chocolate cake topped with creamy chocolate frosting—need we say more?
Corner Tree Café
150 Jupiter St.
Bel-Air, Makati City
8. Gelatissimo’s Dark Chocolate Sorbet
Gelatissimo offers several dairy-free flavors for health-conscious or lactose-intolerant gelato-lovers. If you’re looking for a fruity treat, try the strawberry, guava, raspberry, guava, or green apple flavors.
Locations in Ayala Center Cebu SM City Cebu, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, and Piazza Serendra in Fort Bonifacio
9. Strawberry Soy Ice Cream Milkshake From Chimara Neo-Vegan Café
What could be a better treat while watching a movie? Other available flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and green tea.
Chimara Neo-Vegan Café
4/F Greenbelt 3
Corner of Paseo de Roxas and Legaspi Street
Ayala Center, Makati City
10. Mango Sticky Rice From People’s Palace
A perfect end to a great meal. This traditional Thai dessert is made from sweet sticky rice, coconut cream, and ripe mangoes. People’s Palace also has a terrific vegetarian menu—just ask your server for details.
Ground Floor, Garden Side, Greenbelt 3
Ayala Center, Makati City