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Traveling as a vegetarian can sometimes be stressful, especially in countries in Hungary as its cuisine is best known for traditional meat-based dishes. But you’ll be happy to know that getting a hearty and delicious vegan meal in Budapest is easier than you think. Over the past several years, more and more restaurants have opened that are either completely vegan or that offer special vegan menus. Here are some of the best eateries in town!
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If you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan interpretations of Hungarian classics, look no further. It is one of the oldest vegan restaurants in the city serving vegan versions of local classics ranging from goulash or stuffed cabbage, to their amazing selection of desserts, you can find pretty much anything here. There’s even a long list of vegan pizzas as well as gluten free and raw food options. In addition to their large menu, they also have seasonal and daily menus so you’ll never get bored eating here. With passionate staff who will happily help you choose the best dishes, no wonder it’s one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Budapest.
Great Bistro certainly lives up to its name – it really is great. With its soft pastel colours, this place is reminiscent of a charming doll’s house. At this healthy spot near Arany János utca metro stop, they only make vegan, gluten, and lactose-free dishes. The owners have a huge passion for sustainability and veganism and you’ll see that reflected in every bite. Even the napkin is made of recycled material. Start your meal with their sweet strawberry soup with rose water, followed by Hungarian marrow pottage, prepared with a pinch of dill and a dab of lime. The food here is delicious and the prices are quite easy on the pocket.
For anyone looking for a very quick but tasty vegan lunch in the city centre, there is no better option than Vega City. This place is all in one: a vegan restaurant working from fresh ingredients at the city center with everything on the menu from sushi to spaghetti and a vegan grocery store right next door. There’s a huge array of options to choose from, including hot dishes such as red lentil stews, Indian curries with tofu and eggplant and lots of healthy and fresh salads and soups. Given the popularity of the place, there’s always a long queue during the lunch hours, so we’d suggest reaching here a bit early.
Meanwhile, if you fancy burgers, you can make your way across the Liberty Bridge to the Buda Side and head straight Vegan Love for the best veg burgers in town. What started as a meat-based street food business in Budapest, has grown into one of the most popular vegan burger joints. Smoky tofu steak, sweet potato and shiitake mushroom are just a few of the plant-based ingredients that go into the patties. Some burgers feature added zucchini, dairy-free cheese, sprouts, soy sauce and chili. It also has a self-service salad bar, where you can mix and match the healthy ingredients and fill them into a pocket of pita bread. It’s a relatively small place with decent prices and great food.
Who said you can’t have vegan pizza whilst enjoying a beer? A speciality pizzeria, Vegażżi boasts Hungary’s first Naples-style plant-based pizza baked in a wood-burning oven. This in-house eatery offers vegans a variety of the southern Italian treat from margherita to Mexican to marinara. Next to vegazzi, there are two bars serving draft beer, so can sit outside and enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon with some beer and good food. What started off as a food truck in their initial days, has turned into Budapest’s busiest ruin bars and a fully-fledged standalone restaurant serving lip-smacking pizzas.
For irresistible vegan street food, this place always tops the list. Their menu is short but perfect: a few burgers, sandwiches, lunchboxes (mostly pastas, hearty salads and grain bowls), soups, and two dessert options. All of Tökmag’s meals are made from local and seasonal ingredients without sugar, gluten or yeast. A stand out seasonal favourite at Tökmag is the burger with a zucchini patty, curry butternut squash cream, melted cheesy slices and sage aioli.
Have a sweet tooth? Fill Good, a completely vegan baker, is the best option for you in town. They use mainly local and organic ingredients, presenting you the best of what they have. Choose from tempting snacks such as plum dumplings, cinnamon swirls, Roman-style pizzas, and a rotating flavour of pogacha, a type of Hungarian bread. Come here for a morning booster and a quick lunch any time, or a light dinner during weekdays.
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