Vegan in Budapest: Top 10 Vegan Finds in Hungary’s Capital
Budapest is the ideal European city – it’s got history, it’s got charm, it’s incredibly walkable and well-designed, and it’s got good, cheap food. Like most of Europe, eating vegetarian or vegan in Budapest is quite easy. There are several vegan and vegetarian restaurants throughout the city, as well as those with veg options. Budapest also has a handful of health food shops, and in a pinch, their pharmacies sell the basics like soy, almond and other nut milks. I checked out a ton of veg options while I was in the city, and these are by far my favourites – so if you’re vegan in Budapest, here’s where you need to eat:
8 Csaba utca
Craving vegan gelato while in Budapest? Artigiana Gelati is an ice cream shop with vegan flavours and vegan sorbet. I didn’t actually get to the ice cream shop while I was in Bud but when I go back, I’ll be sure to check it out – the HappyCow reviews are excellent.
Múzeum Körut 19
Bio ABC is a tiny, but well-stocked health food store. At Bio ABC, you can stock up on organic fruit and veg, as well as organic nut milks and butters, soy yogurts, veggie “meats”, healthy snacks and anything else you might want for your sojourn in Budapest.
Andrássy út 68
Eco Café is an organic café on Andrássy út, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If the weather permits, you can enjoy your drink or meal outside, and admire the Neo-renaissance architecture of Andrássy Street. Eco Café serves sandwiches, soups, breads, cold and hot drinks, and desserts. Everything at Eco Café is organic, but they do have non-vegetarian and non-vegan items, so be sure to ask for modification if necessary.
Photo by Laura Verbich
Auróra u. 11
The chef and owner of Elixir, Ádám, makes all the food from scratch – pizza, pasta, soft polenta, veggie “meat” balls, etc. The food changes daily, depending on the ingredients on hand and the chef’s inspiration. For dessert, we had a slice of marzipan cake. It was smooth, sweet (but not too sweet), and the best part was that we shared it over great conversation with the chef.
Great Market Hall
Vámház krt. 1-3
Where better to enjoy local, fresh food than at the city market? Budapest’s Great Market Hall is just that – a great market, stocked with fresh produce, candied fruit, spices (paprika, anyone?), even handmade souvenirs (visit the top floor). I like the Great Market Hall for a snack, and for picking up fresh fruit and veg for breakfast “at home”.
Hummus Bar Vegetarian
Hummus Bar Vegetarian has several locations in Budapest. Although the menu is not catered to vegans, most items at HBV are by default vegan: hummus, falafel, pita, soups, side salads, and the like. Just be sure to double-check with the chefs.
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Dob u. 22
Located in the Old Jewish Quarter, Juicy has fresh-pressed juices and snacks like raw energy balls and bars. Be sure to check the ingredient list in their snacks – while some are vegan, others are paleo (i.e. eggs, eggs and more eggs).
Napfényes is a fully vegan restaurant with an extensive menu. Here, you can order anything from soup (vegan goulash), pizzas, caesar salad and spicy fries, dumplings, crêpe with veggies to risotto (to name a few). In addition to their already impressive menu, Napfényes has a weekly menu with the special of the day. If you have room, you can enjoy one of their fabulous desserts. My sister and I shared a Napoleon cake – the cake was rich and creamy, very much like “real” cream – unlike any vegan dessert we had had (we actually asked the waiter if the cake was indeed vegan!)
Káldy Gyuala u. 7
For a mid-day snack, Naspolya is your place. Naspolya is an inviting, cozy and modern café in the Old Jewish Quarter. Choose from an array of raw vegan desserts (like pumpkin pie and key lime cake), fill up on homemade granola and sip on homemade almond milk, an organic coffee or tea. Ingredients are natural, raw and good-for-you. The staff is friendly and welcoming, making Naspolya one of my favourite spots in Budapest.
Muzeum Krt 23-25
Vega City is a fully vegan buffet with a changing daily menu. A typical daily menu may include: salad, several options of veggie burgers, rice, quinoa and other grains, vegan cheeses, baked potatoes, steamed or grilled veggies, as well as fresh juices. VC also has tasty desserts. The portions are generous and even if the buffet is pay-by-weight, the prices are very fair (read: cheap).
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