Traveling as a vegetarian can sometimes be stressful, especially in regions of the world where the cuisine is meat heavy. If this is your concern coming to Budapest, this list of vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants should put you at ease. If you have other dietary restrictions, like celiacs, most of the restaurants on this list can accommodate you too. So without further ado, here are the best vegetarian restaurants in Budapest!
1. Vegan Love
Vegan Love, located on the Buda side of the river, is serving up the freshest vegan street food in Budapest. If you’re craving a fully loaded hot dog or even a Philly Cheese Steak, Vegan Love has a vegan alternative sure to impress even the carnivores among us. But if you’re looking for lighter fare, Vegan Love offers smoothies and a salad bar in addition to cheese burgers the size of your head. This is a great budget friendly option and just about everything can be made gluten-free. It’s also just around the corner from Gellert Hotel and Thermal Bath, so it’s the perfect place to grab a healthy bite after a relaxing day at the baths and spa.
Address: Budapest, Bartók Béla út 9, 1114
Website: Vegan Love
If you find yourself at the Basilica around lunch time, check out the nearby Delibaba. It’s fast, inexpensive, and offers meat and vegan options, making it a perfect place for a quick pitstop during a long day of exploring. Delibaba serves breakfast and lunch with an array of omelets, sandwiches, and soups. Be sure to check out their strawberry cheesecake and roasted eggplant sandwich.
Address: Budapest, Nádor u. 19, 1051
Nemsüti is a vegetarian sandwich shop located in District XIII, near Freedom Square and not too far from the Basilica. Although they began by serving sandwiches and salads, they have expanded their menu recently and offer an ever changing array of hot meals. Come to Nemsüti for an ultra-fast, but filling filling veg meal. If you’re feeling too lazy to leave your hotel, Nemsüti also offers a vegetarian delivery service.
Address: Budapest, Jászai Mari tér 4b, 1137
Website: Nemsüti (in Hungarian)
Located in District V, Szimply is a creative cafe serving unique vegetarian, gluten-free, and meat dishes for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, making it ideal for group travelers. Their menu featuring items like asparagus ice cream, cardamom peanut butter, and spirulina pancakes, is sure to attract adventurous foodies. But never fear, they do have more simple dishes on their menu, like quinoa bowls. Stop by Szimply for a super healthy start to your day of sightseeing.
Address: Budapest, Röser udvar, Károly krt. 22, 1052
Facebook page: Szimply
5. Napfenyes Restaurant and Pastry Shop
If you’re looking for vegetarian and vegan interpretations of Hungarian classics, look no further. Not only does their pastry shop provide traditional Hungarian desserts, but you can even try vegan goulash. Napfenyes, meaning sunshine, offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. In addition to their large menu, they also have seasonal and daily menus so you’ll never get bored eating here.
Napfenyes Restaurant and Pastry Shop
Address: 1053 Budapest, Ferenciek tere 2
Website: Napfenyes Restaurant and Pastry Shop
6. Lexo Bistro
This incredibly popular restaurant is located near Oktogon, just off of Andrassy utca, one of the main shopping areas in Budapest. Serving vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and pescatarian options, Lexo Bistro is the perfect place for groups. To sample a local Hungarian custom, Lexo offers the option to design your own traditional Hungarian fish soup.
Address: Budapest, Jókai tér 6, 1061
Facebook page: Lexo Bistro
7. CsendesM Vegan Bistro
CsendesM is located in District V, not far from the National Museum. The owners are truly dedicated to sustainability. Everything at CsendesM is free of animal products, additives, and preservatives, while all packaging is 100% biodegradable. Most items on the menu can be made gluten-free and the meals are so delicious you won’t miss meat at all (cauliflower alfredo anyone?). This is probably the least expensive restaurant on this list; you can get a filling meal for less than 3 USD, making it a great option for those traveling on a budget.
CsendesM Vegan Bistro
Address: Budapest, Henszlmann Imre u. 1, 1053
Website: CsendesM Vegan Bistro (in Hungarian)
8. Edeni Vegan Restaurant
Resting at the foot of Buda Hill, Edeni was the first vegan restaurant in the Buda side of the city. It could be a great place to stop for lunch after exploring Buda and visiting the Royal Palace. Edeni offers salad, soups, smoothies, and warm vegan meals, as well as taking care to present gluten-free options.
Edeni Vegan Restaurant
Address: Budapest, Iskola u. 31, 1011
DOBRUMBA is a popular Middle Eastern restaurant in the Jewish District near the Great Synangogue. Although they serve meat, they have an abundance of vegan and vegetarian options. Stop here for some of the best Middle Eastern food in Budapest, great decor, and delicious dessert. Don’t forget to try their muhammara (red pepper spread). Reservations are sometimes necessary.
Address: Budapest, Dob u. 5, 1074
Facebook page: DOBRUMBA
10. Slow Foodiez
Slow Foodiez serves vegetarian and raw vegan comfort food in Budapest’s 6th district, near Nyugati Railway. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Slow Foodiez comes up with creative takes on vegan food. Here you can get everything from sushi, to vegan cheese plates, to breakfast pizza. Be sure to check out their vegan omelet and detox smoothie.
Address: Budapest, Szondi u. 11, 1067
Website: Slow Foodiez
There's something for everyone
If you need a healthy, budget friendly pitstop while you’re exploring Budapest, check out any of these great places to do something good for the environment and your body. Whether you’re a meat lover, a vegan, or gluten free, you can find something delicious at any of these vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants. To explore the vegan food scene in Budapest more be sure to stop by the Vegan Food Fest every September.
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