THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 06, 2018
It’s often hard to find places to eat out as a vegetarian or vegan traveler, but do not worry - Budapest has loads of yummy places for you to try!
Hungarian cuisine is probably best known for hearty dishes such as beef goulash, chicken paprikash, and other meat-heavy dishes. But, don’t despair, Budapest actually also has a wealth of delicious vegetarian options. Eating is one of our favourite activities, so we’ve tried as many of them as we can and we’re here to tell you where to go.
With everything from burgers to hotdogs to Philly cheese steaks and even vegan kebabs, your taste buds are in for a fun time at Veganlove. And if you’re looking for something healthier then worry not, there’s a salad bar with all sorts of tasty options to choose from too! Located on the Buda side of the river, this is the perfect place to grab a tasty bite after some sightseeing. Maybe after doing our Boozy Citadel Tour, or soaking off the hangover in Gellért Baths!
Located on the bustling Kazinczy Street, KARAVÁN Street Food Market is a must visit. Conveniently, it’s right next to one of the most famous ruin bars in the city, Szimpla Kert, so you can explore one of Budapest’s best nightlife spots at the same time! Comprising of several delicious food trucks, your biggest dilemma is going to be deciding where to go! For all you veggies, there are so many tasty options - everything from Hungarian lángos (a deep fried dough with sour cream and cheese, perfect drunk food), fresh pizza and pasta, sandwiches, and burgers.
These aren’t any sandwiches and burgers though. There’s Paneer, which offers “real cheeseburgers” - that is to say, cheese that has been coated and deep-fried to be the main event in a series of deliciously compiled sandwiches. And, last but not least, there’s Las Vegans, which are probably the most delicious vegan burgers in the city. Best of all, you can get a truly filling meal for 2000huf or less (that’s 6 euros!) meaning that it’s perfect for students or for not breaking that backpacker budget.
Looking for more of sit down meal? Well, you’re in luck. Napfényes Étterem offers a whole menu of delicious vegan and vegetarian food, including a vegan version of the famous Hungarian goulash.
If you love Italian food then Ape Regina is the place for you. For a little more money you can pay for a two-hour slot of all-you-can-eat. What’s even better is that it’s also all-you-can-drink in beer, wine and soft drinks! There’s a huge salad bar, and a window where you can order pasta dishes and burgers to your own specifications, not to mention the desserts. And they do also serve lots of meat options, depending on who you’re in Budapest with, making it perfect for both the vegetarian and carnivorous traveller!
If you like Japanese food then Itoshii will be your new favorite spot. Like Ape Regina, itoshii is an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink kinda deal. They do serve a lot of meat and fish, but there are also extensive vegetarian options and they are all delicious. If you’re on a backpacker budget, it’s a little cheaper to go Monday - Friday before 3pm. Try the buddha rolls!
In our opinion, the best falafel in the city. If you love falafels, hummus, and that middle eastern food vibe, then get yourself down to Falafel Bar for a delicious and affordable lunch. Portions are generous, making it the perfect way to line your stomach before heading out to party in Budapest’s ruin bars and clubs.
If for any reason you can’t make it to Falafel Bar, then check out Hummus Bar. They have branches spread out across the city, so no matter what Budapest activities you’re up to, there is probably a tasty time to be had on the way. You can get an overflowing falafel pitta with all the trimmings for a mere 900huf - that’s only 3 euros!
Head to Pizzica for some of the best pizza in the city. A small pizza joint, with a cool vibe and a small gallery upstairs, as well as affordable prices, there are all sorts of pizza options available - including veggie and vegan. The vegan option has a spicy dish tomato sauce with black olives and rocket, but it’s all about that perfect base. Veggies, you can look forward to classica margarita, their slice of creamy potato-topped delight, and many more. Eating Pizzica should definitely be on your list of things to do in Budapest.
From vegetarian to raw vegan, Slow Foodiez offers a varied and delicious range of lunch time offerings. From soup to sushi to superfood bowls, it’s where to go for a quick and healthy vegan lunch.
If you want to set yourself up for the night with a hearty and filling vegan meal before you head out on your boat party or ruin bar crawl or whatever partying you might be doing, then get on down to Kozmosz. You can either sit in the restaurant or takeaway, for either lunch or dinner, and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Last but not least, Vega City. If you find yourself further out from the main tourist districts, Vega City is well worth a visit. They offer a daily menu with two choices of soup, two choices of stew, an Indian dish, a pasta dish, and two optional side dishes (one which is gluten free!) - but most importantly, they’re all delicious! Just bear in mind that they are only open Monday to Friday and not on the weekends.
We hope this helps you know where to go in Budapest to fill your bellies with delicious vegetarian and vegan food! Let us know in the comments if there’s any others that didn’t make our list that you think are worth visiting for a munch!