Vegetarians, unite! If you think it will be difficult to find a decent place to eat while on vacation in Athens, Culture Trip has got you covered. Here is a list of the top vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants and food joints available in the Greek capital. From falafel sandwiches to salad bars and vegan pizzas, you are in for a treat.
While this article may include a limited selection of strictly vegetarian restaurants, don’t shy away from the experience of eating in a traditional Greek taverna. You will be surprised to discover that many Greek staple dishes are, in fact, vegetarian. Dishes such as zucchini balls (kolokithokeftedes), fava purée, boiled greens (horta), grilled vegetables, dolmades, dakos (or Cretan salad), briam, imam and, of course, salads are all vegetarian and made with fresh, local ingredients.
Restaurant, Vegetarian, Vegan, Mediterranean, $$$
If hunger strikes after a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, head to Mama Tierra, a new restaurant in the centre of Athens where you can savour rich vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The menu of this little pleasant food joint includes sweet potato hummus, quinoa salads, veggie burgers, and soups, along with dishes such as vegan moussaka and even kombucha tea.
A favourite for local and visiting vegetarians (and even non-vegetarians), Avocado was one of the first places to put vegetarian culture on the map. Conveniently located a stone’s throw away from Syntagma Square, Avocado has an extensive menu of goodness, including burgers, pasta, pizzas and mouthwatering desserts. And if you like avocados, you will get your money’s worth.
A paradise for pizza lovers, vegetarian-friendly Mystic, with locations in Exarcheia and Kallimarmaro (Pangrati), breaks all misconceptions about clean eating, showing that you can have a satisfying meal with organic, healthy ingredients. From salads and gluten-free pasta to cannabis or spelt dough pizzas and starters, Mystic includes every dish’s nutritional value in its menu, allowing you to make wise and healthy choices.
Juice Bar, Smoothie Bar, Salad Bar, Vegan, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, $$$
The first juice bar in Chalandri, To Bazaki has an extensive menu of superfood juices and smoothies, vegan sweets, acai bowls, vegan and gluten-free pizzas, salads, and hot and cold soups. If you happen to be staying in the northern suburb, this is definitely a go-to place for healthy eating.
A peaceful place in Glyfada, Yi is the first vegetarian restaurant in the southern suburbs of the city. With a varied menu including vegan-raw, vegetarian and gluten-free options, Yi is a perfect example of showing that vegetarianism is more than just eating salads and greens. You will even find scrumptious zoodle (zucchini noodles) dishes and decadent desserts.
In a quiet corner of Maroussi, Holy Greens revolutionises office workers’ lunch one salad at a time. This bright little healthy hot spot offers delicious and tasty plant and animal-based salads, healthy wraps and superfood-packed smoothies and juices. With delivery options in the northern suburbs, Holy Greens will become a favourite in no time.
Restaurant, Sandwich Shop, Street Food, Mediterranean, $$$
Offering a new alternative to traditional street food, Falafellas enjoys a convenient location on Aiolou Street, in the city centre. Perfect for grabbing a quick lunch on the go, it serves delicious falafel sandwiches and salads. While the menu may be limited, the line in the middle of the street clearly demonstrates this refreshing project is here to stay.
If you are exploring the city centre and want to skip the queue at Falafellas, Not Just Falafel is another excellent spot. With a seating area and a menu offering salads, kibbe, falafels (made from locally grown chickpeas) and other Eastern treats, Not Just Falafel is a great alternative to the typical souvlaki joint in Athens.