The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Budapest, Hungary
Budapest offers a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan eateries | © Peter Forsberg/People / Alamy Stock Photo
Whether it’s an Ayurvedic buffet or a Michelin-star vegan tasting menu you seek, you’ll find it all in Budapest. Discover the Hungarian capital’s best vegetarian and vegan cafés, bakeries and restaurants from Andrássy Avenue to Fifth District.
Since Hungarian cuisine is best known for traditional meat-based dishes like goulash and paprikás stews, the idea of dining out in Budapest when on a plant-based diet may seem a little daunting. Having said that, Budapest offers a wealth of vegetarian and vegan eateries to suit all budgets and appetites – if you know where to find them.
Flow Speciality Coffee Bar and Bistro
Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Vegetarian, $$$
Found on the quieter, less touristy end of Andrássy Avenue, Flow is a quality-oriented speciality coffee shop with good Wi-Fi, comfy chairs and great music. What makes it unusual, however, is its choice to only serve dishes without animal products. “We believe that it is possible to provide a wide variety of delicious food this way,” says György Antalóczy. “We are not just targeting the vegan community,” he continues, “We serve dishes that can stand on their own as a choice for someone with an omnivorous diet because they are good and tasty and not just ‘good…for something plant-based.’”
Vegan Street Food Garden
Food Truck, Food Court, Vegan
Founded in 2018, the Vegan Garden offers solely plant-based dishes. Centrally located at the heart of the lively Seventh District, between March and November, it offers a wealth of meat-free options to feast one’s taste buds on. From juicy burgers to tasty, sugar-free treats by Hideg Nyalat, there’s a variety to suit all appetites. For those visiting in the winter months, the Garden’s Vexicana truck remains open all year round serving delicious vegan Mexican food. Don’t miss trying its killer jalapeño poppers.
Restaurant, Indian, Vegan
The Govinda restaurants, two of which can be found in Budapest’s Fifth District, offer a diverse palate of flavours and colours in line with Ayurvedic tradition. This includes traditional Indian cuisine of meat, fish, egg, and mushroom, all onion-free. The daily offer at Govinda always includes soups, dhals made from legumes, pakoras, various vegetable sauces, chutneys and a selection of garnishes and sweets.
Pizzeria, Italian, Vegan
A speciality pizzeria, Vegażżi boasts Hungary’s first Naples-style plant-based pizza baked in a wood-burning oven. What began as a food truck turned into one of Budapest’s busiest ruin bars and a fully-fledged standalone restaurant with a menu of six permanent meat-free pizzas and a monthly special. Vegażżi’s Pizza Porcini: a turbocharged, bohemian cousin of the classic pizza ai funghi, is perhaps its most memorable special, featuring six different types of mushrooms.
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
Located in a pedestrianised zone not far from the banks of the Danube, Tökmag offers a variety of vegan meals perfect for guilt-free, healthy snacking. Whether it’s a juicy burger, sandwich, veg lunch box or soup, 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.
Walking past Hokedli without noticing it is far too easy, thanks to its tiny size and inconspicuous exterior. Do not miss out on their daily offer of unique delicious soups and pottage. Ideal for a quick nutritious lunch for those on the go, Hokedli is located between the Opera and Oktogon stops in Budapest’s central Sixth District. There is no fixed menu here, and each item on the board disappears and is replaced the next day by something equally appetising cooked fresh that very morning.
Cafe, Vegan, $$$
A stone’s throw away from the iconic Hungarian parliament
building, Madal Food, Hungary’s first vegan pasta bar, proposes a daily choice of four pasta sauces. All plant-based (dairy, lactose and egg-free), the sauces often include fresh basil, roasted seeds, tomatoes and plant-based cheese. Besides its visual appeal, Madal’s pasta dishes offer a nutritious vegan alternative to their more traditional Italian counterparts.
The flavours of Naspolya Nassolda reflect its interior design, the beauty of simplicity. The Naspolya Nassolda workshop is different from a traditional confectionery or dessert kitchen in that it is completely free from flour, eggs and dairy products. Here, special emphasis is placed on sourcing organic ingredients and seasonal fruits from local producers. Remarkably, all the Naspolya Nassolda products are made in-house. This includes not only its cakes, juices and granola, but also its vegan almond milk. Definitely worth a try here are the raw vegan truffles or biscuits made of fruits, seed oils and spices.
Restaurant, Romanian, Hungarian
For those seeking an unforgettable plant-based fine dining experience in Budapest, Babel – one of Budapest’s six Michelin-star restaurants – offers a lavish seven-course vegan tasting menu. Highlights of the menu inspired by the childhood memories of its young chef include a carrot tartare with elderflower and an exuberant dish comprising Jerusalem artichoke, potato, black radish, coffee and horseradish.
These recommendations were updated on July 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.