The 8 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Bologna

Fruit Juice| ©Zazie
Fruit Juice| ©Zazie
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10 December 2017

Let’s be honest: Bologna is the perfect destination for meat-lovers. Why? The typical foods of the town are lasagne (a local pasta cooked in an oven and made with meat), piadina with ham, mortadella, tortellini (made with meat). But don’t panic; it is possible to find excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurants in a town that won’t disappoint you.

Botanica Lab

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Vegan, $$$
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Botanica Lab is a vegan restaurant and takeaway in Bologna that offers creative cooking, gluten-free dishes, cakes and pastries. The menu changes from lunch to dinner and is made with fresh, seasonal products. Botanica Lab is not just a restaurant; it’s more of a laboratory, which also offers cooking courses throughout the year.

Fram Cafè Bistrot Bio Veg

Bistro, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
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This Nordic-style bistrot is one of the coolest addresses in Bologna. Fram Cafè Bistrot Bio Veg offers a great selection of food, fruits, vegetables, vegan croissants, fabulous cakes and soy cappuccinos in a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Fram Cafè serves also lunch and dinner, but is the perfect place to start your day with a healthy breakfast prepared with local bio products.

Clorofilla

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Clorofilla is the first vegan restaurant in Bologna. It opened in 1984 and has one of the largest selections of veganized Bolognese delicacies in town, including pasta, salads, seitan dishes, panini and vegan pastries. Here, you can also find a fantastic selection of organic teas. All the ingredients are organic and chosen personally by the chef from the local markets. We strongly recommend you to book a table in advance because Clorofilla is often busy.

Centro Natura

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, Italian
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Centro Natura
Centro Natura | ©Carlo Magni
Centro Natura is a beautiful place located near Piazza Maggiore, in the centre of Bologna. It is not just an ordinary restaurant, but more of a natural centre dedicated to health and wellness, where you can take yoga lessons, too. The self-service restaurant offers excellent organic veggie and vegan foods prepared with fresh seasonal products.

La Pistinega

Cafe, Juice Bar, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian, Healthy, $$$
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One of the best spots to spend some time in relaxation between visits is La Pistinega, a lovely juice bar and café, which also offers lunch. It is just perfect on warm days, when you can taste their delicious smoothies made with organic fruits and vegetables.

Berbere

Pizzeria, Mediterranean, Italian, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, $$$
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To be honest, not everything is veggie or vegan at Berbere, but everything is surely organic and excellent. This modern pizzeria offers plenty of options, included vegan-crafted pizza made with natural products and flour made of ancient and organic grains. If you are looking for a good pizza in town, there is no better place than Berbere. It also has a shop selling organic and artisanal products.

Zazie

Bar, Vegan, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Fruit Juice | ©Zazie

A great place to grab a quick lunch during your tour of Bologna is Zazie. This restaurant has two locations in town, one in Ghetto Ebraico district and the other in Quadrilatero, which is the area mostly frequented by students. Zazie serves excellent organic smoothies, salad and raw vegan desserts.

Alchemilla

Restaurant, Mediterranean, Fusion, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Alchemilla is more than just a restaurant, it is a vegetarian/vegan laboratory, kitchen and shop where you can eat organic and local delicacies. It offers a full range of dishes naturally gluten-free and also serves multi-ethnic cuisine. If you liked what you ate, you can buy it in the shop located inside the restaurant.

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