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The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in St Petersburg, Russia

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Updated: 4 September 2017
Only a few years ago, it might have been challenging for a vegetarian to find an interesting alternative on the menu. Today, many establishments have adapted to cater extensively to vegetarians and vegans, as more and more people embrace a plant-based diet. Here’s the best places to go in St Petersburg.

Ukrop

Healthy,Vegan,Vegetarian, $$$
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Ukrop café has become a popular place to hang out during every meal of the day. Not only do they serve vegetarian food, but they aim to provide healthy, tasty alternatives to cakes and treat foods. Expect various smoothies and fresh juices on the menu too. The educated waiters can offer advice and even adapt dishes to suit particular diets and food intolerances. Below is their central address, but they also have other locations around town.
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Sun - Sat:
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Samadeva

Cafe, Indian, Russian, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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The Samadeva café refer to themselves not only as a place to grab a bite, but also a centre for harmonious development. They believe that food is a biological necessity as well as being essential for the emotional health of a person. As a result, their ethos is all about visually appealing food, made from fresh and natural ingredients. Thus they never serve frozen food or freeze any of their dishes. The interior is bright and cozy, bound to boost your mood even on a cold winter’s day.
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Botanika

Restaurant, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Botanika is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in the city. Despite its modest appearance, the offering is extensive, with around one hundred items on the menu! Botanika aims to make vegetarian food a fine-dining experience, making it a great place to spend a leisurely lunch with friends or family.
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Sun - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Prekrasnaya Zelyonaya

Cafe, Russian, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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The cave-like interiors with soft couches and low ceilings create an intimate atmosphere at Prekrasnaya Zelyonaya, translated as La Belle Verte. The menu here is fairly simple: vegetarian soups, salads, pastas and deserts. The combination of no-frills dishes and relaxed ambience creates the feel of a home-cooked meal.
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Mon - Fri:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Troitsky Bridge

Cafe, Russian, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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This veggie eatery slightly resembles a soviet café. There is no set menu, instead dishes of the day are written on a blackboard. The place gets packed during lunch hours but there are pre-made salads and deserts available to takeaway. All food is prepared fresh daily, using seasonal ingredients. An ideal pit-stop to grab lunch on the go.
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Jiva Burgers

Bistro, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Vegetarian, but in the mood for a juicy burger? Jiva Burgers has got you sorted. As evident from their name, they specialise in burgers. Here you can design your own with the bun, filling and topping of your choice, all of which are plant-based and meat free. With friendly staff, the cafe often play the ‘Hare Krishna’ mantra to spread awareness about the Krishna Consciousness society.
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Sun - Sat:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Frida

Cafe, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Originally launching as a teahouse, the vegetarian menu of café Frida has become increasingly popular, even frequented by the meat-eating population in town. The café owners have been in the tea business for years now and their other establishments around town are well trusted. The chilled atmosphere offers the perfect backdrop to enjoy a cup of tea over a chat with friends.
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Sun - Thu:
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 4:00 am

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual