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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.