Want to discover vegan Budapest? Look no further as we want to help you enjoy the best vegan food in Budapest without breaking the bank. Traditional Hungarian food is quite meat heavy, but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy some authentic specialities but vegan. Yes, you heard me, you can actually enjoy a lot of cool vegan Hungarian food. I was surprised by this the first time I moved to Budapest, but now I'm seriously excited and embracing our new vegan travels.
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Let's not kid ourselves, ever since I became an expat in Budapest, I feared going out for food or drinks. I didn't expect to find as many vegan options in one of the most meat-focused capitals of the world. No joke, Hungarians eat meat wrapped in meat filled with egg and fried in butter or goose fat. Even the core foods which I used to love, are meat and dairy heavy. For example, the Kürtőskalács, or chimney cake, is made with milk butter and egg, the langos is served with sour cream on top and the toltott kaposzta is a cabbage roll filled with meat. Hey, don't worry, there are plenty of vegan alternatives which are going to actually rock your boat. So here are the vegan restaurants we recommend in Budapest, Hungary. Let's the vegan feast begin!
Vega City is a super bad ass vegan restaurant. It's so incredibly cheap and delicious and the service is super nice. You can get a 3 meal course for two for about £15 tops. That's a bargain! The food is actually really good and most of the time you can get Hungarian specialities made vegan. Every day, the guys from Vega City change their menu and serve different soups and mains. This means that no two days at Vega City are the same, which sure make this restaurant as the top vegan restaurant in Budapest.
Opening Times: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 7 PM
Address: Budapest, Múzeum krt. 23, 1053
Self-catering in Budapest and have no idea where to start? Next to Vega City, there is a bio shop which sells a lot of vegan products. We recommend the vegan Hungarian sausages, the vegan cheeses, the vegan salami, marinated tofu and tempeh. It's also the only place in Budapest I managed to find nutritional yeast. You can find a variety of vegan snacks, bioproducts, vegan chocolate and more. Just remember that NOT everything in the shop is vegan, so make sure to check the label.
Monday - Friday 10 AM - 7 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
Address: Budapest, Museum krt. 19, 1053
Meanwhile, if you fancy burgers, you can make your way across the Liberty Bridge to the Buda Side. Just a few minutes away from the bridge you will discover a fast food restaurant called Veganlove, a burger place which sells amazing food. It's a relatively small place with decent prices and great food, so definitely give it a go if you fancy burgers.
Opening Times: Monday - Sunday 11 AM - 9 PM
Address: Budapest, Bartók Béla út 9, 1114
A reservation is needed here as we tried it twice without one and didn't get a table. So during busy times, we advise that you call and reserve a table in advance. Dobrumba is focused on middle eastern food. While not everything on the menu is vegan, you will find a wide variety of deliciousness to satisfy your plant-based diet. The food is great and the service is good too.
Monday - Friday 12 AM - 12 PM
Address: Budapest, Dob u. 5, 1074 Hungary
Who said you can't have vegan pizza whilst enjoying a beer? Vegazzi is located in a beer garden in what it looks like an abandoned building in Budapest. Next to vegazzi, there are two bars serving draft beer. You can sit outside and enjoy a nice relaxing afternoon after work. The whole place gets really busy by 8 PM and there are usually lots of foreigners around so you can mingle with other expats and make new friends.
Wednesday 6 PM - 1 AM
Thursday 6 PM - 2 AM
Friday 6 PM - 4 AM
Saturday 6 PM - 3 AM
Address: Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 33, 1061
Napos Oldal Vegán és Vegetáriánus Étterem
This is a vegan restaurant which also has vegetarian options. The food changes every day which make it interesting but the dishes are not as nice as the ones in Vega City. The prices are also very high in comparison. Overall, since this is next door to where we live, we sometimes eat here, but it wouldn't be the first options. It's also nice for those interested in vegan products like sausages, milk and salami.
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM - 4 PM
Address: Budapest, Jókai u. 7, 1066
This is a new addition to our list. We are going out to explore new places in Budapest and every time we discover a new location worthy of being added here, we do so. Great Bistro serves fantastic vegan food and vegan breakfast. The food is tasty and the prices are reasonable. We especially recommend the tempeh. This is a small family-owned business and we really hope you'll enjoy your time eating plant-based goodness.
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
Address: Budapest, Bank u. 6, 1054 Hungary
Olive Tree Hummus
Hummus lover? I've got you covered! Head over to the Olive Tree Hummus Original restaurant located close to the Opera House. This is not a vegan restaurant, but it has a lot of vegan options for hummus lovers. It's not our first vegan option simply because they serve a variety of meats, but for when you fancy a quick dip, it's actually a pretty great place.
Opening Times: Monday - Sunday 12 PM - 10 PM
Address: Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 46, 1062
Szimply - Breakfast & brunch
Szimply - Breakfast & brunch is what it says on the tin: a wonderful place where you can indulge in that amazing morning dish. This place is popular so make sure you are prepared for a bit of waiting time, but it's totally worth it. You will love the dish. Everything is done with precision and the result: an explosion of tastes.
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 4 PM
Address: Budapest, Röser udvar, Károly krt. 22, 1052
Recently visited Cirkusz Café and really liked it. Note that it gets pretty busy during breakfast time. Now, this is not your usual vegan place in Budapest. Far from it as it specialises in eggs. BUT, you can put your own breakfast together. So if you wish to go to a place with a non-vegan friend, Cirkusz Café will allow you to get lovely bread with humous and guacamole. The coffee can be made with soy milk as well.
Monday - Sunday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Address: Budapest, Dob u. 23, 1074 Hungary
And finally, there is always room for dessert, right? Head over to Naspolya Nassolda and get as many vegan cakes as you can eat. We loved their cheesecakes and we were really excited to finally try some vegan raw cakes. They tasted great. When in need of something sweet, this is the place. The ambience is lovely and the service is good too.
Veganlove street food
This is a small place where you sort of go in to pick up food. There are some chairs but they are usually busy. You will find delicious burgers at reasonable prices. For something unique, you can try the Mexican dog or the mac and cheese. For something lighter just go for a salad from the salad bar.
Monday - Sunday 11 AM - 9 PM
Address: Budapest, Bartók Béla út 9, 1114 Hungary
Ladies and gentlemen, this is totally possible. Check the best langos in Budapest and make sure you order a simple langos with olives and other vegan ingredients on top. The whole idea is that you enjoy the friend bread part and not the sour cream on top of it. It's actually pretty delicious and I strongly recommend to anyone who wants to try some traditional Hungarian food.
Are you ready to explore the vegan side of Budapest? Do you know any other good vegan restaurants in Budapest? Tell us all about it in the comment section below!