Guide to Eating Vegan in Budapest

Guide to Eating Vegan in Budapest

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Hungary’s capital might not jump out at you as a vegan-friendly destination to eat out in, but, we were surprised to learn, that eating vegan in Budapest is not that hard and there are in fact several places where it’s possible to eat well without meat or animal products, and a few others that are specifically aimed at serving up only vegan food. These are our top picks for vegan Budapest.

Govinda Vega Sarok

This place serves set lunch menus alongside a variety of entirely vegetarian and mostly vegan Indian food in a simple canteen style eatery, meaning you take a tray, choose your food then pay before sitting down to eat.

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soup, salad and curry with rice at Govinda Vega Sarok

We were a little greedy and ended up with a bit too much food, but for two soups, two mains, two salads and two drinks, we paid 3610 Ft (£9.60), making it a pretty good deal.

Napfenyes Étterem

Situated in what appears to be a former wine cellar, this charming vegan restaurant serves up lovely vegan comfort food all day.

marinated grilled seitan cutlets with mixed grilled vegetables and spicey soy yoghurt

marinated grilled seitan cutlets with mixed grilled vegetables and spicey soy yoghurt

Apparently, it specifically aims to please omnivores with vegan versions of typical Hungarian dishes as well as some dishes with a more international influence.

vanilla, walnut and carob sponge cake layered with vanilla cream and walnuts, served with carob sauce and soy whipped cream

vanilla, walnut and carob sponge cake layered with vanilla cream and walnuts, served with carob sauce and soy whipped cream

For a soup each, one main that we shared, two fresh juices and one dessert, we paid 5050 Ft (£13.40).

Atma Center

Similar to Govinda Vega Sarok in style of service, I found the food here to be a bit more tasty and inventive. Everything was vegetarian, but not everything was vegan, though there were enough options to eat an entirely vegan meal. In the back of the building there is also a yoga studio and it is clearly a popular place to come for lunch, as we discovered when we arrived at 1pm to a queue coming out the door.

For two large mains and one drink we paid 1760 Ft (£4.70). If it’s your first time and you check in with Foursquare before paying, you’ll get one drink for free!

vegetarian curry

vegetarian thali* (without the yoghurt, this is vegan)

Hummus Bar

This chain is one of the places I specifically remembered from my last visit to Budapest alone, and I was adamant in finding one to share it with Zab. While the menu is not specifically vegan or even vegetarian, there is still a lot to choose from and everything is made with fresh ingredients. We of course, went for the falafel, which didn’t disappoint, and it’s all served quickly, and can easily be packed to take away.

hummus, falafel and salad plate

hummus, falafel and salad plate

We went multiple times to various branches of Hummus Bar around Budapest, but on our first visit between us we had one drink, one falafel sandwich, one falafel plate and one piece of baklava for just 2690 ft (£7.15)

Mannatural Étterem

This was the only entirely raw vegan restaurant we found in Budapest, and while some of the things on our sampler plate (which was entirely too big for one each!) were a little weird and unidentifiable, the atmosphere was pleasant, the service friendly and the desserts were amazing.

an array of weird and wonderful raw vegan delights

an array of weird and wonderful raw vegan delights

For two fresh juices, two large sampler plates and two cakes we paid 5000 Ft (£13.30).

Ganga Vega

This tiny lunch place was similar to both Govinda Vega Sarok and Atma Center, but with less to choose from, though still had a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. It only serves lunch, but the food is good and definitely good value.

For two soups, two mains and two teas we paid 2470 Ft (£6.60).

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*Photo courtesy of Szücs Orsolya from Atma Centre; many thanks!

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