Heading to Eastern Europe? While there are hundreds of amazing reasons to visit the Hungarian capital Budapest, what really makes this city stand out is it’s vibrant vegan scene.
There are so many great places to grab a bite that I’ve created this Budapest vegan guide to help you make the most of your trip.
Being lucky enough to work remotely I was in Budapest (actually pronounced Budapeshht) for a whole 10 days. This meant a heck of a lot of eating…Yass!
And normally travel on a budget restricts the itinerary to just a few meals out and cooking a lot ‘at home’. In Budapest however, you can eat out and get a full meal under the £5 mark, making it a fantastic place for foodies!
All of these eateries are 100% vegan. I know other places have vegan options but it’s so nice to choose from anything on the menu. Plus, I like to support these businesses!
(P.S. This list is also great if you’re gluten intolerant as all of these cafes and restaurants have gluten-free options on the menu).
In no particular order…
Location: Budapest, Kazinczy u. 18, 1075
Open: Sun-Tue 11:30am-11pm, Wed-Sat 11:30am-1am
After a wander around the popular Szimpla Sunday market, bustling with sellers, food and live music, you can walk a few buildings down to Karavan, a hipster street food park home to Las Vegans!
This burger van is 100% vegan and experiments with flavours from around the world. I wasn’t sure exactly what they could offer in the way of gluten-free options but the guy was super helpful and offered a burger box with wedges instead of a bun. They say they have ‘gluten-reduced options’ which is probably a translation thing. I was fine with it, but be extra careful if you’re celiac and can’t consume any gluten.
It was delicious! Sitting in the sunshine on a Sunday afternoon eating yummy vegan food= perfect!
Location: Budapest, Ferenciek Tere 2, 1053
Open: Mon-Sun 12pm-10:30pm
I stumbled across Napfenyes after a morning of coffee shop digital-nomading. It’s kind of a strange but lovely place. It’s interior is very traditional and I wasn’t totally sure whether to sit down or wait to be seated…I’m still not sure to be honest!
They have the most delicious cheesecakes and offer a full menu of wonderful dishes including stews, pizzas, Asian dishes, salads. It’s all a bit of a mix but neither the less this place felt super calming and the food was great!
Location: Budapest, 1053, Múzeum krt. 23, 1053
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm
Confession time…I went to Vega City 3 times during my 10-day trip!
It’s super central, located opposite the Hungarian National Museum.
Vega City has a different menu every day (but it’s not open on the weekend). The way to describe it would be cafeteria-style, ask for whatever you want to try and then pay at the end of the line (like IKEA cafe basically). I love this casual style, plus you can get smaller portions of all different things in one meal.
They do a lot of traditional vegan food like lentil stews, curries and seitan etc, but also offer things like sushi and burgers. My favourite part was the dessert cabinet, where they always have at least one gluten-free option (the best apple pie ever!).
Wait, actually my favourite part was the prices. A big bowl of stew or dessert cost around 550 HUF (£1.50 ish) and burger costs around 900 HUF (£2.50 ish). It’s not a fancy place but a perfect pitstop for fuelling up on a day of exploring Budapest.
Location: Budapest, Hollán Ernő u. 3, 1136
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30am-7pm, Sat 8am-2pm
When you’re in Europe it’s imperative that you go to a bakery! They are everywhere on the continent and being vegan or having food intolerances shouldn’t mean that you miss out on this deliciousness.
You would never know from walking past that fill Good is vegan. I totally walked past it and had to backtrack! Everything looks just as amazing and smells just as yummy as any other bakery.
If I could eat gluten then honestly I would have probably ordered one of everything and been in food heaven. Luckily they’re awesome and had GF pizza and the most delicious apple cinnamon cakes. You don’t need me to describe it… the photos say it all!
Location: Budapest, 1061, Káldy Gyula u. 7, 1061
Open: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm
When you travel and suddenly start eating out a whole bunch, the indulgence can make you feel a bit gross. Don’t get me wrong, I love to try all the vegan meat substitutes and cheeses etc. But, because when you’re used to a mostly whole foods plant-based diet it can take its toll.
Naspolya is a raw vegan gluten-free cafe.
They offer healthy breakfasts and have an amazing display of cakes and tarts to choose from.
I got the cocoa and mint tart. It was so yummy and light, and I didn’t feel gross after. They don’t use ingredients like refined sugars or gluten-free flour.
The staff were super friendly and the whole place has a holistic kinda vibe. It’s the cutest little quiet spot to do some work or catch up with a friend.
Location: Budapest, 9, Bartók Béla út, 1114
Open: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm
A friend recommended this place to me. As a fellow gluten-free vegan, if she says it’s good then I know it’s gonna be awesome!
Vegan Love is a fast food restaurant on the Buda side of the city. It serves burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings as well as mac n cheese, fries and salad.
When you walk it everyone is eating these amazing huge burgers and it gets super busy (which makes me happy that people are choosing vegan!). It looks like any other fast food kitchen; all the burgers cooking one of those hot plates and the cheese all melting on the top (yummm!).
I had to go for a burger, they looked so good and it’s not often you can get a good gluten-free bun! The photo below is the Mexican burger. It was delicious, but crazy messy (best not get it if you’re on a date!).
Honestly, everything looked delicious and for the quality and massiveness of the burger, the price was reasonable. Most of the burgers (without fries) cost 1700 HUF (£4.60) but gluten-free was an extra 500 HUF.
City Location: Budapest, Kálvin tér 4, 1053
Open: Mon-Sun 11am-6pm
827 Kitchen has 2 locations, one north of the centre and then the super central Kálvin tér spot, just down the street from Vega city.
I’d seen super reviews of 827 Kitchen on Happy Cow and after seeing the meat substitutes they serve, I had to try it out!
It’s a self-serve & pay for the weight style restaurant, which seems to be quite popular in Budapest. You grab a plate and pile up with all the goodies like I clearly did (see photo below!). All of the gluten-free options are marked clearly and there was so much GF choice!
It’s a little pricier than some of the other places on this list. However, I had a huge plate of heavier, protein-based foods so it’s all relative! My plate was 2,200 HUF which is still only around £6, and I was stuffed!
From mac n cheese to tofu curry and their infamous meatless meat joint, their’s something for every hungry vegan and non-vegan alike.
Their ‘meat’ joint is honestly so meaty though that I had to check online that I was definitely in a 100% vegan restaurant. Do meat substitutes weird anyone else out? I spend the whole time worrying it’s actually meat.
Anyway, definitely a must if you miss meat or are travelling with a non-veggie!
Location: Budapest, Iskola u. 31, 1011
Open: Mon-Sun 9am-8pm
When you head over to the Buda side to explore the castle and cobbled streets, don’t miss out of Edeni Vegan. I couldn’t believe how adorable this restaurant was.
It’s actually more like an English tea room inside, with flowers on the tables and old-fashioned furniture. Their website doesn’t really do it justice, it’s way cuter in person!
Oh and the lady who was serving, perhaps the owner, was so kind and friendly. She was very helpful explaining what was gluten-free and recommended the tofu scramble and potatoes, which was super delicious.
Again, Edeni was slightly expensive for Budapest, but a large brunch and latte for under £6 is still pretty great!
These last two places have great reviews. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to go to either but they were on my list and totally deserve to be in this guide.
Pest Location: Budapest, Sas u. 7, 1051
Open: Mon-Sun 11am-9pm
I found out about Anjuna from @laurafruitfairy, a German vlogger/ blogger who is awesome and you need to go follow!
They serve Instagram worthy ice-pops and raw cookies that look so good!
Everything is vegan and gluten-free.
Location: Budapest, Szondi u. 11, 1067
Open: Tue-Sun 10am-8pm
Another highly recommended place is Slow Foodiez, between Andrassy Avenue and the West End shopping centre.
It looks perfect for brunch or dinner, and everyone seems to recommend the Spanish omelette.
If you go to either Anjuna or Slow Foodiez and want to add your photos and thoughts to this post to help others, please send me a message!
If you enjoyed this Budapest vegan guide, head over to this city guide to discover the best attractions and must see places around the Budapest.