VEGAN BUDAPEST

My Top Vegan-Friendly Places to Check Out in Budapest by Siân (@theinnocentvegan)

Las Vegans

One of the best places to grab a burger in Budapest is from Las Vegan’s. These little pop-up trucks across the city are sure to make all your vegan junk food dreams come true.

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What I loved:

I’m a sucker for a good vegan burger and loved Las Vegan’s options so much that I ate here three times during my short trip! You can choose from various combinations, all made fresh-to-order in front of you. My favourite was the Magic Mushroom which was a juicy vegan patty stuffed inside a bun along with garlic veganaise, sun dried tomatoes, caramelised onions, baby spinach and a grilled portobello. Mushroom burgers tend to be a cop-out, but Las Vegan’s absolutely nailed this one with the funky extras!

Their sides were also delish, with the most perfectly-fried wedges, nuggets, sweet potato fries and even mac n cheeze. The guys serving were also super fun, making the extra effort to be friendly and happy to share a joke or two. Ending my busy day of exploring with a huge vegan burger whilst sat outside enjoying the Hungarian sunshine was nothing but perfection.

So for anyone who wants a tasty, filling and oh-so-satisfying vegan burger when visiting Budapest, get yourself down to Las Vegan’s because they sure know how to make them!

 

Naspolya Nassolda

This lovely little café had the most chilled vibe ever, with warm interiors and the fluffiest dog to welcome you inside. It was a perfect pit stop for a rainy afternoon in Budapest to enjoy a coffee and a slice of raw vegan cake.

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What I loved:

Something I noticed in Budapest was their love for raw desserts. Everywhere I went there was some form of raw cheesecake, pudding, dessert and cake. As an avid cake fan, I was initially apprehensive because I love nothing more than a wedge of homemade sponge cake but I was pleasantly surprised and have a new love for raw treats!

At Naspolya Nassolda, there are so many decadent cake flavours to choose from, such as white chocolate blueberry and dried cherry cream that it made it hard to choose! In the end I went for a classic strawberry slice made with coconut, jam, almonds and dates.

Everything was delicious and definitely worth stopping for. This was quite a special place and the staff took time to explain their cakes and ethos. Would definitely recommend!

Great Bistro Budapest

Perhaps my favourite place to eat in Budapest was Great Bistro – a quaint little café that served both hearty meals, quirky alternatives and the best pancakes EVER!

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What I loved:

I made multiple visits here, mostly to eat as many of their pancakes as possible, but also because they offered meals you wouldn’t make yourself. One option I tried was their infamous vegan omelette, stuffed with tempeh, avocado, salad, vegan mayo and cheeze – it was like nothing I’ve ever eaten before but thoroughly enjoyed it. Other offerings included a club sandwich, carrot lox bagel and a hot counter with comforting stews and curries.
My absolute favourite were the pancakes. They were so tasty I wish I’d asked for the recipe! I always asked for three and you could choose from lots of toppings such as peanut butter, fruits and jams, chocolate spread and even vegan squirty cream! It was a delicious way to start my day and I still dream about them now.
Great Bistro was everything you could want in a vegan eatery abroad, so a visit to Budapest has to include a meal here at least once or twice or even three times like me…

Vegan Love

Another junk food venue that’s more than worthy of a mention is Vegan Love. A bustling venue that serves up some of the best vegan burgers and sides I’ve ever eaten.

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What I loved:

I was overwhelmed by the choice here: eight different burgers, six different hot dogs, mac n cheeze, salad bar, desserts and even a Philly cheesesteak. I wish I could have tried everything but I made an excellent choice with the Juicy Lucy burger – a huge bap filled with a cheeze-stuffed patty, fresh tomatoes, salad, pickles and their special burger sauce with a mountain of sweet potato fries and garlic veganaise. It was absolute food heaven.

Service was much like a fast food place where you made your order and waited to be called but with plenty of seating, it never felt rushed and you could sit and people-watch from a window seat.

This is a definite “must-visit” for anyone in Budapest, especially when you get such a huge portion for very little money (which is always a plus when you’re travelling on a budget!) My only regret is that I didn’t go back for seconds.

Eat Your Greens

A stylish foodie spot on New York Street that combines a restaurant, bar and small grocery store. this heavenly vegan friendly hang out even serves “White Russians”! Expect a welcoming vibe, sophisticated ambiance and the most exquisite dishes to fall in love with.

What we loved:

The simple, stylish decor with funky, industrial style lighting – the perfect ambiance for a birthday celebration, romantic date night and everything in between.

Head Chef Jim has the most amazing creativity and his passion for food shines through in the menu, all of the dishes we checked out were heavenly!

Lots of locally sourced and organic ingredients and base ingredients like the almond milk are even made in house… Love this!

The menu is varied and lists vegan options before anything else. We checked out 2 main courses, a heavenly “Braised Onion” which was a beautiful creation of braised onion, slow cooked onion sauce and vegan white pudding and the delish “Oat and Lentil Mejadra” – spiced oat groats and puy lentils, with crispy onions and pickled chilli – simply divine!

Food presentation is simply out of this world, you’ll want to capture photos! Flavours are rich and colours are stunning.

The dessert menu that sends your taste buds into overdrive. When we visited we opted for something off the specials menu; Berry Sponge with Beetroot sauce and a yummy Chocolate Cheesecake with Ginger Puree.

We’re in love with this place.

Wapentake

Situated in Kirkgate, this artisan bakery, cafe and bar is the perfect pit stop for breakfast, cake, dinner or a drink!. A quirky listed building that has been restored beautifully with traditional decor and a space that feels like it’s filled with a complete love for Yorkshire.

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What we loved:

Such a cool space, filled with historical Yorkshire decor pieces… in Wapentake’s own words “‘A Little Piece of Yorkshire”.

The perfect space to enjoy any time of the day or evening with a mix match of tables and chairs and a relaxed, friendly vibe.

The most amazing bread and cakes prepared daily on site, always with a fabulous selection of vegan and gluten free options, the Vegan cakes are huge and taste simply, delicious!

Great menu created in support of the local community and businesses (we love this!)…. They try to offer a vegan option to everything on the menu, just fabulous!!

You simply must check out the hearty vegan breakfast, it’s famous with the locals and tastes out of this world.

A totally quintessential Yorkshire experience with a fine selection of craft beers and bar options, a huge selection of vegan friendly options – treat yourself!

Bundobust

A haven of delicious Indian street food inspired grub and fabulous range craft beers from local and international breweries. Find Bundobust situated on Mill Hill just a couple of minutes walk from the mainline station in Leeds

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What we loved:

The really creative menu with fabulous vegan options. The Vegan Combo for 2 is both delicious and good value, it’s served up in cute individual tubs and you get to enjoy a really great selection of menu options: okra fries and onion, broccoli and kale bhajis, bhel puri, ragda pethis and massala dosa.

The food was out of this world, so many dishes to choose from, epic flavours and really generous portion sizes!

The atmosphere was fun, relaxed and friendly and the layout was casual and welcoming with bench style seats and tables giving an authentic street food experience. They also have the ‘’Yard’’ so you can sit outside during the summer too.

Fabulous drinks menu that is well worth checking out!

Global Tribe

Situated a short walk from the shopping area in Leeds, up a quaint little street called Swan Street, this cute little spot is one of the oldest vegan places of Leeds.

Global Tribe sell fine crystals, incense, books and jewellery and have a fabulous selection of cakes that you’ll love!

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What we loved:

The welcoming, friendly team are lovely.

This is the perfect place to unwind, as you enjoy a relaxed ambiance, a flick through a book or two and some delicious vegan cake. Sit back and take some time out here. The Turmeric Latte’s are pretty scrumptious too!

Expect a fabulous selection of divine cakes and enjoy a heavenly coffee or two.

They plan to hold meditation workshops and other events here and we’re excited to visit again soon.

Day 2:

Breakfast

After starting the day with a jog and mini workout in the park, we were en-route to Urban Health in Ranelagh. We were welcomed by the lovely Dee and Bella at their super chilled foodie hangout (with a yoga / pilates hub attached!) Urban Health was created by Dee and her husband Darragh in 2014 and in their words “born through a love of healthy, nutritious food and an active lifestyle”… anyway, the girls talked us through the vegan options, cakes, smoothies and juices and you know that feeling you got when you were a child with sweets? It’s like that, Dee and Bella have such passion for what they do and it REALLY shines through. We were so pleased that Urban Health was on our list of places to check out. Cappuccino flowing and starting the day off nicely, food arrived… we opted for a selection to share, including smashed avocado on toast (who can pass up an avo opportunity?), a Badass Breakfast Wrap (adapted to be vegan stylee), smoothie and because we’d heard it was something special, some of their epic Banana Cake (huge portion alert!). What a cool place. They do yoga and pilates classes throughout the day, have shelves stacked with tea, chocolate, granola, skincare products and other goodies to take home AND serve up some of the best breakfasts we’ve tasted. As well as, (I’m sure everyone will agree) THE BEST Banana Cake in Dublin!! Thanks so much ladies, we LOVE your place so much!

LUNCH

After perhaps staying a little longer than planned at Urban Health (it’s so inviting you see!) we headed to our next destination – FACEBOOK DUBLIN! We had an invite for a tour and food through my friend Tobias, who I hope we’ll see more of in our blogs. He’s a super cool dude.. has a super cool job at Facebook and gets to travel around Asia… he’s a massive foodie too, so stay tuned! As you’d expect, Facebook have a workspace that has everything you could wish for and more… Treadmills with space for a laptop so you can walk while you get your creative on, a mammoth lego wall so you can release your inner child, a help yourself sweet station, a selfie booth with flashing lights in all the colours of the rainbow, rooftop seating area AND vegetable garden (Go Facebook!) and not to mention the fitness studio, pool tables, hands on creative hub and epic canteen. Tour complete, there’s so much food choice, they have a themed lunch once a week and in addition to that, a HUGE and I mean HUGE selection of dishes on offer for their employees, SO MUCH choice for vegans and brownies, we love brownies!! We had so much fun and were fed so well, thanks guys. … and back to the hotel for a relax and unwind.

AFTERNOON DELIGHTS:

Who loves Pizza? We do!… so many people recommended DiFontaines Authentic New York Pizzeria, so, after a quick rest we headed into town to grab a slice or two of their famous vegan pizza! On arrival we met the lovely Nikola and watched him very skillfully tossing the pizza dough for the most gigantic pizza bases we’ve seen…. DiFontaines recently added an epic new Vegan offering to the menu after carefully perfecting their vegan cheese game with help from vegans in the area. They had a tasting afternoon and the best cheese topping was picked which includes their very own homemade Cashew Ricotta (which is a total yumfest!). This is a busy take out pizza joint with a few stalls if you want to eat in. We had planned to get take out pizza but felt so at home chatting so stopped for a while… Bliss! It’s worth a trip to Dublin JUST for the pizza from DiFontaines – totally awesome vibes and the BEST vegan pizza we’ve tasted. Pizza stop complete, we jumped in the car and were en-route to Ticknock Forest, which is situated in the Dublin Mountains about 30 minutes in the car from central Dublin. The surroundings are so picturesque & tranquil. This is definitely somewhere for your list if you love walking, exploring or mountain biking. We love this place, we enjoyed a walk into the magical forest as we worked off our pizza and took in the totally breathtaking scenery. Wishing we had longer to enjoy this beautiful place…. Next time hey?

Dinner

After a super busy but totally awesome day we were ready for our evening destination, Sova Food Vegan Butcher, another place top of the list following recommendations from our awesome Facebook community! This is a gorgeous fine dining restaurant in the Portobello area of Dublin, with an understated but classy “shop-front”. As we arrived we felt a welcoming and cosy vibe, the distressed walls, cool artwork and industrial lighting downstairs look totally fab! The waitress brought over the menu which was filled with out of this world creative vegan treats, expect to see starters like the ones we got to enjoy… The King Skallops or the Grilled Eggplant Tower both served up with a whole heap of delicious vegan goodness and mains like Soya Schnitzels and the Chia Cheeseburger. (On a side note, we spotted a “3 course for 24.90 euros“ option on the menu – another great reason to visit!) Food arrived and the starters were huge! Presentation was first class so after a few pictures had been taken, Melody and I tucked in… Wow! You know some places you go, you are left wanting more when you order a starter? Well that’s definitely not the case here…. Beautifully presented food, generous sized dishes and delicious flavours.

Feeling content after our starters, our main courses arrived, again, beautiful masterpieces of culinary delights, rich in out of this world flavours. We couldn’t resist a dessert or two – my absolute fave was the Chocolate and Avocado Mousse, I’ll let the photos do the talking! In Sova’s words they are “promoting vegan food and a healthy lifestyle”… In our words, “this is a must visit foodie hang out if you’re in Dublin… We are so in love with this place, definitely one of the BEST places in Dublin for dinner. The whole dining experience at Sova was perfect, Barto the owner was so welcoming, the Sova team were friendly, the ambiance was perfect after a long, busy day and the food was so impressive, up there with the best we’ve tasted! Thanks Barto and your team. After a perfect evening we were back at the hotel ready to catch some Z’s before our super early start!

Day 3:

Early Starts and breakfast:

5.30 wake up call and it still felt like the middle of the night! BUT Melody & I had somewhere important to be….. So, slightly bewildered, we were out of the hotel, in the car & en-route to Greystones to meet Dave from The Happy Pear to brave it with an early morning sunrise swim in the Irish Sea. Melody had watched the Netflix series “Somebody Feed Phil” and after seeing Dave and Steve and The Happy Pear on the Dublin edition, we couldn’t resist checking out the magic and meeting these awesome guys! As we drove towards Greystones, the clouds looked grey, rain was coming down over the sea and it all looked a little bleak for my liking. Melody was so excited and we definitely weren’t going to let the weather kill our vibe…. it was 6.30am and Melody was ready for action!

Day 3:

Early Starts and breakfast:

5.30 wake up call and it still felt like the middle of the night! BUT Melody & I had somewhere important to be….. So, slightly bewildered, we were out of the hotel, in the car & en-route to Greystones to meet Dave from The Happy Pear to brave it with an early morning sunrise swim in the Irish Sea. Melody had watched the Netflix series “Somebody Feed Phil” and after seeing Dave and Steve and The Happy Pear on the Dublin edition, we couldn’t resist checking out the magic and meeting these awesome guys! As we drove towards Greystones, the clouds looked grey, rain was coming down over the sea and it all looked a little bleak for my liking. Melody was so excited and we definitely weren’t going to let the weather kill our vibe…. it was 6.30am and Melody was ready for action!

We arrived outside, with the bright, friendly “The Happy Pear” signage looking very inviting through the rain.  We met Dave & his adorable daughters who welcomed us with delicious warm scones & fresh fruit before we headed to the beach (slightly nervous) for an epic dip in the cold sea! (Dave & his brother Steve swim all year round!!). As we strolled down the road to the sea, the weather didn’t get any better. I was nervous to say the least. We stripped off to our swimwear, walked down some steps and followed Dave into the sea – Dave quite majestic with his sea entry and me very much the opposite – oops! I started swimming and began to panic, it was FREEZING! (and yes this is summer and these guys do this all year around!) after the huge shock to my system, getting out of the sea actually felt warm! Today I wasn’t going to swim as I have a bit of a fear of the sea BUT, I conquered a big fear today and panic aside, I loved this experience, it was strangely calming to the mind. We walked back to The Happy Pear and enjoyed the most yummy breakfast spread you could wish for served with fresh coffee (The Happy Pears own coffee!) wow! Such a perfect post-swim treat, we loved the relaxed and rustic eating area upstairs & we could have stayed in Greystones all day. Breakfast bowls with all the toppings, scrumptious avo on toast, chia pots to die for and warming porridge too… Perfect! The Happy Pear isn’t just a great place to eat, they have a food store too, with an open, traditional feel and the most colourful fruit and veg on sale – cake and cook books too! Definitely pay these guys a visit, you’ll relax and unwind as you enjoy their delicious grub, watch the world go by and then want to explore the area all day. After a perfect early start we headed back to the hotel…

We arrived outside, with the bright, friendly “The Happy Pear” signage looking very inviting through the rain.  We met Dave & his adorable daughters who welcomed us with delicious warm scones & fresh fruit before we headed to the beach (slightly nervous) for an epic dip in the cold sea! (Dave & his brother Steve swim all year round!!). As we strolled down the road to the sea, the weather didn’t get any better. I was nervous to say the least. We stripped off to our swimwear, walked down some steps and followed Dave into the sea – Dave quite majestic with his sea entry and me very much the opposite – oops! I started swimming and began to panic, it was FREEZING! (and yes this is summer and these guys do this all year around!) after the huge shock to my system, getting out of the sea actually felt warm! Today I wasn’t going to swim as I have a bit of a fear of the sea BUT, I conquered a big fear today and panic aside, I loved this experience, it was strangely calming to the mind. We walked back to The Happy Pear and enjoyed the most yummy breakfast spread you could wish for served with fresh coffee (The Happy Pears own coffee!) wow! Such a perfect post-swim treat, we loved the relaxed and rustic eating area upstairs & we could have stayed in Greystones all day. Breakfast bowls with all the toppings, scrumptious avo on toast, chia pots to die for and warming porridge too… Perfect! The Happy Pear isn’t just a great place to eat, they have a food store too, with an open, traditional feel and the most colourful fruit and veg on sale – cake and cook books too! Definitely pay these guys a visit, you’ll relax and unwind as you enjoy their delicious grub, watch the world go by and then want to explore the area all day. After a perfect early start we headed back to the hotel…

BRUNCH:

After checking out of our hotel (thanks Sandymount Hotel!), we were en route to Drury Street to check out Blazing Salads… they serve up delicious wholesome veggie and vegan options (both sweet & savoury!) from their cute award-winning, family-run deli & you can enjoy take out boxes filled with the most flavoursome comfort food you can imagine. We walked to  St Stephen’s Green and enjoyed an outdoorsy brunch… Bliss! We loved the deli boxes you can take away, filled with delicious hearty grub, the pies and cake are awesome too… We definitely recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.

BRUNCH:

After checking out of our hotel (thanks Sandymount Hotel!), we were en route to Drury Street to check out Blazing Salads… they serve up delicious wholesome veggie and vegan options (both sweet & savoury!) from their cute award-winning, family-run deli & you can enjoy take out boxes filled with the most flavoursome comfort food you can imagine. We walked to  St Stephen’s Green and enjoyed an outdoorsy brunch… Bliss! We loved the deli boxes you can take away, filled with delicious hearty grub, the pies and cake are awesome too… We definitely recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.

DONUTS:

Who doesn’t love donuts? We’d enjoyed so much delicious food during our stay and one name that we had heard before our trip was “Rolling Donuts”… so despite eating a fair amount already, we made sure we left some room for a donut fix to check these guys out. Arriving at the packed out Rolling Donuts store – we knew we were in for a treat. Queues were out onto the street and all we could think about was hoping they didn’t sell out of vegan options! Anyway, thankfully they didn’t and the choices were to die for…. Although these guys aren’t exclusively vegan, they have about 10 scrumptious vegan options on the menu – we were spoilt for choice with flavours like Sugar Cinnamon, Coffee and Walnut and Vegan Chocolate and Coconut. Our favourite was definitely the Vanilla Glaze with Almonds – in fact we left wishing we’d ordered an extra box! Rolling Donuts are a family business founded in 1978, they have shops across Dublin, fab vegan options & are probably the best donuts in town!

DINNER:

As our trip drew to a close we had one more place to visit… You could say, we were saving the best til last – but after meeting so many super lovely vegan friendly businesses we can’t possibly pick a favourite! We were welcomed by Yvette along with the amazing Chefs who were preparing delicious authentic cuisine in their open kitchen. The spices cooking smelt SO GOOD! This isn’t an exclusively vegan foodie spot BUT they have a separate, amazing vegan menu (which also lists calories per dish, great for fitness fanatics!) – it’s divided up into “Bombay Bites”, “Small Plates”, “Salads & Boxes”, “Sides” and “Mains”…. Across the menu you’ll find delicious dishes like their mahusive Samosas which are filled with a potato masala and cashew nut combo and served with a yummy tamarind dip (so good!), warming and mouth watering Chana Masala or Chana Tarkari, delicious Dahl’s & fresh Sauteed Broccoli – Total foodie heaven!! Bombay pantry was established over 20 years ago and they’ve won numerous awards – it’s clear to see why! They started with just one Indian food to go shop and in their words “The idea was to produce really top quality Indian food to go, restaurant quality food at home” – they certainly raise the bar on delicious Indian cuisine and now have 7 food-to-go shops in the greater Dublin area – (so there’s always one close by!). If you’re in Dublin for leisure or business, we’d say these guys are a must to check out! (they do delivery too!). Anyway, we were served up a truly amazing spread… the dishes taste traditional, fresh and are cooked with LOVE. Wow! What a way to end our Dublin trip with possibly the best curry we’ve ever tasted – thank you Bombay Pantry. ……And Goodbye Dublin – Amazing Trip – We can’t wait to be back again soon.