I recently went to Budapest for a long weekend trip and loved it (read more about that here). Before I went to the Hungarian capital I was not expecting much in terms of vegan food, but I was so wrong. There were so many vegan options in Budapest and in the end I didn’t have enough time to try them all, but in this post I want to share the places I did try and loved.
Las Vegan’s: This is a food truck located in Karaván, which is an outside street food court right next to the famous Szimpla Kert ruin bar (which is so cool by the way, definitely worth checking out!). Las Vegan’s has several burgers on offer and I went for the fried cheese burger. Yes, you heard that right: a burger with a block of vegan fried cheese as the patty. It was as good as it sounds, I will go as far as to say that it was the best vegan burger I’ve ever had. I also got some fries on the side with garlic ‘mayo’ which just made the whole meal epic. I can’t rave about this meal enough, and I wish I could go back and try out some of their other burgers. Also, Karaván is a really nice food spot to check out in general, it’s really cosy and there are options for everyone.
Hummus Bar: I fully accept that I’m more than just a little addicted to hummus, so a place called ‘hummus bar’ was bound to make me happy. This is a local chain in Budapest, with 14 locations around the city. As the name suggest, this place specialises in hummus. It’s not a 100% vegan chain but they have countless vegan options; some of their stores have meat options, others are vegetarian. I ended up having two meals here, and both time went for the hummus & falafel plate with warm pita breads. The food is amazing, the staff so friendly and the vibe is just great. Can’t recommend this place enough!
Fruccola Kristof ter: I went to this café for breakfast one day; they don’t have too many vegan options but the ones they do have are pretty tasty. I went for breakfast and had a coconut tapioca pudding, which I know sound’s a little weird but it was actually so tasty. I also had some freshly squeezed orange juice which was really good. I spotted some lunch/dinner options as well, plus they have a tonne of juices as well as soy milk for coffees. All the vegan options are clearly marked and this place is very centrally located.
Vegan Sunday Market: And lastly, there is the Vegan Sunday Market, which is held once a month and some I was lucky to be there at the right time! There was a mixture of food and non-food stalls, and I was happy to see that it was pretty busy. I didn’t end up buying any food whilst I was there because I wasn’t hungry, but it looked like there were so great options available. Definitely check this place out and support some of the local vegan businesses.
These are just some of the many vegan options available in Budapest; since I only had three days there I wasn’t able to try them all. For an extensive list of vegan spot in Budapest, check out Happy Cow; the most helpful website out there for vegan options around the world.