Hungarian cuisine is pretty meat and dairy orientated. Certainly yummy, but if you happen to have a food allergy or are vegetarian or vegan, you might worry you’ll be going hungry here in Hungary. Luckily, this couldn’t be further from the truth thanks to the city’s vibrant culinary scene, talented chefs and a taste for international influence on the menu. Here are some of the city’s top eateries for those with specific dietary requirements.
For the best burgers in town in one of the cities most underrated neighborhoods, check our Veganlove. With a sumptuous selection of vegan burgers that are a lot more creative than just tofu in a bun, you’ll be full before you leave here. Save some energy though, as there are lots of chill coffee shops on this road and a romantic lake – perfect for lazily strolling around – nearby.
Address: 9 Bartók Béla Way, 1114 Budapest view map
Opening hours: 11am–9pm daily
Photo: Vegan Love
If you need gluten free, finding a delicious bakery can sometimes be a struggle in this part of Europe. Fear not here though, as Free! is one of the newest bakers on the block and is committed to serving some of the best dough-based snacks in town which also happen to be 100% gluten free. The cakes, pastries and pizzas all have rave reviews as do the soups and pies. Free! now has two locations in the city, one in Buda and the other in Pest.
Address: Buda: 16 Fény utca, 1024 Budapest view map
Pest: 30 Dob Street, 1072 Budapest view map
Opening hours: Buda: 8am–6pm Mon–Fri, 9am–12pm, closed on Sun
Pest: 9am–8pm Mon–Fri, 9am–6pm, closed on Sun
Asztalka (meaning small table) is in the lovely Tabán neighborhood in Buda. This tiny place has lot of options for those who want to enjoy some gluten-free and low sugar sweets. However, Asztalka is a lot more than just a pastry shop: It’s like a cozy livingroom, except here, you can also purchase the beautifully renovated furniture and the unique decoration items.
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Address: 15 Döbrentei Street, entrance from Attila way, 1013 Budapest view map
Opening hours: 11am–6pm Wed–Fri, 11am–7pm Sat–Sun, closed on Mon & Tue
Hokedli – Pottage Bar
If you’re a fan of pottage the long-obsolete-but-suddenly-way-cool-again snack of choice (basically a very thick stew made with grains, vegetables and such), then this is the place for you, whether or not you have any special dietary requirements. Luckily, if you do, their diverse and delicious menu is overflowing with vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free and gluten-free options, so dig in.
Address: 10 Nagymező Street, 1065 Budapest view map
Opening hours: 11:30am–5pm Mon–Fri, closed on Sat & Sun
Very touristy, but also very delicious, Gelarto Rosa is famous in Budapest for scoop ice cream artfully crafted to look like flowers. You won’t have trouble finding the place because it’s always got a line running outside. Why it finds itself on this list is because it also happens to have gluten-free and vegan options which can be hard to find in other ice cream places.
Address: 3 Szent István tér, 1051 Budapest view map
Opening hours: 10am–10pm daily
Photo: Gelarto Rosa
Oh My Green
Oh My Green, as the name suggests is an organic café well known and loved for its great range of salads, smoothies and yummy desserts. With an open and airy atmosphere, it’s a great place to grab lunch on your own or with friends.