Once you understand what Budapest has overcome, you really can appreciate where the city is today. Reminders of a difficult past are still present — bullet hole riddled buildings and empty shoes on the Danube, make for an impactful experience.
Despite the city’s challenging past, today, it is a great place to experience history and relax! After a long day of exploring, you’ll want to soak in one of the city’s nine medicinal baths, take a relaxing boat ride on the Danube, and of course, enjoy amazing vegan food!
This Budapest vegan guide is chock full of some of my favorite restaurants, sweet spots, and much more.
TIP: Most businesses in Budapest don’t accept Euros. Make sure you have their national currency the Forint on hand.
The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Budapest
There is no shortage of excellent vegan options in Budapest — pastries, Hungarian specialties, burgers — you name it, Budapest has it!
There are multiple locations throughout the city.
If you’re looking for excellent vegan junk food in Budapest, come here! You can’t go wrong with an order of crispy, salty fries, loaded burgers covered in melty cheese, and inventive salads.
Budapest, Múzeum krt. 23, 1053 Hungary
This vegan cafeteria in the heart of the city has a weekly changing menu of soups, pasta, globally inspired dishes, and more. The menu is also well-marked, with gluten-free and sugar-free options available.
Budapest, Ferenciek tere 2, 1053 Hungary
This casual vegan eatery has a little bit of everything — traditional polish cuisine, veggie-packed raw dishes, pizza, and pastries! The menu is also well-marked for allergens like wheat, soy, mustard, and sesame.
Budapest, Hunyadi tér 11, 1067 Hungary
This small family business is run by a mom and daughter who aim to “show the world [that] vegans can have all the yummy food with an extra serving of clear conscience!” Their menu features 100% vegan goulash, stews, pasta, and more. There are also gluten-free and soy-free options.
Budapest, Hollán Ernő u. 5, 1136 Hungary
Come here if you’re craving a stack of syrupy French toast for breakfast or a healthy beetroot burger for lunch! They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with so many gorgeous and delicious dishes— it might be hard to choose! They also have gluten-free options.
Budapest, Király u. 101, 1077 Hungary
Budapest even has a vegan pub; how cool is that!? The plant-based menu features all the best comfort food — loaded French fries, pasta, and burgers but you can also sip on traditional Hungarian craft beers while you dine!
Budapest, Iskola u. 31, 1011 Hungary
If you feel like you need a veggie-power boost, check out all the raw vegan eats at this casual restaurant. The menu features cooked and raw options, all focusing on health. You’ll find healthy burgers, soups, and even sweet desserts!
Budapest, Paulay Ede u. 18, 1061 Hungary
If you’re interested in shopping and eating, come to this vegetarian café! Their Turkish-inspired breakfast and lunch menu features chickpea omelets, pancakes, and toast. At the same time, their shop features clothing and jewelry from Hungarian designers.
Budapest, Wesselényi u. 2, 1077 Hungary
Vegan and gluten-free friends, this spot is for you! The Middle-Eastern-inspired menu is almost 100% gluten-free and features superfood-packed bowls, falafel, small bites, and more.
Budapest, Bartók Béla út 9, 1114 Hungary
This might be vegan carb heaven! Make sure you go hungry because you’re going to want a giant, loaded burger, an order of crispy sweet potato fries, and one of their epic house-made pastries! Doesn’t that sound like the absolute best combo?
Budapest, Királyi Pál u. 20, 1053 Hungary
Epic or maybe Epoch burger concoctions are what’s on the menu at this vegan burger bar in Budapest! Go classic with a double classic loaded with special sauce, or try a creative Caeser burger with Middle-Eastern-inspired flavor.
Budapest, Röser udvar, Károly krt. 22, 1052 Hungary
This vegan-friendly spot is the perfect place for vegan breakfast or brunch in Budapest. You’ll be mesmerized by colorful berry-filled bowls, savory toasts, and creative waffles.
Budapest, Lágymányosi u. 14, 1111 Hungary
This cafeteria-style spot changes its menu weekly to feature a mix of international cuisine and specialty Hungarian stews, pies, and desserts.
Budapest, Alkotmány u. 4 b, 1054 Hungary
Hungary’s first vegan Italian spot is a must-visit! Dive into creamy bowls of pasta or grab an addictive slice of cheesy Neapolitan pizza. If by some crazy chance, Italian food isn’t your jam, they also serve other globally-inspired cuisines.
Budapest, Haris köz 3, 1052 Hungary
This gluten-free, vegan-friendly spot wants to ensure you have healthy and delicious options all day long. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — start your day with a comforting bowl of berry-filled porridge and end it with a spicy vegan BBQ pulled pork sandwich.
Budapest, Nefelejcs u. 3, 1078 Hungary
This vegan and organic health food store can help you stock up on essential snacks and cook you up a burger! Their small café menu features a variety of plant-based fare and coffee; it’s perfect if you’re on the run.
Budapest, Király u. 8-10, 1061 Hungary
Right in the heart of Budapest, this greenery filled veggie spot is on a mission to delight visitors with a delicious globally-inspired menu. In addition to creating flavorful vegan dishes, this spot also prioritizes supporting the local community and sources its ingredients from local farms and businesses. You can feel good in more ways than one when eating here!
Budapest, István u. 5, 1078 Hungary
If you’re looking for something quick. healthy, and delicious come here! This spot has a great mix of flavorful bowls and wraps filled with pumpkin falafel, smokey eggplant, fresh veggies, sauces, and much more!
Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 10, 1061 Hungary
This pastel pink cafe with its palm leaf covered tables and walls is too cute, but what you’ll love even more is the food! From morning to night, they’ve got a delicious selection of veganized Hungarian favorites and other globally-inspired eats. Start the day with a fruity smoothie bowl and end it with Hungarian paprikash!
Budapest, Bartók Béla út 9, 1114 Hungary
At most Indian spots vegans can always find a few things, but here, you can have everything! Enjoy favorites like vindaloo masala, korma curry, papadam, and more!
Budapest, Záhony u. 7-U1 building, 1031 Hungary
Budapest’s first vegan canteen is not only an excellent place for breakfast for lunch, it’s also an awesome hangout spot or co-working space! The multi-purpose vegan spot has a lot to offer — you’ll find a daily and weekly menu with a mix of globally-inspired dishes, sandwiches, soups, and more.
Budapest, Jókai u. 7, 1066 Hungary
No matter where in the world you are, pizza is never a bad idea! This vegan pizzeria is tossing up epic pies topped with pesto, BBQ sauce, feta cheese, and much more. On top of pizzas, they also have delicious calzones, salads, and soups.
Vegan & Vegan-Friendly Bakeries & Ice Cream in Budapest
Budapest, Csarnok tér 6, 1093 Hungary
Wow might be the first word out of your mouth when you see these drop-dead gorgeous cakes, cheesecakes, and tarts! They almost too beautiful to eat (almost is the keyword)!
Budapest, Hollán Ernő u. 3, 1136 Hungary
You must come here for a sticky cinnamon roll, light and flaky croissant, and many other epic vegan pastries!
Budapest, Kossuth Lajos u. 4, 1053 Hungary
This vegan-friendly gelateria always has multiple creamy vegan options and sometimes beautifully baked chimney cones! I bet you didn’t think you’d find one of those.
There are multiple locations in Budapest.
If you’re looking for a refreshing and mostly healthy treat, check out these fruity ice pops (popsicles). They are handmade and can be dipped in chocolate and topped with nuts, coconut, peanut butter, and more.
Vegan-Friendly Hotels in Budapest
Budapest, Ntak: Sz19000365, Szálloda, Ráday u. 6, 1092 Hungary
These modern, budget-friendly hotels are always a good choice! You can count on them to have everything you need for a good night’s rest. The hotel chain also has multiple sustainability programs within the hotels, from eco-design choices and resource conservation to supporting the local community. The breakfast buffet usually has a few vegan options, but it is an extra charge.
Budapest, Csarnok tér 2, 1093 Hungary
Right next to the Great Market Hall is this fantastic property ideal for every type of traveler, from solo folks to families. The hotel offers a breakfast buffet that may have a few vegan options, but the real bonus to staying here is their guest kitchen. Guests can access a large modern kitchen with everything they need to heat porridge or make a complete meal.
What To Do in Budapest
Wander around Fisherman’s Bastion and check out Matthias Church
The 19th-century lookout towers that are a part of The Buda Castle were built to honor the 1000th birthday of the Hungarian state. The idea was to give locals a beautiful terrace with equally stunning views. Today that is very much the case, and this is one of the most visited spots in the city. Right inside the grounds of the Fishman’s Bastion is The Mattias Church which is intricately designed with gargoyle spires and a fantastic diamond pattern roof. Tours are available, and on certain evenings the church hosts organ concerts.
Visit the Buda Castle and Castle Hill
This medieval castle was home to many Hungarian Kings. The castle is free to explore, but inside are the Hungarian National Gallery, the Budapest History Museum, and the National Széchényi Library, all of which require a ticket. You can go on foot or take the Buda Castle Funicular to get up to the castle.
Check out the Hungarian Parliament
This is one of Budapest’s most famous landmarks, and it’s easy to see why. The stunning architecture of this building pierces the skyline of Budapest, and its beauty stands out when it is lit at night. The Hungarian National Assembly still meets here, and visitors are allowed to visit when the plenary is in session. Note there is a dress code and code of conduct that must be observed.
Take a bath
Budapest didn’t earn the nickname the City of Spas for nothing; with over 100 mineral-rich thermal springs throughout the city, there is sure to be a bath to provide a relaxing experience. A very popular bathhouse and the largest with 18 pools is Széchenyi. We enjoyed a relaxing time at Gellert, known for its Art Nouveau architecture.
Learn a little of Budapest’s History at The House of Terror
The museum is housed in the former headquarters of the State Protection Authority and explores the oppression Hungary faced from the Nazi regime and under communist rule. The exhibits are thought-provoking and include personal accounts from the victims. According to the museum, it is “a monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured, and killed in this building” while also painting a picture of what life in Hungary was like. Don’t skip the audio guide for this.
A Few More Things To Do in Budapest
- Take a guided half-day tour and learn all about Budapest
- Explore Margaret Island
- Enjoy the beauty of the ELTE Botanical Gardens
- Explore ruin pubs in the Jewish Quarter
- Pay your respects at The Shoes on The Danube Memorial
- Cruise the Danube on a river boat tour
- Check this out for more things to do in Budapest
TIP: For a scenic trip, take tram 2 on the Pest side, it will take you past the Chain Bridge and the Hungarian Parliament, or tram 41 or 19 in Buda.
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