Looking for healthy food options free of meat? When it comes to vegan and vegetarian restaurants, Bratislava has herbivores well covered. There are many choices for healthy and tasty meatless meals in the city. The question is which places are worth visiting? Check out our list of the best vegan and vegetarian places in Bratislava!
Balans Bistro is a cute vegan gem “hidden” on a small street in Bratislava’s Old Town – Živnostenská Str. It is full of colors and has a very positive vibe. We always feel very welcome and homey there, thanks in part to the very friendly personnel. And we love the small details here, such as glass straws that come with your drink! Balans is open 7 days a week so you can enjoy your vegan meal over the weekends and evenings as well. Just remember that during the week many people choose it as their lunch spot and you will need to queue to get in. We recommend visiting in the afternoon, evening, or weekend.
BEMBA RAW VEGAN BISTRO
Bemba is a cool place where the chefs don’t cook and you still leave full and gastronomically satisfied! It offers only raw meals, but we were surprised how delicious and creative the kitchen is here with exclusively raw cuisine. It is located outside of the city center, in the Nove Mesto municipality.
The menu is quite extensive, service is quick, and we admired the family character of this place. We were blown away with their version of pizza and burger full of green leaves. We definitely recommend banana dough pancakes filled with poppy seeds as a dessert!
Biela ľalia is a tea room outside of the city center in the municipality Ružinov. You will find it next to an elementary school and a track field in the underground premises of a house. Apart from various teas, Biela also serves non-meat dishes during lunch hours. There is one lunch option served every workday consisting of a soup, main dish, and a homemade dessert. We enjoyed our food but do note that the premises is more suitable for a tea room than for traditional dining – the small tables and low stools made it a challenge to fully enjoy our lunch here.
Foodstock used to be only a truck offering yummy vegetarian dishes at various festivals and Christmas markets. It quickly became so popular that it was obvious a regular shop was needed. Now you can enjoy this amazing cuisine at a small establishment on Klobučnícka Street. The menu includes various vegetarian Asia-inspired dishes.
Our all time favourite is the Gyoza Crunchy filled with local vegetables and topped with the amazing combination of teriyaki, sesame, and edamame beans. Highly addictive! And a nice plus is that you get tap water for free :)
An Indian, Ayurvedic, and vegetarian restaurant where the authentic environment of original Indian cuisine will enchant you. Trained Indian professionals with experience from the world-famous Indian Ayurvedic center Somatheeram in South India will serve your dishes.
An “a la carte” menu is offered on the weekends and during the weekday they also have a daily vegetarian lunch menu (11:00 – 16:00) for a special price.
This restaurant offers a menu with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options inspired mostly by Indian specialties, but also by domestic and international cuisine. Located on Obchodna Street in the city center, it is a quick option for lunch during the week. They have three types of lunch menus (small, medium, large + soup) and you can always choose between a traditional or a classic meal. Free water on the tables is a matter of course. Do not expect anything posh, rather a classic busy place with fulfilling meals that will not cost you much. Meals are available for a take-away as well. If you are into sweets, take one of their desserts with you – the offer is big and they all look fab and healthy!
GRIN GRIN SALAD BAR
Grín Grin is a hidden treasure of the Mlynske Nivy neighbourhood. Healthy, high quality, tasty vegetarian lunches for a good price! Even the biggest gluttons won’t leave this place hungry, or disappointed. You can choose from the buffet menu and even combine it with the current offer of fresh raw and warm salads. Because you pay for a grammage on your plate, we found the price – 1 EURO for 100 grams – fair enough. Water, usually flavoured with fruit, is free. If you feel really hungry, add some vegetable soup and raw dessert on your tray!
MADE WITH LAF
Made with Laf is a lovely vegan bistro on Dunajska Street. It has a cosy colourful interior, super nice staff, and amazing vegan dishes. If you visit during lunch hours, you will immediately understand how popular this place is – people are literally queuing in the street. Thus we advise to visit it outside of the peak hours or to ask for your lunch meal “to go.”
Every work day, Laf offers two lunch menu options to choose from – two soups and two main dishes. Apart from that, there are few fast-food vegan meals on the menu every day. This establishment prides itself on being environment friendly. Just go there – a truly charming place with delicious food! And they now have a second branch located within a street food garden Possonium.
A trendy restaurant/cafe that is aimed at real healthy, nutritious, and valuable modern food prepared from bio and local raw materials. Their whole menu was created by the nutrition expert Silvia Horecká and it truly shows: you will find the vegan or vegetarian meals marked with a special symbol making it a bit easier to dine healthfully.
Mercado is located in the Aupark Shopping Center – definitely a good choice to stop by once you go shopping, especially if you have kids as there is a children’s corner directly next to it. We fell for their risottos and cakes but make sure you check out their whole menu, it has so many options! And, there is always a seasonal offer, too. And a special kids menu, for your little ones :)
This popular Indian and Thai vegetarian place has six branches – are favourite ones are the one in the city center on Dunajska Street (we think it is smaller but cuter) and the one in the farmer’s market Freshmarket within its foodcourt (less charming but you will for sure find a place to sit down).
They have several options to choose from, all nicely marked if they are spicy, vegan, etc. You get a plate with several compartments and can choose what and how much you like, as you pay by the gram. Just beware that with the weight system, the price gets higher than a regular daily lunch menu. The food, prepared by Indian chefs, is very tasty and authentic and one generous plate made two people full and satisfied. And they have delicious desserts, too! Tap water is automatically served for free here.
VEGGIE HEALTHY FOOD
Another veggie spot on Obchodna Street! Open during the week only (though only until 4 pm), this place is also a popular pick for lunch menus during the day. The style here is self-service, which means you take a plate and choose the meals which are most appealing to your eyes (and senses) :) You pay per weight. You can find vegetarian, raw dishes, desserts and healthy drinks. Some offerings are suitable for those with celiacs, as well. Their goal is to create a new perception of the vegetarian diet and show that it can be really delicious, nutritionally balanced, varied and fun. So far it has always worked for us!
The philosophy of this tiny place is simple: they are open only three times a week and you have only one choice to order – one soup and one main dish. It might be tough to get there due to such limited opening hours. Moreover it might happen that if you come for a late lunch, they will be out of soups or the main meal. Which would be a pity as their vegan meals are really delicious!
Soups look average but are perfectly seasoned and the main dishes are amazing! Don’t be surprised by the small premises – one room only and bigger tables that invite you to sit with strangers :) Plus you get tap water for free.
This vegan take away food is a life-saver for all plant eaters. It serves delicious vegan meals indistinguishable from the carnivore-friendly stuff. Everything is prepared in front of your eyes. Sometimes they sell the vegan desserts as well. Make sure not to miss their amazing Axel burger! Plus you will save some animal friends :)
A vegetarian restaurant with four branches in Bratislava. Open Monday to Friday only and is best served as a lunch spot. You can mix-and-match your own menu at their self-service buffets. Again, you pay per weight. And they have a neat Happy Hour in the late afternoon when you can get food for half price.
(source: Veg Life)
You can buy healthy and tasty vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals, fresh juices and delicious raw desserts here. They also have a delivery service so you can enjoy the healthy portion at your home or office as well :)
What is your favourite place? Let us know in the comment section below.
Author: Zuzana Mytna