Vegan gastronomy is spreading, and these are 4 of the best places for vegan street food in Athens.
Vegan nutrition and cooking have become part of everyday life, whether you embrace them as a way of life or not. What is certain is that vegan restaurants are the freshest thing on the culinary scene in Athens. At the same time, many restaurants are now making sure to introduce vegan options to their menu.
Whether you are a fan of this diet or not, there are excellent and delicious dishes that you should try. An exciting aspect is the vegan versions of well-known and beloved street food dishes, such as wrapped souvlaki, pizza, burgers, and many more.
So we searched and found 4 places in Athens where you can enjoy excellent vegan street food.
This is the place to go if you’re looking for vegan meals in Pagrati. Although the menu is limited, it serves all tastes with salty, sweet, and spicy flavours. The recipes have strong references to traditional cuisine, and they use mainly Greek products of great quality. All their dishes have a street and, at the same time, comfort approach. Two excellent options are the ‘eggplant pocket’, with eggplant croquettes and Florina pepper sauce, and the ‘vandal burger’, a burger made with lentils and nuts. There is only a small seating area inside, and there are also a few tables outside on the sidewalk. But there are still plenty of places to get a bite and unwind while observing the busy neighbourhood’s on-going traffic.
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The Vegan Vandal – Aminta 15, 116 35 Pagrati
This is by far the best place for vegan street food in the very interesting neighbourhood of Koukaki. This small place with only three or four tables and a bench advocates a comprehensive concept regarding vegan nutrition and respect for the environment and its resources. Here you will try excellent salads, sweets, Buddha bowls, and other dishes. However, the best dish here is the unique wrap with pita and seitan gyros. It is a taste experience that will convince even the most fanatic of the regular meat gyro that there are alternatives that really deserve to be tried. Among the sweets, the vegetarian tart with cashew cream and lime on a nut base stands out.
Peas Vegan & Raw Food – Falirou 40, 117 42 Koukaki
The owners of Veganaki have been present for many years in the culinary scene of Athens. Starting in 2005 with a small place with quality street food, in 2014 they gradually switched to a vegan diet until 2019, when the place got its current name and transformed into a regular restaurant. However, the place never forgot its street food origins, and some of its dishes are some of the most delicious vegan street food in Athens. “Lachanoulis” is an excellent proposal with oven-baked vegetable burgers made of cauliflower, pumpkin, and carrots wrapped in an Arabic rice pita. Also excellent is the pesto pizza with thin sweet potato dough and gluten-free flours, with basil and cashew pesto, cashew cheese, and fresh tomato.
Veganaki – Athanasiou Diakou 38, 117 43 Mets
This restaurant does not need any recommendations. It is one of the most famous places in Athens for vegan food. Its fame has gone beyond Athens, as dozens of informed visitors to the city come here every day. Its vegan burger made of sweet potato, black-eyed beans, and brown rice is a benchmark for vegans in the city. But it is definitely worth trying the gyro with mushrooms and the impressive-looking and tasty spiral potato. It has a few tables outside, and the kitchen is visible from the street, allowing you to watch the dishes being prepared. It is located at a strategic point on Perikleous Street, and thus the taste pleasure can be comfortably combined with a walk in the historical centre of the city.
Vegan Beat – Perikleous 56, 105 60 Athens
We believe in convincing you that vegan street food is something that is really worth trying, regardless of your eating habits. It is a smart and very tasty way to re-discover beloved street foods.