Being a vegan in a country where the main ingredient when preparing food is meat, can be difficult at times. Nevertheless the world trends are slowly but steadily coming to the capital of Serbia (the meat eating country). More and more vegan and vegetarian restaurants are opening around the city, and even more are including vegan options in their menu. Below is the list of some of the best of the best.
Think Belgrade is purgatory for vegetarians? Wrong. Radost Fina Kuhinjica is a captivating veggie restaurant by Kalemegdan, with an enchanting garden to boot. It might not be the easiest to find, but simply enter the apartment at the address and take your immediate right. The waiters will be quick to offer a seat and a menu that proves all the stereotypical worries about vegetarian grub wrong.
One of the most popular and largest restaurants with a marvelous view of the biggest Serbian Orthodox temple, St Sava Temple, is a regular choice of the number of those who love good food. Relaxing atmosphere in Lounge Cocktail Bar perfectly combined with an elegant a la carte restaurant upstairs. Their garden is the right choice for enjoyment with the view of the Temple during the sunny days. International cuisine offers a vast selection of dishes at any time of day with excellent fun in the evening.
Located in the quiet corner of Dorćol, this hip restaurant with a great interior specialises in Japanese cuisine. Forget sushi for now, if you are craving some real Udon noodle Ramen and Gyoza, make sure to pay them a visit. They also offer Japanese beers and Sake that can rarely be found in the Balkans. And the best part is that they have delivery. Just make sure that you don't plan your visit on Mondays, as that is their day off. They have delivery from 12 to 22 o'clock.
If you were to randomly ask anyone on the street where their favourite pizza place i town is, you will hear lots of different answers. Some prefer their pizza cheesy, while others love a thin crust. But the most popular answer will no doubt be Botako. There is something about the freshness of their ingredients that truly takes you to pizza heaven. You can find them in two locations, in Dorćol (Šantićeva 8) and Vračar (Nevesinjska 6), and have various other dishes on offer. Our personal recommendation is their UFO pizza, that truly takes you out of this world.
Šupa literally translates as 'shed' in English, but this couldn't be farther from the truth - or at least it's not dirty enough anyway. It got its name because the owner liked to spend time in his shed when he was a kid. Šupa is very inclusive and everyone is welcome here. It's pretty laid back and is great for working, if you happen to be one of the lucky few and can take your work with you, this is a great place to bring it. Another thing that you can bring here is your pet, because the place is pet-friendly. The main motif of the interior are flowers, so you'll see them everywhere: on chairs, in vases (where you'd expect them to be found), in the pictures. Vegan-friendly choices on the menu include vegan coffees and vegan hot chocolate, and with every hot beverage you'll get to try a homemade Turkish delight, or perhaps Serbian delight in this case.
It's no secret that Italians know a thing or two about ice cream (or gelato to be more exact), and everything at this Italian galeteria is organic and ethically sources, while the fruit flavours are also completely milk, lactose and animal fat free. It's all prepared based on Italian recipes and there's a huge choice of flavours. You can also taste some equally yummy sweets like tiramisu, waffles, fruit jellies and many more. If you feel thirsty after all those sweet wonders, we recommend ordering some of their homemade milkshakes or fruit juices.
Like Subway but for burritos (and a whole lot better), Burrito Madre is a fast food Mexican eatery with three locations in the city centre. Simply get in line and go through the various stages to create the burrito of your dreams, or at least the burrito that you think you’re after at that point in time. You can take away or eat in, but enjoyment is as good as guaranteed.
Seven Heaven ice creams are located in Knez Mihailova street. These homemade ice creams are made from fresh organic fruit, for everyone to enjoy, and offer vegan, sugar-free and diary free options. Diary options are made from fresh milk which gives it a fuller and creamier texture. It is fair to say that when sampled they really take a person to the seventh heaven. It's like a pure bliss in a cone.
This place has a romantic story to tell, you see 12 years ago, Mr. Goldman, an Israeli businessman, fell in love with a Serbian woman Violeta and started his life in Belgrade. But since he missed the Israeli food, the two of them opened Tel Aviv Hummus House in 2011, a place where you can experience the taste of Israel, in the very heart of Belgrade.
While its rhyming Serbian-English name means 'fish and vegetables', the menu at this popular waterfront restaurant in Beton Hala also offers some land-based meat dishes for non-pescatarians, such as savoury duck breast and slow-baked lamb, and they've also got lots of options for vegetarians. With a minimalist Scandinavian ambience, exceptional service and lots of small plates that are perfect for sharing, the overall dining experience here is amongst the best in town. Recommended.