7 best vegan restaurants in Athens
I hope you all know that I have been vegan since July 2013. Wow, it’s been almost 5 years of feeling more fresh and healthier than ever. And because vegan diet has helped me incredibly, I try to help others who are looking for vegan meals while traveling, too. I have to admit, I ate my way through 4 days in the Greek capital. Half of each day I spent visiting historic monuments, while the other half I would look for the best vegan restaurants in Athens. Here’s the list of my favorite places to eat vegan in Athens.
7 best vegan restaurants in Athens
1. Mama Tierra
I really don’t know why I was waiting until my very last few hours in Athens to finally go and eat at Mama Tierra. I had my last meal in Athens there. It was quite difficult to choose as they have many meals I’d enjoy but in the end I asked for vegan pad thai salad. I really miss Thai food so this was a great way to get at least one meal that reminded me of my beloved Thailand. If I am not mistaken, they also have vegetarian meals at Mama Tierra, so if you are vegan, double check the ingredients before ordering.
Location: Akadimias 84, Akadimia, Athens
Website: Mama Tierra Athens
2. Healthy Bites
Healthy Bites has the biggest variety of vegan meals out of all the vegan restaurants in Athens I ate at. I so liked the food there that I went there twice and not just once ? I tried chocolate cupcake, chocolate cake, quinoa veggie salad, lentil salad and pasta with vegan cheese. All of them were really mouth-watering. Honestly, I don’t understand why they don’t have even better reviews on Tripadvisor. Out of all these vegan restaurants I’ve been to in Athens, Healthy Bites is the one offering the different salads, burgers, ice cream, sweets, desserts, sweet and salty pies etc.
Location: Omonoia 25, Athina, Omonia, Athens
Website: As far as I know, they don’t have a website, but here’s Healthy Bites Facebook and Healthy Bites Instagram
3. Falafel house
Falafel house is a small restaurant with just a handful of tables but the food is so worth it. You can or eat there or takeaway. I’ve been there just once but was more than happy with both meals I got. I was starving and couldn’t really choose so ended up with 2 meals… I had hummus salad with pita bread, and house salad. They were both delicious. OMG! Give me hummus and I’m yours 😀
They also have vegetarian options, not just vegan.
Location: 23 Athinas Avenue, Monastiraki, Athens
Website: Falafel House Greece
4. Vegan Nation
Vegan Nation was the first vegan restaurant I tried in Athens. I believe it’s fully vegan. They serve raw vegan and cooked vegan meals, and fresh juices as well. I found time to go there twice. The first time I ordered a Mexican burrito with guacamole and beans (yay, my favorite combination) and a chocolate brownie. Both were super tasty! I had gluten-free corn burrito which was a bit of a challenge to eat as the tortilla got stuck to the paper but I heard that regular tortilla with gluten doesn’t cause that problem. I didn’t care that much though as the taste was worth it.
And the chocolate brownie was the biggest I’ve ever seen as usually you just get a tiny piece but not at the Vegan Nation. That’s why I went there for the second time just to get the brownie for dessert on my last night in Athens 🙂
Vegan Nation is right in the city center, great location and very easy to find. Aw, and they also have vegan nice cream which I will hopefully try next time in Athens.
Location: Ermou 86, Athens
Website: They don’t have a website yet but here’s Vegan Nation Instagram.
Falafellas is the smallest out of all of the restaurants mentioned on this list. I went there once for early dinner and had yummy falafel wrap with vegetables. Yay, it was super tasty. They have different sizes of falafel wraps, mine was a giant one as I was really hungry 🙂 I enjoyed not only its size, but taste was really good, too. I ate it on a bench on the street.
Location: 51 Aiolou street, Athens
6. DaVinci ice cream
If you visit Athens on a hot day and feel like melting, then I have good news for you. You can find vegan ice cream in Athens, and it’s in the tourist area not far from all the historic attractions. I didn’t look for it but just discovered it ”by accident”. I am talking of DaVinci artificial natural ice cream. Besides many non-vegan options, they also serve delicious mango and red forest fruit vegan sorbets. I never asked about vegan cones as I don’t usually like them anyway and just order ice cream in a cup. They also had strawberry and pineapple vegan sorbets but I didn’t have time to indulge in those.
Location: There’s more DaVinci ice cream places around Greece but I visited the one on 50 Andrianou Street in Monastiraki, Athens
Website: DaVinci gelato Greece
7. Vegan Beat
I only found Vegan Beat restaurant by accident. Just saw its sign from the street when taking photos there so I walked up to see what they offer. I only bought a piece of carrot cake which was a bit too dry for me. But maybe because I am used to chocolate cakes or cupcakes which are not really dry but more creamy. However, lentil salad, pasta and quinoa salad they had seemed yummy. I was just not hungry when I was there. So I will taste something from Vegan Beat if I visit Athens in the future 🙂
Location: 7 – 15 Pandrosou, inside Haragioni gallery (1st floor), Monastiraki, Athens
Website: They didn’t have a website in June 2018 but here’s Vegan Beat Facebook and Vegan Beat Instagram
Would you like to taste any of these meals? Even looking at the photos make me feel hungry again 🙂