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Best Places to Eat Vegan in Florence

Being vegan is not easy. Being vegan in Italy is even harder (you can read why I have made this lifestyle change here). But I must admit that I am finding more options than I thought I would in Florence. Since arriving in January I have found my favorite vegan-friendly cafes, restaurants, and bars, and I thought I should share!

Please note that the places I am highlighting are not vegan-only. Most of these serve meat and cheese but offer vegan options. I am also not 100% vegan 100% of the time, I try to have a 95% ratio.

Best Breakfast -- Le Vespe 
Le Vespe offers several vegetarian and vegan dishes, but my favorite by far is their tofu scramble breakfast wrap. It is delicious (well priced) and gives me my breakfast fix when I need it (breakfast is my favorite but is not a big meal for Italians).

Best Panino -- Pinos
Mr. Pino has taken to calling me "Miss Vegan" because I order the same thing every time I go - the Vegan. This panino is sooo good! It is focaccia bread (which is just flour, water, salt, and oil) stuffed with roasted potatoes, sautéed spinach, sun dried tomatoes, eggplant, and topped with a spicy red sauce. I probably eat this at least three times a week!

Best Asian -- Dim Sum
I recently discovered a new dim sum placed (called Dim Sum lol) and it is delicious. Unfortunately there is only one vegan/vegetarian option, but it is still worth it and the tea is amazing.

Best Veggie Burgere -- Il Principe
Il Principe makes one delicious veggie burger on focaccia topped with whatever veggies and sauces you would like.

Best Soy Cappuccino -- La Milkeria
I miss cappuccinos, but fortunately more and more places in Florence are offering soy milk. La Milkeria has the best!

Best Health Food Restaurant -- Miso di Riso
Unlike the places mentioned above, Miso di Riso doesn't just offer one or two vegan or vegetarian options, the entire restaurant is dedicated to organ, macrobiotic, vegan, and raw foods. 

Best For Quick Meals On The Go -- Love Life
Love Life is a cute little juice and smoothie bar that offers a variety of quick and healthy meals on the go... and juice and smoothies of course. They make fresh soups, salads, and my favorite, couscous. They also brew fresh American coffee, just saying.

Best Grocery Store -- Drogheria Pegna
This store is like the Fresh Market of Florence and offers all sorts of hard to find foods. Chia seeds? Check! Vegan croissants? Check! Almond milk? Check, check!

Best Gelato -- Grom + Gelateria dei Neri
Finally, don't worry there are vegan gelato options. Lots of places have started offering soy and coconut milk gelatos. My personal favorites are from Grom and Gelateria dei Neri.

And don't forget, there are lots of naturally vegan Italian dishes you can get anywhere -- Ribollita (the most amazing Tuscan bread and veggie soup), a variety of red tomato sauces (with basil, spicy, veggie, etc.), bruschetta (just make sure you are saying it right), and veggie risotto (but ask for no cheese).

Buon appetito!
Ashley B
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  1. Wow, this is great! I've been reading your blog for a while and I was so excited to hear that you were thinking of going vegan. Forks over Knives also convinced me to go vegan about a year ago. Although I think it's a great lifestyle, it can be challenging to find vegan options. I struggle with it in college, so it was so encouraging to see that you've found so many while living abroad. Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Thanks! I wish I could say I am always successful, but I am trying. Some places are definitely easier than others, I have found eastern Europe to be especially difficult!

  2. I'm not vegan, but I was actually surprised by the number of dishes I could make vegetarian or vegan in Europe (especially in Paris - I think I ate more vegetarian meals than not!). I'm from the south so there is a LOT of meat in most dishes, especially here in Memphis, but I try to limit my meat intake as well. Partially due to health, partially because of ethical concerns, partially because of cost, but also because it's kind of fun to see what interesting foods you can come up with outside the traditional "meat and three." All those places look awesome - I have no reason to go to Italy but you're making me really want to!

    1. That's good to hear, since I will be in Paris next week!

  3. I can't tell you how incredibly helpful this post has been! I'm also a vegan and was planning to forgo my plans to study abroad because I thought the vegan options would be little if any. I'm primarily vegan due to dietary restrictions, so having a non-vegan meal is not really an option for me, but this post has shown me that it is possible and given me the push I need to follow my dreams and finally experience Europe! Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart and wishing you all the best in your travels!


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