Experience a little la dolce vita in Rome at one of these fabulous vegan eateries.
If you’re passionate about the power of food and creating experiences of love and joy when eating delicious eats whilst travelling, you can’t go past a good Italian feast in Rome.
Even some of the world’s literary greats write their most inspired works from their foodie experiences in Rome. Until recently, a lot of vegans missed out on a lot of these great eating experiences when travelling through Italy.
But not anymore. Vegans are well looked after in one of the most beautiful gastronomic paradises of the world, that is the Eternal City; Rome.
Whether you’re on the move and need something quick, or have the time to sit down with friends and family to enjoy a delicious feast, we have sourced some of the best vegan eats in Rome to enjoy. (For things you will want to know before you go to Rome, click here.)
Marcella Bianchi Stall: Hiding behind the Termini Train Station, next to the Mercato Centrale Roma, the Marcella Stall has a variety of on the go vegan options including seasonal salads, soups and their popular Popeye Burger made with a lentil patty, caramelised onion, salad and vegan mayo.
Chef Express: Located in the Termini Train Station this mini cafe serves up vegan filled toasted paninis, a delicious range of freshly made croissants with any filling (whether you want sweet or savoury) and they also make an Aussie style Soy Latte, which they call a cappuccino.
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Rifugio Romano: One of the most popular restaurants in Rome. It’s a cosy place at Rifugio, and features an extensive vegan menu inspired by classic Italian dishes. Including a delicious vegan inspired antipasto platter of plant-based deli meats, cheese and arancini. You’ll want to make more than one visit to Rifugio, as their vegan pasta dishes are incredible and their desserts are even better.
Romeow Cat Bistro: There is nothing more fitting, than sitting down to a delicious vegan meal being surrounded by cats on your vegan eating journey. That’s if you don’t mind the odd cat coming in for a side cuddle every now and then as you eat. Reservations are required to eat here, due to the animal resting periods.
Ops Cucina Mediterranea: If you love buffet-style eating, be sure to make time for a visit to Ops. With an ever-changing menu, you’ll easily fall in love with the hearty comfort food options, such as creamy gnocchi, marinated tempeh, pesto quinoa and an array of fresh salads and crumbed vegetables.
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IVegan: Not all Italian food consists of just cheese and meat, there are a lot of alternatives which give you the same tastes, such as the jaw-dropping vegan cheese range at the IVegan grocery store (a stone’s throw from the Vatican). There’s even mock-meat spicy chorizo which pack a real punch in flavour. Yum.
Vegan Store Stall 83: Located in the southern-side of Rome in the Testaccio district, you’ll find the Vegan Store Stall 83. The owner Barbara is a passionate animal activist who sells mouth-watering produce for any type of vegan with any types of tastes.
Grezzo Raw Chocolate: Grezzo is one of Rome’s first Raw Vegan Dessert Bars, and it has everything you could possibly want. From gelato, cheesecake, cookies, artisan chocolate and so much more. If you’re a gelato fan, try their award-winning hazelnut gelato. Delicious.
Gelarmony: Speaking of gelato, Gelarmony are well known in Rome for their wide selection of vegan flavours. The gelato is made from a mixture of soy, rice, almond and soy and with flavours like pistachio and coconut, you’ll most definitely want seconds.