10 Vegan / Vegetarian Restaurants
Plakias, on the road to Kalypso, turn left after Oasis, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Buffet, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Cretan, Greek
Daily specials, range of starters, falafel main dish, Cretan specialties like wild greens, purslane salad, hyazinthe bulbs, vegan gigantes, fennel-pies. Special buffet on Friday with many vegan and gluten-free dishes (reservation suggested). Quiet and relaxing atmosphere with free Wi-Fi. Directions: Located on the road from the beach to Rethymno, around 1 km from the beach a right turn before the petrol station. There is a sign post directing to the restaurant at the turn.
Paleochora-Chania, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, International, Mediterranean, Greek
Vegetarian restaurant in the town of Paleochora, Crete, with daily changing seasonal menu. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a comfortable atmosphere. Has rooms for rent.
5 Defkalionos St, Chania, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Organic, Mediterranean, Take-out, Greek
Quaint side street with park and water view. Offers a variety of local traditional pies and pizzas, as well as 2-3 main courses plus coffee. Salads and side dishes are prepared on the spot. Fresh organic bread is baked every day. The Cretan owners cater to regular locals and tourists alike. Has Wi-Fi, small bookstore, natural products.
Akti Enoseos 4, Palio Limani, Chania, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Beer/Wine, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Organic Greek tavern at the end of the old harbour in Chania. Has some vegan choices including cooked herbs (blita), beans spread (fava), in-house-made fried potatoes (patates tiganites), several salads (eg, xoriatiki salata).
Xanthoudidou 7, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Has over 10 vegan or can-be-made vegan dishes. Located in old town.
Leof. Machis Kritis, Platanes, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Mediterranean, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Taverna in Platanes, near Rethymnon, Crete. Serves traditional Cretan food and has a page of vegetarian dishes, several of which are vegan.
Ethnikis Antistaseos 100 & Mikrasiaton Sq, Old Town, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Has one page of vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Agia Marina, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, International, Italian, Salad bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Vegan choices are the salad bar and a few other dishes.
Valsamonerou, Zaros, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Mediterranean, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. No menu card; the set meal changes daily (water, wine, raki, starter, main course, dessert) and costs around euro 12/person. Owner places emphasis on fresh ingredients and herbs that she grows in her garden. Choose between the "vegetarian menu" (ovo, lacto) and the "meat menu." Fresh bread follows along with a large garden salad. Next, a plate of assorted cheese and olives, 6 or so cooked local Cretan cuisine dishes, in quantities depending on the number of people at the table.
Main street, Pendamodi (at 20km south of Heraklion), Crete, Greece
Cuisine: International, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small place. Offers made-to-order food, vegetarian upon request. Ask kitchen to use separate cookware.
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