35 Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly 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. Previously named The Third Eye.
5 Defkalionos St, Chania, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Organic, Mediterranean, Take-out, Greek
Seasonal opening - closed in Winter. Quaint side street with park and water view. Offers local traditional vegetarian cuisine like Boureki or stuffed zucchini flowers with rice and aromatic herbs. Daily vegan options such as Moussaka (with soy mince meat and bechamel with soy milk). Salads and side dishes prepared to order. House-baked bread. Child-friendly. Has Wi-Fi, small bookstore, outdoor tables and high chairs. Wheelchair access.
Adele Village, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Awarded as Best Organic Restaurant in the World by Vanity Fair. Cretan restaurant makes traditional cuisine using fresh, organic farm produce, plus the preparation is done entirely in the farm kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan choices include stuffed courgette flowers, wild artichokes, dolmades, farmhouse salad, pickled wild onions, green olives and vegetables stuffed with rice and aromatic herbs. Calling ahead for a reservation might be a good idea. Also offers a guided farm tour, which includes vintage olive oil stone press, water mill, wine and raki distillery and more. Tour is 50 minutes long and starts at 5:30 pm, but call to make sure.
82 Europis, Koutouloufari, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Ovo, Chinese, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Asian, Indonesian, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Chinese and Indonesian food restaurant. Has wok vegetable dishes as well fresh salads.
Aretoussas 4, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Western, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Coffee cafe and roastery offering drinks and has soymilk. Serves sandwiches, soups, and salads -- could request to omit cheese in a dish and ask for more veggies or olives instead. Garden view.
Kato Stalos, Chania, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Pizza, International, Italian, Mediterranean, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Fusion, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Bistro located in the area of Kato Stalos in Chania. Serves different cuisine from that of most of the traditional tavernas in the area. Vegan options include nachos served with vegan cheese, Greek salad served with soy feta, couscous salad, grilled veg with avocado & tomato baguette, vegan cheese & tomato toastie, spaghetti, pizzas with vegan cheese, falafel burger, vegetable stir fry and a hummus plate with falafel, chickpeas & pitta bread. Almond milk is available for coffees. Also has gluten-free options.
Akti Enoseos 4, 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).
Machis Kritis, Limenas Chersonisou, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Restaurant at the beach. There are starters that are vegan so you could order and eat them like tapas: grilled mushrooms, fried zucchini, potatoes. Staff is willing to adjust dishes on the menu to suit.
Eleftheriou Venizelou 7-8 Sq, Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Raw, Western, Juice bar, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. A pescatarian restaurant/cafe with plenty of vegan options. Offers coffee and tea with plant milks, salads, mushroom burgers, cakes, raw balls, smoothies, milkshakes and many other items. Try the mushroom burger, carrot cake and made-in-house vanilla & date almond milk. Friendly staff.
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.
Kidonias 22, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Mediterranean, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Small tavern that sells traditional Greek pies and peinirli which are customizable. There are two vegan options for pies (labeled): spinach pie and a vegetable pie with no crust. Many of the pies are vegetarian. The peinirli is a Greek open face pastry which you have the option to order it according to your taste and its stone baked. Relocated from Evgenikou 2-4, Heraklion.
Pitsidia main road, inside the village, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, European, Middle Eastern, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Taverna with some vegetarian choices. Mediterranean and Middle-eastern flavors. Seating downstairs and at roof terrace.
G Lapidi 9, Malia, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Local taverna with terrace, hosted by a family. Offers typical Greek and Crete dishes. Around 1/2 of the menu is vegetarian, of which most are vegan except ones with cheese or tzatziki. Staff will answer questions. Often crowded so reserve ahead.
Leoforos Machis Kritis 174, Rethymno, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Lacto, Ovo, European, Middle Eastern, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Has a clearly labeled vegan moussaka, plus has a few other dishes labeled as vegetarian (vegans please inquire to see if they could possibly be made vegan). All cold bites are listed as vegetarian, so again, vegans please inquire. Uses only vegetable oil in their cooking. Please be aware that the labeling on the menu may not be completely correct.
Efedron Polemiston, Stavros, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Mediterranean, Beer/Wine, French, Middle Eastern, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Located on the beach. Has vegan and vegetarian dishes such as grilled eggplant, hummus, avocado salad and others.
Talos Hotel Apartments, Drakonianou St, Chania, Crete, Greece
Cuisine: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, European, Greek, Non-veg
Serves meat, vegan options available. Greek restaurant located at an apartment complex. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many vegetarian and vegan options clearly marked on the menu.
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