Just a few years ago, the concept of veganism in St. Petersburg (well, in all of Russia!) was unfamiliar, to put it mildly. But as the saying goes, “Russians are slow to saddle up, but ride fast.” Now that the concept of cruelty-free eating has arrived, it will take the city by storm and these are places already beloved by animal lovers.
Translated as “Green Garden,” you immediately realize that this is the place to go before even looking at the menu. This airy space, with an abundance of lush plants, is simultaneously a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, organic goods shop and a flower store. Of course, there’s no lack of salads, smoothie bowls, and etc., but the chef decided to give a vegan twist to traditional mayonnaise and meat-heavy salads such as Olivier or Caesar, as well as to create a wide assortment of vegan and even raw vegan pizzas, pastas and lasagnas.
facebook.com/greengardenspb (in Russian)
Looking to eat green on a budget? Head to Ukrop where you’ll find a nice place to relax and enjoy a healthy meal that won’t break the bank. Vegetarian head chef, Ivan Dubkov, decided to focus on healthy ingredients from around the world (chia and quinoa from South America, tapioca from Africa, ligneous mushrooms and miso paste from Asia).
cafe-ukrop.ru (in Russian)
Cafe Botanika is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in St.Petersburg. The international menu boasts over 100 items and innovative gourmet dishes based on Ayurvedic principles. For easy choosing, the menu is divided into categories of Russian, Italian, Indian and Japanese cuisine, as well as Middle Eastern and American-style dishes.
botanika.spb.ru (in English)
Jiva Project is a mini-chain of the Hare Krishna eateries that comprise Cafe Ananda and two Jiva Burgers locations.
If you’re looking for a plant-based burger that doesn’t disappoint, head to one of the two centrally located Jiva Burgers spots. Everything on the menu is meat-free and you can build your ideal burger from a choice of six different buns, eight kinds of toppings and an impressive range of fillings. Ananda serves a range of hearty European, Asian and Middle Eastern salads, soups, main dishes and desserts.
vk.com/harekrishnacafe (in Russian)
ZEN serves arguably the best vegan burgers thanks to its secret ingredients from a Tibetan monk. And prices really don’t bite: You can get a mini burger for just $1.5. If you’re super hungry, go for the massive Avignon burger ($8.5). There’s more than just burgers on the menu (rolls, salads, soups, falafel, noodles and traditional Russian vareniki), so you can keep coming back until you tried them all.
vk.com/zenveganburger (in Russian)
Luckily, for those of you who prefer raw vegan food, there’s a place in the center of St. Petersburg that caters to your needs. At RA Family, you’ll find a wide range of raw vegan soups, salads, main dishes and desserts, and you can also invite your regular vegan and vegetarian friends because there are plenty of such options.
rafamilygroup.com (in Russian)
This is one of St. Petersburg’s first art clusters, so naturally this creative space on Ligovsky Prospect is home to several vegan food spots. Hood Street Food whips up vegan burgers, rolls and hot dogs. Veggie Box Food & Bakery is a 100 percent vegan cafe that serves healthy fast food (pizza, burgers, lasagna, soups, salads rolls and an impressive range of desserts).
vk.com/hoodstreetfood (in Russian)
vk.com/veggieboxspb (in Russian)
vk.com/veganstreetfood (in Russian)
Troitsky Most has spread across three convenient central locations since first opening its door in 1997. Thanks to its varied menu and a very cozy atmosphere, Troitsky Most is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In addition, the restaurant hosts acoustic concerts, film screenings and other events.
t-most.ru (in Russian)
Kuznya House serves veggie and vegan, as well as meat options – perfect for when you’re with friends or family who are not fond of an entirely plant-based menu. In May, famed Australian chef Glen Ballis took over in the kitchen and now focuses on local, seasonal produce. The restaurant is located on New Holland island, St. Petersburg’s newest public space for recreation, arts and leisure.
facebook.com/kuznyahouse/ (in Russian)
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