Moscow Vegetarian & Vegan Guide
Moscow is a great tourist destination and worth visiting for sure. Just imagine you are in the heart of Russia, walking at the Red Square, exploring one of the most beautiful metro in the world, visiting amazing Tretyakov Art Gallery and watching incredible ballet at the Bolshoi Theater. Sounds exciting, isn’t it?
But for most foreigners, visiting Russia is a big challenge as most locals don’t understand English and it’s quite difficult to interpret the Cyrillic lettering on maps and signs. And if you are a vegetarian (or vegan), be ready that your Russian vacation is going to be even more challenging. But I don’t want this to stop you from visiting Russia, so I wrote this post and hope it will help you not to starve.
Every year Moscow becomes more and more vegetarian-friendly, but many people still don’t know the difference between vegetarians and vegans. Some people may think that vegetarians eat fish and seafood, and some restaurants mistakenly include non-veg dishes to vegetarian section of the menu. So before making an order, it’s better to check the ingredients of the dish and to discuss it with the waiter even if the dish is marked as vegetarian. But I guess it’s going to be complicated in case you are not a fluent Russian speaker. So, if you don’t want to find surprises in your plate, I would highly recommend you to visit vegetarian restaurants with a good variety of vegetarian and vegan food.
Fresh is such a special place, it is probably the best vegetarian restaurant in Moscow. The menu is 100% vegan, organic and healthy. A great variety of vegan soups, salads, burgers, wraps, smoothies and desserts. The prices are quite high for Moscow, but the food is really delicious and unusual. Also, they have a special offer of the soup, salad and pita bread combo which costs about 15$ (400 rubles). Great news, there are menus in English and some of the staff speak English fluently.
Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 11
Small and cozy restaurant located right in front of the Tretyakov Art Gallery. The restaurant offers a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and raw dishes. The menu is both in Russian and English (you can check it on their website also). For more convenience, vegan and raw dishes are color-coded by green and purple accordingly. The cuisine is international including some Russian traditional dishes like borsch (a soup made of beetroots), blinchiki (Russian pancakes), vareniki (Russian ravioli). On weekdays they offer a 20% discount on everything between 12pm and 4pm. And if you have visited the Tretyakov Gallery, you can get a 10% discount in exchange for the ticket.
Lavrushensky Pereulok 15
Open hours: Every day 11am – 11pm
Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw
English menu is available
It’s a cordial place which feels like home. Nice and comfy design, friendly atmosphere, real cats and tasty food. This is mainly a vegetarian noodle cafe, so they offer a variety of wheat and buckwheat noodles as well as yummy soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts. The menu of drinks is impressive: various raw smoothies, milkshakes, fresh-pressed juices, herbal tea, coffee. Vegan dishes are marked with the V icon, while raw dishes are marked with the icon of a green leaf.
Business lunch special can be ordered between 12pm and 4 pm. The prices for business lunch vary from 150 to 350 rubles (about 5-12$).
It may be difficult to find this place, so follow these directions:
1) Take the metro to Kurskaya station (circle line).
2) Following the exit signs to the Gogol Theater (Театр им. Гоголя), you will soon get to the tunnel.
3) After exiting the metro, walk forward for about 100 meters and you will see the control pass on your right hand side. It’s the entrance to the former Arma Factory where the D’ivan café is located.
4) Come through the checkpoint, move forward and you will find the café on the left.
Nizhny Susalny Pereulok 5, building 9
Jagannath is a chain of four vegetarian Indian-style buffets in Moscow. It’s a self-service restaurant where you move in the queue with the tray along the table with the food. The labels on food are in Russian only and most of staff doesn’t speak English, but if you say you are a vegan they will understand and indicate you which dishes are suitable for vegans. It’s a great place if you want to eat quick and cheap.
Jagannath na Kuznetskom Mostu
The first and the largest Jagannath buffet is located not far away from the Red Square. There are three large halls, the counter with the food is in the most distant one.
Kuznetsky Most 11
Jagannath na Kurskoy
This is a small buffet located next to the metro Kurskaya.
Zemlyanoy Val 24/30
Jagannat na Taganskoy
Jagannath near Taganskaya metro station is not just a buffet but it’s also a cultural center with the stage for musical performances, lections and so on. Admission is always free.
Verkhnyaya Radishchevskaya 9A
Jagannat na Maroseyke
The newest Jagannath is located near Kitay Gorod metro station. It’s a small cafe with light design.
There are two Avocado cafes in Moscow and both are located in the center of the city. The staff speaks rather good English and the menus are available both in Russian and English. Vegan dishes are marked with the star (*) symbol and there is a separate menu for raw foodists. Avocado is an expensive place but if you visit it during business lunch time (from 12pm to 5pm), you can order a special for 210 rubles (about 8$).
Avocado in Chistoprudny Boulevard
This restaurant is situated in a very quiet and peaceful place opposite Chistye Prudy pond. In summer you can seat in a nice open patio with a pleasant view to the park and the pond.
Chistoprudny Bulvar 12-2
Avocado in Tverskaya Street
Another Avocado cafe is located in walking distance from the Red Square. Note that the entrance is on Nikitsky pereulok which is the side street of Tverskaya. You will see the large green banner with an avocado on it.
Tverskaya 5/6 (but the entrance is on Nikitsky pereulok)
Ganga is an Indian-style vegetarian fast-food cafe located on the third floor of the shopping mall. The food is not expensive yet tasty. If you are not far away from Dinamo metro station, you can stop by.
Directions: take metro to the Dinamo station, follow the exit sign to Dinamo Stadium (Стадион Динамо), go underground to cross the street, turn right and walk along the road for about 100 meters. On your way you will cross the side street (ул. Авиаконструктора сухого) through the underpass, then you will see the bus stop and a park on your left side, get to the end of the park, turn left and walk straight to the mall which will be on your left-hand-side.
Leningradsky prospect 37B, Start Mall (Старт)
There are several vegetarian cafes situated in the yoga centers. They usually don’t have English menus and the staff doesn’t speak English, however it may worth stopping by if you are not far away.
Small vegetarian café is located near Belorusskaya metro station. Vegetarian business lunch special for 200 rub (7$) is available from 12pm to 4pm.
Leningradsky prospect 1
This is a small cafe offering a limited choice of vegetarian appetizers, salads and desserts. Unfortunately there is no English menu and seems like the staff doesn’t speak English. This place is not for vegans and those who are really hungry, but for a cup tea it’s pretty nice.
YogaDOM is a small vegetarian cafe in the center of Moscow. The choice of food is limited and mostly in Indian style.
Petrovsky Pereulok 1/30
There are two Prana yoga centers in Moscow and both have small vegetarian cafes. The menu offers a wide range of vegetarian dishes for good prices.
Prana na Barrikadnoy
Prana na Timiryazevskoy
Dmitrovskoe shosse 9-2
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