Discover the best vegan and vegetarian eats in Malta - where to go and what to expect.
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Being a vegan or vegetarian may limit your choices when it comes to eating out on the go (as a vegetarian myself, trust me - I know!), but as time goes by, more and more restaurants are catering for these special diets. Locally, you can look out for Vegan Malta Approved stickers in restaurants, though I'd also definitely recommend checking out these exclusively vegetarian and vegan eats!
1. The Grassy Hopper, Gzira
A welcoming sit-down cafe in Gzira that also offers take-away from a shop in Valletta, the Grassy Hopper offers a great choice of fresh, healthy and tasty dishes. These include salads, brown rice bowls, wraps, sandwiches and juices with several vegan options. Top reviews and good prices!
Food: Vegan-friendly, Mediterranean, Western, Juice bar, Take-away
Where: Triq San Gorg, Gzira
2. Juuls Kitchen, St Julians
This one is open only in the summer, so I'd recommend checking ahead before you go. Tucked within Jah Ruulz Reggae Bar (previously Juuls), this cafe has a relaxed vibe and nice view from the terrace outside. It offers a great selection of mostly vegan and some vegetarian dishes, smoothies, fresh juices and loose leaf tea. Gluten-free options are also available.
Food: Lacto, Western, International, Fusion, Fast food, Juice bar
Where: 7 St Joseph St, St Julian's, Malta
3. Gugar, Valletta
A tiny, laid back cafe that invites people to hang out on the far end of Valletta’s main street or chill in a hippie style basement. Serves a small but tasty menu of vegan and vegetarian sandwiches, burgers, dips and smoothies. You can also request soya or almond milk instead of cow’s milk in smoothies.
Food: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Mediterranean, European, Juice bar, Beer & Wine
Where: 89 Republic Street, Valletta, Malta
4. Green Mood, Victoria, Gozo
This restaurant has a very straightforward menu: soup or salad. It is a simple restaurant with simple food - the concept is that you season it yourself. The staff advise you that it is not spiced much, and give you a selection of spices with which to create your own taste - a rather unique concept, but very nice indeed!
Food: Vegan, Organic, Raw, Salad bar, Juice bar, Take-out, European, Gluten-free
Where: 11a, Triq ir-Repubblika, Victoria, Gozo
5. Pure Living
So I did say exclusively vegetarian and vegan, BUT, Pure serves mostly vegan and vegetarian dishes as well as some dishes including fish, egg and chicken. There's a wonderful choice of burgers, wraps, gluten free sandwiches, soups and salads as well as superfood smoothies and cold press juices. It's a nice mix of hot and cold food for a reasonable price.
Food: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Non-veg, Western, Fast food, Take-away, Juice bar
Where: Windsor Street, Sliema