Falafel…in Venice?!? It’s sad, I know. But what else were two budgeting vegans to do? There are no vegetarian restaurants in Venice, a city that feels more like a theme park than a place where people live. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful, if not magical, city and a great place to get lost for a day or two. There are expensive tourist restaurants where we could have found pasta with tomato sauce, pizza without cheese or a salad, but we decided against that route. Instead, we ate breakfast before commuting to Venice from Padova, and returned home for dinner.
Vegan in Venice, Italy
Visiting Venice was not really about eating the food, but about seeing the sights. And so we did….
After the photo interlude, I’m hoping you can start to see why food wasn’t top of mind.
We did spot some additional vegan options. There was a Billa supermarket in the central area, which had rosemary focaccia bread made without strutto, the Italian word for pork fat. Be careful, strutto is one of those ingreidents that turns up in most bread products. Thankfully, this trend starts to fade away as you head to southern Italy.
At Billa, we also found vegan tarts, strudel and fruit bars, all clearly marked vegan with Vegan Society labels.
Billa also had a selection of Valsoia ice cream, which is made with soy and vegan-friendly. We didn’t buy any while in Venice, but were excited to see it stocked.
At a small supermarket nearby, which sadly I didn’t note the name of, we saw some more Valsoia products, including ice cream sandwiches and pudding. You can find their products in supermarkets throughout Italy, meaning you’ll never have to wait long to satisfy an ice cream craving. Soy milk was also sold in this small supermarket.
If you’re looking for just one or two scoops of vegan gelato while in Venice, you can head over to Gelateria Il Doge, which has soy and rice milk options. Somehow, we missed out on this. Thanks to Arine who let us use photos from her flickr account Aquaturquoise.
Gelateria Il Doge
49 Campo Santa Margherita
Tel: +39 041-523-4607
If you’re looking for a healthy snack, you can find fresh fruit cups sold on the streets.
You’ll also have no problem finding fresh fruit from street vendors or in supermarkets. Billa had some coconut, cracked and ready to eat.
Sestiere Dorsoduro, 1491
If you want to find the place where we ate falafel, it’s called Pizza Kabab. The large falafel cost €5.00 Euros ($7.03 USD) and was big enough to share.
Have you been to Venice, Italy? Did you find any vegan food we missed?