Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

VEGAN GUIDE TO VENICE

Vegan guide to Venice, Italy – where to find vegan and vegetarian meals.

There aren’t any fully vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Venice. That doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a tasty plant-based meal. At nearly every restaurant in town, you’re able to make it work. You might end up eating a lot of pasta and pizza, but you’re in Italy, right? I am putting together this vegan guide to Venice to make things a little easier for traveling vegans. Here are some restaurant recommendations so you can easily maintain your vegan diet in Venice. I’m organizing it by district so you can plan according to where you’re located.

Dorsoduro

We stayed in Dorsoduro when we visited Venice. This charming neighborhood had a few vegan options.

OKE Pizzeria e Ristorante

Vegan Guide to Venice, Italy

We loved this restaurant so much that we ate there twice. We stumbled upon this restaurant without any research ahead of time. In my planning, I read that the Dorsoduro restaurant, La Piscina, had a separate vegetarian menu with vegan items marked. This was not the case as they didn’t know anything about a vegetarian menu when we asked. So, we ended up walking down the street on our first evening in Venice without a clue about what we were going to eat for our first meal there. And then we found Oke Pizzeria.

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

From the menu (and the website), we could tell immediately that they cared greatly about their food and their customers. Oke Pizzeria is committed to using organic and locally grown ingredients wherever possible. They also take food allergies very seriously, including those to gluten and dairy. When we ordered our pizza and made sure there was no dairy on them, they completely understood this request right away. Justin and I ordered pizza marinara with additional vegetables on top. Oke Pizzeria has an awesome patio right on the water, so it was the perfect place to have our first dinner in Venice.

Vegan Guide to Venice, Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

They also do takeout orders. On another day, we picked up some pizza and ate it on our apartment’s balcony. This time, we ordered a vegetable pizza without the cheese, and it was so yummy.

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

OKE Venezia

Dosrsoduro 1414

Gelateria Il Doge

We didn’t try this gelateria, although I read that they do sell vegan gelato and sorbet here.

Gelateria Il Doge

Campo Santa Margherita

Dorsoduro 3058/A

As I mentioned before, we stayed in our own apartment in Dorsoduro. I highly recommend that you stay in an apartment or Airbnb with a kitchen. We went to a grocery store down the street and found lots of fruits, vegetables, salads, cereal, bread, soy milk, soy yogurt, and enough food to at least make breakfast for the day. By cooking at least one meal at home, we were able to save some money and ensure that we started off the day properly before heading out for our adventures.

San Marco

Le Café

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

After our gondola ride, we found ourselves wandering around trying to find restaurants that either didn’t exist or we couldn’t find. Again, we stumbled upon this restaurant, Le Café, in Campo San Stefano. There were several options on the menu that could easily be prepared vegan. We ordered some drinks and sat on the patio, with views of the bustling piazza. As for the food, we got some bruschetta to start, and ordered more pizza with mushrooms and peppers. Everything was delicious, and it was a great place to enjoy a meal.

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Le Café

Campo San Stefano

San Marco, 2797

Pizzeria L’Angelo

We didn’t dine there, but there are a variety of vegan options. There are vegan sandwiches, wraps, and two types of vegan pizza with vegan cheese. This is a takeout place, so it would be great to eat on the go.

Pizzeria L’Angelo

Calle della Mandola 3711

San Marco

Suso Gelatoteca

Another gelateria we didn’t visit (could you believe that we didn’t eat any gelato until we arrived in Florence?!), but I read that there is some vegan gelato here.

Suso Gelatoteca

Calle della Bissa

San Marco, 5453

San Polo

Frary’s

We didn’t spend too much time in the San Polo district, so we didn’t dine here. Frary’s serves Middle Eastern cuisine, which could provide a nice break from all of the pizza and pasta. Some food here can be made vegan, including biryani and couscous.

Frary’s

Fondamente dei Frari

San Polo, 2559

Castello

La Spighe

This is a small health food shop with a vegetarian deli and salad bar. You pay by weight and there are vegan options. I can’t vouch for it personally, but it sounds like a great place. You can eat inside or take the food away and have a picnic at a nearby park.

La Spighe

Via Garibaldi

Castello, 1341

Al Burchiello

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

We were starving and this place was close by. I can’t say that it was the greatest meal in the world, but it certainly wasn’t the worst. Once we were back home, I read many scathing reviews of this restaurant. However, I felt as though the food was really good, the patio was in a great location (nestled in a cozy piazza), and the food arrived in a timely manner. We were assured that the soup, the pasta, and the gnocchi would be prepared without any dairy or eggs. Hopefully, this was the case. Be sure to double check when you arrive and make sure that your pasta and gnocchi are prepared in a tomato sauce without egg.

We ordered minestrone soup, pasta in tomato sauce, and gnocchi in tomato sauce.

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Vegan Guide to Venice Italy

Cannaregio

We didn’t dine at all in Cannaregio, but here are a few options with vegan food for you to try.

Gam Gam Kosher

There are lots of clearly marked vegan options here. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Friday and Saturday.

Gam Gam Kosher

1122 Ghetto Vecchio

Cannaregio

L’Angolo Della Pizza

There are three vegan pizzas here and a falafel that’s vegan, as long as you omit the mayonnaise.

L’Angolo Della Pizza

Rio Tera San Leonardo, 1589

Cannaregio

Osteria Giogione

There are some vegan choices on the menu, like soup, salad, saffron rice, and pasta.

Osteria Giogione

Cannaregio, 4592/A

Lido

There are two restaurants with lots of vegan options on the neighboring island of Lido. We had planned to visit Lido but simply ran out of time. It gives us a place to go back to when we return to Venice!

Bio Sound System Vegan Vegetarian Bistro

Via Doge Michiel, 2/C

and…

Buddhabar Restaurant

Gran Viale 28/b

(closed on Monday)

Vegan Guide to Venice

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12 Responses

  1. Lyndall @ SeizeTheDayProject
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    What a great guide for vegans planning to visit Venice. Love the pics of all that delicious food! 🙂
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  2. Hung Thai
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    Oh wow, I did not know vegan food can look so tasty 🙂 – But I guess Italians really know how to make pizzas look good, and they normally don’t have any meats right? Great post!
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  3. Charles McCool
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    Looks like I eat mostly vegan in Italy without realizing it. I love my bruschetta, drinks, and pasta!
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  4. Ivan Jordon
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    Oh my. I’ve always wanted to go to Venice. So jealous! Maybe next year… if I’m lucky.
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  5. Joyce
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    Just find your blog through Pinterest. Love it! From a fellow vegan travel blogger (using Divi theme haha!)

  6. Marissa
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    I’m not vegan, but all this food looks delicious! It’s making me hungry! 🙂
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  7. Kerri
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    Just goes to show that food can look and taste good, if people take the time and effort to listen to what customers want. I love the photo of you with the pizza on the small balcony. Love balconies. #weekendwanderlust

  8. annette charlton
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    My family and I are not vegan and have no food allergies, so for us planning around our diet whilst travelling is never a consideration. Your post however, made me realise that it is no so easy for many others, especially if touring foreign countries. How wonderful that you were able to enjoy fab food and good service in great looking locations!
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  9. Shivya Nath
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    This looks delicious. Great list!
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  10. Wendy@TheNomadicVegan
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    Hi Lauren,
    Glad to see you ate well in Venice! While it’s not as vegan-friendly as more southern parts of Italy, I also came across some delicious vegan finds when I was there last year. I even had a vegan spaghetti carbonara! http://www.thenomadicvegan.com/vegan-carbonara-in-venice/
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  11. Carolina
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    Hello Justin and Lauren! Nice guide, I wish to suggest a vegan – friendly restaurant close to Rialto bridge, they have seasonal vegan menu and tasty vegan sweets! Here’s the link to the website/english menu: http://www.ristorantemarioallafava.it/?lang=en

  12. M
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    Thanks for the post, I am moving to the region and excited to check out many vegan friendly spots! When I was in Venice I was able to visit Pinzimonio, which is fully plant based, and Bio Sound System (vegetarian/vegan). Both were excellent so I just wanna give them a shout out in these comments 🙂

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