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10 great eateries in Budapest for healthy salads and light meals

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  • Zsófia Nagy

04/01/2022 3.36pm

After the revelry of Christmas, thoughts turn to making a healthy start to the new year. Here are ten great suggestions for eateries around town whose kitchen focuses on healthy and nutritious dishes, with bright salads, vegan combinations and bowls of crunchy vegetables.

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The Acai Spot

1/10

1124 Budapest, Apor Vilmos tér 11

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Who doesn’t want to refuel with a little colourful, healthy Brazilian vitality in all this January grey. The Acai Spot at the Hegyvidék shopping centre provides the perfect opportunity to sample delicious acai bowls conceived in the Amazon rainforest, turbo-charged with a myriad of healthy extra ingredients, from fruit to peanut butter to granola. The perfect energy bomb and immune booster during the dark winter, it is also an ideal dish for breakfast or a snack, individually put together on-site, not from powder, but from fresh berries and sorbets, making it even healthier. And if you want a nutritious, active and colourful lunch, also have a look at their delicious weekly menu of a soup, salad and juice. (x)

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California Poke

2/10

1115 Budapest, Somogyi út 28

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Freshness, health and quality are all found near Kelenföld station. The three owners with a strong background in hospitality have focused on fresh crunchy ingredients in putting together Hawaii-style dishes of fish and vegetables, and can now be delivered to your home and served on-site in food bar surroundings.

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Franziska

3/10

1011 Budapest, Iskola utca 29

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A refreshing breakfast awaits at one of the cosiest spots in town. In addition to cakes and pastries, you can sample more substantial dishes such as Eggs Benedict, avocado toast, a fruit-oatmeal bowl or a green smoothie. From noon, you can switch to hearty but healthy vegetable lunches.

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Freeat – Mentes Vegán Bisztró

4/10

1114 Budapest, Szabolcska Mihály utca 3

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Near Feneketlen-tó, the leafy lake near Kosztolányi Dezső tér in Buda, you find Freeat Bistro, offering a bunch of meat- and dairy-free options. Either if you follow a gluten- or lactose-free diet or just want to eat more consciously, there are plenty of options. As part of their weekly menu, you can try the better-known traditional dishes as delicious vegan versions, plus order their food as home delivery.

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Good Karma Kitchen

5/10

1024 Budapest, Lövőház utca 19.

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Taking the well-known classics in a fast casual direction, this restaurant serves Indian cuisine with a European twist. Their aim here is to offer everyone a dish to suit their taste. In practice, this means that you can choose different combinations and seasonings for the delicious basics, and your order will then arrive swiftly. Most of the ingredients come from nearby, so not only are they fresh, but your ecological footprint also benefits.

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Léműhely - Buda

6/10

1119 Budapest, Tétényi út 63.

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The owner of the tiny juice outlet at Bikás Park makes delicious, preservative-free juices with a self-developed press. They always make use of seasonal vegetables and fruit, without pasteurisation or heat treatment. The shop is just taking a Christmas break now, but from 6 January, they will be waiting for juice lovers again with renewed energy and even fresher drinks.

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ONO Poké Bowl Bar

7/10

1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 34.

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The ONO Poké Bowl eateries in Buda and Pest showcase Hawaii’s best-known, super-healthy staple. Their rice or vegetable-based bowls are equally rich in fresh ingredients, and you can vary the food as you wish, request a vegan or meaty version, or add a delicious cocktail if you so desire.

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Sali – Salad Library

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1095 Budapest, Lechner Ödön fasor 3/1113 Budapest, Futár utca 8

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Gluten-, lactose-, sugar-free and vegan formulations, vibrant colours and great flavours all combine here. No matter the lifestyle or diet you follow, you don’t have to compromise at Sali. In addition to salads and wholemeal wraps, they also offer gently warming and healthy vegan cream soups in the winter cold, and innocent delights are provided by desserts without added sugar. The menu includes nutrient information beside each element, so you can easily calculate what exactly suits your diet. And if you prefer to have a salad at home, they can deliver these delicious dishes to your door. (x)

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Tökmag Vegan Street Food

9/10

1136 Budapest, Hollán Ernő utca 5

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Vegans will do well to visit Jászai Mari tér in Újlipótváros, as they will find a hummus bar, a vegetarian canteen and a vegan bakery here. Among them, Tökmag Street Food stands out, first because of its superior buns. Secondly, it offers delicious pumpkin, beetroot and mushroom burgers, but it’s also worth tasting the yummy sweet potato chips.

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Vegan Love

10/10

1114 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 9.

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This vanguard of the vegan scene has been in operation since 2014 and now it can be found at two locations. At their newer, larger restaurant, in Pest, you can choose from all their meat-free dishes, even specialities not available elsewhere, such as crab tails. You can also find sandwiches and their regular vegan kebabs and burgers.

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