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I traveled to Milan, everyone! So here I am with all the details on the vegan food I had in Italy’s second-largest city. Foodwise, I was really looking forward to our trip to Milan because I had already found tons of vegan restaurants in Milan via HappyCow. So many in fact, that we weren’t able to go to all of them.
Italy is one of the big producers of vegan food in Europe. My local vegan store carries a lot of items made in Italy. As I mentioned in my vegan post about Rome, I believe that the reason Italy produces such high-quality vegan products is that the country is so famous for great food. And Italian vegans probably really want to create great alternatives.
Sadly, since we went to Milan some of the vegan places there have closed down. So this is the up-to-date list of places that we visited.
Vegan Restaurants in Milan
Amazing Junk Food
So the first night we went to a vegan burger chain called Flower Burger (with two outlets in Milan). I was really excited about this because I had seen amazing pictures online. It’s always difficult to choose a burger when there are so many different vegan options whereas in non-vegan spots you have to order the only vegan item they offer.
I had absolutely no idea which one of the several vegan burgers I should choose. But I went for the Flower Burger with seitan and a pepper sauce. My partner asked for suggestions from the staff and ended up choosing the Cherry Bomb burger which was a limited edition. We both had potatoes with them, but make sure to order a sauce with them as it’s not included. I preferred the Cherry Bomb burger over mine. It was really, really good, and I wanted to go back to try their other burgers, but we ended up checking out different vegan restaurants in Milan.
I wholeheartedly recomment stopping by at Flower Burger at least once during your time in Milan. The only problem at was that they don’t have washrooms so keep that in mind. I’m not sure if the other location has them.
Viale Vittorio Veneto 10. Open Monday to Sunday 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm.
Delicious and Healthy Bistro
The next day we slept in so we decided to go out for brunch. This time, we decided on a place called BistròBiò. The owner was such a wonderful person.
It’s a buffet-style restaurant where you pay by weight. The free tea and coffee refills reminded me of my time in Canada where this is standard.
We decided to take a little bit of everything which included some savory puff pastry, spinach, a kidney bean salad, vegetables, and some bread similar to pretzels. The food was really good quality and a welcome change after the burgers we had had the previous day.
Before we left, we got some coconut balls for free which were absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, BistròBiò’s neighborhood isn’t very interesting for tourists so we never made it back for a second time, but do give it a try when you’re in Milan.
Via Valtellina 10. Monday to Friday 12 pm to 2:30 pm, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 pm to 11 pm.
Vegan-Friendly Breakfast in Milan
Italian breakfast is not very elaborate and I knew I wasn’t going to get the kind of vegan breakfast I had in Hamburg. We only opted to go for breakfast once during our stay and went to a place called Pasticceria Rovida close to Milan’s Central Station.
I loved that all the people working there were women. The atmosphere at Rovida was incredible. The staff were friendly and knew what vegan means and had several vegan options available. Sadly, they had run out of their vegan muffins though.
I opted for two energy bars and two vegan cookies as well as a soy hot chocolate. They were good and very filling, but the best part about this place was the atmosphere. It was so busy and bustling withing energy. People came and went every minute, and it was so loud and stereotypically Italian that it was an absolute joy to be there for breakfast.
Via Domenico Scarlatti 21. Monday to Friday 7 am to 8 pm, Saturday 7:30sadly am to 8 pm, Sunday 7:30 am to 1 pm.
Have you ever traveled to Milan as a vegan? Have you been to any of these places? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.