Last Updated on January 21, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow
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 guide to 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 which I also noticed in Bologna.
Sadly, since we went to Milan some of the vegan places there have closed down meaning I had to remove most of this post. But due to the opening of several new vegan restaurants in Milan, I can add a few suggestions for you if you’re a vegan in Milan wondering where to eat.
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 recommend stopping by at Flower Burger at least once during your time in Milan. The only problem 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.
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.
Places I Look Forward To
As I mentioned, several vegan restaurants in Milan closed down so I had to remove them from this post. But luckily, there are also several new places. These are some spots I’d love to try next time I’m in Milan:
Alhambra: This vegan café and buffet is one of the top-rated vegan restaurants in Milan, and the great thing is that you can get both savory fishes as tons of sweets and cakes. Via San Gregorio 17. Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm.
Come a Casa: This vegan restaurant makes different dishes using organic, seasonal ingredients. The reviews are really good, too. Piazzale Siena 8. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, 6 pm to 8 pm.
La Schiscetteria: This small shop sells organic produce and other food items but also has some takeway options. According to reviews, the food is really good. Via Serviliano Lattuada 17. Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 7:30 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Pan GhEA: Another top-rated vegan restaurant in Milan that serves buffet food. It’s located close to the lively Navigli neighborhood. Via Valenza 5. Open Tuesday to Friday 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, 7:30 pm to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12:30 pm to 3 pm, 7:30 pm to 11 pm.
Tathagata: This tiny vegan take-away spot gets pretty good reviews from vegans. Via Tortona 20. Open Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Veganfruttariano: This vegan restaurant and bar specializes in veganizing traditional Italian dishes so go here to get your fix of all the things other tourists indulge in when visiting Italy. It’s also one of the few places that stays open longer, though it’s not open for lunch. Via Ignazio Ciaia 4. Open Monday to Wednesday 7:30 pm to 1:30 am, Thursday 7:30 pm to 2 am, Friday and Saturday 7:30 pm to 3 am.
Gelato Libre: A fully vegan ice cream place with excellent reviews? Count me in next time I’m in Milan! Via Giosuè Carducci 12. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12 pm to 3 pm, 4 pm to 7:30 pm.
Grezzo Raw Chocolate: This place is fully vegan and offers various vegan chocolates, ice creams, and cakes. Judging by the reviews this place is almost perfect! Via Pastrengo 2. Open Monday to Thursday 8 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 am to 11 pm, Sunday 9 am to 8 pm.
Leccornie: This fully vegan bakery makes sweet and savory pastries and sandwiches and only offers takeaway. Via Camillo Ugoni 1. Open Monday to Saturday 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday 9 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.