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    Default Hungary (Budapest) and Serbia

    Lucky little me is going to a music festival in Serbia (in Novi Sad) in July, following a couple of days stop in Budapest. I was wondering if anybody had any hints, tips, knowledge etc that they could impart to me for eating there!

    Cheers muchly!

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    Sounds a nice trip!

    I went to Budapest for a few days on business a couple of years ago and was told before I went that I wouldn't be able to get anything vegan, but in fact there was a vegan/vegetarian restaurant right next to my hotel and several more around the place. Also no-one in the office seemed at all surprised when I asked for my order-in pizza with vegetables and no cheese, and I was able to get a meal in a regular restaurant too by asking them to leave a few things out (mind you it was a "mediterranean" restaurant rather than a Hungarian one I think).

    Unfortunately the veg restaurant I went to doesn't appear to exist any more but there are quite a few others in the online guides, e.g.

    http://www.happycow.net/europe/hunga...est/index.html

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    Default Re: Hungary (Budapest) and Serbia

    A friend of mine is in a gypsy band and they go to Budapest a lot to learn new tunes and hand out with families of people they have come to know. Once some of them came to Oz I heard them play they were incredible

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    Hi,
    There is vegetarian fast food "Green House ", in Novi Sad, street Vojvode Knicanina 1a.So maybe you wont starve.

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    Oh you absolute legends!

    Thanks loads!!

    Any ideas on whether native lager (or all alcohol) is vegan. It is a festival after all.... he he

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    Beer should be vegan, and it's cheap so you'll have low cost fly away.

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    Woooooooooooo!!!!!!

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    Some of my mates went on a Stag do to Budapest, a few weeks ago - I couldnt go because I am an office bitch

    However I only heard good things from the place. The Stag and Best man are veggies, so I am sure there are veggie options.

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    Default Re: Vegan Travel - Budapest, Hungary

    I have to travel quite a lot for work, which can be really difficult, because when I'm at a conference for 12+ hours a day there just isn't time to hunt out vegan-friendly shops and restaurants. I am going to Budapest for the second time for a conference, and Budaveg is a total life-saver. For anyone veg*n going to Hungary, I can't recommend it too highly. I just emailed them to make my booking and was shocked to hear that they aren't getting many customers. I really don't want this lovely business to go under, so if you're in Budapest (or thinking of going), spare them a thought! They have a lovely veg*n flat where nothing has ever touched meat. There's a kitchen so you can cook for yourself, and for people like me who don't have time to go to the health food shop, they will deliver any groceries you need to the flat for cost price. They give discounts to members of Viva and the Vegetarian Society and give full details of all the good veg*n eateries in Hungary (and there are quite a few, including in the neighbourhood). I honestly don't know what I would do in Budapest without them!
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    Default Being vegan in hungary

    So i will be going to hungary for a semester to study. Does anyone know whether it is easy or not? Like do most restaurants have vegan options?

    I dont know the language either so i can't really ask all that well.

    I am aware of all the restaurants that are vegan and vegetarian, from budaveg, but also would like to be slightly social with the other students. I have heard that some traditional dishes dont have meat but i am hoping that they dont simply throw meat on everything like i have seen with other cultural dishes..

    Anyone have some input having lived there for an extended period?
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    Don't worry, maybe you'll experience one truly awkward situation but it's just a learning opportunity in disguise.

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    That's exciting, apart from the food thing! Whereabouts are you going to be?

    I went on a short business trip to Budapest a few years ago and got on OK. Think I managed to go to a couple of the veggie restaurants but we also went to a modern Hungarian restaurant that produced something they claimed was vegan (may have been a salad but if so it was an OK one!). Also one time we were stuck in the office they ordered pizzas and they got a vegetable-only and cheese-free one for me - don't think I investigated what was in the base :/

    Anyway it wasn't as hard as everyone told me it would be and presumably if you've got your own catering facilities it will be pretty easy. As you say you can always socialise over coffee etc.

    If anything I imagine it's got easier since but with any luck you will hear from someone who's been more recently.

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    Hey, so i am not 100% sure where im staying since they set up the apartments and haven't assigned us yet, however i will be going to school on Bethlen Gabor ter. (if you google that it should come up and the streets intersect looking like a diamond overlapping the intersected streets). I think its McDaniels College (but the program is standalone and only has mathematics courses).

    I will be able to cook my own meals and actually funny enough the health food stores there seem to be better than the ones in phoenix.. check it out here. They sell seitan, quinoa milk, all kinds of grains and fresh veggies and their own line of cereal fake meats made of things like chickpeas! (but im mostly impressed with the seitan! i mean i have never seen it in a store here).

    I think i will just have to, when going to restaurants order what i can or just fall back on fries or something, and if it seems like a very very traditional one and i dont wanna go i just wont.

    I will definitely be sure to write some kind of log after the trip for everyone (heck maybe ill keep a trip log while im there on the forum, in case anyone was interested)

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    Oh, so you're going to be Budapest? That will be fabulous. (I expect the rest of Hungary is too but I've only been to Budapest and environs ) Please do report back on your experiences.

    (I see now that the threads have been merged that my business trip was a bit longer ago than I thought, but at least my story has remained more or less consistent Must go back there actually, it looked so interesting. )

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    Budapest - and whole Hungary - isn't for vegans I can assure you. I don't know how is it working in other countries, but our country is extremely closed towards vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and philosophy.

    I have some recommendation:
    1) http://www.napfenyesetterem.hu/ - this one is vegan.

    2) http://govinda.hu/govinda-buda/ - this is vegetarian, but they have vegan offers too and they salad bar is fine. The address is: second district, Lukács str. 1

    3) I am a student in a Buddhist school, and we have a vegan restaurant which is available for everybody. Its very cheap (approximately 3 euro a whole big-big menu - soup, main course, salad and dessert) but the kickback is that its its only have 1 offer / day, and its only available in school-time.(september to july, from 12:00 to 16:00)
    Its address: 1098 Budapest, Börzsöny str. 11. (If you are interested in it, drop me a note here and perhaps I can guide you, if I am at school.)
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    I don't recommend Govinda in Budapest - I went there and they told me that there was dairy in everything, so I couldn't find a single vegan thing to eat there.
    But I do recommend www.budaveg.com - the best thing about being vegan in Budapest from my experience (two visits, 2005 and 2011, both great).
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    It looks nice! I didn't know it...it seems a little bit expensive for Hungarians. Is it a hotel that have an own vegan restaurant?
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    No, it's a self-catering apartment. I found that it was good value, especially when you add in discounts for members of certain vegetarian charities.
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    Budapest - and whole Hungary - isn't for vegans I can assure you. I don't know how is it working in other countries, but our country is extremely closed towards vegetarian and vegan lifestyle and philosophy.

    I have some recommendation:
    1) http://www.napfenyesetterem.hu/ - this one is vegan.

    2) http://govinda.hu/govinda-buda/ - this is vegetarian, but they have vegan offers too and they salad bar is fine. The address is: second district, Lukács str. 1

    3) I am a student in a Buddhist school, and we have a vegan restaurant which is available for everybody. Its very cheap (approximately 3 euro a whole big-big menu - soup, main course, salad and dessert) but the kickback is that its its only have 1 offer / day, and its only available in school-time.(september to july, from 12:00 to 16:00)
    Its address: 1098 Budapest, Börzsöny str. 11. (If you are interested in it, drop me a note here and perhaps I can guide you, if I am at school.)
    Yeah i have been hearing that its a pretty meat heavy culture, but ill have to do make do, at least there are a few places.

    I would definitely like to meet up and have a guide, i get in on the 5th of september, that day will be really busy but probably the day after we could hang out, it will be awesome to meet some vegans over there

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    Ups! I just saw, that you wrote!! I was expecting PM's. Sorry, next time?
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    Lucky little me is going to a music festival in Serbia (in Novi Sad) in July, following a couple of days stop in Budapest. I was wondering if anybody had any hints, tips, knowledge etc that they could impart to me for eating there!

    Cheers muchly!
    I'm not familiar with Serbia, but I live in Budapest. The "Hummus Bar"s are geared up for vegans. Half of these are purely vegetarian, the others also serve meat. The vegetarians ones will understand what you mean by "Vegan". The three Govinda restaurants have a vegan selection and the staff speak english. There are also a couple of bio-stores where you can buy vegan products - "Lé Bár" near the museum and "Napos Oldal" on Jokai Ut, near the Oktogon. You can find a list of these places here http://www.strudeldoo.com/vegetarian...-list/Budapest

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