Our holiday in Dubrovnik and Montenegro flew by in what felt like seconds. How is that even possible, right? During our 9 day stay in Montenegro this amazing country just swept us of of our feet to be honest. Such hospitable people, breathtaking nature, picturesque villages and an azure blue sea. What more could we wish for… Well, for us holiday is also about delicious food. In this article we share our vegan food adventures in Montenegro.
In almost every restaurant you can find something vegan to eat. Dishes like white rice or pasta with veggies (you will need a magnifier to find the veggies ;-)) are quite common. You can also order a pizza without cheese. That sounds just fine for lunch for example. But food like this for 2 meals every day (lunch and dinner) gets boring pretty quickly. Actually, the worst part is that dishes like this consist of empty carbs and are not satisfying at all. If you are tired of pizza, pasta and rice, then head over to the side dishes page in the menu. With a little bit of luck you get to order a potato and chard dish called Blitva, grilled veggies or a green salad. In this great country, where you can find delicious fruit and veggies at the market or in the supermarkets (avocados are very rare, and veggies and fruit are quite expensive) the restaurants mainly serve meat and fish.
It was our 1st trip to Montenegro and we mostly explored the coastal area between Herceg Novi and Ulcinj. We also went to Skadar Lake, Cetinje, Ostrog Monastery and Podgorica. In this article you can read our vegan food tips in this area.
Our restaurant tips:
- Kaldrma in the old village Bar (Stari Bar): we enjoyed stuffed grape leaves, stewed eggplant, soup and juices.
- The Republic of good food in Podgorica: the most delicious rice with veggies of our stay in Montenegro. They have lots of vegetarian choice and a few vegan dishes on the menu as well.
- Culture Club Strudla in Podgorica: yummy raw vegan cakes and fresh juices. They also had a lot of vegan dinner options.
- Ombra Coffee and Lounge bar in Kotor: tasty pizza with vegan cheese. They also offer tasty and simple vegan lunch options. There’s even a page in the menu with vegan options only!
- Nature’s way organic shop: a small organic store in the old town of Kotor. Here you can buy vegan milk, vegan cookies, vegan skincare products and vegan breakfast options (pots of instant oats: just add water or plantbased milk). We were a bit sad that we could not find plantbased yoghurt anywhere in Montenegro and there were no vegan burgers available either.
- Our favourite in Petrovac is Ambassador. We enjoyed dinner here twice. We chose from the side dishes. The roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic were a favourite. And the waiter went out of his way to make us feel welcome.
Our list with options was even longer. These are the spots Janet found online which we didn’t visit:
– Opium snack bar, part of Hotel Avala, Mediteranska 2 in Budva. Only vegan option is chocolate pie.
– Juice bar, Vrankjak 13 in the old town of Budva: was closed and could be forever.
– Soul food by Smsom, Moskovska 115 in Podgorica. For healthy raw and vegan food. Now also has a cafe in Budva, we heard.
– Baba Ganus bistro, Studentska in Podgorica, organic and healthy food.
– Piper’s Green (veggie/vegan), Goce Delveca 11 in Podgorica: catering only.
– Dekaderon, Placja Sv. Tripuna in Kotor. We could not find this restaurant, only a hotel with this name.
– Café Barbarella, Setaliste Pet Danica in Herceg Novi. We heard there’s a veggie cook here that enjoys making special dishes.
Did you visit Montenegro already? What did you think of the vegan food?