Updated: Apr 18
“Veganism is not a sacrifice. It is a joy.” -Gary L. Francion
I will never forget the scene in the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", when Toula (Nia Vardalos) tells her aunt that her fiancé, Ian, is vegetarian, followed by her aunts complete and utter shock and final epic quote “He don't eat no meat? Thats ok, I make lamb”.
The mediterranean cuisine is sometimes thought to be heavily meat dominated, which in my view is actually more a perception than a reality. It actually has many vegetarian and also vegan dishes that are an integral part of the cuisine.
Although I personally do not identify as vegan, many people think I am, as there are many things I avoid or have removed from my diet due to ethical or tolerance reasons, i.e. I make a conscious effort to not eat dairy or meat. So in essence, most vegan dishes will actually keep me and my body very happy and satisfied!
So, if you are vegan or maybe someone similar to me, to make it easy for you, I have created a cheat sheet with these vegetarian/vegan dishes in the Greek cuisine. Click on the link below to download my mobile friendly MGI Vegan Guide which includes vegan and vegetarian dishes, but also dishes to be careful with, as some regions in Greece may make them with dairy or sometimes even meat.
Vegan in Athens
Many businesses in Greece are becoming more and more vegan friendly, with some even appearing with the identity of Vegan/Vegetarian only. In Athens especially, more and more places keep popping up. Some examples of MGI verified business in Athens that are particularly inclusive towards veganism are:
Avocado - Food for life (Vegan/Vegetarian)
Veganaki (Vegan only)
Falafellas (Only falafel)
Loukoumades (Vegan versions available)