Travelling to Crete as a Vegan or simply trying to seek plant-based alternatives? We got it covered for you. Here are our top picks for the best-rated vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Crete worth every calorie:
1. Pulse Vegan Restaurant
Theotokopoulou 70, Chania, Greece, 73131
Pulse will make you want to consider going vegan, if you’re still not. Not only do the dishes look appetizing but the taste breaks the misconception of the vegan diet. They offer a wide variety of dishes to choose from made from local produce. The portions are also generous, and there are options of sharing plates. One tip, make sure to leave room for the impeccable desserts.
2. To Stachi Vegetarian Restaurant
5 Defkalionos St, Chania, Greece
This family-run restaurant serves traditional vegetarian Greek cuisine. You will often be greeted by the chef himself and the menu is explained well, making the selection process a lot easier. A big portion of the menu is vegan while there are also vegetarian and gluten-free options. It is located in the old town of Chania with a view of the sea giving a very relaxed atmosphere. Ingredients are also locally produced with a ‘farm to table’ concept, and off-the-menu daily specials are available.
Ref. Gortyna - Matala, Crete, Greece, 702 00
If you’re looking for a quick bite, then head down to Falafelaki. This is a fully-vegetarian falafel house with vegan options that is budget-friendly. Serving fresh handmade rolls, hummus bowls, salads from Taboule to Baba Ganoush, ideal for a quick yet filling lunch. They also try to incorporate eco-friendly packaging, perfect if you’re on the go. The place also has a laid-back vibe if you opt to dine in.
4. Green Kukunari
Pitsidia, Crete, Greece, 702 00
An unexpected find sitting in a tiny village, this hidden gem is worth a visit for their delectable menu. They serve vegan dishes with organic and locally-produced ingredients. This restaurant doesn’t only pay attention to the taste of the dishes but also its presentation. Set in a backyard, the ambience is charming and peaceful. They also offer friendly service, which makes the experience more pleasant.
El. Venizelou 9, Chania, Greece 731 32
Fancy a healthy quick snack? We recommend NektaR. Known for their pressed juices, this plant-based eatery offers raw and organic meals from open-faced sandwiches, wraps, salads, buddha bowls, and freshly baked pastries. Yet seats are limited, this is a fresh concept as compared to the wide variety of tavernas around Crete. This is great for a light meal or if you’re having a sugar craving but prefer a healthier alternative.