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Shopping for Vegetarian and Vegan Products

Hi everyone

I have just moved to Budapest and I am trying to find the best places to shop for vegetarian and vegan products. I have found a lot of places to eat out but I am struggling to shop for products.

I have found a few shops which sell some of the products, such as coconut oil, etc, that I am looking for but they seem to be a little expensive. I am also finding it hard to find some products such as jackfruit.

Are there any vegan/vegetarian shops that anyone could recommend in the city?

Thank-you, Hannah :)

I have been a vegetarian for 25 years. Hungary is better today than back in 1998 when I first visited, especially with some restaurants, but still not as vegetarian aware as other countries. True story at one restaurant about 7 years ago, I said I am vegetarian, and I do not eat meat, so they delivered my lentil soup with a rind of fat in it instead of the meat --  after all, fat is "technically" not "meat".  And I still, today, get pointed to the fish menus if I say I am vegetarian. :rolleyes:

But as you said, retail is still a problem. Organic stores (Biobolt) or other stores that have a organic or vegetarian section are very expensive.  I would be surprised if you could find jackfruit anywhere in Hungary. Too exotic. Not enough of a market. And quite frankly I personally wouldn't buy such even if they did offer it because I do mostly slow food now. Usually buy local fruits, vegetables, beans, etc at the farmer's market. Which means, I eat what is locally in season for each time of the year. Which means rather than jackfruit I would instead buy figs (jackfruit and figs are related), which do grow in Hungary. Works fine.

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