Published on 12 Dec 2018
The city of Turin is famous for a number of reasons; the winter Olympics, cars and football, but more recently this city in the north-west of Italy has been hitting the headlines for its fabulous vegan-friendly offerings.
Turin is part of the Piedmont region of Italy, which is known for its traditional dishes filled with meat and dairy, but in recent times, the vegan food scene has exploded with the appointment of their pro-veggie mayor, whose vision is to transform Turin into Italy’s first ‘truly vegan city’. This vision is reflected through many of the dishes on offer in Turin, many offering ‘veganised’ versions of traditional northern Italian dishes.
The team over at plant-based recipe box provider, Gousto have brought together the vegan delights that Turin has to offer, creating our very first vegan guide to Turin.
Mezzaluna | Piazza Emanuele Filiberto
8/d, 10122 | https://www.mezzalunabio.it/en/
Both organic and vegan, Mezzaluna was one of Turin’s first plant-based restaurants, opening back in 1994. Offering both an a la carte menu and a more casual deli service at lunchtime, it’s a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat when visiting Turin.
Mezzaluna is a vegan restaurant with a twist, with the inventive chef creating ‘veganised’ versions of dishes typical to the Piedmont region.
Via Bernardino Galliari, 20/f, 10125 | https://www.instagram.com/instagorillabar/
If you’re on the hunt for a light bite, then this vegan cocktail bar in the heart of Turin is a great pit stop. Serving a range of plant-based tapas-style dishes such as bruschetta, spicy potatoes and falafel for just 15 Euro (that includes a drink, too!).
For a sweet treat, their gooey vegan brownies are not to be missed, so pick one up to enjoy as you take in the city sights.
Via Antonio Bertola, 29/C, 10122 | https://www.flowerburger.it/?lang=en
If a burger is more your style, you can’t go wrong with Flower Burger. Offering just a small number of burgers, you can choose from chickpea, seitan, tofu and lentil patties, with a range of delicious plant-based sauces and toppings. The ‘Flower Burger’ is their speciality, consisting of a seitan patty, salad, vegan cheese and their secret ‘magick’ sauce.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 8, 10123 | http://www.coox.it
For a true taste of Italy, look no further than Coox. Serving veganised versions of typical Piedmont dishes, this is the place to pick if you’re looking for traditional Italian fare. Located in the centre of Piazza Vittorio, you can’t miss out on this reasonably priced vegan gem.
Did you know: If you are visiting the city on a Sunday, it can be tricky to find a vegan restaurant that is open in the evening, but Coox prides itself on being open every day until 10:30pm.
Via Santa Giulia, 2, 10124 | https://www.facebook.com/SoulKitchenVeganRawRestaurant/
Soul kitchen is a vegan and raw restaurant with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The menu consists of light bites such as wraps and sandwiches. The standout and must-try dish on the menu is their salad bowl which is packed full of fresh and delicious local produce, topped with a cashew nut based dressing.
For a full vegan and raw experience, Soul Kitchen offer regular cooking classes and workshops to hone your plant-based cooking skills.
Il Gelato Amico
Via Principi d’Acaja, 47, 10138 | http://www.ilgelatoamico.it/
Did you know that the Piedmont region of Italy produces nearly a third of the rice eaten in Europe?
This gelateria in the heart of Turin uses rice milk (simply rice blended with water and strained) to make their vegan and gluten-free gelato. This creamy treat comes in a range of flavours, including traditional Italian Gianduja, which is a delicious vegan chocolate and hazelnut paste stirred through the gelato right before serving.
Chiodi Latini New Food
Via S. Quintino, 33/C, 10121 | https://www.chiodilatininewfood.com/en/
Vegan fine dining is on the up and Chiodi is no exception. Offering a unique experience, this is fine dining with a vegan twist. They approach their menu using the seasons as a guide, so the produce on offer is sustainable (not to mention delicious). With light lunch and full dinner menus, it’s worth making a booking before turning up, just to make sure they have a table ready and waiting for you.
Where to stay
Unfortunately there are no vegan hotels in Turin, but there are plenty of non-vegan hotels that you can enjoy.
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