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Plant-based is in! 5 Swiss restaurants that offer great vegetarian and vegan options Plant-based is in! 5 Swiss restaurants that offer great vegetarian and vegan options
More and more people in Switzerland are opting for a meat-free lifestyle. Consequently, local restaurants are adding vegetarian and even vegan dishes to their... Plant-based is in! 5 Swiss restaurants that offer great vegetarian and vegan options

More and more people in Switzerland are opting for a meat-free lifestyle. Consequently, local restaurants are adding vegetarian and even vegan dishes to their menus.

Veggie Burger

There are more Swiss vegans today than there were vegetarians 20 years ago.

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Vegetarianism is on the rise in Switzerland: statistics show that in 2017, vegetarians made up around 14% of the Swiss population. An additional 17% of people indicated they only ate meat on rare occasions. 3% were leading a completely plant-based, vegan lifestyle – that’s more than the total number of vegetarians back in 1997 (2.3%).

Why go vegetarian or vegan?

The reasons more and more people are saying ‘goodbye’ to meat and other animal products are manifold but a growing interest in animal welfare is among the most prominent. People are starting to question the exploitation of animals for products such as meat, milk, and eggs.

Other people are more concerned about eating an ecologically sustainable diet. After all, livestock accounts for more than 10% of all greenhouse gases.

Finally, health is also a factor: recent studies suggest that eating a plant-based diet could lower your risk of heart disease and cancer.

5 vegetarian and vegan restaurants you should try

No matter the reason, the recent societal shift in Switzerland is obvious. And, unsurprisingly, it has lead to a plethora of restaurants with great vegetarian and vegan options. Here are my personal top five:

Lasagneria

Traditionally, lasagna is made with minced meat. But at The Lasagneria, you can get a fantastic vegetarian version. SOURCE: Tamara Marie Johnson

The Lasagneria in Zurich

As the name suggests, this restaurant in downtown Zurich serves real Italian lasagna. Traditionally, lasagna is made with minced meat. But this casual eatery offers a fantastic vegetarian version for around 25 dollars. Ouch! But I promise you: this lasagna is worth the occasional splurge.

Lasagneria

Traditionally, lasagna is made with minced meat. But at The Lasagneria, you can get a fantastic vegetarian version. SOURCE: Tamara Marie Johnson

This cozy French brasserie boasts three different vegan dishes: mushroom ragout with smoked tofu, red curry with coconut milk and seitan, and zucchini spaghetti with braised cherry tomatoes. The prices are almost as fancy as the menu, but the food is exceptional.

  • Tibits in Basel, Bern, Lucerne, St. Gallen, Winterthur, and Zurich

Tibits is an affordable vegetarian chain. Each dish in its vast, multicultural buffet has a label explaining the exact ingredients so vegans (and people with allergies and other special dietary requirements) can easily select suitable options. I particularly love that Tibits publishes its recipes for free on its homepage.

This restaurant near the beautiful Gütsch castle specializes in authentic Indian food. There are several vegetarian options to choose from and, though GourmIndia is arguably one of the best Indian restaurants in the country, the food is moderately priced. If you still have room after your meal, definitely order Gajar Halwa, a traditional carrot pudding, for dessert.

At lunch, Cantina Don Camillo serves three different menus, one of which is always vegan. The larger dinner menu has several vegetarian and vegan options. Everything is clearly labeled as vegan and/or gluten-free and there’s homemade, vegan ice cream and sherbet for dessert – that is, if you can even manage another bite. The portions are quite generous while the prices are relatively low for Swiss standards.

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Tamara Marie Johnson

Tamara Marie Johnson

● born 1988 in Marl, Germany to two American orchestra musicians ● raised in Germany & Switzerland ● loves chinchillas, the gym, and horror movies Tamara is a PhD student and a full-time content marketing manager at a startup who earns a little extra money with her side hustle as a Google ads specialist. A self-proclaimed foodie, she enjoys writing culinary content from time to time.

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