4 cheap and tasty vegan places in Ghent

Reasons why people convert to veganism tend to vary. Some are concerned about animal rights, others about the environment or simply to try and become a better version of themselves. The thing is, not all vegans want to eat salads every day and most of them don't want to spend a fortune on a meal. There’s no denying it: buying vegan food is usually quite expensive and when you ask for a vegan option at a restaurant, chances are you’ll just get a plate of vegetables. We’re about to end that struggle. These four places cover all of your needs, both healthy and unhealthy. They might not be the most cosy and trendy hotspots in Ghent, but the staff is overwhelmingly friendly and even more important: you won’t be paying through the nose!

Pictures by Jennifer Kesteleyn, written by Mona Naudts.
 

Meshur Adiyaman Cigkoftecisi

Close to the Dampoort station, you’ll find this Turkish restaurant and take-away. They offer, amongst other delicious dishes, cigkofte (what’s in a name?). This is a tasty 100% Turkish speciality. The staff is helpful and jovial. Other than cigkofte, you should definitely try the vegan wraps, which are as tasty as they are affordable. This is the right place to go if you’re a fan of the traditional Turkish kitchen, but also like to eat quite healthily.

If you’re craving a delicious midnight snack, they are open ‘til around midnight! Mind you, though, it’s only possible to pay cash.

Dendermondsesteenweg 19. Open Sunday -Thursday 12:00-00:00, Friday-Saturday 12:00-01:00, closed on Tuesday.

 

Falafel

Some places have it all: friendly staff, great food, low prices… Falafel is one of  them. Each meal consists of bread with four falafel balls, accompanied by a free salad and some home-made sauce. Great news for picky eaters: you can compose your own salad at the salad bar. The Classic Falafel is really good, but why not spice things up a little with hot peppers, hummus or roasted aubergine? You pay about five euros for these heavenly dishes, which makes Falafel a godsend for vegan students.

Falafel is open 7/7! You can check their delicious menu on their website. Oh, and if you’re not one to make decisions: try the Luxor and thank us later.

Ottergemsesteenweg 1. Open Monday-Sunday 12:00-22:00.

 

De Frietketel

If you’re craving something less healthy, this is the right place to go. De Frietketel is one of the best known snack bars in Ghent. Being vegetarians themselves, the owners provide a broad range of vegan and vegetarian snacks. Their French fries are baked in vegetable fat and they taste just right. It’s almost impossible to decide which vegan snacks are the best, but you should definitely try one their homemade burgers. De Frietketel ‘veganized’ many snacks and sauces, such as bitterballen and vol-au-vent. A must-try is their home made stoofvleessaus, a meat-free alternative to the traditional Belgian beef stew dish. Their homemade tartare sauce and the veganaise are great as well.

Not everything they sell is vegan, but all vegetarian and vegan snacks are indicated properly. De Frietketel  is a big supporter of the Dagen Zonder Vlees (Days Without Meat) initiative, so they offer a forty percent discount on one specific vegetarian or vegan snack every day ‘til Easter! They are very active on Facebook and Twitter, and as they sometimes close up shop unexpectedly, it's a good idea to check those pages in advance.

Papegaaistraat 89. Open Monday 11:00-14:00 and 17:00-22:00, Tuesday-Friday 11:00-14:00 and 17:00- 23:00, Sunday 17:00-22:00, closed on Saturday.

 

Bakkerij Frimout

Nothing beats the smell and taste of pastries on Sunday morning, right? While there is a lot of tasty veggie food available in the city, it might be a little harder to find sweet vegan pies and pastries. As we’ve already mentioned in our previous post, Madam Bakster sells delicious pies in her coffee house. When you’re looking for something a little less pricy and more mundane, bakkerij Frimout is another amazing address. They sell vegan versions of traditional pastry, without any loss of taste. Choosing for a vegan lifestyle does not necessarily mean you'd want to cut all less healthy goodness out of your diet, and Bakkerij Frimout knows this. Their pastry tastes heavenly sweet and the donuts are just the cutest things. They also bake vegan sandwiches and excellent bread, as well as personalized cakes and pies for special occasions, when you order them beforehand.

Zwijnaardsesteenweg 278. Open Monday-Thursday 5:30-18:30, Friday 5:30-18:00,closed on Saturday and Sunday.



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