When we first visited Turin in 2014 we instantly adored the culture and cuisine; and featured Five Vegan Eats in Turin along with a post on Vegan-Friendly Gelaterias in Turin. Upon our return in April 2017 we renewed our love for this city. While some of the restaurants and shops we previously frequented have closed, overall there are more vegan options in the city now. Turin remains a favorite of ours; it’s authentic, progressive, unpretentious and the people have a genuine passion for their food.
Highlights from our trip to Turin include artisanal vegan pastries at Ratatouille and a deftly prepared dinner in unfussy surroundings at Soul Kitchen. Beyond the five vegan-friendly restaurants we mention, there is a city brimming with vegan options.
Turin: Flower Burger
Italian vegan burger chain started in Milan in 2015 and quickly expanded to Rome, Monza and Turin. Straightforward menu with burgers, potato wedges, desserts and drinks. Charcoal, turmeric and 7-grain buns add a bit of flair – during our visit they also had a limited edition cherry bun. Burger patty options include chickpea, seitan and lentil. A variety of discounts are posted; including 20% off every Monday for Meatless Monday. Convenient stop if you’re craving a vegan burger. Bonus, they’re open on Sundays and most holidays.
Quick, casual vegetarian deli counter featuring savory, mostly vegan, dishes often using local seasonal ingredients. For lunch you have the option of a small plate with 3 dishes or a large plate with 4-5 dishes of your choice. Order at the counter and your plate is warmed in a microwave. Menu items change daily, vegan dishes are clearly labeled and quantities are limited. Arrive early for more options. Food can also be purchased by weight for takeaway. A delectable selection of desserts are also available, changing daily. Only open for lunch.
Just off the Porta Palazzo market, the casual and exclusively vegan deli counter at Mezzaluna offers fast, simple options for dine in or takeaway throughout the day. In the back is a modest vegan grocery store (with a small, labeled, section of non-vegan vegetarian items). The dinner menu excels at well seasoned and comforting local dishes, with the occasional international inspiration or unique ingredient thrown in. Mezzaluna is a consistent and reliable vegan option in Turin and their dinner service is satisfying and unpretentious.
Vegan bakery with an impressive assortment of artisanal pastries, cakes, cookies and ice cream desserts. Ratatouille also has lunch and dinner service, including pizza al padellino (a local Turin style pizza). There’s a deli counter with an array of savory dishes for takeaway and a small but extensive selection of local and imported vegan groceries filling out the remainder of the shop. Not be missed by anyone who enjoys authentic Italian sweets.
Turin: Soul Kitchen
Beyond the warm, rustic atmosphere of Soul Kitchen is an exceptional restaurant that combines flavor and technique for a memorable dining experience in Turin. While lunch offers your standard fare of burgers, pasta and the likes; where Soul Kitchen shines is their inspired dinner service. Creatively crafted and delicately plated dishes highlight regional seasonal produce. Menus are not available online and change due to the seasonality and availability of ingredients. Soul Kitchen is entirely vegan. We previously mentioned the lunch service at Soul Kitchen in our Five Vegan Eats in Turin.