Nice vegan food options in Santorini, Greece

Food in Santorini

Nice vegan food options in Santorini, Greece

Being vegan is easier in certain parts of the world than others. Everyone has their favorite vegan treat, but when it comes to travelling, it’s certainly more challenging. No fear, today I’m sharing some Greek vegan food hacks – really nice meals you can have right here on the island of Santorini!


Gemista are vegetables, usually tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers or egg plant filled with rice. It is a very heart warming and filling dish that highlights some of the best mediterranean flavors and makes use of our fine olive oil. One thing to remember – ask if these are vegetarian, some taverns like to put a bit of meet in theirs.


This one follows pretty much the same stuffing logic, but makes use of something more exotic – the rice and herb mix is stuffed in a fresh grape leaf. Perfect chance to try out something new ;)


Basically these are oven-baked vegetables with a mediterranean twist – the herbs and spices used on them differ a bit from place to place, but you can be sure it takes out the best in the vegetables they are baking at the time of the year.

Greek salad hack

Everyone knows about Greek salad, of course. But the problem for vegans is one of the main ingridients – Feta cheese. But guess what, Greek salad is pretty fine without it! They will gladly exclude it, if you just ask.

Some bakery options

Of course, this depends from the place, but the two vegan things that are pretty much always there are spanakopita and kuluri. And then you can of course always ask for any other vegan options, and depending on the season you’re visiting they’ll have two or three more treats for you.

So these are the essentials for any vegan coming to Santorini. Let me know if you can think of some more!

Food in Santorini
Vegan/vegetarian food in Santorini, Greece
Santorini honeymoon photographer Anna Sulte



            Whether you’re looking for a light vacation meal after a day at the beach, exploring the Greek vegetarian food world or looking for a place to relax after your Santorini photo session these restaurants will not disappoint. Here’s my top 3 of the best places to get your veggies at the heart of the Aegean Sea.


Falafel Land in Fira

Who does not like a good falafel, right? Their diverse menu will have something new even for the most enthusiastic falafel lovers. It is a small and simple place, but provides all you need to enjoy a cool evening or grab a snack in the middle of your excursion day. The staff are some of the most active and positive vegans on the island!

Where to find it: It’s close to Fira bus terminal, address: Fira, Fira 84700


Melitini in Oia (vegetarian friendly)

This is a nice choice if you’re non-vegetarian friends don’t want to give up meat for the meal. It’s a vegetarian friendly restaurant with a relaxed vibe, classic Greek cuisine with a twist and one of the greatest views around! It’s in a classic tavern with a terrace overlooking the Caldera. Careful if you’re planning a short meal, you might stay the whole evening just to stare at the horizon and the Aegean Sea!

Where to find: It’s on the main Caldera walk in Fira, address: Epar.Od. Firon-Ias, Oia 84702


Sea Side by Notos in Perivolos (vegetarian and vegan friendly)

Another treat that will spoil you with food and great views. As the title suggests, this place is right next to the waves of the sea which you can always watch for hours. Great place to visit after enjoying a day at the beach. Has vegetarian and vegan options, but your meat-loving friends won’t be disappointed. They have nice chilled out seating on the beach, you can always take a quick dip in the sea in the middle of the meal if you want to – it’s your vacation, you make the rules!

Where to find: just go to the beach and you won’t miss it, address: Agios Georgios Beach, Perivolos

Santorini vacation photographer Anna Sulte


where to eat in Santorini


Let me share some insider tips on where to find some of the eating places where locals enjoy hanging out from time to time.
If you want to be a part of the Santorini locals club, go ahead and check them out!


Corner in Fira – awesome brunches

This is a rather popular café to grab breakfast. Its food and staff are so good that in the midst of all the tourists even locals come to enjoy morning crepes and great coffee. Not only that, it’s pretty affordable as well!

Address: M. Danezi, Fira 84700, Santorini


Mario No 1 in Monolithos

This is a rather simple and down to earth restaurant at the beachside where locals enjoy amazing traditional grilled dishes. It’s also in a rather distant and quieter beach away from most of the tourist masses. Go there for simple and kind service, amazing food and good conversations in a calm atmosphere.

Address: Monolithos 84700, Santorini


Mythos Grill House in Pyrgos

Locals sure enjoy a good grilled meal and this is one of the best places around. In addition to their great menu, they also offer quite a view from their terrace. This in combination with a couple of sips of their amazing house white wine is a formula for a good night out in Santorini!

Address: Pyrgos Kallistis 847 00, Greece

where to eat in Santorini

The Greek Fava Santorini

The Greek Fava

Fava (or φάβα) is a traditional Greek dish that is very popular in Santorini as well. The dish has some history; it could be found in public taverns and made its way to the houses of the rich later on. Some sources even claim that it has been invented in Santorini (it’s very popular around here, that’s for sure).  It is not only super delicious but easy to make as well!

All you need is

  • 500g of yellow split peas,
  • 2 cloves of garlic,
  • 3 red onions, 2 lemons,
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil,
  • thyme,
  • salt and
  • pepper.

Chop the onions and garlic roughly and fry them in a bit of oil. Add some fresh thyme. Rinse the split peas before boiling with water. When the onions start to caramelize add the remainder of the oil and peas and stir. Add plenty of salt and pepper to the mix and leave it boiling on medium heat for about 40 minutes. The aim is to get the peas soft and mushy. If some foam appears on the surface of the water, you should remove it. After boiling, squeeze out the juice of the lemons and pour it in the mixture. Afterwards put the mix in a food processor and blend till it becomes a puree.

This food is usually serves as a side dish with a bit of olive oil, diced onion and a squeeze of lemon juice. It can be enjoyed either hot or cold. Give it a try – you’ll be surprised of how well this Santorini treat tastes! Of course, this is only one of the many variations – everyone cooks it a bit differently. That’s why it is probably best to come to Santorini and visit a few houses and cafes to enjoy it to the fullest.

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Winter is here, and I thought I might share some great Greek recipes. Of course, everyone knows the Greek salad (which is a relatively simple dish, but you really have to taste it in Greece to get the right idea about it). I thought I might go with something less obvious and introduce you to Moussaka, which is a Greek casserole made from minced meat and eggplants, it is something like a super yummy eggplant lasagne.

So here’s what you’ll need to make Moussaka Santorini style:

  • 2 medium eggplants,
  • olive oil (as needed),
  • ½ kilo of lean ground beef,
  • 2 medium onions (peeled and chopped),
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh minced garlic (you can use more, if you like!),
  • 1 (250g) can of tomato sauce,
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano,
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper.

To make the cheese sauce, you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons of butter,
  • ½ teaspoon of seasoned salt (or regular salt),
  • ½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper,
  • 2 tablespoons of flour,
  • 1 cup of cream,
  • 1 egg, ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (of course you can use more, everyone likes cheese).

First, grease a baking pan, then peel the eggplants and cut them in 2cm thick slices (of course, this isn’t rocket science, so thicker slices are OK. You will find your perfect thickness if you make this dish several times). Put a small coat of olive oil on each slice and seasoned them with salt and pepper (as desired). Put them on a thin baking pan and put in the oven until they get brown and then flip them and bake a bit more.

In a large pan mix the beef with onions and cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onions are soft. When you are done with that, strain the remaining grease and fat from the pan. Add garlic, tomato sauce, oregano, ½ tablespoon of salt, black pepper.

Put half of the eggplant slices in the baking tray, cover them, with the meat mixture and put the remaining eggplant slices on top.

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE: Melt the butter in a pan, whisk in flour, ½ tablespoon of salt and pepper, and gradually stir in cream or milk. Cook and stir this mixture over medium heat until it gets thick and starts to bubble.

In a bowl beat egg and stir in some hot sauce. Afterwards add it to the sauce mixture, mix well, add Parmesan cheese and mix again.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180o C for 45 minutes.

Cut the Moussaka into squares and enjoy this wonderful winter dish, preferably with a glass of good wine and some fresh salad.