vegetarian food in Europe

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1. Posted by rix (Budding Member 13 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I'm planning on visiting Europe soon...
Thing is, I eat kosher food - vegetarian in this case - and I've heard that sometimes pig fat is used in bakery and that sort.
Is this true? And if I say I'm vegetarian, and ask for non meat products, will that include "animal fat"?

Sorry if the question seems a little weird, but it's my lunch we're talking about...

Thanks for any help at all.

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I not too sure about the animal fat thing...but I'm sure if you stick to non-fried substances, you should be ok.

Just a heads up when going to Germany. One of the people I went with is a vegetarian and found it extremely hard to find veggie food that wasn't a salad or cheese. So if you do go there, my suggestion is to eat at Italian places or something similar, because going into authentic German places will narrow down what you are able to eat.

Good luck!

Katie ;)

3. Posted by kelster (Full Member 51 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

My sister is vegan & does find it difficult in Europe, especially France I think. She usually has to end up eating cheese or eggs to survive. It really depends where you are going, but I think she makes many visits to bakeries etc. Let me know where you're going & I shall ask her for you.

Kel xx

4. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hey Rix,

There are deffinately ways to eat vegitarian food in Europe. First of all, though, how "vegitarian" are you? Where do you draw the line? Do you draw it at red meat? At eggs? At dairy? At fish?

If you are a VEGAN, then it may be a bit difficult. You will probably have to make all or most of your meals in the kitchens of youth hostels, etc. instead of eating out a lot of the time.

In a restaurant, you can ask for the English menu- most restuarants have at least one. It will give you the details of the food and it's ingrediants, at least main ingrediants. The dishes are numbered, so make sure you learn the numbers in other languages before you go. If you want to know whether lard was used to make it, or canola oil, then you will have to ask. It would be good in such a situation to speak that language. In pastries, though, it is always lard, though it differs in types of breads, so you will have to ask about that. I'm not sure which kind of lard they use, though, but of all the baked goods I had in Germany (over the course of 6 months), all of them tasted good. I personally don't have problems eating most foods, though, I try not to eat very much pork.

I hope this helps.


5. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I don't know which countries or cities you are going to but if you're going to London you won't have a problem at all. I'm a vegetarian myself and live here and never have any problem at all, there's a lot of veggie cafees and places and in supermarkets they usually put 'suitable for vegetarians' on products with no animal products (other than dairy).
pm if you want a list of veggie places in london.

6. Posted by marijn (Budding Member 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Rix, I myself am from Holland/The Netherlands and know for a fact that vegetarian food is very big in our country. Loads of vegatarian in our country and therfore loads for them as in restaurants, everything you need in supermarkets (without animal fat) etc. Just ask the people in supermarkets/restauarants. Asking for kosher food is a very normal thing aswell, since we have many different religions in Holland.
I've been travelling in the rest of europe aswell (but to be honest never really focused on vegetarian food..) and remembering back on supermarkets and restaurants I'm pretty sure you'll have no problems!!
Enjoy Europe and it's kosher/vegetarian food!! Marijn

7. Posted by rix (Budding Member 13 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Guys!

You've helped calm my stomach a bit ;)
I'm kidding... a few weeks of salads and maybe a smaller variety of food won't kill me (I hope). ANyway, I'm travelling Europe to see things, and not eat them.

Thank you all again...

Shalom from the Holy Land,

8. Posted by hjeksner (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


my two cents based on growing up in Germany and living in London: I have never heard about pig fat being used in bakery, and I strongly doubt it. If you want to be sure, just buy your bakery items in one of the many many healthfood stores. There you can probably also find vegan options for breads. Most important of all, these stores sell a wide selection of vegetable spreads, something not available in both the US and GB. You can chose whichever combination you desire, they are very very delicious, you should definitely try them.
People in Germany are usually not aware about the kosher diet, so this might pose a problem, and you will need to define what you can have and what not. However, you seem to eat dairy products? Then you shouldn't have a problem at all. If you don't have dairy/eggs, then you will encounter a problem in bakery foods. There are lots of "ethnic fast food" places all over, and so you can eat whichever cuisine of the world you want to eat while there. I don't know any Germans who actually eat German food as their main diet.

Surviving in London, as a vegan, can be very very difficult. At least in the city there are less cheap & fast ethnic food places than in Germany and most of the food has either dairy or meet. I was not happy with getting food on the go there and usually bought fruit.

Hope this helps a bit.

Good luck!

9. Posted by hagnel2 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

The only place we found difficult for vegetarian meals was in the Azores. There we had to eat salads eggs and nuts. We recently returned from Slovenia, Italy, Austria and while we did not have a varied choice we ate quite well, as we do not eat cakes and pastries unable to help on that question. Fresh fruit was plentiful and we did not get sick . Can't wait to return.
Have a great trip.:)

10. Posted by harishmani (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I will be WORKING in Germany.I am a vegan.
I eat only fruits and uncooked vegetables.Is it possible to find such food here.