Whenever I eat out, whether this be in London or elsewhere, I love to get dessert. Being a vegan, there is a common misconception that the only dessert available to us is fruit, which of course has been the only option before, however, I’ve been lucky enough to try some of the most amazing desserts and you wouldn’t even know they were vegan!
I usually find my vegan food hotspots using HappyCow, a great website and app filled with vegan and veggie restaurants, food trucks, and everything in between, including fully vegan supermarkets.
I really hope this blog post helps you when searching for that sweet treat on your next adventure, and you enjoy all the amazing food that comes with being a vegan.
Holy Donut in Vilnius, Lithuania
Holy Donut is a cute little café selling, of course, donuts. They have six vegan donuts which are clearly labelled as vegan so there is no confusion. When I was there, I got plain chocolate and chocolate with pistachio. I believe the signs for the donuts were only written in Lithuanian which is something to be expected, so I picked two that I thought looked the best.
Although the donuts were tasty, for me, the star of this place was the freak shake. Just look at it! They do only have one vegan freak shake which is banana and chocolate, I’m sorry if you don’t like banana! Luckily for me, I love the banana and chocolate combo, definitely one of my favourites. This milkshake was vanilla ice cream, soya milk, whipped cream, bananas, chocolate and black chocolate crumbs around the edge of the glass with a chocolate covered banana sticking out the top. I loved this milkshake so much I went to this place twice during my trip to Vilnius, pretty common for me to do this since I won’t have the chance to taste this again, for a while at least.
N’ice cream factory in Warsaw, Poland
To me, the concept of this place is really fun and I would recommend them for vegans and non-vegans. You start with a base, this is either soy based or sorbet for vegans, I went with the soy one and then you can pick other ingredients or treats to mix together, using liquid nitrogen to create an ice cream flavour. This includes things like biscuits/cookies, chocolate, nuts, berries and fruit. I’d never had this type of ice-cream before and was really interested in how it works and what it would taste like.
You could definitely play it safe if you go here and mix flavours together that you know work well together, therefore you won’t waste your money if it doesn’t taste good. My method for some reason was to just pick flavours I liked and hope for the best. I went for Oreo and Halva, which I really enjoyed and would recommend it to everyone reading.
Txarloska in Bilbao, Spain
This place I actually found accidently whilst in Bilbao, we had just left our Airbnb and were making our way to the main tourist spots when I spotted this fully vegan bakery, which made me really excited. I decided on the carrot cake and it was delicious. The cake was fluffy and light with a creamy cream cheese frosting on the top. They have a huge selection of cakes, muffins and cookies, some of which are gluten and sugar free that I’m sure will also be decadent and full of flavour. I love how this place takes vegan treats and caters it to other allergies and requests.
I love to support and eat at fully vegan places, so I was really happy to find this place. They also sell other vegan treats such as chocolate bars so I also picked up one of those. If I didn’t find this on my last day in Bilbao, I definitely would have gone back there to try the other cakes they had.
MakaMaka in Split, Croatia
I’m not sure everyone will count this as a dessert or even something worth mentioning as it’s already vegan without any adjustments but sometimes, when travelling, you need something sweet that’s also light and refreshing, especially in a hot country like Croatia. This is where MakaMaka comes in, with their açaí bowls. I ordered this from a food stall by the coast although it seems they have a restaurant, also in Split.
This açaí bowl was much needed when exploring the streets of Croatia in August; it kept me hydrated, gave me energy and was so tasty. This was very easy to eat whilst I continued to explore the city. They had a few different choices for toppings at the stall and they have more at the restaurant itself so both are a great choice. This is topped with banana, granola, hemp seeds, almonds and peach. This was called the Rio Açaí Bowl. If you’re from the UK, or any colder climate place, and you haven’t eaten peaches in a hot climate country, please do, it will change your life.
Arthur Ice Cream in Bratislava, Slovakia
Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of my ice-cream from here (was obviously too excited to eat it) but it’s the only place I’m going to get my ice-cream from in the future when in Bratislava. They have a selection of ice creams and sorbets, which I think is perfect. I’m not sure about other vegans but I know I’m sick of going to ice-cream shops and the only choice is sorbet.
Some of their ice-cream flavours include coffee, lavender, chocolate and pistachio. whilst their sorbet flavours include strawberry, pineapple, passionfruit and mango. All the flavours are clearly marked vegan so there is no confusion or hassle with having to ask. I went for the pistachio, which was incredibly creamy and the quality of the ice cream was amazing. These flavours don’t seem to be too common for vegans so it was great to be able to try these flavours again and they still taste just as good as I remember.
Those are my top vegan desserts I have come across whilst travelling Europe, I’m sure I have many more treats to try and I can’t wait to see what amazing creations people will come up with in the future for vegans! Whether this has helped you with picking your next holiday destination or just made you hungry, I am so thankful you took your time to read this and I hope it helped you.
If you’ve tried any of these or have any other recommendations for your favourite vegan dessert spots, please let me know. I would love to try the best vegan desserts throughout the whole world and maybe one day I will achieve this.