In the past two years, vegan culture in Bulgaria has grown exponentially. There are many health food stores and online vegan shops, bio farms producing vegan products and restaurants with vegan menus. Vegan raw desserts and cakes are extremely popular. Many mothers of small children buy vegan food and insist that their kids consume clean and fresh food. Furthermore, some rare animal diseases that affected pigs and sheep in Bulgaria in recent times have put the meat culture on the spot. Veganism is so popular, that the “Vegan” label can be seen on cosmetics, food, restaurant menus, TV shows etc.
The usual diet is heavy on meat and dairy. Vegan Travellers in Bulgaria may experience a bit of a language barrier between you and staff in restaurants serving local cuisine(see VEGAN WORDS page), but if you persevere you will discover their willingness to serve veganized versions of some dishes. The good news is, you should be able to find quite a few vegan dishes from the local cuisine (check our LOCAL FOOD page) in local restaurants.
Sofia and other large cities boast a few health food stores where you can find your favorite organic snacks and staples. You will pay dearly for this taste of ‘luxury’, but as long as you stick to outdoors markets for your fruits and produce and supermarkets for your dry goods (check our VEGAN PRODUCTS page for availability), you will be doing very well both for your nourishment and your wallet.
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