Being Vegan in Croatia is getting more and more common. According to the latest independent poll conducted by the SPEM Communication Group, over 160,000 of Croatian citizens (3.7% of the population) are vegetarian or vegan. Veganism is more popular in cities than in villages because people in villages keep an ancestral diet based on animal based products. Although people are mostly omnivores, nobody will condemn you for your choices and they will do their best to cater to your needs.
People will mostly speak English along the coast and in the larger cities such as Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik. Especially those under 40, so it should be fairly easy to explain your vegan preferences. Even so, we recommend to learn a few Vegan Related Words in Croatian since you never know when these might come in handy along your way. Or rather print them out and take them with you as a backup option.
Several provinces in Croatia offer dozens of traditional vegan dishes and you will nearly always be able to find something vegan to eat in most restaurants. Learn more about specific vegan and veganaizable food options on our Croatian Local Vegan Food tab.
The country offers a impressive variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, leafs and grains. The absolute best place to get these is in the “Green Markets” (“pazars”) that offer the freshest produce of the day. Local vegan food tends to be extremely healthy, combining a large variety of fresh produce to create some of the best vegan dishes in the world.
Those who are interested in learning about vegan snacks and ready made foods available in Croatia, should check out our Snacks & Stores tabs, to get all the info needed.
Still have questions? Visit our Croatia Forum tab to get all the answers.
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