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 meat products. Although people are mostly omnivores, nobody will condemn you for your choices and they will do their best to cater to your needs.
Several provinces in Croatia offer dozens of traditional vegan dishes (see LOCAL FOOD page) and you will nearly always be able to find something vegan to eat in most restaurants, even if it’s pasta or pizza (veganized – requested without cheese). There is a great variety of fruits, vegetables and grains on sale at the markets and the luscious greens (swiss chards, spinach etc.) find their way into a lot of the local cuisine.
People will speak English along the coast and in Dubrovnik. Especially those under 40, so it should be a breeze asking for the food you want or how to go to the closest supermarket, especially the big ones that boast a health food section. But make sure you hit the “green markets” (“pazars”) for the freshest produce and fruits. Mushrooms are a specialty as are the wild berries and cherries when in season.
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