I thought about doing one of those ‘top 5′ – ’10 best’ – ‘ultimate’- ‘best ever’ – kinda posts. The first thing that came to my mind was pizzas. Well, I recently had some great pizzas and wondered that there must be at least 5 different places with vegan pizzas in Helsinki and I should make a single post about them. So in this ‘ultimate guide’ to veggie pizzas in Helsinki, I show you our Top 5 picks below:
Vibes by Vöner
Mariankatu 18, 00170 Helsinki
Helsinki has been lucky with this one. Although several brilliant places had to close their doors, Vibes opened theirs in 2020. Located where Pizza Express originally was, this restaurant is a gem in the Kruununhaka district.
Vöner is a Finnish brand that produces mock meat products using wheat protein a.k.a seitan. They have made a name for themselves and the product is sold in many grocery stores as well as restaurants across Finland. Vibes by Vöner serves up some good quality fast food type dishes. Pizzas, burgers, Mac n cheese.. all plant -based. Their menu is fantastic and has about 9 pizzas to choose from. We got the basic Vöner pizza.
**EDIT** as of Jan 2021, they have closed! We are not sure why and hope the restaurant reopens again. Meanwhile you can find Vöner pizzas in other local pizzerias.
Putte’s Bar and Pizza
Kalevankatu 6, 00100 Helsinki
‘Meat is Murder’ is one of the vegan pizzas they offer in this pizza bar downtown. Loud music and hip vibes, this place is pretty good for a dine out. They also have vegan lunches, wines and other pizzas on the menu. We’ve also tried the Marinara but Meat is Murder is the best. Interestingly, this place isn’t vegan or even vegetarian. So while they have pizza called.. meat is murder, they don’t seem to mind serving parts of murdered animals as pizza toppings.
Rustica Vegana or just Vegana by Rosso chain of restaurants in Finland is a favourite. They also have a choice of rye crust which is really good. Free side salad. Topped with grilled eggplant, ceps, sun-dried tomatoes and rucola + greens. Recommended! Find a Rosso in Helsinki/ Espoo (the one in Hakaniemi seems to have closed). We’ve eaten the same Pizza in other towns – at Rosso in Porvoo, Mikkeli and Imatra, and it was delicious every time. The Italian style restaurant is not veggo and have few other vegan options – in starters, dessert and wines.
Another chain of restaurants – Finland’s very own Kotipizza. It is popular as a take away/ pizza delivery service, all around Helsinki. We’ve taken away the SuperSeitan a few times and it’s their only vegan pizza at about 13€ for a medium. You can also make your own by choosing veggie toppings and vegan cheese but it’s slightly more expensive . The SuperSeitan is in the Top 5 because it’s pretty satisfying and has seitan, of course, plus generous amounts of garlic mayo and peppers.
It’s only disappointing that they don’t have more vegan stuff on the menu. In 2020, I feel like I don’t want to dine at places that don’t have like at least half of their menu animal-ingredient free.
Pizza Hut Finland
Pasilan Tornikuja 1B, 00520 Helsinki
This American pizza chain might still be new to Finland but I’m used to their pizzas from childhood in India when the fast food chains came about. Even though most of their menu was vegetarian there, there was that awful cheese and junk base. Pizza Hut in Finland is quite expensive compared to typical pizza places and with no good options, we hadn’t eaten there in years.
But let’s talk about how we ended up here now – and why Pizza Hut is on this list. They have a whole new vegan menu! Yes, all different vegan pizzas, toppings and dessert. This is a big step forward and we appreciate that Pizza Hut has taken it. We went for the Spicy Hot Vegan One. The small pan size for almost 15€. Typical pizza hut style pizza, pan crust with chunky soy bits that were spicy, in a good way.
That’s for our top pizza picks! Any comments, or recommendations? Leave them below 🙂