Veganism is one of the world’s fastest-growing lifestyle movements, and vegan and vegetarian celebrities are inspiring even more people to adopt a plant-based diet. The choice of eliminating animal products from one’s life can be motivated by various factors, such as weight management, health benefits, preventing the exploitation of animals, or reducing one’s ecological footprint.
The Hungarian capital offers an exciting range of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. In 2020, for example, Great Bistro, offering vegan, gluten-free, and gourmet fine dining dishes, was ranked 6th out of the world’s 50 best vegan restaurants by Big 7 Travel. If you want to try a delicious vegan burger or the vegan version of some traditional Hungarian dishes but are not sure where to go, check out Big 7 Travel’s 2020 list of the 7 best vegan restaurants in Budapest or read our article about the capital’s best vegetarian and vegan options.
In the past several years, numerous actors, musicians, and other celebrities visited the Hungarian capital. This week, two Hollywood stars have been spotted in Budapest: Oscar and Golden Globe winner Mel Gibson and Academy Award nominee and Avengers star Mark Ruffalo.
As we reported, Ruffalo arrived in Budapest in October to shoot his latest movie, Poor Things, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Besides visiting the Four Seasons Hotel and Rosenstein Restaurant,
Ruffalo was also spotted in The Garden Studio & Café, a vegan/vegetarian concept store and restaurant on Paulay Ede Street, on Saturday.
“We don’t ever ask to take pictures with celebrities, but having Mark Ruffalo at our cafe, enjoying our food, is another level of pride,” wrote the staff in their Instagram post. The photo is available at the following link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CWgL3JYoYWQ/.
First transitioning to vegetarianism, then to a mostly plant-based diet,
Mark Ruffalo has long spoken out against the meat industry. The actor has often encouraged his followers to move towards greener alternatives and cut their meat consumption.
The Avengers star is not the first vegan/vegetarian actor who has visited the Hungarian capital. Emma Stone is also part of the cast of Poor Things, shot at Origo Film Studio. Stone has been described as a committed vegan by a number of news organisations.
In April, Jamie Lee Curtis, the daughter of Hungarian-born Tony Curtis, came to Hungary to film Borderlands. In an interview, she explained that she eats a lot of raw vegetables and fruits, three to five servings of fish a week and avoids fatty, fried foods and too many carbs to maintain digestive health.