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September 25, 2020

The Best Vegan Travel Destinations
Countries Worth Visiting

If you love to travel and are into veganism as well, you may already know just how difficult it can be to find a good place to chow down.

Luckily there are a few destinations that can accommodate your dietary needs during your vegan travels. You can check out below our list of best travel destinations for vegans.

 

1. Berlin, Germany

Berlin

Even though Germany is predominantly a meat-loving country, its capital has been hailed as one of the best travel destinations for vegans, hands down.

Berlin has an incredibly artsy, trendy vibe despite the rich and occasionally dark history.

Straddling on the banks of the River Spree, the city also boasts over 600 vegan and vegetarian restaurants - earning it the title as the most vegan-friendly city in the world in 2018 by Happy Cow.

If you are struggling to pick one landmark locale, there are tours of the city available.

One of them is GreenMeBerlin, which will introduce you with “30+ yummy plant-based restaurants, vegan shoe stores, and vegan cheese workshops”.

2. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne

Melbourne is the original vegan capital of the world, winning the crown in 2017 after claims that its plant-based dessert bars were more popular than the sundaes available at McDonald’s.

One of the possible reasons for this explosion in popularity is that Australians have started to become obsessed with health and eating clean.

During your stay in Melbourne, you may want to check out the “sauce of the month” at the burger bar Lord of the Flies.

Lentil As Anything also offers an amazing dining experience where you get to pay as much as you think your meal is worth it.


3. Los Angeles, USA

Los-Angeles

The City of Angels is well known for its Hollywood celebs, many of whom nowadays follow a vegan lifestyle.

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that there are heaps of vegan restaurants available to cater to the 21st-century glitz and glamor.

You won’t have much trouble finding meat-free dishes while driving down the Sunset Boulevard. In fact, there are over 200 vegetarian and vegan restaurants to be found in a five-square mile radius.

LA is also home to musician Moby’s Little Pine delicious vegan bistro that serves upscale Italian and Mediterranean fused dishes.


4. Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn

Ah, New York, New York… The city has been named America’s best city for vegan food by WalletHub, with millions of tourists coming to The Big Apple to fill their bellies while exploring the iconic landmarks.

Brooklyn, in particular, has gotten a lot of attention lately with up and coming plant-based restaurants and diners sprouting like mushrooms.

Take for instance, Champs Diner, famous for its quaint breakfasts like “French Toast Slam” that contains tofu scramble, soy sausage, hash browns, and either tempeh or seitan bacon.

You can find another unique dinner experience in New York at The Ducks Eatery. They serve a whole smoked watermelon “ham”.


5. London, UK

London

The capital of the UK boasts countless vegan eateries suitable for vegan dining.

In fact, when you type in ‘vegan london’ in your browser, you’ll find a whole slew of exclusively plant-based restaurants, proving that London is indeed one of the best vegan destinations.

Most pubs nowadays offer meatless meals and sometimes even raw food dishes. Interestingly enough, The Coach & Horses in Leicester Square was the city’s first vegetarian and vegan pub.

Their specialty: the almighty vegan fish ‘n’ chips. How very British.


6. Portland, USA

Portland

The City of Roses is well-known as being green with lots of citizens practicing a healthy lifestyle.

It should come as little surprise the state of Oregon is home to a variety of vegan restaurants and stores.

The experience wouldn’t be 100% American if you didn’t try out their delicious vegan-friendly B&Bs and also visit the world’s only all-vegan strip mall.

If you get the opportunity, you should definitely pay a visit to Portland, especially the world-famous Voodoo Doughnut store.

They sell an indulgent yeast filled doughnut topped with raspberry jelly that is to die for, as well as an entire menu of dairy-free vegan food.


7. Lima, Peru

Lima

Lima is the capital city of Peru, which usually has alpacas, llamas, and Machu Picchu on its postcards. However, this travel destination also offers various eateries full of vegan delicacies.

The Raw Cafe Club for example specializes in raw burgers, mixed bowls, and desserts. The El Jardin de Jazmín boasts a range of dishes including pizza, mushroom skewers, and various milkshakes.

If you plan on visiting Lima, you should make sure to check out the ChocoMuseo museum.

It is perfect for those with a sweet tooth who want to learn about chocolate’s history - and you can stock up on dairy-free chocolate, too.


8. Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow

Glasgow is well known for its vegan food scene and has been voted the friendliest location for vegan travel in the United Kingdom.

This city has a long history of radical politics, live music, and drinking so there is little wonder that veganism has been embraced so well. After all, it is a statement in and of itself.

One of the go-to places is Mono, which can be found in the Merchant City area. It has a light and modern menu that is made up of vegan alternatives to popular international dishes.

The bar itself brews its own beer, and there are live musicians playing while you enjoy your meal.

Related Post: Is Beer Vegan?


9. Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei

When looking for vegetarian and vegan food in Taipei, you may be alarmed to find an establishment with what appears to be a reverse swastika.

No worries there, this has nothing to do with nazis. What it represents is actually Taoist or Buddhist vegetarian food.

In fact, there are various tasty options to choose from in the street food vendors in the Shilin Night Market.

Although it may be a good idea to learn a few local terms to ensure you know what you are ordering.

Traditional Taiwanese dishes include dumplings, curries and noodle dishes.

10. Florida, USA

Florida

Did you know that the Disney World theme park is one of the best vegan-friendly attractions in the US?

Who knew Mickey was into rice dishes, veggie burgers, and all sorts of raw food options.

You can also visit the Universal Orlando Resort, which offers a range of vegetarian and vegan dishes, and Aloha Isle in Adventureland, which serves a Pineapple Dole Whip soft-serve ice cream cone that will satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooths.


11. Kingston, Jamaica

Kingston

Jamaica is the famous Caribbean island that offers much more than bright white sands.

It is also a good place to sample various vegan-friendly meals. This is primarily due to the widespread Rasta community that is no stranger to plant-based diets - and other stuff, too.

Its capital is a wicked place to visit as it is home to Ocho Rios and the Mi Hungry Whol’-Some-Food vegan restaurant, famous for selling a range of plant-based foods including pizza, patties (which are known as “happies”), pies, and burgers. Jamaica doesn't fall short on fresh juices, especially those made of hibiscus, June plum, and sugar cane.

Most roadside stalls will sell coconut jelly water (made from coconut milk), which is yet another Jamaican cuisine staple.


12. Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel-Aviv

Tel Aviv is home to an estimated 200,000 vegans, which would make it the highest population in the world.

With 400 vegan and vegan-friendly kitchens catering to roughly 200,000 Israeli vegans, going meat-free isn’t just easy - it's damn good. With a sun-kissed climate, high-quality fruit and veg, Tel Aviv easily owns up to its claims.

“There is a real emphasis on freshness of produce,” says vegan restaurant owner Merav Barzilay in an article for Independent. Some of the more popular dining options include halwa, falafel, and houmous that you can find in the Mahana Yehuda food market.

Interestingly enough, food in the Middle East is “accidentally vegan”, which means that while it is not advertised as such, it is still quite suitable for vegans due to it having zero meat or animal ingredients.


13. Bristol, UK

Bristol

It wasn’t too long ago that Portugal made it on this list, with very few food choices available for vegetarians, let alone vegans.

However, things are showing a sign of rapid improvement, especially in the northern city of Porto. Indeed, Porto is a beautiful city resting next to the Atlantic Ocean that is known for azulejos, street art, sweeping vistas, and - you've guessed it - vegan food!

If you fancy a gourmet meal, you may want to drop by the Em Carne Viva or perhaps enjoy a vegan buffer at DaTerra. Other options also include Lupin Restaurante Vegetariano, Apuro Vegan Bar, Black Mamba Porto Burgers and Records, and O Burrito.


14. Porto, Portugal

Porto

It wasn’t too long ago that Portugal made it on this list, with very few food choices available for vegetarians, let alone vegans.

However, things are showing a sign of rapid improvement, especially in the northern city of Porto. Indeed, Porto is a beautiful city resting next to the Atlantic Ocean that is known for azulejos, street art, sweeping vistas, and - you've guessed it - vegan food!

If you fancy a gourmet meal, you may want to drop by the Em Carne Viva or perhaps enjoy a vegan buffer at DaTerra. Other options also include Lupin Restaurante Vegetariano, Apuro Vegan Bar, Black Mamba Porto Burgers and Records, and O Burrito.


15. Paris, France

paris

You may not think that french cuisine would suit a vegan diet, especially with how popular cheese, cream, and chicken are in traditional French recipes.

However, Paris has a large selection of plant-based restaurants and vegan eateries for you to visit. These include Le Potager du Marais, Le Grenier de Notre-Dame, Hank Restaurants, Jah Jah, and Vegan Hero, to name a few.

Also, if you love pastries, then you may want to try Cloud Cakes, as well as Le Faitout Vegan - a bistro that allows you to create your own vegan meat and cheese platters accompanied by a glass of wine.

Paris can be an expensive trip, though, so rather than spending all your money, you could opt for a baguette and salad during the day. However, if you wish to splurge, the world is your oyster.


16. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

The cheap cost of flights to Eastern Europe could just explain why Budapest is an increasingly popular holiday destination - and one of the best vegan vacation options in the eastern block.

During your visit to Hungary, you most likely won’t have to worry about going hungry. There are plenty of food options available in the nation's capital, including the Hummus Bar that sells creamy chickpeas and fluffy pittas, Napfényes restaurant, Vega City, and Matrjoska Kroshka, to name a few.

For dessert, you may want to visit the Anjuna Ice Pops that sells ice lollies dipped in dark chocolate and peanut butter. You can also nosh on famous traditional dishes, like lángos or dödölle, which are also served with vegan-friendly condiments.


17. Koh Phangan, Thailand

Koh-Phangan

Koh Phangan is the fifth-largest island in Thailand. It has a growing list of vegan establishments serving a range of healthy and delicious foods.

Most travelers are not aware that in the north-western parts of the island (a.k.a Srithanu) you can find a beautiful community of conscious yogis, expats, and locals that have created a vegan paradise on the island. The area boasts restaurants like Pure Vegan Heaven that will sell hearty buddha bowls, or the Green Gallery if you fancy a wrap.

Also, if you plan to stay a bit longer, it might be worth booking a guest house/bungalow. Such accommodations tend to include a small kitchen unit to store your plant-based ingredients and do some light cooking, too!


18. Bali, Indonesia

Bali

Despite being a popular tourist destination, Bali is still a pretty inexpensive place, boasting a yoga center, surfing sites, scuba diving, and a range of vegan foods.

Ubud is well known for its vegan delicacies with The Spell Creperie offering you the opportunity to make your own vegan and gluten-free pancakes. Smoothies and smoothie bowls are also an incredibly popular option.

If you want to become a better vegan cook you may want to check out the Pemulan Bali Farm Cooking School.

These cooking classes will allow you to pick your own veggies and to prepare your own spices before cooking two of your own entrees, three main meals, and a dessert.


Final Thoughts

As you can see, the number of vegan vacations and hotspots is on the rise.

Of course, you should always research your destinations beforehand as some tend to have more vegan options available than others. We have more vegan travel tips too that you can check out to make your trips more worthwhile.

But considering that veganism is becoming increasingly popular, time will only tell how our tourism experience will continue to evolve. So travel vegan!

Which city do you think is one of the best vegan travel destinations? Let us know in the comments below.


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