Last month, my partner is tried out the 30 Day Vegan Challenge to see the effects it could have on his body. It made him feel much healthier, having a lot more energy, and is now incorporating veganism into his current diet.
But it got me thinking, how easy would it be for him as a vegan on our travels? Well the good news is, there are some spots that are a lot more vegan-friendly than most. I have listed 10 of the best destinations around the world for vegan travelers for some travel inspiration.
With over 50 purely vegan restaurants, cafes and ice cream parlors, and an estimated 80,000 vegan residents, Berlin is swiftly getting a reputation. Germany’s capital has a street section called Warshauer StraBe (also known as “the vegan avenue”) which has a vegan shoe store, a vegan clothing store. It also has a branch of the largest vegan supermarket chain in Europe (firstly opening in Berlin) called Veganz with Goodies Café inside and The Bowl vegan restaurant.
Head to Voner for a cruelty-free doner kebab, and in addition we recommend Kopps for a fine-dining, vegan experience. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Kontor Eismanufaktur dishes out exclusively plant-based ice cream. Berlin’s vegan scene continues to expand and thrive, and is definitely worth a visit.
Los Angeles boasts over 72 vegan restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines. This includes 18 Thai restaurants (we recommend Satdha), two Ethiopian restaurants, an upscale gourmet Japanese restaurant (Shojin), a mouth-watering vegan cheese restaurant (Vromage), and most noteworthy, the world’s only Cuban vegan restaurant (Equelecua Cuban Café). Some amazing vegan bakeries include Erin McKenna’s Bakery LA or Donut Farm, and Moo Shoes is a store for vegan shoes and accessories.
These options (and so many more!) are spread out over a large area of the city; it’s no wonder why LA is often referred to as a vegan haven.
With an estimated 5 to 8 percent of the entire population being vegan, Israel has the highest percentage of vegans globally. As a result, Tel Aviv is bursting with vegan options. Most of the 25 fully-vegan restaurants here serve a mix of Israeli/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cuisine with some western influence. At City Tree, an “ecology project” in Tel Aviv teaches urban dwellers how to live a sustainable and green lifestyle in the heart of the city, where you can enjoy a night away and chat with other vegans.
Every September the city hosts Vegan-Fest, one of the world’s largest vegan festivals. In Tel Aviv you can even get a vegan pizza at Domino’s!
Australia’s second city has been progressive, but it recent years the vegan movement in Melbourne has developed into something worthy. Enjoy an upscale vegan dining experience at Transformer, get your pizza fix at Red Sparrow Pizza, or indulge your sweet tooth at the new dairy and egg-free vegan dessert bar Girls and Boys.
With more than 38 vegan restaurants almost all within one walkable square mile of the city, Warsaw has unexpectedly grown into a very vegan-friendly city. The city is blessed with two superb vegan sushi restaurants (Youmiko Vegan Sushi and Edamame), an Italian restaurant (Leonardo Verde). A number of other fine restaurants are showcased, including Lokal Vegan Bistro and Vege Miasto, both providing vegan versions of traditional Polish dishes.
Warsaw also has two vegan supermarkets (Evergreen and TerraVege), and a vegan and organic wine shop (Solvino Bio).
Known as a very eco-friendly city with a healthy lifestyle, it’s no surprise that Portland hosts a multitude of vegan, vegetarian, organic and fair-trade eateries and food stores. You’ll find everything from vegan-friendly B&Bs to the only all-vegan strip shopping center on the planet. Choose from 20 types of vegan artisan cheese at Vtopia Cheese Shop & Deli, taste exquisitely prepared and presented small places at American/European fusion restaurant Farm Spirit, and indulge in vegan chocolate at Missionary Chocolates.
South India is considered the ancient birthplace of vegetarianism – nearly half of the population are vegetarian. As a result, the cuisine typically makes use of rice, pulses and coconut milk. Many restaurants mark their doors with the label “pure veg” meaning all food served is egg and meat free. It’s pretty difficult to get bored with the impressive variety of vegan food in Chennai, including specialties from Kerala, Andhra, Chettinad and more.
For an Indian fine dining experience, try the Royal Vega at the ITC Grand Chola hotel.
Having 79 vegan restaurants and an abundance of vegan-friendly stalls, bakeries, cafes and smoothie bars, London has truly taken veganism to a whole new level. Vegan foodies will have plenty to satisfy their taste buds here, including PickyWops for vegan pizza and Zionly Manna for delicious Caribbean/African food. Also don’t miss The Temple of Seitan in Hackney – the first ever vegan “chicken” shop to be opened.
Vegan food shopping is a breeze in London. There are numerous health food stores with vegan products including Organic For the People which has a superb vegan deli, and GreenBay in West London.
Taipei is internationally known for its delicious and inexpensive vegan/vegetarian restaurants on nearly every street. It’s home to an abundance of Chinese/Taiwanese food restaurants with vegan buffets and upscale restaurants offering 8-course vegan meals.
On the healthy side, Taipei has 3 phenomenal vegan raw food restaurants including Universe Café and Ooh Cha Cha. Also a new vegan bakery opened in 2017 called Hip Pun. For some tasty vegan street food items, seek out the Shilin Night Market.
Even without including Brooklyn, Queens and the outer boroughs, Manhatten alone is blessed with 57 fully vegan restaurants with incredibly diverse cuisines. For an upscale experience, Blossom and Candle 79 are great choices, both specializing in elegant vegan American/International fusion dishes. For a quick bite, by Chloe has multiple locations to grab a vegan burger and sweet potato fries.
Among its offerings, New York has three bakeries (Erin McKenna’s is a favourite), a confectionary (Confectionary!), and an ice cream parlor (Gelate Giusto). In addition, vegan shops include a shoe shop (Moo Shoes) and a coat shop (Vaute Couture).
Do you have any other recommendations on where to travel for vegans? Or any other note-worthy restaurants or eateries? Share with us in the comment box!