Traveling with a vegan diet doesn’t have to mean settling for salads or dull vegetable dishes only.
A common worry while traveling is the limited food choices or having to order the same vegan option all the time; but over the years, more and more plant-based dishes have become available almost anywhere in the world.
From hearty plant-based entrees, meatless dishes still rich in protein, dairy-free ice cream and naturally sweetened desserts, numerous options are available to vegans, travelers just trying out healthier options, or are just about to shift to plant-based eating.
Traveling means not only getting to see and experience a new place but also trying out the food the place has to offer, expanding your palate and food knowledge, learning how meals are prepared, and maybe even replicating them for yourself when you get back home.
Here are some of the best travel destinations for vegans:
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
The largest city in Vietnam by population is home not only to some of the country’s best street food but also to some great vegan restaurants.
Restaurants to try: Peloton Supershop, I Am Vegan Babe, The Shady Shack, GIVE Cafe, Secret Spot.
Known as the country’s food capital and the birthplace of Malaysian street food, Penang food is a melting pot of various cultures’ influences. The city is also home to a large Buddhist population, so looking for vegan-friendly options in the city isn’t a problem.
Restaurants to try: Pǐnxīn Vegan Cuisine, Luk Yea, Yan Vegetarian Restaurant, Ee Beng Vegetarian Food, The Leaf Healthy House Cafe.
Labeled the “Most Vegan-Friendly City in Asia” in 2016, Taipei is home to over 50 vegan restaurants, with even more establishments opening up over the past few years.
Restaurants to try: Vegan Heaven, Ooo Cha Cha, Kaya Kaya Cafe, Green Bakery, Tofunia.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
The largest city in Northern Thailand, Chaing Mai is home not only to more than 300 wats or temples but to a variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants as well.
Restaurants to try: Goodsouls Kitchen, V-Secret, Asa, Amrita Garden, Free Bird Cafe
With a population of about 3.7 million, Berlin is the largest city in Germany in both area and population. This city is home to 80,000 vegans, with around 300 establishments that provide vegan/vegetarian options.
Restaurants to try: Habba Habba, Emma Pea, geh Veg, Attila Hildmann Vegan Food, Haferkater.
This city is home not only to Big Ben but also to the UK’s first plant-based cheese shop, La Fauxmagerie. According to HappyCow, London is the top vegan-friendly city in the world with over 152 fully vegan establishments in the city.
Restaurants to try: Pied a Terre, Gauthier, The Gate, Wulf & Lamb, Smashing Kitchen.
The largest city in the country home to a variety of hams and cheeses is also home to around 40 vegan-friendly establishments. The city’s first vegan cafe, Chilling Cafe, has a menu rich in a variety of drinks, food, and desserts as well.
Restaurants to try: B13 Bar, Bite Me Cafe, Chilling Cafe, Crucina, Distrito Vegano.
New York, USA
The city that never sleeps is also one of the most vegan-friendly travel destinations in the world. From classic burgers and pizza, Korean, Chinese, or Thai cuisine, this city will have a vegan alternative for almost any craving.
Restaurants to try: Hangawi, Peacefood, NY Dosas, Superiority Burger, Dirt Candy.
Besides being a financial and commercial center, Toronto is home to two of North America’s biggest food festivals, The Veg Food Fest and Vegandale’s Vegan Food and Drink Festival. Its location on the shore of Lake Ontario and a climate favorable to growing a variety of crops has made this city a center of trade and a food hub as well.
Restaurants to try: Bunner’s Bake Shop, The Goods, Bar Vegandale and Doomies, Lovebird, Rustic Cosmo Cafe.
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexico City is built on the ruins of Tenochtitlan, an ancient Aztec City. One of the largest and oldest cities in the Americas, it’s also rich in artwork, iconic architecture, and cuisine, including multiple vegan options.
Restaurants to try: Gold Taco, Forever Vegano, Por Siempre Vegana Taquería, Los Loosers, La Pitahaya Vegana.
South America’s culinary capital and mainly known as a hub for Peruvian dishes like ceviche and lomo saltado, you’ll be amazed at the multiple meatless dishes this city can offer as well.
Restaurants to try: Deli Viva, La Verde, Las Vecinas, Veda Restaurante, Seitan Urban Bistro.
Cape Town, South Africa
Known as the “Mother City” since it was the first established European settlement in South Africa, Cape Town began as a place for the Dutch East India Company to grow fresh produce, to a bustling metropolis and vegan-friendly destination as well.
Restaurants to try: Scheckter’s Raw Gourmet Health Food, Indigo, Lekker, Moro Gelato, Honest Chocolate.
Consistently awarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world since 2002, Melbourne is one of the most visited cities in Australia, not only because of its proximity to the coast but also because of the variety of food options in the city.
Restaurants to try: Kevabs, Evie’s Disco Diner, Red Sparrow Pizza, The Cornish Arms, Sister of Soul.
Auckland, New Zealand
Besides the abundance of volcanoes in this city (there are over 50), Auckland is also home to a growing number of vegan restaurants and cafes.
Restaurants to try: Wise Boys Burgers, Kaiaroha Vegan Deli and Eatery, Hell Pizza, Kind Cafe, Franc’s.
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This is a guest post by writer Aussy Aportadera