It used to be almost impossible to maintain a vegan diet when travelling overseas unless you cooked your own meals and never ate out. Luckily those days are behind us, which we can prove by sharing 5 travel destinations where indulging in delicious vegan food has never been easier.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is often called the most vegan-friendly city in the world. Hundreds of vegan restaurants, along with delicious local food that’s naturally vegan, put this city firmly at the top of the list for any vegan foodie. Tel Aviv has earned its reputation as one of the coolest cities in the world for many reasons, but with 5% of Tel Aviv’s population estimated to follow a strict vegan diet, the food alone is worth the journey. Most Tel Aviv food spots offer raw, organic, vegan and gluten-free options, all before you even start to consider the speciality restaurants, meaning you can dine alongside the most voracious of carnivores and never struggle to sate your appetite.
Where to go: The Green Cat, Levontin St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo (offers vegan pizza with cashew cheese)
Willkommen, vegan travellers! Berlin is the European capital of veganism. A melting pot of culture and attitude, Berlin awaits vegans with more animal-byproduct-free options than any other city on the ‘Old Continent.’ Besides the many restaurants which now offer excellent vegan dishes, you can find many 100% vegan restaurants as well.
Where to go: The Bowl, Warschauer Str. 33, 10243 Berlin (located above the Veganz Store – a supermarket with vegan and often locally sourced food)
New York, USA
The Big Apple is a meeting point for vegan cultures from all around the world, and for vegan travellers, the choices seem never-ending. Besides the multitude of vegan restaurants and bars in New York City, tap into the buzzing vegan community and meet like-minded foodies via numerous events and meet-ups.
Where to go: Avant Garden, 130 E. 7th St. Manhattan, NY 10009 (expect haute vegan cuisine at this rather pricey-but-worth-every-cent East Village café)
The rocket-like boom of vegan restaurants in the Polish capital has ultimately gone beyond just a trend and seems to be here to stay. This young and lively city is dotted with vegan restaurants, markets selling fresh produce, and festivals offering vegan street food. While visiting Warsaw, take the opportunity to sample typical Polish cuisine; traditionally meat-based, that you can now find 100% animal-free.
Where to go: Vegemiasto, Aleja Solidarności 60 A, Warsaw (12.00-21.00 hrs; offers soups, pasta, tortillas, local specialities)
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Asian countries are often the perfect travel destination for the food-minded, and the choice of vegetarian and dairy-free dishes is huge. It starts to get a bit tricky when you consider how often eggs and fish sauce are used, but you can avoid any awkwardness by learning the words in the local language before taking off. One of the best vegan destinations in Thailand is Chiang Mai, often referred to as Thailand’s vegan paradise. This city, in the north of Thailand, comes with an extensive range of vegetarian and vegan restaurants.
Where to go: Happy Green, 4/3 Moo 3, Pa Daet, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand (generally it is buffet style, but you can also order from a menu)