5 Popular Vegan-Friendly Holiday Destinations
Veganism is taking the world by storm, and given the links not just to improved health but also the environmental damage associated with eating meat, that can’t be a bad thing.
But while you have your favourite vegan cafés and restaurants closer to home, finding tasty, plant-based treats on holiday can be tricky, particularly when you have limited local language skills.
Thankfully, there are a number of vegan-friendly destinations around the world where you’ll be particularly well fed.
In a city that’s famed for its Bratwurst and steins of beer, you might not imagine Berlin prioritises the needs of the plant-based eater. However, with Germans becoming increasingly aware of the impact of what they eat and their meat consumption reducing dramatically, veganism is very much thriving. One of the most popular vegan restaurants in the city is Culinary Misfits, which specialises in serving the ugly but still delicious vegetables that do not make it to the supermarket shelves. That’s just one of the nearly 600 vegan and vegetarian restaurants, cafés, snack bars and shops which have seen Berlin named the second most vegan-friendly city in the world, second only to London.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Well away from some of the tourist hotspots on the islands of southern Thailand, you’ll find the northern city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai’s significant Buddhist population is to thank for more than 80 vegan restaurants that serve everything from organic farm-to-table menus, Japanese macrobiotic meals, meatless pad Thai and coconut-based salads and curries. Sounds delicious doesn’t it? But there’s much more for the environmentally aware to enjoy about this city. Surrounded by hills and pristine rainforests, tourists can hike through the jungle to discover mountain peaks, waterfalls and remote villages. For a long-haul destination, a trip to Thailand needn’t break the bank. www.teletextholidays.co.uk has flight and hotel packages for as little as £450.
If you fancy a holiday that’s little closer to home, a city break to London will put you within reach of a hugely diverse range of vegan eateries and restaurants. London has taken vegan dining to a new level. There’s everything from vegetarian curry houses, raw food options, vegan stalls at the city’s many food markets and even vegan fish and chips. A few of the most notable vegan restaurants in the city include Food for Thought in Covent Garden and The Vegetarian’s Paradise in Bloomsbury. There are also many more little-known vegan restaurants inhabited by the locals.
The heart of cowboy country might not necessarily be the first port of call for hungry vegans, but the city of Austin also has a creative, bohemian population that are driving the momentum for plant-based diets. In 2013, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) named Austin the most vegan city in the US, and while it may not have anything like the concentration of vegan restaurants in London, there’s an average of around five new vegan restaurants opening every year. Once the city’s unique culture and thriving music scene have fuelled your hunger, pop along to Vegan Yacht or sample the full vegan menu at Guero’s Taco Bar.
Mumbai is home to the largest vegetarian population of any city in the world, so it probably won’t surprise you to learn that there a tremendous range of delicious options for vegans, many of which are also very reasonably priced. However, many Indians are lacto-vegetarians, which means they do still eat dairy, so that’s something to bear in mind when making your choice. With favourite vegan dishes including black rice and mushroom risotto, grilled corn and jalapeno quesadilla and roasted zucchini bruschetta, you’re sure to find something you like! A few restaurants to try include the Farmer’s Cafe – a favourite among Bollywood stars, the Sequel Bistro and Juice Bar, which is the city’s first gluten-free restaurant, and Bastian, an excellent seafood restaurant that has recently introduced a very tempting vegan menu.
With so many excellent plant-based options, you can be sure you won’t go hungry when visiting any of these popular vegan-friendly holiday destinations.