Whether you’re a fan of fast food or prefer to savour the flavours of slow-cooked cuisines, there is one food trend that spans the globe – the rise of plant-based eating. In almost every country, the shift away from meat, eggs and dairy to more environmentally-friendly and humane foods is skyrocketing. And while there are hundreds of cities vying to be in the Top Ten, here are our picks for the very best places to eat vegan.
1. London, UK
According to vegan app, HappyCow, London was the first city with more than 100 totally vegan restaurants, which makes it a vegan heaven. From fried ‘chicken’ to kebabs to pizza; from Mexican to French to Korean; from bakeries to pubs to gourmet, there is something for everyone in Londo.
2. Portland, Oregon, US
Named the most-vegan-friendly city in 2016, Portland has a vegan summer camp, a venue for vegan punk music and a fully vegan shopping mall. Check out Homegrown Smoker for Southern-inspired BBQ and comfort food, and Aviv for flavour-packed Israeli-inspired dishes.
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
With 30 fully vegan restaurants, this stunning city in the mountainous northern part of the country is a haven for plant-based travellers. Here you will find Thai and western dishes, and food ranging from ‘fish’ and chips to smoothies and shakes.
4. Barcelona, Spain
In 2016, Barcelona declared itself vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, encouraging residents to try meat-free Mondays, and even creating a vegetarian guide to the city. There are at least 23 fully vegan restaurants featuring the very best of Spanish cuisine, cocktail bars and fast food.
5. Melbourne, Australia
In 2017, newspaper reports described veganism as ‘spreading like wildfire’ in Australia’s second biggest city. Try the ramen at Neko Neko, the Italian-inspired offerings at Smith and Daughters, and the 100% vegan desserts and ice creams at Girls and Boys.
6. Taipei, Taiwan
Home to the vegan chain Loving Hut, you will never be far from amazing vegan food in Taipei. You’ll find traditional Taiwanese fare, fast foods, Italian items and a bakery. Not to be missed is About Animals for the burgers, bowls and desserts.
7. Berlin, Germany
With more than 70 fully vegan restaurants across the city, vegan visitors to the city will find plenty to please them, from the vegan rock and metal music bar (Bämeräng) and plant-based butcher’s snack bar, to Vietnamese and Korean options. Try them all if you have time!
8. Pune, India
While there are many vegan-friendly cities in India, Pune is among the best. It is home to a vibrant vegan activist network and that means … great food options! Try The Real Green Café for pizzas, pasta and salads and the well-loved pet-friendly Tales Over Tails.
9. Lisbon, Portugal
From old favourite The Food Temple where the menu changes daily to Vegan Eats, which customises typical Portuguese fare, there is plenty to discover and enjoy in Portugal’s capital city. For fast food, try Las Vegans; for the health-conscious, visit Eight; for brunch try Aloha Cafe.
10. Warsaw, Poland
Vegan visitors to Poland flock to Warsaw where a wide range of delicious foods await – from sushi and street food to Israeli and ramen. For plant-based local cuisine, try Lokal Vegan Bistro and the extensive menu at Vege Miasto.
If you’re going to a city that’s not on this list, don’t fret! Instead, check out our best vegan travel tips: “How to stay vegan while travelling.”