6 Awesome Vegan Friendly Destinations

09 Nov, 2021

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Introduction

Being Vegan is not a trend, it is an Awakening! – Anonymous

Although veganism is in vogue, surprisingly vegans constitute only 1% of the total global population. With most countries having their traditional cuisines based on  meat and dairy products, vegan wanderlusts might find choosing their destination a daunting task. After all, food is an integral part of a good travel experience.

The statistics must not discourage you to feed your travel desires. Bust your boredom, widen your horizon of knowledge and create everlasting memories while exploring the vegan delights at some of the famous vegan friendly destinations across the globe. 

Keep reading to enrich yourself with prior information before choosing your vegan friendly travel destination, so that you don’t waste your precious holidays surfing cluelessly for dining places. Instead plan smart, travel like a pro, and satiate your taste buds at any of these carefully researched travel destinations for Vegans.


1. Israel, Tel Aviv- The Vegan Heaven

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Officially recognized as the ‘Vegan capital of the world’, Israel proudly boasts of being home to around 400 restaurants serving vegan foods mostly. The famous hummus, falafel, salads and baba ganoush are native to this place, a vegan twist to all these culinaries is a delight even for the meat loving population. 

Several big brands like Dominos have been launching their dairy free products, using Tel Aviv as their testing ground for the same. 

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Anastasia- Its proximity to the beach and a menu rich in vegan cuisines, makes Anastasia a perfect place to tantalise your taste buds while soaking in nature’s beauty.

Goodness- Craving for a tempting burger, pizza or shawarma? Indulge in the goodness of vegan delights and fruit shakes at the very popular Goodness.

Meshek Barzley- A lovely place to savour the perfect blend of Indian, Thai and Italian flavors, Meshek is very popular for its breakfast options among the locals and travellers alike. Binge on popular vegan dishes like vegan shakshuka topped with vegan cheese and homemade granola with soy yoghurt.

Bana- The ever changing menu, the amazing ambience, and the taste they offer, makes it the perfect place to be. You can take a tour round their kitchen to see how their chefs transform the fresh produce into exquisite culinary delights.

Dosa Bar- This restaurant offers perfect South Indian taste. Cuisines like dosas, gluten free pancakes, and Indian thali are popular among both vegan and non vegan populations. 

Nature Boys- Very famous for its loveburger, Nature Boys is an awesome burger joint. Other popular delights are the onion rings, the bean burger, kebabs and 

Tel Aviv is a paradise for the vegan community and this list is too short to cover the range of vegan restaurants, bistros and fast food stands you’ll stumble upon while strolling the streets. 

So, add this seaside Israeli city, a must visit destination in your travel bucket list.

2. Thailand, Chiang Mai



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An eclectic blend of nature, culture, nightlife and food, Chiang Mai is one of the most sought out destinations for vegans. And if you happen to visit this city in the months of September or October, you can experience an extensive range of vegan culinary delights exhibited in the Thailand Vegetarian Festival. 

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The Salad concept- The menu includes interesting vegan options like vegan salads and vegan wraps which are not only palatable but really easy on the pockets. 

Good Souls Kitchen- Scrumptious tofu scramble, falafel pita, penne pasta and many other mouth watering dishes will satiate your food desires upto the brim at the Good Souls Kitchen

Rad Rabbit- Serves the best of pizzas topped with vegan cheese. The place is also popular for its focaccia sandwiches and pasta dishes.

Free Bird Cafe- Famous for its Shan, Burmese, Thai and Western vegan delicacies, this cafe will spice up your stay at Chiang Mai

Mr Green- Popular for using house grown vegetables, Mr Green serves an impressive menu of vegan delights which includes the Pad Thai, Pad See Ew and even western vegan options like fried rice and spring rolls.

3. Indonesia, Bali


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Satiate your taste buds while soaking in nature’s beauty in Bali, the heart of Indonesia. What probably makes the whole of Indonesia a vegan friendly country is the abundance of tofu and tempeh, a great protein option for vegans. 

From coconut curries to creamy poke bowls loaded with colorful veggies and everything in between, Bali won’t disappoint its vegan fans. 

The island celebrates this alternate way of living by hosting a 3-day Vegan Festival at Paradiso Ubud. The vegan cuisines featured here will make even the die hard non vegetarians weak in their knees. 

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I am Vegan Babe- With its colourful menu this plant based cafe will make you go sans-meat! Popular for its vegan fried egg BLT and creamy wraps, it also has great options of salads, vegetable bowls and healthy dairy free shakes.

Essential- Treat your hunger pangs with an exciting menu offered at the Essential. The tempeh croquettes and the Lombok stuffed peppers and their cocktails which use the purest of essential oils, are the specialty of this cafe.

Manggis in Canggu- Experience the flavours of both East and the West. Savour the local cuisines especially the Indonesian chimichurri, jackfruit sliders served with barbecue sauce. 

Living Food Lab- The Spicy Mexican Burger and the Moroccan plates will make you go gaga over this place. Living food Lab uses mostly locally grown organic raw food which is gluten free yet addictively delicious.

Roti Daal- Spice up your vacay with the flavors of India. The restaurant boasts of serving 130 different dishes, besides the suggestive Roti and Daal. 

Other famous places which serve delicious vegan cuisines and concoctions are the Secret Spot, The Shady Shack, The Falafel Temple and Green Ginger Noodle House.

4. India, Mumbai


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The land of diversity, India does not fail to exhibit this diversity in its food culture. Although every city and state of India has an endless list of delectable vegan cuisines, Mumbai, gained popularity as India’s most friendly vegan city in 2021. 

Popularly known as the ‘City of Dreams’, Mumbai  is a culinary potpourri, for non-vegetarians, vegetarians and vegans alike. Whether you choose to dine at luxurious hotels, chill and eat at cafes or indulge in food adventures while exploring the city streets, Mumbai will win your heart.

So if you miss Mumbai, you literally miss out on creating interesting food tales.

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Candy & Green- Located in South Mumbai, the cafe has an exotic menu. Their lotus root liders, spaghetti with vegan meatballs, vegan noodles, beetroot chips and zucchini fries will make you wonder about the diversity of their menu.

Farmer’s Cafe- This bandra cafe is a vegan paradise for the locals and tourists alike. Their tofu akuri, vegan granola, pizzas, and pancakes with an Indian twist will make you gaga over the place.

Birdsong- The Organic Cafe- Savour the wholesome vegan cuisines, their pizzas, sandwiches and soups are simply upto the mark. The cafe serves a range of desserts which will make you fall in love with this place. The vegan muffins, icecreams and dark chocolates will leave you craving for more.

Bombay Salad Co.- Popular as a salad joint Bombay Salad Co. serves flavourful bowls of salads, interesting wraps, super delicious sandwiches, fresh juices and smoothies. 

Kitchen Garden by Suzzette- Located in Bandra, the cafe follows a farm-to-table concept. The place is famous for its salads and sandwiches and there is also an option to customise dishes off the menu. Delicious smoothies and fruit shakes made from almond and soy milk will definitely brighten up your day. 

You cannot miss out on Mumbai's street food famous for its Paani Puri, Vada Pav, and an endless list of food items representing every city and state of India.

5. United Kingdom, Brighton


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One of the most elegant vacation spots, Brighton is also the UK's most vegan friendly destination. This place which was once a simple fishing village, has evolved itself into a stunning resort city, a perfect getaway for a quiet vacation.

Brighton has taken veganism to a whole new level by introducing vegan takes on fried chicken, sushi, pizza, and several vegan gourmet meals. No wonder, the city is a hot favourite of renowned chefs across the globe.

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The Roundhill- Located at the Ditchling Road, this plant based cafe is a paradise for vegan enthusiasts. The menu keeps incorporating seasonal veggies and fruits. The lip smacking cuisines and dairy free beverages are very tempting even to hard core non vegetarians.

Smorl’s Kitchen- This under the radar vegan setting is located inside Brighton’s open market. Almost everything on the menu is dedicated to chickpeas. From chickpea stuffed pittas, to mouth watering falafel and colourful bowls of salad, Smorl’s Kitchen has definitely given a fresh perspective to veganism.

Manjus- For Indian food lovers, Manjus is a perfect place focusing on Gujarati cuisines. Apart from a wide range of vegan, gluten-free and nut-free dishes, the eatery also offers an exciting concept of vegan wine and local craft vegan beers. 

The Prince George- Apart from a creative menu, this gastropub is very popular for its selection of Sussex draught ales and international craft beers. A paradise for vegans and non vegans alike.

Lucky Beach- The place boasts of being the world’s highest scoring SRA (Sustainable Restaurant Award) venue in the World. The cuisines in the menu can make even the non-vegetarians sans meat.

 

6. Portland, U.S.A


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Portland, Oregon has been one of the vegan capitals of the world for quite some time. As per the research by Forbes and PETA, it still retains the top spot in the US, credit goes to the large number of organic farms, community gardens and dining options in the city. Veganism culture is evolving so much that the schools in Portland have vegan cooking as a subject. Interesting, isn’t it?

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Vegetarian barbeques and cheese platters are a hit amongst the locals and travellers alike. Interestingly, there is a whole vegan mini mall in Portland (proudly the world’s first), which has fashion stores and popular eateries as well. A perfect place to hang around.

Although there are great options for vegans in the city, these are some of the best reviewed places you can try out besides the mall. 

Virtuous Pie- From mouth watering pizzas to non dairy desserts and ice creams, this modern counter service cafe will feed your cravings in the ebay way possible.

Next Level Burger- A unique combination of taste and health, the cafe will offer you a range of burgers and hot dogs with their breads being made of sprouted grain. And luscious dairy free milkshakes will leave you asking for more.

Pixie Retreat- From everything made in the house, this vegan laboratory has given a new face to the typical vegan diet. Enjoy the raw, organic and plant based delights here.

Vtopia Cheese Retreat- A perfect place to be to for cheese lovers, feed your soul with a range of Vtopian artisan cheeses served here.

Canteen- Feast on whole food dishes like walnut taco salad, maca-banana almond butter, dairy free smoothies and delicious quinoa bowls. 

Coffee Beer- Spice up your vacay with their famous vegan sandwiches, pizzas, smoothies, plant based coffees, local beers, and local drink kombucha. 

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries- A gluten free, vegan bakery serves great cakes apart from mouth watering snacks.

So whether you are craving for plant based cuisines or cruelty free fashion, Portland won’t leave you disappointed. 

Have a happy foodie vacation Vegans!

Gary L. Francione correctly said – “Veganism is not a sacrifice, it is a joy.”!

So why not experience this joy everywhere you choose to travel? Let exploration and great vegan food go hand in hand. 

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09 Nov, 2021

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