7 of the Best Vegetarian and Vegan Destinations

Nov 16, 2022


  • 1. Best Vegan Destinations: Berlin
  • 2. Best Vegetarian Destinations: Paris
  • 3. Best Vegan Destinations: Manchester
  • 4. Best Vegetarian Destinations: London
  • 5. Best Vegan Destinations: Madrid
  • 6. Best Vegan Destinations: Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • 7. Best Vegetarian Destinations: Taipei
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Going on a holiday doesn't only give you a break from daily life - it also gives you an exciting glimpse at different cultures and their traditions. And of course, the foodies among us like to experience the world through the various cuisines, as they tell a lot about a country's people and customs - indeed, eating local cuisine is one of the most important parts of any adventure.

However, it can be a challenge to find suitable foods when you're vegetarian or vegan. So before you plan your getaway, first find out what some of the 7 best vegetarian holidays are. Enjoy!

Overhead view of Berlin

Overhead view of Berlin

Partly due to its status as a trendy city, many people consider Berlin to be a Vegan Centre of the World. While it may not have the highest vegan restaurants per capita, the German capital certainly has a high number of them, with over 80 here. Even its non-vegan restaurants have plenty of vegan options, so you won't be lacking in choices for tasty food.

It's true that traditional German dishes have a reputation as meat-heavy - however, in recent years, the country has leapt forward and positioned itself as a leader in vegan products.

There's even a 100% vegetarian place to stay in Berlin: the Almodovar Hotel. This 4-star hotel isn't just vegetarian either, as it also boasts being generally eco-friendly and serves organic dishes, so you can dine guilt-free at Bistro Bardot or Devozione, the in-house pasta bar.

Staying here also places you right in the centre of hot vegan neighbourhoods, including the one the Almodovar Hotel lies in, giving you easy access to authentic and vegan German cuisine. For the non-meat eater, a trip to Berlin is sure to be one of the best vegetarian trips of your life.

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Eiffel Tower with a view of the River Seine

Eiffel Tower with a view of the River Seine

Paris is known, of course, as the City of Love - and the general atmosphere of romance is tangible. The French, and Parisians in particular, are also known for their top-notch cuisine, so you can count on their restaurants to please any palate.

While Paris has long-been known as a gastronomical paradise, veggie options have quickly caught up to tradition. Today, there are over 4 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents, and the vegan dishes you can buy range from the humble veggie burger to sophisticated multi-course brunches.

You won't have to sit out on delectable pastries in Paris either. Not only are there vegetarian/vegan options at many bakeries, but at establishments such as VG Patisserie there are gluten-free goodies as well.

One of the best vegan destinations in Paris is the 9th arrondissement. The area is nicknamed Veggietown, as it's bursting with vegetarian/vegan restaurants. Book a stay at Hôtel des 3 Poussins to put yourself right in the heart of this district.

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Long-known as a cool alternative to the British capital, a trip to Manchester offers up a lot of options for vegetarians and vegans. The city has almost 6 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents, which makes it one of the best vegan destinations in Europe - and for those of you who know Manchester, it shouldn't come as a surprise that it has a wide variety of vegan restaurants to try.

For example, you can nosh vegan junk food at V-Rev, or you can splash out for a 7 or 10-course meal at The Allotment. For more familiar foods, there are mouthwatering vegan Indian dishes at Bundobust, and vegan-style full English breakfasts at many restaurants.

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Tower Bridge in London

Tower Bridge in London

No list of veggie and vegan hubs would be complete without mentioning London. The city actually has the most vegan restaurants in the world, even if - to the huge population - the per capita rate isn't as high. Still, your veggie options here are huge, so you certainly won't go hungry.

Like other vegetarian destinations on this list, London wasn’t previously as well-known for its veggie/vegan choices. But as the population and the plant-based demand has grown, its restaurateurs changed their menus to suit people's tastes.

As a result, you won't have to look hard to find a vegetarian or vegan establishment in London. Talk a walk around, and you'll see numerous signs advertising vegetarian-friendly dishes. 25% of new supermarket products launched in Britain in 2019 were vegan, to give you an example of the popularity of plant-based food here.

For places to stay, definitely consider Hilton London Bankside which boasts a vegan suite - the world's first. When you book a stay here, you'll enjoy a vegan mini-bar, and everything is vegan inside the suite, including the carpet, furniture, and toiletries. Of course, the hotel uses only vegan and eco-friendly cleaning products.

What's more, when dining inside Hilton London Bankside's restaurant, you'll get exclusive vegan-only seating and be given the vegan menu too.

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In the last few years, Madrid has exploded with vegan and vegetarian choices. There are over 40 all-vegan establishments, and this doesn't include bakeries, groceries stores and other food-sellers either.

Spain may be famous for its Jamón, but that's far from all that you'll find in restaurants - you can still indulge in hearty meals of tapas without eating any meat or animal products. Also, the majority of restaurants near the city centre have vegetarian-friendly meals that are not just organic, but also free of preservatives and additives.

This being a night-time city, you can head out for a late-night meal in Madrid if you're feeling peckish. There are establishments that are open late and serve vegan versions of dishes like pasta, burgers, and pasta, as well as Spanish classics.

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Temple in Chiang Mai

Temple in Chiang Mai

Heading to Asia for our recommendations now, and we have to mention Chiang Mai as one of the best vegan holiday destinations. The northern Thai city has over 32 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents, so the city is saturated with excellent dining choices.

Travellers hail Thailand as a beautiful tropical paradise that's extremely affordable - you can stay at a luxurious place like Nampiandin Boutique Hotel for less than £30 on most nights. It's no wonder why many end up staying as digital nomads in the country, so you might find yourself drawn to Chiang Mai as well.

Vegetarianism/veganism is so huge in the country that, every year, Thailand has a vegetarian festival, which falls on the 15th day of the 10th month in the lunar calendar. This is between September and October on the Gregorian calendar that most of the world uses. In other words - Chiang Mai, and Thailand, are a very veggie-friendly choice for your next travel adventure.

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Taipei at night

Taipei at night

Since over a third of Taiwan's population is Buddhist, many residents follow vegetarian diets. This means you'll benefit from an abundance of establishments that serve up tantalising dishes.

Buffets are popular here, so this is good news for those with large appetites. These have large spreads and include various vegan platters that show off authentic local cuisine.

When staying in Taipei, book a room at Star Beauty Hotel. This hotel is a short 10-minute walk away from Shilin Night Market, which is the largest and most famous night market in the country. Taking a stroll through the market will put you in front of lots of tasty vegetarian snacks to satisfy your stomach.

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