Vegan Travel Europe: the ultimate 2018 guide

26th June 2018

Vegan Travel Europe

Europe is a magnet for travelers from all over the world, and for vegans it’s fast becoming a succulent, meat-free meca. The same is also true for travelers and those on vacation who just want to eat healthier, and do their bit for the environment and animal compassion. We don’t all have to tuck into blood-oozing steaks all the time, and you too can embark on a vegan travel odyssey as part of your exploration of the mighty continent of Europe.

So where are the best cities for vegans in Europe? Just about them all really. I was inspired to examine the best vegan travel around Europe after reading a recent study on Europe vegan travel by the vacation-rental search engine Holidu — so tuck in to this juicy guide to vegan vacations and soon you could be revelling in the most vegan-friendly cities anywhere.

My 2018 Europe Vegan Travel Guide

1. Berlin

vegan berlin

My home for over two years now, Germany’s cool capital is home to one of the most dynamic and commercially vibrant vegan scenes in Europe. It now boasts well over two dozen no-meat cafes and restaurants, as well as vegan bars, accommodation and an array of incredible vegan shops and supermarkets and amazing accommodations. This European political powerhouse is no slouch in the vegan kitchen, with German chefs’ creativity giving individual city flair to everything from burgers to pizzas, bowls and a whole lot more. Lucky Leek, Kopps and Brammibals are among the top vegan eateries not to miss. Read my full Vegan Berlin Guide here.

And whether you’re a solo traveler in Berlin or with someone and want to meet fellow vegans in the city, you can head along to a monthly meeting of like-minded folk or arrange your trip to the wildly popular Veganes Sommerfest Berlin, said to be the biggest such festival in Europe and happening every August since 2007. All that aside, there’s so much to do in Berlin, you’ll love it!

2. London

london vegan

Poor old London may be in the grip of Brexit and all sorts of companies fleeing to safer European shores — but it’s still one of the best cities for vegans as people are still flocking to the British capital for their fill of some of the most succulent cruelty-free fare around. One of the real charms of visiting England is its famous traditional pubs, and for vegans, the great news is there’s now a growing number catering to vegan tastes. And in early 2018, the capital got its first ever 100% vegan pub the Spread Eagle, with food catered by sister company Club Mexicana, a vegan taco favorite among foodies in London.

Here are my recommendations for activities and tours in London!

3. Prague

vegan prague

Charming Prague, a popular weekend getaway destination for Europeans, is known for its meat-based dishes, but there’s a growing number of vegan cafes springing up all around this gothic-style city with a pervasive bohemian air. Growth in tourism in recent times means people of all shades and tastes have been descending on the Czech Republic capital in greater numbers, and with a correlating rise in veganism, menus are changing to accommodate them.

Among the handful of current vegan cafes and restaurants in Prague are Food of Love and Incruenti.

4. Warsaw

warsaw vegan

Also one of the best cities for vegans traveling around Europe is the Polish capital, Warsaw. There are tons of vegan restaurants in Warsaw, catering for all kinds of meat-free tastes. I really want to try Edamame Vegan Sushi, whose Japanese-inspired creations look amazing and just goes to show that this is one of the most vegan-friendly cities on the continent. Other places to consider in Warsaw for brilliant vegan fare include Fit and Green, and the simply named Vegan Pizza — I’ll have a slice of that!

5. Barcelona

barcelona vegan

I can’t mention some of the best cities for vegans in Europe without including the Spanish city-by-the-sea of Barcelona. This shimmering metropolis is among the biggest tourist attractions in Europe, and is a place where you can combine high art, beach life — and great vegan Europe cuisine. While the successionst-minded Catalonia capital is awash with jamon and queso, here you’ll also find a world of wonderful food that will totally satisfy your vegan palate. These include dazzling creations at raw-food favourite Petit Brot, fast-food outlet La Troadero — and indulgent vegan bakery Frolis. I’m there.

6. Amsterdam

vegan Amsterdam

For a super vegan holiday in Europe, look no further than the crazy and amazing Dutch capital of Amsterdam. In this freewheeling, anything-goes, totally-boho-vibe place you’ll be in absolute vegan heaven. And if you feel like being a bit of a slob and pigging out while on your vegan travel in Amsterdam — and why not? — gorge on burgers, fries and more at Vegan Junk Food Bar. Hey, it’s not like you’ll be stuffing your face at Burger King. For a calmer vegan-dining experience, opt for TerraZen Centre, serving up big-portion Japanese and Carribean dishes. And it may seem like a mission impossible, but Amsterdam’s tiny vegan restaurant Men Impossible is run by just one guy, who serves up Japanese dishes except for sushi.

7. Budapest

vegan budapest

Finally, on our vegan travel Europe meanderings, we come to Budapest, which is rapidly becoming a favourite destination among the health, animal-welfare and environmentally conscious. After immersing yourself in one of the romantic city’s health-boosting outdoor thermal baths, give yourself some flavorsome lovin’ at Vegan Love, have a totally great gastronomic time at Great Bistro, or drop into the the causal, diner-style Vega City. Wherever you end up on your vegan travel around Budapest, you’ll be hungry for more.


What’s your favorite vegan travel destination?


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12 thoughts on “Vegan Travel Europe: the ultimate 2018 guide

  1. Danniel Eyali Qeletti el-Kurdi

    You miss quite a bit… most certainly, the fascist, authoritarian british reich – with its horrible capital london – cannot possibly be considered to be Friendly towards us Vegans (or indeed ANYBODY). Best thing, for all of us, is to steer as far AWAY from britain as we possibly can, OF COURSE with the strong Hope, that soon, possibly thanks to the marvelous Brexit, Scotland SHALL break FREE of english fascist oppression and then, AT LAST, decent people shall be able to visit it; and same goes for Wales and the northern part of Eire.

    You do also maddeningly err in calling Barcelona “spanish”. IT IS THE CAPITAL-CITY OF CATALUNIA!!!!

    In Prague, you completely fail to mention THE BEST Cafe ANYWHERE = Moment <3 – as well as Puro.

    And nazi hungary cannot possibly be considered to be a good destination – ESPECIALLY not for ANY self-respecting Jews or Roma.

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  2. joy kao

    Thanks for your beautiful pictures sharing.
    Maybe you could consider to visit Taipei. There are tons of veg restaurants in Taipei. You will love it.

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  3. Marvi

    Such a helpful guide for people who are Vegan and those that would love to try Vegan food when in Europe. I’m no Vegan, but I’d love to be one as it is far more healthier. Love the sound of the Veganes Sommerfest Berlin. So cool to have an event organised for like-minded people.. 🙂

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  4. Danik

    Fantastic guide for those who are vegan. Claire is a vegan and finds this very useful. We explored North America recently and the amount of vegan restuarants popping up all over the place is fantastic. 🙂 Hope it continues as there needs to be healthier options in cities etc, not just those American Embassies popping up every where (sorry, McDonald’s) 😛

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  5. Medha Verma

    Vegan is the way to go! Countries that have been know for their meats are slowly adapting to the new way of life and it’s really nice to see so many restaurants and cafes in cities like London, Amsterdam, Budapest, Barcelona and Prague that are offering vegan options in their menu. You’ve explored your way around Europe and have come up with some great suggestions here – that’s really helpful!

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  6. Himanshu

    Being a vegetarian myself, you gave me another reason to visit Europe because I have also been apprehensive about food there. It is good that Europe is changing. London may happen soon to us and I would love to visit traditional pubs catering to growing demand of vegan food. Spread Eagle at London would certainly my preferred place. Really helpful post for a vegan.

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  7. Vasu Devan

    I full endorse your view. We are vegans, in fact vegans + dairy. Last year we were traveling in Europe, mostly the central and eastern parts and we did not find it very hard to get vegan food. To top it all , the day we landed in Zagreb , they were having the Vegan festival in the main square.

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  8. Jennifer Melroy

    I love being able to eat meat-free when I travel. I try to do 3 days a week meat-free. So many places in this world are making it easy to do. I need to go explore the Vegan scene in London. It sounds amazing.

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  9. Indrani

    I am not initiated in to vegan diet yet, but I fully support this form of food. This is very thoughtfully made for those vegan travelers. I think you can keep adding cities to this post and bring series out of it.

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  10. Jitaditya

    Not exactly a Vegan but good to see so many options. All my life, I have seen Indians wary of visiting the west only due to food issues. Some of these images also look great, especially the vegetable market.

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  11. Kanika Bakshi

    I’m not a vegan but after reading the article and I understand the terms and conditions of Europe is very expensive when it comes to food especially the non veg items so I also must suggest the other fellow blogger if you visit Europe you must try vegan food which will be good for health and save your money a bit

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