Europe is a magnet for travellers from all over the world, and for vegans, it’s fast becoming a succulent, meat-free meca. The same is also true for travellers 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, in fact. 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 2019 Europe Vegan Travel Guide
My home for over three 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 Brammibalsare among the top vegan eateries not to miss. Read my full Vegan Berlin Guide here.
And whether you’re a solo traveller 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!
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 favourite among foodies in London.
Charming Prague, a popular weekend getaway destination for Europeans and a frequent Europe Contiki tour destination, 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.
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!
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 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. There are also amazing places to stay in Barcelona.
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.
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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