Vegan Europe 2021: my top 10 Destinations

8th January 2021

Today, I wanted to talk about my top 10 vegan Europe travel destinations for the year.

vegan europe 2021

Europe is a magnet for travellers from all over the world, and for vegans, it definitely deserves the title of meat-free mecca continent-wide. 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 steaks all the time, and you too can embark on a travel odyssey as part of your exploration of the mighty continent of the most vegan-friendly cities in Europe. Being a vegan in Europe is definitely easy!

So which are the best vegan cities Europe and the best vegan tours in Europe? Just about them all, in fact — so tuck into this juicy guide to the best vegan holiday destinations Europe has to offer and soon you could be revelling in the best vegan cities Europe has to offer.

Here are my European vegan guides:
* Vegan packing-list for Europe
* The best Apps for Vegans

* Vegan Berlin Guide
* Vegan Munich Guide
* Vegan Frankfurt Guide
* Vegan Leipzig Guide
* Vegan Hamburg Guide

* Vegan Rome Guide
* Vegan Bologna Guide
* Vegan Parma Guide
* Vegan Manchester Guide
* Vegan Stockholm Guide
* Vegan Reykjavik Guide
* Vegan Bucharest Guide


My 2021 Europe Vegan Travel Guide


1. Berlin

vegan berlin

Potential biased opinion, but could Berlin be the best vegan city Europe? My home for five 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, accommodations and an array of incredible vegan shops and supermarkets. 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. Li.ke, Kopps and Brammibals are among the top vegan eateries not to miss. Read my full Vegan Berlin Guide here. I’ve heard many saying that Berlin was the vegan capital of Europe, and I really believe this to be true.

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!


2. London

vegan food at camden market

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 European cities for vegan travel 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 spending a few days in London. Heck, there’s even a six-day vegan cooking class available!


3. Prague

vegan prague

Charming Vegan 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 Prague cafes springing up all around this gothic-style city with a pervasive bohemian air and is fast becoming one of the most vegan-friendly cities in Europe. 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 Prague vegan cafes and restaurants are the not-to-be-missed Moment Kavarna, Forrest Bistro and Pastva.


4. Warsaw

vegan travel europe - poland

Also one of the best cities for vegans travelling around Europe is the Polish capital Warsaw. There are tons of vegan restaurants in Warsaw, catering to all kinds of meat-free tastes. Edamame Vegan Sushi is really amazing, with their Japanese-inspired creations that look amazing. 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 Vege Miasto, MomencikVegan Ramen Shop, and Leonardo Verde.


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 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 CactusCat Bar, Tulsi, Eqvilibrivm Cafe, and La Trocadero. There are also amazing places to stay in Barcelona.


6. Stockholm

vegan stockholm

Stockholm was one of the few places I got to visit in 2020 and the vegan scene, albeit, relatively small, is diverse and really exciting. From the incredible vegan fast food at Dirty Vegan to the best vegan Chinese cuisine at Lao Wai, Stockholm’s compact vegan scene has a bit for every taste and will keep any vegan content for several days in a row. Scandinavia as a whole seems to be super vegan-friendly from what I’ve seen so far and I’m excited to go back and explore more (I’ve already spent some time in Malmö and it’s equally super vegan-friendly)!


7. Budapest

vegan europe - budapest

We now 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 flavoursome lovin’ at Napfenyes Restaurant, Vegan Love, Mennyorszag Szive, or Szabad Bisztro. Wherever you end up on your vegan travel around Budapest, you’ll be hungry for more.


8. 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 Caribbean 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.


9. Rome

vegan in rome: markets

Italy has come a damn long way in terms of veganism, and I’m excited to add Rome to the vegan tour of Europe! Despite the fact that only a small part of the contemporary Romans are actually vegan, there are still quite a few places to check out downtown that specialize in vegan food. Some of the best ones include Romeow Cat Bistrot, Solo Crudo, Flower Burger, and iPhame. I have a full guide to vegan Rome that includes a lot of inside tips on what to eat and how to order vegan dishes, including some DIY tips!


10. Manchester

vertigo manchester

Now, whether or not Manchester is part of Europe in your book, you do you, but Manchester fell on my radar because of a tattoo artist I have been visiting, and I was excited to discover a thriving vegan scene and delighted to have to go back quite a few times for a rather extensive back piece tattoo! And here is a fun fact: a man called William Cowherd (the irony…) who was the minister of Greater Manchester in the 18th century was also one of the forerunners of what would become the Vegetarian Society. So there you go: the plant-based diet actually has its origin in Manchester. No wonder there are so many amazing vegan restaurants in Manchester!


What’s your favourite vegan travel destination in Europe?


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15 thoughts on “Vegan Europe 2021: my top 10 Destinations

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  12. The Vegan Travelers

    You missed out Lisbon! There are plenty of vegan options: https://www.the-vegan-travelers.com/en/europe/portugal/vegan-guide-lisbon-part-1-eat.html 🙂

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  13. Emily

    Thank you for the recommendations! We are about to start traveling around Europe and visiting some of the cities you mentioned in the article. I’m looking forward to trying some of the vegan food that these countries have to offer!

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