Europe is a magnet for travellers from all over the world, and for vegans, it’s fast becoming a succulent, meat-free mecca. 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 restaurants in Europe and the best vegan cities 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.
My 2020 Europe Vegan Travel Guide
Possibly the best vegan cities Europe? My home for four 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!
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 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. Here are my recommendations for activities and tours 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 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 vegan cafes and restaurants in Prague are Moment Kavarna & Bistro and Pastva.
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 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 flavoursome lovin’ at Vegan Love, have a totally great gastronomic time at Great Bistro, or drop into the casual, diner-style Vega City. Wherever you end up on your vegan travel around Budapest, you’ll be hungry for more.
What’s your favourite vegan travel destination?
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