When you’re traveling, part of the experience is taking in the local cuisine. If you’re a vegetarian, this can be challenging, because some cultures’ diets are primarily focused on meat. If you’re an herbivore, here is a list of the 5 Best Destinations for Vegetarians!
Remember: Being a vegetarian shouldn’t keep you from experiencing cultural food.
From vegetarian/vegan-friendly bed-and-breakfasts to the world’s only all-vegan strip mall, compassionate choices rule many establishments in this city.
Natural Selection, the brainchild of California Culinary Academy graduate Aaron Woo.
With European-style decor and fare derived from France, Italy, and Spain, this excellent restaurant serves dishes such as chard and mushroom gnocchi and caramelized cauliflower with polenta, using local vegetables and fruits at their seasonal peak. Please be advised that the menu changes weekly.
Catering to its large Buddhist population, Chiang Mai has more than 80 vegetarian restaurants. Even those that aren’t vegetarian-specific offer meatless tom yum soup, pad thai, salads, and coconut-milk based curries.
Pun Pun, which sources organic vegetables from its own farm. Curries are served on banana leaves.
It may come as a surprise to many that PETA named Glasgow the best city for vegans in the United Kingdom in 2013. The growing number of vegan restaurants is part of the city’s effort to improve the health of its residents and is the result of its vibrant youth culture.
Mono Cafe Bar in the Merchant City area.
As the ancient birthplace of vegetarianism, South India is largely meat-free. The states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu offer extremely spicy rice-based dishes and curries, while tiffin items like dosas, tamarind, and lemon rice are common. Vegetarian thalis (platters with a few curries, rice dishes, and breads) cost less than a Starbucks latte.
Madras restaurant in Chennai’s Raintree Hotel for delicious South Indian home-style cooking.
I am open to anyone who will argue with our number one on our list. It’s quite obvious that this is legit judging through the healthy glowing skin of Koreans. It seems like their country was lucky to have veggies as their main cuisine. There’s kimchi, of course (though it contains fish sauce or fish paste), and a wide variety of veggie pancakes and side dishes: good news for any vegetarian visitor who may get dragged to a barbecue restaurant.
Traditional Korean vegetarian restaurant Han Gwa Chae in Seoul serves house-made condiments from chili paste to soy bean paste.
It’s tough out there for vegans, not because their food is any less flavorful than what non-vegans eat, but because there aren’t too many places around the world that accommodate their dietary needs. Vegan food can be found anywhere if you look hard enough, but it is a luxury to not have to specifically arrange for meals without meat, dairy, or other animal products.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to visit the 5 Best Destinations for Vegetarians, make sure to do your research first; also try looking to book your flights using online travel agencies as they tend to, on average, reduce airfare costs by about 43%, a few good ones being Flighthub.com, Travelocity.com, JustFly.com or Expedia.com.