How have we come up with our top nine you ask? Well, we’ve grilled locals and travellers for their top picks. Plus, we’ve looked at each city’s emerging vegan scene, taking into account the rising number of vegan-friendly restaurants in each.
Scroll to discover number one and start planning your next meat-free munch adventure…
Vienna is both one of Europe’s most cultured cities and most exciting plant-based destinations (great news, vegans!). From fully vegan bakeries to raw bistros, you definitely don’t need to wander far to get your whole food fix. There’s even a three-day vegan summer festival that’s been running for 21 years – VeganMania is one of Europe’s largest vegan summer festivals and admission is free.
- Anker Brot for traditional Austrian pastries made vegan
- Veggiezzz for easy, vegan fast food like burgers, wraps and hot dogs
- Simply Raw for AMAZING vegan raw cakes
Vegan food is easy to find AND it’s seriously affordable in Hungary’s capital – think vegan buffets and plant-based traditional Hungarian food. Plus, according to The Vegan Word, Budapest is host to 1.5 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents, so you’re unlikely to run out of choices during a trip!
- Mazel Tov – though not a fully vegan restaurant, the falafel and Israeli salads are YUM
- 827 Specialty Kitchen for the best vegan buffet ever
- Plant Milky Way for gluten-free and vegan sweet treats
9. Lisbon, Portugal
The sunny capital of Portugal now has around 24 vegan restaurants open, with many cafes offering vegan versions of the city’s infamous golden pastries and delicate crêpes. Blogger and former Lisbon resident The Nomadic Vegan also says the city is home to the most creative sushi options.
- Zarzuela for vegan (and gluten free) pasteis de nata
- Legumi Sushi for colourful avo rolls and ngiri
- Las Vegan for epic focaccia sandwiches
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8. Prague, Czech
With over 50 vegan restaurants in the city, Prague offers a buzzing vegan-friendly foodie scene alongside plenty of Eastern European history. In the Czech capital there are brilliant vegan brunches and stews galore, so prepare to tuck in.
- Forky’s for delectable vegan fast food
- Prasad for vegan buffet and raw desserts
- Moment Vegan Bistro for brunch-ready scrambled tofu and bagels
7. Berlin, Germany
This bustling capital is also one of the most vegan friendly places in Germany, with around 65 fully vegan restaurants in and around the city, according to The Happy Cow. There are even vegan hotels popping up such as Almodovar Hotel, where sustainability is king (and queen). Head to ‘vegan avenue’ or Schivelbeiner Straße where there are also vegan clothing stores.
- Brammibal’s for mouthwatering doughnuts
- Kopps for a German-inspired tasting menu and vegan supper clubs
- Jivamutki Canteen for healthy German food, yoga and juices
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6. Taipei, Taiwan
According to The Vegan Word Taipei has 1.9 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents. Apparently, 40% of the city’s population is vegetarian as the majority of people follow Buddhist practices. Buffet restaurants are a thing and you can choose from lots of vegan local dishes. For breakfast, you’re spoilt for choice with all the fresh tropical fruit on offer.
- Vege Creek for build-your-own noodles and soups
- Hoshina for amazing Japanese udon
- Plants for chia pudding and vegan pastas
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5. London, UK
The vegan scene is exploding in London and the city now has over 110 vegan restaurants. From Indian deliciousness to mouthwatering meat-free burgers, there’s plenty to get your teeth into, which definitely makes it one of the top vegan friendly cities in Europe you could go to.
- Mildred’s for delicious comfort food (including enchilada Thursdays!)
- Temple of Seitan for fried ‘chicken’ and burgers
4. Portland, USA
Hailed as one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the U.S., plant-based eating is in the fabric of Portland culture. There are hundreds of vegan and veggie restaurants (including a cheese shop, Vtopia, with over 20 types of vegan-friendly varieties), so if you’re meat-free it’s 100% the city break you need in your life.
- Homegrown Smoker for BBQ and soul dishes
- Virtuous Pie for vegan pizza and ice cream
- Ichizia Kitchen for pan-Asian and rare oolong teas
3. Chiang Mai, Thailand
This chilled backpacking hotspot is a vegan haven with plant-based Thai, Burmese, Indian, Chinese, and Western cuisines on offer. There are 23 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents, according to The Vegan Word, plus vegan cooking schools like Mai Kaidee.
- Reform Kafe for vegan Thai classics
- Munchies for burgers (locals call it the vegan version of McDonalds)
- Pun Pun for tasty fermented foods
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2. Ubud, Bali
Ahh Ubud, you tropical slice of paradise you. As well as lush jungles and rice terraces, this little town has a whopping 43 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents (hint: that’s A LOT). Visit during Bali Vegan Festival and dine on raw vegan tacos and smoothie bowls all in one place.
- Lazy Cats Cafe for pink dragon fruit smoothies and crepes
- Locavore for vegan and veggie fine dining
- Warung Rama for classic Indonesian food and lots of tempeh
And the winner is… 1. Tel Aviv, Israel
Israel now has the highest percentage of vegans in the world – coming out top in our vegan-friendly cities! The multicultural city of Tel Aviv is home to a massive 400 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. Veganism is serious business here – vegan floats join the parade at Tel Aviv Pride and there’s an annual Vegan Congress where activists and experts come to speak.
- Dosa Bar for tasty Indian vegan street food
- FOUR ONE SIX for seitan shawarma
- Zakaim for farm-to-table dishes (with homemade challah bread)