Earlier in our blog there is a post, “Be Vegetarian“, in which lots of advantages are mentioned of being vegetarian. But for vegetarians, abroad can sometimes be a challenge to find vegetarian destinations. Some countries are well prepared to accommodate vegetarians, others less so. Here are some details of more vegetarian friendly destinations.
In India, people can find vegetarian restaurants and hotels easily. India is like a heaven for vegetarians. Northern Indian cuisine relies quite a bit on ghee (clarified butter), but South Indian cooking typically utilizes rice, legumes and coconut milk. Many restaurants mark their doors with the label “pure veg,” which means all food served is both egg- and meat-free. There are variety in vegetarian food from starter, main course to desert.
Italy is another great option for vegetarians, as cooks in restaurants/hotels cook much of the food to order and can easily accommodate your personal requirements.
Glasgow is been voted the friendliest place for vegetarian/vegan travelers in the United Kingdom.
Singapore is renowned for its extensive vegan and vegetarian dishes that can be found at up-market eateries as well as traditional hawker markets. Both Malay and Singaporean cuisine tend to use lots of tofu.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv’s vegan craze seems to have really taken off after it was noticed by Table Magazine in 2012 – though it’s almost always had lots of delicious options. People can get vegetarian pizza at Domino’s. Staples like falafels can be found pretty much anywhere, and one can get especially tasty veggie shawarma at the aptly named Veg Shawarma.
A living place of Taoist and Buddhist, where vegetarian food can be spotted everywhere.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang Mai is home to over 80 vegetarian restaurants, thanks to its significant Buddhist population. In Chiang Mai, people will find healthy salad bar concepts, organic farm-to-table, Japanese macrobiotic and all sorts of other vegan/vegetarian dishes.
Another city once-named the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world by PETA, London has taken vegetarian dining to a whole new level. The British capital is home to countless vegetarian eateries, with just as many spicy vegetarian curry houses.
San Francisco, California
The City by the Bay has a long tradition of healthy living habits, seen in its significant number of vegan, vegetarian and organic eateries. San Francisco was the first city in the nation to enthusiastically adopt Meatless Mondays.
Seoul, South Korea
Vegetarian dishes are common on most Korean menus, though you might want to check with your server if there is any meat in the bibimbap – and explain that includes things like spam or fish, as many don’t consider those items to be “meat.”
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and raw foodies will want a taste of the seasonal menu created with fruits and legumes at Hen of the Woods
In Jordan, it’s easy to find vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants, with mezze dishes like falafel, hummus, tabbouleh and gourmet Arabic flatbreads in abundance.
Kuala Lumpur is not only a melting pot of cultures from India to China, it’s home to nearly 100 vegetarian or vegan specific restaurants offering everything from hummus and falafel sandwiches to aloo ghobi, chana masala and mock-meat variations of all the traditional Chinese favorites.
In a city known for its beer and Bratwurst, it’s hard to imagine finding much in the way of healthy food options, but Berlin actually goes above and beyond when it comes to accommodating the vegan lifestyle.
Around the world, vegetarianism is viewed in different lights. In some areas, there is cultural and even legal support, such as in India and the United Kingdom, where food labeling is in place which can make it easier for vegetarians to identify foods compatible with their diets. Among surveyed countries, the general trend shows vegetarianism on the rise.