Cities Where Being A Vegetarian Doesn’t Suck

Sometimes, being a vegetarian traveler sucks.

You can spend hours looking for a place to eat without any luck, and then when you finally think you’ve found a place, you still end up with chicken feet in your soup.

For some reason, people still seem to believe that just because you don’t eat meat, you might as well be eating grass – but vegetarian food doesn’t have to be boring, and there are a few places around the world that would get any meat-lover to consider tasting a veggie dish.

Ghent – Belgium

Being a vegetarian in Europe is not necessarily difficult, but often it’s very boring.

So, it was a huge surprise to see how out of all the places we’ve been to, the small Belgian town of Ghent turned out to be the most vegetarian-friendly city we’ve been to in Europe.

With all the vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants marked on a city map, it is super easy to find a place to eat, and every Thursday is a “meat-less” day where all the restaurants offer vegetarian meals and lunch deals, and schools serve vegetarian food.

We even stayed in an amazing vegetarian B&B called Aanaajaanaa.

Ghent is actually said to be the city where the vegetarian movement in Europe began, some 40 years ago (apparently starting with a Japanese guy healing a sick man with a vegetarian diet).

Place to check out: Avalon, Geldmunt 32
Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 2.30 pm
(+32) 9 224 37 24

Chiang Mai – Thailand

“No can do” is a common response in Asia when asking if you can have a meal made vegetarian, but in Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand – this is never a problem.

Pretty much every restaurant serves vegetarian food, and the food is just amazing!

From hawker stalls to restaurants, you’ll find vegetarian versions of all the best dishes (trying Khao Soi is a must!).

Place to check out: Brown Rice Organic Bistro, 103 Phrapokklao Soi 8, Phrasingh
Mon – Sat:11am – 9pm
(+66) 87 324 9728

Singapore

With its huge diversity of culture and people, Singapore has a lot of different cuisine to offer any traveler.

From Chinese to Indian fare, there are a lot of vegetarian friendly restaurants in the city, no matter what type of food you like – there are even Satvic restaurants, where they are very strict with what they cook.

Place to check out: Komala Vilas, No. 76-78 Serangoon Road (one of several locations)
Tel: (+65) 6293 6980

New York – USA

New York are often first with the hottest trends, not only in fashion but also in food trends, and they’re not afraid to play with new ideas and concepts.

This means that there are tons of really cool vegetarian diners and restaurants, with a huge diversity and everything from cheap eats to fine dining.

According to “The Bay Back Hotel“, however, Boston is trying to catch up, especially with their popular vegetarian food festival that’s held there every year.

Place to check out: Red Bamboo, 140 West 4th Street
(between 6th ave & macdougal)
Mon-Thur 12:30pm-12 midnight, Fri-Sun 12pm-12 midnight.
(+1) 212 – 260 7049

Mumbai – India

Mumbai has the largest vegetarian population in the world, so travelers are spoilt for choice.

This is thanks to the large number of Hindus living in Mumbai, and most restaurants will follow their religious beliefs, serving dairy but no egg, meat or fish.

So whether it’s a food stall or restaurant, you can be guaranteed that they will whip up some spicy delicious meal for you.

Place to check out: Rajdhani, Level – 1, Nirmal Lifestyle, LBS Marg, Mulund (West)
(+91) 022 – 65888088

Which cities would YOU add to our list?

28 Responses to Cities Where Being A Vegetarian Doesn’t Suck

  1. Audrey August 26, 2012 at 8:43 am #

    Mmm! These all look so good! I could go for a fresh vegetarian meal right about now, but that’s kind of difficult to find in Korea. They sure like their pork and beef over here!

    • Sofia August 27, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Audrey,

      I’ve heard that Korea is not an easy place to be a vegetarian, and that there isn’t really a word for it either. See it as a challenge ;)

    • Lee September 2, 2012 at 3:45 am #

      There is the chain The Loving Hut in Sinchon and Achasan. Everything served is vegetarian-friendly. There’s a vegetarian buffet in Gangnam (cost is about 12,000 won). I don’t recall the name. Ashley’s (sub-par version of VIPS) has buffet salad bar on weekdays during lunch for under 10,000 won. A lot of the traditional Korean restaurants in Insadong are vegetarian friendly.

      • Lee September 2, 2012 at 3:48 am #

        All the information pertains to Seoul. Vegetarianism is becoming more recognized by Koreans. The word for vegetarian (as a person) 채식주의자, or che-shik-joo-ee-ja.

        • Sofia September 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

          Hey Lee, thanks for all the tips, great to hear vegetarian food becoming more common there!

  2. Lee Gascoyne August 26, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    Great to see you flying the flag for vegetarians! Those meals look lovely. I’m assuming they don’t deliver to your door!?! Free delivery under 1000 miles? It could catch on… :-)

    • Sofia August 27, 2012 at 8:01 am #

      Who knows, maybe soon we can all order our meals from other countries? I would LOVE that :)

  3. Camila Navarro August 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Chile was a great susprise, especially Pucón and San Pedro de Atacama, where there was always good vegetarian food. But I loved your cowntry, Sofia! In Sweden I’ve eaten very well. :-)

    • Camila Navarro August 26, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

      “Country!” :oops:

      • Sofia August 27, 2012 at 8:51 am #

        I’m glad to hear that! In Sweden they do offer all sorts of cuisines, and although much of the traditional Swedish cuisine is not exactly vegetarian friendly, we have some really nice vegetarian versions that are common, if you want to taste a bit of the Swedish traditions at the same time :)

  4. TravelingITM August 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    We recently spent some time on Tenerife, and in Barcelona, both places had many GREAT options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free!

    • Sofia August 27, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      Nice! I’ve heard people say there are a lot of good vegetarian places in Barcelona, so we must have been really unlucky, all we could find were those bocadillos with potato omelets – but they were really tasty so it didn’t matter much :)

  5. andiperullo August 26, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    The only place I’ve ever had a problem was in Japan! Great list!!!

  6. Priyank August 27, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Given a choice, I always choose vegetarian food. Istanbul is also great for vegetarians!

    • Sofia August 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      I agree, really liked the food we had in Istanbul. I loved the turkish vegetarian meze, so delicious!

  7. Karen August 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    I had two wonderful vegetarian meals in Munich, at Prinz Myshkin and Vegelangelo!

    • Sofia August 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

      Thanks for the tips, we will probably be passing by Munich in a few weeks, will look for those places when we’re there.

  8. Belle August 27, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Great article, i predominantly eat vegan and am really quite nervous about my choice (or lack there of) of food travelling on the road! India I know makes wonderful vegan and vegetarian food, however I am very concerned about South America & Africa! Great blog though!! I’ve just subscribed! http://www.travellingbelle.com

    • Sofia August 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

      Hi Belle, glad to hear you like our blog.

      I don’t know about vegan food in South America and Africa, but if you would be ok with vegetarian food I don’t think you need to worry too much.

  9. megan August 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    One of my most favorite places to visit is Thailand. Love the food there.

    • Sofia August 30, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

      Yeah Thai food is great, I especially like the northern thai food, and pad thai is always a safe and easy option for vegetarians.

  10. Lily August 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Well, you just made me hungry :))))

  11. laura August 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    haha same here Lily :D

  12. Ray Baxter August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Some really great ideas vegetarians, thanks for the contribution.

  13. Gina August 31, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Though I’m not strictly a vegetarian, I try not to eat a lot of meat and have also found that it’s pretty hard to do while traveling since all the exciting sounding dishes have meat in them. These dishes all looked amazing especially that one in Ghent.

  14. Hier September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm #

    That was a really good article about Vegetarian food blog. Thanks and keep posting. Love, Chris Eric :*

  15. Hier September 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    I just wanted to thank you for writing this article on Vegetarian food ideas. I liked reading it. Best wishes, Franzi :)

  16. Angela September 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I think in India not only Mumbai, I’ve been to Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and haven’t met anybody who eats meat…