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
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?