Discovering culture through traditional cuisine and experimental tastes is an essential experience in travel. Vegetarian travellers sometimes struggle to find delicious meat-free meals in foreign countries and regretfully go for safer food choices. If you're one of them, have a look at our city selection below! In every of these destinations, you'll find countless veggie culinary wonders and gastronomic experiences.
Madras is not only considered the heir to South Indian traditions but also the birthplace of vegetarianism. With diverse districts, many bazaars, and small home-style restaurants, the former British colonial town is worth the journey.
- Stroll through the streets of the historic St George Fort quarter, try a traditional samosa and check out Higginbottoms, one of the oldest bookstores in India.
- Visit the many markets and bazaars of Madras. Grab a curry served on a banana leaf or try a vegetarian biryani at one of the home-styled restaurants.
- Enjoy a yummy bhel puri dish and head to Kapaleeswarar Temple to wonder at its colourful appearance. End your sightseeing with a relaxing walk on Gandhi Beach.
Ghent mesmerizes with its medieval architecture, vibrant cultural scene and modern infrastructures. With its popular "veggie Thursdays", countless organic food markets and vegetarian restaurants, this town has become a must-see for vegetarians.
- Start your day with a good cup of coffee from one of the local roasteries, wander around the Old Town and see the famous Ghent altarpiece.
- Discover the turbulent history of Ghent by visiting medieva lGraveensteen Castle and the many romanesque style cathedrals that shape the cityscape.
- Indulge yourself with a pint of famous Belgian beer or a glass of wine. Go to one of the free concerts and discover Ghent's noise rock underground scene.
With an abundance of local breweries, food carts and natural beauty, Portland is a must-see city for any vegetarian traveler. Oregon has more vegetarian-friendly places than any other city in the US.
- Go to the annual Vegan Beer and Food Festival with over 200 hundred vegan breweries, restaurants and food carts taking part in this day-long celebration.
- Take a relaxing walk through the Japanese Garden with a smoothie from one of the local cafes.
- Make sure to find time for the well-known Portland Saturday Market and be amazed byall the vegan menus in surrounding restaurants.
Chiang Mai, Thailand's culturally most diverse and significant city, has become a top destination for vegetarians. Hidden in mountain ranges among Buddhist temples, the city will offer some of the best veggie Thai food to curious explorers.
- Saturday Walking Street is a unique market experience where vendors cover streets with blankets, sell Buddha statuettes, paper lanterns and herbal remedies.
- Go and see Chang Mai's crown jewel, the Wat Phra Sing Buddhist temple. It has shaped Chang Mai's landscape since the 12th century and has been a source of pride.
- Visit the nearby rain forests that lavishly cover Chang Mai's mountains. After a long walk, head to a local restaurant to devour some delicious veggie food.
Berlin has been proclaimed "the greatest city for vegetarians", offering exquisite vegetarian cuisine from all parts of the world to delight vegetarians, and omnivores alike. The German capital is also home to Europe's biggest vegan summer festival!
- Walk down Unter den Linden Allee from Brandenburger Tor to the future Humboldt Forum and make sure to visit Museum Island, a UNESCO Heritage Foundation site.
- Discover Berlin's contemporary art scene with the Berlinische Galerie or the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, home to works by artists such as Andy Warhol and Anselm Kiefer.
- Stroll through Berlin's neighbourhoods of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain that are full of small roasteries, food joints and galleries.
Scotland's most beautiful city is not only home to various festivals but also some to the best vegetarian food courts and venues. Surrounded by rocky hills and entwined in North Sea's winds, Edinburgh is the perfect escape for culture and nature lovers.
- Walk down the Royal Mile, from the Abbey Strand to the Castle Hill and admire Edinburgh Castle. This castle is home to the Scottish crown jewels.
- Visit the National Art Gallery before heading to Henderson's, UK's longest running vegetarian restaurant that serves freshly prepared meals with organic ingredients.
- Walk past the modern Scottish Parliament building and head to Dynamic Earth, the futuristic attraction park that takes you on a journey through the history of the Earth.