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When you are committed to the vegan life, you have a certain set of requirements from every place you visit. So, when planning a holiday, you need to know that you will be able to get food and enjoy activities that won’t force you to abandon your vegan principles. With that in mind, we’ve compiled this list of the six most vegan-friendly places to stay in Europe.
1. London, England
With more than 140 vegan restaurants, as well as numerous vegan street fairs, meet-ups and events, London beats all the competition as a place for vegans to visit. You will find vegan cuisine of all types, so you’ll never be short of places to dine.
The UK is actually one of the most vegan-friendly countries around – Brighton and Glasgow are also highlights if you’re looking for popular vegan hotspots.
2. Berlin, Germany
It’s not all about sausages in Germany. With more than 80 vegan restaurants, Berlin is a veritable wonderland of plant-based food. The city is home to one of Europe’s biggest vegan festivals, Veganes SommerFest.
There is also a vegan groceries franchise called Veganz, and even a vegan shopping centre where you’ll find a shoe shop, clothing store, restaurant, cafe and groceries. You really will have a great time as a vegan visiting Berlin, it is so accommodating.
3. Paris, France
Famed for butter – and particularly cheese – France is not one of the first places that comes to mind for vegan-friendly holidays. France’s meat options are famously popular too – whether it’s snails or frog legs, the French certainly like their meat in many different forms. However, on a visit to Paris, there are more than 65 vegan restaurants to discover.
Highlights include delicious pastries at VG Patisserie and the famous Le Potager du Morais, which sits amid one of the most stunning neighbourhoods in the entire city. It’s worth learning a few helpful phrases in French to ensure you experience the truly welcoming and friendly side of the locals.
4. Prague, Czechia
A surprise entry to the list, Prague has around 50 vegan restaurants, even though it is a relatively small city. There is classical charm at every turn, and a real wealth of vegan cuisine to discover and enjoy.
And since most people only stay in Prague for a few days, you’ll likely find yourself needing to come back for more if you want to enjoy all the vegan food the city has to offer.
5. Warsaw, Poland
Krakow tends to be the more popular Polish city, but the capital really is worth a visit, with its sprawling parks and dazzling Old Town. Vegan travellers are often surprised at discovering the sheer number of vegan restaurants, which stands at more than 45 at the time of writing.
Some are even calling it the ‘Berlin of Eastern Europe’, owing to the quality and quantity of vegan-friendly offerings Warsaw provides. And, as a little bonus, prices in Warsaw tend to be lower than most Western European nations.
6. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
There is a general perception of Amsterdam as an environmentally-conscious city, with its excellent provision for cyclists. But with nearly 40 vegan restaurants around the city, it’s clear that the residents are embracing veganism as the environmental wave of the future.
Amsterdam has actually more than tripled the number of vegan restaurants on offer since 2018, which is a remarkable trend towards the lifestyle – it’s a city that will definitely be welcoming to vegan travellers.