Whether you’re vegan or not, these vegan-friendly foodie destinations prove there’s more to a great meal than meat.
Despite its reputation as a prime peddler of currywurst and schnitzel, Berlin is actually the vegan capital of Europe, especially in its hipster East. The arty twin districts of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain offer not only an essential alternative Berlin experience, but also a fantastic selection of vegan restaurants and cafes (try Café V or Yellow Sunshine Burger near the contemporary Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and the graffitied East Side Gallery).
This cosmopolitan city even has its own ‘vegan street’ (Schivelbeiner Strasse) where you’ll find vegan clothes and shoe stores, plus a huge vegan supermarket, Veganz (with its Goodies Café and the Bowl restaurant – both, you guessed it, totally vegan). The low-key Berlin Overnight hotel is a budget option just down the strasse.
As a city full of health-conscious celebrities, it’s no surprise that veganism is big in LA. The city’s 72 fully-vegan eateries cover an impressive range of cuisines too, including Thai, Ethiopian, Japanese, Vietnamese and supposedly the USA’s first and only Cuban vegan restaurant, the Equelecuá Cuban Cafe. If you’re looking for a sugar rush, the vegan donuts at Donut Farm on Sunset Boulevard are way too delicious to resist. And if you stay at the nearby Comfort Inn or Americas Best Value Inn and you won’t have far to go when the slump hits; there are plenty of Los Angeles hotels nearby your new favourite vegan eateries.
London is a foodie’s paradise, and vegans in the capital are in no way left out in the cold. You can grab a bucket of vegan ‘fried chicken’ (actually fried seitan, a heavenly vegan substitute, despite the not-so-heavenly name) at Hackney’s Temple of Seitan – The Old Ship is a nearby four-star hotel (and pub) worth considering for a city stay. Or pick up super-sweet vegan cupcakes and brilliantly bright rainbow cakes at Vida Bakery on Brick Lane (look at the Arbor City Hotel for a Brick Lane base). No treat is left off the vegan menu in London, and there’s never a vegan restaurant far from your London hotel.
This tiny island city-state packs in around 40 fully-vegan places to eat, so you can always find something close to your Singapore hotel. Several of them (plus lots of veggie places) can be found in the four-storey Fortune Centre building, where locals love to meet, shop and eat – the V Hotel makes a handy base close by. If the heat and humidity has you craving ice cream, there are two Brownice vegan ice cream parlours in the city, which also scoop the prize for the best brownies and fluffiest waffles imaginable. Choose to stay in the quirky Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong and all these yummy treats will be right next door.
As the centre of the meat-free Jain religion, Palitana in India is a worthwhile pilgrimage for both veggies and vegans (although dairy is allowed in the Jain diet and ‘pure veg’ cooking, so it’s worth checking if you’re concerned about ingredients here). This beautiful temple-packed town has even considered banning meat entirely. Nearby Bhavnagar also picks up the meat-free baton at Sankalp in the City Mall – EFCEE Sarovar Portico Hotel or the Fern Bhavnagar – Iscon Club and Resort both make for a handy base near city-havens Victoria Park and Bortalav Lake.