The plant-based diet, which may have once been dismissed as a temporary fad, is now a popular choice, with an increasing number of people adopting a vegan diet every year. As a result, plant-based options are now becoming widely available, with new restaurants popping up all over the world. From vegan street food to fine dining, there has never been a better time to explore new destinations.
Here are our top four recommendations for up-and-coming vegan hotspots to visit in 2023.
This tropical island is known for its beautiful beaches and clear waters, but in recent years it’s also become known for its vast vegan community. As Thai cuisine often features a variety of vegetables, it usually only requires small adjustments to create vegan versions.
Visitors can enjoy everything from plant-based pad thai to sushi, meaning vegans can experience authentic tastes without compromise. The streets are lined with vegan-friendly restaurants, but if you’re looking for more casual dining, there are also plenty of vegan street food stalls. Not to mention the local market’s abundance of vegan household and beauty items.
Tel Aviv, Israel
A longstanding classic, Tel Aviv has long been a favourite among vegan travellers. This vibrant city has more than 400 vegan-friendly restaurants, making it the perfect option for foodies. Almost every traditional Israeli dish has a vegan version, including hummus, falafel and shakshuka.
The vegan capital also hosts the Vegan Fest – a celebration of all things vegan. Occurring once every year, visitors can take tours of the city, visiting vegan restaurants, markets and even vegan clothes shops.
This popular travel destination may not be the first that comes to mind when thinking about vegan options, but it’s actually a great choice. Offering many vegan restaurants, cafes and bars, visitors can enjoy all the Dutch specialities – even the famous stroopwafels.
Amsterdam is also home to several vegan markets, boasting all kinds of vegan products and cuisines. Wherever you go in this city, you’re bound to find something plant-based to enjoy.
Berlin is another city that has quite a reputation for its vegan offerings, sometimes referred to as “the vegan capital of Europe”, and for good reason. The city is known for its alternative culture, and the vegan scene is no different. Home to a wide range of vegan restaurants, cafes and supermarkets, it’s easy to find meals, whether you’ll be eating out or cooking at your accommodation. The vegan community in Berlin is thriving too, with regular vegan-themed events taking place to enable locals and visitors to connect with like-minded individuals.
As the popularity of the plant-based diet increases, we can expect to see more and more countries offering vegan options. So if there’s a particular destination you’ve dreamed of visiting but isn’t perhaps the most accessible for vegans, our advice is to hold off for a few years. Soon the world will be your oyster. For now, try out one of the incredible vegan hotspots listed above.