10 Best Countries for Vegetarian or Vegan Travel

Vegan Travel or vegetarian travelers, maintaining a strict vegan/vegetarian diet while traveling can sometimes be extremely challenging. Luckily there are plenty of places where vegetarianism is commonplace and even encouraged (specifically in Buddhist countries). Here are 10 countries where vegetarian travelers and vegan travel should have an easier time finding vegetarian restaurants (listed alphabetically):

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Even though you are on vacation, it is important to maintain a healthy diet. Especially if you plan on traveling to foreign countries and have reserved a cheap hotel in Hong Kong for more than a week. There are even farmers markets that you can buy fresh groceries at to make your own meals. This tactic will not only help you eat better but also save money. Posto Pubblico is a well know local produce brand in Hong Kong that can ensure you are eating organic. If you want to splurge a little, there are some excellent restaurants in Hong Kong like Lock Cha Tea House that accommodate to a vegan lifestyle.

Vegan Travel

Vegan Travel

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I would argue that the best country to eat vegetarian or vegan is the one where you work on an organic farm. During our experience WWOOFing in El Bolson, Argentina the diet was almost entirely vegetarian, with plenty of vegan options at every meal.

A great resource for finding vegetarian restaurants is Happy Cow. Check out their list (from 11/2008) of the top vegetarian cities in the world:

10 Best Countries for Vegetarian or Vegan Travel

When looking at the list, remember that these are the number of restaurants in each city, and it doesn’t take into account the size or population of the cities.

1. Singapore, Asia (144) [GGTG note: The list seems to encompass all of Singapore and not just Singapore City.]

2. London, England (135) (*201)

3. New York City, New York (121) (*237)

4. Bangkok, Thailand (73)

5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (72)

6. Taipei, Taiwan (63)

7. Sao Paulo, Brazil (59)

8. Los Angeles, California (59)

9. Chicago, Illinois (58)

10. Tokyo, Japan (55)

11. Toronto, Ontario (52)

12. Berlin, Germany (49)

13. Montreal, Quebec (49)

14. Portland, Oregon (49)

15. North West London, England (49)

16. Seattle, Washington (48)

17. Chiang Mai, Thailand (48)

18. San Francisco, California (44)

19. Barcelona, Spain (44)

20. Sydney, New South Wales (43)

21. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (43)

22. London, England (43)

23. Vancouver, British Columbia (43)

24. Mexico City, Mexico (43)

25. Brooklyn, New York (42)

26. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (40)

27. San Diego, California (38)

28. Java, Indonesia (38)

29. Munich, Germany (38)

30. Paris, France (37)

31. Vienna, Austria (37)

32. Taichung, Taiwan (35)

33. Penang, Malaysia (34)

34. Minneapolis, Minnesota (33)

35. Madrid, Spain (30)

36. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (30)

37. Houston, Texas (29)

38. Kathmandu, Nepal (29)

39. Prague, Czech Republic (28)

40. Stockholm, Sweden (28)

41. Oslo, Norway (28)

42. Atlanta, Georgia (28)

43. Kowloon, Hong Kong (28)

44. South West London, England (27)

45. Auckland, New Zealand (27)

46. Kyoto, Japan (26)

47. Washington, District Of Columbia (26)

48. Bali, Indonesia (26)

49. Las Vegas, Nevada (26)

50. Buenos Aires, Argentina (26)

51. Lisbon, Portugal (26)

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