Delicious Vegetarian Food Around the World
Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
It used to be very tough being a vegetarian while traveling. These days vegetarian restaurants are pretty trendy and the large variety of delicious foods makes it easy to forsake meat for a meal!
508 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97204, USA
While wandering around downtown Portland looking for a place to eat dinner, a police officer stopped to ask my friend and me if we needed help finding something (how nice!). We asked for his recommendations of vegetarian friendly restaurants and...
33 ถนนสามเสน แขวงวัดสามพระยา เขตพระนคร ใกล้สี่แยกบางลำภู Bangkok 10200, Thailand
May Kaidee taught me to cook amazing vegetarian Thai food on this day. We spent half the day visiting a nearby market, learning about Thai ingredients, cooking our way through about six courses, and lots of taste testing, of course! After this...
37 Panton St, London SW1Y 4EA, UK
There are lots of places to get Indian food in London, but it takes effort to find a good, authentic South Indian dosa. There are authentic dosas in Brick Lane, Wembley and Southall, London's best-known South Asian enclaves. But getting to those...
Potrero Hill, San Francisco, CA, USA
This food truck is special. Not only do they serve a damn good falafel and rather addicting sweet potato fries, but the experience you have from order to bite is exceptional. The owner of this particular food truck makes all the difference in the...
2007 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818, USA
With a menu full of unusual entree names like "Limitless Compassion" and "Awakening of Faith," you know this restaurant is not your average place. Andy Nguyen's has been in Sacramento for a long time, happily serving fresh vegan food in an...
Sin-daero, Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, South Korea
It is interesting for me that after traveling so much in Asia I still hear about vegetarians having a hard time in the region. Despite the vegetarian nature of the Buddhism that has such an influence on the region, meat is so prized people cannot...
1023 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
Yes, this is technically a chain restaurant throughout the United States, but it's a really good one. Being a die hard carnivore my entire life, this place was incredibly eye-opening to me. Never did I expect to be wowed by an entire menu that is...
19, Amman Koil St, Vadapalani, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600026, India
One of the many highlights of a Chennai visit is the culinary experience. Chennai, in the south of India, has many different types of cuisine. Saravana Bhavan is a local joint where every visitor must stop by to sample the vegetarian local cuisine...
8000 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
If you're a vegan, but miss the taste of down home chicken, Veggie Grill is the place for you. Or, if you're on the Sunset Strip and you want affordable quality, this is the place for you too. Their soy, quinoa, wheat protein, etc. concoctions...
301 Jefferson St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Of course there are many amazing restaurants in the great American Southwest, and thanks to lots of beans and cheese there are a good number of vegetarian options. My favorite thing I ate in the area was the green chile stew with tofu from Bumble...
1 Chome-2-11 Ryūsen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0012, Japan
Located in the residential district known as Hakusan, this restaurant serves vegetarian food of the Zen Buddhist Monks dating back over 300 years. Those monks really ate well! A traditional Japanese room of tatami mats and sliding doors was set...
515 Siming S Rd, Siming Qu, Xiamen Shi, Fujian Sheng, China, 361005
Nestled on the base of Wulao Mountain (吴老山) just next the entrance to Xiamen University, Nanputuo (南普陀寺) is Xiamen's premier temple. With free admission, this Tang Dynasty era Buddhist temple attracts China's devout, and not-so-devout. Even for...
Carrer dels Escudellers, 54, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
In the land of cured meats, chorizo and prosciutto, you'd figure there'd be no room for animal-loving vegetarians in the mix. Turns out Barcelonians do like to take a break from the protein, especially on incredibly hot days. A perfect option for...
Food for Friends, 17-18 Prince Albert St, Brighton BN1 1HF, UK
Brighton has a wonderful shopping district called the Lanes. It's easy to get lost there, but sometimes that's how you make the best discoveries! I found Food for Friends this way and enjoyed a beautiful late lunch at one of the outdoor tables. It...
512 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
Cafe Gratitude is one of my favorite restaurants in Venice Beach. Located on Rose Ave near yoga studios and shops, the scene is always a good one. It serves delicious organic vegan & raw cuisine as well as juices and smoothies, and is usually...
The Pipeline, 6 Little E St, Brighton BN1 1HT, UK
Sometimes I like to eat vegan, especially when I'm on the road—I just feel better. This little gem of a spot is 100% vegan and can also adjust for gluten-free folks. I dug into the Tarragon mushroom, hummus, and spinach on toast one late afternoon...
Nanjing Rd Pedestrian St, NanJing Lu, Huangpu Qu, China, 200000
There is a style of vegetarian cuisine in China that is all about imitating meat-dish equivalents. This ninety-year-old restaurant is one of the best. On the menu you'll find imitation duck, shrimp,and even fake chicken feet.
Costanilla de San Andrés, 16, 28005 Madrid, Spain
An experiential restaurant, Viva la Vida is a popular choice for locals vegetarian and omnivorous alike. Come for the food—which is served buffet style and paid for by weight—but stay for the ambience. Whether you choose to eat in the Plaza...
Calle Divino Pastor, 30, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Do you like it raw? La Crucina is blowing the minds and mouths of Madrid at the moment with their inventive, flavorful and unique take on food. The only raw vegan restaurant in the city, Crucina is laying groundwork for many other imitation...
Calle del Ave María, 43, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Off the square in Lavapies is the unassuming front of Viva Chapata; this place does not look like your typical vegan hangout, nor is it for vegetarians only! Once inside, the secrets come flowing off the walls: papers with handwritten specials...
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