Europe is home to many interesting, historical, and artistic city break destinations, perfect for a weekend away. At many of these places, travelers can also enjoy a range of plant-based food. From Italy to Belgium, here are nine of the best European cities with a thriving vegan scene.
9 European Cities With a Thriving Vegan Scene
Nestled in the Italian Alps, just under a two-hour drive from Italy’s fashion capital of Milan, is the city of Turin. It’s grand, it’s picturesque, and it’s extremely vegan-friendly. In fact, it’s known to some as Italy’s “first vegetarian city,” thanks to its mayor Chiara Appendino. Back in 2016, Appendino proposed a weekly meat-free day, as well as animal welfare lessons in schools.
For healthy fast food, there’s Flower Burger, an Italian vegan burger chain with locations in Turin as well as Rome and Monza. If you’re feeling adventurous, try its black charcoal bun. For pastries, there’s Ratatouille, which also serves traditional Turin-style Pizza. For something a bit more upmarket, try the authentic pasta dishes at Soul Kitchen.
Berlin is a haven for history, art, and museum lovers, as well as those after a bit of plant-based fare. Try Vietnamese black tofu at H&D Chay or vegan pork at Cat Tuong. For pizza and pasta, La Stella Nera is a good bet or Sfizy Veg. For the ultimate kebab, try the vegan meat at Voner.
Many pizza lovers around the world believe you can’t have the traditional Italian pie without cheese. Naples – the actual home of pizza – proves this isn’t the case. In fact, the Marinara – the OG of pizzas – is served without cheese. And you can find versions of it everywhere across Napoli. But if you overdose on pizza and fancy something a little more nutritious, try the health-focused ‘O Grin. If you’re after a tasty and cheap dish, check out Officina Vegana.
Krakow is an unexpected vegan paradise, but a vegan paradise all the same. The city has everything a plant-based traveler could desire. After a long day’s trek taking in the southern Polish city’s architecture and museums, stop at Krowarzywa for some vegan pastrami or Veganic for some tasty vegetable-centric cuisine. For Asian inspired dishes, try Pod Norenami for sizzling “beef” in hot black bean sauce or sushi.
Busy Barcelona is packed with plant-based cafes and restaurants. Try Ale and Hop for veggie tapas and a craft beer or Be You Juicery for a refreshing cold-pressed juice or smoothie. For pizza, pasta, and burgers try deWeggie’s, or for a showstopping evening, try the vegan-friendly Chaka Khan.
The Czech Republic’s medieval capital of Prague is steeped in history and culture. It’s also a vegan haven. For brunch, try Moment Vegan Bistro and Cafe or for something sweet, try Forrest Bistro. For fast food, it’s got to be Forky’s. Located in the Old Town, Forky’s offers delicious vegan cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and juicy steak cut fries.
The capital of Hungary has risen in popularity with travelers in recent years, thanks to its festival scene, historical buildings, Roman baths, and general laid back vibes. It’s also a great destination to sample vegan food, with 99 vegan and veggie-friendly restaurants in the city, according to HappyCow. Try Mantra Masala for some vegan-friendly Indian dishes or Matrjoska Kroska for a classic vegan burger.
Apart from the museums, bridges, quirky vintage markets, and places of historical significance, the main thing London has to offer is a diverse range of food. You can get a vegan version of pretty much anything you desire in the UK’s capital, from Indian at City Spice on Brick Lane, to Kebabs at What the Pitta to cheesy, meaty, pizzas at Purezza.
With its pretty medieval architecture, Ghent in the Northwest of Belgium is known for being a cultural hub. It’s quirky and unique, with a thriving music and art scene. There’s also plenty of vegan food on offer to sustain you during a city break, as the city is super veggie-friendly, with many locals observing at least one meat-free day a week for the environment. Try Greenway if you’re in the mood for fast food or if you’re in the mood for a vegan feast, try the veggie buffet at Cucumber Time.
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