The island of Bali in Indonesia is often thought of as a mecca for plant-based travelers, with over 200 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. However, according to the World Vegan Organization, the capital city of Jakarta, on the island of Java, also has an up and coming vegan scene. "Veganism is definitely on its way to becoming mainstream. After Bali, Jakarta is now the second most vegan-friendly city in Indonesia,"\u00a0said Karim Taslim, the Indonesian head of World Vegan Organization, to Jakarta Globe. Taslim continued,\u00a0"you can find many varieties of vegan and vegetarian food at your local grocery stores and supermarkets nowadays."\u00a0 People often worry that a vegan diet will be expensive, however, Taslim maintains that in Indonesia especially, this is not a concern. Warungs (small restaurants and cafes common in Indonesia) often serve tempeh, tofu, and plenty of vegetables for very cheap prices.\u00a0"I've done the math,"\u00a0said Taslim.\u00a0"There's no reason being a vegetarian or a vegan should be more expensive than following a meat diet."\u00a0 The misconception that it is an expensive lifestyle comes from social media, he maintains.\u00a0"Veganism is no longer just a diet, it's fast becoming a lifestyle. Unfortunately, for some people, being vegan means buying expensive ingredients. Look at Instagram, not many of these influencers would promote using local ingredients for a vegan diet,"\u00a0he explained. As Taslim points out, most traditional Indonesian food is either vegan already or can be made so easily. Gado gado, for example, is a popular local dish made with vegetables, boiled potatoes, tempeh or tofu, peanut sauce, and eggs. Remove the eggs and the dish is 100 percent plant-based.\u00a0"Being a vegan only requires you to be creative,"\u00a0noted Taslim. "Whether you choose expensive or cheaper ingredients, all the vegetables and fruits we buy serve the same purpose: to make us healthy."\u00a0 According to online restaurant locator\u00a0Happy Cow, Jakarta has 74 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes. The eateries range from cheap to upmarket and serve a number of different types of cuisine, from fast-food style dishes to pizza to traditional Indonesian recipes.