Vegan diet has become more and more popular and the numbers are estimated to exponentially grow in the future.
This will provide more support for vegans since it used to be a mission to travel as a vegan to different countries as most countries hardly had any vegan food options before. In fact top vegan countries were a dream for us vegan in the past.
Now we are seeing more and more countries coming to the party in offering vegan food options to their citizens and tourists.
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On this post I will focus on 6 top vegan countries that will make your travels worthwhile.
One of the top vegan countries in my list is India.
India is a country very popular when it comes to vegetarian foods. I have to say that vegetarians benefit more from this country then vegans. Why?
This is because the country prides itself with dairy products. In fact most of their cooking is done with dairy products.. Maybe that is one of the reasons why they tend to have heart related disease easier.
Vegans are also catered for by this country because the only thing you need to do when buying vegetarian cuisines is to ask that they exclude dairy products.
Most shops and restaurants are starting to cater more for people who prefer to not have any dairy.
Having said all of this remember that vegan and vegetarian are not too different so this makes it easier to shop around for your vegan foods especially if you want to make your own food.
Taste of vegan foods is rather very spicy with some options being sweet
When it comes to top vegan countries Germany is at the forefront due to the countries effort to have animal-free products.
Germany had and launched more vegan products that any country in 2016 According to Mintel research agency.
The best city to visit is Berlin as this is where you will find more options compared to other places.
It is estimated that there are 472 vegan restaurants in Germany alone and this explains the reason why Germany is at the forefront for veganism.
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To add to this, the country has a street called Schivelbeiner Strasse which is a vegan dedicated street since it has stores with animal-free products.
There is a line of restaurants, stores and cafes on this street and it is commonly known as Vegan Venue.
Berlin is also well-known for being a home for the largest vegan grocery store called Veganz and more and more shops being added yearly.
According to CNN this grocery store was the first vegan store to appear in Europe which made Germany a leader in veganism in Europe.
3. United Kingdom
London, in UK, has been considered the third largest vegan city in the world. This is one of the reasons I put it in this list of top vegan countries.
The city boosts 177 restaurants which are said to keep growing. This comes as no surprise since there are over a million vegans in UK.
Due to the large population of vegans in the country vegan meat alternatives are growing exponentially in UK. This is despite the fact that the vegan based diet can be a bit difficult to follow when you start.
This requires vegans to have the responsibility for looking for the right places which can be exhausting.
So the best thing with UK is that there are many vegan hot spots which make veganism very easy to follow.
Below are some of these vegan hot spot cities in UK:
- Norwich-The tipsyu vegan restarant
So basically if you visit UK in any city you are guaranteed to get a dedicated vegan place to eat.
When it comes to top vegan countries it is very important to add Vietnam into the mix as this is one of the best travel destination for vegans.
The reason Vietnam is vegan-friendly is because their dishes are naturally made with staples such as rice or noodle and then they add a lot of beans to the mix.
You will also notice that most of their vegan and vegetarian dishes are made with nuts to give it a protein boost.
This can be bad though if you have nut allergies so make sure that you are not buying something that can cause danger to your life.
When you go to Vietnam you will also notice that they add a lot of eggplants in their vegan food options and this just shows how much they love plant based foods.
Here is another interesting fact about vegan foods in Vietnam. The taste of the food changes as you change locations.
Here as an interesting fact: As you go towards the South of this country the food will start having a sweet taste and when you go towards the North the food will tend to be more flavored especially with local spices.
As I said, that Vietnam is loaded with vegan restaurants so the most famous one you should never forget to go to when you visit Vietnam is called Minh Chay Vegan Restaurant which is in Hanoi.
This is because it is one of a few restaurants in the whole country which is 100% vegan. On top of this they have the most delicious vegan creme caramel in the world.
If you are looking for vegan restaurants in Vietnam you can check out Happycow as they have them all in different cities.
Israel is considered the world vegan capital and most people who live in the country are so used to a vegan diet that it has become second nature.
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Although not the whole population is vegan but it is safe to say that the majority is.
There are many reason israelites have long since adopted a vegan diet compared to any country in the world. The following are some reasons.
- Smaller population of people who are open-minded
Since the country is so small any lifestyle trend tends to grow rapidly. This is what happened to Israel.
More over the country has many young people who have migrated to this country and are very keen and open minded when it comes to diet changes.
Most of the religious people in the country naturally focus on eating vegan related foods or should I say plant based foods.
- Vegan options are vast
Some major international restaurant stores have even launched their vegan food option menus only to this country. One such store is domino’s pizza which has a non-dairy cheese in it.
It is very interesting to note that it is only recent that this large international food brand has decided to release this option to other countries as well.
Below are some top vegan places in Israel
Bali is one of the top vegan countries and what is more popular for vegans are Bali’s cafes.
Bali is having more and more vegan cafes popping up all the time making vegan travelers more inclined to visit the country.
I am also considering to visit Bali as a vegan as most of my vegan friends have told me that I am missing out.
In Bali, you are guaranteed to get a well-rounded vegan menus especially since most of the people are religious and health conscious.
Bali is famous for its vegan festivals to entice any tourist into a vegan lifestyle.
When it comes to vegan friendly countries the determining factors for making it vegan friendly is the fact that they should have at least a majority of its cities with vegan restaurants or vegan cafes.
The top 6 vegan countries are Bali, India, Vietnam, Germany, Israel and UK due to the consistency in delivering plant based options for their citizens and tourists.
When going to these countries it is very important to know the cities that will accommodate you more as a vegan. for example in Germany, Berlin is the best place to go to get the most experience.
I hope you enjoyed this article of the 6 top vegan countries and I hope it was helpful in giving you the most valuable information for traveling as a vegan like me.
If you have any comment that you would like to add, you are more than welcome to add them below and I will be more than happy to engage.