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Vegetarian Hotel Stays Around the World Looking for an all vegetarian Hotel, Bed & Breakfast, Hostel, or Vacation Rental? Currently with listings in 65 Countries covering every Continent and Major Island Area. Happy Veg Travels!! Post Date: 12/29/15, Replies: 4 12/29/15 4
New to Melbourne :) Heya! I am a student moving from Malaysia to Melbourne for studies. I adopted this plant-based diet (mostly vegetarian) few months back and I absolutely love it. Will slowly transition myself to a vegan lifestyle in near future hopefully! However, at the moment I am pretty scared that I will have problems making new friends in Melbourne U due to my diet. Any advice on this issue? :) Post Date: 09/17/17, Replies: 3 09/17/17 3
Studying Abroad as a Vegan Hey guys! I was wondering if any of you have ever studied abroad as a vegan. I've been thinking about going to Australia, but I'm nervous because of having to deal with a host family that are not vegan. If you guys have any tips or comments for me that would be wonderful! Post Date: 09/08/17, Replies: 6 09/08/17 6
New member into this community! Hello mate, I am newbie here. I just joined into this community. Though I am a non-vegetarian. But trying to be vegetarian. Please accept me guys. Thanks! Post Date: 09/07/17, Replies: 0 09/07/17 0
Vegan Friendly All Inclusive Resort Hotel? Hi everyone! I'm looking to book a holiday for next summer somewhere in the mediterranean (Spain, Greece, Cyprus etc). I'd like to find an all inclusive hotel that is vegan friendly (i'd settle for somewhere that just labels what is suitable for vegans on the buffet). Has anyone had any luck in finding somewhere like this? The usual travel agents (Thomson / First Choice / Thomas Cook) are pretty useless when it comes to providing information about the food served at the hotels they have. I'd prefer to support a establishment that has veganism on their radar than just any old hotel. Thanks! Post Date: 08/23/17, Replies: 2 08/23/17 2
Eating vegan while in New Zealand I have been in New Zealand for over a month and have mostly had to make do with making meals from scratch as the small town I am staying in does not cater well for vegans. I am soon going to be travelling around New Zealand, in both the North and South Island. I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for places to eat in Kaikoura, Christchurch, Auckland, the Coromandel, Rotorua, Matamata, Taupo and Hamilton or in any places near these cities/towns. I would also like some recommendations for vegan foods you can buy in supermarkets, both specifically vegan-made foods and ones that are accidentally vegan as many of the brands I am accustomed to are very expensive due to import tax. Thanks for your help! Post Date: 08/18/17, Replies: 0 08/18/17 0
Place to stay in Rochester, NY Hi! I am vegan and I am looking for a place to stay while I study at NTID for 7 days. As most vegan, I am a starved student. I hope to stay at a cheap place or a campground nearby. Any advice would be great. Thanks! Post Date: 08/01/17, Replies: 2 08/01/17 2
DISNEY WORLD, Fl. I have been a vegetarian since I was about 8, and am now transitioning into vegan. Travelling as a vegetarian in US is easy, because you can always find pizza or a grilled cheese sandwich. I am going to Disney in October (during Food and Wine fest!!!) and am curious to know if Vegans have any advice / suggestions for a Disney World Trip. Thanks! Post Date: 07/29/17, Replies: 2 07/29/17 2
Vegan/Green spots in Berlin For those interested in finding the best vegan / vegetarian / green spots in Berlin, the vegan capital of Europe, we just published a travel guide 'Going Green in Berlin' on It has over 75 eco hotspots, from yoga to fair fashion and visionary urban gardens; unique nightlife haunts included! Some of my favorite places: - Daluma (Prenzlauerberg) - Liquid Garden (Prenzlauerberg) - SOY (Mitte) - Café Haferkater (Friedrichshain) - No Milk Today (Kreuzberg) - Let it Be (Neukölln) If you're interested in more, check out the guide: Post Date: 07/12/17, Replies: 0 07/12/17 0
East Maryland DC area On a recent trip to Andrews AFB I tried many of the vegan cafes and eateries in the East Maryland/DC area. If you are craving veg soul and comfort food you're getting hooked up. This place has it happening for fried chikn, Mac n cheese, collard greens and lasagna. I was not disappointed at any of the establishments. Post Date: 07/11/17, Replies: 1 07/11/17 1
Vegan explanatory card in 83 languages!! No more Vegan confusion when traveling. These V Cards explain the needs of a Vegan Diet in 83 different languages, including; Afrikaans / Albanian / Arabic / Armenian / Azerbaijani / Basque / Belarusian / Bengali / Bosnian / Bulgarian / Cambodian / Catalan / Cebuano / Chinese(Simplified) / Chinese(Traditional) / Croatian / Czech / Danish / Dutch / English / Esperanto / Estonian / Filipino / Finnish / French / Galacian / Georgian / German / Greek / Guajarati / Haitian Creole / Hausa / Hebrew / Hindi / Hmong / Hungarian / Icelandic / Igbo / Indonesian / Irish / Italian / Japanese / Javanese / Kannada / Khmer / Korean / Lao / Latin / Latvian / Lithuanian / Macedonian / Malay / Maltese / Maori / Marathi / Mongolian / Mongolian / Nepali / Norwegian / Persian / Polish / Portuguese / Punjabi / Romanian / Russian / Serbian / Slovak / Slovenian / Spanish / Swahili / Swedish / Tamil / Teluga / Thai / Turkish / Ukrainian / Urdu / Vietnamese / Welsh / Yiddish / Yoruba / Zulu Simply hand this card to your Server, Chef or Host in their prospective language! Trouble with the pronunciation, try plugging the text from any of the languages into Google Translate or any other online audio pronunciation guide. Download or Print - Happy Vegan Travels!! Post Date: 07/10/17, Replies: 9 07/10/17 9
Vegan/vegetarian food option in Thailand Hi, I am planning to travel thailand and wanted to ask if we get good option of Vegan/vegetarian food ? Please advise and share whats your experience. Post Date: 06/30/17, Replies: 4 06/30/17 4
Greenland — Nuuk city Hi fellow vegans, I'm about to get for a quite long period (6-8 weeks) to live in Nuuk — Greenland. The place is not even registred on HappyCow… just to give you an idea of how I'm feeling desperate. I'm afraid every single thing is going to be very expensive in local stores as I'm going to have to buy imported stuff — such as vegetables cans and tons of lentils. I'm very concern about climate change too and used to try to eat 0km food, so that I'm even more desperate. I was wandering if some of you already had to live that much in the north of the globe, in Iceland for exemple, or Danemark maybe? If yes, do you have any advices or recommandation? Thanks a lot! Love Gwennie Post Date: 06/28/17, Replies: 2 06/28/17 2
Vegans in Tallin Hi, two vegans from Barcelona going on holiday to Tallin in August. Any tips? sb would like to have a coffee with us? Thank you! Post Date: 06/23/17, Replies: 0 06/23/17 0
Vegan in Helsinki Hi, two vegans from Barcelona going on holiday to Helsinki in July. Any tips? sb would like to have a coffee with us. Thank you! Post Date: 06/23/17, Replies: 0 06/23/17 0
Hungary - Vegan-friendly local beer? Hi, I’m travelling to Budapest in a few weeks and will be staying there for 7 days. Does anybody know if there are any vegan-friendly Hungarian beers? only lists 9 and 8 of them are from one company. Thanks. Kind Regards, nameuser Post Date: 06/21/17, Replies: 0 06/21/17 0
Good/Bad Cities for Veg Restaurants-Lists! I thought it would be fun to make a top 10 list of notable or surprisingly good (though not necessarily the "10 best") cities for vegan and vegetarian restaurants--and a top 5 list of surprisingly disappointing cities. You may disagree--this is just my opinion (interspersed with some "geek data"): Surprisingly Good and Bad Cities (US and World) for Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants A lot of vegetarian publications have released lists of cities that are great for vegans or vegetarians. Here is my take on some great cities and then some that are disappointing for vegan/vegetarian restaurants. Note that I use the Happy Cow tally of vegan and vegetarian restaurants (but not "vegetarian-friendly" restaurants) for each city, which may not always be complete. My list of great cities does overlap some of the published lists out there, but I have listed some cities with more vegan/vegetarian restaurants than most would expect, and I have left out some of the stereotypical vegan destinations, like Portland or Seattle, since those are not really surprising. 10 Notable or Surprisingly Great Cities for Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants 1. Singapore: 496 Singapore is truly a haven for vegans and vegetarians. This is the city in the world with the most vegan and vegetarian restaurants on Happy Cow (though I suspect some cities in India would have more that are unlisted). Obviously, Indian and Chinese food are the most common cuisines at the vegan/vegetarian restaurants, but there are other cuisines represented, including Italian and MIddle-Eastern and mixed-cuisine/fusion. Fortunately, one can easily find local Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian dishes (such as laksa or sambal goreng tempeh), including at some of the Indian and Chinese vegan/vegetarian restaurants. One great thing is that in many cases, restaurant food is quite cheap in Singapore, especially compared with the overall cost of living. If for some reason you run out of places to eat in Singapore, Johor Bauru, just across the border in Malaysia has 61 additional vegan/vegetarian restaurants. 2. London, United Kingdom: 221 London has 221 vegan and vegetarian restaurants, which is more than any city outside of Asia. London has a large diversity of cuisines represented at these restaurants as well, including Indian, Southeast Asian, Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Caribbean and Spanish, among others. These restaurants are well distributed around London, covering nearly all parts of town. 3. New York, New York, USA: 211 New York City has not only more vegan and vegetarian restaurants than any other US city (to be expected with its very large population), but it has more per capita than many other US cities, including all of the other top ten largest US cities (even Los Angeles). Of major US cities, only Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Austin and Washington, DC have more per capita than NYC (they are not included in this list as they are already well-known stomping grounds for vegans and vegetarians). The vegan/vegetarian restaurants aren't as well distributed as London as almost 90% are in either Manhattan or Brooklyn (none are in Staten Island). There is more certainly excellent variety, from the various ethnic restaurants (including a vegan Korean restaurant) and prominent vegan American restaurants like Candle Cafe and Blossom. 4. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: 119 This city is often left out of vegan/vegetarian friendly city lists, but with 119 restaurants on the list, this is probably #1 among cities in developing nations, outside of India. This is even more impressive since often in developing counties, the list on Happy Cow is less likely to be complete. While the diversity of cuisines is less than in most cities as most of the restaurants here are Vietnamese, the great range vegan/vegetarian dishes in Vietnam does a good job at making up for this. In addition, there is a huge amount of tropical fruits, including easy access to fruits that are rarely seen in most Western countries. 5. Paris, France: 94 Yes, I dare say it, Paris is a vegetarian and (perhaps especially) vegan mecca! Not only are there 94 vegetarian places (41 are all vegan, giving an unusually high ratio of vegan-to-vegetarian restaurants), there is quite a variety of cuisines represented, including French, Italian, burger joints, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese and even Turkish. France is really improving from its previous meat and cheese-loving culture, as it now has 297 vegan/vegetarian restaurants with over 100 cities, towns and suburbs represented. 6. Bogotá, Colombia: 79 This is number one among Spanish-speaking cities, beating out Mexico City (75), Lima (68), Buenos Aires (62), Madrid (56) and Barcelona (53). Bogotá is in the Andes, and the Andes arguably has the best vegan and vegetarian food in South America due to its greater use of grains and vegetables. Due to the varying terrain, Colombia has so many different climates for growing fruits, and many restaurants have "exotic" juices like lulo or maracuyá. One note of caution, like in a number of other Latin American cities, many vegan/vegetarian restaurants are only open for lunch, not dinner, so one must search a bit harder for that vegan evening meal. 7. Dubai, United Arab Emirates: 58 This is number one among cities in the Middle East (plus neighboring city/emirate Sharjah has 8 more). The reason is the large Indian population. However, there are also vegan/vegetarian Chinese, Italian and Western restaurants as well. One cuisine missing from this list? Middle-Eastern. One can easily find vegan/vegetarian Middle-Eastern dishes here, but no vegan/vegetarian restaurant listed is dedicated to any of the Middle-Eastern cuisines. 8. Leicester, United Kingdom: 54 Leicester is an ethnically diverse city with a large Indian population, approximately 28%, and many of the vegetarian restaurants are Indian. While there is a great number of vegetarian restaurants, there are actually no vegan restaurants listed for this city. There is one vegetarian restaurant for every 6,000 people here, which is possibly the highest among sizable Western cities. 9. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: 14 This is really impressive for Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia is a country where traditionally almost everything ever eaten contained meat or dairy, and until the 21st Century, apparently even lettuce was considered rare and exotic. Awhile back (perhaps 2010 or so), Loving Hut lead the way, and now there are 7 Loving Huts there, which means there are 7 additional restaurants serving no meat. There are two other Loving Huts in smaller Mongolian towns, but obviously this is a country where if you venture much outside of Ulaanbaatar and want vegan/vegetarian food, you better pack well. 10. Asheville, North Carolina, USA: 11 Anyone who knows Asheville will not be the least bit surprised that this vegetarian-friendly enclave in the Southern Appalachians frequently makes top 10 lists for vegetarian friendly cities. What is notable is that this is the only city or town in the United States with fewer than 100,000 people to have ten or more vegan/vegetarian restaurants (though Indian hot spot Artesia, California comes close with 9). With 11 restaurants, this is as many as the entire state of Minnesota. On a per-capita basis, there is one vegan/vegetarian restaurant for every 8,000 people. 5 Notable or Surprisingly Disappointing Cities for Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants 1. El Paso, Texas, USA: 0 This is the largest city in the United States (approaching 700,000 people) to have no vegan or vegetarian restaurants. Hopefully somebody can find the energy and finances to start one (a healthy Mexican vegan restaurant would be great). However, hop across the border to Juarez, and you can find two (one all-vegan, one vegetarian, though oddly neither of these appear to serve Mexican food). 2. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: 6 In fairness, St. Paul has three, and exurb Otsego has one, resulting in a total of 10 in the greater Minneapolis area. That's still not much for a sizable metropolitan area, especially one with a considerable number of health-conscious people. And looking at Minnesota, the entire state only has 13 (the average US state has 43). Does cold weather somehow inhibit vegan and vegetarian restaurants from opening? Perhaps, but don't tell that to the people in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (see #9 in the "great" list), which is the coldest national capital city in the world. 3. Geneva, Switzerland: 6 For such an international city (though in some ways, it's kind of a small town), Geneva could do much better with its restaurants. Add to that the fact that eating out (and almost everything else) is very expensive, this definitely isn't the best place to wine and dine vegan or vegetarian style. 4. Denver, Colorado, USA: 7 7? Is that all? For a city as liberal and health-conscious as Denver? There really is no good explanation for this. Denver has a small fraction of vegan/vegetarian restaurants versus what you would get in similarly-sized cities like Portland (60) or Seattle (42), albeit these are obvious well-known vegan havens. Note that four suburbs do have a vegetarian or vegan restaurant (Aurora, Englewood, Glendale, Lakewood), and up the road in Boulder, not surprisingly there are 5, but Colorado only has 30 in the entire state (below the average listed above of 43, and we're comparing apples with apples, since Colorado has a state population that is near the national average for a state). Denver definitely needs more vegan/vegetarian restaurants. 5. Frankfurt, Germany: 10 Frankfurt does make double-digits here, but compared to Berlin, which is world-class for vegans and vegetarians (159 vegan/vegetarian restaurants), the much more conservative financial center forces one to look a little harder for good vegan and vegetarian restaurants. Two nearby suburbs do have a vegetarian restaurant, and a little farther away, Wiesbaden, Mainz and Darmstadt each offer multiple options. Frankfurt is definitely no "vegan hellhole"; it is just not particularly inspiring. Post Date: 06/04/17, Replies: 2 06/04/17 2
East Maryland DC area On a recent trip to Andrews AFB I tried many of the vegan cafes and eateries in the East Maryland/DC area. If you are craving veg soul and comfort food you're getting hooked up. This place has it happening for fried chikn, Mac n cheese, collard greens and lasagna. I was not disappointed at any of the establishments. Post Date: 06/03/17, Replies: 0 06/03/17 0
Looking for a travel buddy - UK & Europe I would love to meet up with someone to travel together in the month of November 2013. Places to visit: London, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Germany/ Austria. I'm originally from Singapore currently living in NZ, a fun loving gal who doesn't drink (no hangovers!) and am a vego. I know, it's kinda hard to find a companion of such - thot i'll just try my luck anyhow ;-) Post Date: 06/01/17, Replies: 2 06/01/17 2
Vegan Hamburg Hi, I'll be staying for 3 days in Hamburg next summer and I'd like to get your recommendations for vegan restaurants over there. Thank you very much. Post Date: 05/27/17, Replies: 0 05/27/17 0
New York City I'm traveling to NY at the end of next month. The listing of vegetarian restaurants is overwhelming!! Can you please recommend some of your favorites? Both casual & up scale. peace & love Post Date: 05/27/17, Replies: 1 05/27/17 1
Vegan in Portugal Hi, I am Vegan and just moved to Lisbon Portugal. I have found lots of vegan places ( Thanks to HC) to eat and even a vegan group on FB. I went to one of their events, a vegan picnic Sunday. I meet over 100 showed up. Hopefully I get others that are here in Portugal somewhere to post and share. If enough are here maybe we can get together Thanks Lawrence Post Date: 05/15/17, Replies: 0 05/15/17 0
Vegan in DC Hey veg family! I've tried a bunch of vegan restaurants in the DMV area the last 2 years living here see which ones here: However, I'm about to move away :( and I want to try some new places! Does anyone have any recommendations? You can see in my post above which places I've already been. Thank you!! Post Date: 05/11/17, Replies: 1 05/11/17 1
Vegan in Tokyo My brother and I are about to travel around Tokyo for a bit and we are both vegan. Does anyone have a particular restaurant that they'd like to recommend? Post Date: 05/10/17, Replies: 1 05/10/17 1
Gran Canaria vegan food items Hi When I was on holiday in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria I found some vegan foods which I thought might be handy for others to know about. First one is a soy milk of the brand "Vive Soy" which is found in SPAR. I only tried the one in a blue carton which was vanilla flavored. Even the small grocery stores had this brand, but when I went to a bigger SPAR, they had 5-6 different kinds of plant milk, even "Oatly" and "Alpro". Second are veggie burgers of the brand "Sojasun". They come in a box of two, and isn't too expensive. They taste quite good, a bit of curry, and I like the fact that they are not like the fake meat which tries really hard to taste like meat. I found them in a bigger SPAR in the frigde section next to sausages & other meaty stuff. Last one is a hummus which is sooo good! Ate it every day since I found it. The brand is "Argal Cocina" and I found it next to the cheeses. Definately worth a try! (The avocados in Gran Canaria are amazing as well - and huge!) Hope you found this helpful. Post Date: 05/08/17, Replies: 0 05/08/17 0
Horchata or chocolate in Palma does anyone know where to get horchata or chocolate a la Taza (best with churros) in Palma de Mallorca or are there Supermarkets that sell horchata? Post Date: 04/25/17, Replies: 0 04/25/17 0
Olive's, Funchal, Madeira The above restaurant offers vegan options, as advised by Happy Cow. My partner and I, both long term vegans, ate at the rooftop eatery recently. We ordered drinks, in my case a sumptuous cocktail, in Michael's red vegan wine, while we studied the menu. We opted for a main course apiece, both different, and to finish shared an apple and cinnamon crumble with mango sorbet. The food was freshly prepared and cooked and very good indeed. If you visit Funchal, don't miss out on the opportunity to have a meal at Olive's. It is centrally located and near the marina which it overlooks. Post Date: 04/20/17, Replies: 0 04/20/17 0

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