As anyone with an alternative diet will tell you, travelling the world with limits on what you can eat can be tough. In fact, it can be frustrating. When it comes to finding restaurants that can provide you with the right food with minimal fuss, it can seem like a never-ending battle but luckily for the vegetarians and vegans amongst us, the world is slowly starting to open its eyes and arms to new diet styles. No longer do we have to ask for the ‘vegetarian’ menu in a restaurant and scour the entire thing for the only vegan-friendly option – instead, we have our own restaurants! Yes, really. Restaurants and cafes all over Europe are popping up with delicious, mouth-watering menus that are entirely, or mostly, vegan-friendly! So submit that EHIC application, get your boarding passes ready and relax. Here are the top vegan restaurants you need to visit in Europe.
Alright, so we know that this one is a bit of a cheat considering it’s right here in the UK, but Manna in London is well-deserving of a place on our list. While manna is, in fact, a vegetarian restaurant and not completely vegan, plenty of the options on their list either are vegan or can be prepared to suit a vegan diet with ease. This restaurant is one of Europe’s oldest but finest gourmet establishments for vegetarian food, with the primrose hill location celebrating its 50th anniversary! They even offer a vegan catering service if you fancy holding your own event in the big city! They are passionate about ensuring their guests are well-looked after and satisfied with their meal, so you’re pretty much guaranteed an amazing meal here.
Etnosvet in Prague is one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants you could hope to come across, with a wide range of colourful dishes to choose from. In fact, this restaurant has completely destroyed the myth that vegan food is ‘boring’. Each dish created here at Etnosvet is a stunning concoction and a brilliant display of how food can be both delicious and visually pleasing all at the same time. With a menu consisting of everything from Rice Noodles Pad Thai, to Fried Sushi or even a Portobello Burger, you really are spoiled for choice here.
Betty’s in Amsterdam is a vegan restaurant with a twist – the menu is often a surprise. The chef’s here are passionate about using fresh ingredients and keeping things new and exciting, and so the menu is often changed up to match the ingredients that are available, or that are in season. Of course, this does mean that Betty’s isn’t for the picky eaters amongst you, as there’s very little choice until you come to dessert, where you can choose from a wide range of cakes and desserts. A three-course surprise menu is €36.50 per person, which isn’t bad at all for a gourmet, three-course meal!
Emma Pea, Berlin
For something a little on the quirky side, Emma Pea in Berlin could be the ideal location. It can be a bit hard to find, but once you do it’s more than worth the search – and with Google Maps being available on pretty much every mobile, this issue is barely an issue at all for some. This edgy destination has been purely vegan since January 2017, and serves everything from Burritos and Quesadillas, through to nachos and Thai burgers! There’s something for everyone here, so if you’re in a group that can’t decide on where to eat, this place is perfect!
42 Degrees, Paris
42 Degrees in Paris is the first raw-food vegan restaurant in the city. What do we mean by raw? Well, the cuisine in this restaurant is, quite literally, raw. All dishes are made from raw or dehydrated foods but that doesn’t for a moment mean that it isn’t delicious all the same! With a focus on healthy foods, this little Bistro believes that cooked food destroys the natural nutrients present and that fresh, organic and raw ingredients are the right solution to the problem. Whether you agree or not is entirely your decision, but what we can promise you is that the food here is delicious, and it’s certainly an experience not to be missed.
While Europe isn’t teeming with vegan restaurants quite yet, it’s certainly well on its way to doing so. For those of us on a vegan diet, there are more and more options popping up all over the continent for delicious, innovative meals, so why not explore while we can?