Eating a vegan diet in the UK isn’t really that hard, as there are typically lots of plant-based alternatives in supermarkets and vegan menus in restaurants. But sometimes it can be difficult to know whether you’ll be able to find vegan food when travelling abroad. Having said that, veganism has surged in popularity in recent years, with more people adopting plant-based diets for health, environmental, and ethical reasons. This shift has prompted many cities worldwide to become more accommodating to vegan lifestyles, offering more choice when it comes to eating out. But we’ve found some of the best vegan-friendly cities in Europe to travel to knowing you can eat out easily.

1. Berlin, Germany

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Hailed as one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world, Berlin has a wide variety of vegan eateries, supermarkets, clothing stores and more. With incredible street art, a thriving cultural scene and a great nightlife, Berlin is a must visit for vegan Interrailers. With an estimated 200 vegan restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. One of their most well-known vegan restaurants is 1990 Vegan Living, which serves up delicious Vietnamese cuisine in a warm, friendly atmosphere. If you’re hungry for dessert, why not pop into Brammibal’s Donuts. Offering mouth-watering vegan doughnuts, Brammibal’s business model is dedicated to sustainability. Their Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake special looks especially amazing! If you want to make you’re on food, Dr Pogo’s vegan supermarket has everything you’ll need –  including food, cosmetics, pet food and household products.

2. Brighton, UK

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Located in the South East of England, the beach city of Brighton has a colourful array of vegan cuisine to pick and choose from. From Purezza, which serves up plant-based Italian food to Food For Friends, the city’s original vegan eatery – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Brighton’s also home to the iconic Cowley Club, a volunteer-run Anarchist social centre. They offer a mutual aid vegan foodbank every Tuesday from 13:00 to 15:00 and are always looking for donations. Providing the community with a bookshop, library, vegan cafe and bar, Cowley club is a unique gem. If that’s not enticing enough, they held a vegan beer festival in late May.

3. Bristol, UK

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Bristol is a vibrant city located in the southwest of England, known for its rich maritime history, universities and diverse cultural scene. It has a great selection of vegan and plant-based eateries. Bristol’s home to BASE cafe and social centre – which has provided affordable, delicious, vegan food to the local community since 1995. Even  better, the cafe is run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.

The city is known for being a top vegan-friendly city in Europe, and the world. In fact. it ranked as the best vegan city worldwide for three years in 2018, 2019 and 2020, beating other well-known vegan hotspots like London and Portland. It might not be the number one city for vegans now, but it’s still a super vegan-friendly city and well worth a visit.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Renowned for its picturesque canals, historic architecture, and lively atmosphere, Amsterdam is a great city to visit if you’re vegan. It’s home to a vegan-friendly and eco-friendly hotel chain called Conscious Hotel, as well as Ecomama – an eco-friendly hostel located in the heart of the city. Zero waste whole foods supermarkets like Little Plant Pantry sell the essentials for a plant based diet, in addition to local artisan products. They also have chains of organic shops such as Ekoplaza. If you fancy some window shopping, Amsterdam also boasts a number of vegan shoe shops.

5. Gothenburg, Sweden

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A city for foodies, Gothenburg has an amazing selection of vegan places. The city also boasts a number of organic hair salons, such as Nooliy, which are committed to vegan, cruelty-free products. Those visiting Gothenburg should absolutely pop into THRIVE, a clothing store promising organic, ethically made vegan fashion. Build a sustainable wardrobe filled with awesome gear. If you’re feeling hungry after your shopping trip, why not grab something to eat at Happy Me Kitchen.

6. Edinburgh, UK

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Next on our list of vegan-friendly cities in Europe is Edinburgh. Treat yourself at the Leith Market Vegan Quarter, open on the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 4pm. Or why not attend a Kimchi & Kraut Masterclass? On your way back, stop off at Easter Greens, a vegan supermarket with 100% plant-based products. Holy Cow also comes recommended, a vegan and dog-friendly café serving sandwiches, cake and afternoon tea.

7. Lisbon, Portugal

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This capital offers a warm climate, iconic landmarks, and a thriving culinary scene. Known for its vegan-friendliness, Lisbon is the perfect place to go on a vegan food tour. Zarzuela is an unmissable spot, offering vegan and gluten-free versions of the classic Portuguese pastel de nata. If you’re wanting to cool down after a day in the sun, stop off at Scoop n Dough for some refreshing vegan ice cream. As you peruse down the city’s cobble-stoned streets, why not also pop into Sapato Verde, a vegan shoe and accessories shop to stock up on ethically sourced goods?

That’s it for our list of the top vegan-friendly cities in Europe. Have we missed any? Also, if you want to get more involved in the animal-rights movement check out Animal Rising’s website to learn more about their most recent campaigns and how to build a sustainable future. Now that you’ve heard all about Europe’s vegan-friendly cities, take a look at our tips for eating vegan on a budget. Knowing how to sustain a vegan diet whilst on a budget can be tough, which is why we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you save money and eat well. So, what are you waiting for? Zoom over to these cities and have your fill of the vegan-friendly shops and cuisines!

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