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If you’re used to eating vegan or vegetarian food in restaurants where it’s treated as an after-thought, everything is about to change. Around the world, clean, nourishing and meat-free food is being taken up a notch, showcasing the innovation and talent of chefs, and above all – delicious flavours. To celebrate National Vegetarian Week (15th-21st May), we’ve put together a list of some of the most vegan and veggie-friendly destinations to travel to across the globe. Which one will you visit on your next cruise?
Hop onboard one of our Northern Europe cruises to explore the vibrant city of Stockholm – known for its spectacular bridges, colourful architecture, and of course, innovative vegan food. Much of it is so simple and delicious, that it’s also easy to whip up at home. Whether you have a savoury or sweet tooth, you'll be in for a treat.
Hungry? Begin your visit by heading to Herman’s Vegetarisk Restaurang, which fuses a fine dining experience with all of the choices of a buffet. International cooking techniques are used to produce fresh and flavourful veggie food, from vibrant green cabbage salad with almonds to hearty puy lentils with Brussel sprouts. The setting befits the cuisine – the restaurant is set amongst a green garden on top of a hill, offering views out over the city and the Gröna Lund amusement park.
In the mood for something sweet? It’s time to make your way to organic bakery Naturbageriet in the Old Town, Gamla Stan. While not everything here is vegan, you can definitely enjoy a vegan kanelbullar – the Swedish version of a cinnamon bun, which is enjoyed during Fika, a sociable coffee break used to catch up with family and friends. You can recreate this Swedish delicacy at home by using vegetable oil instead of butter, almond milk instead of dairy and cornflour to make a light, vegan-friendly dough. Flavour with plenty of cinnamon and cardamom.
The USA, with its reputation for meaty burgers, may not be the first destination that springs to mind when you think of vegan food. However, there may be another reason behind New York’s nickname, “the Big Apple” – delicious veggie options are abundant on the city’s lively streets.
Local favourite the Cinnamon Snail is known for its menus that change with the seasons (and with the moods of the chefs), but expect to find mouth-watering dishes such as the Beastmode Burger Deluxe – an indulgent yet healthy sandwich containing coconut bacon, jalapeno mac and cheese, and chipotle mayo. For Indian food, it could only be the NY Dosas truck for rice-flour pancakes packed full of vegetables. Don’t miss the coconut chutney.
The city is also home to the Vegan Street Fair, which takes place in June and sees local restaurants and vendors come together to offer up plant-based food and drinks over two nights. Bring your dancing shoes, as there’s live music to enjoy, too.
A common misconception about vegan and vegetarian food is that’s expensive – the innovative vegan scene in San Francisco is determined to prove that this doesn’t have to be the case. It was the first American city to embrace the Meatless Mondays initiative, and there are even healthy food concession stands at the city’s sports games.
Head to the Mission District to find some up-and-coming and affordable options to tantalise your taste-buds. Gracias Madre serves up authentic Mexican food in a vegan-friendly way – and two people can easily dine out for under $30. Try a hearty bowl of black beans and pico de gallo, or some homemade empanadas, which are filled with peppers, mushrooms and onions (and spicy mole sauce).
Ananda Fuara is a local favourite, run by spiritual teacher Sri Chinmoy, celebrating big portions and friendly service. For breakfast, don’t miss the mushroom eggs benedict with French toast.
We’re heading back to the Nordics now, and to the Danish capital of Copenhagen, which is recognised worldwide for its ground-breaking and exciting vegetarian cuisine. You’ll find a number of dedicated veggie restaurants across the city.
Head to the Michelin-starred, vegetarian (but not vegan) Veve. Set in an industrial-chic warehouse in Ostebero, the dishes are influenced by international flavours and cooking techniques. Try a six-course tasting menu inspired by the seasons (think peas, mint and lemongrass with butter sauce, and asparagus patties) or unique juice pairing menus.
42 Raw is Copenhagen’s first raw food bar, and all of the meals served here are 100% vegan. Ingredients are celebrated and served as close to their natural state as possible – in fact, nothing is heated more than 42 degrees (hence the name).
For something a little more low-key, head to Morgenstedet. Here, you’ll find a friendly community vibe (the restaurant has been run by volunteers for the past 20 years) and a varied mixture of cuisines – from the Far East to the Mediterranean. It’s one of the most affordable places to find vegan food in the city, too, with a hearty meal coming in under 100DKK (around £11).
In such a richly diverse country, where do you start? We’ve put together our top picks to help inspire your next Italian cruise.
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