Lonely Planet Writer

Vegan and worried about eating out abroad? These are the most vegan-friendly European cities

With the choice for veganism growing stronger all the time, a new report has found that Amsterdam tops the list of the most vegan-friendly cities around Europe. While a wide range of dairy-free and plant-based products is generally available in supermarkets, this guide will be useful to those who find it tricky to eat out while abroad.

Copenhagen came first in the most vegan-friendly European city guide. Image: Holidu
Copenhagen came first in the most vegan-friendly European city guide. Image: Holidu

This report by global search engine for holiday lettings, Holidu, examined which cities boast the greatest number of vegan-friendly restaurants and cafés in relation to the size of the population. The good news was that it found that the major cities in Europe generally cater to the needs of the travelling vegan or vegetarian. Amsterdam came first, and the other top positions went to 2. Paris 3. Lisbon 4. Stockholm 5. Berlin 6. Copenhagen. 7. Prague 8. Vienna 9. Oslo and 10. London.

Berlin came fifth in the most vegan-friendly European city guide. Image: Holidu
Berlin came fifth in the most vegan-friendly European city guide. Image: Holidu

The report found that there are restaurants, cafés and bistros on every street corner in Amsterdam offering a wide range of vegan meals, such as vegan pannekoeken for breakfast. The French cuisine is legendary, so it comes as no surprise that Paris is near the top of the vegan rankings with many establishments offering three-course vegan menus. Third-placed Lisbon has more to offer than bacalhau and pastéis de nata, such as vegan-friendly pastéis.

Berlin is ranked between the two Scandinavian cities in fifth place, underlining the momentum the vegan movement currently has in the German capital. In Prague, tourism has played a significant role in encouraging restaurants to offer an increasing number of vegan dishes along with the traditional meat and dumplings.

The report should encourage vegans who are concerned about whether they will be catered for while abroad. It also found that holiday homes are popular options among the community. “Tourists with special diets often decide to rent a holiday home rather than book a hotel as they can prepare their own meals just as they like them, rather than having to check the ingredient list at the hotel buffet”, said Johannes Siebers, CEO of Holidu.