The Best Cities to Visit for Vegetarians Who Love Food
Whether you're just trying to stick to a #MeatlessMonday plan or keep up a daily vegetarian (or vegan) diet, traveling can throw a wrench into your typical meal prepping plans. So what's a jetsetting vegetarian to do? With no shortage of plant-based restaurants and locally sourced ingredients, these four veg-friendly cities deserve a spot on your must-visit list this year.
Tel Aviv, Israel
More than 25 percent of Israel's population keeps a vegetarian diet—10 percent of which is vegan—making Tel Aviv one of the world's most exciting cities for meat-free options. Local spices like za'atar, turmeric, paprika, mint and sumac bring out the best of the city's many naturally plant-based dishes including hummus, shakshuka, falafel and Israeli salads.
Well-regarded for its coffee, beer and wine scenes Portland also doesn't fall short on the plant-based restaurant spectrum. According to HappyCow, Portland is home to 27 vegetarian restaurants, 40 vegan restaurants, and 154 'veg-friendly' spots. From artisanal cheeses and gourmet pizzas to bakeries and grocery shops, this West Coast destination has you covered.
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All you have to do to find vegetarian cuisine in Georgia's capital is walk into any wine bar, restaurant, or food stand—many of Georgia's signature dishes are plant-based from the start. Khachapuri (cheese boats), nigvziani badrijani (walnut-stuffed eggplant) and jonjoli (pickled/fermented sprouts) are good places to start.
Where to Eat: Cafe Leila, Sakhli, Hummusbar
When it comes to vegetarian food, Paris has had a relatively bad reputation—that is, until recently. Finding vegetarian fare is now just as simple as finding steak-frites. Try the veggie burgers (and pizza) at Hank, and you'll find that staying away from paté has never been easier. And when all else fails? Grab a baguette, a bottle of wine and a brick of comté from any fromagerie and have a snack by the Seine.
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