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The 9 Best Destinations for Vegan Travelers

The 9 Best Destinations for Vegan Travelers

It’s tough out there for vegans — not because their food is any less flavorful than what non-vegans eat, but because there aren’t too many places around the world that accommodate their dietary needs. Here, though, are nine cities where it's not difficult. Here are the nine best destinations for vegan travelers.

Some destinations on this list, like Berlin and Austin, are vegan because they have made attempts to be greener, and these attempts have paved the way for a lot of culinary creativity. Others, like Chennai and Taipei, have been heavily “vegan” without trying for centuries — much to the chagrin of people who claim that meat and dairy are essential to every person’s diet. There are plenty of other animal-friendly sources of protein, and also plenty of vegan junk foods. Whether you’re vegan for the sake of Mother Nature or to take advantage of a weight-loss diet that actually works, there are plenty of perks — including feeling like a true local in these destinations.

We selected these cities by taking a closer look at the locations of the restaurants in our list of the 25 best vegetarian restaurants in the world, and by consulting PETA’s recommendations for vegan travelers. We also looked through our list of the 10 best cities for gluten-free travelers, because there is often a lot of crossover between these two dietary imperatives.

According to The Guardian, the average British carnivore eats over 11,000 animals in a lifetime: one goose, one rabbit, four cattle, 18 pigs, 23 sheep and lambs, 28 ducks, 39 turkeys, 1,158 chickens, 3,593 shellfish, and 6,182 fish — an amount that is not only expensive, but that may increase the risk of obesity, cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. Nobody should feel obligated to give up meat, but once in a while we need holidays like Earth Day to remind people to be more mindful of nature.

Getting on an airplane means leaving a big carbon footprint. So wouldn’t it be nice to make up for it by eating green while you’re on vacation? Well, if it’s not nice, it will at least be delicious.

9. Taipei, Taiwan

Different kinds of Buddhism have different rules regarding the consumption of meat. While Thailand is often touted as a haven for vegan eaters, Thai Buddhists are allowed to eat meat if it is offered to them. That is not the case for Taiwanese Buddhists. The naturally (mostly) dairy-free cuisine makes it easy for vegans to pluck out the vegan options. The tranquil Easy House Vegetarian Cuisine in Xinyi serves beautifully plated, mostly vegan food, and you can count on a good amount of the street food at the Shilin Night Market to be meat and dairy-free.

8. Austin

Mexico City might be one of the best destinations for gluten-free travelers, but for vegans, not so much. Fear not: Vegans can eat Mexican food to their hearts’ content on the other side of the border in Austin — yes, the one in Texas, which is not exactly a state known for its vegetarian amenities. Enjoy a vegan Frito pie at the Vegan Yacht, delicious chalupas with soy chorizo at Guero’s Taco Bar, “Guac the Casbah” (hummus mixed with mashed, seasoned avocados and topped with cucumbers, raisins, toasted sesame seeds, and mint) at Guac N’ Roll, and top it all off with a sweet, dairy-free snack at Sweet Ritual.


The Demand for Vegan Food Tours Is Growing &mdash and These Are 9 of the Best Around the World

The rise in plant-based eating has inevitably led to more demand for vegan food tours around the world. From 2014 to 2017, the United States alone saw a whopping 500-percent increase in people identifying as vegan — and this isn’t counting the growing number of vegetarians, flexitarians, and “reducetarians” (those trying to reduce meat consumption). The U.K. and Canada are also seeing rapid growth in vegan eating. So an increase in travel experiences catering to vegan foodies makes perfect sense.

Food tours are one of the fastest-growing categories on the travel site TripAdvisor, and vegan food tours are no exception.

“I’ve been watching vegan tours start to pop up all over the world, and it’s exciting to see this demand start to be met,” Diana Edelman, who launched the Vegans, Baby Las Vegas food tour in 2018, told Travel + Leisure. “I get emails all of the time for more dates for my tours, so it’s really encouraging in terms of what vegan tour operators can expect in the coming years.” Edelman is currently expanding to new cities to meet demand, and she has plenty of competition.

So if you’re looking for a vegan food tour experience, which should you pick? Based on a mix of insider recommendations, personal experience, and reviews, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best vegan food tours around the world.


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4. Sheet Pan Rosemary Potatoes

"This recipe is filling (though I do double the beans and mushrooms because otherwise it's too potato-heavy) with a rich umami flavor that keeps me coming back. As a bonus, it's gluten-free." —samh487b89570

Top with tahini sauce for a quick, easy-clean up meal. Get the recipe.


Lokum

Lokum, or Turkish delight as it’s known to most Westerners, is a popular gift and a treat that’s often offered to guests in Turkey. The delightful confection is basically jellied sweets that come in a variety of hues, exotic flavors and pairings.

The traditional version looks like delicate powdered cubes that often reveal shades of their flavors: pink for rose, or black for licorice, for example. These days, premium varieties include chocolate-covered lokum, lokum with coconut dusting, and some that are stuffed with nuts or chopped dates.

Whichever creative variation you pick up, true traditional Turkish delight is made with cornstarch as a thickening agent instead of gelatin, so this Middle Eastern dessert is vegan. [TNV: You can also find this sweet treat in Greece, where it’s known as loukoumi.]

Want to try your hand at making lokum yourself? Just follow this recipe.


Vegan Ramadan Recipes from Asia

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent with an unclear border between Europe and Asia. The continent is the birthplace of all major world religions with Islam being the most common religion. Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world.

Although Asia suffered from colonialism, nations such as India and China are gaining international power and influence.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan (افغانستان in Pashto and Dari) is an Islamic Republic in South Asia. Almost all Afghans (99.7%) are Muslim with small groups of Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, and Bahais. Although Zoroastrianism is believed to have originated in modern-day Afghanistan there doesn’t appear to be a sizeable group of Zoroastrians today.

Sadly, under the totalitarian dictatorship of the Taliban minority groups suffered tremendously as did anyone who did not adhere to the official line of the movement. The tourism industry is slowly recovering, but many governments still advise against travel to Afghanistan. There is a lot of religious architecture, but outside of Kabul, most tourists are attracted by adventure travel.

شورنخود (Shornakhod)

As you can see by now I’m aiming for lighter Muslim dishes with these vegan Ramadan recipes. I believe that fasting all day and then eating heavy, oily foods every night isn’t a healthy way to practice Ramadan, and I’m glad there are alternatives like this Afghan potato salad I found on Afghan Culture Unveiled. We definitely need to follow more healthy iftar recipes.

  • 3 potatoes
  • 5 chopped spring onions
  • 1 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • half a teaspoon black pepper
  • 300g chickpeas
  1. Soak chickpeas overnight, then cook until tender.
  2. Boil potatoes until tender, cut into cubes.
  3. Blend spring onions, coriander, vinegar, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  4. Mix everything together.

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan in Azeri) is a Turkic state in Eurasia. It became independent in 1918 and was the first ever Muslim-majority country that became a secular democracy. It became part of the Soviet Union only two years later and is now independent again since 1991. Azerbaijan’s tourism industry is the fastest-growing in the world. Most visitors are from countries in the same region, such as Russia, Georgia, Iran, and Turkey. Major attractions are the capital Baku, as well as historical monuments, national parks, and the Caucasus mountains.

According to the CIA World Factbook, 96.9% of the population are Muslim, 3% Christian, and the remainder belong to other religious groups or are unaffiliated. It is one out of only four countries in which Shia Muslims constitute the majority.

Badımcan Borani (Eggplant Borani)

By now you know how much I love eggplant so adding another eggplant dish to these vegan Ramadan recipes is not something that will surprise you. Borani is originally a Persian appetizer, but this version with eggplant from Azerbaijan is a nice and simple main course I found on Flavors of Baku.

  • 1 onion, chopped in cubes
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped in cubes
  • 2 eggplants
  • 2 juicy tomatoes
  • 2 potatoes, chopped in cubes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • half a bunch of coriander, chopped
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Add the tomatoes to boiling water for a minute, then throw them in cold water. Now peel them and cut them into cubes.
  2. Peel the eggplant and cut into cubes.
  3. Sauté onion in oil.
  4. Add bell pepper, then tomatoes, then eggplant, and finally potatoes.
  5. Cover and sauté on low heat until tomato juice flows.
  6. Add salt, pepper, and garlic, and mix, adding water if necessary to cover the potatoes.
  7. Simmer until potatoes are tender.
  8. Top with coriander.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ in Bengali) is a South Asian country that became independent from Pakistan in 1971. It’s a secular country and linguistically homogenous with 98% of the population being native Bengali speakers. Tourism in Bangladesh is growing steadily, with attractions such as the world’s longest sandy beach, countless archaeological and religious sites, and the world’s largest mangrove forest.

According to the 2011 census, 90.39% of the population is Muslim, 8.54% is Hindu, with small Buddhist and Christian minorities.

ভাজা ওকড়া (Fried Okra)

I couldn’t publish a post on vegan Ramadan recipes without an okra recipe. It’s always a good idea to switch up your vegetables every once in a while, and okra provides several important vitamins. I’m using frozen okra in this recipe because I honestly can’t be bothered with fresh okra.

  • 1kg okra
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 2 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • half a teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 teaspoons chili flakes
  1. Defrost okra and cut into slices.
  2. Heat oil and caramelize onion and garlic.
  3. Add spices and sauté.
  4. Add okra and mix.
  5. Sauté on medium heat until okra caramelizes, stirring regularly.

Like many Asian dishes this goes very well with basmati.

Indonesia

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. It is located in Southeast Asia and consists of tends of thousands of islands. Although the official language is Indonesian there are hundreds of languages spoken in the country. The ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity is what defines the country. Indonesia’s tourism industry is the fastest-growing in Southeast Asia with most foreign visitors coming from other Asian countries or Australia. Both the country’s cultural as well as natural heritage attract tourists.

According to the 2010 census, 87.18% of the population is Muslim, 9.91% is Christian, 1.69% is Hindu, and less than 1% are Buddhist or Confucian. However, as agnosticism and atheism are not recognized by the state, the actual numbers could differ.

Ketoprak

Indonesia is special to vegans because it brought us the amazing ingredient tempeh made from fermented soy. Unfortunately, I couldn’t include a tempeh-based recipe among these vegan Ramadan recipes because tempeh is quite difficult to get here in Greece. Instead, I am making a tofu and noodle dish from Jakarta.

  • 600g tofu in cubes
  • 1 pack rice noodles
  • 200g mung bean sprouts
  • coconut oil
  • 2 sliced cucumbers
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 4 teaspoons sambal oelek (make sure to get a vegan one)
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 150ml water
  • half a teaspoon salt
  • brown sugar
  • soy sauce
  1. The tofu should be washed, drained, and dried with a paper towel.
  2. Heat coconut oil on medium heat, fry tofu until golden and drain.
  3. Blanch the bean sprouts.
  4. Fry garlic in coconut oil.
  5. Blend garlic, peanut butter, and sambal oelek.
  6. Add boiling water, salt, and one teaspoon of brown sugar. Whisk sauce until smooth.
  7. Cook noodles.
  8. Mix equal amounts of brown sugar and soy sauce. Cook until the sugar has dissolved.
  9. Top noodles with cucumber, tofu, sprouts, and both sauces.

Oh, Iran! It’s been a long-time dream of mine to visit this beautiful country with magical architecture and warm-hearted people. But the situation there hasn’t exactly been stable recently. Iran (ایران in Persian) is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The First Persian Empire was one of the largest in world history. Today, it’s an authoritarian theocracy.

Zoroastrianism was the major religion until the Arab invasion of Iran. Today, Islam is the state religion. According to the 2011 census, 99.38% of the population is Muslim, and there are small minorities of Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians. However, since not all religions are recognized by the state, the actual numbers could differ. Bahais, for example, face discrimination in Iran. Iran has the highest number of Shia Muslims in the world.

آش حبوبات (Legume Soup)

I love Persian food, but finding vegan Persian food can be a bit tricky. In my many years of being vegetarian, I’ve had friends cook extraordinary vegetarian Persian food for me, but for this post on vegan Ramadan recipes, I wanted something quick and nutritious. I found this amazing legume soup on My Persian Kitchen which has a lot of Persian vegetarian food, but you will see that Iranian vegetarian food often contains yogurt.

The herbs are what gives Persian cuisine its unique and delicious flavor so please don’t substitute them. Let me know what other Persian vegan food you can think of that I should make!

  • 200g mixed legumes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2.5l water
  • 500g chopped spinach (I’m using frozen actually)
  • one and a half bunches parsley, chopped
  • one and a half bunches coriander, chopped
  • 50g chives, chopped
  • 25g mint, chopped
  • oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 red onion, halved and sliced
  • dried mint
  1. Soak the legumes overnight.
  2. Sauté onion and garlic in oil until translucent.
  3. Add turmeric, mix, and add legumes and water.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook for 1.5 hours.
  5. Add spinach, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper.
  6. Cook covered on medium heat for 2 hours.
  7. Sauté red onion in oil until golden.
  8. Add dried mint and sauté until onion is crispy.
  9. Top soup with fried onion.

Iraq (العراق in Arabic, عێراق in Kurdish) is part of what used to be Mesopotamia, known as the most ancient human civilization. The country has a very rich history in pre-Islamic and Islamic times. In recent times, the country has suffered during wars and invasions. The tourism industry is growing with pilgrimages making up the biggest percentage. But the country also has four UNESCO World Heritage sites.

According to the CIA World Factbook, 95-98% of the population is Muslim, 1% Christian, 1-4% belong to other religions. Most Muslims are Shia Muslims.

سلطة عراقية (Iraqi Salad)

When I found this Iraqi salad recipe on I Dream of Sesame, I wanted to include it in these vegan Ramadan recipes for one specific reason: the beets. I’m not the biggest fan of beets, but we still have some cooked beets at home, and I’m glad to be able to use them in this recipe.

  • 200g chickpeas
  • 200g cooked beets, diced
  • 1 diced cucumber
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • juice of 1.5 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • half a bunch of parsley, chopped
  • mint
  • salt
  1. Soak chickpeas overnight and cook until tender.
  2. Mix chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs.
  3. Combine lemon juice, vinegar, and salt, and add to salad.
  4. Add beets and mix.

Jordan

Jordan, or الأردن‎ in Arabic, is a monarchy where Islam is the state religion. According to the CIA World Factbook, 97.2% of the Jordanian population are Muslims, 2.2% are Christians, 0.4% are Buddhists, and 0.1% are Hindus. The vast majority of Muslims are Sunnis.

I had a fantastic time exploring the southern region of the country last year and have a whole post on why you should travel to Jordan. It was definitely one of the most impressive trips I’ve ever been on, though traveling in Jordan as a vegan was a bit difficult.

حمص بطحينة (Chickpeas with Tahini)

I couldn’t make list of vegan Ramadan recipes without mentioning hummus. So here’s the thing, hummus actually means “chickpeas” so please stop with all the “sweet potato hummus,” “lentil hummus,” “beet hummus” and other things. Call them dips or something else, but they’re not hummus. Chickpeas with tahini is what you want if you talk about hummus.

  • 400g peeled chickpeas (here in Greece, you can buy peeled chickpeas, if you can’t find them peel them yourself)
  • 4 tablespoons tahini (I use wholemeal)
  • juice of 2.5 lemons
  • 3 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • olive oil
  • paprika
  • parsley
  1. Soak chickpeas overnight and cook until tender. Keep some of the cooking water.
  2. Blend tahini and lemon juice. Add garlic, salt, and cumin.
  3. Add chickpeas and some of their cooking liquid. Blend until smooth.
  4. Top with olive oil, paprika, and parsley.

Lebanon

Lebanon (لبنان in Arabic) is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic country in Western Asia. The country has a rich history and culture, and its capital Beirut used to be known as the Paris of the Middle East. But the country suffered from civil war and wars with neighboring countries. Today, Beirut is one of the centers of Arabic pop music with three Lebanese superstars, Nancy Ajram, Elissa, and Najwa Karam, making the top 5 of Forbes’ Arab Celebrity 100 list.

According to a 2012 report from Statistics Lebanon, 54% of the population is Muslim (split equally among Shia and Sunni Muslims), 40.4% is Christian (mainly Maronite), and 5.6% is Druze. Religion is a sensitive subject in Lebanon, and interfaith marriages often have to be conducted in nearby Cyprus as marriage is handled by religious authorities in Lebanon. The Lebanese president must be a Maronite as per the Lebanese constitution.

تبولة‎

Lebanon is known all over the Middle East for its excellent cuisine. But the best thing to come out of Lebanon in terms of food must be tabbouleh. This refreshing parsley salad is a side dish that you could for example combine with leftovers of any of the other vegan Ramadan recipes from this post.

  • 4 bunches parsley, chopped
  • 1 bunch mint, chopped
  • 1 chopped cucumber
  • 5 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 5 tablespoons fine bulgur (there are four types of bulgur, you want the fine one)
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • half a teaspoon salt
  1. Dry the chopped ingredients on paper towels.
  2. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, and salt.
  3. Combine all the ingredients.

Make sure to eat this vegan Lebanese dish quickly so as to not let it get soggy.

Malaysia

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country in Southeast Asia. The country’s tourism sector has been fluctuating. Most visitors are from Asia. Major attractions are the UNESCO World Heritage sites, islands, beaches, and national parks. Medical tourism and ecotourism are on the rise.

According to the 2010 census, 61.3% of the population is Muslim, 19.8% Buddhist, 9.2% Christian, 6.3% Hindu, and the remainder follow traditional Chinese religions. However, although Malaysia is a secular country, minority Muslim groups, such as Shia Muslims, but especially atheists face discrimination.

Kari Tahu (Tofu Curry)

I didn’t want to overuse meat replacements in these vegan Ramadan recipes, but I feel like a nice tofu curry would be the perfect addition to this list. It goes perfectly with rice.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 3 diced chili peppers
  • 4 tablespoons curry powder
  • 800g tofu
  • 500ml water
  • 1 tomato, cut in chunks
  • 2 potatoes, cut in chunks
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • salt
  1. Heat oil and sauté onions until translucent.
  2. Add chili peppers and curry, mix, and add tofu.
  3. Fry the tofu until it gets your preferred consistency. (I like it crunchier, but some people prefer it softer.)
  4. Set aside.
  5. Bring water to a boil and add tomato and potatoes.
  6. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  7. Add coconut milk, salt, and tofu, and simmer for a few more minutes.

Pakistan

Pakistan (پاکستان in Urdu) is an Islamic republic in South Asia. It’s a multi-ethnic and multilingual country but was created as a Muslim-majority state. The tourism industry in Pakistan is growing steadily. In particular, its mountain scenery attracts adventure travelers, but the many UNESCO World Heritage sites are gaining in popularity.

According to the Pakistani government, 96.5% of the population is Muslim (although they count Ahmadis separately), 1.85% is Hindu, 1.59% is Christian. Although the Pakistani constitution guarantees religious freedom religious minorities face severe discrimination.

مسور کی دال (Red Lentils)

When I asked a Pakistani friend for ideas for Pakistani vegan Ramadan recipes she suggested making a daal. Since I’m a big fan of red lentils I’m making this red lentil recipe by Pakistan Eats. It’s perfect with rice. If you want more, my friend Amna put together some simple Pakistani iftar recipes you can try.

  • 200g red lentils
  • 500ml water
  • 3 teaspoon chili flakes
  • half a teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons sunflower oil
  1. Wash the lentils.
  2. Bring lentils, water, and spices to a boil.
  3. Lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add more water and continue to simmer to reach the consistency you want.
  5. Heat oil and sauté onion until golden.
  6. Top dal with onions and oil.

Palestine

Palestine (فلسطين in Arabic) is recognized by the majority of UN member states. However, dominant international players such as Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, and most Western European countries (with the exception of Iceland, Sweden, and Malta) do not recognize the State of Palestine.

According to 2018 estimates, 79% of Palestinians are Muslim, 20% are Christian, and 1% are Druze and Samaritans, but some estimates see a significantly lower percentage of Christians. Religious sites are Palestine’s major tourist attraction, and North American and European Christians make up the majority of visitors.

شوربة العدس (Lentil Soup)

While most of the recipes in this post are eaten throughout the year, this lentil soup by Kitchen of Palestine is a traditional Ramadan dish so it absolutely deserves a mention when speaking about vegan Ramadan recipes.

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 chopped onions
  • 200g red lentils
  • 1.5l water
  • 2 Knorr vegetable stock pots
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • juice of half a lemon
  • salt
  • chopped parsley
  1. Wash the lentils.
  2. Sauté the onions in olive oil over medium heat until golden.
  3. Add lentils and sauté for 2 minutes.
  4. Add water and vegetable stock.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer covered for an hour.
  6. Add cumin, turmeric, salt, and lemon juice.
  7. Blend with an immersion blender.
  8. Top with parsley.

Syria

Syria (سوريا in Arabic) is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country in Western Asia with a very old history. In fact, Damascus and Aleppo are among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The ongoing Syrian Civil War has turned the country into one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Tourism has suffered tremendously because many important sites have been destroyed, and all UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country are in danger.

According to a 2017 survey, 70.7% of Syrians are Muslim, 16.1% are Christian, and 1.2% are Druze. 9.8% of people answered the question of religion by stating they are secularists.

طنبورة (Tamboora)

While looking for vegan Ramadan recipes for this post, I was lucky to find this Tamboora recipe by Omayah Cooks which she posted earlier this month. It seems perfect for iftaar with Arabic pita.

  • 200g black-eyed peas
  • 450g spinach (I use frozen spinach)
  • 2 sliced leeks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Soak black-eyed peas overnight.
  2. Boil black-eyed peas in salted water for 15 minutes.
  3. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add leeks, black-eyed peas, spinach, salt, and pepper.
  5. Cook covered for 30 minutes.
  6. Mix lemon juice and garlic with more olive oil.
  7. Mix everything.

This sounds amazing, and we still have some leeks that are on their way out so this is going to be the first of these vegan Ramadan recipes that I’m going to make.

Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan (Türkmenistan in Turkmen) is one of the countries I’ve dreamed of ever since childhood. You see, Bulgarian Turks trace their roots to the Central Asian region that is home to Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and even Azerbaijan, so I have heard many stories about this region growing up. It’s a region that we are almost magically drawn to. But tourism is not particularly strong in the country despite three UNESCO World Heritage sites, several beach resorts on the Caspian Sea, and an interesting wildlife in the desert.

According to the CIA World Factbook, 93% of the population is Muslim and 6% is Christian. But Islam is more of a cultural heritage, and people are not particularly religious.

Batyrma

Batyrma is a vegetable stew which you eat by dipping bread into it. It seems like an interesting addition to these vegan Ramadan recipes because Central Asia is not known to be particularly vegan- or vegetarian-friendly. So if you find yourself traveling to Turkmenistan as a vegan you can always ask for batyrma (but make sure they use vegetable oil).

  • 6 tablespoons oil
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 3 chopped peppers (the recipe on One Turkmen Kitchen calls for bell peppers, but I prefer the sweetness of sweet pointed peppers)
  • 1 chopped eggplant
  • 2 chopped potatoes
  • 6 chopped tomatoes
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • chili flakes
  1. Heat the oil and sauté the onion over medium heat.
  2. Add peppers, eggplant, and potatoes. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes, garlic, salt, and chili flakes.
  4. Cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan (Oʻzbekiston in Uzbek) is home to glorious cities like Samarkand and Bukhara which played a huge role during the Islamic Golden Age. The fabulous architecture puts it very high on my list of places to see and attracts more and more tourists every year.

According to the CIA World Factbook, 88% of the population is Muslim, 9% is Christian, and the remainder belong to other groups or are not religious.

Achichiq Chuchuk

When I thought of putting together this list of vegan Ramadan recipes from the Muslim World I wanted to include some countries that are not on every list of “Muslim countries.” What constitutes a “Muslim country” has a lot to do with Orientalism which is a problem in travel blogging. So here’s a simple and delicious salad called achichiq chuchuk by The Art of Uzbek Cuisine.

  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 2 chopped cucumbers
  • 1 chopped onion
  • chopped coriander
  • salt
  1. Mix everything and season with salt.

It’s a perfect salad to balance out a heavier dish you may have for iftaar.


Don’t forget your Vegan Passport

The Vegan Society stocks a number of books for vegan travellers, with the new edition of The Vegan Passport available from our shop for only £4.95. You can also download it as an app for Windows, Android and Apple phones, The invaluable Vegan Passport is a pocket-sized book describing what vegans do and don't eat in the languages of over 96% of the world's population and it includes, as a failsafe, a pictorial guide. In addition, the Vegetarian Guides series makes available books describing appropriate eating places in many European cities and tourist destinations.


1. Temple of Seitan

Temple of Seitan tops the list as the most desirable vegan venue in London. Located in Hackney, with a second store recently opened in Camden, Temple of Seitan creates fast, delicious, vegan junk food that is sure to satisfy the cravings of any hungry traveller. Chick’n Wings, the Chick’n Temple Burger, the BBQ Bacon Hamburger, and Bone-in Ribs are just some of the vegan delights available on the menu.

2. “Vegan Nights” on Brick Lane

Located on Brick Lane, in Shoreditch, East London, Vegan Nights is a monthly night market popular with locals and tourists alike. The market hosts a variety of food vendors, serves cruelty-free drinks and provides entertainment, such as DJs and live acts, into the night.

For updates on upcoming events see Vegan Nights Instagram account.

3. The Blacksmith & Toffeemaker

When in London, visiting a traditional English pub is a must. This Islington pub decided to ditch the meat grinder and go fully vegan at the start of the new year. Sales, as a result, are booming. “It’s incredible. Everything we make we sell,” the general manager of the pub, Pyror, told Veganuary. “Everyone is willing us to succeed which is something you just don’t get with any other crowd.”

4. Anita’s Kitchen

London is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the UK, so why not try your hand at cooking up a few different cuisines whilst your passing through? Anita’s Kitchen in Harrow runs vegan cooking workshops specializing in Indian, African, Middle Eastern cuisines. So when you get home from your travels, you can impress your friends and family with your new recipe knowledge.

5. Cookies and Scream

Cookies and Scream is a vegan and gluten-free bakery located on Holloway Road, North London. Vegan cookies, brownies, pies, and donuts are all readily available and the thick ‘Scream’ shakes, vegan ice cream blended with cookies or brownies, are not to be missed!

6. Zen Buddha

Zen Buddha, located in Edgware, offers a fully vegan, Chinese menu. Vegetarian Sesame Toast, Deep Fried Veggie Prawn Balls, Spicy Smoked Shredded Chicken, and Pan-Fried Veggie Fish with Sweet Chilli are just some of the dishes you and your travelling buds can fill up on. You could even order straight to your hotel or hostel!

7. Mildreds

London vegan and vegetarian chain, Mildreds, has restaurants in Camden, Soho, Kings Cross, and Dalston. So, wherever you are in the city, there’s likely to be a Mildreds within reach! Mildreds opened in the 1980s and has been satisfying the appetites of London’s vegan and vegetarian clientele with its international-inspired cuisine ever since.

8. What the Pitta

London’s first vegan döner kebab shop, What the Pitta, opened in Camden in March. The shop started off as a stall in Shoreditch and has since grown in popularity, allowing the team to open up a brick and mortar store. Soya pieces, fresh bread, vegan tzatziki, and hummus make up the vegan kebab, the menu also offers Turkish Pizza and a Couscous Salad Box.

9. Just Fab

Embrace your tourist status and dine on vegan Italian delights on an authentic, vintage, big red London bus. The Just Fab Italian food bus, based in Hackney, was inspired by the street food scene in Sicily. Vegan Polenta, Vegamisù, and Panelle Fritters are just some of the vegan dishes on offer.

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8. Find Apartments With Kitchens Using Airbnb

Sharing economy websites such as airbnb have changed how we travel over the past year.

By arranging to rent an apartment or house with its own kitchen we&rsquove been able to cater for ourselves for long periods of time in destinations where there&rsquos not a single vegan or vegan-friendly restaurant for miles around &ndash and the financial we&rsquove saving made by cooking our own meals several times a week has gone towards the cost of our next vegan meal at one of the many vegan restaurants we plan to see in the next destination.

Another great traveller who both Franca and I have come to enjoy reading the vegan exploits of is Charlie Marchant of Charlie On Travel, a vegetarian travel blogger who&rsquos always showcasing her vegan finds from her time travelling and house sitting in South America.


Some Croatian Specialties Are Already Vegan

    is a condiment made mostly from red bell peppers, oils, and spices like black pepper. Think of it as your ketchup option as its naturally vegan
  • Soparnik is a traditional Dalmatian pie filled with Swiss chard, garlic, and green onion. It’s savory, filling, and egg-free making it authentically vegan. is a bean & pasta stew that is traditionally made with sausage and bacon for flavor. Still, many restaurants have started to offer a vegetarian/vegan version that is meatless. This is a hearty Croatian meal that is easy to make if ordering out at a restaurant make sure to ask that it was prepared without meat
  • Arancini are sugarcoated lemon and orange and sometimes grapefruit peels that are a popular dessert. They can be found on their own or partnered with sugared almonds, another southern Croatia snack favorite and, of course, naturally vegan

If you’re interested to know more about Croatia’s national specialty dishes, check out this food guide, but be warned many on the list are meat, cheese, and animal products.

With food culture at the top of Croatia’s tourism and a staple in the Croatian lifestyle centered around socializing and eating – it’s worth checking out the top places to eat around Croatia here are a few guides:

What & Where To Eat In Slavonia

What & Where To Eat In Istria

Top Croatian Restaurants

You can always check out the restaurant’s website ahead of time as they may have vegan-friendly options.

Just because it’s not yet on Happy Cow or on a Vegan tailored where-to-eat list, you may find some wonderful options and have your best Croatian dining experience at a surprise location!

No matter where your Croatian adventure takes you and how long you spend exploring this stunning gem of a European destination, rest assured that you don’t need to compromise your vegan diet and lifestyle as there are many options from eating out to grocery shopping to snack foods.

So get packing and come hungry because Croatia is officially vegan-friendly!

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