Cities around the world are becoming more vegan friendly as people ditch animal products for plant-based alternatives. This movement towards a more sustainable, healthy, and cruelty-free lifestyle is widespread and it’s easier than ever to travel as a vegan, even through historic cobblestone streets of Europe. I was recently on a trip with Intrepid Travel, a B Corporation Certified tour company specializing in small group travel and leaders in responsible tourism, and we traveled through Central Europe to six countries. Intrepid does their best to accommodate dietary requirements on all their trips, including veganism, and their Real Food Adventures now includes at least one plant-based meal. They also offer several vegan food tours, and although I wasn’t on a vegan tour, my group leader was ready with vegan restaurant suggestions in each city we visited. The beauty of Intrepid is you have opportunities to eat at restaurants with your group, but you can also explore places on your own during free time. I used my time alone to search out vegan restaurants in each city and here are some of my favorites.
Prague – Share Sweet Bar
I stumbled upon this adorable vegan café while out exploring before the tour officially started. Although Share Sweet Bar is more of a dessert place, they also have delicious sandwiches such as vegan goat cheese on a bagel with basil pesto and sundried tomato. Their decadent desserts put a vegan spin on traditional European favorites including cakes, tarts, pies, cheesecake, Tiramisu, lemon breads, cupcakes, and tasty Kremeš. Grab an oat milk cappuccino or their new raspberry hot chocolate to go and take it with you to explore nearby Old Town Square or other must-visit places in charming Prague. Once you work up an appetite for your next meal, Prague has many fully vegan restaurants including Italian, Middle Eastern, Asian, American, Indian, and European options.
Vienna – The LaLa
Vienna is also packed with vegan restaurants ranging from street food, healthy superfoods, juice bars, Viennese specialities veganized such as currywurst, and the first fully vegan Burger King in Austria, should you find yourself craving fast food. For a healthier alternative, I loved The LaLa, a fully plant-based restaurant opened by two vegan sisters that wanted to bring a piece of Los Angeles attitude (and food!) to Vienna. It’s the place to be for salads, protein shakes, smoothies, and an assortment of healthy and freshly prepared vegan dishes that are also sugar free. The Hollywood Hills roundie (what we call bowls) comes with Tempeh, Hummus, veggies, crackers, and crispy chickpeas. But before the success of The LaLa, the same powerhouse sisters opened Veganista, a totally vegan ice cream shop with the philosophy to make the best vegan ice cream possible. They certainly succeeded with multiple locations throughout Vienna and some of the best and most extravagant flavors I ever tried including basil, maple pecan, matcha, and lavender.
Krakow – No Bones
One of my most memorable nights in Europe was spent chatting with a kind local woman at No Bones in Krakow about how she helped Ukrainians escape the war and come to Poland. No Bones is literally a hidden gem, despite being centrally located, as you must walk through what resembles a secret path and around multiple corners to find it. Look for the fluorescent green sign at the end of the hall and you are very close. (Google maps helps) No Bones speciality is Polish vegan cuisine and popular dishes included Polish style minced cutlet with authentic dill and sauerkraut apple salad, pierogies, and breaded oyster mushrooms. True to their catchy vegan name they also serve dishes called No Feathers, No Fishbones and a No Bones Burger. Grab some animal rights literature on the way out or make a donation to help local cats and dogs in their charity tin.
Budapest – Las Vegans
Hungary’s first vegan food truck hit the spot after a day of exploring Budapest. Las Vegans is the place to indulge in some good old-fashioned burgers and fries, except made entirely from plants. There are multiple combos and burgers to choose from including the grilled seitan, mushroom patty, pulled smoked soy meat, or a burger made entirely of vegan fried cheese. I went for the Beyond Meat Burger with fries at the Karaván Food court location, a popular outdoor street food court in the heart of Budapest with a party vibe.
Berlin – Chimneys Cakes
I walked miles to find Chimneys Café in Berlin and it was totally worth it. Everything at Berlin’s first Chimney Cake Bakery is vegan and if it wasn’t for friendly locals telling me about this soft serve ice cream haven, I would have never known it existed. The delicious sugary masterpieces are made right before your eyes and their best-selling original flavor consists of vanilla soft serve ice cream topped with cinnamon, sugar, caramel, brittle, and strawberry. Other mouth-watering options include Rainbow, Tiramisu, Chocolate King, and Oreo Chocolate. Who says dessert can’t be a meal?