How to Find Vegan Food Wherever You Go
I'm on the road again! Or really, in the air again. Tomorrow, I’m embarking on my first trip to Europe in ten years! For the next two weeks, the boyfriend and I will be eating and sight-seeing (but let’s be real, mostly eating) our way through London, Paris, Denmark, and Iceland (with stops in Tampa, Florida first, and a possible day trip to Sweden; we shall see!)
One of the very best parts of my job is that I have total freedom to do this. The other best part of my job, tied for first place, is that it’s given me a purpose, passion, and platform to eat, talk about, and share all things vegan with you guys!
I’m not gonna go so far as to say it’s my job to test vegan foods…but honesty, it's pretty close to that. As a vegan health and fitness coach, I do consider it my job to know what’s happening in the plant-based world and also update others, lead from the front, and share with people how easy peasy veganism really is!
So far, I’ve eaten vegan in 21 states from Florida to Texas, Louisiana to Ohio, Delaware to Cali, and in two countries—Mexico and the Dominican Republic—but this will be my first trip back to Europe since going vegan.
Back when I planned this trip in September, the first thing I did was start researching must-eat vegan restaurants in the 4 cities we’ll be staying in. I was vegetarian the previous two times I visited Europe, once when I was 16 with my family, and again at age 19 as a friend, and I’ll be honest, it was a little challenging even then. I wasn’t vegan and I wasn’t a very passionate vegetarian, so I left it all up to chance and did zero research back then. My mom remembers trying to find vegetarian food in Paris and London though on our first trip, and struggling.
However, this was pre-Instagram and pre-Facebook groups
The hashtag is designed to be used for search engine purposes. I go to the search bar when I open up Instagram and search “#whatevercityvegan” or “#vegansofwhatevercity.” That’s going to bring up a slew of vegan food from your respective city. Some pics will be random selfies and dog pics of course, but you’ll find a ton of foodie pics that are clearly from restaurants too. You can tap on these and often times find in the caption or the location tagging (directly under the username at the top of the screen) the name of the restaurant or café. You can then just jot that down or tap on the name of the place, which will lead you to more foodie pics from that place, and often times the Insta account of the restaurant itself.
After Instagram, my second stop is to just do a good old fashioned google search! I would search something like “best vegan Paris,” but also hit up Yelp, Google Reviews, and the vegan-specific search engine for restaurants, Happy Cow!
If you’re more driven by reviews and ratings, this is the best way to find places. Personally, I’m more driven by pics of delicious food—cause I wanna see what I’m about to eat, which is why I start with Instagram where you get just that.
Facebook groups—what would I do without you!? I hope I never have to find out, because truly, FB groups have changed my life.
From bringing me best friends to clueing me in on where to eat, stay, and visit along my travels, they’re a wealth of resources and amazing people.
I love the groups “Girls Love Travel” as well as “Vegan Travel.” A couple weeks before a trip I always pop in and ask “ok guys, where do I need to eat in X?” These groups are also an awesome way to connect with likeminded travelers and get answers to a whole host of other oddball questions like “how do I ask for vegan food in French?” or “What are your best podcast recommendations for a long flight?” Use groups y’all!
Those are my top tips for researching and figuring out where to eat vegan, no matter where your travels take you! It’s honestly getting easier by the DAY and nothing makes me more exciting than being able to travel to a traditionally dairy or meat-heavy locale like Paris or Texas, and eating like a vegan QUEEN!
I hope this was helpful! Let me know in a comment your favorite food-sleuthing methods!
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