Eating Vegetarian & Vegan Abroad

Eating vegetarian or vegan abroad isn’t as hard as some people may think. As long as you do some research ahead of time you’ll be able to judge whether you can eat out or be prepared with packaged foods. While living abroad I sometimes found it easier at time to eat vegan than back home in Canada. You just have to be patient and look in the right places.

General Tips:

Use Happy Cow an vegetarian restaurant guide to help you find a place to eat. Type in your destination and it will provide different restaurants and health food stores located in that area.

If you see a place you like double-check the menu and see what their options are.

Don’t be afraid to ask the waiter/owner of the restaurant for the ingredient list.

Make sure to be prepared and pack a few of your own snacks that are quick and easy like granola bars, nuts, fruit or crackers.


The Most Vegetarian/Vegan friendly countries:

  • Israel
  • Taiwan
  • India
  • Korea
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Ethiopia
  • Singapore

For Breakfast:

Go to a local farmer’s market where you can find an array of fruits and vegetables. Not only is the food going to be fresh but also cheap.

Local grocery stores have options at a wide range, from soy milk to vegan croissants, you should be able to find something to eat.

Common breakfast foods abroad include: toast with jam, cereal (dried/with milk), bagels with peanut butter, fruit melody, oatmeal, yogurt, waffles, etc.



For Lunch and Dinner:

For convenient lunch and dinner meals aim for sandwiches try (vegan) nutella, grilled cheese, peanut butter, veggie, avocado, etc.

Check out an ethnic cuisine restaurant you will usually find many different meals there you wouldn’t be able to else where like.

Better yet if you’re visiting one of the friendly vegetarian/vegan countries you’ll be supplied with tons of options than standard american food.

If you can ask to edit, modify or add options when ordering at a restaurant. If a pasta dish is topped with parmesan politely ask to hold the cheese.


For Dessert:

Dessert is a great way to end a meal and there’s plenty of options abroad. If you have a sweet tooth don’t worry because finding vegetarian/vegan options is never too hard. In Italy there’s a gelateria around almost every corner. Ask for sorbet flavours or ones with no milk.

Other vegan dessert options I found abroad included: macaroons, dark chocolate, pie, ice cream, gelato and vegan specialities in cafes. 

Consult Happy Cow or look up local suggestions!


  • Ellen October 1, 2016 at 6:29 am

    I always find it hard to stay vegetarian while I’m travelling. Thanks for the tips!


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