Veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices of the moment, yet there’s still an idea that vegan food can be bland and tasteless. Well, that’s just not true. Plant produce is an exciting and delicious way to eat and it’s healthy AF.
Big 7 Travel has scoured the globe for the restaurants that are pushing plant-based eating into a new light. From tiny vegan bistros to ethical fine dining experiences and fish-free sushi joints, these are the best of the best.
The 50 Best Vegan Restaurants in the World 2019 showcase how creative vegan dishes can be. Whether you’ve made the switch to veganism or not, these restaurants are a must-visit. Get ready for some serious food envy…
The judging criteria:
- Finalists were selected from across North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Europe
- Restaurants were chosen on their dedication to plant-based food and sustainable and seasonal menus; while not all finalists have a 100% plant menu, they all play their part in promoting vegan choices and opening up the conversation towards a plant-based lifestyle
- Votes were cast in poll of Big 7 readers, across our 1.5million community on social media and by a panel of food experts
- Online reviews, previous media coverage and notable blogs were also included in the overall rating
- Did we miss out on any hidden vegan super-kitchens? Please do let us know
This rustic cafe in Manila is the go-to for healthy vegan and organic food when in the Philippines. Colourful plates piled high with salads and meat-free versions of the country’s tastiest recipes.
Mildred’s has been a staple of London’s vegetarian and vegan scene since the 1980s, and shows no sign of slowing down. Always busy and always tasty, this is consistently superb. This is heavenly lunch grub done right.
This beauty puts a plant spin on modern Roman recipes and is simply outstanding. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner – whatever you eat is healthy, tasty, organic, natural and original.
The Raw Kitchen is a beautiful restaurant, lifestyle store and yoga space all in one. Its progressive plant-based cuisine is made without any dairy, gluten, refined sugar or additives. And yes, they do cooked food also, such as a delectable Beetroot Ravioli.
One of the city’s yummiest restaurants, Sesamo is a tapas-style place that’s ideal for a night out with friends. Although the menu does feature some dairy products, they adapt well for vegan options. Food is full of flavour and perfectly Spanish.
Super Natural Kitchen is Dubai’s first and only 100% raw, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and preservative-free kitchen and restaurant. Plates this good need to be shouted about from the rooftops.
Genesis is a 100% plant based restaurant that does fast casual dining and organic comfort food. This means you can feast on Hoisin Jackfruit Tacos, Seitan Shawarmas and Kamut Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
Calling themselves a “food-spa”, they serve modern vegetarian food that is super vegan-friendly. The menu uses ingredients chosen in season from local farmers, to create dishes that are simply stunning.
Sanskruti’s vegan and vegetarian menu has all the best flavours of the Indian sub-continent. Their Pani Puris are just the right amount of crispiness and flavour, and they also do South Indian dosas and daal. Ideal for a hearty feast.
41st. Narcissa – New York, USA
Even though Narcissa has meat on its menu, it earns its place with its keenly sourced local ingredients from the restaurant’s own Upstate farm. A sharp farm-to-table ethos means the menu is always exciting and staff will happily help with vegan options.
100% vegan and insanely good, Gentle Gourmet is on a mission to combine French gastronomy with an ethical way of cooking, to give people a ‘Vegan Haute Cuisine’ experience. The result? 100% tastiness.
Kynd Community is a popular cafe in Bali that you’ve more than likely seen all over your Instagram already – those smoothie bowls are some of the prettiest we’ve ever seen. Their menu tastes even better; try the ‘Anti-Cruel Platter’ stacked with veggie goodness.
38th. Blossom – New York, USA
One of New York’s top vegan restaurants, Blossom has two locations in the city; one in a historic Chelsea townhouse. Their fresh organic ingredients come from local farms and all of the dishes are completely animal free.
GustaV is a cute cafe with sustainable and delicious breakfast options, salads, gourmet sandwiches and smoothies. It’s casual in all the best ways and is an absolute must-visit when in the area.
Chirimoya is an artsy vegan restaurant that magics the most mundane of vegetables into pure masterpieces. Dishes are beautifully presented and will change your perception of Argentinian cuisine.
This cool cafe has delicious raw vegan meals, gourmet salads, guilt-free desserts, smoothies with superfoods and tonics to boost your immune system. Raw sushi with cauliflower rice and a creamy cashew nut pasta are two highlights.
34th. Nanka – Lima, Peru
Nanka impresses with its seasonal, sustainable, locally-sourced and organic products. While it’s not exclusively vegan, they try to substitute plant produce whenever possible and go out of their way with vegan options.
You can’t come to Lisbon and not eat in this vibrant vegan bistro that does daily changing specials. There’s also a set menu of lentil or beet burgers, vegan cheesy sandwiches on homemade bread and desserts.
Simpsons is a Michelin-starred restaurant with vegan tasting menus, if you order in advance. It’s one Birmingham’s finest restaurants and is driven by what’s in season. Perfect for a special occasion.
Forever Vegano is a plant food haven in Mexico City. It aims to make most of its dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients that are animal, additive and refined sugar free. Coco Ceviche and Tempura Cauliflower tacos show off the best of Mexico.
Vedge proves itself time and time again with an exciting dining experience inspired by seasonal vegetables. The dinner menu has cold dishes and vegetable charcuterie to get started, as well as richer main plates and vegetable sides. Order the Romanesco “Carbonara” and get ready to drool.
Paperbark works with small-scale producers, minimum-intervention wine and native Australian ingredients. Their three course tasting menu changes weekly and is always fresh and exciting. Plates are picture-perfect.
Chef Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred London restaurant does a luxurious eight-course vegan menu made from fresh seasonal ingredients. You can also indulge in a Vegan Afternoon Tea, with treats including Jerusalem artichoke, hazelnut & Périgord truffle.
Ideal for vegan date night, Charlie was a sinner is a super sexy cocktail bar that also serves 100% vegan food. Choose from snacks such as charred Shishito Peppers or a heavenly Silken Tofu and Mushroom Ramen Pasta.
25th. Bon – Tokyo, Japan
Bon is a unique dining experience that’s a real hit with both vegans and meat-eaters. The menu is based on the ancient vegetarian cuisine of Zen Buddhist monks in China and Japan. Super authentic, and oh-so tasty.
Think pizza needs real cheese to be tasty? Think again. Sourdough or hemp bases here are perfectly charred and chewy, while a brown rice milk mozzarella tastes just like the real thing. They also do raw cashew cheeses and a creamy coconut cheese that’s out of this world.
Not only does this all-vegan place do a 10-course menu with the option of adding in a vegan cheese course, it also does a great job of promoting Veganuary each year with special menus.
22nd. Elemen – Singapore
Elemen has some of the best vegetarian Asian Fusion food in Singapore, with many dishes 100% vegan. They focus on sustainable ingredients that aren’t harmful to the environment and it’s all fantastic. Everything tastes just as good as it looks.
Crossroads serves mouthwatering Mediterranean meals with swish cocktails to match. With chefs focusing totally on flavour and presentation, most people don’t even realise that the menu is pure plant-based. It’s a popular spot with the in-crowd and we can see why.
El Huerto, located in a very charming area of Providencia, has been creating recipes for non-meat eaters since the early 80s. Colourful plates of local vegetables, seaweed ceviches and fresh juices will win you over.
Working with small farms, their menu changes constantly to showcase the finest local, sustainable, and organic produce at its peak. There’s Pistachio Stuffed Dates and all sorts of other good things to eat. It’s a classic.
Mono is a funky cafe with a home cooked menu that’s free of all animal produce. They do vegan versions of all your faves, such as a Seitan Cubano sandwich or tofu fish and chips. It also has an in-house independent record store and hosts regular gigs.
This vegan sushi bar combines classic shojin and sushi techniques with local, seasonal ingredients to create healthy and flavourful dishes. Sushi is filled with smoked beets or spicy tofu and is to-die-for.
16th. Mr & Mrs Watson
Mr & Mrs Watson proves once and for all that vegan food is anything but boring. Cooking “comfort food with a culinary twist”, this is food that makes you curious and happy. Be sure to try the award-winning vegan cheeses.
Bunna Cafe is the best place in the city to go to for Ethiopian vegan delights, to share with a group of friends who love food just as much as you do. Authentic (and vibrant!) piles of delicious food are served on top of sourdough flatbread to scoop it up.
14th. Joia – Milan, Italy
The first vegetarian restaurant to win a Michelin star in Europe, Joia is constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to creative ideas for plant-based food. While it is vegetarian – not 100% vegan – they do have miso veg cheese and other vegan substitutions.
What looks like an absolute carnivore’s playground at first glance is actually a vegan BBQ in Portland that goes above and beyond when it comes to plant based comfort food. Deliciously smoked seitan transforms into beef ribs that wouldn’t be out of place in the south.
Lucky Leek is an absolute shining star among Berlin’s great vegan scene, and it shows no sign of stopping. A seasonal menu has delights such as radish carpaccio, savoy ragout and grilled seitan escalopes.
A stylish restaurant in one of Bath’s oldest buildings, Acorn carries across that same charm to each and every plate of food. Menus completely redefine vegetables. Think dishes like Jerusalem artichokes filled with a mousse of their own flesh, sunflower seed and apple.
Fancy Radish is a fully vegan restaurant from the genius couple behind Vedge (no. 29 on this list). It will convince even the biggest carnivore of the beauty of plant-based eating. Simple, yet brilliant.
Anothai does a (mostly vegan) globetrotting menu with Thai, Japanese and Indonesian influences. Organic vegetables come from Anothai’s own farm and you won’t need to worry about a stray splash of fish sauce. This is worth seeking out.
Grassroots Pantry is a key driver in Hong Kong’s green eating scene, using sustainable, plant-based ingredients. The space itself is as effortlessly cool as the menu – clean and colourful. This is modern vegan food at its best.
Anastasia is Tel Aviv’s tastiest vegan restaurant. We love that it doesn’t even promote itself as being ‘vegan’ – simply serving plant food as it should be. Their homemade labneh and feta cheese is some of the best you’ll ever try.
Elizabeth’s Gone Raw is fine dining experience with the most beautiful raw-vegan creations imaginable. The seven-course menu changes monthly, as do the craft cocktails to match. Open only on Friday and Saturday nights, be sure to book ahead.
This rustic bar-restaurant combines healthy, regional fresh ingredients that are typically German yet vegan. They have a seasonal tasting menu as well as satisfying dishes for brunch and lunch. Be sure to order a cheese plate of cashew and mustard.
Yellow has a plant-based menu with a focus on interesting and heirloom vegetables, grown by local suppliers. The wine list has an emphasis on organic, natural and rare wines. Stylish and relaxed.
Smith & Daughters has a rock ‘n’ roll vibe and laid-back Italian food, bringing the very best out of plant food. It’s fun, tasty and one-of-a-kind. Make sure you try their dessert cocktails. It’s the only proper way to finish off such a memorable meal.
This Michelin fine dining restaurant offers vegetarian and vegan menus. A whole 10 courses of incredible produce, presented in ways that are fresh and exciting. Eating here is an unforgettable experience.
The Acorn is a vegetable-forward restaurant and bar at the heart of Vancouver’s Main St. They are inspirational when it comes to their vegan options. This is the sort of place you would happily dine in every day for the rest of your life – it’s just that tasty.
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