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The world’s best cities for vegan food

From flexitarians to full-time vegans, a growing number of people are choosing to go plant-based when they eat out, and you’ll find restaurants, cafés, bakeries and takeaways ready to satisfy that demand. From London to Miami, here are some of the world’s best cities for vegans

Vegan dish at Farmacy London

London

From plant-based pizzerias to vegan ‘butchers’, London seemingly has it all when it comes to animal-free dining – so much so that it was named the world’s best city for vegans in the HappyCow guide’s most recent rankings. Several of the capital’s best plant-based restaurants are within easy reach of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, including Farmacy, a chic spot in Notting Hill where everything on the menu is free from animal products, as well as from refined sugars, additives and chemicals. Dishes draw inspiration from all over the world, whether that means loaded mushroom tacos or Middle Eastern falafel wraps. Meanwhile, Wulf & Lamb’s two branches, in Chelsea and Marylebone, also have a global flavour, serving up bao buns, Thai curries and more. As for haute cuisine, Gauthier Soho turned fully vegan in summer 2021, and its seasonal menu features smart dishes such as black truffle risotto.

Fine dining at Taipei's Ya Ge

Taipei

Once named Asia’s most vegan-friendly city by Peta, Taipei has a variety of plant-based spots offering international dishes along with takes on the island’s own cuisine. At Ya Ge, the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant at Mandarin Oriental, Taipei you can expect plant-centric dishes that might include mushrooms in pomelo vinegar or radish and soy broth. A short walk away, also in Songshan, the minimalist Green Bakery creates elegant vegan bakes, including Western-style specialities such as tiramisu and scones as well as Taiwanese pineapple cakes. Over in Zhongzheng District, Yu Shan Ge is a chic restaurant serving cuisine influenced by the owner’s Buddhist vegan diet. There are therefore no alliums to be found in the food, but other seasonal ingredients abound on the Japanese kaiseki-inspired menu, which could include sashimi of konjo (a local plant) or a Hericium mushroom steak.

Smoked grits at Cadence New York

New York City

From Staten Island to the Bronx, there are plant-based places to eat all over NYC, not least in Manhattan, where in 2021 three-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park, in the Flatiron District, went entirely vegan. Chef Daniel Humm has described himself as “moved and inspired by dishes that centre impeccably prepared vegetables”, so expect the likes of textures of beetroot or tonburi with pea cream and baby lettuce. Nearby, at the top of the stylish Alo Yoga studio, Sutra offers imaginative raw, plant-based cuisine such as beet poke bowls and raw cacao cheesecake. And over in the East Village, smart new vegan soul food restaurant Cadence offers elegant takes on crowd pleasers, such as smoked grits with oyster mushrooms.

Spojka Karlín

Prague

Czech cuisine may be known for its hearty meat stews and dumplings, but the capital is increasingly accommodating for plant-based diners, too. The aptly named Vegan’s Prague, close to the castle in the heart of the city, incorporates elements from global cuisines, as well as serving versions of Czech classics, such as svíčková – usually meat in a creamy sauce, but in this case made with beans, root veg and tempeh with vegetable cream. Across the river, in the Vinohrady neighbourhood, Forrest Bistro is a hip local favourite serving Czech, Asian and fusion dishes, plus cakes and coffees (try the beet cappuccino) while Spojka Karlín offers a refined flexitarian menu with plenty of vegan options.

Mandarin Oriental Miami's La Mar restaurant

Miami

Sunshine and fresh fruit and veg go hand in hand, so vegans visiting Miami, Florida, are spoiled for choice when it comes to light, healthy options. Planta is a sophisticated vegan mini-chain with branches in Miami’s South Beach and Coconut Grove, serving a menu featuring ahi watermelon nigiri and avocado lime tartare as well as cocktails, mocktails and cold-pressed juices. Not to be confused with Planta, Plant Miami centres on organic Florida produce with dishes inspired by the local landscape, including seaweed salad and a passionfruit parfait.

Meanwhile, over at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, La Mar by Gastón Acurio serves up Peruvian cuisine with views of Biscayne Bay and the city skyline. You’ll find vegan alternatives to various menu items, including chaufa aeropuerto (a rice dish with pickled vegetables and, usually, sausage) and the quinoa caprese salad, while over at the hotel’s Oasis Pool Café, vegetable sushi rolls are available.

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