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How to be a vegan foodie while travelling Europe.

November 21, 2017

We were happily surprised at how many vegan and vegan-option places we found on our three-week road trip of Europe (nine counties in total, omg!) Since we were on a budget we only ate out at a restaurant maybe every other day or so. For breakfast and on slower days or while driving we stopped and made our own meals. 

 

Thank goodness for the Happy Cow app! Total lifesaver. It just took the anxiety of explaining to non-English-speaking strangers what you want to eat out of the equation. It's just a reciepe for drama trying to figure out where to eat when you're hangry. We loved every meal we ate at these places. It could have been vacation vibes but I like to think it was the veganism!

 

And now... some gratuitous, European vegan food porn: 

 

TerraZen Centre - Amsterdam, Netherlands

A really bohemian place that was a mash-up of Jamaican and Japanese cuisine. Pretty unique! Great staff. Super close to the action in Amsterdam! Huge portions, which was really pleasing after doing all that walking!

 

The Dutch Weed Burger Joint - Amsterdam, Netherlands

A little further out of the way but still within walking distance of touristy areas. Down beautiful streets lined with greenery - it was a nice walk and well worth it! All vegan food and drinks. Secret ingredient... weed! Seaweed, that is. All delicious!

 

 Hotel Steiger - Schwangau, Germany

This was by far one of the top most beautiful places we sat to eat on our whole trip. Located in a small village in the shadow of the famous castle that inspired Disney (Neuschwanstein Castle;) it was about a 20 minute walk from our hotel. They had a salad bar with lots of options as well as many vegetarian dishes. They only had one actual vegan dish on the menu but it was off the hook! 

 

As an aside: The hotel we stayed at was amazing. Almost walking distance from the castle with the most amazing couple running it. When we asked about vegan restaurants they called around and found us a reservation (squeezed us in) at Hotel Steiger. It's called Hotel Schwansee and you should definitely stay there if you plan on visiting the castle!  

 

Bella&Brava - Venice, Italy

We didn't really expect to find this place and wandered by it a few times before 'finding' it on the Happy Cow app. We also didn't expect to enjoy all the traditional Italian dishes in vegan format - but we did!! This place was cheap, right on a main route and had free water, wifi and phone charging stations! Amazing.