Indefinite Adventure aim is to give practical advice to other potential long term travellers, inspire you for your two-week holiday, or just appeal to your inner armchair traveller. We seek out great vegan food, digital nomad work places, cool street art and interesting things to do on our travels. Follow Sam and Zab on their indefinite adventure!
Croatia is a beautiful country located in Central Europe with a small population of about 4.1 million people. It has a few other countries on its borders including Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east, Slovenia to the west, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the south. Croats, as the people are called, are said to be some of the happiest and warmest people in the world, and this adds to the general relaxed atmosphere the nation has. The country also boasts of an amazing coastline with different islands and cliffs with the islands numbering over 1,000. Of all these islands, Krka, which covers about 462 square kilometers, is the largest.
There are about eight different national parks in Croatia, all of them beautiful and inspiring. However, Krka National Park is one quite worthy of mention. It was named after the Krka River, which is quite popular for its many waterfalls and was originally created as a form of protection for the river. Officially declared a national park as far back as 1985, it is proposed to serve recreational, scientific, tourism, and cultural purposes. It is highly recommended that everyone visit this amazing park. This could be done easily by booking through Pelican Tours Krka.
Since it’s suggested that you take some time out to see the beautiful Krka National Park, here’s how to get started.
General Information about Access
Thankfully, Krka National Park is open every day of the year between 08:00 and 20:00. The only exception to this is that between November and March, some parts of the park are closed. It’s important to note that while the entry fee is between 150 and 200 kunas (between €20 and €27) for the high season and about 100 kunas (€14) during the middle season, the winter period is the cheapest time to visit –although certain parts are closed off. At winter, it costs just about 30 kunas (€4).
There are different ways to get into the park, which includes local buses from Šibenik, Trogir, and Split. Other options include hiring a car or taking advantage of tourist companies that organize day trips to the park.
There are quite a few options for accommodation for travelers. For example, there is a nice and affordable three-star hotel located in Skradin that properly caters to all kinds of travelers, including children and senior citizens. It is just about 2 kilometers from the southern part of the park. There are also many other hotels in the area that you can take advantage of.
Getting tickets generally isn’t much of a hassle. However, for safety reasons and also to preserve the park, authorities don’t allow more than 10,000 people into the park at any one time. However, you should note that the period specifically during July and August is the peak season for the park, and entry might not always be guaranteed due to the sheer number of people visiting at that same period. The best way to get your tickets during this time is to buy them online as early as possible.
The Krka River has seven beautiful waterfalls, all of which are an amazing site to behold. The Bilusica Buk is the first and probably the easiest to reach. There also is the Manojlovac Slap, which is the third largest waterfall in the park that boasts 59.6 meters in height. Sometimes, when the tide is high, it is even possible to see a rainbow mist in the air around the water.
The Roski Slap is another waterfall about 22.5 meters high. Many people agree that the Roski Slap is probably the most breathtaking of the waterfalls. This is probably because it’s really huge and has an amazing landscape of greenery coupled with over 500 wooden steps that lead up to it. The Skradinski Buk, however, is the longest of the five waterfalls, and its impressive crash of the water is a great sight to behold.
The Ethno Villages
There are two ethno villages in the Krka National Park. These villages have inhabitants whose ancestors have reportedly lived there for more than a few centuries. The villages have rich traditions and stories that are both entertaining and educational even to the average person.
The Ozidana Pecina Cave
Delving further into the historic treasures of the park is this cave that is shaped like a tunnel and has important history. In this cave, quite a few hints of early human life were found. A few of the items found, apart from human skeletons and animal bones, include different stone tools and knives. The findings have been traced to the period between 5,000 and 1,500 BC.
Taking in the sights of the Krka National Park is an amazing experience because you not only get to learn a bit of history about the area, you also get to take in all the beautiful and jaw-dropping attractions available in the park coupled with a relaxing swim. Try to make sure your next vacation takes you to Croatia, and make sure you visit the astounding Krka National Park.
There are so many great reasons to visit Prague, especially with so many cheap flights in and out of the city, but the architectural diversity of the Czech capital is really so rich and impressive for such a relatively small city. With everything from gothic, neoclassical and baroque to Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Brutalist buildings dotted around the city, there are some real gems waiting to be discovered here. This is not the top five sights of Prague, but rather 5 of my personal highlights of the city’s range of architecture from my most recent trip there.
Prague’s metro system is one of the most remarkable in Central Europe. The majority of the stations were built in the 1970s when the network first opened, and features many prominent examples of Soviet era art and architecture, most notably at the station Anděl. Since the system was expanded in 1985 from two to three lines by adding in Line C, there is a mix of pre- and post-Communist design among the stations, which range from opulent marbled palatial designs to futuristic, colourful dimpled walls. The Prague metro also holds the title for the longest escalator in the EU, at the station Náměstí Míru: be prepared to not look down here if you’re afraid of heights!
The Astronomical Clock
Although one of the most popular tourist attractions in Prague, and for good reason, this beautiful piece of Renaissance engineering is still very worth seeing. It just so happens to be the third-oldest still functioning astronomical clock in the world, and on the hour, every hour, the quaint show that it puts on is worth seeing if you can: the four figures standing at the top of the clock face, lead by Death himself, come to life!
The Television Tower
Located in the residential neighbourhood of Žižkov, this Brutalist tower, known locally as Žižkovský vysílač, is often regarded as the ugliest piece of architecture in Prague, but as is often the case with anything from the brutalist movement, it is the subject of many divisive opinions. If you wish to avoid seeing it at all, you can always ascent to its observation deck at 93 metres above ground, and enjoy the panoramic views of the city without this eyesore in sight! Formerly covered with Czech sculptor David Černý’s famous faceless babies, the tower still holds a strong presence over the city, as it is clearly the tallest building by far and can be seen from almost anywhere in town.
The Jubilee Synagogue
Since there just simply aren’t many Jewish places of worship to see in Central Europe any more, it can be quite remarkable when you see one. This Temple, also known as the Jerusalem Synagogue, is located very close to Prague’s central train station and is layered in Art Nouveau decoration, but designed in the Moorish Revival style of the early 1900s. While it’s been in use as a place of worship since its opening in 1906, except for the period of Nazi German occupation from 1939 to 1945, it’s only since 2008 that it’s been open to visitors and those interested in architectural history, outside of worshipping times for an entrance fee of 100 CZK (about €3.90).
All the Art Deco
The Art Deco movement came about in the mid 1920s as a breakaway from the reigning style of Art Nouveau, combining the harmony of the original style with the geometry and symmetry of Cubism. In the very centre of Prague, there are almost no examples of Art Deco architecture, but you don’t have to go far: walk down Na Poříčí from the Old Town Square and at the corner with Zlatnická, you’ll see perhaps the city’s most famous icon of the architectural movement, Hotel Imperial. Between this area and the river, there are plenty more examples of buildings constructed in this style, especially along the street Pařížská, where the high-end, designer stores can be found.
Whatever style of architecture you’re interested in, Prague certainly has something to satisfy that itch. There are plenty more great examples of notable buildings and landmarks, especially of modern architecture such as the Frank Gehry building, Dancing House, the Quadrio and the National Technical Library. The list goes on and on!
A food crawl is an activity that seems to be gaining a lot more popularity among friends. Apart form the fact that it’s a fantastic way to try different foods from multiple restaurants, it’s also a great way for a group of friends to bond and connect with each other. Food crawls are fun, exciting, and very filling. You could do a food crawl that’s pretty random and just eat at new places you haven’t tried out. However, you could also do a food crawl that is themed and make sure all the restaurants you visit fit that theme. One of such themes could be vegan food.
A lot of research has been done regarding the benefits of a vegan diet. Even if you’re not exactly vegan, you’d still find a vegan adventure pretty thrilling. The planning of such an activity, from selecting restaurants to arranging transportation, can be as exciting as the food itself. So, the next time you’re thinking about running a food crawl, gather a bunch of your friends, find a comfortable Los Angeles tour bus rentals service to transport you to all the restaurants, and have fun.
Select the Preferred Restaurants
A vegan food crawl is quite specific and you need to do some research to find out which vegan restaurants have the best reviews in terms of factors like their food, ambience, and general customer service. These restaurants must be carefully mapped out so that you follow a defined route as opposed to winging it. Make sure the people involved in your crawl are aware and are okay with the choices before you make the decision to go any further. Also, try to make sure that the restaurants you select are not too far from each other. Your guests would be a little too tired if you do this. Also, try not to be too strict or picky as this might take out the fun of the activity.
Plan for Your Guests
There’s no point planning a food crawl and not involving your prospective guests. Let them know your plans every step of the way. This is one way to keep them enthusiastic about the activity. Let everyone pitch in an idea or two that they think will make the crawl more interesting. You could even ask people to suggest great vegan dishes that others may not have tried out.
There are many other things apart from food that would add a lot of excitement to a food crawl. You could include a little sightseeing or even board games. Yes, it’s a food crawl but you shouldn’t make it all about food. Other little things like this could serve as an addition and even a distraction in the event that someone doesn’t like something they just tried.
Don’t Overdo It
Try not to plan a food crawl that involves five to seven different restaurants. Most people will burn out and be extremely tired of eating and moving around somewhere around the fifth one. The best thing to do here is to make a list of all the vegan restaurants you’d like to try and then split them into activity that will last a few days. About three or four restaurants will suffice and everyone can easily retire after that. It’s a food crawl but you also want people to be as involved as possible.
Consider Choosing a Weekday
The main reason this should be considered is that, most of the time, restaurants are pretty crowded during the weekend. If you try to do a food crawl in crowded restaurants, you won’t enjoy the experience much because you would be too distracted. Figure out a weekday when everyone will be available and try to plan it on the said day.
One of the most important parts of planning a food crawl with friends is to make sure transportation can handle the number of friends or guests that you have. There really is no point trying to have everyone drive or take many separate cabs. Apart from the food, the camaraderie is important and this is easier achieved when all the activities including transportation are carried out together.
Berlin is really a foodie destination, and you can find food from all over the globe here. Don’t come to the German capital to try German food; there are plenty of other German cities for that, come here instead to sample the edible delights of the many people who have made Berlin home from all over the world. Here are some of my favourite places to eat in Berlin for their international variety, all with plenty of vegan options.
Without a doubt the best Syrian food to be found in Berlin is at Azzam, a bustling and unpretentious place that serves up enormous plates of falafel, grilled vegetables, bowls of freshly made hummus, foul and msabbaha as well as meat dishes too. I first visited here right after spending a month in Syria and was immediately transported right back with the smells, flavours, textures and service.
Also on Sonnenallee, this tiny Imbiss has some truly authentic Thai fare on offer, and on a warm summer evening, sitting out on the street waiting for your order, you could almost imagine you’re in Bangkok not Berlin! Prices are very reasonable too, as you can get a full meal of a starter, main and drink for under €10 here.
Best Ethiopian food: Bejte, Zietenstrasse 8, Schöneberg
This authentic Ethiopian place is ideal for coming with a group of friends and sharing one of the customisable injera plates with a range of curried vegetables: simply tear off a piece of the spongy sourdough risen flatbread and scoop up a bit of one of the vegetable dishes, but be prepared to get your hands dirty! They also have some fun date-based desserts to try as well as coffee served in the traditional Ethiopian style, and much of the non-meat menu happens to be vegan as is.
Best Italian-Senegalese fusion food: AtayaCaffe, Zelterstrasse 6, Prenzlauerberg
This might be a bit of an unfair category, because really, how many Italian-Senegalese fusion restaurants do you expect Berlin to have? Well, this place is worth mentioning all the same with its simple but varied menu with tasty treats from the Italian peninsula mixed with flavours from West Africa. Run by an Italian-Senegalese couple, everything served here is vegan and Sunday brunch is a spectacle to behold with a huge array of hot and cold dishes to eat as much as you can of!
Another great way to get an idea for just how diverse Berlin’s culinary scene is, is to take a Berlin food tour. These tours with Withlocals are all private, meaning you only go with the people you book with, and also completely customisable, meaning you can have the tour tailored to fit your specific diet, interests or desires as you wish!
All images in this post are courtesy of Withlocals
Having grown up in the UK’s capital, you’d think I would know all the cool things to see and do in London besides the typical tourist attractions. But I’ve not actually lived there for more than 8 years now, and even when I did, I had my routines, places I would always hang out in and friends who I had rituals and habits with, so my view was always limited. Also, the city has changed a lot in the time since I last lived there full time, so now that I visit, I’m continually discovering cool new neighbourhoods, events and businesses that I didn’t know existed before. So here are five random things that I’ve discovered in London in the last few years that you won’t find in most typical guides to the city that I think are worth checking out.
See a drag show at Vauxhall Tavern
Every Tuesday at this classic London gay pub, the team behind Bar Wotever put on a fun, diverse and dynamic lineup of drag and other queer performers for your viewing pleasure. With a changing host every month, the flavour is a little different every time, but the atmosphere of inclusiveness, acceptance and fun is constant.
Visit the Word on the Water
What could be more quaint and cosy than a second hand bookshop on a canal barge? Just around the corner from King’s Place, which is a pleasant area to explore anyway, they have a quirky collection of novels, biographies and travel books all tucked into the miniature space. In summer, there’s sometimes live music happing right on the roof of the canal, making for a lovely break to sit and listen from walking around.
More than just a cinema, this is a meeting place for all kinds of weird and wacky people that make South London so interesting. Sure, you could come see an arthouse film here, but the attached bar is the real attraction, as it often hosts live music performances, improv comedy acts or board game evenings at night, and doubles as a exhibition space during the day for upcoming local artists.
There are plenty of manor houses in and around London that are much more famous than Kenwood House, but the fact that it’s a little off the main tourist track and just slightly outside of the centre of London means that it can be a much more peaceful, relaxed and less crowded option for a pleasant afternoon. There’s a nice café, the gardens are full of interesting contemporary sculptures and it was also used as a location in the films Notting Hill and Sense and Sensibility.
A quaint pedestrian street in Angel, this place is full of cute little boutiques, cosy cafés and hip stores, making for a lovely place to poke around of an afternoon. In the 1960s, it became a well-known hideout as a place to find unique antiques celebrities, because Carriers and Fredrick’s, which remains to this day.
This quiet, modern hotel in a well connected part of East London not even a 1 minute walk from Bethnal Green tube station, is the ideal place to stay on a London trip. It’s cosy, attracts a quirky, hipster crowd, and perhaps best of all, has self-checkin, meaning you don’t have to deal with people at all when arriving. What more could you want?!
Emma has made travel a priority in her family’s life, as she and her partner want to show their kids the world as they grow up. They travel as sustainably as possible and are always seeking great food and supportive local experiences. Emma is vegan and prefers gluten-free, her children Dante and Allegra are vegetarian, and partner Anthony is an omnivore; so they really get to test the range of offerings when they dine out! Emma blogs about responsible travel plus sustainable and ethical lifestyle topics at Small Footprints, Big Adventures.
My family and I spent 3 weeks in Siem Reap together, and we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food scene is there! We were spoilt for choice and enjoyed eating out daily at a huge range of socially-responsible and vegan-friendly cafes and restaurants. Being a bustling city with tourism as the major industry, English and other languages are widely spoken. I found it easy to get food at places who were not vegan-specific, and dietary requirements were always handled professionally and efficiently.
These were my favourite places to eat, though we had great experiences pretty much everywhere we tried. Several more vegan eateries have been recommended to me since our visit so I’ve linked to them below too.
Which meals are catered for
breakfast: typically 7:00am – 11:00 or all day
lunch: typically 11:30am – 2:30pm
dinner: typically 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Rough price guide
All prices are in USD in Cambodia. Prices below based on main portions.
cheap: $2.00 – $4.00
moderate: $4.50 – $6.00
breakfast, lunch & dinner / moderate
With super-foods abounding and a huge range of vegan options, I had trouble deciding what to order at Artillery! I love their focus on healthy dishes, superfood smoothies, nutritious snacks and cold-pressed juices. Their detox programs sound divine too. And did I mention home-made vegan sorbets? Vegan wine? Cashew milk golden latte and coconut milk matcha? I was in heaven!
In the end I chose fresh pancakes with fruit for breakfast, which tasted as good as it looks! And their chocolate superfood smoothie, hot drinks and sorbets were just delicious too.
I would’ve been happy to eat at Artillery daily but my family aren’t quite so into health-foods as I am. Still I managed to get us all into their other premise in Phnom Penh for a meal before we left Cambodia!
Haven is a social enterprise and training facility for vulnerable and underprivileged young adults. It is run according to Swiss standards by a small team which includes a Cambodian head chef. All food is MSG-free and they have a thorough understanding of dietary requirements, so there is no need to worry about hidden animal products in any vegan dish. They have a great range of food that is vegan or can be made vegan on request.
Haven also has a large dining area and even though they are a little out-of-town, they are still always quite full. The young trainees can be a little inexperienced, but the food was outstanding and the portions were big. I enjoyed a vegan version of Khmer Amok, the national dish of Cambodia which is usually served with fish or meat. I had been really wanting to try it and it didn’t disappoint!
Address: Chocolate Road, Wa Damnak area, Siem Reap
Marum is one of the Tree Alliance’s training restaurants for former street youth and other marginalised people across South East Asia. They have many vegetarian and vegan options, and are heavily influenced by local cuisine and ingredients. All plates are designed to be shared and are presented beautifully.
Marum is also one of very few places we found in South East Asia to have a separate children’s menu available! They also stocked board games, so they’re quite a kid-friendly destination. But don’t despair if you’re a childless traveller: Marum has several large dining areas and is not marketed as a family restaurant. It is often booked out even though there is room for a lot of diners, which is testament to the quality of their food. We finally got a table the third time we tried! I loved their crispy noodle salad with sweet potato spring rolls, and a spicy vegetarian curry with quinoa.
Address:8A, B Phum Slokram, Siem Reap. (between Wat Polanka and Catholic church)
We visited Peace café for both a breakfast and a dinner meal, and dining in their spacious outdoor garden was lovely. Their extensive menu is all vegetarian or vegan, and most of the vegetarian dishes can be made vegan on request. As well as Asian dishes, Peace café has a great range of salads, western dishes, juices, smoothies and snacks.
Breakfast was fairly simple and didn’t compare to some of the more expensive breakfasts we had in Siem Reap, but it was still fresh and great value. Dinner was excellent, and we made the mistake of ordering too much as it was so cheap and there were so many options we wanted to try! They also have a yoga studio and fair-trade store on the premises.
This café is always pumping! We went for brunch and drove past it a few times more, and it was always full of happy guests. We didn’t have to wait long for a table though, and while it was loud and a little bit squishy downstairs, we didn’t feel uncomfortable or made to hurry up and leave.
Sister Srey has a great menu for all diets, and is very considerate of all allergies and other requirements. Many vegan options are available for eating and drinking, and all reports from my vegan and non-vegan family and friends were excellent. I loved their smoothie bowl and a raw chocolate brownie too, because why not have dessert when it’s available and so temptingly-presented?
This was one of our favourite breakfast spots, so we visited several times! They have a reputation for the best coffee in Siem Reap, and my partner reckons that rep is correct. They have a huge range of house specialty brews made from South-East Asian grown coffee beans. They also provide locally-sourced teas, proper chai lattes and several plant-based milks are available.
I enjoyed their vegan bircher muesli and smoothie bowls, and loved being able to get a brewed chai latte with soy milk. The Fox has a great atmosphere, with tables upstairs and downstairs, plenty of light and excellent service.
Vibe makes everything on premises except their bread and kombucha, and everything is 100% plant-based. They source most ingredients locally and organically, and strive to support ethical suppliers too. That’s all well and good, but what is the food like?
Well I loved it, but my family weren’t quite so enthusiastic. Remember I really love super-healthy food, but they’re not so taken with it? Yep. I would’ve liked to try everything on the menu at Vibe, but instead I got to sample their quesadillas and my kid’s felafels (both really yummy). My partner was happy with his burger but not enough to go back, unfortunately. However if you’re like me and love loads of healthy options, with vegan versions of traditional dishes like omelettes and ‘tuna’ sandwiches and some raw dishes as well, you’ll like Vibe too.
Vibe offers online delivery services as well as a cosy space to eat-in.
Address: 715 Hup Guan Street, Kandal Village Siem Reap
We highly recommend Babel after our stay there. It has a lovely garden café and bar open all day for meals and snacks, the rooms are clean and spacious, staff are lovely and the general feel of the place is welcoming and fun.
They were accommodating of my vegan requirements with dishes like muesli, vegetable soup, hommous and bruschetta available for me to eat. They also offered a fully vegan Christmas option for their Christmas Eve party, which was wonderful and delicious!
Recently Babel has expanded their standard vegan offerings to include smoothie bowls for breakfast, and from January 2019 they will have jackfruit and refried bean tacos, vegan sandwiches and salads available for lunch and dinner too. All food at Babel is made from local ingredients and is freshly made-to-order, and their garden is a lovely place to hang out and meet other travellers. And they are very environmentally and socially-conscious too, with a refill station on the premises, excellent training and support for their staff, recycling programs and much more.
We really enjoyed our time in Siem Reap, and especially liked being able to support Khmer people by seeking out social enterprises as they are committed to helping people who need it, and providing real skills for their future. It’s a great feeling to know your tourist income is being used to benefit locals rather than exploit them and their hometown.
I’ve been to Budapest four times now, and each time I enjoy it more than the last. Although I tend to prefer larger cities, there’s definitely something cosy and comfortable about this compact and walkable city, and this most recent trip I took with Zab for his birthday just last month, through the lense of finding all the best vegan food in Budapest, reminded me how much I like the city.
As usual, we didn’t do all that much, but walked around, ate, checked out a few sights and just enjoyed the vibe of the city. Other than the food, these were some highlights.
Enjoying the skyline lit up at night
Stumbling upon cool street art everywhere
Getting views over the city from Gellert Hill
Discovering cute squares, cafés and plant shops!
What’s your favourite place in or thing about Budapest?
My Swedish friends had always told me that there were vegan options galore in their homeland, but I have to admit – I was skeptical. After all, I had called the neighboring nation of Norway home for five years and let me tell you – it certainly was not vegan-friendly! (Side note – Norway now has countless vegan options woohoo!)
So on my recent trip to Gothenburg, I decided to truly put Swedish vegan cuisine to the test, both in terms of quality, and quantity of options available, and spoiler alert, I was not disappointed!
Which meals are catered for
Breakfast: typically 09:00-12:00
Lunch: typically 12:00-16:00
Dinner: typically 19:00-23:00
A rough price range (based on prices of mains)
Cheap: up to €10
The Green Room
lunch & dinner / expensive
Located in the magical and joyous Liseberg theme park, the green room is an entirely vegetarian restaurant offering buffet style eating with many vegan choices.
After a quick count up, I’d say that at least one-third of the dishes on offer were vegan – and thankfully they were all very clearly marked, so it was easy to navigate, even if you don’t speak the language.
We tried out the vegan oriental noodles, and I’m happy to report that it tastes like something you could find at a decent Chinese restaurant. Well-seasoned, a good texture – and plenty of veggies in the mix.
My boyfriend who happens to be allergic to wheat and soy tried a few of the other dishes, including their cabbage slaw, sweet potato kale salad, lentil curry, and chickpea salad! The potato salad and cabbage slaw were the best of the bunch, but the lentil curry and chickpea salad were also full of flavor and tasted very fresh.
A quirky vegan eatery, MIM, or More is More – is located a little way out of the central part of the city, but it’s worth the walk! There is minimal indoor seating, so if you’re headed there on a chilly day – be prepared to wait for a seat.
We had initially headed to MIM to try out their famous vegan hotdogs, only to find out that on Sunday — the day we picked to visit — they only offer a completely Mexican menu, this was pretty disappointing, but we shook it off and ordered some Mexican dishes.
The wait was pretty long, but when we got our food – we realized that it was well worth it!
David ordered the jackfruit carnitas tacos and Mexican corn. For me, it was a little trickier as I’m allergic to corn; so tortillas were a no go, and with the only other option being nachos – that didn’t help the situation!
Luckily, the guys at the restaurant offered to put something together for me which consisted of the “filling” for all of their taco flavors – fun!
I ended up trying out the seitan chorizo from their frijoles puercos, jackfruit from the jackfruit carnitas, Asian glazed tofu and Asian slaw from their temple of tofu tacos.
Hands down, one of the tastiest vegan meals that I’ve ever eaten. There was a bit of a kick to the seitan chorizo and Asian glazed tofu but by golly was it worth a little burn! And, with a bunch of cocktails and mocktails on offer – if like me, you can’t take any spice – just order a few extra mocktails!
An ambiance like no other, Blackbird is a vegan kitchen and bar in one. With live music, art covering the walls, and feel good menu items that you’d expect to find in your favorite hangout!
We headed there with a few friends one evening and decided to share their vegan cheese platter, served with four kinds of vegan cheese, three types of cheese biscuits, beetroot, walnuts, and a delightful vegan honey – we soon realized that we should have ordered more than one!
To make up for sharing our savory pick, we all opted for a dessert of our own. I picked the Apply Pie because in such a cozy bar that makes you feel at home you’ve got to go for that Grandma-esque dessert! Served with soy or rice ice cream, this pie was scrumptiously cinnamony, and just the perfect blend of tart and sweet.
David went all out and bought the snickers sundae with dark chocolate, ooey gooey caramel, peanuts, and two types of ice cream.
As we were working during the mornings while we were in Gothenburg, we chose Planet Vega as our conveniently located lunch stop pretty much every day. First of all, I have to say that their helpings are beyond generous and it’s worth skipping breakfast if you’re planning on having lunch here! Note that while Planet Vega is only a food truck, there is outdoor seating available.
On our first day eating here, we both ordered the Buddha bowl – this is a giant bowl filled to the brim with cauliflower rice, sweet potato and spinach salad, potato, carrot, ginger, cucumber, and probably other tasty things that I’m forgetting.
As we weren’t aware of the mega portions on day one – we also ordered a side of sweet potato fries to share. These came with a hella tasty vegan aioli!
Absolutely delicious, fresh, and healthy as can be is the best way that I can describe their buddha bowl, and once you try it for yourself – you’ll understand why we had this at least three times in one week!
But that’s not all that we tried at the Planet Vega food truck. On one especially cold day, I decided to try out their burger, with a rice patty, homemade brioche bun, aioli, tomato salsa and a mega helping of sprouts! I believe my reaction to my first bite of burger was “wow,” and that’s not an exaggeration, this burger was delicious, the perfect texture of soft bun with a slightly crispy patty, combined with flavourful salsa and aioli, mmmm – it’s making me incredibly hungry just writing about it.
While we were walking through Haga, an area of Gothenburg famed for its mom and pop stores, vintage-inspired barber shops, and thrift stores – we happened to stumble upon an incredible vegan find. And that was Forida’s Bubble tea!
With an abundance of vegan options, we tried their mango lemonade tea and their taro tea – and while I’m not one to quote Janice from Friends. Oh. My. God.
The taro tea has to be one of the most, if not THE most delicious beverage I have ever tasted. So, for the love of Ikea – if you’re ever in Gothenburg, head on over to buy yourself a taro tea. And seeing as you’re in the area – walk a hundred meters up the street and you’ll find a thrift store that’s a treasure trove of vintage finds!
Nadia is a jolly little vegan who loves nothing more than visiting new places and finding new vegan delights. She’s currently traveling the world with her boyfriend in their 1969 VW bus on a mission to say yes to as many experiences as they can. If you want to find out more about their adventure and get some vegan vanlife tips, head over to their blog Saying Yes or Facebook, or if you’re after some swoon-worthy travel shots, follow them on Instagram.
Does the thought of travelling to a notoriously meat-loving destination have you breaking out in a cold sweat? Have you started avoiding travel to certain places since you became vegan, fearing that you might starve if you ventured there?
Flip to the “vegetarians and vegans” section of a guidebook to Spain, and you’re likely to read something like, “If vegetarians feel like a rarity among Spaniards, vegans will feel as if they’ve come from another planet”.
When you’re bombarded by such negativity, it’s easy to start believing that by going vegan you’ve rung the death knell for enjoyable travel. But why trust a non-vegan guidebook author to tell you what it’s like to travel as a vegan?
In reality, Spain is a delight for vegans and non-vegans alike, and it’s delicious too. Skeptical? Just check out all the mouth-watering vegan goodness in this ultimate vegan guide to Spain.
You can travel virtually anywhere and do so easily, joyfully and deliciously as a vegan. Follow the tips below, and you’ll soon be telling your omnivore friends: “Anywhere you can go, I can go vegan”.
Focus on abundance, not scarcity.
How much you enjoy any activity or experience is determined primarily NOT by the experience itself but by your perception of it and your attitude towards it. In fact, this is true of life in general. The people who are happiest in life are not those with the fattest bank accounts, the biggest corner offices or the most prestigious university degrees.
On the contrary, those people are often the unhappiest of all. True happiness is seen among people who approach life with a sense of wonderment, appreciation and gratitude, even when to outsiders it appears that they have little to be grateful for.
The same rule applies to travel for vegans: if every time you open up a restaurant menu you focus on all the things you can’t have, you will soon start feeling resentful and sorry for yourself.
If, on the other hand, you start looking beyond the list of daily specials to the side dishes, the appetizers, the soups and salads – in short, if you really explore the menu and look for all the things that might be vegan or easily veganized – then in most cases a whole cornucopia of vegan food will magically appear.
Research the local cuisine.
Sometimes our preconceived notions about how vegan-friendly a place is are actually quite far off from reality. Think Greek food is all about meat-filled gyros and feta cheese? Think again! Start researching “fasting food” in Greece (or just take a look at this vegan guide to the country) and you will soon see that Greek kitchens are just bursting with naturally vegan dishes.
So don’t take your guidebook’s word for it; while you’re online booking your hotels and checking train schedules, take another few minutes to read about the dishes typically served in your destination, and make a note of any that look like they might be vegan or easily veganized. You might be surprised at what you find!
Seek out restaurants that serve vegan-friendly cuisines.
So your Google search for “traditional vegan food in Siberia” didn’t turn up anything? Not to worry. In the globalized world we live in, very rarely are travelers limited to just the local cuisine in the places they visit.
Try looking for a Chinese restaurant, for example. At this point, Chinese migrants have brought their culinary skills and entrepreneurial spirit to just about every corner of the globe. Other popular vegan-friendly cuisines include Italian, Thai, Middle Eastern, North African and Ethiopian, all of which are pretty much guaranteed to offer vegan options.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
OK, this one is controversial and I’m sure I’ll get called out by the vegan police, but I’m going to say it anyway because it’s important. When I eat out in restaurants, I don’t ask whether my wine was clarified with isinglass or what kind of stock my soup was made with, and I certainly don’t ask if my veggie burger was cooked on the same grill as meat burgers.
Why not? Because focusing on minute quantities of animal products in otherwise vegan foods only serves to turn people away from veganism by making it appear extreme and difficult. It’s also a pretty ineffective way for vegans to minimize their own contribution to the suffering of animals.
Ask yourself this: does it make sense to refuse to eat a chocolate bar that’s made up of 1% butter fat and 99% fair trade chocolate, opting instead for one that is made up of 100% cacao harvested by child slaves in the Ivory Coast?
If you’re a vegan for ethical reasons, then you probably came to that decision out of a desire not to cause unnecessary harm or suffering. And, as vegans, we should remember that not just animal products, but everything we consume has an impact on the planet and on the other human and non-human animals we share this planet with.
Rather than honing in on every milligram of potentially animal-derived product that might sneak its way into our food, we can reduce suffering much more effectively by taking a more global, intersectional approach to what we consume, while still avoiding the exploitation of animals as far as is possible and practicable.
Pack an emergency food stash.
You might not ever need it, but the peace of mind you will gain by knowing that you won’t have to go hungry is worth the bit of extra space in your bag.
Good options to bring from home include nuts, trail mix, granola bars, and vegan jerky or sausage that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Think calorie-dense foods that will keep you full for a long time.
And you can always restock as you go with nuts, seeds and dried fruit, or even fresh fruit (apples, oranges and grapes all travel well). Don’t forget to pack a treat for yourself, such as your favorite dark chocolate bar, for those moments when you need a little pick-me-up.
Prepare your own meals.
If you don’t want to deal with eating out three times a day, or you just want to cut down on your travel expenses, then consider making some of your meals yourself. If you’re a backpacker on a small budget, then youth hostels with communal kitchens are a good option.
Alternatively, you could use a home-sharing site like AirBnB to book a room or apartment where the host allows guests to use the kitchen. And there’s even VegVisits, a home-sharing network just for vegans and vegetarians!
If you want complete freedom and the ability to cook your meals absolutely anywhere, you could bring a camping stove. There are some extremely compact and lightweight models on the market these days. Just remember though, that if you’re flying you’ll have to wait until you’ve reached your destination to pick up a fuel canister.
Be grateful for what you have.
In many ways this is similar to the first tip (focus on abundance, not scarcity), but it’s worth repeating because it has such a huge impact on how well you enjoy travel (and life in general).
Whenever you start feeling sorry for yourself because all you had for dinner was salad and French fries, remember the 795 million people who will go to bed hungry tonight. If you’re in a position to travel, whether it’s on business or for pleasure, then it’s safe to say that you are more fortunate than most of the 7 billion humans on this earth.
You are certainly more fortunate than the 70 billion non-human animals raised for their flesh and secretions each year.
Wherever you go, look around you and appreciate the opportunity to experience a new place and to view the world from a different angle. Be grateful for the salad and fries that have nourished you and filled your belly.
Be grateful that you have the luxury of choosing what you will and will not eat. Be grateful that your eyes have been opened to the suffering of others, and that you have seen through the lie of carnism that society has told you ever since you were born – the lie that eating certain species of animals is normal, natural and necessary.
Be grateful that you are vegan, and know that the animals are grateful to you too.
About the author
Wendy Werneth is an intrepid traveller, vegan foodie and animal lover. Having become vegan after many years of travel across 7 continents and more than 100 countries, she’s now on a mission to show you how fun and fulfilling vegan travel can be. Follow her adventures at The Nomadic Vegan. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
With culinary travel becoming increasingly popular and Vietnamese people’s growing acceptance of vegan food/vegan diet for health reasons, it is now safe to say that you can survive being a vegan in Vietnam. You just need to know the drill. Below is my little guide of best vegan places in Vietnam after visiting it three times and end up staying for 2 years. Let’s start with some survival tips:
3 Travel Survival Tips For a Vegan in Vietnam
How to order vegan food
There is one magic word you need to remember: “chay”. To tell people you want to eat vegan food, do this: point to yourself to indicate that you are talking about yourself (I), then say “ăn” = /ən/ as in unbreakable (which mean “eat” in Vietnamese) and end with “chay”.
The formula: I eat vegan food = /I (with finger pointing to yourself)/ + /ən/ + /chay/ .
Mind you, the intonation here is very, very important. You need to say all there words flatly and evenly. Any rising or falling in intonation can mean something else in Vietnamese language (for example, a rising intonation with /chay/ mean fire there). Imagine that you speak in a robot-like voice and you will be ok. Write down the following words and show the waiters if you are still not sure about your intonation: “Tôi ăn chay”. If they shake their heads, it is safe to leave without ordering anything.
Another important note: maybe you learn how to say “without meat” in Vietnamese and try telling local people that. But don’t be surprised if you end up eating dishes with meat-based broths and fish sauces (more on that later).
Where to find vegan food
Local vegan eateries/restaurants
It is not so hard to find local vegetarian eateries or high-end restaurants vegetarian in big cities of Vietnam. You can use Happycow application or search restaurants that serve vegan foods on Trip Advisors (make sure to check our reviews, though). Or simply look at eateries with the word “chay” on their signs, especially those nearly pagodas. If you come to Vietnam on the first and fifteenth of the month, you may see a lot of people eating at Buddhist vegetarian restaurants.
To be honest, vegetarian food is everywhere in Vietnam, even there is no word “chay” in the menu. Being a strict vegetarian myself, I was able to sample quite many purely vegan dishes in this country. In many eateries where you don’t see vegan foods in their menu, just ask for a vegetarian version and they may make it for you.
Surprisingly, I found plenty of vegan dishes and drink at Vietnamese street food stalls. The best vegan foods may actually come for these stalls rather than high-end restaurants. But to limit the possibilities of diarrhea or bad tasting experience, I highly recommend joining at least a local food tour where you get to sample great vegan food and learn Vietnamese culture at the same time. Here are some popular options: Hanoi Street Food Tour, Saigon Street Food by Night, and Night Food Tour with Small Group in Hoi An. Make sure you communicate well with your local tour guide about your eating preference.
At travel destinations with many Western tourists, you will certainly find vegan eateries without any trouble. If anything else fails, you can always depend on “vegan banh mi” to fill your stomach (and it is incredibly cheap).
The second time being in Vietnam, I went to Halong Bay – it is one of the most-visited destinations in Vietnam and for good reasons: the scenery is simply breathtaking. That time, I booked a 2 night 1 day cruise to enjoy all the view of the islands and islets and attractions rather than just a one-day boat tour. As I did my homework, I found out at only several reputable cruise lines in Halong Bay like Au Co cruise or Bhaya cruise could accommodate strictly vegan food. Indeed, the staff at Bhaya cruise was very attentive to my food preference and I got to eat several great dishes. I also learned how to make vegan spring roll on the cruise.
My Fresh vegan spring rolls on the cruise
Be aware of fish sauce and MSG products
Fish sauce is used everywhere in Vietnam. Even if there is no fish sauce in your dishes, you will most likely find it in the dipping sauce. Fish sauce is an important ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine, it make normal blatant dishes come alive. So, if you can live with that, you can sample many more Vietnamese dishes. And if you are a strictly vegan, remember to double check with your restaurants not put fish sauce in your dishes. Soy sauce can be used as substitute, though it doesn’t taste as good.
MSG products are also popular in Vietnam and many people think of milk and even honey as purely vegan ingredients. So try to let people know your vegan options clearly or leave out dessert dishes/smoothies that seem to have such ingredients.
My picks of best Vietnamese vegan places
Truthfully, I have been to only several main cities of Vietnam so it is not a thorough guide by all means. Let me know if you ever tasted great Vietnamese vegan food in any other eatery in the comment section.
Vegan places in Hanoi
My favorite vegan places in Hanoi are actually street food stalls during the Hanoi Street Food Tour. Many vegan restaurants in Hanoi go very heavy on mock meat dishes so they are not really my style. Here are my personal favourites:
If you look for a nice vegan place to work, eat and drink, try this cozy place. I didn’t expect great quality and various options of vegetarian food here: in fact I was there at first just to order a quick drink and a side salad but then I kept come back here for several more times. You should try: veggie roti, curry, chickpea and broccoli quinoa salad, they are my jams. I really like the friendly staff, soft music, and relaxed atmosphere (though a little bit dim at night).
Address: 16 Hang Be, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
My hotel was very near this cafe so I decided to check it out. Lucky for me because it is a must-try place for vegan. Papaya salad and salted Aubergine with garlic were beyond good. Other recommended dishes are veggie spring rolls, Papaya salad, and eggplant with sesame. Do not skip the cold beer there. Very good food with cheap price, good service so I have no complaint at all.
Vegan places in Saigon
PHO NHU CHAY
Address: 54 Truong Quyen St, Ward 6, District 3, HCM City
This place is actually quite difficult to locate. It is a small eating place in an alley with only one staff that can speak a little bit of English. Except for yogurt, all other dishes like Vietnamese pho and rice are made for vegetarians (even the sauce). I love the broth there: so rich and flavorful. There are lots of fresh herbs, veggies, and mushrooms in a very big bowl. Very high quality food at such a cheap price, though presentation is just so so. I know that PHO 2000 at District 1 is often recommended for travellers but this place has way better food.
BONG SUNG VEGETARIAN FOOD AND COFFEE
Address: 86 Nguyen Du, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCM City
Bong Sung restaurant offers lots of vegan options: you will probably be at a loss of what to choose. I asked the staff there to explain the ingredients in some dishes: they spoke English well and were very helpful. The place actually looked quite cozy. I tried pineapple rice, oyster mushrooms, tofu and some spring rolls; all tasted very nice. The place was quite crowded by the time I got there so it was probably why my dishes came out a little slow. I noticed several dishes with milk; make sure you ask the waitress to leave it out. Overall, much better experience and fairer price than high-end places like Hum Vegetarian Restaurant.
KHAI MINH RESTAURANT
Address: 157 Dien Bien Phu, District 15, Binh Thach, HCM City
That small, traditional cafe-style restaurant offers various types of vegan food at very reasonable price. I got a menu in English with detailed descriptions of dishes so I didn’t have to ask the waitress a lot. The first dish was a little sweet for my taste so I request the cook to reduce the amount of sugar in other dishes: the result was excellent. I love the light taste; it seemed that no MSG was put in the food. Surprisingly, there are no mock meat dishes here like in most other vegan places. You also can find some packed vegan products and cook book for sale. The atmosphere is quite amicable.
I have trouble ranking my favorite vegan places in Hoi An because I only came there briefly. I did try the two highly recommended places, though: Quan Chay An Nhu (in a small alley, No. 71/20, Phan Chu Trinh Street) and Quan Chay Dam (No 516 Hai Ba Trung, Hoi An). Both offer quite nice vegan foods at incredibly cheap prices.
I got to taste vegan food in a very old Vietnamese traditional house surrounded by a nice garden. Naturally, it adds to the price but I really love the peaceful atmosphere and the setting in this restaurant. I highly recommended vegan spring roll, pho, and fruit dishes. Fermented soy curd tastes heavenly. The menu is in both Vietnamese and English.
Address: 50 Nguyen Cong Tru, Hue, Vietnam
I love hotpot and it is actually a specialty of Thanh Lieu so I went there every time I visit Hue. Do not expect any English menu in this tiny local place; however, there are only several main dishes so you do not have to ask the staff. Even now I still miss the savoury flavour of cheap hot pot served there. “Banh loc” (rice cake wrapped in leaves) is also must-try. The setting is simple and the place is always packed with customers but foods are served very quickly.
There you have my little guide of best vegan places I have ever been to in Vietnam; hopefully it will be helpful for your taste buds.
About the author
Anna Lee is a travel blogger and a wanderer, who loves the freedom that comes along with living out of her suitcase. She has been to many Asian countries such as China, Indonesia, Singapore and currently she is staying in Vietnam. You can read her adventures in Asia at her blog.