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01-09-2018 05:32 AM
Lux_ I feel like places like LA blow us out of the water, but considering how small the city I live in is, we still do pretty well over here. We have lots of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, supermarkets generally always have a vegan aisle both for fresh foods and for frozen things and most high street restaurants have a vegan menu or are happy to accommodate. People ask me all the time if I think it's difficult to be vegan and really, it's not. I don't think it limits me in any way really. Our main airport is the only place where I feel let down. They could really use some vegan or even veggie options in their restaurants and cafes. My bf doesn't drink soy milk and just hunting down a coffee shop there that could make him something with some other kind of milk was strangely difficult the last time we travelled through there together.
01-06-2018 12:41 PM
crick I think most cities are the same , lets not forget how much of a minority us vegans actually are but yeah , i live in stoke on trent and its very much meat based everywhere.Its quite a big city but the only vegan cafe closed recently,i knew the couple that ran it.I guess there was sadly not enough demand.
01-19-2017 02:03 PM
mooncat My hometown is a very small town in Devon. I think a few months ago, a new takeaway opened that does some vegan options, and there's an independent health food shop stocking vegan foods.

I've lived in Nottingham for around 9 years now, and there's been a huge increase in restaurants offering vegan options and completely vegan restaurants and cafes in the last 2 years. I have no problems at all choosing where to eat... if anything there's too much choice!
01-14-2017 03:05 AM
Sidhuriel I live in Amersfoort, a town in the Netherlands.

It is a medium sized town with a relatively small shopping centre, there is only about three organic stores. They are mostly oriented on a vegetarian and welfarism oriented public. There are some vegan options but it is only a small margin.

Mainstream supermarkets also offer a small vegan section, so all in all it is manageable and you can find what you need if you know where to go. But indulgences like frozen vegan pizza don't exist.

There are no vegetarian restaurants in my town, and certainly no vegan ones. There are only omni places with vegetarian options, and some asian ones with accidental vegan ones. But you are never sure about how it is prepared so it is better to go to a different town and eat in a true vegan restaurant.
01-12-2017 01:50 AM
Rebeka Birmingham has a vegan shop and some vegetarian restaurants, but needs some vegan restaurants.
01-06-2016 03:37 PM
tokyobags
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I'm still learning about vegan London but am getting the impression that it's very vegan friendly you just need to know where to go/look. So yeah even though still discovering I'll risk to say very vegan friendly and when it comes to vegetarian I cannot think of a place on earth that would be difficult...vegetarian is super easy anywhere, right?
I have been to London a short trip a year ago and i have to say it is really not difficult at all to find a vegan restaurant or vegan food.

Usually my family will just open google maps searching for vegan / vegetarian and it comes out with great results.

I have to say it is surprisingly easier than i though it would be
01-06-2016 03:11 PM
Eman the Vegan Right now, I live in Gaborone, Botswana. There are 4 restaurants that have at least one vegetarian option. There are stores that have meat free meat (e.g Fry's Family) sections. Woolworths sells oat milk (my favourite), rice milk, and I think they also sell soy milk. I should mention that they label vegan products as vegan with a "V".Things could be worse. I'm just glad that I find some good meat free meat.
12-30-2015 06:16 PM
Starchyvegan
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Originally Posted by UrbanHymns98 View Post
How veggie/vegan-friendly is your hometown?

Maidstone is alright, with one excellent vegetarian restaurant and two health food shops, however I really hope that a wider range of vegan-friendly businesses will open up in the future.

I love visiting Brighton, there are so many vegan-friendly shops and restaurants there, it's amazing. I wish all towns had it as easy as they do! I've heard that Glasgow is the best in the UK, but I've never been so can't back that up with experience.

Would be interested to hear what your experiences are with other UK towns and cities.
I'm from Glasgow! Yes we have alot of amazing vegan restaurants here. I still havent managed to visit every one but thats on my to do list! Ones I have been to so far have had so much choice and variety. Edinburgh has slowly been sneaking up behind glasgow for best vegan friendly city so I am hoping to try out others there too!
12-16-2015 08:07 AM
frame69 I live in a town famous for dining but its basically zero vegan.

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06-27-2015 07:47 AM
melimomTARDIS new news! My best friend who manages the local bar (I live in the rural midwest) put a veggie burger on the menu. I am going out there tonight to support her efforts.
06-26-2015 04:11 PM
TheHappyBeans I live in a small town (2000ish people) in rural Portugal. I haven't seen a vegetarian option on any restaurant menu here except a vegetarian pizza at the pizzeria. The closest restaurants I know that have a vegetarian option (just one vegetarian option!) are about an hour away and there is a university city also about an hour away that has a vegan restaurant. When I was vegetarian, most places would cook me an omelette if I asked, but now that I am vegan, my choices for eating out are pretty limited.

The supermarkets are OK for basics though - soy/almond milk, tofu, TVP in various shapes & sizes, loads of beans. Nothing is labelled specifically as vegetarian or vegan so you have to get to know your ingredients pretty quickly and there are no convenience foods/ready meals so everything has to be made from scratch.

And watch out for the chips in France - they can often be cooked in animal fat (duck for instance).
06-26-2015 03:56 AM
SeanSmith I'm from Birmingham Uk, and i'll be honest I found myself struggling at first, but now im swamped with options.

Don't get me wrong there are a decent amount of restaurants which do cater for vegans, and there is a great area in the centre of Birmingham called Digbeth which has a real earth-friendly positive and fair trade atmosphere around it. But unless you know where to go, because of the size of the city and diversity of residents you could be looking around blind.

In honesty, I found the most vegan friendly sources for groups and restaurants on social media. I just whacked "vegan" into facebook and all sorts of great groups pop up. Admittedly there are probably more Birmingham London and Manchester groups due to size of cities. But Its only by talking to people on these pages do you find the best options for local vegan sources.




The groups I joined regularly have meet ups in restaurants and cafe's where the owners know them, and thus cater for them on specific nights - these are the things you wouldn't know by simply going online and searching "vegan restaurants Birmingham"
03-10-2015 10:38 AM
LeThieu92 My hometown in northern Ontario Canada is all about the meat. The only thing in the few restaurants here without meat are the salads, that's if you ask to omit the chicken lol. Thankfully there is a loblaws and Walmart so there are some vegan\vegetarian products. Thankfully soon I'll be in Michigan near a health food store with lots of great products .
03-10-2015 05:55 AM
Shallot Kingston upon Thames - pretty veggie friendly. There's the Riverside Vegetaria and all restaurants have a vegetarian option. Though I am so very fussy we mostly eat at home or around friends. But it's incredibly low effort to be vegetarian here and pretty easy to find vegan options too.
I work in London within walking distance of two vegetarian restaurants, Wholefoods and two other supermarkets. The bakery opposite does a vegan option on sandwiches and really it's more down to my lack of inspiration than anything else when I can't find anything to eat. :-)
03-10-2015 03:30 AM
horrorofbeauty Hi

I'm from Newcastle too. Have you heard of the new vegan restaurant 'the painted elephant' in upper princes square? Also there is a veggie restaurant opening next door to that called 'Supernatural' and is opening some time this month. There is also talk of a vegan pub but that is not confirmed yet. Very exciting times for Newcastle :-)
02-05-2015 05:12 AM
siouxsie
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I'm going to Cuba later this year. I plan to be most raw. I plan to live off of produce, alcohol, and vitamins.
It may be ok, I don't eat raw so I don't know for sure. You'll probably have to eat a lot of fruit and little else. I found that virtually the only meals I could get were rice and beans or pasta and tomato sauce. But there are a few vegetarian restaurants, I think they're called organic restaurants. I went to one, it was pretty good.
02-01-2015 06:37 PM
Go Vegan Perhaps one of her teachers can help?
02-01-2015 06:13 PM
MozIsMyShepherd
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It sounds like she knows what she wants so she should be fine
I think I'm more worried I Wont be around to support her and help her, we've been learning together and of course as a child she needs a lot of guidance to make the right choices
02-01-2015 06:11 PM
ReturnOfSaturn
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'vegetarian is super easy anywhere, right?' if only! Though London is definitely REALLY easy, you'll have no problem there!

Cuba and France have been the hardest places for me to be vegetarian (daren't even attempt veganism in France tbh!)

In Cuba they had 1 vegetarian restaurant I believe in the island (not sure?) so I ate there and it was lovely, but in a lot of the other places I just had rice and beans or pasta and tomato sauce. I did feel a little ill by the end because of eating badly I think, but it was such a nice place to visit!

In general I get the impression that a lot of countries it is pretty hard, but possible, people may think you're a bit mad but if you're polite and ask they're often ok with it.
I'm going to Cuba later this year. I plan to be most raw. I plan to live off of produce, alcohol, and vitamins.
02-01-2015 06:07 PM
Go Vegan
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She is determined not to eat flesh and will put her foot down, but I worry choices will be limited and she'll see it as negative experience and it will put her off vegetarianism as others in the group will have easier time.... Maybe I'm overreacting, France is a developed country and should have meat free selection in the restaurants
It sounds like she knows what she wants so she should be fine
02-01-2015 06:05 PM
MozIsMyShepherd She is determined not to eat flesh and will put her foot down, but I worry choices will be limited and she'll see it as negative experience and it will put her off vegetarianism as others in the group will have easier time.... Maybe I'm overreacting, France is a developed country and should have meat free selection in the restaurants
02-01-2015 05:52 PM
Go Vegan
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Oh I haven't been to France since 2010, my vegetarian daughter is going there on a trip in 2 weeks...should I worry?
There are options there, you just have to look a little harder than in UK that's all!...Does your daughter understand what she can and can't eat? If so she should be able to navigate through various menus I'm sure
02-01-2015 03:13 PM
MozIsMyShepherd Oh I haven't been to France since 2010, my vegetarian daughter is going there on a trip in 2 weeks...should I worry?
02-01-2015 10:16 AM
Go Vegan I agree that France is not particularly veg*n friendly restaurant-wise...You do have to look around a bit to find a good menu!
02-01-2015 10:08 AM
siouxsie
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Originally Posted by MozIsMyShepherd View Post
I'm still learning about vegan London but am getting the impression that it's very vegan friendly you just need to know where to go/look. So yeah even though still discovering I'll risk to say very vegan friendly and when it comes to vegetarian I cannot think of a place on earth that would be difficult...vegetarian is super easy anywhere, right?
'vegetarian is super easy anywhere, right?' if only! Though London is definitely REALLY easy, you'll have no problem there!

Cuba and France have been the hardest places for me to be vegetarian (daren't even attempt veganism in France tbh!) In France if you're just in the supermarket they have loads of types of cheese etc though checking for rennet is pretty tough, they don't tend to label that sort of thing I've found and in most restaurants you'll be lucky if you can get anything other than salad and chips. Although, I often find that if you just explain to people then it's ok (though I often get offered fish), I've had a few times there when I've explained to the waiter, and I've been the first vegetarian that the restaurant's had, they have nothing on the menu, so the chefs were really lovely and just came up with a vegetarian meal for me, one time I had the chef come out when I'd finished and ask how it was and said what a lovely challenge I had been for him!

In Cuba they had 1 vegetarian restaurant I believe in the island (not sure?) so I ate there and it was lovely, but in a lot of the other places I just had rice and beans or pasta and tomato sauce. I did feel a little ill by the end because of eating badly I think, but it was such a nice place to visit!

In general I get the impression that a lot of countries it is pretty hard, but possible, people may think you're a bit mad but if you're polite and ask they're often ok with it.



Though, I live vvv near brighton, about 15 minutes away which is brilliant as it is SO veg friendly! and such a cool place too!
01-31-2015 03:27 AM
MozIsMyShepherd I'm still learning about vegan London but am getting the impression that it's very vegan friendly you just need to know where to go/look. So yeah even though still discovering I'll risk to say very vegan friendly and when it comes to vegetarian I cannot think of a place on earth that would be difficult...vegetarian is super easy anywhere, right?
01-31-2015 12:38 AM
jacqui276
How veggie-friendly is your hometown?

I live in Calgary, Canada. For a place known for its inhumane antics every summer, we are extremely vegetarian friendly and quite vegan friendly.
01-30-2015 06:16 PM
Go Vegan
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For a small place we're not badly catered to. Health food stores in three locations within five miles. Largish supermarket with vegan/veggie subs and world food isle (beans, grains, spices, pickled veggies) same distance. Indian takeaway, though haven't used for so long not sure if vegetable dishes are vegan or vegetarian (may use ghee I suppose?).
Yes check with them whether they use ghee derived from animal or plant sources...I think it is mainly dairy derived tbh...
01-30-2015 06:15 PM
Go Vegan
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For a second there I thought you'd said Toronto, County Durham http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto,_County_Durham
I think the Canadian version is probably livelier heh
01-30-2015 02:02 PM
Spudulika For a small place we're not badly catered to. Health food stores in three locations within five miles. Largish supermarket with vegan/veggie subs and world food isle (beans, grains, spices, pickled veggies) same distance. Indian takeaway, though haven't used for so long not sure if vegetable dishes are vegan or vegetarian (may use ghee I suppose?).
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