With World Meat Free Week taking place from the 11th June, Booking.com has found the best destinations for vegetarian and vegan dining around the world. Research from Booking.com, the global leader in connecting people with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, found that a tenth of global travellers worrying about dietary requirements not being met, whereas almost half (49%) of global travellers are still looking to be more adventurous with the type of cuisine they eat while traveling, rising to 60% of millennials. *
According to the research more than six in ten travellers (61%) say they pick a destination for its great food or drink. * There’s no denying the significance of culinary travel, with more than a third (34%) of global travellers – rising to 40% of millennials – planning to take a dedicated food tourism trip sometime this year. *
Booking.com has helped us compile a roundup of the best destinations around the world for both vegetarian and vegan cuisine, along with the best places to stay, including Japan, Bali and the UK.
Go meat free in Koyasan, Japan
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the mountain of Koyasan (Mount Koya) is on the beautiful forested Kii Peninsula, more than 800 meters above sea level. It was traditionally considered sacred, and is a major pilgrimage site for followers of the Shingon school of Buddhism. A special vegetarian (often vegan) diet is followed by monks and believers in Buddhism. It is called Shojin Ryori in Japanese, which can be translated as “Food of Devotion” and you can enjoy some monastic succulence at some of the century old restaurants. Koyasan is a perfect location for vegetarians where they’re guaranteed to have a wide choice of dishes.
Jokiin is based in the heart of Koyosan and is a one minute walk from the Kongobu-ji temple where visitors can partake in Morning Prayer. Vegetarian cuisine is available at the property with local vegetarian cafes and restaurants a stone’s throw away also.
Eat healthily in Canggu, Indonesia
A 10km beach and coastal village on the south coast of Bali, Canggu is a relaxed surfer haven that features an array of healthy food and vegan restaurants, offering up simple, healthy Indonesian cuisine to refuel after a day on the waves.
The Bed by the Sea is a 6 minute walk from the beach in Canggu and is close to the vibrant streets of Canggu, which are filled to the brim with vegan and vegetarian eateries. Away from the hustle and bustle, guests can relax by the pool and garden at the property for a relaxing break which comes complete with vegan and vegetarian dishes available at breakfast.
Sample Vegetarian and Vegan dishes in London
The main reasons that visitors take a trip to London is for the sightseeing, theatre and…vegetarian cuisine! For something a little closer to home why not sample London’s range of meat-free restaurants and food markets – from Soho’s vegan food market to the trendy takeout Temple of Seitan, there’s something for every taste bud.
The Artist’s Residence is situated in the heart of central London and is a short walk from major landmarks including Big Ben and Tate Britain. The property caters for all dietary requirements with both vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.