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Perhaps you’ve taken on veganism, whether to improve your health or simply to do your part in sparing the inhumane treatment of animals. Either way, veganism isn’t just a fad anymore, and there are enough resources around to help you start a vegan diet.
But it can still be troublesome to find accommodating restaurants and establishments when you’re going around the world and missing your favorite Tofu Scramble. Here are a few ways to find vegan and vegetarian restaurants wherever you go.
HappyCow does its own bit for the sustainable way of living with its restaurant finder search engine. It is vegan and vegetarian guide to restaurants for both locals and new arrivals to a city.
You can search for healthy eating places and health stores by location and get a comprehensive list of restaurants nearby. It has 51,354 listings that are vetted by almost 180,000 reviews. The listing might be overwhelming, so drill into the results with filters for vegan, vegetarian, veg-friendly, and health stores.
You can also sort through the results by distance, reviews, ratings, and price. Don’t forget to use another sorting option that flags the places that are open now.
HappyCow also invites users to its community of vegetarian and vegan foodies. As a member (it doesn’t cost anything), you can add your reviews and notes for cities, restaurants, and stores, plus contribute recipes. Exchange notes about your favorite places on the veggie trail.
That was the spark which started the site. Eric Brent is a world traveler who couldn’t find a decent search tool for healthy eating options, so he started HappyCow to make his own eating choices healthy. And the site has taken off from there since 1999. HappyCow also has apps for iOS and Android.
Other Ways to Find Vegan-Friendly Restaurants
Yelp — The world’s largest crowdsourced directory of local businesses can help you find restaurants. And the vegan or vegetarian filter can help narrow down to the places you want to go to.
Find all the restaurants in a specific area and then expand the categories. Vegan and Vegetarian are where they should be in the alphabetized list.
Vanilla Bean — This one is for the people who do not live in the United States. Vanilla Bean covers vegan and vegetarian restaurants in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as well as some cities in Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. The free restaurant guide has more than 4,200 venues on its list.
What is your favorite myth about going vegan? How difficult is to find a healthy eating option in your locality?