Essential Reading for Veggies Planning a Euro Trip

A survey ranks Europe's most vegetarian-friendly destinations

Henna Achhpal

To be a vegetarian with wanderlust is not always the best combination. Whatever your reason to choose the leafy greens over meat may be, vegetarians can attest to having had at least one experience from their international travels when they felt like a scavenger hunting for a meal -- without meat.
To open the menu only to find a measly few dishes adorned with that beautiful green dot before the pages and varieties of meats begin. You're not a true vegetarian unless you've barked at a menu for not having as many options as your meat-eating friends enjoy. When you finally do pick something off the menu, as if to ridicule you, your plate arrives with bright red discs of tomatoes resting on a bed of large lettuce-y leaves sprinkled with a tease of goat cheese flakes (true story).
If you've been putting off your holiday to Europe because you're worried you'll be going to bed with a growling tummy on vacation, this survey of the most vegetarian-friendly European countries will put your fears to rest. To measure a country's vegetarian friendliness, the Eco Experts judged 26 European countries based on three parameters: the number of vegetarian-friendly restaurants per 1,00,000 people; the annual meat consumption per person; and the average price of a kilo of meat. According to the comparison website's calculation, the winner was...



No wonder Yash Chopra sold the Swiss Alps to the Indian audiences so fervently through his movies. Besides, the picturesque nation is home to Hiltl, the restaurant that holds the Guinness world record for being the oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the world, in Zurich since 1898.
"The country boasts the highest density of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Europe with 165.94 per 1,00,000 people," stated Eco Experts.

Others in the Top 5

The other vegetarian-friendly European countries that found a place in the top five were Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom bagging second, third, fourth and fifth places respectively.
"Finland and Sweden’s density of vegetarian restaurants to 1,00,000 people was also pretty impressive, at 67.69 and 58.43 respectively," stated the website.

Give it a miss

Going by the survey, Denmark should probably be on the bottom of your list. The nation scored the lowest density of vegetarian eateries (at just 32.42 per 1,00,000 people).

Playing it safe

The United Kingdom, on the other hand, known for its fashionably overpriced vegetarian hangouts in cities like London, Edinburgh and Brighton, is home to the second highest concentration of vegetarian-friendly eateries in Europe, at 80.02 per 1,00,000 people.

Map showing the best country to be vegetarian in Europe

Now that you know the destinations where abundant vegetarian gastronomic experiences await, you can finally go ahead and book that flight you've been eyeing for so long.

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