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Three cities all vegan wine and food lovers should visit

UNITED KINGDOM | Thursday, 6 September 2018 | Views [59]

For food and wine lovers alike, visiting cities around the world is all about checking out the local restaurant and bar scene. For vegans, however, this is not always as easy as it should be.

While vegan visitors may have previously had to entertain themselves with homemade food and drink, as awareness of veganism has grown in recent years, many restaurants are now offering far more animal-free options.

If you’re thinking of taking a trip, here are three cities you have to visit:

Rome, Italy

As a culture, the Italians take wine and food pretty seriously, with most restaurant menus having plenty of choice for vegan diners.

Fiore is a particularly prominent example, with its flexitarian menu having something for all dietary requirements. Known locally for their experimental approach to classic Italian cooking, Fiore also features an 11-page wine list to accompany its original cuisine.

Il Margutta is a must-visit too - not only is it part restaurant and part contemporary art gallery - but also features an extensive wine cellar as well. Other great vegan spots include So What?!?, which has fresh menus daily, and the organic, seasonal fare of La Capra Campa Bistrot.

Portland, USA

As the microbrewery capital of the US, Portland, OR is renowned for its wide variety of booze, plenty of which is vegan-friendly. In addition to this, there is also a wealth of vegan wineries in and around the Portland area, such as the family-owned Tyee Wine Cellars, and the excellent Bethel Heights vineyard.

In terms of food, if you’re visiting The City of Roses, make sure to stop off at Portland Farmers market, which has 140 stalls selling a wide range of seasonal veg and artisanal products.

For vegan restaurants and cafes, try Vtopia - an all-vegan restaurant and cheese shop, which carries a broad selection of cashew-based cheeses, and Blossoming Lotus for some vegan fusion.

Berlin, Germany

For the final offering we return to Europe with Germany’s capital - Berlin. While German food is strongly associated with bratwurst and beer, Berlin is a lively, cosmopolitan city, with a huge arts and culture scene. The food and drink available in the city reflects this diverse and exciting culture.

The Lucky Leek is one of the best restaurants in town - vegan or otherwise -  with its choice of entirely vegan a la carte or prix fixe menus, both of which offer a wine pairing for every course. This Michelin-standard restaurant is a rare fine dining experience that will please vegans and non-vegans alike.

For a lunch time nibble, Two Planets is a quirky cafe in the hip and upcoming Neukölln area. It’s menu includes a range of sweet treats, coffees, and ‘dope ass toast’ topped with various vegan offerings.

Berlin also has a huge Vietnamese restaurant scene, with 1990 Vegan Living up there with the best of them, while the touring Réger Burger food truck is a real highlight too - if you can find it!

Tags: food, travel, vegetarian

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