Five of the best places in the world to grab a vegan meal

“This oral fixation can manifest itself in a number of ways. It may result in a desire for constant oral stimulation, such as through eating, smoking, alcoholism, nail-biting, or thumb-sucking.” Is it strange to confess to an oral fixation on a public blog post? Probably. But if I could live a thousand lives only to eat, I think it would be worth it.

Okay, that’s slightly tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended). I’ve only been vegan for about five years now, so if it’s true that our cells take 7 years to fully recycle in our body, then I’ve still got some carnivore in me. However, in these five years, I’ve eaten at better restaurants than I ever did before. Maybe I’m just more aware, or maybe I care more now. Whatever the case may be, here are five of the best places in the world to grab a vegan meal. Count yourself lucky if you live close enough to try them!

  1. Clementine Bakery, New York City, USA

Nestled in a side street of Brooklyn brownstone houses, Clementine doesn’t even advertise being 100% vegan. Perhaps it’s because there are too many sceptics about vegan baked goods. Yet, any sceptic with a Clementine croissant or cake will be won over immediately. Their sandwiches are delicious too – the best vegan grilled cheese with bacon in the whole world!

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  1. Yellow Sunshine, Berlin, Germany

Don’t be surprised to see a burger joint on this list. Germany is king of vegan meat and cheese substitutes, and it’s hard to walk down a Berlin street without seeing “vegan food” in the window of some small restaurant or even food stall. Yellow Sunshine exactly the sort of fast food place you crave after hippie quinoa and salads. Don’t miss the seitan burger or Hawaiian chicken burger!

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  1. Hoa Thien, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

In my last post, I wrote that some people think vegans have to miss out on cultural food experiences. I’ve found this to be untrue almost everywhere, but this hole-in-the-wall family-owned and run restaurant proves it. Every Vietnamese specialty is on their menu, and at $2 apiece, you can try them all. Not surprisingly, my favorites are #25 and #30 – chicken with chili and lemongrass and roasted pork.

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  1. The Chicago Diner, Chicago, USA

I’m from the city known for hot dogs and deep dish pizza. One of my all-time favorite meals used to buffalo wings. Now it still is, thanks to this little diner right on the main drag in Boys’ Town. It’s a busy place, but if you can find a seat, you won’t be disappointed to try some of your all-time favorite comfort food.

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  1. VBites, Brighton, UK

What do Paul McCartney’s wives have in common (…besides, ahem, the obvious…). Well done if you answered, “They both created  lines of vegetarian and vegan foods.” VBites in Brighton is the showroom café for Heather Mills’ range (which you can find at most Holland and Barrett stores in the UK). I rarely get past the burger menu, but if you’re there on a Sunday, have a vegan roast before walking along the seafront just around the corner.

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If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably realized two things. First, you don’t have to give up all your favorite foods when you go vegan. And second, I must be hungry! Let me know what you think after checking out one of these places. I for one think they’re among the best in the world!

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