Vegan Food You’d Travel The World For

by Crissandra Ayroso
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When you live the plant life, travelling the world for the best vegan food is as natural as its plant-based ingredients. In celebration of World Vegan Day on Nov. 1, two of our Flighties, Alexandra Roper and Genevieve Coleman, share their favourite vegan restaurants from around the world. Whether you’re vegan or vegetarian, or not, here’s where to find a delicious plant-based dish that even the pickiest eaters would love. 


Ta’consciente, Playa del Carmen

Address: Calle 30 Nte entre 30 y 25, Gonzalo Guerrero, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playing on the Spanish word for conscious and taco, Ta’consciente speaks our language. Ta’consciente is a must-try for authentic, affordable Mexican vegan food in Playa del Carmen, which offers everything from tacos to vegan sweets, popsicles, kombucha, and more. “The food was absolutely amazing and there are SO many vegan options,” Alexandra says. “10/10.”


Amirthaa Pure Vegetarian, Colombo

Address: 256 A, Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka


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Sri Lanka is a vegetarian and vegan foodie’s delight. For a plant-based South Indian feast, try Amirthaa Pure Vegetarian restaurant. “Teeming with locals, it was one of the best (and hottest!) meals of my life,” Genevieve says. You “MUST try the vada, Sri Lankan-South Indian savoury donuts served with sambar and chutney. I ordered enough for a family and paid $4 CAD. I took my remaining curry in a to-go pouch for the plane.”


Felafel Koy, Istanbul

Address: Şahkulu, Kumbaracı Ykş. No:69, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey


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Like a beacon calling to vegans wandering far from home, Felafel Koy’s “vegan” sign in the window called to Alexandra while travelling Istanbul. Hone in on the family-run restaurant and try the falafel wraps, she suggests. “They’re to die for!”


Meet on Main, Vancouver

Address: 4288 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5V 3P9

Meet on Main offers some of the best vegan versions of comfort food favourites, like mac ‘n’ cheese, burgers, poutine, calamari, vegan beer, wine, cocktails, and soooo much more. “My favourites are the taco salad and the artichoke dip,” Alexandra says. “The cronut (a deep-fried donut made with flakey croissant dough) is a MUST for dessert.” Along with the original location on Main Street, they also have locations in Gastown and Yaletown.


Sophie Sucrée, Montreal

Address: 167 Ave des Pins E, Montréal, QC H2W 1N9


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An all-vegan pastry shop, Sophie Sucrée bakes fresh cupcakes, puff pastries, brownies, cheesecakes, and more, daily in downtown Montreal. Find this cute bubble gum pink hidden gem and treat yourself to some vegan sweets. Genevieve recommends the vegan almond croissant and salted caramel cheesecake bar.


Off The Griddle, Portland

Address: 6526 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206, United States

Starting out as a food truck back in 2010, Off The Griddle garnered a cult following before opening a bricks-and-mortar restaurant in 2017. Off The Griddle is vegan comfort food at its finest, Alex says. “We got the French dip sandwich with soy ‘steak’, mushrooms, onion, vegan ‘Swiss’, & au jus with coleslaw on the side, buffalo chk’n mac & cheese, crunchy dill deep-fried pickles with zesty ranch, and an Oreo cookie milkshake. It was all so tasty! I especially loved the buffalo chk’n mac & cheese.”


Have an appetite for plant-based consumption? Ask our Expert Travellers for the perfect recommendation. Call us at 1-855-796-8359, or stop by your local Flight Centre store.


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