Top 10 Best Countries to be Vegetarian

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Vegetarians will have a hard time traveling to certain countries, as meat is in the culture and can be included in everything. However, certain countries have large vegetarian populations and customs.

10. Canada:

There is a large vegetarian culture in Canada, especially in big cities. Because Toronto is the most diverse city in the world, you can enjoy delicious vegetarian cuisine from so many different cultures; visit the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

9. Israel:

Because Israeli restaurants and supermarkets will often abide by Kosher laws, pork and shellfish are not served, and prepared food usually will not combine milk and meat. Falafel and hummus are available everywhere, and cucumbers and hummus are served with every meal.

8. Hong Kong:

Inspired by British culture, Hong Kong has many vegetarian options, that are not only Chinese food, but often Indian or Western inspired. There are also several health food stores.

7. United States:

Especially around big cities like New York, San Francisco or Chicago, the US has many vegetarians. It is more difficult to eat out in the South, but supermarkets will have an abundance of options.

6. Thailand:

Vegetarianism is accepted in Thailand, and many traditional Thai dishes with rice and noodles are meat-free and loaded with a wide range of fresh veggies. Many vegetable dishes are made with fish sauce, but you can request to have it excluded. There is even a Phuket Vegetarian Festival!

5. Taiwan:

Taiwan does offer vegetarian options, but it is difficult to navigate your options without knowing the language. Click here for some helpful hints.

4. United Kingdom:

This is one of the most advanced vegetarian cultures in the world, with veggie-friendly food available in almost every town. Most restaurants have vegetarian options, and vegetarian food in supermarkets is often clearly labeled. The UK isn’t exactly known for its amazing native food, so there are often great vegetarian Indian dishes available in restaurants. Pubs often serve veggie burgers.

3. Vietnam:

Though many of the vegetable dishes are made with fish sauce, there are ways around it. Read this article for some tips. Their delicious Pho noodle dishes taste just as great without meat.

2. Malaysia:

There is a vegetarian culture in Malaysia, and their food is inspired by Chinese, Indian and European influence. There are many delicious vegetarian curry and noodle dishes, and it is not difficult to find suitable restaurants.

1. India:

India has the highest number of vegetarians in the world, making up 20-40% of the population. Food in supermarkets has special labels for the vegetarian selections, and almost all restaurants offer the option.

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61 Responses to “Top 10 Best Countries to be Vegetarian”

  1. santhosh
    September 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    everyone should know that india is the real home to vegetarians and vegans and everywhere you go you get vegetarian food.most of the hotels serve vegetarian food exclusively and it is clearly indicated on the name plate of the hotel.most nonveg hotels dont mix veg with nonveg. so any vegetarian coming to india will find extremely easy to figure what they are eating.

  2. AK JAIN
    November 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    most countries are going towards veg……but india is going towards nonveg….think over it….avoid eating in nonveg hotels,restaurants…..

  3. Gill
    February 17, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    The food in Israel, in Tel Aviv, is out of this world.

  4. Shalom
    March 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Israel is also pretty awesome for vegetarians and vegans because we’ve got some of the best organic fruit and vegetables grown here.

  5. Devanshi anandani
    October 10, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    As Israel indian food does not consist organic food and vegetables in main couse they are served raw in desserts . In r india the vegetarian foods are cooked,they aren’t just crushed and mixed

    India is best for vegetarians but worst for non-veg people as we tease non- veges (mass machi khane wale)

  6. swati
    November 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm #

    Sure India is great for vegetarians. However for those who are vegan be warned that dairy products are everywhere! Food is often cooked in clarified butter, most people do not know the difference between vegan and vegetarian and even the strictest vegetarian will consume milk like water! Lactose intolerance does not exist there so there is a dearth of soy derivatives.

  7. deepak
    April 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    yes, india is only pure vegetarian country of the world but some time problem.

  8. Jools
    May 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    You forgot Australia! Any city in Australia has lots of Asian inspired vegetarian food. It’s become standard for the supermarkets to stock a range of tofu, alternative milks and other vegetarian or vegan products like TVP and vege burgers. Restaurants always have at least one vegetarian option and it’s becoming so much more common to see an entire vegetarian section in the menu.

  9. barry
    May 20, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    INDIA is Most SACRED for Vegetarians & the only reliable Veg food you can get in any part if the world is in ISKCON Temples, other places you have to be cautious. If you compare Non veg to veg in animals also Elephant, Rhino have more strength & better built than lion or Tiger which also lack in stamina like a bull or horse which can walk/run for hours. Even camel has so much stamina no non veg animal can match. Go for veg & avoid being a sinner.

  10. Veggie
    September 4, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    I am a Canadian/Australian vegetarian living in Australia, and on my last visit to Canada with family I found it incredibly difficult to find a good meal out! Luckily I eat fish (pescetarian really but no one really knows what that means) so I could find some fish dishes, but I usually ended up eating side dishes or bruscetta from the entree menu! This was in Calgary and Banff!! I didn’t have much luck! I’m surprised that Australia didn’t make the list because you would be doing a good job to finding a restaurant without Veg options, usually its only the steakhouses and even then they have salad options! Its quite a large trend being vegetarian over here, especially in uni students.

  11. k
    April 18, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Especially Melbourne, Australia- such an enormous vegetarian following. We have districts full of vegie cafe’s and restaurants!

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