Take a tour of Europe and you'll find some of the best vegetarian restaurants in the world, where your meat–loving friends won't feel like they're missing out.
Far from vegetarian food being something to 'endure', the old continent has stepped it up when it comes to meat–free dining, making it an exciting destination in its own right.
From Michelin–starred haute cuisine in sleek surroudings to hearty cafe fare in hip hangouts, here's our pick of the best vegetarian restaurants in Europe, from Amsterdam to Warsaw, where you'll feel the love for vegetables.
1. Mildreds, London
Something of a Soho insitution, Mildreds has stood the test of time, serving modern, international vegetarian fare in warm and comfortable surroundings for almost three decades.
45 Lexington St, London W1F 9AN, United KingdomWebsite
2. Manna, London
A stylishly understated restaurant tucked away in the villagey area of Primrose Hill, Manna has all the feel of stumbling across a deliciously modern vegetarian secret.
Manna4 Erskine Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3AJWebsite
3. Vanilla Black, London
Refined nouvelle cuisine can be found on the menu in this elegant, yet mellow London diner. Exciting twists take the meat–free menu to another dimension.
Vanilla Black17-18 Tooks Court London EC4A 1LBWebsite
4. Lucky Leek, Berlin
Listed in the Michelin Guide, the Lucky Leek succesfully navigates that fine line between friendliness and professionalism, serving modern fare in relaxed surroundings.
This Zurich institution takes the World Guiness Book of Records title of 'The Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant'. However, this is a foward–thinking progressive vegetarian venue showcasing vegetarian food at its finest. A breezy modern rustic downstairs self–service cafe leads to a comfortable smart casual restaurant upstairs.
Creative and colourful, the Rasoterra bistro is set in the Barrio Gótico, serving seasonal and local ingredients sourced from their own gardens in a nearby city. Expect Spanish–style vegetarian tapas and other modern dishes.
Vegetarian Bistrot Carrer de Palau, 5 08002 BarcelonaWebsite
7. Botaniq, Copenhagen
Sustainability and green living are at the heart of this organic restaurant, serving largely vegan food with much of the produce being grown on the restaurant's own organic farm.
Botaniq Food & Juice
Frederiksborggade 26 1360 København KWebsite
8. Tian Experience Taste, Vienna
Christian Halper's vision of a vegetarian restaurant to excite non-vegetarians took root in Tian, where the emphasis is on interesting and exciting flavours.
When in Rome, try the rareity that is a vegetarian restaurant. Il Margutta is a jewel in the vegetarian crown, set in an airy gallery come restaurant with a wide selection of dishes based on the bounty of Rome's fruit and vegetables.
ll Margutta vegetarian food & art
Via Margutta, 118 - 00187 - RomaWebsite
11. Joia, Milan
Milan's Michelin–starred vegetarian restaurant is a must for an experience in the heady heights that vegetarian haute cuisine is capable of. Exquisite plating makes for a memorable experience.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 18, 20124 MilanoWebsite
12. De Bolhoed, Amsterdam
Named after a 'bowler' hat, this eclectic cafe–style restaurant is a relaxed affair serving organic vegetarian dishes with a generous dessert selection to follow.
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