The world has started to take a more conscious approach to food, with many opting to dive into the world of veganism. While Cape Town has a plethora of delicious vegan restaurants to dig into, many parts of the world are not so lucky.
Travelling and finding food can be a pain if you’re looking for good food that doesn’t contain any animal products, but Portugal has changed all that and in a big way.
According to contiki.com, the European nation was the first country in the world to officially make it illegal not to offer a vegan menu option. The monumental law was first passed in 2017, with it currently applying to public buildings such as schools, universities, hospitals and prisons – talk about being spoiled for choice!
The law was passed after the Portuguese Vegetarian Society successfully passed a petition with 15 000 signatures. Nuno Alvim, a spokesperson for the society stated that one of the benefits of this law is that “it will promote diversity of eating habits and encourage more people to choose the veggie option as it becomes more widely available.”
“This is, of course, predicted to have a significant impact on the population’s health foremost, but also on animals and the environment in the long run. Promoting the rights of the vegan population is as important as campaigning and informing people to adopt veganism, in our view,” he continued.
While there are incredible vegan and vegetarian restaurants to choose from across Portugal, a few of the best cities to grab a veggie-loving bite to eat is the capital city of Lisbon, Porto, and Cascais.