Excellent food and a gorgeous interior - there's a lot to love at Tian. Picture / Supplied

Seven Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurants Worth Travelling The World For

These restaurants are changing the face of plant-based fare around the globe

With a focus on high-quality ingredients and sustainability, the team at Tian in Vienna are enthusiastic about perfecting every aspect of running a restaurant. Tian means heaven in Chinese and is also the name of a French vegetarian stew. The Michelin Guide describes Tian's vegetarian and vegan dishes as "punchy and rich in contrast yet full of finesse" while the restaurant's chefs promise to take you on a "unique culinary journey". 
• Visit Tian-restaurant.com

Cookies Cream, Berlin
This restaurant is slightly hidden away but will be well worth the hunt once your amazing meal is served. The restaurant has a casual, industrial feel, meaning you'll feel right at home as you tuck into the creative dishes by chef Stephan Hentschel, who's been awarded a Michelin Star for his impressive food.
• Visit Cookiescream.com

If you're in Berlin, try Cookies Cream and see what all the fuss is about. Picture / Supplied

Gentle Gourmet, Paris
This restaurant has been at the forefront of vegan dining in Paris since it opened nine years ago. Their menu changes with the seasons and features locally grown vegetables, vegan versions of butter, cream and cheeses. They also run a vegan cooking school if running away to France and becoming a top chef happens to be on your bucket list.
• Visit Gentlegourmet.fr

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Arancia Blu, Rome
When in Rome, don't feel you have to stick to traditional Italian fare, especially when there are vegetarian restaurants as delicious as Arancia Blu. The menu isn't strictly Italian but does feature all the pasta you could possibly hope for. 
• Visit Arancia Blu on Facebook

Dairy-free dessert at Candle 79 in New York. Picture / Supplied

Vanilla Black, London
The owners of London fine-dining restaurant Vanilla Black have garnered a lot of attention for their unconventional take on vegetarian food. They have a very straightforward and non-preachy approach to vegetarianism and simply wanted to create a place free of typical or boring plant-based options. However, their food is far from simple, using modern gastronomic techniques and interesting ingredients, presented in bright and beautiful ways. 
• Visit Vanillablack.co.uk

Alibi, Sydney
A new cocktail bar and restaurant with a fully vegan menu, designed by innovative US chef Matthew Kenney, has opened in Sydney. Alibi is the first plant-based restaurant to open in an Australian hotel and is housed on the ground floor of Ovolo Woolloomooloo. Choose from plates of kimchi dumplings with sesame and ginger foam, zucchini lasagne with pistachio pesto and desserts such as coconut cream pie and deconstructed tiramisu.
• Visit Alibibar.com.au

The Enchanted Forest cocktail on the menu at Alibi. Picture / Supplied

Candle 79, NYC
Relaxed and elegant, Candle 79 has been impressing New York with its organic, plant-based offerings for years now and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reviews often mention the guacamole timbale which comes with chipotle black beans, pico de gallo, plantain chips and ranchero sauce, as well as their selection of cocktails.
• Visit Candle79.com

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