The plant-based traveller finds some new favourite eateries


Whenever I travel, I always search for my destination on Happy Cow to make sure I find the best vegetarian restaurants and health food shops whilst I’m there. There are so many great eating places to choose from in London, I always wish I could stay for longer just so I could eat more!

During my most recent trip, I stopped for a quick lunch at Chop’d in Old Spitalfields Market. I’d actually been looking for another food stand at the market, which unfortunately has closed down, and came across Chop’d by accident. This is a take-out that proves salad is way more than just rabbit food. As this was my first visit, my helpful server talked me through choosing my lunch. First of all, you choose your base from house leaves, deli leaves, pasta, brown rice or couscous. Then, choose from a great selection of house items including beetroot, chickpeas, edamame beans, olives and tomato to name just a few. The team at Chop’d recommend three house items, but you can add extra for 35p per portion. Next comes your deli item. They are options such as avocado and tofu, but Chop’d isn’t just for vegetarians, there are plenty of meat options as well. Now all you have to do is choose a garnish and dressing (mixed seeds with balsamic for me), and watch your server whip your salad up into a delicious lunch. You get plenty of food as well, although my photo doesn’t really do the portions justice (I was enjoying it so much that I forgot to take a photo until I was already halfway through!). As a bonus (for you and the planet), if you don’t take a bag or re-use an old one you get to pick another house item. I only realised this when I picked up a leaflet on my way out, and I got more than a bit confused when all the staff kept asking me if I needed a bag šŸ™‚

After a few more hours wandering around the city, I was ready for dinner, and very excited to go and find Tibits. An entirely vegetarian restaurant, Tibits is even more customer friendly than Chop’d. All the food is laid out buffet style, and they weigh your plate to determine how much you pay. A massive plate of great tasting plant-based food, a glass of chilled white wine and a sunny summers afternoon in London. What more could I ask for?

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