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The trend for veg-friendly restaurants, shops, and cafés has taken hold in Paris, creating new options for travelers to the City of Light. With that in mind, we chatted with our favorite Parisian insider, Aurelia d’Andrea, author of Vegetarian Paris: The Complete Insider's Guide to the Best Veggie Food in Paris.

With its tantalizing, yeasty aromas and daily output of nearly 10,000 loaves and rolls, Hot Bread Kitchen might seem like any busy New York bakery. But there’s a satisfying twist: every worker is an immigrant or low-income woman getting on-the-job training and basic English-language instruction as part of her employment.

This summer, an all-vegetarian restaurant debuted at Mexico’s Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, taking the destination’s eco-friendliness up a notch. We like that veg food will fuel such onsite volunteer activities as the SOS Marine Sea Turtles and Mangrove Swamps Cradle of Life environmental protection projects. Plus, the kitchen at Salvia contributes to the composting stations that, along with solar panels, help the beachfront getaway earn its eco-cred. Here, intel about Salvia’s menu—which includes raw options—from chef Milton Landa.

It’s easy to find veg meals in a health-conscious, food-friendly city like San Francisco. But the newest destination for vegetarians and vegans alike is actually across the bay, in Oakland. Over the past few years, Oakland has attracted a strong indie culture that is also seriously food savvy. And many of these newcomers have purely plant-based eating on their minds. Here are some of the hippest places for vegan eats in that other city by the bay.

The Atlantic Ocean laps its waves over 228 miles of shoreline in Maine—"Vacation Land," as the license plate reads. Fog horns bellow, while below the surface countless lobster crawl around Frenchman Bay. While Bar Harbor is oft thought of as a pescatarian’s paradise, plant-based travelers fear not: it's got you covered too

Texas may be known for its livestock, oil, and cowboys, but the capital of the Lone Star state offers a bevy of vegetarian hot spots, innovative restaurateurs, and veg-inspired dishes that’ll leave you speechless. Vegan Faux Butterfinger shakes? Yeehaw!

The home of cheesesteaks and Kevin Bacon also happens to be a Mecca of phenomenal vegetarian restaurants and cafés. These tasty destinations will whet your appetite for a visit to the City of Brotherly Love.

A perennial favorite on “the most vegetarian-friendly city” lists, Seattle is a great place to be veg. The beautiful northwestern city has an annual VegFest that gives attendees the opportunity to watch cooking demonstrations, nibble food samples, and celebrate vegetarianism with like-minded folks. Whether you’'re a local or just visiting, here are five don'’t-miss picks for dining out in Seattle.