vanilla bean is a vegan restaurant guide that lists over 23,000 vegan-friendly restaurants in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and the United States. The app is available and free to download for iPhone and Android smartphones. There is also a web version (www.vanilla-bean.com).
Unlike similar restaurant guides, only those eateries are listed that explicitly cater to vegans and offer at least one vegan dish that is clearly marked as such. This ensures that the restaurants understand plant-based diets. The key difference though is that vanilla bean highlights which restaurants use local, organic, and fair-trade ingredients or offer gluten-free, raw food, and lactose-free options with colorful icons in the app. Users can also filter restaurants in their search by certain criteria. For example, they can search only for those restaurants that are vegan and vegetarian and use local and organic ingredients. Or they can search for ones with gluten-free and raw vegan dishes on offer.
If your favourite vegan restaurant is not listed yet, you can easily add it to vanilla bean via the app (look for the little house icon). The team checks each submission to see whether it meets all criteria and adds relevant information.
vanilla bean's headquarters are in Germany, but several employees are based in the UK.