In the last 10 years, vegan-ism in Britain has developed from something of a niche culture, to a fully-fledged foodie trend, heralded by celebrities such as power couple Jay-Z and Beyonce. With vegan products everywhere (we even have designated veggie Pret-a-Manger’s), these days, vegans will find themselves just as at home in Sainsbury’s as they would in their local health food store. But, what is a vegan to do when they go abroad? With animal products hiding in many Italian desserts, and even in some French wines, a completely animal-free diet while on holiday can be incredibly difficult because of the language barrier.

What is a vegan to do when they go abroad?

What is a vegan to do when they go abroad?

When holidaying far away from the comfort of your local supermarket, it can be hard to explain to your friendly waiter that you don’t eat animal products – and that yes, this includes both eggs and cheese!

To help vegans travelling to Europe for a mini-break this autumn, language-learning app Babbel (babbel.com) has collated a list of phrases to ensure that you can eat animal-free wherever you may be.

Do you know any good local vegetarian or vegan restaurants?

o    French: Connaissez-vous de bons restaurants végétariens ou végétaliens ?

o    Spanish: ¿Conoces algún buen restaurante vegetariano o vegano?

o    German: Kennen Sie ein gutes vegetarisches oder veganes Restaurant in der Nähe?

o    Italian: Conosce un buon ristorante vegetariano o vegano in zona?

Do you have a meat-free and dairy-free menu?

o    French: Servez-vous des plats sans viande et produits laitiers ?

o    Spanish: ¿Tienes algún plato sin carne y sin lactosa?

o    German: Haben Sie auch Gerichte ohne Fleisch und Milchprodukte?

o    Italian: Avete anche piatti senza carne e senza latticini?

I’m vegan, what would you recommend from the menu?

o    French: Je suis végétalien/végétalienne, auriez-vous des plats à me recommander ?

o    Spanish: Soy vegano/a, ¿qué me recomendarías del menú?

o    German: Ich bin Veganer/Veganerin, welches Gericht können Sie mir empfehlen?

o    Italian: Sono vegana/vegano, quali piatti mi consiglia dal menù?

Does this dish contain meat, fish, dairy, or any other animal products?

o    French: Est-ce que ce plat contient de la viande, du poisson, des produits laitiers ou bien des produits d’origine animale ?

o    Spanish: ¿Este plato contiene carne, pescado, lactosa o algún producto de origen animal?

o    German: Enthält dieses Gericht Fleisch, Fisch, Milch- oder andere tierische Produkte?

o    Italian: Questo piatto contiene per caso carne, pesce, latticini o altri ingredienti di origine animale?

Does this vegetarian dish contain dairy or other animal products?

o    French: Est-ce que ce plat végétarien contient des produits laitiers ou d’origine animale ?

o    Spanish: ¿Este plato vegetariano contiene lactosa u otros productos de origen animal?

o    German: Enthält dieses vegetarische Gericht Milch- oder andere tierische Produkte?

o    Italian: Questo piatto vegetariano contiene per caso latticini o altri ingredienti di origine animale?

Can you make this dish without meat or dairy?

o    French: Pourrais-je avoir ce plat sans viande ou produits laitiers, s’il vous plaît ?

o    Spanish: ¿Es posible preparar este plato sin carne o sin lactosa?

o    German: Könnten Sie dieses Gericht auch ohne Fleisch oder Milchprodukte zubereiten?

o    Italian: È possibile preparare questo piatto senza carne o latticini, per favore?

Do you sell any vegan wine?

o    French: Servez-vous du vin végétalien ?

o    Spanish: ¿Tiene algún vino vegano?

o    German: Haben Sie auch veganen Wein?

o    Italian: Avete anche del vino vegano?