Plant-Based Travels: Here Are 10 Of The Most Vegan-Friendly Cities In The World
By Kelsey Marie
Traveling while vegan has become increasingly easier over the last few years. Not too long ago, vegans would struggle to find food options on menus, resorting to ordering sides instead of a meal.
HappyCow is one of the top online resources for vegans to find restaurants in various cities and countries while traveling. According to the vegan-friendly site, 10 years ago they had 625 fully vegan restaurants listed and today there are over 8,100 vegan restaurant listings. This alone shows that the world is becoming more open and interested in veganism.
Fortunately, HappyCow has put together a list of the 10 most vegan-friendly cities in the world. They determined the cities on the list by “the number of vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius in the most vegan restaurant-dense area in each city, the number of vegan/vegetarian/veg-option restaurants in the same five-mile radius, vegan restaurant count to population density, and the availability of festivals, meetups & community [in each city].”
Here are the 10 most vegan-friendly cities in the world, according to HappyCow.
In 2017, London became the first city on HappyCow to have 100 completely vegan restaurants listed. Today, London Town has 125 vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius within the city as well as 152 fully vegan restaurants across the city.
You can find fully vegan bakeries, cafes, juice and smoothie bars, and even a vegan cheese shop!
If you’re looking to grab a slice of vegan pizza, head to Young Vegans Pizza Shop in East London. The Vurger Co is a great option for plant-based burgers and Zionly Manna has amazing Caribbean and African food.
According to HappyCow, the largest vegan restaurant in the UK opened this year. Erpingham House, a Norwich-based, three-story restaurant serves hot beverages, juices, and food with the eatery turning into a cocktail bar at night.
If you don’t want to constantly dine-out when exploring London, there are loads of vegan-friendly grocery stores for you to find plant-based goods.
The vegan scene in London is huge, making it the top contender for the most vegan-friendly city in the world!
2. New York City
New York City’s food scene is much like it’s people — a melting pot. The vegan scene in the Big Apple is alive and kicking with 111 vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius of the city.
For affordable vegan spots try V Spot, V-Life, Marty’s V Burger or Veggie Grub. For a more upscale vibe, try Avant Garden, Blossom or Blossom Du Jour.
Berlin, Germany is regarded as one of the top international vegan destinations. There are 62 vegan restaurants within a five-mile radius and 397 vegan and vegetarian restaurants on HappyCow. From brunch to dessert, Berlin has it all and the locals are very familiar with a vegan lifestyle.
4. Los Angeles
LA is known for being a haven for healthy living. There are currently 49 fully-vegan restaurants and 190 vegetarian and vegan-friendly spots in a five-square mile radius. There are a lot of international options to choose from including 19 vegan Thai spots, two vegan Ethiopian restaurants along with vegan Cuban, Italian, Japanese and Vietnamese options.
If you’re looking for a true vegan LA meal, head to Little Pine vegan bistro where you can indulge in a fusion of Italian and Mediterranean dishes.
Toronto houses one of the largest vegetarian festivals in North America known as Toronto Veg Food Fest.
If you’re looking to splurge, try Rosalinda, a vegan Mexican restaurant.
There are constantly new vegan eateries popping up in Toronto, making it one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world.
This Polish city has 50 vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius and most of them are within a one-mile radius!
Exploring Warsaw is great for vegans because most vegan-friendly options are within walking distance from each other.
HappyCow reveals that Warsaw has over 150 vegan-friendly options, with expectations to grow in the future.
Portland is awesome for the vegan who absolutely loves cheese. Visit Vtopian Cheese Shop & Deli and try up to 20 different types of vegan artisanal cheeses.
According to HappyCow, Portland has “46 fully-vegan restaurants, 26 vegetarian restaurants, and 185 veg-friendly restaurants” all in a five-mile radius with plans for more restaurants to open in the coming months.
Bangkok is a dream destination for vegans with markets and fruit stands everywhere. Since most locals practice Buddhism, the majority of restaurants in this city have an abundance of vegan options on their menu.
Currently, there are 42 vegan restaurants and 67 vegetarian restaurants listed on HappyCow.
If you don’t feel like venturing out, Vegan Crush Food Delivery will deliver vegan meals all made from whole ingredients.
9. Tel Aviv
There are estimated to be 400,000 people in Israel living a vegan lifestyle, making it the highest percentage of vegans in the world. Tel Aviv has 36 fully-vegan restaurants, offering foods with a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influence.
This city is known as one of the vegan capitals of the world with Israel boasting the most vegans per capita.
There are 53 vegan restaurants within a five-mile radius in Prague and most of them are located within 2 miles of each other.
HappyCow reveals Prague as being in the “top five of most vegan restaurants per capita in the world.”
Prague may be small, but there is definitely is nothing small about its vegan scene.
If you’re looking for other vegan-friendly cities around the world, check out:
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
San Francisco, California
Kelsey-Marie is an NYC girl who currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can keep up with her on Instagram at @kelseydashmarie