Wondering where the most vegan friendly cities are? For the last few years, I’ve been compiling lists of the top vegan cities in the world. The most vegan cities in the world should have a lot of vegan restaurants relative to their population size — making them some of the best places for vegans to live or visit. Vegan restaurants in cities which rely most on tourism for their business have had some of the greatest number of vegan restaurant closures and these same cities have seen fewer (if any) openings of new vegan restaurants to offset the losses.

Love to travel and eat vegan food? We’ve compiled a list of the top most vegan-friendly cities worldwide! This list is determined by four main factors: 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 our impression of the over-all vegan-friendliness of the city (availability of festivals, meetups, & community).

1. London, United Kingdom

  • Population: 8.982 million (2019)
  • Famous tourist attractions: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Hyde Park, The British Museum, the National Gallery

Vegan dishes to try: Think it’s fair to say that London has, in recent years, become the world’s most exciting dining destinations for vegans; from vegan markets to entire vegan supermarket ranges to vegan butchers and vegan cheese shops, you can truly taste any global dish you fancy but obviously it’s worth checking out some English classics like a full English breakfast (minus eggs and meat), fishless fish and chips, butter chicken (without the bird) and a late-night kebab (sans lamb).

2. New York City, NY, United States

  • Population: 8.399 million (2018)
  • Famous tourist attractions: Grand Central Station, Central Park, Museum of Modern Art, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Times Square

Vegan dishes to try: You can’t visit the Big Apple without having a bagel and luckily, most NYC bagel shops now offer a whole range of flavoured vegan cream cheese to top yours with. The city is also home to some impressive upscale vegan cuisine if that’s your fancy but equally, vegan American classics like pizza, burgers, hot dogs and sushi rolls and bakeries can be found in almost every neighbourhood.

3. Berlin, Germany

  • Population: 3.645 million (2019)
  • Famous tourist attractions: Reichstag Building, Berlin Wall Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral, Berliner Fernsehturm

Vegan dishes to try: Continental Europeans swear Berlin is their favourite vegan-friendly city and we can see why. You can find pretty the plant-based version of pretty much any food you can think of in the German capital, with a range of cuisines on offer from Turkish to Tibetan. Still, don’t miss out on classics like vegan currywurst (curried sausages), Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), schnitzel (breaded veal cutlets), sauerkraut (pickled cabbage- naturally vegan) and black forest cake (chocolate and cherries cake).

4. Los Angeles 

  • Population: 39.7 Lakhs

Vegan dishes to try: Although Los Angeles may be best known for Hollywood celebrities, including a number of vegan ones (Billie Eilish, the NBA’s JaVale McGee, Joaquin Phoenix, Alicia Silverstone, and Casey Affleck, to name a few), Los Angeles is also a vegan mecca, boasting 49 fully-vegan and another 190 vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in a five-square mile area. You won’t have any trouble finding delicious healthy (or less-than-healthy) options throughout this large city. LA is known for its wide variety of international vegan cuisines, including 19 vegan Thai restaurants, two vegan Ethiopian restaurants, a mouth-watering vegan cheese restaurant. Newer additions to the Los Angeles vegan scene include two new vegan burger joints including two locations of Monty’s and Vowburger.

5. Bangkok

  • Population: 10.7 million people

Vegan dishes to try: Entering the top ten this year is a city in a country known as the “Land of Smiles”, and the quality and complexity of Thai food can certainly put a smile on any face. Being vegan in Bangkok is a breeze. Tropical fruit stands and fresh markets are plentiful in this city, and due to its predominantly Buddhist background, most restaurants have solid vegan options on their menu. Traditional Thai cuisine is composed of vegetables, but if eating at a non-vegan restaurant, be sure to tell your server “no fish sauce”. Fish sauce is a very common ingredient in Thai cuisine. Another tip is that if you order “hot” in Thailand, as your ordered food will light your mouth on fire. The number of purely vegan restaurants, called “jay” food restaurants in Bangkok, has grown substantially the past few years, with 42 vegan restaurants currently listed on HappyCow in this bustling city, and another 67 vegetarian restaurants. Although the majority of vegan restaurants in this city serve Thai cuisine, Bangkok has incredible quality food, and for westerners, the value is tremendous. You are a Tuk Tuk ride away from some of the world’s finest food we have found.

6. Mexico City, Mexico

  • Population: 8.855 million (2015)
  • Famous tourist attractions: Templo Mayor and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán (techincally outside of the city), the Frida Kahlo Museum, Catedral Metropolitana de México, Palacio National

Vegan dishes to try: A great deal of Mexican cuisine is plant-based anyway from salsas to guacamole to tortillas to the world-famous mole poblano sauce (made from spices, chillies and chocolate), so it’s very easy to skip meat, dairy wherever you are (hello veg tacos) and worst comes to worst, you can just enjoy corn chips and dips everywhere. Other must-trys include enmolladas (rolled corn tortillas with cheese), pozole (a tomato and corn soup), and tortas (Mexican sandwiches).


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