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10 great cities for vegan travelers

From fine restaurants and casual diners to supermarkets and bakeries, these cities offer a myriad of vegan-friendly eating options.

by Maria Milkova

There’s no denying that plant-based eating has taken the dining world by storm. What once was a niche diet can now be found the world over, making it easier for ever for the traveling vegan (and even the curious carnivore) to try innovative plant-based cuisine. In these 10 vegan-friendly cities, herbivores might have trouble choosing among so many fabulous options.

1
Berlin

With dozens of 100% vegan restaurants, Berlin is fast becoming the one of the plant-eating capitals of the world. Besides being an epicenter of creative vegan cooking, it’s also home to the world’s first vegan supermarket chain - Veganz - and the largest vegan festival in Europe. Another bonus? Almost every restaurant and cafe in the city offers at least one vegan menu option.

Recommended restaurants: Lucky Leek 72, Kopps, Viasko

Berlin
2
Portland

It’s no surprise that family-friendly, bicycle-friendly, environmentally-friendly Portland also happens to be one of the most welcoming places on the planet for vegans — it earned PETA’s #1 spot for America’s most vegan-friendly city in 2016. Between fine dining, bars, grocery stores, and tattoo parlors, herbivores in this town have a wealth of options for indulging their senses while staying true to their veggie vows.

Recommended restaurants: Voodoo Doughnut 75, Back to Eden Bakery 73, Papa G's Vegan Organic Deli 71

Portland
3
New York City

Whether you want to eat on the cheap or go decadent, you’ll find plenty of vegan options in New York to fit your wallet and your mood, from casual cafes and diners to bakeries and high-end restaurants. With over 60 pure vegan restaurants (and counting), the city that never sleeps is the hub of the plant-eating movement on the East coast.

Recommended restaurants: Candle 79 81, by CHLOE. 75Blossom 75

New York City
4
San Francisco

The progressive paradise that is San Francisco boast dozens of vegan-friendly cafes, trendy veggie restaurants, and health food stores offering raw, vegan fare. Many of the city’s upmarket restaurants also serve vegan tasting menus, and most non-vegan dining establishments offer more than a few excellent vegan options.

Recommended restaurants: Cha-Ya 76, Golden Era Vegan Restaurant 72, Pena Pachamama 72

San Francisco
5
Chennai

Almost half of Chennai’s residents don’t eat meat for religious reasons, which means there are hundreds of excellent options for vegans around town. For a real treat, try the Royal Vega restaurant at the ITC Grand Chola Hotel, where you can enjoy vegan cuisine in an elegant fine-dining atmosphere.

Recommended restaurants: Royal Vega (ITC Grand Chola, Chennai 87), Cream Centre, Amethyst

Chennai
6
Tel Aviv

As the host of the world’s biggest vegan festival, it’s no surprise that Tel Aviv is an ideal city for herbivores. The abundance of seasonal fruit and vegetables, as well as a Mediterranean diet heavy on lentils and chickpeas, translates into loads of delicious alternatives for anyone who wants to eat meat- and dairy-free.

Recommended restaurants: Nanuchka 79, Zakaim, Anastasia

Tel Aviv
7
Chiang Mai

This tourist-friendly city in northern Thailand is also the most welcoming place in the country for vegans and vegetarians. Fresh local produce is at the heart of most dishes, which are also traditionally dairy-free, and the results as flavorful as they are healthy. There are also several good cooking schools, including May Kaidee, offering courses in vegan Thai cuisine.

Recommended restaurants: Pun-Pun Guesthouse 71, Free Bird Cafe, Shang Garden at the Shangri La Hotel

Chiang Mai
8
Taipei

Thanks to Taipei’s large Buddhist population, the city has an amazing number of vegan restaurants and markets, especially for people on a budget. All-you-can-eat vegan buffets like the one at Fruitful Food are particularly popular, and many Taiwanese chefs combine down-home traditions with international influences to create plant-based dishes even carnivores can’t resist.

Recommended restaurants: Fruitful Food, About Animals, Ooh Cha Cha

Taipei
9
Toronto

The incredible diversity of Canada’s biggest city has developed into a diverse landscape of affordable Chinese, Indian, and internationally-influenced vegan food, as well as a growing collection of organic markets, bakeries, and shops offering vegan products. The city is also the setting for two of North America’s biggest vegetarian festivals: Veg Food Fest and Veggielicious.

Recommended restaurants: Tori's Bakeshop 74, Yamchops, Urban Herbivore 72 

Toronto
10
Rio de Janeiro

The juice bars alone are reason enough to visit Rio, but its expanding vegan dining scene makes it a truly pleasurable place for herbivores. Besides pay-by-the-weight salad bars and steakhouses offering all-you-can-eat meat-free sides, there are more and more dedicated vegan restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for a plant-based snack to beat the heat, be sure to visit the acai and coconut vendors on the beach.

Recommended restaurants: Vegetariano Social Clube 72, Prana, Vegan Vegan

Rio de Janeiro
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