London is the most vegan/vegetarian friendly in this list because, for this jolly old town, it wasn’t just a food trend. Restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and food stalls continue to pop up around the city and there are approximately 125 restaurants within a five-mile radius. The reason for this continuous growth is because of the number of people who prefer eating vegetables over meat. More and more Londoners have taken up veganism with at least 1.16% of the British population or 600,000 residents turning vegan. Donald Watson, the man who invented the word vegan, is from Yorkshire so it isn’t surprising at all that the British have caught on with the idea.
New York City
With New York City itself being a melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities, it wouldn’t be surprising then that the City That Never Sleeps is in the top 5 cities for vegans and vegetarians. It has 111 vegan restaurants within a five-mile radius. The vegan movement continues to grow in this wonderful city and more and more restaurants have been popping up all over the metro to give clients what they need. The mixture of different cultures within cities means you get to taste a bit of the world in New York City. There are vegan eateries that feature Chinese, French, Korean, and Middle Eastern fare.
Berlin is the go-to destination for vegans and vegetarians of the world. Aside from the culture and places to visit, its restaurants have a special place in every vegan’s hearts. While the number of places to eat has somewhat slowed down these past few years, there are still 62 vegan restaurants within a five-mile radius. Such a restaurant has “vegan” displayed outside its door to indicate that its menu serves only vegan dishes. Berliners are very open and accepting of this movement and thankfully the city is not closing its doors on the idea of offering diverse food choices to the general public.
Asian cuisine is very diverse (after all, the continent is the largest in the world) and Bangkok is one of the few cities that offers a unique mix of fares that will tickle your tastebuds. The capital of the country known as the Land of Smiles, Bangkok visitors will find themselves wanting a tall drink of cool fresh fruit shakes. Because of the predominantly Buddhist tradition and culture, many restaurants have a full menu that is vegan. Make sure to ask your server to exclude fish sauce though, as it is a very common ingredient in Asian cooking. While most restaurants serve mostly Thai cuisine, the quality of their food rivals those found in the West at a fraction of the cost. Value at its best!
It’s not surprising to find Tel Aviv in the list because Israel has the highest number of vegans in its total population — roughly around 8% of its people practice veganism! That would be around 400,000 people, and it continues to grow to this day. There are a total of 36 fully vegan restaurants within the city of Tel Aviv, and most serve Israeli, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Western influence. There are vegan groceries too if you have intentions of staying long term.