When I was a young yogi living in NYC eating somewhere between vegan and raw, the absolute highlights of my eating life were the 1 raw and 1 vegan restaurants in the Lower East Side.
Nowadays there are 63 fully vegan restaurants in the City and New York isn’t even considered the top vegan city in the world.
Happy Cow (The Healthy Eating Guide) took a vote to find out who we, the public, believe are the best vegan cities in the world.
Now, when you check out the comments on their site, some clearly believe this list is a little biased towards Western cities but, either way, just reading about what’s out there is making me really hungry!
Here are the top 3 results:
With over 28 pure vegan restaurants and hundreds of listings on HappyCow, Berlin is fast becoming the vegan Mecca of the world. Most of the restaurants listed are within 3 miles of each other and easy to access by metro or bicycle. Additionally, it seems like nearly all restaurants & cafes in the city have some labeled vegan options on their menus.
#2 New York City, NY
The ultra-hip city that never sleeps offers an array of international mix in vegetarian food – cafes, bistros, diners, gourmet restaurants, and bakeries as diverse as its inhabitants! Eat on the cheap or dine extravagantly, NYC offers exotic and abundant choices for the veggie food lover. Amazingly, NYC has 63 fully vegan restaurants as of July 2014.
#3 Portland, Oregon
Recognized as one of the most livable cities in the world, Portland is commonly referred to as a haven for vegans and vegetarians. It’s also family friendly, pedestrian friendly, and ecologically friendly in its public policies. With over 20 solid veggie places to find something to eat, vegheads can easily explore without starving (and you don’t need a car to get around).