December 10, 2021 4 min read 1 Comment
Every city has its own vibe, but there is a commonality rising among some of the biggest population centers in the world. Inthe last decade, growing concerns over healthy eating and the ethics of food and fashion production have turned some of the world’s major cities into hubs for veganism.
For vegan travelers or nomads, the question must eventually arrive: “where is it easiest to be a vegan?”
We’ve identified the most vegan places in the world. Some of the locales may surprise you. Some may encourage a streak of vegan tourism, giving you a reason to travel somewhere you might not otherwise venture to go. Others may even inspire you to settle down and establish roots somewhere friendlier to your lifestyle, aligning your home with your values.
Read on for our short guide on the most vegan-friendly places in the world.
London, the capital city of England, was recently named the most vegan-friendly city in the world, according toan annual ranking from an online restaurant guide, HappyCow. New York City, Berlin, and Los Angeles are not far behind in the ranking, each with hundreds of vegan-friendly restaurants serving increasingly health-conscious, ethical menus.
In the U.K., over half of the population is now either meat-free or trending in that direction with their diets, according to CNBC’s analysts. The number of vegans living in the British isles has quadrupled between 2014 and 2019. Additionally, in 2020 the vegan population in Britain increased bya whopping 40%, according to Plant Based News. The vegan population is up to 1.5 million in the U.K., equivalent to about 3% of the total population.
Similarly, in the U.S., the vegan population isabout 6% of the total population, a 500% increase since 2014. New York City has long been considered one of the best vegan and vegetarian cities in America. Of NYC’s 24,000+ food service establishments,many now offer vegan accommodations to customers due to the lifestyle’s rising popularity. Froman alternative source, Portland, Oregon is considered a top vegan destination in America along with the metrics of affordability, accessibility, and overall lifestyle options.
Berlin, Germany became known as thevegan capital of Europe in recent years. Anestimated 80,000 residents of Germany’s biggest city are vegans, about 3% of its total population of 3 million. Up to 50 vegan restaurants also make their home in Berlin, in addition to many more vegan and cruelty-free shops and production centers for vegan clothing.
Many more people in the U.K. and elsewhere are embracing a kind of ‘flexitarian’ lifestyle, with part-time vegetarianism on the menu or at the very least, a reduction in meat products consumed. So while less than 5% of any given country’s population identifies as full-blown vegan, many more than that are currently eating and buying aspart-time plant-based consumers.
As a result of this development - along with the generalrising popularity of veganism internationally - many major global cities and their businesses now feature tons of vegetarian menus and cruelty-free productions. In addition to health reasons, environmental considerations and concerns over animal welfare have contributed to this philosophical shift over time, according to experts.
Here is a shortlist of the top vegan destinations within every major continent:
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As you can see, many major population hubs in America, Europe, and Asia are transforming their restaurant menus and fashion supply lines in order to accommodate an increasingly vocal - andinfluential - vegan population. In addition to simply being the right thing to do, sustainability is becoming more popular for businesses to adopt around the world in response to customers.
As a vegan traveler, no matter where you go you are almost certain to encounter vegan options within your region. We hope reading through this guide has helped plan your next trip, or move. But why take our word for it? Go visit the world’s vegan havens for yourself!
Doshi’s mission as a company is to continue to support the vegan movement, contributing to its mainstream push in every country around the globe. Read our blog “Why Go Vegan?”, among others on oursite, to find out more about our mission and the values of veganism.
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