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 (published in my book – click here to find out more about my vegan travel guide).
Initially, I just chose the cities with the most vegan restaurants, but in 2019, I decided to calculate the highest number of vegan restaurants per capita.
After all, 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.
Below the list of cities, you’ll find more about my methodology. Data on restaurants sourced from Happycow. Population data from Wikipedia.
One thing I noticed when compiling this year’s list was that in spite of the difficult past two years for the restaurant industry, with many restaurants sadly closing, almost every city on the list increased its total number of vegan restaurants! This just goes to show that veganism is on the rise.
And now…onto the list of the top vegan friendly cities!
Most Vegan Friendly Cities in the World per Capita: 2023
3.1 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Moving beyond its Soviet history, Warsaw has embraced the plant-based movement, with more than 50 completely vegan restaurants. I’ve heard from many vegans that it’s one of the best places to live for vegans.
Grab a burger at Krowarzywa, described by a reviewer on Tripadvisor as the “best burger ever” and on Youtube as “the best vegan burgers in Europe”, or feast on a vegan version of traditional Polish and Eastern European food like plant based pierogis, blini and borscht at Vege Bistro.
Treat yourself to a bottle of red after dinner at the all-vegan and organic wine shop Solvino Bio.
Where to stay: Sound Garden, a hotel near the airport, is eco-friendly and offers competitive rates. Water at the hotel is from sustainable sources including recycled rainwater and the hotel uses energy-saving technology too.
All rooms have free wifi, a flatscreen TV and a bathroom with underfloor heating. Click here to check the latest prices and availability.
Find out more: Check out the Foodie’s Guide to Eating Vegan in Warsaw on Vegans with Appetites.
24. Helsinki, Finland
3.2 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
I’ve been wondering when Helsinki would make an appearance after hearing a few years ago from a colleague’s Finnish partner how vegan-friendly the country is becoming.
She described vegan McDonald’s (this was before they released vegan menu items more widely in other countries) and even vegan pick-and-mix options in most candy shops.
Of course, if you head to Finland, there are options in Helsinki beyond burgers and candy! From fine dining vegan dishes at Magu to vegan Vietnamese at Sen Chay, Helsinki is now home to 21 all-vegan restaurants.
23. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3.4 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Montreal surprised me the first time it appeared on my list of vegan friendly cities per capita, but then I met up with a vegan friend and former colleague who lives there. Hearing her descriptions of all the varied and inventive vegan food in the city, it doesn’t surprise me at all to find it in the top vegan cities again.
Don’t miss the inventive vegan sushi at 100% vegan Sushi Momo, which gets rave reviews. Here you’ll find sushi such as Jardin hibiscus: fried avocado maki with hibiscus confit, avocado, fried leeks and maple syrup.
If you have a sweet tooth, Sophie Sucree will sate your desire for baked goods with almond croissants and salted caramel cheesecake.
Find out more: Check out The Ultimate Vegan Guide to Montreal by Two Market Girls.
22. Barcelona, Spain
3.6 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
This year, Barcelona (where I’m based) is back on the list. In 2020, Barcelona was home to 24 vegan restaurants – now it’s up to 58!
Barcelona’s vegan scene is growing quickly, in spite of the pandemic, and surprising many in a land that worships chorizo and jamon (Spanish-style ham, which is liberally put on just about every dish in Spain).
Barcelona’s burgeoning vegan scene now counts a multitude of vegan burger places like La Golosa, while on the other end of the scale it’s home to upscale vegan sushi eatery Roots & Rolls and vegan slow food restaurant Rasoterra. There’s also vegan Mexican at Gallo Santo and Monchito, three vegan ice cream places and much more.
Not to mention the fact that in 2016 Barcelona declared itself a #VegFriendlyCity! Heading to Barcelona? Don’t miss my vegan guide.
Where to stay: Eco Boutique Grau
Find out more: Read my Ultimate Vegan Guide to Barcelona
21. Zurich, Switzerland
3.9 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Zurich was the first, and so far only, Swiss city to make the list and it pleased me, given I’ve often heard stories of the meat- and cheese-heavy Swiss cuisine. Times are changing, and Zurich is home to 16 fully vegan restaurants.
Zurich is home to the Europe’s oldest vegetarian restaurant, Hiltl (which spawned Tibits in London, which unfortunately closed during Covid).
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hiltl is the oldest continuously operating vegetarian restaurant in the world, having opened in 1898. However, Pancham Puriwala in Mumbai in fact opened in 1848, 50 years prior. Still, Hiltl does have a 100+ year legacy!
Find out more: Check out How to Eat Vegan in Zurich on Zucker & Jagdwurst
20. Paris, France
3.9 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
France might not have a reputation as one of the most vegan friendly countries in the world, but the French capital is changing.
I remember when I first went to Paris as a vegan circa 2011 it was tricky finding plant-based fare, but in the last 5 years that’s changed dramatically.
For a treat, brunch at Le Potager de Charlotte, where you can get a multi-course brunch menus with specialties such as a chickpea and rice pancake with cashew cream, ‘hard boiled egg’ style avocado and pancakes with chocolate hazelnut spread!
If you love French pastries, then you MUST visit VG Patisserie, an all vegan traditional French pastry shop (they also have gluten free options).
The 9th arrondissement has even been nicknamed Paris’s Veggietown because of the concentration of vegetarian and vegan restaurants here.
Find out more: See my full vegan guide to Paris here.
19. Seattle, Washington, USA
4.0 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Not just a rainy city with good coffee, Seattle is also incredibly vegan-friendly.
While Portland’s spot probably didn’t surprise anyone, Seattle coming out ahead of Los Angeles and New York (which didn’t even make the top 25) might come as a surprise.
However, relative to population, Seattle has a lot of vegan restaurants!
Find out more: the Seattle Vegan site is full of information on vegan friendly restaurants, events and more.
18. Da Nang, Vietnam
4.1 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
A coastal city between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City popular with visitors to Vietnam travelling between the two, Da Nang is also very vegan-friendly.
At Roots, you’ll find healthy bowls with wakame, turmeric tofu and pickled ginger. Annen Beach cafe is a must-visit if you like banh mi for the vegan sandwich with lemongrass tofu, pesto and mushroom.
Find out more: Check out Vegan Food Guide to Da Nang on Carry On Only.
17. Glasgow, Scotland
4.2 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Voted by PETA as the most vegan-friendly city in the UK a few years ago, and considered one of the best places to live as a vegan, Glasgow is home to multiple vegan bars and pubs and has moved up the rankings several spots after coming in 25th last year.
Where to stay: The Blythswood Square Hotel is one of the most eco-friendly hotels in the UK, with rainwater use, solar roof panels and geothermal heating.
It offers a luxurious stay in a historical setting (the 1823 building was formerly home of the Royal Scottish Automobile Club). Click here to check the latest prices and availability.
Find out more: Read The Best Vegan Restaurants in Glasgow by Justin Plus Lauren.
16. Prague, Czech Republic
4.2 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
The beautiful city of Prague has fallen a few spots since appearing at number 10 in 2020, but it still appears much higher on this list than I expected.
When I visited a few years ago, it was fairly easy to eat vegan but these days, it’s extremely popular, and one of the highest ranked vegan cities in Europe!
Pop into Moment cafe, which was my favourite find when I was in Prague. A fully vegan cafe, go there for coffee, cake and brunch/light food options such as leek tart or vegan scrambled eggs.
If you’re in the mood for something heartier, find vegan lasagne at Pastva.
Find out more: Check out the Vegan Prague Guide by Prague-based vegan blogger Veggie Visa
15. Bristol, UK
4.7 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Bristol has long been known in the UK for its vegan scene, so it’s not surprising it’s the one of the best cities for vegans in the UK. It was even named vegan capital of the world for 3 years running!
Cafe Kino is a well-known vegan cafe and workers cooperative serving up full English breakfasts and more.
Or, for something a bit different, head to fully vegan Persian restaurant Koocha Mezze Bar to try gaymeh (a tomato-based lentil and aubergine stew), Persian style potatoes or a traditional Persian salad with tomatoes, cucumber, onion and pomegranate.
Find out more: Check out A Guide to Incredible Vegan Food in Bristol on You Me Under the Palm Tree.
14. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
5.0 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Sin City mad it first appearance on this list in 2020, and continues on the list in 2023. Vive, Las Vegas Vegan? You bet!
Ronald’s Donuts is a donut place that has had vegan options for many years, including classics like glazed vegan doughnuts and apple fritters.
Pancho’s Vegan Tacos, as you may have guessed, is a vegan taco place with three locations (two in Vegas and one in Henderson). As well as tacos, they have enchiladas, burritos and more, with lots of vegan meat/protein choices (including mushroom, jackfruit and cactus if, like me, you’re not a fan of vegan meats).
Find out more: Check out A Crave-Worthy Guide to the Best Vegan Food in Las Vegas by Rabbit & Wolves.
13. Washington, DC, USA
5.0 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
DC has risen a few spots since appearing at 21st last year.
Home to a number of animal organizations, it’s also home to plenty of plant-based restaurants. Sticky Fingers Diner (formerly Fare Well) is an all-vegan diner where the Humane League hosts monthly drinks.
Its sister restaurant, Sticky Fingers, is a well-known vegan bakery — head here for sticky buns, cookies and more.
If you love Middle Eastern food, don’t miss Shouk, a vegan Israeli restaurant where you’ll find falafel, mushroom shawarma and more.
Find out more: Check out The Best Washington DC Vegan Travel Guide on Veggies Abroad.
12. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
5.0 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Salt Lake City surprised me (and many people) when it debuted on this list a couple of years ago. But this mid-sized city is increasingly vegan friendly — and it might surprise you to know it has more vegan restaurants per capita than NYC or LA!
Find out more: Check out the Ultimate Vegan Guide to Salt Lake City by Alternative Travelers.
11. Vancouver, BC, Canada
5.5 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Vancouver topped the list of Canadian cities, beating out Toronto in terms of vegan restaurants per capita. There are plenty of plant-based options in Vancouver to choose from.
Head to Meet on Main for vegan comfort food like burgers, fries and poutine. For a more upscale meal, Acorn vegetarian restaurant is one of the go-to places in Vancouver for fancier vegan meals, serving seasonal food using produce from local farms.
Find out more: Check out The Ultimate List of Vegan Restaurants in Vancouver on The Sunrise Dreamers.
10. Manchester, UK
6.0 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Manchester beat out London for its spot in the top 25 and made it to the top 10 for the first time this year.
Find out more: Check out The Best Vegan Restaurants in Manchester by Mostly Amelie
9. Atlanta, Georgia, USA
6.2 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Atlanta might not usually spring to mind when thinking of vegan travel destinations in the US, but the city ranks as one of the most vegan friendly in the US by vegan restaurants per capita.
Find out more: Check out The Best Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in Altanta by World of Vegan.
8. Portland, Oregon, USA
8.1 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
One of the best cities to be vegan in North America, Portland’s well-deserved and long-standing reputation as a vegan heaven continues in this city, where nearly every eatery offers plant-based options.
Portland is definitely one of the best cities for vegans in the US, if not the best, and has the highest vegan restaurants per capita in the US ranking in number 1 in the US on this list.
Portland even boasts a vegan mini-mall! There, you’ll find a vegan clothing store, food shop, bakery and tattoo parlour. At Homegrown Smoker, you can chow down on vegan barbecue.
If you’re after vegan fine dining, don’t miss upscale vegan restaurant Blossoming Lotus, where you can dine on almond ricotta bruschetta and roasted delicate squash tacos.
Find out more: Don’t miss the Vegan Portland Mega Guide on Veggie Visa.
7. Amsterdam, Netherlands
8.4 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
In December 2018, I went to Amsterdam for a friend’s wedding and stayed for a week to explore the vegan scene. I was absolutely bowled over by the food I ate there.
Not only was it really easy to find vegan restaurants (I seemed to keep stumbling upon them as I explored the canals), but the attention to detail, sourcing of quality produce and careful thought about balancing flavours and textures produced some of the best food I had all year.
Amsterdam’s vegan scene has grown impressively since pre-pandemic. At the beginning of 2020, it was home to 40 vegan restaurants, and now boasts more than 70!
Have the fried tempeh and avocado sushi at Caribbean-Japanese fusion restaurant TerraZen or a bowl of the house ramen at the most unique restaurant I’ve seen in awhile, the all vegan ramen restaurant Men Impossible.
Where to stay: De Bedstee Hotel is a vegetarian boutique capsule hotel. Like capsule hotels, it makes use of limited space to provide well-designed and small budget sleeping areas; however De Bedstee does it in vintage Dutch style (featuring old-style Dutch beds).
All food served onsite, including breakfast, is organic and vegetarian, with vegan options. Click here to check the latest prices and availability.
Find out more: my vegan Amsterdam guide covers everything you’ll need to know!
6. Brighton, UK
8.6 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Brighton has long held a reputation as one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the UK, and with good reason!
Brighton has a ton of vegan options — from 100% vegan eateries to pubs serving vegan fish and chips, you can a vegan dish almost anywhere in Brighton these days. Go for a vegan Sunday roast or a full English at Green Kitchen.
Find out more: Check out my Vegan Brighton Guide.
5. Tel Aviv, Israel
8.9 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Israel has become massively vegan-friendly in recent years, and it’s now one of the most vegan countries in the world, boasting the highest percentage of vegans in the world.
Naturally, Tel Aviv, as one of the largest cities in one of the best countries for vegans, is one of the best cities for vegans.
With over 400 vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, alongside a cuisine that has plenty of naturally vegan options, you’re in for a treat.
Or, take a vegan tour of the city.
Where to stay: The Sheraton is vegan-friendly and offers vegan options in all its vegan restaurants, room service and breakfast buffet.
Located on the beachfront, the Sheraton has Mediterranean sea views and all rooms are air conditioned. Check the latest prices and availability here.
Find out more: Read the Tel Aviv Vegan Food Guide by My Adventures Across the World.
4. Lisbon, Portugal
9.3 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
The sunny capital of Portugal, like many cities, has become much more vegan-friendly in the last few years, with many vegan restaurants opening.
Find out more: Check out The Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Lisbon, by The Nomadic Vegan
3. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
21.5 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
As a hub for tourists and digital nomads, Ubud is very vegan-friendly. Since it’s in the tropical paradise of Bali, you can of course find tropical fruit galore, as well as a variety of vegan-friendly restaurants.
Where to stay: BeingSattvaa vegetarian retreat, an all vegetarian and vegan resort in Ubud
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
29.0 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Though it’s dropped down from its no 1 spot last year, Chiang Mai is still incredibly vegan-friendly and has a reputation as a haven for digital creatives and eco travellers.
As you might expect for the second most vegan friendly city in the world, Chiang Mai doesn’t just have a lot of vegan restaurants, but also the annual Vegetarian Festival.
Take a vegan cooking class at Mai Kaidee, enjoy a fermented mushroom sausage at Pun Pun or visit the city during the annual Vegetarian Festival for widely available vegan food.
To find out all you need to know during your stay in one of the best cities for vegan food, Chiang Mai, check out Dee’s site Veggie in Chiang Mai — Dee lives in Chiang Mai and updates her site regularly as a resource for vegans in Chiang Mai and Thailand.
Where to stay: Green Tiger Guesthouse, a vegetarian hotel in the Old City attached to a vegan restaurant, Reform Kafe.
1. Phuket, Thailand
39.7 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents
Picture a tropical paradise with clear blue waters and white sand beaches surrounded by mountainous cliffsides jutting into the water.
You might just be picturing Phuket, pictures of which have become screensavers around the world.
A mountainous island, Phuket has many of Thailand’s most popular beaches and in additional to the tropical fruits you might imagine eating on the beach, its capital Phuket City is also home to many vegan restaurants.
Phuket has climbed up from its third place spot last year to take the top spot this year, with the most vegan restaurants per capita on the globe. At the beginning of 2020, pre-pandemic, it was home to 12 vegan restaurants…that number has now more than doubled and stands at 30!
Like Chiang Mai (see above) it also hosts the annual Vegetarian Festival. At Phuket’s Vegetarian Festival, you’ll find plenty of vegan food and, if you can stomach it, see various acts of self-mutilation and piercing, done in worship.
Find out more: Vegan Food Guide to Phuket by the Sunrise Dreamers.
Three more of my personal favourite cities for vegans
While some of my favourites, like Taipei and Amsterdam, made the cut, a few of my favourite vegan friendly cities didn’t make the list, but I think they deserve a mention as they’re some of the best places to travel as a vegan.
I lived in London for over a decade and I believe it’s one of the best vegan cities in the world. When I first moved to London, I ate in every single vegan restaurant and most of the vegetarian ones; now that would be nearly impossible. It’s the city with most vegan restaurants in the world at nearly 200 fully vegan restaurants!
It didn’t make the list because relative to population size, the list of vegan restaurants isn’t that high. The other aspect (more on this below) is that the list does not and cannot take into account restaurants with vegan options, but London boasts many of those.
In fact, I’d venture to say you can eat vegan in most restaurants in the capital now.
Many have vegan options marked on the menu, or separate vegan menus, and walking around there are always lots of signs advertising new vegan ranges. Supermarkets have vegan ranges, and vegan symbols marking vegan products and in 2019 nearly one in four new products launched that year were vegan.
Veganuary was started in the UK and keeps growing every year, with many people going vegan and lots of brands launching new vegan products that month.
You definitely won’t have trouble finding vegan food in London. London also has vegan beauty salons, supermarkets and the Hilton Bankside even has a vegan suite!
People have often called Berlin vegan capital of the world and with good reason. Similarly to London, it boasts not just a huge number of vegan restaurants (though per capita not enough to make the list) but also many, many restaurants offering vegan options.
It even has a vegetarian hotel (see my guide to Berlin’s vegan friendly hotels here)!
Germany, which many still associate with a meat-heavy diet, often surprises visitors with its range of vegan alternatives. A few years ago, Germany launched more vegan products than any other country.
So if you want to visit the best vegan places, Berlin should be on your list.
Taipei is certainly one of the best cities in the world for vegans, as it was even a decade ago when I visited. Nowadays, it’s more vegan-friendly than ever!
What makes Taipei one of the best vegan destinations? I found even back in 2010, I found vegetarian and vegan places everywhere and even wrote about whether it was one of the most vegan-friendly countries.
I didn’t need to look on a map – all I did was walk around and there was one on almost every block. That’s why I’ve long believed it’s one of the best places for vegans to travel.
I can’t say if it’s as good as it was in 2010, but I was impressed by this fine dining experience; menus start at six courses and it’s expensive by local standards but easily one-fifth of the cost an equivalent meal in New York or London would cost.
A note on methodology
In 2018, rather than updating the running list of the most vegan friendly places I’ve had for the last couple of years (and published in my book – click here to find out more about my vegan travel guide), I wanted to do something a little bit more numbers-based/technical to figure out the most vegan cities worldwide, by the numbers.
You can find lists of the most vegan friendly cities in Europe and the world based on the number of vegan restaurants in the city.
However, I didn’t want to determine the best vegan cities solely based on the number of vegan restaurants alone. A vegan city or vegan town should have a lot of vegan restaurants relative to their population size.
How I measured vegan friendliness
So, I decided to use a slightly different metric. I calculated the vegan restaurants per capita (that is, the number of 100% vegan restaurants listed on Happycow per 100,000 people in the city).
This is, of course, not a foolproof method of measuring a city’s vegan credentials.
Some cities might have a huge number of vegetarian, but not vegan, restaurants. Or they might have a lot of restaurants with vegan options (like London and Berlin), or they may have a naturally vegan-friendly local cuisine.
Figuring out which restaurants are in a city is not as easy as it sounds, as some cities are very large – do you count the city centre, the metropolitan area, area reachable by the city’s public transport?
Even measuring the population of a city is complicated! Wikipedia usually lists the population of the city, urban area and metropolitan area. Where possible I used the city population.
I couldn’t measure all the cities in the world, either, so I had to rely on several lists of vegan friendly cities, a list of the cities with the most vegan restaurants, and lists of the biggest and most visited cities in the world, to calculate this. However, I think this is a good starting point.
Looking at vegan restaurants per capita should give an idea of how vegan friendly a city feels. For example, a big city might have more vegan restaurants listed in total than a smaller city, but those restaurants could be really spread out, and taken per capita their number might be much lower than a smaller city.
A smaller city, on the other hand, that has fewer vegan restaurants in total could have a high number per capita, which likely means more residents are vegan or there’s more demand for vegan food, making the smaller city feel more vegan friendly.
This list shows you the cities that have a high proportion of vegan restaurants in comparison to population, which also means you’re likely to see a lot of vegan restaurants just walking around.
Find out more about each city
For each city, I’ve linked to the best vegan guide I could find online, and where possible a recommended vegan-friendly or eco-friendly place to stay.
You might notice some cities you’d expect to find on a veg city list — such as NYC, San Diego and LA — missing. That’s because in comparison to the population, their vegan restaurants per capita are actually lower than the other cities on this list.
Yes, New York City has a lot of vegan restaurants, but also a big population to match. And in comparison to its population, it just doesn’t match up to the vegan restaurants per capita in Portland, Vancouver or Warsaw.
London, which is currently the city with the most vegan restaurants in the world, didn’t make it onto the list, surprisingly (it was 40th).
That’s because this list is per capita, and London’s vegan restaurant scene, while extensive (I know since I lived in London for over a decade), hasn’t kept up with the huge population.
Of course, as mentioned before, this list only takes into account vegan restaurants, and if it included restaurants with vegan options London might rank much higher (since pretty much every chain and lots of independent restaurants in London now have vegan options).
Some might argue London or NYC is the best place for vegans to live because so many restaurants have vegan options, but the number of restaurants with vegan options is impossible to measure since there’s no listing of every single restaurant with a vegan option (and would it be best to count any restaurant with a single vegan option on the menu, or only include those with 10% or more of the menu as vegan, for example?).
A growing list
The first year I made this list, back in 2015, I only chose 10 vegan friendly cities.
After several years of huge growth in the number of vegans and vegan restaurants around the world, I couldn’t narrow it down to just 10 cities.
The world is becoming more vegan-friendly than ever, and these 25 cities, some of them unexpected, prove it.
The list has shifted this year, with some cities dropping out and three new cities making the list (some for the first time!).
Which cities are you surprised to see on the list? And which cities do you think should’ve made the cut that didn’t? Personally, Berlin — often called the vegan capital of Europe — surprised me by not making the list.
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