Down in the Aloha State, Honolulu has been taking more advantage of its bountiful access to fresh tropical produce and is fast becoming a vegan hotspot in the Pacific.
There's a whole lot more to plant-based eating than steamed tofu dishes and hearty salads – and Toronto’s dining scene is catching on in a big way. As new vegan restaurants crop up throughout the city, the talented chefs behind the eateries are showcasing how every meaty meal has a plant-based counterpart, from NY striploin and chicken & waffles to extra-creamy pastas and cheesy pizzas.
The beleaguered city is one of grit—it’s tough, DIY, and probably not the first place that comes to mind when you think of vegan food. But it’s full of hardworking people who are opening up restaurants and businesses, creating art, running urban farms, and thinking outside the box—and that’s where a vegan lifestyle comes in. From vegan doughnuts to delicious ramen, Detroit’s got it all, including a seriously on-point soul food joint loved by locals and celebrities alike.
7.) Tel Aviv
Israel is gastronomically influenced by Russian, Polish, Arabic, Moroccan, Bulgarian, and Iraqi cuisines. This has meant an abundance of eggplants, peppers, and cabbage. Spending a week going meatless in Tel Aviv isn’t just easy; it lets you sample the city's best bites. As well, most of these no-meat, no-dairy restaurants are essentially kosher by default, appealing to the young, fresh-food-focused population of the coastal city
Many would be surprised at how easy it was to be a vegan in Taipei. From street food options to a full-fledged vegan supermarket is not only understood, possibly due to the prevalence of Buddhism in Taiwan, but also respected. On numerous occasions, you’d fine yourself dining with Buddhist monks, who share your compassion for all living beings.
Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to eat more vegan food – and he has chosen a great time to do it. London is after all the birth place of ’Veganuary’ - Vegan for January the cult movement.
4.) Los Angeles
Home of PETA’s West Coast, Los Angeles has always boasted a great vegetarian and vegan dining scene. While the hippie vegetarian restaurant might be a thing of the past, chefs and serious restaurateurs have embraced LA's dining scene, bringing thoughtful and well-crafted dishes that would stand up to any top notch restaurant in the city.
3.) New York
Unsurprisingly, offers the most vegan food options in the United States. New York City is truly the heart of the vegan scene in the East Coast. In the last couple of years, fast casual vegan restaurants and food trucks have changed the way people think about vegan food. NYC also hosts some of the most trendy vegan/vegan-friendly spots in the world in the East Village.
With more than 50 exclusively vegan eateries, and ever more restaurants and cafés there offering vegan options, Berlin is gaining a reputation on the international vegan scene. Because the city is still relatively cheap, eating out vegan - once a struggle - has become a dream. But being vegan is not just about what you eat. It's a whole lifestyle - one that Berlin is at the forefront of. In Berlin, vegans can find restaurants, clothing, sex shops and other products that satisfy their strict dietary and lifestyle requirements.
CNN, PETA, and VegNews magazine have all declared Portland one of the most vegan-friendly places in the country—if not the world—and with good reason. At last count, the city houses nearly 50 all-vegan eateries, not to mention a handful of vegetarian spots and literally hundreds of other restaurants with decent “plant-based”options, to use a trendy term many heath-focused biz owners have adopted.