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The Most Vegetarian And Vegan-Friendly Cities Across The Globe
London has emerged as the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world.
This is according to a study conducted by on-demand housing platform Nestpick.com. Berlin, Munich, Vienna, and Glasgow round out the top five. Stateside, Los Angeles (8), and San Francisco (10) cracked the top ten. New York makes an appearance at number 12 on the list.
The research took into consideration factors such as the affordability of maintaining a balanced vegetarian diet in each city which included the cost of fruits, vegetables, and plant-based protein. Another factor was the affordability of vegetarian-friendly restaurants in every city for eating out.
“For many vegetarians, it can be a challenge to maintain a balanced diet, something that has grown in importance during the pandemic,” said Omer Kucukdere, Founder and CEO at Nestpick. “Access to essential food groups, including affordable basics such as fruits and vegetables as well as plant-based proteins, is therefore vitally important. We conducted this study to shine a light on the cities where vegetarians are able to sustain a meat-free lifestyle and access the important resources they need, without having to go well beyond their budgets.”
The study also looked at the availability and quality of vegetarian-friendly restaurants relative to the population.
London also ranked number one for vegetarian events and festivals but multiple US cities dominated the top ten including New York (2), Chicago (3), Los Angeles (4), Atlanta (5), and Seattle (7). Chiang Mai was found to have the most affordable vegetarian restaurants just ahead of Ubud and Bangkok. Edinburgh and Ubud ranked in the top three for both Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants and Vegan-Friendly Restaurants.
Nestpick.com’s CEO hopes that this study can help those searching for locations amenable to their lifestyle.
“People are increasingly looking at ways to make their lifestyles more sustainable for a multitude of reasons, not least climate change and animal welfare,” commented Kucukdere. “It is widely agreed that one of the most effective ways someone can achieve this is to cut down on the amount of meat they consume. The rise of vegetarianism, and flexitarianism, is an irreversible trend that will continue to embed itself in the cultural fabric of cities in the form of restaurants, cafes, and events specializing in these offerings. Our study shows which cities are leading the pack and are therefore the most attractive propositions for vegetarians looking to relocate.”