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A QUICK GUIDE TO THE 3 MOST VEGAN-FRIENDLY CITIES IN THE USA

Across the globe, the west coast of the United States is undeniably one of the best area for vegans (and vegetarians too). There are a lot of options and the majority of cities and towns are all very vegan-friendly. In fact, the top three most vegan-friendly cities are all located on the West Coast. Overall, there are almost 10 million Americans following a plant-based diet, making it much more accessible to find vegetarian and vegan foods while dining out and at markets.  

So if you are planning a trip to the west coast or want to visit somewhere you know you can enjoy delicious food, here is your guide to the 3 most vegan-friendly cities in the United States:  

1. Portland, Oregon 

Portland was one of the first cities to make a name for itself in the vegan world. Between markets, food trucks and restaurants, the vegan options only continued to increase and draw more visitors. While you’re here, a few must-try vegan-friendly restaurants are: Homegrown Smoker BBQ, Blossoming Lotus (for upscale vegan dining), The Bye-and-Bye (a bar with a vegan menu), and Sweet Pea Baking Company.  

Between dining spots, enjoy the beautiful and lush greenery that Portland has to offer. The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the largest outside of Japan, the International Rose Test Garden is incredibly memorable with views of the city and Mount Hood visible on a clear day, and you can stop in Powell’s City of Books or the Portland Art Museum on a rainy day.  

2. Los Angeles, California 

Los Angeles is a city that is constantly renewing itself and always looking towards the future, from its ambitious infrastructure projects to its efforts of improving sustainability and mobility, this city is always on top of things. The city is trendy, health-focused, and has upscale options, so as veganism became more popular, vegan-friendly options started popping up throughout LA and the LA area.  

  • For a vegan burger, head to Bareburger.  
  • For Mexican food, Gracias Madre.    
  • For a fancy night out, head to Crossroads.  
  • For incredible vegan food and wine pairings, head to Plant Food + Wine.  

While you’re in LA, must-do activities are to walk to Hollywood sign, walk along Rodeo Drive, visit the Getty Center, visit the famous Santa Monica Pier, and go on a tour at Universal Studios Hollywood and/or Warner Bros.  

3. San Francisco, California 

San Francisco is a progressive city located on the San Francisco Bay. There’s a lot to see and do in this hilly city, and one of the favourite activities here for many is to dine out in this foodie and vibrant city. Vegans and vegetarians will be happy here, with the plethora of options at non-vegan restaurants and focused vegan/vegetarian restaurants.  

While a vegan or vegetarian may not imagine anything beyond a veggie roll to be possible for sushi, head to Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar for one the most incredible vegan sushi. Just prepare to wait or make a reservation ahead of time! For a substantial and healthy meal, head to Nourish CafĂ©.  

For an upscale dining experience with views overlooking the water, make a reservation at Greens Restaurant. Most of the menu is vegetarian with some vegan options, and if there are no reservations available you can do take-away.  

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While we’re talking about the coast here, there are a few vegan-friendly cities on the East coast as well. Vegetarians, vegans, and foodies alike will be able to find incredible food in cities like Orlando, Florida, Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky, and NYC, New York.  

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This post was written by our friend Emily, thanks Emily! 

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