San Francisco, California. Almost all big cities in California are great for vegans, but listing all those cities would take up all the top ten spots! San Francisco is, hands down, the best place in the world to live if you’re pursuing a vegan diet. There are an abundance of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and not to mention the year-round sunshine that makes it ideal for organic farmers to continuously produce fresh fruits and veggies.
Melbourne, Australia. This health-conscious city hangs “vegan options” and “gluten-free options” signs on almost all restaurant windows. Australia, in general, is well-known for their raw vegan culture—Melbourne’s central market is world-famous for their wide selection of fresh produce.
Portland, Oregon. Along the same west coast vibe as California, Portland has numerous restaurants catering to vegetarians and raw foodists. They have a growing “farm to table” movement that includes encouraging people to grow their own gardens or purchase from local organic farms.
Vancouver, BC. Vancouver already boasts the title Most Livable City in the World by several different rating agencies, and that’s partially due to the amount of healthy-eating options they offer: four Whole Food markets, plenty of organic food stores, many farmers’ markets, dozens of vegetarian, vegan, and raw food restaurants, as well as a few raw food pot lucks.
Singapore, Singapore. It has been estimated that there are over 200 vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Food is generally vegan there, and raw vegans will appreciate the amount of fruit and durian sold year round.
New York, New York. Since New York “has it all,” it’s not surprising they also have a number of vegetarian and raw food restaurants. Farmers’ markets are plentiful in diverse neighborhoods, as well as ethnic markets that can be visited daily for specialty vegan produce. Roof gardens are becoming a popular trend with many people growing their own food on top of their buildings.
Chiang Mai, Thailand. Most big cities in Thailand are great for finding tropical fruits and produce, but Chiang Mai’s climate is milder and perfect for growing fruit and vegetables—and prices are rock bottom. There are also a number of vegan restaurants in the city (“vegetarian” doesn’t exist there- you’re either vegan or not).
London, England. Though you might not think it, due to their often cold, rainy climate, London has one of the biggest raw food movements in the world, and they also boast the longest tradition of vegetarianism of any Western country. Many vegetarian, vegan, and raw food restaurants exist, as well as potlucks and organizations.
Costa Rica. As one of the most beautiful and wild places in the world, you’ll find wonderful farmers’ markets throughout the land. In fact, many raw foodists have relocated there, as the produce is excellent and quite affordable. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available at restaurants, due to the wide produce they have available at any given time.
Montreal, Quebec. This city’s vegan scene evolved tremendously over the past 10 years and has no shortage of vegan selections at non-vegetarian eateries. They also tout many gourmet and organic-focused entirely vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Because of their import laws, Montreal offers a ton of tropical fruit year round.