Move over, Portland and New York! According to Eric Brent, founder of HappyCow—our go-to guide for veg restaurants around the world—the following four cities are the fast-growing veg-friendly destinations to put on your radar. We asked him why they're so hot, and where the folks there are going for the best meatless eats. Next summer vacation, anyone?
1. Los Angeles
“This city is rapidly reaching the point where vegan food is mainstream, thanks to restaurants like Crossroads Kitchen, Gracias Madre, Sage, and M.A.K.E. You may think grabbing a veg bite in L.A. is hard since it’s so spread out, but with nearly 500 HappyCow listings within a 15-mile radius, you’re bound to find someplace nearby."
2. Berlin, Germany
"Being vegan in Berlin is a breeze: it’s home to the world’s first vegan grocery chain, launched in 2011, as well as an entire block known as 'The Vegan Avenue.' From sophisticated dining at Lucky Leek to choosing from more than 100 pizzas at Sfizy Veg, the all-vegan pizzeria, there’s something for everyone in Berlin."
3. Tel Aviv, Israel
"In recent years, Israel has seen more and more people ditching meat, due in part to the work of animal rights activists such as Gary Yourofsky and Tal Gilboa. Popular chains like The Vegetarian Shawarma and Buddha Burgers make it easy to eat veg, and there was even a campaign to persuade Domino’s Pizza to add a vegan option!"
4. Taipei, Taiwan
"Taiwan has always been a vegetarian’s paradise, with many inexpensive veggie buffet-style dining facilities. Famous for its offerings of mock meat varieties and down-home cooking, Taipei is also home to Taiwan’s first vegan supermarket, iVegan. The veg trend continues to rise, with numerous new listings being adding to HappyCow."
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