Top 10 vegan cities
I am never shy about giving my opinion on something, but I don’t think I have ever given a top ten list in the past.
So without further delay, I present FGV’s Top Ten Vegan Cities.
This Northern UK city is fast becoming a true vegan hotspot. There are two reasons Manchester made my top ten list. V Revolution and Unicorn Grocery. V Revolution is the finest vegan fast food joint in the UK, while Unicorn is a 100% vegan supermarket stocked with a stunning range of beers. Extra points go to Manchester for the vegan menu at Ning and the gorgeous Beermoth with an unrivalled collection of craft beer.
You will be hard pressed to find a greater concentration of vegan and vegan-friendly establishments in such a confined area in Europe. Glasgow is absolutely swamped with vegan food and drink. Must visits for tourists include The 13th Note for a gorgeous breakfast and The 78 for a beer-battered seitan burger.
Forget everything you think you know about Mexico City not being good for vegans. Get handcrafted gourmet sandwiches and cakes delivered by bicycle to any location in the city thanks to Los Loosers. Eat delicious vegan enchiladas at Origenes Organicos. Marvel at Falafelito, a 100% vegan falafel outlet in the touristy Condesa neighbourhood. Buy vegan groceries in numerous kosher supermarkets and supermarket chain The Green Corner.
Vedge. That is all. The finest vegan restaurant on the entire planet. There are dozens of other reasons but Vedge is the only one I need to make sure Philly hits the top ten. Blackbird Pizza and Grindcore House are worthy mentions. But Vedge!
You will not go hungry as a vegan in Paris. In reality, you will get some of the best vegan food you are ever likely to eat. The Gentle Gourmet is truly superb and all of my visits have resulted in rave reviews. There are multiple 100% vegan burger joints in Paris and a vegan grocery store will stock you up on all your essentials.
San Diego is a vegan dream come to life. Imagine a world with a vegan drive through restaurant serving shakes, burgers, cheesecakes and fries. You get that in San Diego with Evolution. Some of the tastiest food on the west coast can be found at Anthem Vegan and you will not be in the least bit sorry that you stopped off for chicken dumplings and donuts at Moncai.
You could almost imagine a day when veganism is no longer the minority in Portland. Plant-based eating is just so ingrained in the everyday here that I would need to write an essay to cover it all. You will experience an Earth-shattering moment the first time you set eyes on the donut counter at Voodoo. Get along to Homegrown Smoker for decadent hot sandwiches and deep fried, battered cookies.
Berlin is overwhelming when it comes to vegan food. If you can visit even half of the 100% vegan food outlets in the city during a stay, you are putting in a whole lot of effort. There is stunning pizza at Sfizy Veg and glorious fries with special sauce at Vöner. Stock up on hard to find vegan groceries at Veganz supermarkets. Be blown away by the world-class desserts at Ohlala. Berlin is truly a leader when it comes to showcasing the best of vegan living.
Vegan is just another type of cuisine in NYC. It could have very easily taken the number one spot if LA didn’t have Doomie’s and Flore. New York will amaze first time visitors with dozens of vegan eateries all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. Dun-Well Doughnuts is reason enough to visit the metropolis. Get double fried chips, Thai food, ice cream sundaes and pretty much anything else you can imagine or want during an NYC trip. Bonus points to New York for being home to the original Moo Shoes store.
LA has to be number one. I’m going to wear myself out listing all the reasons why this city is the best place on the planet for vegans, but here goes. Almost a dozen Veggie Grill locations. Vegan supermarket Viva La Vegan. Vegan clothing and shoe stores. Native Foods everywhere. Real Food Daily. The breakfast sandwiches at Localita and The Badasserie. The ridiculously tasty food at Doomie’s. The annual vegan beer festival. Stunning chicken and waffles at Flore. I could go on forever.
How does my list shape up to your top ten? Which cities would you include?
Of course there are many cities that would probably make the list if I could spend some time in them. For instance, I am certain Austin would feature in my top five if I spent a few days there. Barcelona almost made it but was edged out by Manchester as I think that city has made impressive leaps and bounds.
San Francisco didn’t make it despite stunning vegan outlets as I find the best food is outside in surrounding cities, such as Souley Vegan in Oakland and Flaco’s in Berkeley are outstanding.