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The best cities to be a vegan
Vancouver has the 10th most vegan restaurants but dining out will cost you
Veganuary – New Year’s diet resolutions
With many people considering a vegan diet at the start of the year, we’ve seen increased interest in “Veganuary” – eating vegan for the month of January. The graph below shows how worldwide Google search interest has increased significantly year on year for the last six years.
Search interest in Veganuary has trended up alongside search interest for the term “Vegan.” Unlike Veganuary, the search term has generally trended upwards throughout the year.
Vegan diet interest by country
Australians are the most likely nation around the world to be googling “vegan diet.” They’re closely followed by other Western countries like Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. Given vegan is an English-term, it’s not surprising that English-speaking countries dominate the list.
Countries most interested in a vegan diet
|Search rank||Country||Internet search interest|
|8||United Arab Emirates||41|
Source: Google trends
Vegan diet interest in Canada
In Canada, British Columbians are most interested in the vegan diet, according to Google Trends data from 2004 to now. Ontario comes in second followed by Alberta, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Best cities for vegans
We took a look at the availability of vegan-only restaurants and the price of meals using HappyCow.net to determine some of the best cities for vegans.
Phuket and Chiang Mai in Thailand placed first and second for the availability of vegan-only restaurants based on population. Phuket has 28.1 restaurants per 100,000 residents. Two Portuguese cities, Porto and Lisbon, also made the list with 8.8 and 7.5 restaurants respectively. Other cities with a high proportion of vegan restaurants include Tel Aviv, Portland, Denpasar, Amsterdam and Vientiane.
In Canada, Vancouver made the top ten list with 5.5 vegan restaurants per 100,000 residents. To compare, Montreal has 4.9 and Toronto has 3.4 per 100,000 residents.
Cheapest cities to dine out as a vegan
Singapore has the most affordable vegan dining of the 87 cities included in the study with an average rating of 1.31. The rating from HappyCow is out of three and is based on the cost of the restaurant in comparison to other local restaurants. Asian cities dominate the top 10 list with Macau, Vientiane, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Guangzhou all making the cut. Other cities with cheap vegan restaurant options include Montevideo, Guadalajara, Budapest and Prague.
Most expensive cities to dine out as a vegan
The most expensive city in the world to dine out as a vegan is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates with an average price rating of 2.29. Dubai is closely followed by Johannesburg in South Africa and Kyoto in Japan. Other expensive vegan dining locations include Zurich, Tehran, Helsinki, Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, Tokyo and Los Angeles.
You can view the full list of 87 cities below including the number of restaurants and average price rating:
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