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The best cities to be a vegan

Vancouver has the 10th most vegan restaurants but dining out will cost you

The New Year is a popular time for people to examine their diet and lifestyle choices. It’s common to hear people say they’re going to exercise more, drink less and eat healthier as part of their New Year’s resolutions. To ring in the New Year, we take a look at the sharp rise in popularity of veganism and reveal which cities are the best to dine out as a vegan.

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 rankCountryInternet search interest
1Australia100
2Ireland96
3New Zealand94
4United Kingdom92
5United States83
6Canada77
7South Africa65
8United Arab Emirates41
9Singapore37
10Norway26
11Sweden22
12Philippines21
13Finland19
14Denmark18
15Hong Kong17
16Greece17
17Malaysia15
18Netherlands14
19Switzerland14
20Israel14
21Portugal14
22India13
23Romania11
24Czechia10
25Austria10
26Belgium10
27Hungary9
28Saudi Arabia8
29Egypt7
30Germany6
31Spain6
32Pakistan6
33Poland5
34Italy5
35Indonesia4
36Mexico4
37Thailand4
38France4
39Vietnam2
40Turkey2
41Brazil1
42Russia1
43Japan1

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.

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Source: Google trends

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:

Methodology

We used data from HappyCow to source the number of vegan restaurants per city and average restaurant price. The study is limited in scope given cities that did not have enough data via HappyCow were excluded. Data was collected in December.Internet search data was sourced from Google Trends.

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