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Best Towns for Vegans to Live In
Posted October 19th, 2013 - 3:03 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted October 19th, 2013 - 7:29 pm by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
Great question! I also prefer vegan-friendly places that are as small as possible.

Both HappyCow.net & PETA have put together info that would speak to this & HappyCow is searchable so one could use that to find more places. Sadly, most of the info I have seen is specific to North America. I'd love to hear more about place around the world!

Here are some articles on this topic:
- http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=136&catId=4
- http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2010/07/14/The-Most-VegFriendly-Cities-in-North-America.aspx
- http://www.peta.org/features/top-vegan-friendly-cities-2013.aspx
- http://www.happycow.net/travel/top_five.html - Big city focused but if you scroll down the page it also has lists of places by how many Vegan restaurants they have & also by how many total HappyCow listings they have

The whole region of Cascadia (NW USA & SW Canada) where I live is extremely Vegan friendly so I won't list everywhere - look at HappyCow to find other cool places. I'll also add my own qualifications - each place must have at least one very-vegan friendly natural foods store with a good range of vegan staple items AND at least one entirely Vegan place to eat.

Off of the top of my head, here are some places in my area that I think qualify:

Oregon, USA:

- Portland (500,000+ but doesn't feel too crowded or city like):
Yes, It is pushing the upper population limit you specify but it is also quite possibly the worlds most vegan friendly city yet - plus I live here! ;-p
- Eugene (150,000): A very vegan friendly smaller city.
- Astoria (9,500): Nice vegan-friendly Natural Foods Co-op & a Vegan Fast Food place!

I'll post more later!

Posted October 21st, 2013 - 3:30 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted October 21st, 2013 - 10:01 pm by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
While I haven't been there myself, I hear that Malmo in Sweden is a smaller and very vegan friendly city.

I'd love to see such a list done for Europe! Sadly most of what I've heard has been for larger cities - Berlin in particular sounds great. I did hear about some vegan-friendly small towns in central Italia.

What are some spots that you've found to be particularly good so far?

Posted October 22nd, 2013 - 12:12 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
I'm very much encouraged with the world on this issue.

I'm studying to be a Travel Agent, and after taking cruises years ago where all they offered us was pureed pools of vegetable goo, NOW the cruise lines offer vegetarian and vegan gourmet...one cruise line has 5 chefs totally dedicated to the vegetarian/vegan guests!

Love it!!!

Cherie

Posted October 23rd, 2013 - 4:57 pm by from Lisboa, Portugal (Permalink)
Hey!
What is that cruise?
thanks

Posted October 23rd, 2013 - 5:18 pm by from Marseille, France (Permalink)
Isn`t DUBLIN , baile atha clia, vegan and veggie friendly...?

Here is veggie and vegan little friendly,
to say the least... :-)

And haven`t heard,for example,
bout Med sea cruises with veg food,
but - hopefully- i am wrong.

So pls write about ANY vegan/ veggie cruises You know.

Salutations

Posted October 31st, 2013 - 11:59 am from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted October 23rd, 2013 - 7:21 pm by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Hi Ana

I'm still learning, are there are LOTS of cruise lines out there, but specifically so far both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruise Lines offer vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

Both have plenty of ships that travel all over the world with lots of itineraries.

Also, I've heard of specifically vegan and vegetarian cruises with no meat eaters on board.

Cherie

Posted November 4th, 2013 - 1:29 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Berlin will blow your mind for Vegan food. Look on HappyCow.net

Posted November 4th, 2013 - 1:44 am by from Langley, United States (Permalink)
Thanks, Rayman

I'll be in Berlin for the first time next June, partying with CSers (we're planning an international meet up with the 50+ group).

Happy cow it is!

Cherie

Posted October 28th, 2013 - 2:40 am by from Ribeirao Preto, Brazil (Permalink)
I loved your question! I'm really interest in small vegan friendly cities too. :)

I traveled around some countries in Europe this summer and I suggest you to visit Den Haag (Netherlands)and Gent (Belgium). Gent is the city with the highest number of veggie restaurants per capita in Europe (they're really vegan friendly there and they have a veggie map!). Den Haag has a lot of vegan places and even a vegan butcher shop.

All the other places I can suggest have more than 500,000 people... but those two above I really enjoyed.


Posted October 28th, 2013 - 2:36 pm by from Santa Cruz, Aruba (Permalink)
Amsterdam is also great for vegans! There are 71 entries on HappyCow for the city and it's also quite easy to find supermarkets (such as Ekoplaza and Marqt) around the city centre where you can find all kinds of organic and responsibly sourced food and beverages. Beware though since these supermarkets tend to be on the more expensive side, especially Marqt since it's prime target is the upper middle class. On the upside, Amsterdam also has some Squatter communities that offer vegan dinners for cheap.
The Hague also has some options indeed and even Maastricht, down South!

:-)

http://www.happycow.net/europe/netherlands/amsterdam/

Posted October 28th, 2013 - 3:15 pm by from Amsterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
Amsterdam is good for vegans as well. I would avoid going to these 'wholefood' chains like Marqt and Ekoplaaza but instead try to find the independent wholefood shops and co-operatives which are much cheaper and the food is actually responsibly sourced. This one is conveniently located and a lovely place http://www.de-aanzet.nl/Over_de_aanzet.html. Most of the squats do vegan dinners for about a fiver for three courses which is super cheap for Amsterdam! Rotterdam has a nice scene on this going on as well.


Posted October 28th, 2013 - 4:09 pm by from Amsterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
Yeah check http://www.eattomeet.com/vegandna they organize vegan dinners every week in Amsterdam!

Posted October 31st, 2013 - 12:05 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted November 1st, 2013 - 5:13 am by from Ribeirao Preto, Brazil (Permalink)
Nice Fearghal! :)
One of my plans is travel the world like you, being volunteer in vegan projects. I did it just in Madrid at an animal sanctuary.
Hope you enjoy as much as I did! Have a nice flight [:

Posted November 4th, 2013 - 10:04 pm by from Gent, Belgium (Permalink)
Hi Fearghal Jo , so nice to read that you are going to India ... I have lost my heart there ... A re-afforestion project ? Probably you are going to help in Sadhana Forest ? I was there very short myself, but I also go to India every year (yoga course, beach and helping in animal clinics) so whenever you need information about India ;-)

And yes Ghent is a great city to live in , heaven for vegetarians/vegans ;-)

Have a great flight saturday, how long you will be in India ? I still have to book my ticket, but I will be probably there in the end of january ...

Posted November 8th, 2013 - 4:49 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted November 11th, 2013 - 3:08 pm by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
unfortunately the trend in india is away from vegan food !! very sad.

Posted October 28th, 2013 - 4:50 am by from Colorado Springs, United States (Permalink)
If you come to the US, Colorado Springs (besides being the most beautiful place) is actually a very vegan-friendly small city!

I am originally from a suburb 40 minutes outside of New York City, and surprisingly there was no veg community or veg friendly restaurants there. Since moving to Colorado Springs though, I found a very active veg group (over 600 members) with events going on all the time. There are also tons of great restaurants with plenty of vegan options (No "What's a vegan?")

We'll be hosting our first vegan pop-up market next month. We're close enough to Denver and Boulder to participate in the larger happenings as well and to try out their veg restaurants. Our Gazette actually just did a write-up on how vegan-friendly Colorado Springs is.

I love it here and do consider it a hidden gem in the veg community. If you're looking for a small city to visit, I don't think it really gets much better.

Posted October 28th, 2013 - 8:15 am from Cape Town, South Africa
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Posted October 28th, 2013 - 10:03 am by from Amsterdam, Netherlands (Permalink)
Hei,

In UK Brighton is the vegan haven! It is a lovely city otherwise as well.

Helsinki is pretty good for vegans. But it is expensive.

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Posted October 28th, 2013 - 12:03 pm by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
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Posted October 28th, 2013 - 1:00 pm by from Kopavogur, Iceland (Permalink)
Yes Im interested in it too. Im currently living in Italy and planning to go more south, but 'will I survive'?

Posted November 1st, 2013 - 1:48 pm by from Cordoba, Spain (Permalink)
You will survive....I used to live in Catania, Sicily and there were several vegan restaurants, plus I also found it very easy to eat pastas/pizzas just without cheese made a lot of things vegan.

Posted October 29th, 2013 - 7:24 am by from St. Gallen, Switzerland (Permalink)
Ok so there are not too many places in the south with vegan kitchen, more often its just vegetarian. but if you wanted to go to a warm place in summer, try dubrovnik in coratia. there is a little restauant calles Nishta in the old city of dubrovnik. you have to book a table but trust me, its worth it. http://www.nishtarestaurant.com/

Dubrovnik is a very beautiful city as well :-)

Posted October 29th, 2013 - 10:37 am by from Lisboa, Portugal (Permalink)
Hey!
I'm a macrobiotic student, teacher and chef and i'm now travelling around europe to know some veggetarian and veggan restaurants and places. We are now in France, and we will drive to Milan, Italy cause we heard that there were some good vegetarian places. In Paris i read that is a great city to vegetarian, isn't it?
Your main suggestions, in Europe, are Netherlands and Belgium?
Thanks a lot!
I'm in love with this post" Best towns for vegans to live in" Thanks a lot for it! :D <3

Posted October 29th, 2013 - 10:14 pm by from Baerum, Norway (Permalink)
Hello hello!

Number one vegan capital in Europe is:
- Berlin!

I´m vegan myself, from Norway(stay away from Norway, here you will find (almost) no vegan food, just a heads up!) who lives in Berlin, and here you will enjoy A LOT of tasty vegan food.
Berlin have not only one, but TWO 100% vegan supermarkets! Their are called Veganz and is a mos def must-see and must-visit. The one at Friedrichshain(just across the bridge from the U-bahn(metro) also has it´s own café and cakes, dinner, take-away, vegan soft-ice(summer time only I guess) etc. I LOVE BERLIN.

Or else, Malmö and Göteborg in Sweden is very nice, and almost all over the country, they sell different vegan products(which I´m not used to hence being from the un-vegan-friendly Norway)

Have a good trip! And Berlin also has so much more then vegan food, so you should definitely stop by ;)

Posted October 29th, 2013 - 10:37 pm by from Baerum, Norway (Permalink)
Ooooooops! So sorry, just read that you prefer towns, not cities and that Berlin is excluded. Sorry! :p

Posted October 29th, 2013 - 11:08 pm by from Baerum, Norway (Permalink)
(Sorry for the spamming, haha)
If you´re going to Sweden:
http://vegoteket.se/restauranger-och-butiker/malmo/
(you´ll understand at least a bit of what their trying to tell you, when not, just translate it with google or so :)

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Posted October 30th, 2013 - 8:11 am by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
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Posted October 31st, 2013 - 12:12 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted November 1st, 2013 - 4:27 am by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
It is wonderful to see all the activity on this topic - let's keep it up! :-D

While I am also not that into larger cities, other than for visiting now & then, Berlin is without a doubt the #1 city that I'd love to visit!

@Cherryblossom: It's great to see Veganism growing in the Springs! I actually became Vegan while living there 20+ years back & visited last fall. Even after having traveled fairly widely, Manitou remains a particularly iconic place to me. That said, I'd have to say that I sadly still don't personally consider the Springs all that Vegan-friendly...
What are some places that you've found to be particularly Vegan-friendly in the Springs.

Posted November 2nd, 2013 - 11:00 am by from Barcelona, Spain (Permalink)
Victoria, BC, Canada
Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Montreal, Quebec
*I know you said you didn't want a big city but Montreal has some great little pockets of neighbourhoods and it really doesn't feel big at all!

Have a great trip!!

Posted November 8th, 2013 - 2:09 am by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
Victoria is definitely a great vegan spot & a personal favorite of mine. It's nice that it is close (but not too close!) to vegan hotspots like Vancouver & Seattle, though those are definitely cities.

Salt Spring seemed nice during my brief visit there but I much prefer the greater Comox Valley area further up Vancouver Island. Courtenay & Cumberland are nice little towns & nearby Denman Island doesn't even really have a town - but it does have regular vegan potlucks!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Denman-Islands-Community-Vegan-Potluck-Series/117799418405342

The Kootenay region of BC, Canada & Nelson in particular seems extremely promising - but needs a Vegan restaurant.
Maybe one of y'all can open it! :-)

Posted November 2nd, 2013 - 10:29 pm by from Kolkata, India (Permalink)
Most of the religions in India preach vegetarianism, and thus almost all of the Indian Cities have a huge vegetarian population.
Rajasthan and Gujrat being majorly vegetarian states.
Vegan practice isnt very common though i'd say. Milk and Milk products are widely used. Though it constitutes a small fraction of the choice and options in food.

If you're a fan of vegetarian food, India is a must visit i'd say.

Posted November 4th, 2013 - 7:22 am from Vienna, Austria
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Posted November 4th, 2013 - 4:39 pm from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted November 4th, 2013 - 7:25 pm from Madrid, Spain
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Posted November 4th, 2013 - 8:44 pm from Madrid, Spain
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Posted November 8th, 2013 - 11:15 pm by from Santiago, Chile (Permalink)
Hi,

I think overall Germany is very vegan friendly and has a million small towns that are vegan friendly, and cities such as Münster, Köln and Dortmund are very vegan friendly. Though the language can be a barrier.

It all depends on what you want in a vegan city, restaurants? pubs? soya milk available in any supermarket?

I live in Santiago, Chile and it's quite vegan friendly if you know where to go, but it's far from small :)

Cheers!

Posted November 14th, 2013 - 11:40 am by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
well said.. however if one has own apartment and doing cooking at home.then its easy to be vegan anywhere in the world. though often as a tourist, its not to easy to find vegan places in the limited time one has in a town. and yes language can be a problem asking for vegan places. sometimes peoples definition of what constitutes vegan also varies. many assume that eggs and fish is vegan food?

Posted November 11th, 2013 - 2:30 am by from Mannheim, Germany (Permalink)
For me (as a vegan) it is more important how I feel when I walk on the streets somewhere than how big is the vegan variety.
That's why I prefer holly-Hindu places (like Rishikesh for example), where the whole town is vegetarian (though the vegan variety is quite narrow), on places like Berlin, where there's also a lot of meat on the streets.

So come to India!


Posted November 14th, 2013 - 8:58 am by from Pasig, Philippines (Permalink)
I would recommend The Philippines because we have fruits and vegetables all year round because we are a tropical country. You can find vegetables and fruits either in the rural or urban places anywhere in the country.

Posted November 14th, 2013 - 9:44 am by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
how easy is it to find vegan food on the street or in eating places in phillipines?

Posted November 19th, 2013 - 6:31 am by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
Come on folks! I'm sure that many of you live in and/or know of cool little vegan-friendly communities - and I'd love to hear about them! :-)

While rarely even fully veg, much less actually vegan, natural foods cooperatives are almost always very vegan friendly & are great spots to find like-minded folks!

Here are a couple of online directories for natural foods co-op's:
- http://www.cooperativegrocer.coop/coops
- http://www.http://strongertogether.coop/all-coops/ - this one has a handy map feature.

Both of those are mostly US focused & a quick internet search didn't turn up a global directory - would any of you be so kind as to share any such directories that you know of for your country, region and/or around the world?

Thanks!

Posted November 19th, 2013 - 7:19 am by from Essen, Germany (Permalink)
In Germany I really can recommend "Wiesbaden". It´s a very lovely towm in the middle of Germany near "Frankfurt". They really have a quite big variety of vegan restaurants, shops and a lot of organic food is offered. There is also a big arabian community offering very good vegan stuff, like "Kumpir", which is really good.
And the city is small, warm and very nice to walk trough. Besides that it´s not far to Frankfurt, where you have a huge vegan supermarket :)

Posted November 19th, 2013 - 8:21 am from New Delhi, India
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Posted November 29th, 2013 - 2:52 pm by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
Many places in India, including Mumbai, Delhi, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Posted December 26th, 2013 - 3:18 am by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
Back to the top!

Let's hear about some more cool vegan-friendly towns - everything else being equal: the smaller, the better!

Posted December 26th, 2013 - 4:34 am by from Adelaide, Australia (Permalink)
In Australia most of the cities (the cities aren't big compared to in the US or Europe) have a decent array of vegan restaurants, shops and community groups. Where I live in Adelaide, South Australia there are regular dinners and picnics and an annual vegan festival. We also have a group called called cake liberation front that have vegan bake offs. We have a small vegan supermarket that raises funds for an animal sanctuary. We have other places that sell ethically sourced vegan produce and one online dedicated to palm oil free as well. A lot of the vegan restaurants here are South East Asian but we have a number that are more Mediterranean or multicultural. I also like to try different foods so go to mainstream eateries and ask them to make me vegan food. I even got to try vegan Uyghur cuisine the other day. There are restaurants and catering companies that do raw. A restaurant/cafe called bliss does all vegan. ethically sourced produce - mainly organic and lots of raw options.

Melbourne also has a good number of vegan restaurants, a vegan fast food chain called Lord of the Fries, a vegan butcher, a place called Lentil as Anything that does vegan food for a donation, a vegan butcher etc. . For a small country town, Daylesford outside of Melbourne is pretty vegan friendly.

Sydney has a number of great places too. Some great Vietnamese vegan places including restaurants and supermarket in the suburb Cabramatta (a Suburb with a Vietnamese stronghold outside of Sydney). In the city there is a beautiful restaurant/cocktail bar call Bodhi on the park that does vegan yum cha on Sundays. Between Sydney and Brisbane (in Northern NSW) there is a small town called Byron Bay that is very vegan friendly but is very popular with tourists because of it's amazing surf beaches, rain forest, music festivals, and alternative/hippy lifestyle. Close to Byron is Ninbim - famous for it's alternative lifestyles and druggies.

Canberra has at least a couple of vegan restaurants that I know of and a delicious vegan bakery. I got to try vegan fried ice cream at one Chinese restaurant.

Bali has a fair few vegan, raw and organic cafés and restaurants. My favourite is Soma in Seminyak. In Ubud there are many more.

In Jogjakarta in Java there are at least a couple of vegan restaurants I know of and if you know someone they can help you find vegan food at not places

Posted December 26th, 2013 - 4:43 am by from Adelaide, Australia (Permalink)
In the Northern Territory in Australia - Even Alice Springs (in the Central Australian Desert) has a vegan cafe but Darwin doesn't. They have one Vego restaurant out of town called Eat Martins that has some vegan food. I'd rate Darwin as the least vegan friendly city in Australia but there is a lot of fresh produce available at the markets so it's not hard to cater for yourself there. Darwin is all about the steak and seafood as a lot of people work in those industries as well as mining and military there and they were very angry about other Australians trying to stop the cruel practice of live export of cattle and sheep etc to Indonesia and the Middle East

Posted December 26th, 2013 - 9:03 am by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Thank you Jasmine... for all the very useful informations

I love Australia, been there 5 times, and now I know I can go vegan in the city where I love to go.

Thank you very much for all the detailled infomration and you message on this group.

Posted December 28th, 2013 - 10:43 pm by from Hamburg, Germany (Permalink)
HI,
I live in Hamburg and I think Hamburg is quite vegan friendly. We even have a vegan supermarket, many restaurants and also more and more health stores offer vegan products of all kind. Many supermarkets have a good choice of soy yoghurts and we have two ice cream cafés with lovely vegan ice-cream, wafers, pancakes etc.
Greets,
Sabine

Posted December 29th, 2013 - 7:33 pm by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
Sabine,

Thanks for the tip. Hamburg seems vegan friendly - though definitely more of a city than a town, eh?

Also, I see that you are new to CS - Willkommen! It's always great to have more Vegans! :-)

Posted January 20th, 2014 - 10:25 am from Dublin, Ireland (Republic of)
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Posted January 20th, 2014 - 6:22 pm by from Venice, Italy (Permalink)
thank you! i am now living in venice, not good for vegans...but i think in northern europe the vegan food is more common.. here in italy is not so good to live. you can have a look at this guide or suggest this town to the people working at http://www.happycow.net