A recent study has revealed the top three most vegan-friendly cities in the United States. The study surveyed 48 cities within the United States and compared them using a wide range of criteria. These criteria included the number of both high and low-cost vegan restaurants within a city, online reviews of said restaurants, and how many farmers’ markets each city had. Research revealed that the top three best cities for vegans were: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
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As the most populous city in the country, few will be surprised that New York managed to edge into top place. Not only is the city chock full of dedicated vegan restaurants (93 to be exact), but eateries serving juices, smoothies, and other healthy plant-based snacks are also plentiful. New Yorkers may be more open to vegan diets due to a recent push by city officials encouraging people to give up animal products for both health and environmental reasons. Recently, New York has also been a hotbed of animal rights and environmental protests.
Chicago was revealed as the second-best city in the U.S. for vegan travelers. Although famous for dishes such as cheese-laden deep-dish pizza and hot dogs, Chicagoans have embraced veganism in recent years. The city is even home to the Vegan Museum, an exhibition that travels around Chicago to educate viewers about the history of veganism in the area. Additionally, Chicago will soon welcome the XMarket Vegan Food Hall. This huge space will house several vegan eateries and a vegan grocery store.
Rounding out the top three most vegan-friendly cities in the United States is Los Angeles. The second most populous city in the country, LA is often thought of for its health-centric culture. This city has 63 restaurants that are dedicated to only serving vegan food. Additionally, the study found that Los Angeles has 65 low-cost spots that serve vegan options.
Other major U.S. cities also have a burgeoning vegan food scene. Washington, D.C., and Las Vegas placed fourth and fifth in the study. The city that scored as the least vegan-friendly destination was Hartford, Connecticut. This was due to the low number of restaurants serving vegan options.
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