8 Best Cities for Non-Meat-Eaters

It's not always hard being a vegetarian
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2016 12:47 PM CDT
In this 2010 photo, a custumer picks up a food order at Otarian restaurant in New York. The most unique drill-down-deep menu information is provided by Otarian, a vegetarian restaurant with two locations.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Sometimes being a vegetarian on the lam can mean settling for the only black bean burger/grilled cheese/pizza slice on the menu. For those culinarily-deprived non-meat-eating souls, Treehugger has rounded up a list of the world's most vegetarian-friendly cities, taking into account the number of vegetarian joints per capita, their ratings, and percent of those joints with four- and five-star reviews. For your vegetable-consuming pleasure:

  1. New York City: The Big Apple has a vegetarian eatery per every 2,107 people, and 88% of them have a four- or five-star review.
  2. Portland: No surprise here that Portland has one vegetarian establishment per every 612 people.
  3. Chiang Mai: Thai food has long been kind to vegetarians, and this city's eateries have an average 4.29 out of 5 rating.
  4. Berlin: While you might have been expecting nothing but wurst and schnitzel, the German capital was named the New Vegetarian Capital by Saveur last year.
  5. Ho Chi Minh City: Vietnam is 85% Buddhist, which means a lot of residents go meat-free on the 1st and 15th of each lunar month.
  6. Prague: A Czech staple is Smazeny Syr, which is breaded fried cheese served with chips and tartare sauce.
  7. London: One restaurant per 939 people.
  8. Seoul: Kimbap and bibimbap are popular favorites, though few restaurants are completely vegetarian: Just one for every 51,071 people.
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