Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Which cities are the most vegetarian-friendly?

London is the most vegetarian-friendly city in the world according to a new rankings list. 

Nestpick's Vegetarian Cities Index puts London at the top of the tree for non-meat eaters, followed by German cities Berlin and Munich. Then came Vienna, Glasgow, Zurich and Palma de Mallorca.


London got a perfect 100 score (100 scores are always dubious in my opinion) thanks to its plethora of vegetarian restaurants, vegetarian festivals, and affordability of fruit, vegetables and plant-based protein. 

The US, with a lot of high-profile vegetarians and vegans, saw Los Angeles come in eighth in the list of 75 global cities, followed by San Francisco in 10th and New York in 12th place. 

Paris was well down in 61st place while the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo came in last.

In Asia, Chiang Mai in Thailand came in at 36th position - and was named cheapest city for veggie dishes - and Bangkok 73rd. Other Asian cities in the list were Singapore (62nd) and Ubud (67th).

On-demand housing platform Nestpick created the ranking as a way to help people discover cities that best cater to vegetarians. 

"While there are undoubtedly countless cities that are incredible for vegetarians around the world, which do not feature in this index due to a lack of available data, we believe that this shortlist offers an excellent springboard for vegetarians looking to move abroad,” said Omer Kucukdere, founder and chief executive at Nestpick.

I say to Mr Kucukdere that he needs to broaden his horizons to places like India. which India has more vegetarians than the rest of the world put together. Around 38% of all Indians are vegetarians. 

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