Touring North America’s Most Veg-Friendly Cities


A few months ago my husband, Paul, stumbled upon PETA’s The Most Veg-Friendly Cities in North America. We’re such plant-based foodies, that we decided that we MUST go to all of these places to dine at the best vegan restaurants around. Here’s the large cities that made the cut:

The Most Veg-Friendly Cities in North America

  1. Washington, D.C.
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  4. Atlanta, Georgia
  5. Seattle, Washington
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. San Francisco, California
  8. Los Angeles, California
  9. New York, New York
  10. Toronto, Canada

Since we live an hour from Los Angeles, this was the first city we crossed off the list. We’ve been making weekend trips there for the past few months and have discovered several fabulous restaurants like LA Vegan Crepes and Café Gratitude.

Next week, however; we’re making a vegan pilgrimage to cities, 5 & 6 Seattle and Vancouver.

We’ll start our tour in Seattle where I’m excited to be having lunch with my blogger buddy Jean. If you don’t know Jean, then you’re missing out. She’s a compassionate vegan and cruelty-free fashionista who somehow manages to write two awesome blogs, Jean of All Trades and Sunshine and Slaughter.

Then we’re driving to Port Townsend and meeting up with my parents to go to my uncle Bob’s 80th birthday party. Port Townsend is a small town that doesn’t appear to be vegan-friendly, so we’ll see how this goes.

Next we’re off to Victoria, where my husband found lots of vegan-friendly restaurants like ReBar Modern Food, a hip lunch and dinner place with gluten-free and vegan options, and raw vegan Café Bliss.

Our next stop is Vancouver where there are so many vegan choices that we’re overwhelmed. One thing I want to do for sure is to have Raw Vegan High Tea at Indigo Café, which I learned about from One Small Vegan.

And so you know, my non-vegan parents will be with us in Port Townsend, Victoria and Vancouver and have agreed to eat at vegan-friendly restaurants with us. This should be interesting!

Finally it’s back to Seattle for one more day before we head home with three cities down and seven to look forward to.

If you have restaurant suggestions for Seattle, Port Townsend, Victoria or Vancouver, I’m all ears!

Photo courtesy of HappyTellus.

About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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44 Responses to Touring North America’s Most Veg-Friendly Cities

  1. Maryanne says:

    New Jersey is pretty vegan friendly too. We have a lot of vegan restaurants here.

  2. Liz says:

    Glad to note Toronto and Vancouver is amongst your list of vegan friendly cities. I’m not vegan/vegetarian but I love veggies and vegetarian food. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This was really interesting to read! My best friend is vegan, so I will have to share this post with her 🙂 Thank you for sharing it!

  4. I hope you have a great trip and enjoy high tea! Thanks for linking up. 🙂 You might want to check out the blog Veg Coast. It’s all about dining out vegan in Vancouver. Lots of reviews, photos, and a list of all the completely vegan places in the city. I really love Wild Rice (both the downtown and New West locations)! It is not a completely vegan restaurant, but does clearly label its vegan dishes on the menu, and the food is awesome!

    • Thanks so much for all the info! I actually already discovered Veg Coast, and it’s a wonderful resource. I’ll check out Wild Rice for sure – it sounds like a great place. And thanks so much for your post about the high tea – don’t know if I would have discovered that on my own. Now I’m really excited about my trip!! Celeste 🙂

  5. Thanks for the shout-out! I really appreciate it. I’m looking forward to meeting you in person. I love the idea of visiting the top ten vegan cities.

  6. Ally says:

    A vegan pilgrimage – how exciting!
    You are so lucky, getting to meet Jean. I look forward to reading about that. 🙂 Have a wonderful adventure.

    • Hey Ally! It’s such a rare thing (for me anyway) to meet other bloggers, so I’m really excited about meeting Jean. Not to mention that she’s so cool! Of course I’m excited about my trip too. I won’t post during my trip, but I’ll write all about it when I get home. Thanks for your comment – I appreciate it! Celeste 🙂

  7. Carolyn says:

    Celeste, I nominated you for a blog award! I just put the post up.

  8. That is wonderful Celeste! Did you already go to Victoria?

  9. bloomlisa says:

    Let me know when you plan to hit Vancouver…we can go for lunch!! Great post.

    • It would be wonderful to meet you in person Lisa! We’re doing a whirlwind trip, however; so the only full day we’ll be in Vancouver is Thursday, August 1st. Our plan for lunch on this day is to have raw vegan high tea at Indigo Café. You’re more than welcome to come if you’re available. Here’s the Indigo website: Let me know! Celeste 🙂

      • bloomlisa says:

        Sounds awesome, but sadly we will be Kelowna (Wine country of Canada and where I grew up). Enjoy your whirlwind adventure. I can’t wait to read all about it. Blessings to you!!

    • You’re so missing out on the raw vegan high tea – I’ve heard it’s fab! But I’m sure you’ll have fun in Kelowna – it sounds like a lovely place. Maybe we’ll get to do lunch some other time. Celeste 🙂

  10. The Vegan Green says:

    Hi, what an exciting idea, getting to visit these cities! 🙂

  11. Starr says:

    Hey, you’re in my neck of the woods! If you’re still in Victoria, our favorite places to eat, when visiting, are Lotus Pond and Green Cuisine. Best to ask about honey at Cafe Bliss, last I heard, they use it in a few things… In Vancouver, our favorites are 3G Vegetarian Restaurant (they say vegetarian, but it’s all vegan), and Loving Hut Express (food truck). Ooh, and if you’re near New Westminster (my city :-)), there’s Crepe Des Amis, who are not vegan but have an extensive vegan crepe menu!… I hope you enjoy your trip! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for all the tips!! I checked out Lotus Pond and Green Cuisine and they look fab! Hopefully I can get to one, or maybe both, of them. And you’ve really tempted me with vegan crepes (crepes are my all time favorite food!), but I don’t think we’ll get to New Westminster on this trip. This trip is going to be an amazing culinary adventure!! Celeste 🙂

  12. Hey hey, there’s Atlanta sitting at number 4! Lemme know if you need a vegan tour guide when you visit 🙂

    • Oh, you’re so sweet! I would love that. It may be awhile before we get to Atlanta, however. San Francisco and Portland are the next two cities we plan to check off, and we haven’t made plans beyond that. But we’ll get to Atlanta one of these days. Celeste 🙂

  13. Super excited for you! If there were a “You know your vegan when…” list, I definitely think, “You know all the vegan restaurants in cities you’ve never been to” would be on it! Looking forward to reading about your culinary adventures. 🙂

    • Haha – maybe Jeff Foxworthy needs to do a “You know you’re a vegan” skit. That would be a kick! And yes, I think I’ve finally earned the title, “vegan”. I don’t think anyone who knows me would argue with that at this point. Celeste 🙂

  14. Lorrie Wenzler says:

    Looking forward to our vegan adventure with you and Paul. We are leaving tomorrow morning early and will be visiting Uncle David in Lodi for lunch (probably not vegan) then onto Mt Shasta to meet up with some friends for dinner there. On Thursday we head to Portland–one full day of driving and listening to books on CD. On Friday we will head to Port Townsend by way of Vashon Island and visit a friend there and probably not have a vegan lunch. Then to Uncle Bob’s for his 80th birthday party and then we will meet up with you and Paul to start our vegan adventure on Sunday. Looking forward to journey together.

    • Hi Mom! We’re looking forward to it too!! Maybe the first half of your trip won’t be vegan, but you and dad are going to (hopefully) get blown away with all the yummy vegan food we’ll be sampling together. I’m really looking forward to the raw vegan high tea – that should be fun. I know we’ll see a lot of beautiful places too. We’re looking forward to it. Celeste 🙂

  15. Poppy says:

    Such a fun adventure Celeste! Be sure to feed back on your experience please!! Have fun 😀

  16. lizziefit says:

    I’ve seen this and similar lists numerous times and I’ve always wanted to live in Portland or San Francisco. It would be so much easier to live the life I want to to live – vegan, fit and busy 🙂

  17. Sophie33 says:

    Have lots of fun exploring everything & enjoy yourselves too! 🙂

  18. natarunmore says:

    Love this post thanks, I always wonder if where I am travelling to will be veg-friendly or not. If you ever come to Toronto let me know 🙂

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