Sir Paul McCartney is a dedicated vegetarian, singer Carrie Underwood gave up meat at 13, and actor Christian Bale was only nine when he went vegetarian after reading Charlotte’s Web. Author Leo Tolstoy wrote, “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
Almost 7.3 million Americans would agree, suggests a 2013 Vegetarian Times study that shows there are at least that many vegetarians in the United States, while 22.8 million follow vegetarian-inclined diets. As the movement grows, so do menu options across the globe – especially since many countries, such as India, were great vegetarian travel destinations from the get-go. (In 2007, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ranked India the world’s lowest consumer of meat.) Websites like Happy Cow and its app VegOut are useful for finding the best veg-friendly restaurants when you’re in a new city. Our own methodology for this list included using pre-existing roundups, a 2013 research study, and a computation of the number of vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants on Google reviews. If you’re currently planning a vacation, we’ve listed the 10 best cities for vegetarians around the world.