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Top 5 Vegan Cities In The UK (And Where To Eat When You’re There)

by Fabian Jackson

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The latest Student Beans results are in, and here are the best cities in the UK for vegan food 2022. 

We’re always thrilled to see new vegan businesses emerging and existing names continue to flourish – hence our excitement whenever new surveys emerge. 

Whether you’re fully vegan or just trying to eat more plants, hopefully, this latest list can inspire your next weekend break, explore your local city or even help you decide where you might want to move next for university or work.  

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Photo credit: Student Beans

According to Student Beans, the results are based on ‘the number of vegan-friendly restaurants available to the average cost of vegan food in the area.’

So, where's the best city in the UK for vegans?

1. Edinburgh 

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This year’s most vegan-friendly city in the UK is taken by Edinburgh; a thriving historical city that’s groaning with food spots from fine dining to bustling street food and everything in between. 

It boasts a massive 642 vegan restaurants throughout the city and 42 UberEats options if you don’t feel like leaving the house. We’d love to know if anyone out there has tried them all.

Check out our favourite Edinburgh food spots here next. 

2. Chester 

Second up we have Chester. It also offers a great number of vegan eateries, but Student Beans states that its higher cost of staples like fruit and veg meant it missed out on first place. 

Check out Happy Cow’s favourite vegan restaurants here.

4. Nottingham 

nottingham food collage

Nottingham is a thriving university city in the centre of the UK, making it a great option for anyone plant-based who is going to be filling in a UCAS application sometime soon. 

Check out our favourite restaurants, cafes and street food venues here. 

4. Glasgow 

glasgow food collage

We’re not surprised to see Glasgow claim its place in the top 5; it’s a vibrant city with an equally thriving plant-based food scene.

Learn more about where we eat when we’re in Glasgow here. 

5. Newcastle 

Newcastle food collage

There are so many vegan dishes waiting to be eaten in Newcastle, here are some of our go-to places. 

The rest of the top 20 looks like this:

6. Brighton and Hove

7. Cambridge

8. Inverness

9. Manchester

10. Norwich

11. York

12. Bath

13. Oxford

14. Cardiff

15. Leeds

16. Bristol

17. Durham

18. Exeter

19. Stirling

20. Sheffield

And where’s London?

Well, London didn’t make it into the top 20 vegan-friendly cities in the UK this year. In fact, it landed its place as the 10th worst city to live in as a vegan. Its high cost of fruit and veg outweighed its volume of vegan eateries this time. 

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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