Planning your next vacation? Check out our favorite veg-friendly towns, where compassionate dining and living are gaining momentum!

1. Austin

austin-skyline.jpgWhile this capital city is most known for its rich cultural history and lush natural landscapes, Austin boasts a vibrant vegan scene.

Head down to the Vegan Nom taco trailer to savor a classic Texas dish: the breakfast taco. For even more comfort food bliss, The Vegan Yacht features freeto pie, a concoction of tempeh chili and corn chips to sate even the most ravenous travelers.

Craving something sweet? Sweet Ritual, an all-vegan ice cream shop, features eccentric flavors like chocolate chai and the intriguing Cinnamonkey Elephantastic, as well as extensive topping choices.

2. Portland

PS2.jpgIn a town famous for its environmental friendliness and microbreweries, it comes as no surprise that vegan-dining options abound.

If you’re looking for a quick bite, there are plenty of vegan-friendly food trucks, from Native Bowl for a hearty rice-based meal, to Homegrown Smoker Vegan Barbecue for overstuffed sandwiches and creamy Mac-No-Cheese. For a sit-down vibe, Portobello Vegan Trattoria offers seasonal Italian dishes, like the patata primavera pizza, that highlight fresh vegetables.

Portland also boasts the only vegan strip mall in the world, where one can visit Herbivore ClothingFood Fight GroceryScapegoat Tattoo, and Sweet Pea Baking Company.

3. Philadelphia

philadelphia-skyline-john-greim.jpgAn underrated vegan destination, this city, known for animal product-laden Philly cheesesteaks, also has a booming cruelty-free food scene.

For fine dining, nothing beats Vedge, the globally inspired eatery renowned among vegans and meat-eaters alike for its fresh vegetable dishes and artfully prepared cocktails. For a casual dining experience, HipCityVeg is a popular spot for indulging in the quintessential Philly cheesesteak, vegan-style.

Also be sure to check out plant-based Chinese restaurant New Harmony and Philly’s new all-vegan bar, Charlie Was a Sinner!

4. Cleveland

stock_water_city_1_adj.jpgFrom museums to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland supports a thriving cultural scene. But did you know the city also supports a flourishing vegan scene?

The Flaming Ice Cube, an all-vegan café, features famously good veggie burgers, fresh smoothies, and homemade vegan baked goods. Tremont Scoops serves up vegan ice cream, cookies, and brownies, and Sweet Moses, an old-fashioned soda fountain and treat shop, has vegan options as well. Melt, the casual dining spot known for creative sandwiches, offers house-made seitan that’s to die for and an extensive grilled cheese menu that can be made vegan.

5. San Francisco Bay Area

4212548996_e7d9872b3e_o.jpgFor a gourmet experience, visit Millennium, which offers multiple tasting menu options and a frequently changing à la carte menu. Or try Herbivore Earthly Grill for 100 percent vegan fare like cheesy nachos or a “meatball” sub.

For vegan versions of classic Hostess favorites (think Twinkies, Sno Balls, and the like) hit upSource, where portions are generous and prices are fair. If you still want dessert, Sweet Aha!offers a completely vegan cupcake menu, and Berkeley’s Cinnaholic will blow your mind!

Our Top 5 Veg-Friendly Cities… That Arent New York, Chicago, or LA – MFA Blog.