When there's a Falafel stand on every street corner, when even the Shawarma doesn't contain meat, and when more and more restaurants take the non-vegan food off the menu—it was only natural that Tel Aviv will be ranked among the ten most vegan-friendly cities in the world.
In a list published last week by British daily newspaper The Independent, ten cities are listed in as recommended for vegan travelers—among them Tel Aviv.
The other cities on the list were Turin (Italy), Berlin (Germany), Helsinki (Finland), Chennai (India), Melbourne (Australia), London (Britain), Vancouver (Canada) and two cities in the US: San Francisco (California) and Austin (Texas).
This isn't much of a surprise—nearly five percent of Israelis are vegan, meaning that Israel has the most vegans in the world per capita.
Tel Aviv itself has about 200 vegan restaurants, and ten percent of the restaurants in the city are vegan-friendly, so that at least a quarter of their menu is vegan.
"Veganism has been on the rise for some time in Israel, but things came to a head in December 2014 when protesting Israeli soldiers threatened to revolt if the army didn’t start giving vegan options on the cafeteria menu," wrote The Independent.
"With over 400 vegan and vegan friendly establishments, cosmopolitan Tel Aviv has become such a hotspot that even Domino’s serves animal-free pizza, and there’s the first vegan—and kosher—cooking school in the country, the Vegan Experience," it continued. "Every September the city hosts Vegan-Fest, one of the world’s largest vegan festivals.
It later details several restaurants known for their vegan food, recommended trying a few different vegan cuisines, and—of course—mentioned that Falafel can be found practically everywhere.
(Translated & edited by Lior Mor)