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Top 8 Vegan Spots in Hamburg

One of my favourite things to do is to explore vegan restaurants in different cities. And man, I wasn’t disappointed of what Hamburg had to offer.

Happen Pappen

We loved this place the first time, so we decided to go a second time. They have an inside and outside area and this place seemed crowded at all times

The menu during lunch is different to the one in the evening, as they offer sandwiches and a variety of different dishes during midday and burgers and burger bowls during the evening. Personally I preferred the burger bowl over the lunch we had.

The only downside at this place is the fact that you have to wait quite long (30-45 minutes) for the food. But the quality and taste make up for it.

Location: pretty central, in Karolinenviertel, between St.Pauli and Sternschanze

Price: average

Atmosphere: casual, just to eat, not really to stay longer and have drinks; self service

Vegan Vincent

Looking for some amazing vegan fast food? Even if you are meat eater, this is a place you have to try! We tried the Veganizer (My favourite), the Big Veganski, The Beyond Burger, Kebab Fries (My second favourite), Curry Wurst and Sweet Potato Fries. The taste is very fast foodie, but definitely worth it if you are craving some convenience food.

Location: Europa Passage, very central

Atmosphere: In a food court of a shopping center

Price: very good and fair for what you get

Otto’s Burger

A burger place with an extensive menu of non vegan burgers. We ordered the only vegan burger on the menu and we had the Beyond Meat Burger Patty instead of the original one. As a side dish we chose the sweet potato fries. I must say that it was definitely really good! I personally just really love the beyond meat burger patty. It is great to see that more and more places are offering it as an option.

Location: Chain, many different locations around town, we were at the one at Schanze

Atmosphere: very cozy, seems like a good place to stay in the evening and have drinks

Price: average, a little pricier with beyond meat patty

Fried Club at Bidges & Sons

Great spot for convenience food, so don’t expect to find anything “healthy”. We ordered the Beyond Bidges Burger and the Golden Nuggets. The Burger was definitely one of the best vegan burgers I have had so far (also beyond meat patty). The taste of the nuggets was very close to the original chicken nuggets.

Location: Reeperbahn/ St.Pauli

Atmosphere: dark(ish), great to stay after lunch or dinner and enjoy some drinks, has a terrace as well

Price: Fair

Golden Temple Teehaus

As we felt like having something light to eat after a whole day of travelling we decided to try this place and we were not disappointed. My boyfriend ordered a vegan/thai dish. And I must say that this dish was the best Indian dish I have tried outside India. I had a huge green salad, which was light but delicious! I’d also suggest going there for breakfast as the menu looks super yummy!

Location: Between Sternschanze and Rotherbaum

Atmosphere: great chilled atmosphere, to also come and work

Price: fair

Nord Coast Coffee Roastery

Definitely a great spot for coffee lovers and a great snack! We ordered two chai lattes and a vegan waffle. And I was in vegan waffle heaven. Definitely worth trying both, the food and the coffee they have there! Also, because the location is great!

Location: close to the harbour, pretty central

Atmosphere: great smell of coffee, perfect for coffee lovers, very relaxing

Price: fair

Boussi Falafel

Definitely one of the best falafels I ever had! The only downside was that I asked for a falafel salad and I would have loved more fresh veggies. But nevertheless, the falafel itself was amazeballs.

Location: Europa Passage, very central

Atmosphere: It is in the food court of a shopping center, and I guess everyone knows this kind of “atmosphere”.

Price: fair

Eisbande

OH MY VEGAN HEAVEN! I don’t know where to start. But this ice cream was by far the best vegan ice cream I have ever had in my life!

My boyfriend and me had no choice but to try all of the different flavours. My favourite is definitely “Schniggers”, but we also tried vanilla, salty peanut and banana, salty caramel, manner waffle, yoghurt, mousse au chocolate, coconut and mango and we also tried the soft ice.

Extra plus: they have wooden spoons instead of plastic!

Location: Schanze

Atmosphere: great place to get ice cream to go

Price: very fair

Generally, I have to say that I was surprised by how many vegan restaurants Hamburg had to offer and how many restaurants offer a variety of vegan options. I am sure that in the future there will be many more!

With love,

Jess x

Vegan Tips

How To Become A Digital Nomad + Tips (Interview…

How to become a digital nomad. It is the dream job of more and more people all around the world. Not having to work in a 9 to 5 job and being able to travel and work from whenever in the world. Sounds like a dream right?

Maeve is actually living it.

She is a vegan writer translator and businesswoman while travelling the world and helping other people find freedom by growing their digital businesses.

I interviewed Maeve, as I think she is super inspiring and a role model to many of us.

 

Please tell us something about you.

I’m Maeva. I was born and raised in Southern California, although I come from a French and Colombian background.  I’m a writer and a translator and I help brands and entrepreneurs make a positive impact and reach their English-speaking audiences. Both my parents are also vegan and translators, so I kind of followed in their footsteps.On top of that, I’m a digital nomad — although I have my base in Barcelona, I travel quite regularly and haven’t stayed put in one place longer than 5 weeks in the last 4 years.

 

When did you come to Barcelona? Why? 

I moved to Barcelona 5 years ago. Before that, I lived in Paris and London. I came on an impulse. I’m one of those people (you’ll meet lots in Barcelona) who came for a weekend and decided to stay. I wanted to be closer to the sea and to have somewhere that’s smaller and more centralized than London.

 

How did you become a Digital Nomad? What did you do before?

A lot of blood, sweat and tears! No, just kidding, but launching my digital business wasn’t easy. I began by following my parents and getting into translation, but as our specializations diverged, I was left to it on my own. Then went to London to study translation and I spent day and night researching other translators and writers that I admired. I had to work all the time but I still wanted to travel, so I just began to work while I traveled.

I’m not a full-time digital nomad–meaning, I’m location independent but I’m not technically ‘homeless’. I have my base, an apartment in central Barcelona, and I travel from there.

Before, I worked at a fast food restaurant and was a bartender and had my occasional side hustles.

 

What are the pros and cons of being a digital nomad?

The pros are obvious! Freedom.

You can make money from anywhere. I haven’t taken a vacation yet this year, but I’ve been in Los Angeles, Denver, Brussels, Prague, Barcelona, Medellin, Cali, and I’m currently talking to you from Faro, Portugal. I was working the whole time.

There are a few cons. One is the non-vacation thing. I think there are digital nomads that do take vacations and I managed to take one last year after a burn-out but most of the time, as an entrepreneur, I have trouble taking time off and it’s sometimes hard to fully enjoy the place I’m traveling to. Also, since I’m often on the road, it’s hard to meet up with people and maintain some relationships.

 

Where have you travelled to? Where has it been the easiest to be vegan?

I don’t like to country count. You could still be a digital nomad traveling only within one country, and I like to travel to a lot of cities within a single country.

Listing all the cities and villages I’ve been to would take too long, so in terms of countries so far have gotten to know (some better than others): the USA, France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Andorra, the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Colombia, Mexico, Indonesia, and Australia. It’s still a small, small percentage of the world and each place has so much to discover within itself.

It’s like trying to meet and get to deeply know a ton of people!

In terms of eating vegan, probably the best cities were Los Angeles (thanks, home!) Berlin, Vienna and London. But some places are surprisingly easier than you’d expect. I just spend a month in a small village in Colombia that had four (yes, four!) vegan restaurants, which is NOT something you’d expect from a rural Colombian town.

So many cuisines can be easily made vegan, while in other places you need to be a little more creative or just cook.

 

Do you have any tips for anyone who wants to become a digital nomad and work from anywhere in the world?

 You don’t need to run your own business to be a digital nomad. You can also find remote employment jobs. Be disciplined, be hungry to see the world. But also don’t worry too much about labels and what a digital nomad should do or shouldn’t do, or how often or long you should be traveling. The whole lifestyle is built on the premise of freedom to choose the life you want. So if you want to change places every two days, so be it. Others prefer to chill out and spend a few months in a place at a time, and that’s fine too. There’s no race to travel to more places and slow travel and getting to know fewer places more deeply is just as valid as traveling to a ton of places.

Just do you.

 

Find me on Instagram and on my blog, Maeva Everywhere.

 

I really hope you enjoyed this super interesting interview with Maeva. Make sure to check her out on Instagram and on her blog Maeva Everywhere.

 

With love,

Jess x

Vegan Travel

7 Vegan Restaurants in Barcelona You Have To Visit

Everyone who knows me, knows that I love Barcelona. I became vegan while I was living in my favourite city, so I was really excited to try all of the amazing vegan foods the city has to offer. And these are my personal top 7 vegan restaurants in Barcelona you have to visit!

 

#1 Väcka

Väcka - Vegan Restaurant in Barcelona

This place is a fully vegan restaurant offering vegan burgers, kale salads, waffles, açaí bowls, vegan cheese nights, and much more. My favourite is definitely the vegan burger, as the patty bun combo is something I haven’t found anywhere else (and I have tried many vegan burgers before). The place itself is pretty small, but cozy and the service is very lovely, which makes you feel like home.

Väcka is also located in one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Barcelona, which is Gracia.

Get to the website here

 

#2 Equilibrium Cafè Brvnch & Coffee

Equilibrium Cafè Brvnch&Coffee - Vegan Restaurant in Barcelona

When I found out that Barcelona opened its first all vegan brunch place I got waaaay to excited! And to be honest, my expectations were exceeded. We ordered a vegan omelette, a sandwich made out of amazing french bread, avocado and hummus, vegan pancakes and vegan cheesecake (raw and sugar free). We also had a matcha latte and a chai latte. All of the dishes were absolutely incredible. My favourite was the vegan omelette. As for the atmosphere, the place is pretty big, bright and very welcoming. The service is very friendly as they take their time to explain each of the dishes they have to you. The restaurant is located in Eixample, which is a little far from the centre, but there are enough possibilities to get there.

Check out their Instagram here

 

#3 CatBarCAT

CatBarCAT - Vegan Burger in Barcelona

This place, which has nothing to do with cats, has the best vegan burgers in town, with delicious patatas bravas and a huge variety of different beers. My all time favourite is the black bean burger, but honestly? Everything is super delicious. The atmosphere is great, but a little dark as it is more of a bar/pub with self service. CatBar CAT is located in born, which is a great neighbourhood with many different bars and restaurants, and it is also very easily accessible and central.

 

 

 

#4 The Green Spot

The Green Spot - Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant in BarcelonaEven though this place is a vegetarian restaurants, I needed to add it here as it is one of my all time favourites. Even though the price is a little higher, the quality of the the food is incredible, making it totally worth it. I have already tried many different dishes from vegan pizza to tagliatelle, to some jackfruit dishes and the incredible chocolate cake. It is a very big and spacious restaurant with many tables. If you plan to go after 8pm it would make sense to make a reservation, as in the evenings this place is always packed.

 

 

#5 Veggie Garden

Veggie Garden - Vegan Restaurant in BarcelonaThis place is an all vegan place with a variety of dishes from all around the world. There are two restaurants in Barcelona, one in Raval and one at Gran Via. Some dishes are only in one or the other place, that’s why it is good to check their menu online. The best thing about Veggie Garden is that you get a pretty big meal for a relatively low price. I personally have only been to the place in Raval, which is great as it is central and you can sit outside during summer time.

Check out their website here

 

#6 All you eat is love

All you eat is love - Vegan Restaurant in Barcelona

As this place was located right next to my old office, I used to go there a lot. This restaurant is about 80% vegan, of which I have literally tried everything vegan from the menu. My favourite dish is the Japanese Bowl, which I recommend everyone to try. I also really like the atmosphere of the place, as it has an outside area, which is great during summer time.

Check out their Instagram here

 

 

#7 BarCeloneta Sangria Bar

Just when I thought I could never eat seafood again, I found out about this incredible place. They have everything, from vegan calamaris to shrimps to paella to raw food. I no longer have to be sad, that I can’t eat seafood again. Plus, this place has one of the best hummus’ I have ever tasted. BarCeloneta also offers very tasty sangrias, which in my opinion are a bit pricey, but totally worth it. The atmosphere is very cozy, with dimmed lights and great to visit in the evenings. The service is very quick and nice.

Visit the website here

 

Have you ever been to one of the restaurants I have mentioned? Let me know!

 

With love,

Jess x

 

Vegan Travel

Best Vegan Restaurants in Berlin – Ultimate Vegan Food…

You should be excited as this is what I call the ultimate vegan food guide for Berlin! Oh my, I knew Berlin was going to have a lot of vegan/vegan-friendly restaurants, but never did I expect this city to be a literal vegan food heaven. I stayed for a week, but trust me, a week wasn’t enough.

I tried to visit the most popular ones, as well as some places friends suggested to me.

These are my Top 8 Vegan Restaurants in Berlin:

  1. Attila Hildmann

Okay I don’t even know where to start. When I saw the Vegan Döner Kebab on the menu, I got way too excited. I really thought I’d never be able to eat Döner again, as they are huge in Germany and I used to eat them a lot before I went vegan.

Vegan Döner Kebab at Attila Hildmann in Berlin

Honestly, this meal exceeded my expectations. The imitation of the kebab meat was super well done, and I am sure non-vegans wouldn’t have tasted a difference. The texture and taste was on point! Plus the sauce was super tasty, and even the fries were really good, a little greasy, but very good.

If you are on a diet, then this place is not for you. But if you want to taste something out of this world, then you can not miss this place!

We also ordered Daisho, which is an organic energy drink. The taste was great, but a little too pricy in my opinion.

As a dessert we had soft ice-cream, which was, again, vegan heaven right there. I was happy, and so was my heart and belly.

Atmosphere: Reminds me a bit of a small fast food restaurant. It’s literally a place to stop by and have a good meal.

Service: self service, but very friendly and willing to explain any questions you might have.

Find out more about Attila here

 

2. Brammibal’s Donuts

So, I always tell people that I have a second stomach for desserts. And when I found out that Berlin has an all vegan donut place, I was over the top excited. And with good reason.

Vegan Donut at Brammibals Donuts in BerlinThis place offers 13 different donuts flavours, for a reasonable price! I have tried the Chocolate Peanut Fudge, Cinnamon Sugar, Nougat and Maple Smoked Coconut Donut.

All of them were amazing, but the Chocolate Peanut Fudge was definitely my favourite, just because I love Peanut Butter. But I mean, who doesn’t? 😉

I really enjoyed the Cappuccino and Chai Latte, as well. Both of them were made with Oatmilk by Oatly (which by the way is my favourite non-dairy milk brand).

Atmosphere: very big and bright place; great to just go and grab a coffee or even bring your computer to work there.

Service: self service, but very friendly.

You can order Brammibal’s Donuts here

 

3. Swing Kitchen Burger

We were super hungry and Happy Cow (which is an app for vegan restaurants close by) happened to show us this place.

The restaurant mainly focuses on Vegan Burgers, but it also has other items on the menu such as salads and wraps.Kitchen Wrap at Swing Kitchen in Berlin

I ordered the Kitchen Wrap, which had a Vegan Schnitzel inside and I must say, once again Berlin didn’t disappoint me. It was pretty good. And I was surprised how close the taste and texture was to an actual Schnitzel. Overall I would say the wrap was pretty satisfying.

My friend ordered the Italian Burger, which was new on the menu at that time. Even though he liked the taste of the patty, he preferred the meal I ordered.

For dessert we ordered vegan cheesecake, which was good, but to be honest, it was nothing I haven’t tasted before.

Atmosphere: another fast food ambiance, with fun swing music in the background.

Service: self service; very friendly, and willing to explain any questions you might have.

Find out more about Swing Kitchen here

 

4. Mana Food

This place felt truly magical, especially if you are up for a healthy vegan brunch.

Avocado Toast at Mana Food Berlin I ordered the magic mushroom bagel, which had oyster mushrooms, dried tomatoes, rocket, peppers and a side salad. My friend ordered an avocado and hummus toast. Both dishes were freshly prepared and full of taste. You know when something is so amazing you don’t want it to end? Yeah, this bagel made me feel like that.

Since we were quite unlucky with the weather and we stayed at this wonderful place for a while, we also ordered a Cappuccino with oat milk, a refreshing drink (which was called Pinky), a Vegan Brownie, Ginger Spritz and Hot Chocolate with Baileys. There was nothing we ordered that I didn’t like. Quite the contrary, everything was really really good.

Atmosphere: super warm and cozy, beautiful decorations. I could have stayed there for the whole day, also great place to bring your computer and work.

Service: very friendly and welcoming.

See the full menu here

 

5. Secret Garden Vegan Sushi

Oh my, where do I start. I used to be the biggest sushi lover before I went vegan, and I think it was one of the foods for me, which was hardest to give up.Vegan Sushi at Secret Garden Vegan Sushi Berlin

We ordered every single sushi item on the menu, as each peace had such a different taste. Some of them were really good, and tasted so close to fish, some other flavours were quite unique. Some I personally didn’t enjoy as much. Unfortunately, I don’t remember all the names anymore, but I would suggest asking the waiter, which sushi items are the most popular.

I also really enjoyed the atmosphere and the fact that it has a vegan shoe shop right next to the restaurant and an all vegan store called Veganz below the sushi place, made it all even better.

Atmosphere: very nice, great view, great decorations and unique presentation of the food, also a great place to just grab a drink and stay for a while.

Service: friendly and willing to help with anything, super quick as well.

 

6. Zen House

If you love Asian food, you shouldn’t miss this place while in Berlin! I had to go twice as everything on the menu looked so good that I had a hard time choosing what I wanted to order.

Vegan Duck and Sushi at Zen House BerlinThe first time my friend and me ordered Vegan Duck, which came with vegetables and black rice. The “duck” had a great meaty flavour and taste, I was shook. We also ordered Black Rice Rolls, which were filled with tofu, sweet potato, avocado, sesame seeds and peanut butter and it came with a sweet and sour ginger dip. It was sooo good. Just by thinking back about it, my mouth is starting to water.

As we were still a little hungry, we ordered 2 spring rolls. These were filled with tofu and came with a sweet and sour dip.

The second time we went to Zen House, we ordered a peanut tofu dish, which came with vegetables and an absolutely amazing peanut sauce. And if you love peanuts, then this dish will make your heart happy. My friend ordered a tofu curry, which was also very flavourful.

Again, I could go on and on about how great this restaurant is and how I wish I could have tried every item on the menu, but I’d recommend you going and trying it out yourself.

Atmosphere: bright, cozy and very welcoming

Service: very welcoming and friendly.

You can find the full menu here

 

7. Goodies Berlin

Healthy Vegan Food at Goodies Berlin

Goodies is a fully vegetarian place, where I ordered the Hot Lunch Bowl, which I veganised by egg with avocado and my friend ordered the Baked Sweet Potato. Both meals were delicious and super healthy. We also tried the vegan croissant, which was the first (vegan) croissant I ate after turning vegan. It definitely came close to a real butter croissant. They also had a lot of other vegan cakes and sweets. I wish I could have tried those, but I have already been very satisfied with the lunch I had.

If you happen to be close to this place and are looking for a healthy breakfast or lunch (or even dessert), this place is a great and quick stop.

 

Atmosphere: it was really packed when we went there, which made the place seem very busy. But I really loved the beautiful paintings on the wall and the way the small restaurant was set up.

Service: self service, but for some reason the energy felt quite off, not sure why.

For the full menu, see here

 

8. Avocai

Healthy Vegan Food at Avocai BerlinThis place definitely exceeded my expectations. We ordered the lunch menu, which was a red rice salad with spinach, sweet potato, zucchini, curcuma, hummus, beets and tofu. Oh my.. where do I start. I mean I love healthy food, but this combination of goodness was just incredible. The açaí smoothie we ordered was also really flavourful and filling.

If I lived close to this place, I would come over and over again to enjoy a healthy breakfast or lunch and work there, as the atmosphere is also really great and inviting.

 

Atmosphere: Small, but beautifully designed. Also a great place to work or just grab a smoothie with a friend.

Service: very friendly and welcoming!

 

So this is it, 8 of the most amazing vegan restaurants in Berlin, of which all I would recommend, depending on what kind of food you like. If you are ever in Berlin and need some further tips, if vegan or not, let me know as I am more than happy to help.

Also, make sure to check out both of my latest YouTube Videos, where you can actually see all the restaurants I visited and the food I ate:

 

Thanks so much for reading and feel free to share!

With love,

Jess

 

 

 

 

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