La Saga vegetarian shop sells mostly vegan goods (except for one small case of dairy products). Normally they are at Rue de la Chevalerie/Ridderschapslaan 9, just north of the Jubilee Park, but at the moment their brick-and-mortar store is being renovated, so you can find them in a little gray trailer in a parking bay nearby on the same street. Nearest Metro station is Merode.
My time in The Netherlands would not be complete without the hospitality and wonderful company of my friends Anne and Anjani. It's always a pleasure to see them, and they went out of their way to make sure I could eat vegan in their hood! Congratulations are also in order, as they got married on May 26!
We ate at De Wankele Tafel in Den Haag, at Mauritskade 79. There are only two vegan items on the permanent menu, a Mexican bean dish and a dish with a peanut sauce, but when we were there the daily soups were vegan. A very cute environment!
Be warned that much of everything is closed on Monday in The Netherlands! That said, I was able to find a much-needed rest and refueling at Deshima macrobiotic restaurant at Weteringschans 65A, just across the road from the Rijksmuseum. It's standard vegan fare, nothing too mind-blowing, but keep your eyes on the cost! It's pretty pricey for a salad bar. There is a natural foods store in the basement.
Also throughout the Netherlands is Albert Heijn (pronounced 'Hine'), a supermarket with plenty of nasty packaged food, but with one amazing snack for vegans- those coconut sticks with mango-banana dipping sauce! One of those will only set you back around 1.95 Euro.
Big thanks go out to Emmie of VegBitch blog and her new husband Alex, for showing me around Malm and Lund and putting me up for the night! Emmie made some mind-blowingly awesome vegan kanelbullar, and they both did an excellent job of making sure my stomach was completely stuffed by the time I headed to Stockholm.
Undoubtedly one of the highlights of my trip was Kaptensbruns Kiosk, your standard park kiosk selling burgers and hot dogs, but with a mind-boggling array of vegetarian items, most of which are also vegan. All items are very reasonably priced (about $5 for a burger and fries), and all vegan items are clearly marked on the separate vegetarian menu. The kiosk is located at Lilla Nygatan in Raoul Wallenbergs Park.
You can also load up on groceries and snacks at Astrid och Aporna, the store that really got the vegan movement going in Malm. They make several own-brand products that are carried at restaurants and stores throughout southern Sweden, including spicy chorizo and a limited edition Christmas ham tube! They're located at Gustav M
Astrid och Aporna has recently opened a cafe, aptly titled Astrid och Aporna K
As always, tons of love goes out to my family, most notably my cousins Anna-Carin and Cathrine, as well as Cathrine's wonderful and fun wife Maria. And of course Ester, for making my visit that much more cuter! I know I've probably said this ten times already, but I'm blown away by the amount of vegan stuff that has blossomed in Stockholm since my last visit in 2002. I only got to see a fraction of it, because family is more important than stuffing your face! But I look forward to several more visits in the future and definitely plan on slowly but surely trying everything Stockholm has to offer the hungry young vegan.
Goodstore is the first stop on anyone's list for plenty of vegan groceries, from soap made from recycled falafel frying oil to vegan rashers and cheezly. Oh, and of course the famous Swedish glace vegan ice cream! It's located at Sknesgatan 92 in Södermalm. Nearest Tunnelbanan (subway) station is Slussen.
Naturbageriet Sattva is an all-vegetarian bakery with vegan items clearly marked. They sell a lot of delicious junk like kanelsniglar (cinnamon rolls with strips of frosting) as well as savory items like perogies, so they're good for a snack no matter what you're craving. There are two locations where you can load up, in Gamla Stan (Stora Nygatan 6) and Södermalm (Krukmakargatan 27). The closest Tunnelbanan stations are Gamla Stan and either Mariatorget or Zinkensdamm, respectively.
My awesome hosts were Maria and Peter, and they made Helsingborg one of the highlights of my trip. They are great folks with their hearts in the right place, and I can't say enough kind things about them. I'm looking forward to seeing them again soon, whether it's in Sweden or here in California!
Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you'll be hard pressed not to find something to love at vegan-friendly Ebba's Fik, a 50's-style diner smack middle in downtown Helsingborg. In addition to burgers and fries, there is a mouthwatering and enormous array of sweets to enjoy, from differently-flavored chocolate balls to cookies, cakes, and cobblers. And of course, it wouldn't deserve the title of fik without plenty of strong hot coffee. Not everything is vegan, but a great selection is, so be sure to ask if you go. Photos of the place ad its meticulous vintage decor are frowned upon, unless you are photographing your own party and food. Bruksgatan 20.
Vegeriet is a combination veggie salad bar and culinary school serving strictly organic, vegetarian goods. The staff/students are friendly and are happy to tell you which items are vegan. You can choose between the daily specials and the pay-by-weight hot food and salad bar. There is a small shop with little vegan snacks and groceries adjoining the dining room. Järnsvägsgatan 25.
Also in Sweden- most ICA (pronounced ee-ka in Sweden) grocery stores carry Estrella Grill flavored potato chips. Not only are they vegan, they're amazing. I built a special little box so I could bring four packets home in my suitcase without smooshing them. They're that good. Emmie tipped me off that all McDonalds restaurants in Sweden have a vegan option! It's called the McBean burger, and while it may not be on every menu in Sweden, it should be available. It's a vegan bean burger patty and the dressing and bun are also vegan. It shares a deep fryer only with the apple pie, which is also vegan. Unlike the states and other countries, the French fries at McDonalds in Sweden have no beef additives and are also safe for vegans to eat. And of course there is the famous Swedish Glace vegan ice cream in delicious flavors! Also look out for Tofu-Line brand ice cream. Ironically, Swedish fish are not vegan in Sweden, where they contain beeswax! Also not vegan in the whole of Europe are Oreos, which contain milk products.
I had a great time getting to know my internet buddy Ditte, who was not only a fantastic tour guide but, I think, will be a really great friend as well. She was kind enough to put up with multiple schedule changes and even let me crash on her comfy couch! She tried to give me half the contents of her kitchen to take on the bus to Berlin with me. I look forward to spending more time with her someday!
In the amazing and awesome neighborhood of Christiania we ate at Morgenstedet, Fabriksområdet 134, although good luck finding any actual street signs in Christiania. It's very basic health food that hearkens back to the 1970s, but there's plenty of healthy veggies and whole grains to balance you out if you feel a little overwhelmed by junk food. The highlight is undoubtedly the garden where you can sit and eat surrounded by plants. You'll never believe you're in the middle of the country's largest city.
We also got some amazing chocolate croissants and sugary junky candy! I'll ask Ditte where those were and update this post.
I am eternally grateful to Marijke of Vegan in the City, who graciously (and bravely) invited me to her home despite only knowing my name through our mutual friend Melisser. She guiding my flapping choppers to some of the tastiest vegan food in the whole of Europe. I am still dreaming about some of these things. I had a great time getting to know her and talking about the fascinating history of Berlin, and I hope for both our sakes that she is able to return to San Francisco soon!
Top of the list is Yoyo Foodworld in the very vegan-friendly area around Boxhagener Platz. They have an absolutely staggering menu filled with burgers and wraps, and although I'd like to try everything, I have to strongly recommend the chicken cheeseburger. Prices are good, too! Around five Euros for a burger and fries, that's not too shabby. The service is a bit slow but that's because they're making everything from scratch. And when you take that first bite you'll forget all about the twenty-minute wait. Gärtnerstrasse 27.
Around the corner at Krossener Strasse 12 is Cupcake, a bakery started by an American two years ago to fill the cupcake niche in Berlin. When I went there were only boring vanilla cupcakes for vegans, but I was more than assuaged by delicious blueberry and apple pies with vegan whipped cream. The crust was flaky and melty all at once- delicious! They also make espresso drinks with soy milk and you can buy vegan-friendly drinks (such as chocolate soymilk) from the case in the bakery.
Also nearby at Grünberger Strasse 67 is Hot Dog Soup, a small shop selling, you guessed it, hot dogs and soup. Vegan items are clearly marked, and are cheap! A perfect snack for when you need recharging halfway through the Sunday Boxhagener Platz flea market!
If you're still hungry in Boxhagener Platz, take a five minute stroll over to Vöner, the vegan doner kebab shop! They make their own speciality seitan mix and form it in a cone over a rotating spit, just like real doner! I believe all of the standard sauces are vegan, and if you really want to go European, they will give you vegan mayonnaise with your fries. Boxhagenerstrasse 56.
In the hip Kreuzberg area is Veni Vidi Vegi, a vegan grocery store selling all the vegan stuff you require, from Tartex to Cheezly to animal rights patches. They're at Pücklerstrasse 72.
At Dunckerstrasse 2a is Hans Wurst, a very relaxed and modern vegan cafe with a modest menu but maximum chill-out potential. with open floor-to-ceiling windows and comfy stuffed chairs and couches on the sidewalks, it's a wonderful place to go, rest your feet, and just zone out a bit, rain or shine. Plus they've got a waiter who is simultaneously the cutest and the friendliest German man I have ever met.
Finally, at Weiner Strasse 19 you'll find Yellow Sunshine, a vegetarian burger joint with amazing food. I highly recommend the Hawaiian chicken burger! They also have vegan soft-serve, but sadly it was out of order the day I went. So go for me and try it out!
Phew! I also have to thank my mom, who volunteered out of the blue to pick me up at SFO and then even took me to the Mission for a post-flight burrito. Thanks!
I had a great time, and I'm looking forward to the next trip (although I'm very happy to be sitting on my own couch with a dog sleeping next to me). See you soon!