A Day in Kyneton |What to do|Where to Eat and Drink

Your trip to Melbourne/Victoria would not be complete without a trip to visit a country town such as Kyneton. It is one of my personal, all-time favourite country-towns, and it is so easy to get to from Melbourne! The one transportation network that is actually quite decent here in Victoria is the V/Line Regional Train system, and Kyneton is one of those beautiful country-towns where you don’t need a car to drive around. You will be getting the Bendigo bound or Swan Hill bound V/Line train, and it will take you a bit over an hour from Southern Cross Station. If you can’t see these on the departure boards, ask the train staff, as sometimes the regional trains will terminate randomly at a stop before Bendigo or Swan Hill. Never fear, Kyneton isn’t too far along, so your train will most likely get you there even if it does terminate earlier than usual on the line. I will be guiding you through Kyneton as if you too have arrived by train on a Saturday, which is hands-down the best day to visit due to the Farmers Market that runs every second Saturday. It is just a 10-15 minute walk down the main drag from the station to the town centre (click here for directions). So without further ado, let me show you around.

Things to see and do:

Kyneton Botanic Gardens and Kyneton Community Park

Mollison St, Kyneton VIC 3444

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You cannot possibly miss these beautiful gardens. You will actually walk past them when you walk down the main drag into town from the station. You can start your day in this lush little bit of paradise, or you can end your day here as you walk back to get the train home. Allow yourself plenty of time before the train if you choose the latter option, as you will lose track of time while wandering around. I saved it for the end of the day and made sure to get plenty of photos.

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The gardens date back to 1858 and they were a ‘gift to the people of Kyenton’. If you enter via the corner of Mollison Street and Clowes Street (click above for the google-maps shortcut), you will see a plaque that says exactly this. The plant specimens you will see are just magnificent, with 17 protected by the National Trust of Australia.

Behind the Botanic Gardens, you will find the Kyneton Community Park. It features a rustic playground, table tennis tables, and it is the modern-garden landscaper’s dream – with tropical trees and exotic grasses patterned around the park. You do not need to be a kid to enjoy this community park!

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Explore Piper Street

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If you started your day at the Kyneton Botanic Gardens, we are now going to keep heading down the main drag into town. It is a gorgeous walk, so take your time. If you have walked past the Kyneton War Memorial, then you are heading in the right direction to reach our next stop (or stops) – Piper Street. We will be turning left off the main drag down the historic centre of Piper Street.

Really, you do not need me to guide you along here, but I will show you my favourite shops and galleries to stop in. We will also be having lunch and a glass of wine along the way, so take your time.

The Stockroom

98 Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444

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Back gallery space

Whenever I am in Kyneton, I always make a stop at this unique, contemporary art gallery. They always have new artists on rotation, so you’re going to be in for a wonderful treat here. When you enter, you will see all sorts of wonderful decor, clothing, hand-made crafts, sculptures, and quaintly artistic everyday items. You could spend almost all day in this part alone, but there is a walkway located at the back of the shop where you will find even more exquisite artwork.

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There are two major gallery spaces indoors. If you head down the rightmost walkway to the gallery space, you will eventually be lead to a shed-like area where you will find a permanent weather-art feature. After you have gazed into the installation for a solid five minutes, as I tend to do, pondering life and how the artist made this, you can keep heading out into the ‘Sculpture Yard’. This is an antique, scrap metal, recycled paradise.

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Colours of White

38 Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444

This art gallery/shop makes my heart sing. When you walk in, be prepared for all the colours of the rainbow to smack you in the face. Don’t be fooled by how small this shop looks from the outside, as there is a back room that is full of paintings, handmade crafts, and amazing eco-ware. I think I know where I am going to buy my first ever kitchenware when that day eventually comes!

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Gallery and Home Décor Shop (Name Unknown)

Piper Street

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I regret not buying this glass bird sculpture

I stopped in this amazing shop as it had a sale on and boy, was it worth it! I restrained myself from buying anything, but I almost wished that it was my partner’s mother’s birthday again just so I could buy her some of the amazing coloured glassware and sculptures. I couldn’t seem to find the name of the shop, as it was very busy inside and I told myself, ‘oh I will find it on Google Maps, no problem…’ Yeah, no. Google Maps in Kyneton has not been updated since 2010 (which is why I am providing you with the shortcuts). Anyhow, it is on the same side of Piper Street as the rest of my pit stops in this blog. There are so many galleries, vintage wares, and décor shops, so you can choose a handful (or all of them) and just explore. Some of you may think – why would I explore a gift and décor shop? Well, the owners of these shops are genuine artists and they stock the work of other local artists from the region. If you buy something from one of these shops rather than a touristy souvenir shop in the city, you are stimulating the local economy of a small country town, and I am all about that ethical travel. So, buy your gifts here in Kyneton. Your friends and family will not be disappointed!

Quick Growth Garden Centre and The Garden Tap

36 Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444 and 96 Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444

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The Garden Tap

If you are feeling inspired after the exotic plants you saw at the Kyneton Botanic Gardens, or you are wanting to put yourself in the mood for some nature before you head there on your way back to the station, make a pit stop at both of these beautiful nurseries. Whenever I walk into nurseries, I just want to buy everything and landscape my own garden. The sad thing is I don’t have my own garden, but, alas, one day, one day!

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Quick Growth Garden Centre

If you aren’t an interstate or an international traveller, go ahead, buy a cute plant – if you have the means of getting it home (or the willpower… and a garden to plant it in).

Where to Eat and Drink

Pizza Verde

62 Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444

Every time I go to Kyneton, I stop at this pizza restaurant. I know, I really should expand my horizons, as Kyneton is known for its great food, but when a pizza snob like me has what she describes as the perfect pizza, she just has to keep going back. Cut me some slack, I got to eat Naples-style Pizza in Naples for a week- I have been broken for pizza.

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A delicious vegan and gluten-free pizza

The tasty pizzas served here are New York Style. Usually, I could not care less when I see a pizza shop in Australia say ‘New York Style Pizza,’ as I am happy with a beautifully chewy woodfire pizza and have never quite seen the appeal. But, this has to be the best New York Style Pizza restaurant Victoria has to offer. They use fresh, local produce and have some extremely unique creations. They are also very accommodating for vegetarians and vegans. Usually, when I ask for the cheese to be taken off at a pizza place, I get scoffed at. But here, they are more than happy to substitute out things and make your experience at Pizza Verde a great one. We always get the Fungi Pizza, which has onion jam – yes, onion jam – instead of passata or olive oil, and my oh my, it is so flavourful! If you live the gluten-free life, like I try to do, (#stomachproblems and #skinproblems), they have the best gluten-free pizza base I have ever had. It holds together very well and has substantial bite to it.

Pizza Verde also has a small-plate menu, with delicious country classics like corn on the cob. I have had this before and it was divine. Vegans, just politely ask for the parmesan and butter taken off, and ask for a drizzle of olive oil instead.

 

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The vegetarian-friendly Margherita pizza

 

The Royal George

24 Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444

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Your day in Kyneton will not be complete without stopping at the Royal George. Craft beer, local wine and a rustic, antique style interior that will make your heart happy – except for the deer head on the wall… I am going to live in my little fantasy world where I hope that this deer died of natural causes and was taxidermied afterwards as a symbol of its beautiful legacy. Anyhow, they have a wall of badges from the rotating taps of beer. Collections like this just make you so happy, don’t they? If you are feeling peckish, they also have a very tasty looking bar menu.

The Final Verdict, Honourable Mentions, and General Travel Tips

Well, I had an amazing day in Kyneton. I got to take photos, look at art, eat amazing pizza, and drink local wine. I really hope your time in Kyneton is as special as mine was and I hope it is a place that finds a special place in your heart. To wrap up this post, I will be finishing with a few final travel tips and honourable mentions.

 

Honourable Mentions

Blackhill Reserve

110 Blackhill School Rd, Kyneton VIC 3444

So, you are going to need a car to get here, which is why we didn’t make it on this occasion. Blackhill Reserve is lovely if you want to start your day with a bushwalk that isn’t too long but that gives you the country-town nature kick that we all love and enjoy.

Dhaba at the Mill

4/18 Piper St, Kyneton VIC 3444

I have always wanted to go to this modern-style Indian restaurant, but I always choose the New York style pizza at Pizza Verde instead. However, I have heard amazing things about this place and they are very vegetarian and vegan-friendly.

Travel Tips (Things to Know Before You Go)

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  • If you want a top-notch visit to Kyneton, go on a Saturday. This is the day that the entire town comes alive, and every second Saturday the local market is on too.
  • Plan what train you will be getting both to and from Kyneton. V/Line trains only run every 1-2 hours, so if you just miss one, it will be quite a wait.
  • Start your day a little earlier and finish it a little earlier if possible. Try and get the train home after 2 pm or just after 3 pm. All of the country-towners living in Bendigo and the stops in between tend to get the trains after 4 pm on the weekend into the city for a night out, and consequently, it can get quite busy.
  • Travel off-peak or on the weekend – you will get a reduced fare when you use your Myki (Melbourne’s public transport ‘ticket’ system).
  • Always ‘touch-off’ or ‘tap-off’ your MyKi when you hop off a V/line train. If you don’t, you could incur a $30 penalty on your Myki next time you go to use it.

 

Berlin Vegan Food Guide

Today, I bring you the long-awaited Berlin Vegan Food Guide! Hooray! But let’s be honest, being vegan in Berlin is easy. Happycow will be your best friend here, as Berlin seems to be one of those cities for which Happycow is super helpful. Vegans and vegetarians, you know what I mean. My list of recommended places for this guide, however, all have a common theme – and that is Vietnamese style and Asian-fusion vegan food. I’ve also chucked in one Indian spot for you. Berlin is a wonderfully international city and has opened its arms to many expats from all around the world. This food guide will focus on Vietnamese food primarily, as Vietnamese expats seem to be absolutely thriving in Berlin while cooking up some amazing vegan food. Furthermore, Vietnamese people are just some of the loveliest people I have ever met. This food guide is a tribute to my best friend, who is Vietnamese herself (and Sri-Lankan, and Indian, and a billion other things I am sure). I have her to thank for my love of Vietnamese food.

Cat Tuong

South Vietnamese, Kastanienallee 89, 10435 Berlin, Germany

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The amazing Mi Quang
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The most amazing fried dumplings

Cat Tuong deserves an award for being the best vegan Vietnamese restaurant. Wait, scratch that, it should win an award for being the best Vietnamese restaurant ever. Cat Tuong is just the perfect example of a restaurant that not only re-vamps traditional cuisine for vegans to enjoy, but has mastered the art and craft of true South-Vietnamese style cooking. My heart pangs when I think about this restaurant. Why? Because I live in Australia – halfway around the world – and it means if I want to go here again, I have to get on a plane and travel 24 hours (if I am lucky). We went here twice during our time in Berlin, and I got the Mi Quang both times. You simply MUST get the Mi Quang, trust me on this one. Or just trust me all the time – I know my food, I promise! We also had the best vegan fried dumplings, and Vietnamese coffee with a dash of vegan condensed milk. To top it off, the staff are incredibly hospitable and the aesthetic to the place is a nice fusion of traditional Vietnamese art, but with a modern twist. It’s just so cool!

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An amazing stir fry with rice noodles
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Banana sticky rice dessert

+84 Vegan Vietnamese Kitchen

Vietnamese with a Thai twist, Habersaathstr. 52 (rechts), 10115 Berlin, Germany

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The clay pot special

This restaurant is divided into two – one side vegan, the other omnivore (aka ‘traditional’ Vietnamese). We arrived right as it opened because we had not had breakfast that morning, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were more people sitting in the vegan half of the restaurant. This place really knows how to use their herbs and spices to make every dish taste fresh, wholesome and super delicious. You would never know that you are, apparently, ‘missing out’ on meat. I would describe this place’s cuisine as a mix of Vietnamese and Thai – as it features many Vietnamese classics, but also has a range of curries (such as the mock ‘duck’ curry) that you would generally see on a Thai menu. I had the Eggplant Clay-pot dish, which was a special, and it was absolutely delicious. The staff were lovely, spoke great English and have English menus if you cannot read German. If you want a vegan dish that satisfies your fussy omnivore friends, hit up +84!

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Red mock duck curry

Monsieur Vuong

Vietnamese and Asian Fusion, Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119 Berlin, Germany

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Vegetable and glass noodle soup

Monsieur Vuong is a bustling, vibrant, family-run restaurant that has a rotating menu (it changes every four days). They pride themselves on their creativity and they use fresh, seasonal produce to churn out modern tributes to Vietnamese street food classics. The staff reassured me that they always have a vegan option, which was just music to my ears. I had the vegetable and glass noodle soup, based on a South-Vietnamese classic that I can’t seem to find/remember a reliable translation for. What I can tell you, however, is look out for the word “chay“, as this translates to “vegetarian”. Vegans do not fear, as these dishes will almost always be vegan as well. Vietnamese people hardly ever use dairy, except for condensed milk in their Vietnamese Iced Coffees. Anyhow, the food here was delicious. I advise, however, to book ahead, as we only just squeezed in for lunch.

Quy Nguyen Vegan Living

South Vietnamese, Oranienburger Str. 7, 10178 Berlin, Germany

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Aren’t those mushrooms just beautiful?

First up, the second you walk into this Restaurant, you are going to instantly feel warm and happy with all the chic, wooden decor everywhere. Soon enough, you will be greeted by warm and friendly staff again, which is a trend you will encounter if you hit up the places in this food guide. We ordered the Pho Chay, and the vegetable broth was quite good, which seems to be hard for a lot of Vietnamese places to master in Melbourne, (where I live). We also ordered a stir-fry with mock-chicken, which was the highlight for me. I forgot to get a snap of it, but we also ordered a Chinese bao (a soft fluffy bun with vegetables inside instead of traditional pork), and that was also very good.

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The Pho Chay

Hasina Eatery

Indian, Ofener Str. 2, 13349 Berlin, Germany

If you are looking for a healthier take on Indian food, with fully vegan alternatives, look no further than Hasina Eatery. If you are a vegan who lives a low-oil or an oil-free lifestyle, Hasina Eatery uses oil as sparingly as they can – they cook most of their dishes in water. Be warned, because of this you don’t get that indulgent, fat-filled hit on your taste buds, but everything is still super tasty, and your stomach will thank you later for not eating an oil-laden vegan korma. You can also bring your omnivore friends here if they are bugging you for butter chicken. You can kill two birds with one stone!

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Easy Chunky Choc-chip Paleo Banana Bread | Nut-Free Option |Dairy-free|

This Chunky Paleo Banana Bread will not disappoint! It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and super high protein! This can be made entirely nut free, just sub out the walnuts that feature in this recipe for some good, nut-free toasted granola/muesli clusters. When it comes to delicious sweet treats, I am all about texture. Hence, bare with me with the semi-long recipe list as I did some experimenting with some chunky bits in my recipe but it turned out wonderful! Please pay attention to the recipe footnotes, as this way you will avoid the mistakes I made. This recipe was inspired by Detoxinista.

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Ingredients:

  • 4-5 overripe bananas (4 if the bananas are medium, 5 if they are itty-bitty)
  • 3/4 of a cup of coconut flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
  • 3-4 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup* (optional but I highly recommend)
  • A dash or two of almond milk **
  • 1/3 cup of dairy-free, paleo choc-chips ***
  • 1/3 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/3 a cup of chopped walnuts OR NFO: 1/2 of nut-free granola/muesli or extra chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg or allspice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

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Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ 350ºF and line a 9-inch by 5-inch loaf (22-23 cm by 12-13 cm) pan with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Once mashed, add the walnuts or granola, cranberries, choc-chips, eggs, coconut sugar, cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg, salt, and vanilla. Use a whisk or a fork to stir the mixture well.
  3. Slowly whisk in the coconut flour and baking soda to avoid lumps. **If your mixture is looking grainy (which it probably will), add a dash or two of your milk of choice.
  4. Pour the batter into the lined loaf pan and bake until the centre of the loaf has risen and started to crack. about 45 to 55 minutes****.  Poke with a baking spear or fork and check if it comes out clean. If your bread is a bit on the brown side, do not fear, it will be super moist inside still. Cool completely before slicing and serving.
  5. This loaf is very moist and very dense. Trust me, it does not do well in hot and humid weather so save yourself the heartache and store it in the fridge in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap.
  6. Enjoy!

Footnotes:

*Honey or maple syrup will add another dimension of flavour to the banana bread and it helps with the consistency of the batter. If you are going for an even lower sugar option, feel free to omit.

** If your mixture looks grainy, as mentioned, add a few dashes of your milk of choice. Coconut flour is extremely absorbent, so do not fear if your batter appears a bit liquidy.

***If you aren’t too concerned about how paleo-friendly your choc chips are, look out for dark chocolate chips as they tend to be dairy free!

****If you have a super awesome oven like my partner’s mother does (she is the absolute best, she lets me take over her kitchen), then in the last 20 minutes, turn down your oven to 160ºC/320ºF.

Lots of love,

Cora B.

Vienna Vegan Food Guide

Vegan and vegetarian food in Vienna is endless and wonderfully creative. Vegan or vegetarian options are often available where ever you go, which came as a pleasant surprise considering this is a meat and cheese loving city. As I similarly described in my Munich Vegan Food Guide, you won’t need my help scouting out delicious food at entirely vegan or vegetarian restaurants. But, I wanted to create a list of my favourite places, as well as places you wouldn’t expect to have great vegan or vegetarian food. Food in Vienna is highly affordable and you can score a falafel kebab (or ‘kebap’ as the Austrian’s say) for 3-5 euros, pretty much where ever you go. Let’s jump straight in, shall we?

Das Augustin Restaurant

All-time favourite restaurant, Märzstraße 67, 1150 Wien, Austria

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I just had to start my list off with Das Augustin as this wins the award for the all-time favourite restaurant for my entire Europe trip. If your someone who really appreciates warm ambience in a restaurant, you must make it to this restaurant. Vegans, they had a bio-vegan Wiener Schnitzel with vegan Austrian-style potato salad. Now, this is what I came here for, to try a traditional cultural dish but veganized. Just to top off the experience, there are cats who reside in the restaurant. And don’t worry, they aren’t interested in your food. Rather, they will literally sit on a comfy chair with you at your table if you are lucky. As you can see, I got to eat dinner with this beautiful tabby cat.

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They also have a wide selection of vegan starters. They were out of the vegan wurst (sausage) so we had the hummus and bread- highly, highly recommend if you are a fussy hummus lover like me. To top it off with, they have meat options for your omnivore friends or partners and a great selection of vegan and organic wines.

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Aida Cafe Vienna

Bakery cafe, Multiple Locations around Vienna

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In your time walking the beautiful streets of Vienna, you will probably see a few of these cafes. Typically, I stay away from chain cafes, at least back at home, but Aida Cafe Vienna will not disappoint. It is the perfect place for a small bite to eat or for an easy lunch. Austrian service is top notch and you will love sitting in this awesomely pink and cute bakery cafe. You are going to get hungry on your travels in Vienna, particularly in wintertime and simply due to the amount of walking you will find yourself doing. The first Aida Cafe I went to had a poster on the wall that said “Vegetarian-Friendly”, which was lovely to see.

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They had a range of small bowls of soup, served with a delicious Vienna-style bread role. Vegans, politely ask to hold the cream or if that isn’t possible for some reason, order the Pasta al Pomodoro, pasta with tomato sauce. It was actually some of the nicest Pomodoro sauce I had on my trip to Europe, who would have known! You can see in the picture I forgot to hold the cheese. Vegetarians, go ahead and enjoy that cheese. Aida Cafe Vienna also will have options for your schnitzel loving and omnivore friends. If you want a treat, indulge yourself in their pastries. Every product has allergy information marked, which was great to see.359278480_IMG_1579

Xu’s Cooking

Kaiserstraße 45, 1070 Wien, Austria

As you walk the streets of Vienna, you will quickly come to realize how international this city is and how welcoming it is to foreigners. Austria opened their borders to many displaced Vietnamese people after the Vietnam war, so Asian-fusion restaurants are abundant and they are extremely high quality. Xu’s Cooking has to be the best Asian fusion buffet I have ever eaten at. Everything is super fresh and almost entirely vegan, with the exception of a few clearly marked dishes that contain egg. Monday-Friday their lunch buffet is only 8.90 euros per head. Eat your heart out here, it is so worth it!

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Swing Kitchen

Vegan burger joint, Schottenfeldgasse 3, 1070 Wien, Austria

I would probably go as far to say that these are the cheapest but most scrumptious vegan burgers in the world. We got the ‘cheese’ burger and the vegan Wiener schnitzel burger. Less than 6 euros for a burger? I swear I was dreaming. They even track the amount of carbon emissions that Swing Kitchen saves everytime someone orders one of their burgers over a regular meat burger. Wonderful!

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Veggiezz

Vegan burger and comfort food joint, Salzgries 9Wien, 1010, Austria

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If you would like a bit of a fancier burger or vegan comfort food experience, Vegiezz has you covered. The decor is just beautiful and the wait-staff are just lovely, you can tell they enjoy their job. They have a wonderful selection of vegan-friendly alcohol and the experience really capped off our last night in Vienna. I forgot to note down specifically what I got but you really cannot go wrong here at all.

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Biosk

Bar and Cafe, Museum Quarter, Vienna

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There always seems to be one or two places that I am desperate to go to but either they are way too busy or they are closed. Biosk was one of them! I am unsure if it is open year round, but it is a permanent fixture in the Museum Quater. They have organic and vegan-friendly beers and wines and I am sure it is an awesome spot to sip on some cruelty-free alcohol, fair trade coffee and eat some organic snacks.

StrudelBox

Take away strudel kiosk, Schulhofpassage, 1060 Wien, Austria

Vegan Apple Strudel? Yes please! I just wish I got to try it… yes this was another one of thsoe places that I stupidly saved for my last day in Vienna and did not check when it was and was not open. Please, eat all the vegan strudel for me- do it for me.

Cafe Freud

Cafe and Restaurant, Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien, Austria

If I ever wanted good quality, museum cafe food at a reasonable price in Australia, I’d probably get told to bugger off. In Europe, however, this is actually a possibility. After a pilates workout in my pension room, a long walk and an amazing visit to the Sigmund Freud Museum, I was getting quite ‘hangry’. So, we hedged our bets and were pleasantly surprised by Cafe Freud. I got a fresh and homemade vegetable soup with a piece of sourdough bread and yet another Cafe Americano. The soup was 3.50 euros and it was the perfect warm and tasty snack I needed to continue with my day. Also, the cafe is full of Freud decor, as you’d expect and its really quite charming.

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Noodle King

Fast food Japanese/Chinese, Approximate address: Museumstraße 12, 1010 Wien, Austria, also multiple locations around Vienna

Fresh, cheap and high-quality sushi and Japanese food are surprisingly easy to come by in Vienna. Being one of my favourite cuisines, I often get hankerings for Japanese food. I apologise in advance as I could not find the exact address as for some reason they are not listed on the internet very well but there are multiple Noodle King and Mr.Noodle locations around. The one I went to was near the Museum Quater, so it should be easy to find. They have vegan maki rolls and avocado maki rolls (what I call inside-out sushi), as well as freshly cooked stir-fries. I had the Avacado Maki roll and got 12 pieces for less than 5 euros. Bargain!

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Nordsea

Fast food joint, Multiple locations around Vienna

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With the sheer amount of wonderful things to do in Vienna, you will often need a quick lunch to have on the go. I know back at home, the last thing I would expect to see at fast-food franchise selling fish and chips is an advertisement for a Vegan Avocado Wrap, but what do you know, Vienna is often full of pleasant surprises. So if you’re desperate, grab an avocado wrap to go or indulge in one of Vienna’s ‘kebap’ shops.

Wintertime Bonus: Christmas Markets

Multiple locations around Vienna

Whichever market you go to, you will always find candied almond, Austrian style hashbrowns and spiraled potatoes on a stick, chestnuts, mulled wine and perfectly salted pretzels. Explore the markets if you are lucky enough to be in Vienna in the wintertime. With this amount of treats. you won’t be jealous of the wurst stands!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Munich Vegan Food Guide

Vegan food in Munich? German vegan food in Munich? You have come to the right place. You can be an independent vegan or vegetarian here, trust me. Munich is a global city with an abundance of Turkish food –  falafel kebabs are on nearly every street corner. You will also find a range of other cuisines here, which is beautifully refreshing if you have just come from Italy and have been eating pasta for every meal for two weeks straight! However, in terms of German food (Bavarian food specifically), that is vegan or vegetarian-friendly, it can be a little bit harder to find. With that being said, there are options out there. As such, I will present to you my fool-proof list of delicious vegan German food that will not disappoint!

German Food and Beer Halls

Max Pett

Pettenkoferstraße 8, 80336 München, Germany

As we stumbled off the bullet train, famished and sleep deprived, we ditched our bags at the hotel and found the nearest vegan restaurant. This restaurant is entirely alcohol-free (an unusual sight in Munich), in tribute to the original founder Max Pett himself. So, if you are in the mood for a drink with your meal, look elsewhere. We had quite a late lunch, so we missed out on the Bavarian daily specials that come at a great price (10-12 euros) but nonetheless, I had my eye on the Wiener Schnitzel. Yes, I know, not technically Bavarian/German, but Viennese cuisine can be equally hard to come by in vegan/vegetarian form. I would have to say, this was the best vegan schnitzel I have ever had. They mastered the crumb style that typical Wiener schnitzels have, and the texture of the mock meat was perfectly chewy but soft. We also had the eggplant mozzarella rolls and they were to die for. Vegan cheese does not get better than this!

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Oeey gooey cheesy Eggplant Rolls

 

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The wonderful Wiener Schnitzel

 

Prinz Myshkin

Hackenstraße 2, 80331 München, Germany

This is an entirely vegetarian restaurant, and the majority of their dishes are also vegan or can be made vegan. This was one of my favourite meals of the entire trip. Depending on the day, they will have a Bavarian-style lunch special or something internationally inspired. They are a great price (7-9 euros). Here we have mock steak and veggies. The sauce unified the dish perfectly. For more German classics and other unique international dishes, enjoy the food here by night or order the lovely Polish beet soup entree.

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The lunch special

Augustiner Bräustuben

Vegetarians who love cream, you will be satisfied with the Cream of Mushroom Sauce with the Bread Roll Dumpling. Vegans, I apologise in advance, you will not be able to get a full dinner plate here, but you can still enjoy a bucket of pretzels and some great beer.

Löwenbräukeller

Nymphenburger Str. 2, 80335 München, Germany

This is the one beer hall in Munich with a fully vegan main dish and it was awesome. It was hearty but surprisingly healthy – it was made entirely from vegetables. Ask for an English Menu, and you will see a section that literally says ‘keeping the vegans happy’. I didn’t note down the name of my dish, but the menu is seasonal here, so there will always be something new and delicious on the menu.367536432_IMG_1675

Bellevue di Monaco

Müllerstraße 2, 80469 München, Germany

This cafe may not have German food, however, the quaint, modern style cafe has more than what meets the eye with its cute aesthetic. This cafe supports the Youth Refugee Centre in Munich and offers delightful vegan desserts, middle eastern lunches and tapas. What counts is this place is German at heart; always welcoming of those from around the world, just what you will feel as you eat vegan cheesecake and sip lovely coffee.

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Oh that lighting, oh that cheesecake.

Wurst and Burgers

Gute Nacht Wurst

Klenzestr. 3280469 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Currywurst may not be Bavarian, but it is a Berliner speciality, and that is close enough for the vegan or vegetarian who does not want to miss out on experiencing German cuisine. They also have cheap mulled wine – 2 euros in wintertime!

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Bergwolf

Fraunhoferstr. 1780469 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Another delightful place for vegan currywurst – just hold the mayo!367536432_IMG_1800

Hans Im Gluck Burgers

Multiple locations all over Germany

So after a while, we got a hankering for some burgers. Burgers are the main food we go out for in Melbourne, and we had not had one in 5 weeks. I hang my head as I recall just how amazing this vegan burger was and how, if I ever want one again, I will have to travel 24 hours by plane to Europe. Not only do they have several vegetarian burgers available, they also have a list of vegan burgers. I almost had a heart attack when I first bit into the burger, as the patty is deceptively meaty. Rest assured, they have all of the fully vegetarian and vegan options you could ever want in a burger.EF21AF6E-A0C9-4788-BF40-0EB9B8778552

Markets and Stores

Viktualienmarkt

Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331 München, Germany

This is Munich’s most famous open-air market and you could probably spend an entire day walking around here. I know, it isn’t a specific restaurant, but there are all kinds of fresh juices, pretzels, bread, olives and pickles everywhere. Even at the Bratwurst stands, you will find a tasty selection of pretzels, mustard and sourkrout.IMG_1015

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Vitalia Healthfood Stores

Multiple Locations, Rosental 7, 80331 München, Germany (near Viktualienmarkt)

I was extremely sad to find out that Munich’s chain of vegan supermarkets shut down in 2017 but I was relieved to stumble upon this amazing health food store. Nearly everything inside is vegan and every single product is clearly labelled with its price tag. If you have access to a kitchen, stock up on all the veggie sausages Vitalia has to offer. I made a Christmas breakfast with meat-free vegetable Weisswurst (Munich breakfast sausage) and it was the best vegetarian sausage I have ever had! While you’re at it, if you are running out of your cruelty-free lip balms, make-up and shampoo, treat yourself at Vitalia as they have an amazing selection of organic and cruelty-free beauty products.

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Vegan Weisswurst for breakfast !

 

Christmas Bonus: Munich Christmas Markets

Multiple locations around Munich. May vary year to year 

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Schupfnudein mit Sauerkraut. I forgot to get the cheese taken off here, sorry vegans!

I absolutely loved Munich’s Christmas markets and they had some the best mulled wine on offer. You pay a small deposit for a lovely mug as shown below and it is a wonderful way to enjoy a hot beverage without using plastic or paper cups. Munich is quite waste conscious, so be sure to be on board with that as you explore the city.

Anyhow, onto food.

Munich’s Christmas markets will always have something on offer for vegans and vegetarians. For vegetarians, there is meat-free Käsespätzle, a cheese and potato dumpling dish and if you are lucky enough, vegans, you will stumble upon the unnamed stall featured bellow with fully vegan options. However, if you cannot find it, look for a stall that has Schupfnudein mit Sauerkraut. It is sourkrout and oval-shaped potato dumplings- just ask to hold the cheese and you will have a very tasty, hearty street food to eat throughout Munich. Also, a given, there are pretzels everywhere. And mulled wine, glorious mulled wine.

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Käsespätzle on the top left

 

Enjoy your time in Munich and I challenge you to find Vegan German or Bavarian food.

Much Love,

Little Dove Travels and Food