Vegan Guide to Aalborg, DK

Guides, Veganism
My two friends at the streets of Aalborg

At the beginning of this month my boyfriend and I paid an old friend a visit in Aalborg, a small Danish city located in the north of Jutland. I had been looking forward to the trip for a while after reading about it being an emerging destination for Danish vegans (veganism isn’t that common in Denmark, so you really have to do your research!).

The city itself is filled with medieval Nordic architecture, warm Jutlanders, and a quirky student/bohemian vibe. Such conditions make it fertile ground for new vegan restaurants to emerge.

The first spot we hit was “Ubat Veggie”, a newly opened upscale gourmet vegetarian restaurant. We both had the vegan risotto, which had a very pleasant umami flavor. However, the portion size was a bit small and my boyfriend started looking for falafel shops on my phone (he is a hungry man). We waited some time before getting our food so our waitress ended up giving us free plant milk coffees (yay) and when I was about to pay she compensated our meal. I consider that to demonstrate thoughtfulness and effort, and because of the tastiness of the food and having many different vegan options, I think I’ll give it another shot when I’m back in town. 

Address: Vesterå 5, 9000 Aalborg

Vegan brunch at Cafe Luna
Scrambled tofu with rice paper bacon

We ended up having a marvellous brunch at Café Luna which is a cozy café with a bar kind of vibe. I got their specialty vegan brunch with tofu scrambled, rice paper bacon, bread with butter and vegan topping, soy yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, vegan cheese, hummus and a vegan pancake with maple syrup! My eyes were opened to tofu scramble for the first time! They can get really busy so make sure you make a reservation on weekends.

Address: Boulevarden 38, 9000 Aalborg

vegan healthy candy store

I also found a little boutique candy shop in the city center called “ Det Sunde Slik (The Healthy Candy)”. They have an endless array of dried fruits and encourage customers to sample anything they fancy. I spent some time marveling my way through the aisles until the sweet young woman behind the counter gave me some much needed guidance and assistance. My favorites were pomelo, strawberry, mango, ginger, watermelon, and shitake mushrooms (trust me). You can also order your dried fruit online here

Address: Bredegade 10, 9000 Aalborg

Give Aalborg a shot; you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

BIG HUGS

Vegan Perogies in Krakow

Travelling, Veganism
Perogies

Last summer I visited Krakow for the first time where I discovered the joy Polish food brings to all those who stick a fork into a perogie. Krakow is extremely beautiful and filled with countless restaurants that just ooze Polish hospitality. The hectic, whirl wind tourist vibe you get in places like Prague and Paris is largely absent and on egets the feeling they can navigate the city by foot or its straight forward tram system.

Me in the center of Krakow

Poland is a joy for budgettravellers like myself. Excellent food, grand historical sites, and beautiful nature are available to those who lack affluence but crave an adventure off the beaten “Eurotrip-stagparty-trustafarian backpacker” route.

The Polish baking tradition is incredible (and I’m from Denmark)!). All around the city you will find small, old-lady operated carts selling a round wheat-bread ring topped with sesame seeds. Very simple but amazingly tasty and a bargain at 2 zloty (.50 € or .60 cents)! By venturing into a few different brick and mortar bakeries I found these traditionally Polish spinach and mushroom pastries called “Paszteciki z pieczarkami” that just happened to be vegan.

Me eating perogies

However, my favorite Polish food is perogies. They are soft, plump dumplings that traditionally contain cheese, potatoes, or meat but can be stuffed with an endless number of fillings. They are found in many restaurants throughout Krakow; my favorite vegan ones where found at “Pirozki U Vicenta”, a cozy local joint. They where stuffed with a red lentil and spinach mixture that had it’s flavor brought out by the soft, starchy dumpling it was encased in.  

Are you a gluten-holic and desire to stuff yourself with perogies like me? Bookyour ticket to Krakow NOW!

Pirozki U Vicenta – address; Bożego Ciała 12, 33-332 Kraków

The hidden lake Zarókzwek
psst.. I recommend visiting the hidden lake “Zarkózwek”. It’s an hidden oasis in the middle of Krakow. The hike around the lake is incredible beautiful, but it takes some time to find it!

 BIG HUGS

The BEST Falafel in Denmark

Veganism

Falafel has saved my boyfriend and I from getting into so many arguments. When we feel ourselves getting on each other’s nerves, oftentimes a trip to our favorite falafel guy will de-escalate the situation and make us forget our crankiness. Moving to Denmark after living in the falafel paradise that is Berlin was difficult and disappointing in this regard. That is until we found “Faour” in Aarhus. Faour is a small restaurant (with only around four tables) that specializes in falafel and Palestinian food. It has a little but manageable menu that foreshadows the intense focus and specialization of their dishes.

As the man who prepared our falafel brought it to our table, I was already salivating over the aesthetic beauty of my wrap’s cross-section. Fresh tomatoes, mint, and tahini sauce sat in perfect ratios inside the most delicious durum bread I’ve ever tasted. The falafels were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, which is perfect. The free chili sauce served was obviously homemade and not the stock variety found at just about every other falafel restaurant in Denmark.

The AKKAH falafel is vegan and they also offer Palestinian food for non-vegans. My family tried the shared plate “Gellerup Mezze”, and instantly echoed my thoughts on the quality of the food served at this place.

If you find yourself in Aarhus, visit Faour.  I have yet to visit Palestine or the Middle East, but I do know that it’s the best falafel you’ll find North of the Mediterranean.

BIG HUGS FROM A SERIOUS FALAFEL ENTHUIAST

Address:

Klostergade 32, 8000 Aarhus C