Madliani Puri (Kyiv, Ukraine)

Sign at Madliani Puri

Georgian bakeries and restaurants are quite common in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. Unfortunately Georgian food is usually not very vegan-friendly, it is rich in animal products, most famous are the meat dishes, and the use of cheese and butter.

Tone at Madliani Puri
The big t’one

Madliani Puri, a small bakery, has however several vegan options which are too good not to share! The place itself is kind of interesting. It is a small room with a large round oven (called t’one, or tone) where the bread is made by sticking the dough to the side.

Menu outside Madliani Puri
Menu outside

You order at the small window. There are some breads on display, but behind the window they were not so easy to photograph (does nobody think of the bloggers!)

Bread at Madliani Puri
Potato-stuffed gvezeli!

They offer several stuffed breads for ‘Pist’, the Orthodox fast, see this earlier blogpost. The available vegan ‘gvezeli’ are stuffed with either potatoes, with cabbage or with mushrooms. The breads are really nice and fluffy, the stuffing is tasty and goes great with the bread! They also sell several drinks, like a tarragon lemonade, coffee and tea.

Tarragon drink
This type of tarragon drink you can get in many places in Ukraine, it has a nice radio-active green colour and tastes a bit like anise…I like it!

Type of place: Georgian Bakery
Completely vegan: no
Website (Russian) : https://www.facebook.com/madliani.puri
Address: Marshala Tymoshenka St, 14, Kyiv, Ukraine, 02000 (This is not clear from the website)

By Chloe (New York, USA)

From¬†B12 in Kyiv to By Chloe in New York. Let’s talk about another vegan bakery today! Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I was in New York lately. I had visited NYC before, and I was happy to visit again. The energy from the city is just great! While I was there for my day job, of course I took some time to check out some cool vegan places. So let’s get to it!

Inside by Chloe

By Chloe is from completely vegan, certified kosher (US locations) and they offer gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free options. There are several locations in the US and in the UK. I visited one of the New York locations, and to get a good idea of their food I went a few times (#struggles)

By Chloe serves breakfast/brunch (oats, pancakes, etc), lunch (sandwiches, burgers, salads, …), warm drinks, juices, smoothies, cakes, and more! Some of the items are pre-made and pre-packaged, such as the salads and juices. All the food is prepared from scratch, including sauces and patties. By Chloe use organic local-sourced ingredients (when possible), with an accent on whole foods and healthy ingredients. They do take-out and delivery as well.

Menu at By Chloe
The menu card just makes me happy ūüôā

The interior is cute and welcoming. The location I visited was quite spacious (for New York:)) and initially it was not very busy. I do have to mention that the music was very loud. This might be a New York thing, I noticed it in other eateries as well but it kinda didn’t match the nice chill vibe that by Chloe has going on. During lunch time it got very busy. It was great to see a completely vegan place being so successful!

Breakfast at by Chloe
Pancakes, coconut butter and syrup to the side, and a coffee

I tried the daily pancakes with a coffee (and I got a piece of banana bread for later, it was a lot but it was also very, very tasty) The pancakes were very soft and fluffy, topped with chocolate sauce, matcha powder and some strawberries. They were served with syrup and coconut butter to the side. The pancakes were served on a styrofoam plate which was a bit inconvenient for cutting. The utensils available were plastic. On their web site they do mention eco-friendly packaging, so I guess it is bio-degradable?

Cakes on display at by Chloe
Tasty cakes !

I went back a few days later to try one of their sandwiches and the ‘air-baked’ sweet fries. The pesto ‘meatball’ sandwich was great, the fries were alright but very soft. Personally I am more into crispy fries. Unfortunately it is all served in loads of wrapping paper, which soaked up the (tasty) sauce, so it was not possible to make a nice picture ūüė¶ Think of the bloggers people!! It is a shame, because I got some pretty delicious and cool-looking beet ketchup on the fries. It makes for a messy eating experience. Again, I was eating in the cafe itself, so it was also very unnecessary to use so much paper even if it is eco-friendly. In this case though,since¬† it was very busy it is possible that the person that served me thought I wanted take-out.

In summary: the food is good, I especially liked the sandwiches and the cakes. Can recommend !

Type of place: Vegan bakery / fast-casual lunch
Completely vegan: yes !
Website ( English ) : https://eatbychloe.com/

B12 (Kyiv, Ukraine)

B12
Stairs leading down to B12 …

Did I already mention that Kyiv is a good place for vegans? Somehow people are surprised by this, but I had a lot of great vegan food in Kyiv ! This is partially due to religious reasons as I explained in a previous blogpost but also because veganism is on the rise in general.

Interior of B12
Some products for sale

B12 is a vegan bakery, with a small shop attached. They sell for example vegan nut cheese and products like peanut butter and super foods. It is a bit tricky to find. It is in a basement, in the historic centre of Kyiv.

b12_cakes

The place itself is quite small and a bit cave like, with exposed stone walls. The interior is a bit hipster, with wooden furniture. Also there are e.g. card games and some books. The atmosphere is chill and quiet, with relaxed music. The menu card is partially in English as well, which is also nice.

Inside B12
Cosy interior

They serve a variety of hot drinks, such as coffee, and cold drinks like milk shakes, lemonades etc. Now the nice thing is of course the pastries!

Pina colada and latte at B12
Drinks!

We tried the Oreo cake and a cinnamon roll. The cake is chocolaty, of course, and very nicely fluffy. It reminded me a bit of the cake at Veganopolis. Pretty intense, but not as heavy as some chocolate cakes are. I personally preferred the cinnamon roll,  which was so good,  sticky and sugary as it should be!

Oreo cake at B12
Oreo. Cake. Yes.

For drinks we had an almond latte and a pi√Īa colada milk shake. The coffee was strangely a bit lukewarm, so maybe it was made with cold milk? The pi√Īa colada milk shake was nice, though I personally prefer other more traditional flavours!

Cinnamon roll at B12
Cinnamon roll ‚̧

 

Type of place: Vegan bakery / pastry shop
Completely vegan: yes
Website ( English ) : https://www.happycow.net/reviews/b12-bike-and-bakery-kiev-87745

VG P√Ętisserie (Paris, France)

Think of Paris, think of croissants. Interestingly, the croissant actually originates from Austria*. Croissants are made of layers of thin dough with butter. It would seem that creating a vegan version would not be complex, seeing as there is a lot of vegan butter available nowadays. However, vegan croissants don’t seem to be very widely available. While Cloudcakes does occasionally have them, they were out of croissants when I visited!

Wall decoration at VG P√Ętisserie
Wall decoration at VG P√Ętisserie

Last time I was in Paris, I visited the VG P√Ętisserie and found a lot vegan croissants!¬† Mission accomplished!

Macarons on display at VG P√Ętisserie
Macarons!

 

This bakery is 100% vegan, and they have everything from croissants to macarons to gingerbread men ! During the week there is a breakfast menu, which is quite common in Parisian cafes. There are also several gluten-free options.

 

Cakes on display at VG P√Ętisserie
Cakes!

VG P√Ętisserie has a few tables to sit down for some breakfast or a coffee with a delicious pastry. When we were there most customers took their baked goods to go. (With the door not closing properly this had the annoying side-effect of having to stand up and close the door a lot…)

Breakfast at VG P√Ętisserie
Breakfast for 2 ūüôā

 

Since coming across a place like this doesn’t happen that often we went a bit crazy with the sweets. Choosing is hard when all options look so great! We had a croissant, a pain au chocolat, a pain au chocolat with praline and a “cronut”.

Macarons at VG P√Ętisserie
Hot chocolate with some tiny macarons

The croissants were a bit less fluffy and a bit drier than their buttery counter parts. However, they did not have the same unpleasant after taste some butter croissants have. We also tried a few macarons and a tarte aux citron. The macarons are great! I wonder how they are made. “Normal” macarons are made with egg-whites, and I have seen some recipes for a vegan version which uses aquafaba ( Chickpea brine¬† )

Tarte aux citron at VG P√Ętisserie
Lemon pie

 

This bakery is a bit more expensive then most standard bakeries, but they have a lot of great pastries and cakes. So, money well-spent, in my opinion!

Type of place: Bakery
Completely vegan: yes
Vegan desserts: yes

Website (French) : https://www.vgpatisserie.fr/

* according to Wikipedia

Cloudcakes (Paris, France)

Sign outside with menu options at Cloudcakes
Sign outside with the breakfast menu

This small bakery is fully vegan! It is open during the week for the whole day, and on Sunday for brunch. We went on a Saturday morning, lured by the promise of vegan croissants! And our hotel was nearby, which may or may not have been a coincidence. We actually arrived a bit before it opened, because I misread the opening times. That turned out to be a good thing since the place filled up quickly. By the time we left there was a queue and no more spots to sit.

Muffins at Cloudcakes
Cute little muffins!

Unfortunately Cloudcakes was out of vegan croissants the day we visited. No biggie, there were enough great breakfast dishes left. We got pancakes and chocolate- banana toast. The food was very good, and filling. The perfect start to day full of museum visits and walking!

Pancakes with vegan whipped cream, fruits and caramel at Cloudcakes
Pancakes with vegan whipped cream, fruits, almond shavings and caramel
Peanutbutter-banana toast at Cloudcakes
Chocolate-banana toast

We both had a big coffee as well, they use soy milk by default for milky coffees & teas but I believe there’s other milk alternatives available as well.

Delicious soy cappuccino at Cloudcakes
Delicious soy cappuccino

They also do take-away for both the food and the coffee. We got some muffins for later. They unfortunately got damaged in transport, so no photos (we had a red velvet and a tiramisu cupcake, which can be seen below) The taste was still sublime!

We returned on Sunday for lunch, but there was actually no lunch, just brunch. Since we were a bit late there was not much food left. Also there was also no space to sit so we got some muffins for takeaway. Unfortunate but understandable, the place is very popular.

Cakes and muffins at Cloudcakes
Cakes and muffins

Type of place: bakery, take-out
Completely vegan: yes
Vegan desserts: yes
Website (French) : https://www.cloudcakes.fr/

Farini (Venice, Italy)

In Venice and just want to grab a coffee or a quick lunch? Go to Farini!¬† Farini is a chain of ‘fast-food’ bakeries with locations both in Venice and Milan. They offer pizza, salads, focaccias, other types of breads and sweet pastries. Additionally they serve drinks, and they have soy milk as well if you want to get a soy cappuccino. It was possible to sit in the bakery itself, but it was very crowded so we decided on take-away when we visited.

Menu at Farini Venice
Menu at Farini

We went there specifically for the focaccia, and there was a nice selection of vegan and non-vegan ones. While traditionally focaccias have vegan dough, I did ask the server to be sure, because experience has taught me that sometimes the most basic and innocent food items might hide dairy or eggs in them. The bakers were nearby, in fact you can see them make your food, and they assured me that the focaccia dough contains no animal products. There were several vegan options and we choose one with onions and one with olives. They were quickly heated and cut (with scissors!) into smaller pieces.

Focaccias in a display at Farini
Focaccias!

Both focaccias we tried were very nice, a bit salty though, but that might just be due to the olives. For me personally it was not off-putting. If I lived nearby I would probably be a frequent visitor of Farini ūüôā

Type of place: Bakery/Take-out
Completely vegan: no
Website (Italian): http://farini.com/

Le pain quotidien (Geneva, Switzerland)

Terrace outside of le Pain Quotidien in Geneva
Outside of le Pain Quotidien in Geneva

 

A few weeks ago we were out and about in Geneva, looking for a place to eat a small lunch. I knew that le Pain Quotidien has several vegan options, I like bread, so I wanted to check it out! I was under the impression that le Pain Quotidien is pretty common in Switzerland, but that was actually not the case. But it turned out that we were close to the Geneva LPQ somehow, so that was a nice coincidence.

Le Pain Quotidien (“the daily bread”) is an international chain restaurant of Belgian origin. In Switzerland you can find them in Geneva, Lausanne and Z√ľrich.¬† LPQ consists of an actual bakery, where you can buy your baguettes and breads, and a place where you can sit and have a coffee with breakfast, brunch (not vegan) or lunch. They serve pastries, salads, sandwiches and ‘plates’. For drinks there is coffee (no soy milk, at least not in the Geneva location), tea, juices, and a variety of other cold drinks.

Their menu card clearly notes the vegetarian and vegan options, which is very nice. There are quite some options actually, which all looked nice, so this review is the result of 2 visits. Else I couldn’t have eaten all of it ūüôā

Guacamole "snack" at LPQ in Geneva
Guacamole with bread

The first time it was very warm inside, so we sat outside on the terrace. It was very windy outside, but the temperature was still comfortable enough. There were several jams on the table (fig, rhubarb and strawberry) which seemed vegan. We ordered the daily juice (orange, apple and blueberry) with two small dishes: hummus and guacamole with several breads.

Hummus with bread at LPQ in Geneva
Hummus with bread

The hummus and guac were good, but they could have supplied a bit more bread as the ratio topping-to-bread was a off.  The menu offers two vegan desserts:  a fruit salad and a chia pudding. We shared the chia pudding, which has a nice creamy consistency, which was topped with fresh fruits. It was not overtly sweet, which I personally prefer.

Chia pudding dessert with fresh strawberries at LPQ in Geneva
Chia pudding dessert with fresh strawberries

The second time we went in more hungry. This time we sat inside, where it was less warm but the coffee machine broke so they had no warm drinks. Oh well, these things happen. We got an ice tea and lemonade to go with the food. We tried a hummus and grilled veggies sandwich and a quinoa plate. The sandwich is nice, and quite big. The quinoa plate is loaded! It comes with carrots, quinoa, gaucamole, two types of hummus and several delicious slices of bread with nuts.

Sandwich with grilled veggies at LPQ in Geneva
Sandwich with grilled veggies

The price of LPQ is a bit higher than many other bakeries, but not all bakeries offer so many (clearly-marked) vegan options nor the possibility to sit down. Overall the atmosphere is very relaxed.

Quinoa plate at LPQ in Geneva
Quinoa plate, on the left there is the quinoa (red) with the red and standard hummus and guacamole underneath
Type of place: bakery
Completely vegan: no
Vegan desserts: yes

Website (English, French, German)* : http://www.lepainquotidien.ch

* The menu is different in different countries