BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE AND CHEAP FOOD: Chasing gnomes in Wroclaw

Wroclaw is a small but beautiful city in Poland. The old town centre is picturesque, and you can spend a few hours wandering around and spotting the hundreds of bronze gnome statues scattered all over the town.

There are plenty of things to do, including many cool restaurants and bars, so it’s a good option for a long weekend.

To the north of the old town there are a few islands in the river Oder where you can visit local churches and museums or walk by the scenic promenade.

  • Szczytnicki Park is a large park with some famous local attractions. It is a bit far from the city centre but the walk there is interesting.
  • Central Market: a large market with a good selection of fruit and veg and other local produce.
  • Transport: it is easy to walk everywhere on foot, but the city is covered by a good network of trams which are very convenient. You can buy tickets on board with a debit or credit card. Tickets for 3.40zl.

As ever, we also checked out many vegan places:

  • Vega: a vegan restaurant at the heart of Market Square serving a great selection of Polish dishes. The pierogi were great! Lunch for two including drinks for 47zl.
  • Mihiderka: a place with several locations across Poland serving delicious burgers and many other vegan dishes. Lunch for two including drinks and tip for 68zl.
  • Krowarzywa: a cool vegan burger place serving lots of delicious combos. Lunch for two including drinks for 70zl.
  • Ahimsa: a Middle Eastern and Asian vegan restaurant with a good varied selection. Dinner for two for 68zl.
  • 4Hops: a bike-themed craft beer bar with a large selection of beers on tap. A pint for 12-17zl.
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VEGGIE IN MAPUTO: Restaurant recommendations in Mozambique

I went to Maputo for work. I didn’t have a chance to explore the city much, but I visited a couple of good restaurants:

  • Txhapo Txhapo: This place is very popular, and serves a good selection of veggie dishes, clearly labelled. Lunch for 990MT.
  • Lugar e Meio: A chilled place serving a good selection of dishes. They only had one veggie option but it was delicious (spinach and feta quiche). Lunch including tip for 600MT.

VEGGIE TRAVELLING: How to make the best of food on the road

It’s not always easy to get veggie food in unknown places, but I’ve actually had lots of great meals abroad. And as my boyfriend is a vegan, food is always at the top of our mind when we travel.

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Here are my top tips for making the best of local food while travelling:

1. Do your research:

I always stop at Happy Cow before going abroad. It’s a really comprehensive directory for veggie places everywhere, and it includes not only restaurants but also health food stores. We’ve found some amazing gems through this website and it never disappoints!

2. Know the local fare:

Ah, the Balkans! We had the best time travelling across the region last year, but veggie food really isn’t that popular over there. Doing some research in advance makes life a lot easier in tricky places – locals may not be used to veggie diets, but most places offer dishes which are naturally veggie. If you know what you can eat in advance, you can simply look out for that on the menu.

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3. Consider self-catering:

Eating out is great, but making your own food can be easier sometimes – plus it’s a lot cheaper! This way you can make sure to get a good selection of food everyday. Then choose a good restaurant that caters for your needs and make it a special night out!

4. Choose the destination by the food:

I didn’t go to Rome this month because of the food (I promise!) but that wouldn’t be a bad option. Many places, from India to Jordan, have great veggie food and other places are catching up nicely – veganism is all the rage in Germany these days!

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Where are you going for that special dinner?