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Let me apologize for the absence these past ten or so days. I was going to put up a post on the vegan food I had in Warsaw before flying to Milan, but then I noticed that I could no longer find the picture of the best burger I've ever had. Without that picture, the post about Warsaw would have been a bit obsolete, so I skipped it. Then we traveled to Milan, so here I am with all the details on the vegan food I had in Italy's second largest city.
Foodwise, I was really looking forward to our trip to Milan because I had already found tons of vegan restaurants there. So many in fact, that we would not be able to go to all of them. Italy generally is one of the bigger producers of vegan foods in Europe. My local vegan store carries a lot of items made in Italy. As I mentioned in my vegan post on Rome, I believe that the reason Italy produces such high-quality vegan products is that the country is known for great cheeses and vegan Italians probably really want to come up with great alternatives.
After we reached our Airbnb, we looked for the closest vegan place which was Molto Yin which is a macrobiotic and organic vegan restaurant. The place is very clean and plays relaxed music with a bit of a Reggae vibe. My boyfriend ordered the penne with a pumpkin cream sauce, and despite the fact that I'm not a fan of pumpkin, I tried it and really liked the taste. There's obviously no better place to have pasta than Italy.
I opted for the "Oriental pasta" which consisted of rice noodles and vegetables such as bok choy and zucchini. Both dishes tasted very fresh and were absolutely delicious. Of course, pasta is not the healthiest vegan food, but when combined with fresh vegetables it's always so tasty and filling that it's difficult not to choose a pasta dish.
Even though the meals were really filling, we still decided to order the chocolate cake with marmalade which was exactly as good as it sounds. It's really funny to think that many non-vegans think vegans cannot have good food when we constantly eat yummy cakes.
Via Boltraffio 12. Open Monday 12pm to 2:30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 2:30pm and 7:30pm to 11pm. http://www.moltoyin.it/
That evening, we went to a vegan burger chain called Flower Burger for which I was really excited because I had seen amazing pictures online. It's always difficult to choose a burger when you're suddenly faced with so many different vegan options whereas usually you just have to take the only vegan item on the menu. I had absolutely no idea which one of the several vegan burgers I should choose, but I went for the Flower Burger with seitan and a pepper sauce. My boyfriend asked for a recommendation and chose the Cherry Bomb Burger which was a limited edition. We both had potatoes with them, but make sure to order a sauce with them as it's not included. I preferred my boyfriend's burger over mine as it was really, really good, and I wanted to go back to try their other burgers, but we ended up checking out different vegan places in Milan. The only problem at Flower Burger is that they don't have washrooms so keep that in mind.
Viale Vittorio Veneto 10. Open Monday to Sunday 12:30pm to 3:30pm and 7pm to 11pm. http://www.flowerburger.it/
We were pretty tired and slept in late the next day so we decided to go for brunch as it was already too late for breakfast but still too early for lunch. This time, we decided on a place called BistròBiò with a wonderful owner. It's a bit of a buffet style restaurant where you choose your food which is then weighed. The free tea and coffee refills reminded me of my time in Canada where this is standard.
We decided to take a little bit of everything which included some savory puff pastry, spinach, a kidney bean salad, vegetables, and some bread that was reminiscent of pretzels. The food was really good quality and a welcome change from the more junk food type of meals we had had the previous day. Before we left, we got some coconut balls for free which were absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, BistròBiò is not located in a very interesting neighborhood so we never made it back for a second time, but do give it a try when you're in Milan.
Via Valtellina 10. Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm, Thursday to Saturday 7:30pm to 11pm. http://www.bistrobio.eu/
In the evening, we paid a visit to vegan fast food chain Universo Vegano. Their restaurant in the Navigli neighborhood of Milan has such a lovely atmosphere because the people working there are wonderful and you get to sit right by the canal. Since we had only had brunch that day we overdid it a bit and ordered the croquettes, a wrap to share, the Big Smokey Burger (my boyfriend) and a sandwich (me). We even went ahead and ordered a small Neapolitan cake for dessert. I also had a really tasty pineapple mango juice which was very refreshing. Everything we had at Universo Vegano was amazing! I especially loved my spicy sandwich. The food was so good that we decided to go back here the next evening for dinner again where we both had a burger (I chose the Vegan Beach Burger) again, but at least the second time we avoided having dessert as well.
Universo Vegano was my favorite vegan eatery in Milan because the food was extremely good and didn't feel that much like junk food. Since we went back a second time I'm really confident in my opinion of this place. I absolutely recommend checking this out.
Ripa di Porta Ticinese 49. Monday to Sunday 12pm to 12am. http://www.universovegano.it/negozi/negozio-milano-2/
As I mentioned before, Italian breakfast is not very elaborate and I knew I wasn't going to get the kind of vegan breakfast I had in Hamburg. We only opted to go for breakfast once during our stay and went to a place called Pasticceria Rovida close to the Central Station. I loved that all the people working there were women, and the atmosphere in this place was incredible. The staff were friendly and knew what vegan means and had several vegan options available although they had sadly run out of the vegan muffins. I opted for two energy bars and two vegan cookies as well as a soy hot chocolate. They were good and very filling, but the best part about this place was the atmosphere. It was so busy and bustling. People came and went every minute, and it was so loud and stereotypically Italian that it was an absolute joy to be there for breakfast.
Via Domenico Scarlatti 21. Monday to Friday 7am to 8pm, Saturday 7:30am to 8pm, Sunday 7:30am to 1pm. http://www.pasticceriarovida.com
The final place we went to in Milan was Vegan World and is located in a lovely residential neighborhood where, even if you're sitting outside, it is nice and quiet because the street is not too busy. Vegan World's concept is cooking different international foods in a veganized way. There were so many dishes available when we went that we simply asked for a little bit of everything. Let me tell you, the food was absolutely incredible! I truly love junk food, but there's something special about getting high quality vegan food that is also healthy. We had goulash, moussaka, seitan in peanut sauce, spinach in coconut sauce, gnocchi, kurkuma cauliflower, tofu, seitan with herbs, and red cabbage. The vegan gnocchi in particular were amazing, and I don't even normally like gnocchi. As I said, I love going out for burgers and other foods that I can't really make myself at home, but it's visits to places like Vegan World that inspire me to try new things at home in the kitchen. I fully recommend this place if you're vegan and traveling to Milan, you will not regret eating here.
Viale Monte Nero 34. Monday to Saturday 11:30am to 3pm and 7:30pm to 11pm. https://vegan-world.it/
Have you ever traveled to Milan as a vegan? Have you been to any of these places? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Half Bulgarian Turk, half German living life as an expat in Greece.