Vienna is a very relaxed city

Vienna is a very relaxed city

If I were to make a top of European cities, it’d be:

  1. Vienna
  2. Barcelona
  3. London
  4. Valencia
  5. Geneva

Vienna in words

So last week, I went to Vienna. For the n-th time!

I love this city, but here are a few things that struck me:

  • it’s very airy – streets are wide, buildings are wide, not that tall though
  • the weather was amazing – I think we were lucky because it was up to 30 C and that apparently is unusual
  • not everyone speaks English, contrary to the belief – I had a hard time ordering my food in some places.
  • ATMs require your card first, before they even ask whether you want to switch the language – I spent 5 mins dumbfounded in front of an ATM because I couldn’t figure out how to use it haha
  • they have “fast trains” or “schnell” trains even within the city and they look very fancy
  • you can easily go every place by public transport within 40 mins or so
  • their sidewalks are made with smooth concrete pavement, not the squares you see in London – makes it easier to ride
  • lots of kicking scooters – because sidewalks are so easy to ride 😀
  • the general atmosphere feels like a vacation – not lots of people on the street, no one seems to run places, they even stand on the left on escalator stairs (whaaaaaat?! how dare they?!)

Conclusion: London is very crammed and busy

Vienna in video

Vienna on coffee

Our trip to Vienna. We had one long weekend and among the things we visited were: The Schombrunn Palace with its gardens, a maze inside, the Stadtpark, the Belvedere, the Prat and eventually the Ernst stadion

Vienna in pictures

  • Jack the Ripper house in Prater
  • Vienna street with horse carriage
  • Schombrunn castle
  • The main videographers
  • Lemon garden in Schmbrunn
  • Garden in Schombrunn
  • Walk in the park
  • Schombrunn gardens
  • Turquoise beauty :P
  • Strauss in the park
  • Time is short
  • Waiting for Coldplay
  • Smiling before Coldplay
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Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

Elmira, an oasis for Viennese vegans

It’s Monday morning and my amazing weekend in Vienna is about to be over. I woke up with this feeling that, before I left, I needed to give my #1 favorite European city a similar chance to prove me veganism is omnipresent. A couple of days ago I posted this picture with a small salad in front of me, while my friends were having huge pork ribs. But hold your breath…

Just 15 mins away from my hotel, I found a gem. Healthy, plant-based eating is easily doable in Vienna. It’s called Elmira.

The Elmira Cafe, Vienna, Austria

I was welcomed by lots of smiles and while they were prepping my acai bowl, I took the liberty to look around. Their store is quite big and airy, which is basically a breeze compared to the ones in London.

Elmira counter
Elmira counter

They have a nice dried nuts, seeds and beans rack of drawers. They produce and source everything themselves and some of the trail mixes are also made in-house. They also said they source to bigger stores, even in UK, like Organic Planet. You can also find some of their products in stores like https://www.buywholefoodsonline.co.uk. Among some of their most popular products were the exotic fruits like Incan berries, dried mangos, and jackfruits.

Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks
Elmira dried nuts, fruits and beans racks

And… they even have their own products, own brand, to sell in-store.

Elmira store
Elmira store

The food

I had this huge acai bowl with goji berries. It was one one of the best things I’ve had for breakfast in a while. They tried different recipes for this smoothie bowl and they think they are going to stick with this one. I have to say that the coconut syrup they put on top of your bananas was heavenly.

Elmira acai bowl
Elmira acai bowl

They also had all these kinds of cold-brewed coffees and amazing truffles covered with Peruvian chocolate.

Elmira menu
Elmira menu

And to top it all up, they were offering a 10% discount to all of their prices.

Eventually, I couldn’t just walk away empty-handed and I scooped some of their trail mixes. My enthusiasm did not remain unnoticed and Josef, their sales manager along with Elmira, their managing director, took real great care of me. I walked away with their most recommended products:

Elmira nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.
Nuts and fruits along with one of their truffles.

Where? How?

  • Opening hours: Monday – Friday 09.00 – 19.00 Saturday 08.00 – 14.00
  • By phone at 01-897 2999-40
  • By email at office@elmira.at.
  • Address is:
    Elmira
    Vorgartenstrasse 129-143 / EG A-1020 Vienna

Last…

If you ever visit Vienna, don’t assume it’s all sausage and pretzels! This city has so much to offer in terms of culinary options. And if you can have a plant-based dish with a touch of Viennese culture, why not give it a go? You might be surprised!

Good day and until next time!

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