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Cinnamon rolls, vegan cheesepie and donuts, vegan bakery Peas, Hasselt

shop review #54 – Peas is a vegan bakery in city center of Hasselt. Peas was previously on another location on the edge of the city, but had no storefront then. This shop in the city center of Hasselt opened in June. We stopped by shortly after it had opened end June, on our way back home after a holiday. There were cinnamon rolls with several flavours (speculoos, chocolate, classic, pistache, ..), carrot cake and mini cheese cakes in several flavours. There are no tables to have a cup of coffee (plenty of space though). We asked why not, and the lady replied that would mean they are a different type of bussiness (‘horeca’ and not a shop). The lady serving us was very reserved, definitely not in for some chit chat or a smile. We bought some cakes, rolls and donuts. They were nice, but very dense. They are mostly all in the same ‘cube shaped style’ and have a dense cheese like texture, and on the expensive side (most connamon rolls 3,50€; cupcakes 2,50€ or …

Vegan cake at Thee met een Verhaal, Ostend

Shop review #53 – Ostend may be self-labelled the ‘Queen of the Coastal Cities’ in Belgium (‘De Koningin der badsteden’), but it certainly doesn’t hit top of the list when it comes down to finding places that serve vegan food! A couple of weeks ago, I did discover a cosy little tea house in the city center, that serves vegan cake: Thee met een Verhaal (Tea with a Story).  Yeah, what a pleasant surprise! – Update – see below. Thee met een Verhaal serves tea (d’oh! 😉 ), and also has a similar tea house in Aarschot. They also have some cakes on offer (of which one at least is always vegan – cake or pie from Madam Bakster). That day it was with chocolate and peanuts. Served in a lovely antique cup with mathcing dish. Really enjoyed it! Service was very friendly too, and if you want to talk tea, this is definitely the place! Thee met een Verhaal is a cosy little place, near the Casino Kursaal. A great addition to Ostend! Thee …

T-shirts, sweaters and more at eco-vegan shop Leeloo, Bruges

Shop review #52 – Leeloo is a clothes and accessories shop in the city center of Bruges. It is located in the Sint Jakobsstraat, which is very close to the central market. It exists since about 20 years, and has always focused on selling sustainable, eco-friendly clothing! In April 2018, Leeloo announced on their facebook page that from then on, all products at the store are animal free! Yeah! So shortly afterwards, I went to pay them a visit. The shop is well packed, with a great selection of T-shirts, pants, sweaters, … There are also some body and care products and some bags. The shop has a nice modern ‘urban’ look, and several mirrors give it a more spacious impression. There’s also a wall with a nice collection of stickers. I looked around for a while, and then boughts some T-shirts. The only thing that withheld me from shopping a bit longer, was the very loud techno music (I can only describe it as a mixture between house and Kraftwerk 😀 ) which was driving …

A look inside shop Holland & Barrett, Bruges

Shop review #51 – Holland & Barrett is an international Chain (UK based) with also several shops in Belgium and the Netherlands. Holland & Barrett sells “a wide range of vitamins, minerals, health supplements, specialist foods and natural beauty products.” (taken from their website). There is also a Holland & Barrett shop in Bruges, in the Noordzandstraat (not far from ‘t Zand and the Dweersstraat).  I only recently discovered that H&B have a decent range of vegan labelled body and care products (e.g. shampoo, bath and shower wash, toothpaste, face cream), and now regularly do some shopping there. They also have some food items (nuts, special flours), and a wide range of vitamines and other supplements (vegan vitamine D for example). Here are some more pics from inside the Holland & Barrett in Bruges. Holland & Barrett, location Noordzandstraat 59 8000 Brugge 050/33 9477 website: https://www.hollandandbarrett.be/stores/brugge-9007 See our list of shops, which may interest vegans.  

Stylish handbags, shoes and more at vegan shop Amapola, Barcelona

shop review #50 – Amapola is a vegan shop in the city center of Barcelona, on the north side in the Vila de Gracia district. It sells T-shirts, handbags, wallets and shoes.  And some other accessories like jewelry and bonnets. (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). We were here a couple of weeks ago, and it was the first stop in our visit to Barcelona. The shop is quite spacious and has a nice selection of items, from different brands. We bought some shoes, and a wallet from Matt & Natt! Good to know: the shop is fully accessible, with a wheelchair ramp leading down into the shop Amapola, location Travessera de Gràcia, 129, 08012 Barcelona +34 930 10 62 73 website: https://amapolaveganshop.com/ See our list of shops, which may interest vegans. View this post on Instagram In Barcelona! First stop, vegan shop Amapolo 😎 @amapolaveganshop 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿 #vegan #vegantravel #veganinbarcelona #veganspain #vegancatalonia #barcelona #veganshop A post shared by trudi_brugesvegan (@trudi_brugesvegan) on Jan 31, 2018 at 11:43pm PST

Vegala Vegan Beauty shop, Barcelona

Shop review #49 – VeGala is a vegan shop in Barcelona with cosmetics and body and care products. We stopped here just after arriving in Barcelona, as I wanted to get some facial cream and make up remover. And it was not so far from vegan shop Amapolo (with handbags, shoes and wallets). (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). Vegala is a rather small shop, in the north side of Barcelona, in the Vila de Gracia area. Not a very large stock of products, but I found what I needed, and also bought a vegan foundation. Very friendly lady, who took her time to give advice. These are the products I bought (total of 45 euro). Vegala Vegan Beauty Shop, location C/Santa Eugenia 16, local 4 08012 Barcelona Cataluña, España website: https://www.vegala.es/ See our list of shops, which may interest vegans.

Eat your heart out! A look inside vegan supermarket Ecocentre in Barcelona

Shop review #48 – Ecocentre is a vegan shop in the city center of Barcelona. We went to Ecocentre after visiting the nearby Sagrada Familia and having lunch at vegan restaurant La Trocadero. (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). View this post on Instagram Hotdog! It's been a long time 😎 Lunch at vegan resto La trocadero. Near Sagrada Familia. 🌭🌭🌭🌭 #barcelona #sagradafamilia #gaudi #animalrights #veganbarcelona #barcelona #latrocadero #urbanveganfood #veganfastfood #notdog A post shared by trudi_brugesvegan (@trudi_brugesvegan) on Feb 1, 2018 at 3:18am PST   The front of the shop is rather small, but after opening the door and upon entering we were overwhelmed by the size of Ecocentre. Whooot! It’s a (small) supermarket! The place is packed with vegan goodies, food items like cereals, cookies, pasta, but also faux meats, icecream, cheese and pies and cakes! And also some books, cosmetics body and care products and cleaning products. It is so exciting to visit a vegan shop, and certainly one this size! But also so reassuring, since one does not have to check labels to see …

A look inside the new Origin’O, Bruges

Shop review #47 – Origin’O is a chain of organic stores in Flanders, with nearly 20 shops spread throughout the region. They are not supermarkets, but reasonable sized stores, with most often a good offer of vegan products. Other reviews of Origin’O shops are here on The Bruges Vegan. The Origin’O in Bruges used to be in the Katelijnestraat, but at the end of 2017 moved to a new location. It is now at the edge of the city, in Assebroek. This is about a 30 minute walk from the heart of Bruges (Market). After our lunch to Indian restaurant Shalimar a couple of weeks ago, which is just 2 minutes away (review will follow), we went to have a look at the new Origin’O store. The new Origin’O is very spacious, bright and modern! And we noticed the same interior design and concept as in the renovated Origin’O in Louvain (see post here). Please note that it is not a vegan shop, so not all the products on the photos are necessarily vegan. The shop does …

A look inside Zonder Meer, Kortrijk

Shop review #45 – Zonder Meer is an organic, ‘low package’, fair shop in the center of Kortrijk. It opened just a couple of months ago.  The name of the shop literally translates as ‘without more’, referring to the waiste reduction aims of the shop. We visited the shop a couple of weeks ago, after our lunch at De KleinKeuken. There’s a large selection of nuts, grains and seeds in bulk. Also cleaning products, toys and gift cards, wines (also vegan ones: Giol) and beers, books and a variety of teas.  And one can ‘grind’ grains to make flour yourself. Also some vegetarian dishes in the fridge to take away (like bread spread, seitan), of which some are vegan (clearly labelled as such). We bought some pecans, rice and lentils mix and basmatic rice (we had brought some paper bags). A nice addition to Kortrijk! If Zonder Meer were closer, would definitely visit regularly! Zonder Meer, location Rijselstraat 51 Kortrijk 0486/933.824 website: https://www.zonder-meer.be/ See our list of shops, which may interest vegans.

A look inside vegan shop tAK! Marke (Kortrijk)

Shop review#44 – tAK is a new vegan shop in Marke (just outside Kortrijk / Courtrai, half an hour drive from Bruges). We were here a couple of weeks ago, before going to lunch to De KleinKeuken, and visiting the waiste reduction shop Zonder Meer in Kortrijk (blogs will follow).  We also went to pick up an order of vegan Danish pastry at Bakkerij Filip. And tAK actually means “thank you’ in Danish 😉 Yes, it was a small vegan excursion to the Kortrijk region! Update – see below The shop is a bit tucked away behind a garden screen and hedge, but there are some signs on the pavement to lead you to the shop. tAK is not really a big shop, but it has a nice selection of products that will especially interest vegans, like gluten powder, nutritional yeast, dried tofu,  vegan body and care products, … And also some nice self designed postal cards, candles, frames, toys, pottery and other items that make a perfect and original gift (or a treat to …