All posts tagged: organic shop

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 …

#154 Plat du jour at organic shop Vier de Seizoenen, Bruges

restaurant review #154 – shop review #46 Vier de Seizoenen is an organic shop at the edge of Bruges (Assebroek). Vier de Seizoenen literally translates as ‘celebrate the seasons‘. But in Dutch, to celebrate (vieren) also is the word for four, so it also refers to the four seasons of the year. UPDATE SEE BELOW Since September 2017, Vier de Seizoenen serves a vegetarian plat du jour for lunch (on weekdays). Sometimes, the plat du jour is vegan, or can be veganised. It is advisable to call ahead to be sure, although the lady said they can always fix something last minute, since there are many vegan products in the shop. I was here with a friend a couple of weeks ago for lunch. The restaurant room is at the back of the shop. This was our lunch:  Soup: coral lentils and carrot, with coconutcream smoked tofu with sesame seeds, swiss chard and andives, pumpkin puree, salad with oxheart cabbage & olives, potatoes and rozemary tea, with a cookie Lunch total was 21,20€ (apple juice, soup, main dish, …

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.

Vegan products at organic shop Luzerne, Beernem

Shop review #43 – Luzerne is an organic shop in Beernem, about 15 km from Bruges. Luzerne means lucerne or alfalfa. The shop was founded more than 25 years ago and although Beernem is a rather small town, organic shop Luzerne is quite well stocked with a wide variety of products (food, but also cleaning products and body and care products). Luzerne is also only 5 minutes from the exit on the E40 highway, so this is also a handy stop for vegans travelling through Belgium and looking for vegan products for on the road. There is always parking space available, as Luzerne is situated in a quiet street (and there are also some parking places in front of the shop on the pavement). And it is open on Sunday morning! When entering the shop, one is always warmly welcomed by Gerda who runs the shop, and she enthousiastically gives advice or helps out when looking for a specific product or brand. This is not a vegan shop, but there are many vegan products and organic brands …

A look inside organic shop Biodésir, Lisieux (Fr)

Shop review #40 – Biodesir in Lisieux (Normandy, France) is an organic shop at the edge of the city. It is a reasonably sized store, with lots of parking place in front. We were on holiday in Normandy for a couple of days in June, and we stopped here to buy some bread spreads and crackers for our lunch. I wish we could have bought more products (especially from the cooled section), because there were many products that were ‘new’ to us, and not available in Belgian stores. But since it was also extremely hot during our holiday in Normandy (around 38°) we would not have been able to preserve them till we got home. Please note that it is not a vegan shop, so not all the products on the photos are necessarily vegan. The shop does sell a lot of vegan items that are not so easily found in ‘regular’ shops in France (vegan yoghurt, tempeh, plant based drinks, vegan cheeze, …). Here are some more photos from inside Biodésir, and some vegan products: …

A look inside organic shop Origin’O, Louvain

Shop review #34 – Origin’O is a chain of organic stores in Flanders, with nearly 20 shops spreaded throughout the region. They are not supermarkets, but reasonable sized stores, with most often a good offer of vegan products. There is also an Origin’O is Bruges (see one of the earliest posts on The Bruges Vegan).  The one in Bruges will be moving to a bigger location soon, at the edge of the city (see pic below). Whenever we are visiting another city, we like to check out the vegan and/or organic stores to see what they have on offer. I’ve been to the Origin’O in Louvain (near Brussels) a couple of times before, and on our last visit, I took some pics. Please note that it is not a vegan shop, so not all the products on the photos are necessarily vegan. The shop does sell a lot of vegan items that are not so easily found in ‘regular’ shops (vegan yoghurt, tempeh, chocolates, cakes, toothpaste…). The vegetables and fruits section is in a seperate …

Shopping at organic shop Mordan, Ostend (2)

Shop review #33 – Mordan is an organic shop in Ostend (at the Belgian coast) and has two locations: the oldest shop is the city center (right next to the main shopping street Kappelestraat) and has been there for decades. The other one is at the edge of Ostend, on the Torhoutsesteenweg (review of this one is here: shop review #16). Mordan now also has a webshop, with free delivery throughout Belgium (for any order above 25€). The shop Mordan has been there as long as I can remember. As I grew up in Ostend (and didn’t live far from it!), I know the shop quite well. Mordan in Ostend is not a vegan shop, but sells many vegan products that you won’t find so easily in ‘regular’ shops. From vegan cheese to chia seeds from coconut oil to vegan chocolate, from vegan bread spreads to vegan desserts. Note: as is the case in many organic shops in Belgium, there is unfortunately also a ‘meat and cheese’ counter: One big difference with the other shop at the Torhoustesteenweg is there is no …

A look inside organic shop Panda, Ghent

Shop review #29 – When I was in Ghent a couple of weeks ago, I had some time left before my lunch date with a friend at Mosquito Coast (see blog here). So I decided to go take a look at organic shop Panda in Oudburg, situated near the Vrijdagsmarkt. I had been ages since I been to Panda. The shop – and adjacent restaurant – already exists since a couple of decades. We had been here for lunch during the period that we lived and worked in Ghent (nineties). It was a rather old-school macrobiotic style restaurant, with a vegetarian plat du jour. Last time I had lunch here was a couple of years ago, and then discovered that restaurant Panda hadn’t changed much over the years. I asked for the plat du jour to be veganised, which was no problem. The dish was OK, but it was no gourmet experience. (btw Panda is often called a vegetarian restaurant, but it is not since they also serve fishes). Panda it is not an all-vegan shop, but they do have many vegan products available that you will not find so …

Shopping at organic store Het Natuurhuis, Antwerp

Shop review #26 – Het Natuurhuis is an organic shop in Antwerp, and exists since the seventies. It translates as ‘Nature home‘. Natuurhuis now has three locations in the Antwerp area: one in the city center (Otto Veniusstraat), one at Zuid (Verlatstraat) and one in Merksem (Eethuisstraat). These photos are from my recent visit to Het Natuurhuis in the city center. It is located close to Antwerps main shopping street the Meir, and about 10 minutes from the central train station. It is a fairly large shop (not as big as the shops from organic chain Bioplanet, but about the same size as Biovita in Bruges and Mordan in Ostend). As my visits to Het Natuurhuis are most often on my way back to the train station, I am mostly pressed for time, or too exhausted after some city dwelling to have a relaxed look around in the shop. I have however spotted several vegan items that I would love to take with me, but the vegan icecream from Professor Grunschnabel or the frozen items from De Vegetarische Slager (The Vegetarian Butcher) would not last …

A look inside organic supermarket Bioplanet, Bruges

Shop review #23 – Bioplanet is a chain of organic supermarkets in Belgium. There is also a Bioplanet in Bruges, and it is located at the edge of the city,  on the northside. There is easy parking in front of the shop. The Bioplanet is not as large as the regular (non-organic) supermarkets, but definitely larger than many other organic shops in Belgium. Bioplanet is not a vegan shop, but sells many vegan products which you won’t find so easily in ‘regular’ shops. To give you and idea: special cereals, sweeteners (agave, maple syrup, rice syrup, etc), nutrionial yeast, vegan cheeses, bread spreads, fresh fruits and vegetables, vegan milks (almond, rice, soy, ..), tofu and seitan, burgers, sausages, soy sauces, raw foods, supplements and herbal oils, body and care products, coffee and tee, pastas, vegan ice cream, nuts, dried berries and fruit, etc. The fridge counter (with many meats and cheeses) also has a selection of vegetarian stuff (like sausages, cordon blue, bread spreads) of which some are vegan (staff have a list available with all ingredients listed, so it’s easy …