There’s just something about travelling… of course most of us love the adventure of being in a foreign place and experiencing new sights and people. But as a plant-based foodie I’m sure you’ll agree that one of the best parts of traveling is getting to visit those earthy cafes you stumble upon in a big city!
I was fortunate enough to travel to Greece in July during my winter uni break. I traveled with two of my best friends, it really was a dream! We arrived in Athens and had only 2 days in the city before our real island hopping adventure began. In hindsight, we really only needed about a day in Athens, but nonetheless no time was ever wasted and we explored every inch of the city on our feet! Being typical tourists, we were often distracted by any beautiful sight we came across. Whether that be a cobbled road with sweet little coffee or juice bars, shops or side streets with mini markets selling handcrafted jewellery and shoes- we were there! This often led to a “girls, where are we?” question… much to our delight my friend Emma discovered the trusty trip advisor app that began guiding our adventures- we even made use of its compass which was a rather funny experience too!
Naturally, the first thing I did was type ‘vegan restaurants’ into the search bar on the app. I didn’t want to be too hopeful and I wasn’t expecting much to pop up. There are tons of juice/ smoothie bars around the city, but we were yet to stumble upon a restaurant/ cafe with a vegan menu! Correctly so there was limited choice, however, Avocado popped up as a recommendation and it looked like an utter gem!
I can’t be certain as to where it location is in relation to the city centre, but you can definitely walk there and make use of the apps compass 😉 In all seriousness though, Athens is quite small which makes it is so great to explore on your feet! So after an afternoon walk in the summer heat, (which felt like a solid hour because I was so damn excited to get there), we arrived at the perfect and unassuming little Avocado cafe. Just from my 5 second glimpse of the drinks menu behind the barista I knew this place was going to be an absolute treat.
The cafe was full of veggie- eating humans and I think we got the last table during the lunch hour! I always get so happy seeing places like this full of like- minded people making conscious decisions to look after their health and the planet! We were seated at our table and handed the menu… it’s at moments like this my determined attitude does away with me and I’m left feeling like a 2 year old- utterly incapable of making any decisions! After many uhms and ahs and a thorough analysis of the options, I pulled myself together and placed my order. You know when you just get it right, the no- regrets order? Yep, that was me!
I ordered a falafel type sandwich which came with lots of avo, fresh tomato, micro greens and spices, all served with nachos and guac. Emma ordered Avocado’s Burger, which was made from sweet potato, chickpeas and loads of fresh herbs and spices all drowned in a delicious peanut and spicy tomato sauce! It was all too dreamy and our plates were licked clean!
I hope to be back again soon and get a taste of that coconut milkshake I missed out on! If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit to this lovely cafe if you want to experience real food- food for life as they call it!
PS: give yourself some extra time to visit the incredible health store so conveniently placed next door. Strategic much? 😉