I had a lot of recommendations from friends and family before we left for our honeymoon about places to eat when we were on holiday. In the past, some of my fondest memories about traveling to new places were about food – tasting new things I’d not tried before, special restaurants that we’d return to again and again, exploring food markets and smelling and touching all the fresh produce, cooking recipes with others in self-catering apartments and just making memories from experiences with food.
When I made the decision to eat a plant-based diet I knew one of the most difficult aspects about it was firstly, eating out, and secondly, traveling to new places. On our honeymoon we knew we’d face both issues – staying in hotels throughout our trip and choosing cities and countries we’d never visited before.
I didn’t want our honeymoon to be dictated by the food, but at the same time I knew I wanted to do a bit of research ahead to make sure we could actually eat well and have some options wherever we were.
When it came to doing research I stumbled upon another problem because we were going over the festive season and a lot of the recommended cafes and restaurants were closed. I used a mixture of recommendations from the app Happy Cow, travel and food blogs, knowledge from friends who’d visited the cities before us, Trip Advisor and the restaurant’s social media channels to make a list of options for each city.
As we were arriving in Copenhagen on Christmas Eve and staying until Boxing Day, and spending New Year’s Eve in Oslo, before we left I booked two restaurants for dinner on these days. All of hotels we’d booked provided breakfast, so we just had to figure out lunch, coffee, snacks and dinner on the other evenings from the list of options I’d made and on-the-go using the apps.
Below I’ve listed all the shops, cafes and restaurants we visited in Copenhagen, Malmo, Gothenburg, Oslo and Bergen. These were all open when we visited, but I’d highly recommending noting their opening times before you set off so you’re not disappointed when you arrive hungry and find it closed – this happened to us a few times, despite checking and even asking cafes directly.
- Bowl Market – huge bowls of porridge with some incredible flavour combinations plus acai bowls and good coffee
- Simple Raw – a cool, clean sophisticated-vibe, this raw food cafe has lovely fresh buddha bowls and salads, smoothies and juices
- 7 Eleven – one stop shop like a well-stocked Tesco local at home, with some good snack options and even meal options like chia puddings and salads
- Zocalo – a Mexican chain restaurant in Tivoli Gardens with burritos, enchiladas and tacos all served with a jackfruit or veggie chilli option and vegan cheese
- The South Indian – we had our Christmas Eve dinner here and the vegan options are well labelled, including onion bhajis, samosas and a few spicy curries to choose from
- Landbageriet – a tiny bakery with lots of vegan pastry options including cinnamon buns, we felt these were a little over rated but it was nice to have choice and it’s close to the lovely Torvehallerne food market which is well worth a wander
(Recommended in Copenhagen but we didn’t try – The Organic Boho, Souls and Morgenstedet)
- Joe and the Juice – they’re everywhere in Scandi cities and easy to grab a juice, coffee or avo toast from if you’re desperate
- The Vegan Bar – burger joint a bit away from the city centre but worth the walk, choose your patty, sauce and go for the sweet potato fries.
- Raw Food House – housed in Central Station this little kiosk is perfect to grab lunch on the go or for your train journey, pick up a falafel wrap or salad box
- JOS – one of my favourite lunch spots of our trip, try a beetroot wrap with all the fillings (and save half for dinner they’re so big!) or a salad bowl, and walk away with a turmeric or matcha latte to go
- Sweet Bakery – a cute little independent cafe in the main shopping area that’s good for coffee with milk alternatives
- Restaurant Himalaya – a unique Nepalese restaurant near the Opera House and harbour side that has a dedicated vegan menu and will cater to your needs
We heard good things about – Blackbird, The Green Room and More is More – but didn’t have time to visit.
- Leon – again in Central Station, this fast food chain delivers the vegan goods from hot boxes and wraps to burgers and billionaire shortbread
- The Kasbah – we enjoyed our New Year’s Eve supper here and as it was Monday they had their Meat Free Monday Mezze deal on, a perfect selection of Middle Eastern tapas dishes served with fresh flatbread and as much hummus as you could ever eat
- Peleton – pizza perfection, this cycling cafe come bar is a good go-to for vegan pizza options
- Munchies – like a Scandi version of Five Guys this place does a knockout vegan burger and sweet potato fries, sit in or take out
We didn’t have time to try – Nordvegan, Loving Hut and Funky Fresh Foods.
- Pygmalion – a cosy little restaurant we hit up on our first evening after discovering the infamous Dwell was closed, no matter they have burgers that hit the spot, and a few other options
- Naomi – one of our most memorable meals in Bergen, this lovely, family run Ethiopian restaurant has a vegan menu, but I’d recommend letting your waiter/server choose as ours produced the incredible dish below which was an injera – sourdough flatbread – alongside lots of different curries and chutneys. Tear, dip, scoop and enjoy, all with your hands.
- Grod Brod – one of a few bakeries of the same name that will perfect your packed lunch for the day or serve you a sugary vegan cinnamon swirl to unravel and dunk in your oat milk latte!
- Olivia – another Italian chain but serving good pizzas, with a butternut squash puree base, aubergine, spinach and pine nuts, something just that little bit different