In december we spent a few days in cute little village Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler in Rheinland-Pfalz. This village is right between well known cities Koblenz and Bonn. We were travelling with a group of 4 and none of us had ever visited either of those cities before. Anneloes and I had been checking Happy Cow and discovered Bonn has a lot of veggie food to offer. It’s quite a big city (used to be the capital after World War II) with a great food scene. So when we were in need of a place for lunch, we chose Black Veg in Bonn on our arrival day. A good lunch is an amazing start of a trip, right? Black Veg is completely vegan, not so bad for us Wander Women. And the men we brought along did not mind at all.
Black Veg is located a bit out of the Bonn city center. Lazy beings as we are (I have an excuse: it was a busy day and I could not waste too much energy considering the days ahead) we went by car. You can park in the parking garage of the nearby supermarket (sshhh! Don’t tell… it’s actually for customers, so we bought some stuff afterwards). The lunch menu at Black Veg consists of some sandwiches and salads and a few daily changing hot dishes. This time a Thai curry with tofu and a veggie burger with roasted potatoes. Three of us chose the latter. We all agreed: good food but the interior of the restaurant in itself is not very impressive.
Black Coffee Pharmacy
After we did some (sustainable) shopping and a visit to the Christmas market in the city center it was time for coffee and cake even though it was almost 7pm. We had been behind schedule all day so who cares? We sat down at cool coffee spot Black Coffee Pharmacy. We loved the interior. It’s small but cozy and they have great coffee and cake. It’s also just outside the city center and has 2 locations in Bonn. They supposedly serve a great breakfast in the morning and they have some vegan options. We enjoyed a mocha hazelnut cake, a chai latte and a hot chocolate. Afterwards we drove to our apartment to prepare a red lentil soup to enjoy while contemplating and talking about our websites and plans for 2018, in front of the fireplace. So very Christmassy and German.
The next morning the alarm clock awakened us brutally and early to be in time for our date with Karin of Bonn food blog: Bonn Geht Essen. Karin suggested we’d meet at Klara’s Garten, one of her favourites on the outskirts of Bonn and with great (veggie) breakfast options. Off course we arrived late because 4 people having to use one bathroom and stuff… but when we were finally there we really enjoyed the food and the good conversation. Anneloes ordered an oatmeal porridge with apples and maple syrup and I had not one but two breakfasts at Klara’s. I could not choose and I was hungry again within an hour. I enjoyed the vegetarian baked egg waffle with cream cheese and some veggies. Amazing! And after that I munched on something that kind of looked and tasted like french toasted in a bowl with lots of delicious warm red fruits. The cakes looked amazing too (check out the intro pic) but that’s for next time….
After our date with Karin at Klara’s Garten we drove to Bonn center again, now during daylight hours which gave a much better impression (even though it was quite grey). We really wanted to know if Bonn is a city worth visiting for a citytrip but to be honest we still don’t know. It was too cold to walk along the river Rhine and the museums sounded interesting but we were short of time so we decided to skip them. Because it was December everything looked quite Christmassy and with the Christmas market in the center it was difficult to see what the Bonn really looked like. When we were walking we were almost immediately hungry again (if it looks like we are always hungry, our companions would definately agree with that ;-)). We passed by Ananda at just the right moment. It’s a smoothie bar and Asian take-out plus lunch spot in one and it does look quite basic (and colourful) but we enjoyed very good vegan springrolls, both raw and fried ones. The curry with pineapple was tasty too and we loved the prices. A filling lunch for a good price.
We had lots of other addresses on our list like Kaisershütte, Cassius Garten and Café Von und Zu but there was no time left. When it comes to food we can definately recommend Bonn and I think Karin agrees with us on that!
Have you ever been to Bonn? What did you think of the city?