Mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol I Villnößtal

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Villnößtal, Geislerspitzen

60 gewanderte Kilometer, hunderte Höhenmeter und 80.000 Schritte führten uns durch das Villnößtal. Ein Bergpanorama kaum mit etwas anderem zu vergleichen, weidende Bergkühe, traditionelle Almen und atembeeindruckende Sonnenuntergänge in welchen sich die Bergspitzen in tiefstes orange färbten begleiteten uns über die letzten Tage bei unserer mehrtägigen Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol.

Die Südtiroler Dolomiten sind ein Juwel im Schatzkästchen der Welt und das Wandern von Hütte zu Hütte ist die perfekte Möglichkeit sich in Einklang mit der Natur zu bringen. 

Eine Mehrtageswanderung in Südtirol ist ein richtiger Abenteuerurlaub. Das Bergsteigen fordert einen körperlich und lädt zum absoluten Abschalten inmitten der unberührten Bergwelt im stillen Dolomitental ein.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Villnößtal, Sonnenuntergang Geislerspitzen
Sonnenuntergang von der Schlüterhütte

Mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung – unsere 4-tägige Wanderroute 

Tag 1: Aufstieg zur Schlüterhütte 

Unsere mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung haben wir in St.Magdalena im Villnößtal gestartet. Hier haben wir auf einem großen Parkplatz das Auto abgestellt und sind mit dem Bus (geht stündlich) nach Zans gefahren, wo sich der Einstieg in die Wanderroute befand. Der Aufstieg am ersten Tag hat etwa 3 Stunden gedauert. Wir sind hier der Wanderroute 6 gefolgt bis zur Gampenalm (hier gab es fantastische Rollgerstensuppe) und haben dann die Route 35 bis zur Schlüterhütte genommen. Es ging dabei stetig bergauf und man legt eine beachtliche Anzahl an Höhenmeter zurück. Man steigt von 1680 bis zu 2300 Höhenmeter hinauf.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung Schlüterhütte
Die Schlüterhütte

Geschlafen haben wir in der Schlüterhütte. Eine wirklich gemütliche Schutzhütte mit fantastischem Bergpanorama. Hier zahlt man für ein Zimmer mit Frühstück 36 Euro. Das Matratzenlager wäre auf 20 Euro gekommen. Die Hütte war wirklich total voll und es war gut, dass wir die Zimmer schon im Jänner reserviert hatten. Zum Duschen gibt es Chips, die euch 2.5 Minuten Warmwasser ermöglichen 😀

Tag 2: Das Kreuzjoch und der Munkelweg

Der Morgen startete mit einem Frühstück in der Schlüterhütte. Von der Schlütterhütte gibt es zwei Möglichkeiten die nächste Übernachtungshütte zu erreichen. Die leichtere Variante wäre zurück über die Gampenalm gewesen. Wir haben uns aber für den längeren Dolomiten Höhenweg über die Medalges Alpe zum Kreuzjoch und steil hinunter zur Tschantscheno Hütte entschieden, da hier das Bergpanorama einfach spektakulär ist. Wir haben ganz oben sogar ein wild wachsendes Edelweiß in der Wiese entdeckt.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol
Wildes Edelweiß

Der direkte Weg wären 3 Stunden gewesen. Mit dem Umweg übers Kreuzjoch haben wir allerdings an diesem Tag 6 Stunden gebraucht. Wir haben an dem Tag zwei Pausen eingelegt. Einmal in der Glatschalm und ein zweites Mal in der Gschnagendhadt Alm.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Kreuzjoch
Wanderung über die Medalges Alpe

Ab der Tschantscheno Hütte führt die Dolomitenwanderung von Hütte zu Hütte den wunderschönen Munkelweg entlang. Der  Wanderweg führt immer am Fuße des Schotterkegels der Geislerspitzen entlang und man hat den ganzen Tag einen tollen Einblick in die vielen Felsspitzen der Geislergruppe.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol
Am Kreuzjoch

Brogles Alm

Geschlafen haben wir am zweiten Tag unserer Hüttenwanderung in der Brogles Alm. Diese Hütte wird nur im Sommer bewirtschaftet, stellt ihre eigene Butter, Milch und Speisen her. Sie ist eher einfacher gehalten und sehr bodenständig. Das widerspiegelt sich auch in den nostalgisch, alten Schlafzimmern, welche mit knarrenden Holzbetten eingerichtet sind. Auch hier kann man für 1 Euro 150 Sekunden heiß duschen. Der Dusch- und Toiletbereich war aber neu renoviert. Es gibt ein großes Matratzenlager am Heuboden über den Kühen. Richtig cool für Kinder, aber wir haben uns dann doch für die Schlafzimmer entschieden. Eine Nacht mit Frühstück kam auf 40 Euro. Man bekommt ein einfaches aber leckeres Frühstück bestehend aus Wurst, Käse, Butter, Marmelade und Brot.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Brogles Alm

Tag 3: Pana Scharte

Tag drei unserer Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol war definitiv am spektakulärsten. Wir hatten in der Früh mit der Hüttenwirtin gesprochen, welche uns die Pana Scharte empfohlen hatte. In der Wanderkarte ist diese Route eigentlich nur für erfahrene und fortgeschrittene Wanderer eingezeichnet. Wir bekamen aber die Information, dass die Scharte gerade neu befestigt worden war und der schwierigste Schotterweg mit vielen Rollsteinen nun viel einfacher zu überqueren sei. Gute Wanderschuhe mit einem festen Profil sind für diese Wanderung definitiv von Vorteil. Ich selbst bin es aber auch mit Turnschuhen gegangen. Man muss damit allerdings bei einigen Stellen verdammt aufpassen, damit man nicht ausrutscht. Schwindelfreiheit und keine Höhenangst wären auch von Vorteil.

Der Aufstieg zur Pana Scharte

Die Strecke führt direkt weg von der Brogles Hütte hinunter zum Schuttkegel der Geislerspitzen. Dann schlängelt sich der Weg in steilen Serpentinen hinauf ins Geröllfeld. Nach 60 Minuten anstrengendem Bergaufgehen erreicht man den Einstieg in die Scharte. Hier wird der Wanderweg zum Klettersteig. Auf allen vieren steigt man die Felswände hoch, welche mit Eisenleitern und Eisenseilen befestigt sind. Nach ein paar schwierigen Metern waren wir allerdings über den gerade erst neu errichteten Holzstiegenweg positiv überrascht. Dieser machte den Aufstieg viel einfacher und auch wesentlich ungefährlicher. Nach weiteren 30 Minuten waren wir auf der anderen Seite der Geislerspitzen, mit einem unglaublichen Blick über die Seceda.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Pana Scharte
Ganz oben auf der Pana Scharte

Hier sind wir in die Trojan Alm eingekehrt und haben uns einen Kaiserschmarren sowie Bombardinos (traditioneller heißer Eierlikör mit Schlag) gegönnt bis wir dann den Rückweg zur Brogles Hütte angetreten sind. An diesem Tag betrag unsere Wanderzeit insgesamt 4 Stunden und 15 Kilometer. Die Höhenmeter darf man hier auch nicht außer Acht lassen, da man die kompletten Geislerspitzen überwindet. Die Pana Scharte liegt auf 2456 Höhenmetern und war somit unser höchste Punkt der Wanderreise.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Seceda
Bombardinos – heißer Eierlikör

Tag 4: Abstieg

Nach einem Bauernfrühstück in der Almstube sind wir 1.5 Stunden zurück zur Geisler Alm gewandert. Was für eine tolle Hütte! Leider kann man auf der Geisler Alm nicht schlafen, da wir sonst sicherlich hier übernachtet hätten. Diese Alm eignet sich perfekt für Kinder, da es hier einen Streichelzoo mit vielen Tieren zum Angreifen gibt. Das Wandern von Hütte zu Hütte mit Kindern kann auch ein toller Familienurlaub sein. Wir haben das damals schon vor 19 Jahren mit unseren Eltern gemacht. 

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Geislerspitzen
Ausblick auf die Geislerspitzen

Nach einer kurzen Stärkung in der Alm lag unser letzter Weg der Hüttenwanderung zurück ins Tal vor uns. Die letzten 2 Stunden legten wir auf einen gut ausgebauten Forstweg nach St.Magdalena zurück. Dieser war uns dann irgendwann zu langweilig und wir haben einen Gebirgslauf daraus gemacht und sind die letzte Stunde hinunter ins Tal gelaufen.

Die richtige Ausrüstung für eine Mehrtageswanderung 

Für Schönheitsallüren ist auf einem Wanderurlaub definitiv kein Platz. Make-up, Beauty und Haar Produkte sowie verschiedene Schuhe oder Outfits können gleich mal zu Hause bleiben, denn dafür ist der kleine Wanderrucksack bestimmt nicht geeignet. Minimalistisches Packen ist hier angebracht, da man jedes Gramm selbst von Hütte zu Hütte mit sich rumträgt. Wer also am wenigsten packt, schleppt auch am wenigsten!

Was allerdings schon wichtig ist, sind gute Schuhe mit einem richtigen Profil. Ein Fehler welchen ich nicht noch einmal machen werde. Ich war die Einzige ohne Bergschuhe und ich wäre ein paar Mal fast weggerutscht und das bei gefährlich steilen Stellen.

Auch wenn so wenig Kleidung wie möglich empfehlenswert ist, sollte man bei einem guten Outdoor Outfit auf gar keinen Fall sparen. In den Bergen kann das Wetter so oft umschwenken und es empfiehlt sich wirklich gute Wanderkleidung dabei zu haben (Fleece, Abzipphosen, Softshell Jacke, Bergschuhe, Stirnband, Handschuhe). Sobald die Sonne hinter den Wolken verschwindet wird es gleich mal richtig kalt und in der Nacht hatte es um die 0 Grad und das Mitten im August! Auch den Regenschutz auf gar keinen Fall vergessen, da sich das Wetter so hoch oben sehr schnell ändern kann.

Kosten einer Hüttenwanderung

Diesen Urlaub kann man sehr günstig, aber auch etwas teurer gestalten. Je nachdem ob man sich für das Matratzenlager oder die richtigen Zimmer entscheidet und wieviel man auf den einzelnen Hütten konsumiert. Das Essen auf den Hütten ist schon etwas teurer. Im Durchschnitt kostet eine Hauptspeise um die 14-16 Euro. Wer also sparen möchte, sollte sich am besten selbst Snacks mitnehmen. Man sollte im Durchschnitt pro Person um die 250 Euro für diese vier Tage rechnen. Das könnte natürlich auch viel weniger sein wenn man die günstigeren Varianten wählt. 

Unvergessliches Bergpanorama

Das Villnösstal hat im Sommer Hochsaison im Wandertourismus und ist immer gut ausgebucht. Wer im Juli oder August hierher kommen möchte sollte auf jeden Fall Monate im Vorhinein schon einen Schlafplatz auf den Hütten reservieren. Das Essen auf den Hütten ist auch absolute Spitzenklasse. Es gibt richtig traditionelle Speisen und das meiste ist hausgemacht.

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Villnößtal

Übrigens ist das Villnößtal die Heimat des berühmtesten Bergsteigers Reinhold Messners! Er hat hier seine Kindheit verbracht und kennt das Tal wie seine Westentasche. Da hier im Winter kein Skigebiet ist findet man auch wirklich eine unberührte Landschaft ohne Skilifte vor.

Mich hat am Ende unseres Wanderurlaubes wirklich fasziniert was für weite Strecken man einfach zu Fuß zurücklegen kann. Wir sind ein enorm großes Gebiet abgewandert. Wirklich beindruckend sich umzusehen und zu wissen wo man überall einfach mit seinen zwei Füßen war.

Ruhe und Erholung finden in einem der schönsten und ruhigsten Dolomitentäler abseits vom gewohnten Touristenrummel ist wirklich etwas ganz besonderes. Ich kann wirklich jedem diese mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung empfehlen, da es einfach eine einzigartige Erfahrung ist! 

mehrtägige Hüttenwanderung in Südtirol Villnößtal

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Kurzurlaub im Hotel Erb Best Western Plus

Rezension Hotel Erb Kurzurlaub München-4

Werbung – Kooperation mit Hotel Erb

Anfang Mai war ich drei Tage lang, für meinen Mutter-Tochter Ausflug im Hotel Erb auf Besuch. Heute möchte ich euch einen Einblick in das schöne Vierstern Hotel geben.

Das Hotel Erb ist Teil der Best Western Gruppe, welche in 90 Ländern mit 4000 Hotels vertreten ist. Das Hotel Erb hat die Auszeichnung Best Western Plus, was für eine umfangreiche Ausstattung, aufmerksames Service und geschmackvolle Einrichtung des Hotels steht. 

Eingecheckt haben wir in das Deluxe Doppelzimmer in welchem wir eines der angenehmsten Hotelbetten seit langer Zeit gefunden haben. Die hochwertige Matratze hat wirklich für eine hervorragende Liegequalität gesorgt. Es gab sogar ein Kissenmenü, bei welchem man sich täglich ein neues Kräuterkissen aussuchen konnte. Im Zimmer gab es einen Stressless Relax Sessel und ein Tablett zur Unterhaltung sowie Musik im Zimmer.

Rezension Hotel Erb Kurzurlaub Alm Grill

Das Hotel liegt in Bayern, ist in Autobahnnähe und man ist mit der S-Bahn auch innerhalb von 22 Minuten im Zentrum von München, wo wir einen netten Nachmittag verbracht haben.

Im Hotel befindet sich das hauseigene Almgrill Restaurant, welches die Herzen von Grillfans höher schlagen lässt. Der besondere Josper Holzkohlengrill aus Spanien verleiht Speisen wie Steaks, Grillgemüse oder Fischfilets ein einzigartiges Aroma. Die Abendkarte deckt jede Geschmacksrichtung und Ernährungsrichtung ab. Besonders toll fand ich auch die saisonalen Spargel Angebote. Als Aperitif kann man bei der Rosis Bar vorbei schauen, welche tolle Drinks ohne Plastikstrohhalme anbietet! Ich selbst habe dort einen Aperol Spritz sowie einen Heidelbeerspritzer genossen.

Neben dem Almgrill gibt es auch das Almdorf Spa, welches in das Hotel Erb integriert ist. Hier haben wir viele entspannte Stunden verbracht und die verschiedensten Saunen sowie das Salzpeeling genossen. Im Ruheraum kann man wunderbar entspannen oder es sich auf den neuen Wärmeliegen gemütlich machen.

Für alle Sportsbegeisterte gibt es einen tollen Fitnessraum mit den neuesten Technogym Geräten. Hier findet man wirklich alles was man für ein optimales Workout benötigt und kann im Freihantelbereich sowie mit den funktionellen Maschinen trainieren.

Hotel Erb Best Western Plus

Frühstücksbuffet im Hotel Erb

Jeden Morgen sind wir mit einem reichhaltigen Frühstücksbuffet verwöhnt worden. Hier hat es uns wirklich an nichts gefehlt. Im Hause Erb wird die Kulinarik groß geschrieben und das geht auch schon beim Frühstücksbuffet hervor. Man kann sich exquisite Eiergerichte aus der Küche bestellen oder von den verschiedensten Speisen am Buffet wählen.

Ich fand die Liebe zum Detail auch richtig toll. So fand man gekochte Eier mit einem handbemaltem Gesicht oder Spiegeleier mit einem Lächeln und zwei herzigen Augen aus Pfeffer in den Wärmebehältern am Buffet. Neben Tee, Kaffee und verschiedensten regionalen Säften wurde auch frisches Zitronenwasser und Ingwerlimonade angeboten.

Das Frühstücksbuffet war jeden Tag bis 10:30 aufgebaut, was natürlich ein angenehmes Ausschlafen möglich machte. An ausgewählten Tagen findet im Hotel Erb auch immer ein Sonntagsbrunch statt, welcher bestimmt ganz besonderes Genusserlebnis sein muss.

Frühstück Hotel Erb Best Western Plus

Müsli Bar

Herausheben möchte ich auch die Müslibar beim Frühstück. Das Hotel macht nämlich sogar ihr Granola selbst. Verfeinert mit getrockneten Erdbeeren war es immer mein Topping für das Joghurt. An der Müslibar findet man auch eine große Auswahl an verschiedenen Trockenfrüchten und Samen die man sich unter das Müsli mischen kann. Frische Früchte am Buffet ließen mein Herz auch höher schlagen. Besonders gefreut habe ich mich immer über die leckeren Erdbeeren die auch in mein gesundes Müsli kamen.

Frühstück Hotel Erb Best Western Plus

Zucker- und glutenfreie Angebote

Die Speisen waren perfekt beschildert und es wurde sogar immer dazugeschrieben was Zucker beinhaltet und wo kein Zucker drinnen war. Da ich persönlich gerne auf Zucker verzichte hat es mich auch sehr gefreut am Frühstücksbuffet ganz viele Alternativen wie Reissirup, Kokosblütensirup und Ahornsirup zu finden. Für Menschen mit Glutenunverträglichkeit war auch gesorgt und es gab eine Selektion an glutenfreien Brot.

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Plastikreduzierung

Ganz besonders hervorheben möchte den Aspekt Nachhaltigkeit im Hotel Erb. Ich war selten in einem Hotel, in welchem so sehr auf Plastikreduzierung geachtet wurde. Es war so schön zu sehen, dass am ganzen Frühstücksbuffet keine Einwegverpackungen zu finden waren. Ich kenne das ganz oft aus anderen Hotels wo man immer die Marmelade, den Frischkäse, die Nutella sowie den Honig und oft auch die Butter einzeln in kleinen Plastikverpackungen findet. Denkt euch mal was da jeden Tag für ein Müll zusammen kommt bei einem vollem Hotel!

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Statt Plastik gab es im Hotel Erb Best Western Plus kleine Glasschüsseln und man konnte sich einfach aus schönen Keramiktöpfen die Marmelade nehmen. Sogar der Zucker war nicht in den kleinen Einzelverpackungen für den Kaffee sondern offen zum Nehmen. Nach dem Frühstück haben meine Mutter und ich auf unsere leeren Teller geschaut und festgestellt, dass wir außer den Erdbeerstängeln keinen Müll am Tisch hatten. Es ist während des ganzen Frühstücks kein Plastikmüll angefallen. Einfach toll! Darüber hinaus, waren sogar die Kaffeekapseln im Hotelzimmer nicht aus Alu, sondern aus organisch verwertbaren Material und bio!

Hier möchte ich dem Hotel wirklich ein großes Kompliment für die Sorge um die Umwelt und Schritte zur Nachhaltigkeit aussprechen.

Frühstück Hotel Erb Best Western Plus

Resümee

Das Hotel Erb hebt sich mit herausragender Küche und gepflegtem Spabereich definitiv von anderen Hotels ab. Meine Highlights waren auf jeden Fall das kulinarische Angebot sowie das super schöne Almdorf Spa. Das Hotel hat mich auch mit ihrer Nachhaltigkeit und dem engagierten Personal begeistert. Ich habe wirklich drei wundervolle Tage im Hotel Erb verbracht und freue mich schon jetzt auf den nächsten Besuch!

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Vegan food in Rome and top healthy places

healthy food and vegan food in Rome Temakinho salmon poke bowl

For vegans it is often difficult to find suitable food places when traveling. That is why I want to share the best vegan food in Rome together with some healthy food spots in Italy’s capital. 

Vegan Burgers in Rome – Flower Burger 

A huge recommendation is the restaurant flower burger in Rome! I loved this place. When we entered we were already greeted personally by the restaurant owner Fabrizio who gave us a warm welcome. As it was lunch time the place was packed and seemed to be super popular in the area. Flower Burger has so many colorful burger options with different plant-based patties. We ordered four different colors and found the most beautiful rainbow of burgers on our table. As a side dish they offer edamame!! 

Flower burger vegan food Rome

Fabrizio come over to our table every once in a while telling us his personal stories about becoming a vegan and where the history of Flower Burger in Rome. A visit at Flower Burger makes eating vegan so much fun! I came with my boyfriend and my sister who are not the biggest fans of plant based food, but they loved the colorful, tasty burgers as well. Flower burger is definitely a good choice if you are looking for vegan food in Rome. 

two blonde girls eating vegan burgers at flower burger in rome

Barnum Cafe 

The next healthy food place in Rome I can recommend is Barnum Cafe. Its is a cozy tiny Italian coffee house. We went there for some coffee and I ordered their Matcha cappuccino, which was more like a regular matcha latte in a cappuccino cup. I also had a look at the breakfast menu and saw that they have a lot of healthy and vegan options. If we would have gone for breakfast I would have ordered the avocado toast which sounded very yummy. The place has good and fast internet and we were working from there for like an hour or two. Just be aware that it is a bit dark and loud inside. Here a shot of boyfriend sipping on a matcha latte at Barnum Cafe: 

Matcha Latte at Barnum Cafe Rome

Japanese Brazilian Fusion: Temakinho

For dinner we went to the Japanese Brazilian fusion restaurant Temakinho. It was recommended to me by one of my food blogger friends. The restaurant has such an awesome style and flair. I love the interior design and cool atmosphere. Since it is sushi be prepared to pay a little more than you would for Italian pasta or pizza! Also the portions are a bit smaller than you would probably like them to be. I ordered the salmon poke bowl, which was totally enough for me, but my boyfriend had to order another roll to not be hungry anymore.

healthy food and vegan food in Rome Temakinho salmon poke bowl

A roll is like 10€ and the Poke Bowls are 13€. What I found particularly interesting are their Tartars. We all know beef tartar, but at Temakinho you find all different kind of beautiful layered fish and vegan tartars. Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to try one because we already had ordered a bunch of other dishes.
At Themakinho there are many vegan and vegetarian options you can get there. If you have a little more budget to spend and want a really unique dinner location I would totally recommend this place for healthy and vegan food in Rome. 

healthy food and vegan food in Rome Temakinho rolls

Avocado Bar

Walking through the hipster area of Monti I found this awesome place by accident. I love the avocado concept. Every dish contains some kind of avocado variation! You will find everything from avocado toast to burger, pasta and bowls there. The restaurant is more of a „let’s grab a quick bite“ place than an actual restaurant. The location is very central, close to the Coliseum actually. Here is their Instagram.

They perfected the art of decorating their dishes with avocado roses and have super healthy and vegan meal choices. A great place for vegan food in Rome and an absolute must for all those avocado lovers out there!

Avocado Bar Rome

Grezzo Raw Chocolate – vegan food in Rome 

Grezzo is a raw vegan patisserie located in the trendy neighborhood of Monti. All products are raw, organic, vegan and free of gluten, soy and animal products including dairy. Basically they put only the best of the best into their sweet treats. I had one of their little cakes which hands down was one of the best cakes I have ever tasted in my whole life. I honestly think you could really taste the difference in quality. Everything we tried was so pure, rich and satisfying. My boyfriend asked me I think four times if what he was eating was really vegan because he couldn’t believe it. 

healthy food and vegan food in Rome Grezzo

I also really loved the raw aspect of the chocolate. At Grezzo they keep processing temperatures under 42 degrees in order to maintain the nutritional values unaltered and the authentic flavor of the ingredients. We also got the chance to try their vegan ice cream, which is made with fresh nut milk to give it this creamy consistency. All treats are sweetened with natural coconut sugar which has a low-glycemic index that won’t spike your blood sugar levels that much. 

healthy food and vegan food in Rome Grezzo ice cream

All in all my visit to Grezzo was a whole new culinary experience and I highly recommend you check it out while visiting Rome! Since it is also located in one of the hippest streets of Monti the stroll to the chocolate bar is also super nice. 

Anti- tips aka. don’t go here

On a side not I also wanted to mention two spots I would NOT recommend after having visited them: 

Escosazio : This place is advertised as a juice and organic food restaurant. The second I walked into it I had troubles breathing. I honestly have never visited a more stuffy place. The air was so bad in there and it was unbearably hot. We left after 2 minutes and didn’t even order anything. I’m really not sure how people can enjoy a meal in there. It is so small and tiny and there is no air circulation at all. The menu looked amazing and I liked the design of it, but I can’t imagine how it must be in the summertime when it is even hotter outside. I went there in April and it was already super stuffy inside. 

Ginger: After some internet research many blog posts recommend the restaurant Ginger. I went there and was utterly disappointed. It is super expensive, the portions are the smallest ones I have ever seen and it is so loud because there is constantly a blender running. Not worth a visit in my opinion. 

I hope you really enjoyed this fitness & healthy food guide and I could show you some vegan food in Rome that you might try on your next visit!
If you are looking for more travel food guides make sure to check out: Healthy food in Taipei and healthy food in Puebla

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Best Instagram photo spots on the Amalfi coast

best photography spots on the Amalfi coast 

A helpful guide for the best Instagram photo spots on the Amalfi coast.

I recently visited one of Italy’s most beautiful coast line. The so called Amalfi coast. Beautiful little cliff villages and small winding roads along the rough shore with lemon trees and authentic Italian stores along the way. Visiting this beautiful part of Italy is the perfect opportunity to take some new Instagram photos and in this blog post I will be sharing some insider tips for the best photography views you will find on the Amalfi coast.

Best Instagram photo spots on the Amalfi coast

Let me show you the most Insta worthy photo spots on the Amalfi coast: 

Photospots in Positano 

You can’t leave the Amalfi coast without stopping in Positano for the obligatory beach photo with the breathtaking cliff village in the background. I think this is the most instagrammed spot on the entire coast and definitely worth a picture. 

Marina Grande Beach Shot 

Parking in Positano can be quite the hassle. We always parked our car in a paid garage since it is almost impossible to find street parking. You can go down to the lowest parking house and pay 7€ per hour to be as close to the beach as possible. If you park further up you will have to walk for about half an hour down to the beach, which can be a nice walk as well as you will get a good view as you walk down. Once you are at the beach I recommend you walk all the way till the end of the beach to get the best shot with most of the village in the background. 

best photography spots on the Amalfi coast 

Changing Rooms Marina Grande 

You will find the cutest little changing rooms right in front of the Marina Grande. We had to be quick to take these shots there though because its usually just for people who are also paying for the sun chairs on the beach. They look so cute and I love the blue and white contrast with the little sailor signs on the doors. 

best photography spots on the Amalfi coast 

The pier on a windy day

One of the days we visited Positano we some rough weather and sea conditions. There was a red flag on the beach an no one was allowed to go swimming because of the huge waves coming in. This was perfect though to be on the pier and watch the waves crash against the stone walls, splashing up water like a geysir. Here is a really nice Insta photo I took of my boyfriend Alberto:

best photography spots on the Amalfi coast 

Hidden small beach 

One of our more adventurous travel friend found this little hidden beach a couple minutes away from the main Spiagga Grande. Pass the hotel Covo dei Sarenci and walk up the little trail called Via Positanese d“America until you see the little beach. There are tiny steps you can take to get down to the beach. We took some great shots there as well because there were absolutely no people. Here is a photo I took of my boyfriend: 

best photography spots on the Amalfi coast 

Lookout point at Via Cristoforo Colombo 

Another epic view over the old town of Positano will be a little further up the hill. Walk up the via Cristoforo Colombo. You will pass some nice hotels. One of them is le Sirenuse – a 5 star hotel as I believe. You can ask to see the terrace, where you also find a nice view over town. I recommend however walking further up the hill until you get to a nice little lookout point for another perfect Amalfi coast photo! 

best Insta worthy photo spots on the Amalfi coast 

Best photo spots in Sorrento 

There are many great locations to take photos in Sorrento. Since we were already shooting a lot of content the other days in Positano we only took one really awesome shot in Sorrento. This spot is perfect because it is just around the corner of the parking house in downtown Sorentto. Park at the garage on Via Correale and then continue walking down the street until you find yourself in little California. Tall palm trees, a relatively big street for Italian understandings and nice houses. We took a walking shot on the street there and it looked fantastic. 
I can also recommend visiting one of the many lemon gardens in the city for an epic lemon tree photo. 

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Atrani photo spot 

Another nice photo location is in Atrani. It has a small little beach were we spent the afternoon sunbathing. Next to the beach is an Italian restaurant with yummy pizza. Get a table close to the beach and you will have a nice view onto the church and center of Atrani. 

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Maiori photo spot

One day we went to the town of Maiori. The beach is much bigger compared to the other ones on the coast. If you stroll down the beach you can find some great Instagram photo spots on the Amalfi coast! I especially liked the awesome castle at the end of the beach which was a real eye-catcher on the photo! 

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Conca dei Marini photo spot 

Last but not least I have another epic Instagram photo spot on the Amalfi coast for you! At one point I am sure you will be driving somewhere between Sorentto and Salerno down the coast and will probably pass the small town of Conca dei Marini. There is an incredible 5 star hotel there called Monastero de Santa Rosa. We went there for drinks and took some stunning photos along the way. 

The gardens

On the little patio where they serve the drinks for the guests there are beautiful lemon trees. There is even this perfect little swing placed between two lush lemon trees. This is absolutely the perfect Instagram photo spot on the Amalfi coast and you should definitely sit down for a photo. 

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The terrace 

Our waiter Stefano was so kind and friendly and asked us if we wanted to see the terrace. Honestly I must say it was the most stunning place I have seen on the entire Amalfi coast trip. Simply stunning and mind blowing. The view you will get up there is out of this world. You are so high up and will be overlooking everything. The hotel has a beautiful infinity pool that looks unreal together with the blue ocean and the rough cliffs in the background. On the other side of the terrace you will see all the way down the other side of the Amalfi coast. 

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I hope this little photo guide for the best Instagram photo spots on the Amalfi coast was helpful for you. I really enjoyed my time there even though it was really crowded and there were so many people everywhere. In general I would recommend going everywhere super early or later, just before sunset. This way you will have less people and better light for photos. 

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Hochgenuss am Hochkönig – die kulinarischen Königstouren

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Gibt es etwas Besseres als Skifahren und außergewöhnlich gutes Essen zu vereinen?
Für mich als begeisterte Sportlerin und Food Bloggerin bestimmt nicht. Heute möchte ich die Gelegenheit nutzen und euch meine Erlebnisse am Hochkönig und von den kulinarischen Königstouren in einem Erfahrungsbericht zusammenfassen. 

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Kulinarische Königstouren – das neue Highlight am Hochkönig

Mitte März war ich in der Region Hochkönig eingeladen, um die kulinarischen Königstouren zu testen. Diese gibt es ganz neu seit dieser Skisaison und sind einfach phenomenal. Es ist wirklich etwas ganz Besonderes was die Region Hochkönig hier für die Besucher auf die Beine gestellt hat.

Es ist ein wirklich einzigartiges Konzept, welches ich Mitte März selber testen durfte. Zahlreiche Hütten sorgen nämlich mit ihren regionalen Schmankerln, moderner Küche und begleitenden Getränken für Gaumenerlebnisse! 

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Insgesamt gibt es drei verschiedene kulinarische Touren. Ich kam in den Genuss zwei davon zu besuchen. Ich nahm an der Gipfelgenusstour und an der Kräutergenusstour teil. Im Prinzip ist es eine kleine Genussreise wo man von einer Hütte zur nächsten fährt und immer ein eigens kreiertes Gericht passend zum Thema der Tour genießen kann. 

Die kulinarischen Königstouren befinden sich entlang der bekannten Skirunde, der „Königstour.“ So isst man nicht nur einzigartige Gerichte, sondern sieht auch 6 Gipfel, fährt 35 durchgehende Pistenkilometer und überwindet ganze 7500 Höhenmeter!

Bei so viel Sport braucht man dann wirklich kein schlechtes Gewissen beim Schlemmen haben. Was ich so toll fand war, dass die Hütten gut auf die ganze Tour aufgeteilt waren und man immer ein gutes Stück fahren konnte bis man in die nächste Hütte einkehrte. So kam immer wieder ein kleiner Hunger auf und man war nie zu voll.

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Von Hütte zu Hütte

Hier ein kurzer Einblick in meine zwei kulinarischen Königstouren: 

  • Kräutergenusstour:

    Am Tag nach unserer Anreise haben wir die Kräutergenusstour gemacht. Hier lag der Fokus eindeutig auf gesunde Kräuter und jede Hütte lies sich etwas besonderes dazu einfallen!
    Ich traf mich mit meinem Skilehrer um 09.00 bei der Talstation in Mühlbach und es ging direkt los. Wir kehrten etwa um 10.30 in die erste Hütte ein: die Bürglalm. Wirklich eine super urige Hütte mit einer unglaublich Kräuterbegeisterten Besitzerin. Die Hüttenwirtin erklärte uns lange wie sie selbst aus Kräutern verschiedene Produkte herstellte und fast alles auf der Hütte selbst gekocht ist. Danach ging es weiter in die Wastlalm.

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    Nach etwa einer Stunde Pistenzeit wärmten wir uns bei einer leckeren Suppe auf und genossen unser Kräutergetränk. Zur Hauptspeise ging es dann in die sehr moderne und minimalistisch gebaute Steinbockalm.

    Ich fand es übrigens toll so viele verschiedene Hütten kennen zu lernen. Jede war in ihrer Art und Weise einzigartig.
    Bei wunderbarer Aussicht vom großen Glasfenster genossen wir – meine persönliche Lieblingsspeise vom Menü – Spinatknödel und ein Gläschen Wein. Danach ging es nochmal ab auf die Piste und zu guter Letzt kehrten wir noch in die Tiergartenalm ein wo wir den Tag langsam ausklangen lassen. Die Tiergartenalm gefiel mir besonders gut aufgrund ihres genialen Mix aus moderner Einrichtung und klassischen Elementen. 

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    • Hier zusammengefasst nochmal das Menü: 
      • Bürglalm: Feiner Kräuteraufstrich aus hausgemachten Bauernbrot und 1 Tasse Kräutertee
      • Wastlalm: Kräuterkaspressknödelsuppe und ein Kräutergetränk
      • Steinbockalm: Spinatknödel mit Bergkäsefüllung auf zerlassener Butter, Parmesan und Kräuterpesto , dazu ein Glas Wein
      • Tiergartenalm: Variation von österreichischen Käsespezialitäten und ein hausgemachter Kräuterlikörkulinarische königstouren
  • Gipfelgenusstour:

    Bei der Gipfelgenusstour macht man es sich etwas einfacher. Hier kehrt man einfach in eine von drei ausgewählten Lieblingshütten ein und genießt ein 4-Gänge Menü vom Feinsten! Wir hatten für unsere kulinarische Königstour die Deantnerin gewählt. Eine wirklich moderne und wunderschöne Hütte in Dienten. Es war aufwendig gedeckt und das Essen absolut fantastisch. 

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    • Hier auch für euch nochmal unser Menü: 
      • Ingwer Risotto mit Spinat, Geräuchertes vom Hirsch, Garnelen Frühlingsrolle und Safran
      • Tafelspitzessenz mit Karottenperlen und Kräuterfritattenlolli
      • Bratwurst und Stampf von der Kartoffel, Kalbsleber mit Apfelragout und Röstzwiebeln
      • Schokoladenschaum mit Rosmarinpopkorn, Meersalz und Karamell-Kirschsorbet hochkönig Genusstour

Wieviel kostet so eine kulinarische Tour?

Die Heimatliebe und Kräutergenusstour kosten jeweils 39€, was seinen Preis auf jeden Fall wert ist. Die Gerichte sind wirklich super lecker und ausgiebig. Man muss auch nicht alle vier Stationen an einem Tag machen. Sobald man die Gutscheine für die kulinarischen Königstouren hat könnte man sie auch auf verschiedene Tage aufteilen und zum Beispiel jeden Tag bei einer anderen Hütte einkehren. Es bleibt also jedem individuell überlassen wieviele Hütten er pro Tag besuchen möchte. Die Gipfelgenuss Tour ist für 79€ inklusive Weinbegleitung erhältlich. 

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Das Skigebiet Hochkönig

Generell muss ich auch einfach sagen wie begeistert ich vom Skigebiet Hochkönig, abseits der kulinarischen Königstouren, war. Ich fahre seit Jahren immer nach Südtirol und bin ein riesiges Skigebiet gewöhnt. Anfangs war ich etwas skeptisch und glaubte, dass mir beim Skifahren in Österreich sehr schnell langweilig werden könnte. Aber dem war nicht so. Das Skigebiet rund um den Hochkönig ist wirklich so umfassend und ich glaube wir sind an diesen zwei Tagen selten eine Piste zweimal gefahren. Ich hatte jeden Abend einen Beinmuskelkater und war beinahe erschöpft weil wir richtig viel zum Fahren gekommen sind. Es war also auch sportlich ein richtig gutes Workout! 

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Ich war auch total begeistert von unserem Hotel in welchem wir untergebracht waren. Wir durften 3 Tage lang das Hotel Bergheimat genießen. Den Spa-Bereich fand ich dort besonders fantastisch und würde es euch auf jeden Fall für euren Urlaub in der Region Hochkönig empfehlen. Abends gab es immer ein schön serviertes Abendmenü mit mehreren Gängen, am Morgen ein tolles Frühstücksbuffet mit sehr vielen gesunden Alternativen und Nachmittags noch eine Jause! Der perfekte Ort also für einen entspannten Urlaub. 

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Spannende Events in der Region

Ich finde es wirklich genial wie viel man sich in der Region Hochkönig überlegt. Neben den kulinarischen Königstouren gibt es auch ein Gondel Dinner, wo man ein regionales 5-Gänge Menü mit Weinbegleitung bekommt. Ende März findet das Craft Beer Festival statt wo heimisch gebrautes Bier verkostet werden kann. Es gibt Winzergondeln bei welchen in der Gondel Wein verkostet werden kann und im Sommer finden verschiedenste Kräuterwanderungen statt. Zu Weihnachten gibt es übrigens eine ganz besondere kulinarische Königstour: die Winterzauber Tour!
Langweilig kann einem bei so viel tollem Programm also gar nicht werden.

Für mich war es bestimmt nicht der letzte Aufenthalt in der Region Hochkönig und ich freue mich bereits jetzt schon wieder in der nächsten Saison noch die Heimatliebe Tour zu machen!

Solltet ihr noch Fragen zu den kulinarischen Königstouren haben, schreibt sie mir gerne in die Kommentare. Auf der Suche nach weiteren Reisefood Guides? Dann schaut mal bei meinen healthy food tips für Taipei oder Tulum vorbei! 

Für mehr Inspiration zu gesunden und leckeren Gerichten kannst du auch immer super gerne bei meinem Instagram Profil vorbei schauen! 

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Best healthy food in Taipei – vegan cafés included!

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As I am writing this blog post about healthy food in Taipei I am sitting in this cute little plant-based vegan cafe snacking on a whole wheat cashew cheese sandwich and enjoying an unsweetened vegan chia tea. At first you might not expect to find healthy places in Taipei, but I am here to show you that the city offers some great choices for conscious eaters. Also, scroll all the way down if you want to find the best Mochi in Taipei!

Healthy food in Taipei

I have spent a week testing different restaurants and cafés in Taipei and want to summarize my best healthy food experiences in this blog post. Healthy food in Taipei is something quite „new“ apparently. I have talked to the owners of several restaurants who all were mainly expats coming back to Taiwan to bring plant-based food and healthy choices from their oversea adventures to the city of Taipei.

I was told Taiwanese people are not so interested in eating healthy yet as their local food is mainly fried and very calorie rich, but the trend is slowly taking off here as well. The owner of one restaurant even told me that they were the first ones to introduce kale to Taiwan. So the whole concept of plant-based food and clean eating is quite new here. Which makes it super interesting to find the hidden gems of fitness food in the city. 

In this blog post I want to share the best healthy food in Taipei with you, introducing 4 of my favorite cafés and also giving away some additional food recommendations in the end.

First off, what I loved about all of them was that each of these places had super fast wifi available. If I have had more time in Taipei I would have totally gone to them for some morning work sessions with my laptop 🙂 

The tamed fox 

Besides the delicious food I had at the tamed fox my highlight was their super cute little poodle dog Rae. He is so tame and instantly jumps on your lap to sit with you during breakfast. Definitely one of the sweetest little dogs I have ever seen and it made my visit to the tamed fox so memorable! This restaurant is situated within a short walk from the red line metro stop Xyni Anhe. The interior is very minimalist and stylish.

What impressed me was that they are making their own fresh granola right there in front of you in the kitchen, filling the restaurant with a delicious sweet smell. There is also a small shop in the café where you can buy beautiful mugs, portable cups and other fun things. The owner herself is super nice and we talked to her for a while. She has lived in Chicago and Los Angeles for quite some time and speaks perfect English.

Healthy Food in Taipei

Regarding the food we ordered several awesome dishes. Avocado toast with edamame hummus, an Açai chia pudding smoothie bowl and the banana bread french toast. Everything is made fresh right there on the spot with a lot of love and details. Each dish looks absolutely beautiful and is decorated in real food blogging fashion.

Taking a closer look at the menu I was able to find some very unique hot drinks like the black sesame actived characoal latte, the sun moon lake milk tea, the spice girl (turmeric, cayenne, pineapple, lemon juice) and they even had my new favorite drink golden milk. It also seems like a great spot to try typical Taiwanese oolong tea. For mains they have everything from Shashuka to a smoked salmon plate and chicken bowls.

If you are looking for a good Açai smoothie bowl in Taipei this is the place to find it. I like that they enhanced the recipe with a greek yoghurt chia pudding on one side and topped it with their own homemade granola. There were so many yummy dishes on the menu I had a hard time choosing. Really recommend this place for a good breakfast experience in Taipei! 

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The Antipodeon 

Regarding the atmosphere of the restaurant the Antipodeon definitely takes one of the first places on my list of healthy food in Taipei. I just loved the interior design. I was also lucky enough to still see their super creative Christmas decoration which was an upside down Christmas tree hanging from the ceiling. Everything is very stylish and modern. 
This place is definitely best for breakfast. They have a huge selection of amazing platters and good morning food choices. Most of it is healthy, but I also spotted some cheat day options – like the cinnamon roll we couldn’t resist to order. 

Healthy Food in Taipei

We got the queens platter featuring smoked salmon, grilled halloumi cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, eggs, ham, avocado, beans and one sweet yoghurt and muesli parfait. We also ordered their signature Açai bowl which was topped with so many delicious things. Best smoothie bowl I had in the city by the way. They have some yummy porridge for those oats lovers and I even found Austrian Bircher Müsli on the menu! And if you are one of those avocado addicts than this is your place. The Antipodeon has everything from avocado baked egg to smoked salmon avocado toast and even an avocado breakfast platter.  

I was not surprised to find out that the owner is an expat from Brisbane, Australia, who let his inspirations flow into the dishes making them so unique. The restaurant also has a little patio, which makes it perfect to sit outside on a sunny day. It is really a lovely café and I would highly recommend you to go and check it out. 

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Café by Juicy Diary 

This very special fitness place has to be included in my list of healthy food in Taipei. Already when I entered the restaurant I was excited about the super fancy look of it. Expect more of a restaurant flair than a normal café one. The tables are set with beautiful silverware, flowers on each table and stylish lights. Juicy diary used to sell fresh pressed juice and then since the demand was so high also opened a Café a couple of years ago. I find it the perfect healthy lunch or dinner spot. 

Healthy Food in Taipei

I think we were looking at the shiny menu for half an hour before we could decide what to order. So many healthy options! We finally got the chicken chipotle bowl, avocado toast and a chia pudding as a dessert. Since this Café by Juicy Diary is popular for its juices we also tried all of them. My favorite was the citrus one (I think that was actually the name of it) and my boyfriend really liked the red juice.

I am glad we actually shared the bowl because it was quite a big portion. The avocado toast was incredible and to my surprise I liked the chia pudding out of everything I ate there the best. It was a mixture of different aromas with a subtle sweetness was fascinating. The owner also recommend us to eat the special filled brioche, but we simply did not have any more space in our stomachs. Like this we also were not able to eat the delicious carrot cake for a second dessert as we initially intended to. 

We also got a chance to chat with the owner of the place who told us that she has lived in San Francisco for a really long time and that she brought healthy food back to Taiwan. She actually introduced Kale to Taipei when she first got started with Juicy Diary. How awesome is that?! Also, I would love to point out the amazing waiters that were on top of their game! 

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Ooh Cha Cha – Plant-based café

This vegan café is situated within a short walking distance to the Gutding metro station and is also very close to the center of Taipei. I am actually here right now as I am writing this blog post looking at my B.L.M.T sandwich filled with tempeh bacon, lettuce, cashew mozzarella, tomato and cashew sour cream. It is the first time I get to try vegan cheese and I love it. This cafe is quite different than the other places mentioned earlier as it only serves vegan food. The menu selection ranges from salad bowls to sandwiches, rolls and burgers.

Everything is vegan and they are making everything fresh in front of you. The café also have great smoothie choices, but I consider Ooh Cha Cha more of a lunch place than a breakfast venue. The Chia Masala I ordered is totally homemade and tastes much less sweet than I am used to! Definitely a good thing if you are trying to save calories. Ohh Cha Cha is definitely on top of my list for healthy food in Taipei!

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Main take-aways

All food places mentioned above serve really healthy food. So they are the perfect option if you are looking to eat clean, vegan or gluten free in Taipei. They are however not the perfect option if you are looking for a very traditional taiwanese experience. As mentioned above in the first paragraph the local food is not so healthy and therefore these restaurants are heavily inspired by Western healthy food vibes. One exception is the drink menu, all of them serve very traditional matcha latte and Oolong tea. They are all beautiful in their own way, have good wifi and unique food choices I am sure you will enjoy if you want to eat healthy in Taipei. Regarding prices they are all a bit more expensive than local places, but definitely affordable. 

Best Mochi in Taipei – Additional recommendations 

During my week in Taipei I went to many different food markets, local restaurants and also the healthy places mentioned above. I quickly want to give you some extra tips of what you should not be missing out on when you are in Taipei, even though these options are not very healthy but suuuuper delicious.

  • Mochi – I Jy Sheng: they literally call themselves the best bakery in Taipei and I would sign that statement in an instant. Imagine a french macarons bakery but for chinese mochi! It is so incredible. They have this fresh hand made mochi in different flavors. I Jy Sheng is located on the first floor of the Taipei train station and so worth a visit. It is the best mochi in Taipei and I recommend you get the peanut butter Mochi. It is by far the best mochi I have had in Taiwan! 
  • Soup Dumplings- Xiao Long Bao: When you go to Taiwan it is a must to try the traditional soup dumplings. These are chinese dumplings filled with soup. You need to put the bao on a spoon and poke a hole into it to make the soup come out. Xiao Long Bao is a chain and has several locations around town and the best choice if you are looking for soup dumplings 
  • Dim Sum- Din Tai Fung: This chain is so popular we actually had to wait one hour to get a table. So many locals were eating there which is always a good sign when going out to eat in a different country. They also have two kinds of soup dumplings if you only can make it to one restaurant then go to this because you will get both of the dumpling experiences there 🙂
  • Street market food: Shillin night market: For local street food we went to one of the biggest night market where 600 vendors sell yummy traditional food. Some things we tried: Sticky rice on a stick, fried quail eggs, filled dumplings, chinese pancakes, fried mochi, pineapple cake and much more. 

Extra tip – best tea house view of Taipei 

Moreover, I had to include this tea house tip we went to. I mean if you are looking for healthy food in Taipei tea definitely counts! The view you have there while sipping your traditional Oolong tea is simply breath-taking! To get to this special tea house you actually need to make a half-day trip to Maokong station. Take the gondola from Taipei Zoo to the last stop which is Maokong station. Then walk out of the station and take a right, passing the bus stop and you will see the tea house. It is called Sih Ye and has a wide selection of chinese teas.

The tea house is overlooking the beautiful green mountains of Maokong and you can see all the way down to the skyscrapers of Taipei. You can even see the Taipei 101 in the distance. The restaurant has little „rooms“ for each guest with pillows on the floor and a table in the middle. You take off your shoes and have some relax time with your soothing tea.   

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My take on Taiwan

It was my first visit to Taiwan – or to any chinese speaking country for that matter. I absolutely loved it. It was probably one of the coolest city trips I have ever done. I really liked it because it is so different than Austria. You get a complete different cultural experience, different food and you basically cant read anything. It might surprise you how clean the city is. I swear you would have been able to lick the metro floor. In the metro station I saw them sweeping the floor several times in front of me 😀 You can literally go to any public bathroom in every metro stop and not be completely disgusted by them. They are clean and don’t stink at all.

I also love the order in Taiwan. They love to queue for everything and nobody, seriously NOBODY would ever dare to jump the line. In the metro they have exact lines of where to get out and where to get in. The Taiwanese are super respectful and kind people.

I hope you enjoyed my blogpost on healthy food in Taipei. I had such a good time there and hope you will get to make this awesome experience yourself some day!

In case you are looking for more culinary travel guides you can check out my Puebla food guide and my Tulum food guide for the best spots to eat healthy there!

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Puebla Food Guide – top 12 best restaurants and food spots

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So excited to share this Puebla food guide with you all. Puebla is in my opinion the heart of gastronomy in Mexico. It is super well known for its incredible cuisine and extravagant restaurants. After having lived here twice I feel like I know my way around the best food spots in town pretty well and would love to share them with you now. 

The amount of cool, unique trendy places is really astonishing in Puebla. It was something I certainly didn’t expect when I came here the fist time. I can honestly say our restaurants & cafés in Austria don’t even come close to the awesome food spots you will find here! 

Gastronomy is super important for the city of Puebla. In almost every university you will find a gastronomy major, which is also what I studied during my exchange semester here. It is the soul and beating heart of the Mexican haute cuisine. The food is really so unbelievably good here and in this Puebla food guide I want to present you my top food choices of the city!

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Breakfast

Here a list of my favorite breakfast spots in Puebla:

1. Olivia

I adore this place and therefore it is on top of my list for my Puebla food guide. The vibe, the atmosphere, the healthy food and the fair prices. When I go I always get the „Dejalo Fluir“ Detox shot at Olivia, which is a mix of apple vinagre, himalayan salt, honey, cinnamon and cardamon. A perfect start into the day! The matcha pancakes, smoothies and Açai bowl are my top choices there. They have a good internet connection as well and I love to work from there every once in a while. 

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2. Mama Elena

I love this place because of the beautiful view onto the cathedral of Cholula. Its a super cute restaurant and they have a couple of healthy options. I unfortunately couldn’t make it there this year, but I remember from last year I loved their chia pudding and the fresh pressed juice is also really good. Check for special events there. Last year we went for a five course Valentines dinner with a view onto the cathedral. Mama Elena is really a magical place!

3. Tonico 12 

This place is definitely on top of my food list here in Puebla. What ever you order will guarantee an explosion of color on your plate. Everything is homemade and super high quality ingredients are used. Tonico 12 has many vegan and vegetarian options and uses a lot of superfood for the dishes. I had characol pancakes and a characol smoothie which tasted amazing! What I also really liked was how they decorate the dishes.  Tonico 12 is on my list for breakfast places, but I also recommend it for a healthy lunch or dinner option! 

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4. La Cupula 

This is a restaurant downtown in the center of Puebla. Its a rooftop restaurant so you have an amazing  360 degree view over the entire city. We went there for breakfast which I can highly recommend. It is a buffet and only costs 150 pesos (like 8 euros) and you have a huge selection and can also get fresh Chilaquiles, Enchiladas and Omlettes from the kitchen. Highly recommend checking out la Cupula!

5. La Chula 

This is a tiny little juice bar in Cholula. Everything is made right there in front of you. The ingredients are super fresh and the choice of healthy juices are amazing! They also offer a small breakfast menu including omlettes (which were incredible) and bowls (even better). We had the crazy monkey bowl which included peanut butter and banana! 

6. Soul Vali

Tulum vibes coming right up with this one. A visit at Soul Vali feels like a short term vacation. The tropical and chill atmosphere makes eating there super enjoyable. It is situated in a little garden with beautiful white hammock chairs and wooden tables. They have a huge selection of healthy bowls and decorate them like top food bloggers! I think we spent like three hours there soaking in the atmosphere. Soul Vali also has Wifi so its a good place for a little work session as well. 

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Lunch & Dinner

7. Casona de los Sapos

I am putting this place first on my Puebla food guide regarding dinner & lunch choices.  Out of all the places we went to it definitely impressed me the most with their dishes and quality of food. Casona de los Sapos is a small boutique hotel with only 19 super luxury rooms hosting three restaurants and one French bakery.

We had dinner at Osteria del Rospo and were stunned by professional service and haute cuisine sent from the kitchen. We treated ourself to a three course meal there and were so happy about all the healthy low carb options that can be found in the menu. The combination of flavor we found in all dishes were so well balanced, but also challenged your senses at the same time. This is really what I call a unique food experience. The next morning we had breakfast in their French restaurant. We were offered some of the fresh pastries from the bakery and ordered some main dishes.  I rarely ate such a good salmon omelette. 

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8. Textileria

This place is simply so cool. Honestly I wish we had a restaurant like that in my city at home. The interior is super stylish and has a modern/vintage twist. The service is world class and the waiters make you feel like the most important person in the room. Although I consider Textileria quite fancy the prices are absolutely affordable for any European. As a starter they bring you this fantastic bread with different kinds of sauces to try. I was feeling a bit adventurous when we went there and ordered the grasshopper tacos. I also had salmon there one time which was incredible and needs to mentioned on my Puebla food guide. 

9. Intro 

This is probably one of the higher priced restaurants in Puebla and has made quite a name for itself. My host sister is managing the bar so I simply had to come and check it out and go for a drink there. After a super delicious non-alcoholic matcha cocktail at Intro we got some food there as well.  I ordered the cauliflower with feta cheese, which was really yummy and my friends had octopus and ceviche. Expect to pay a bit more here than in other places, but also expect top class food and amazing service. When we sat down the chef send a little greeting fro the kitchen with was also super yummy! I loved the interior and classy style of the place.

10. La Berejena

You might not expect to find good pizza in Mexico, but la Berejena will prove you wrong. They have a super creative pizza menu, offering different combinations of flavors you have never tried before on a pizza. The place is usually packed, but after a short while waiting we got a table. The decoration of the restaurant is super hip & trendy. I ordered a salad because it just sounded so amazing. It was with caramelized pecans, goat cheese, apple slices and jamón serrano. I also shared a pizza with my boyfriend which was delicious. 

Puebla Food Guide

11. The Ocho30 

Another hipster food spot in Puebla that needs to be mentioned in my Puebla food guide.  There are a couple Ocho30 restaurants in Puebla, each one specializing in one specific meal (paninis, pizza,…) What I really love about 80.30 is the interior decoration. It is just so cool! My two favorite ones are in Cholula and in Lomas de Angelopolis. I ate lasagne there last time, which was great. The prices are super affordable, but don’t expect huge portions. Perfect for not gaining weight though 😉 

12. Sushi-iito

Okay I simply had to put this one on my Puebla food guide list because I went there so many times. This is not the traditional high end restaurant you would expect. It is a pretty basic sushi chain with an AMAZING offer I simply was not able to resist. So, I absolutely love sushi and Sushi-iito has this offer from Monday to Thursday where you order one roll and get the second one for free! Whaaat?! Yes you heard correctly!

The best thing, one roll costs like 100 pesos (4 euros) and it is actually really good sushi. Totally recommend you to check it out when you are here. We loved going to the one in Lomas de Angelopolis because it has a nice atmosphere as well. Oh and by the way don’t go to Shirushi. OMG I absolutely hated that place. That was my worst food experience in Puebla. So if you are on the lookout for sushi go to Sushi-iito instead! 

Top chefs in Puebla 

Since I studied here for half a year in the field of gastronomy & mixology I was also able to get to know a lot of people working in this area here. Many of my friends are top chefs and bartenders here who are also being flown around internationally to cook in different countries. The Puebla food guide would not be complete if you didn’t get to know some of the chefs behind the scenes. Here I would like to present two of my favorite talents of the city. 

Elena Centeno

Puebla Food GuideThis sweet girl is actually my host sister. Elena has an incredible talent for creating the most amazing cocktails and is head of bar at Intro, one of the finest restaurants in the city. She has entered various mixology competitions and impressed the judges more than once! 
Since I don’t really drink alcohol she made me a super special „healthy“ matcha cocktail. I was really impressed by the taste and creativity of the drink. 
Her signature drink Green Velvet is also super healthy. Its with avocado, egg white and matcha! Sounds like a pure fitness drink, right?! 

Daniel Nantes

Puebla Food GuideThis guy has some real skills! Daniel is of the uprising stars in Pueblas gastronomy world who was just recently flown to Russia to cook for the Mexican embassy in Moscow! His skill to innovate new dishes and combine all kinds of ingredients into a firework of flavors is unique. During the time I was here I was lucky enough to have tasted a three course meal he and Elena put together (they are dating by the way – what a power couple in the kitchen).

Make sure to check out their Insta for some real high class food inspo! 

 

My love for Puebla

I hope you enjoyed this Puebla food guide and will check some of these places out if you ever get to the city! I promise you will be stunned the by the high quality and unique restaurants & cafés you find in the city. If you are looking for more food tips in Mexico I recommend you check out my Tulum food guide

Puebla Food Guide

I honestly really love Puebla and I have a close connection to this city because I lived here for quite a while and have made tons of friends here. It has such a charm and besides the food there are also so many things to see and do. They have this super cool VIP and 4Dx cinema that makes every movie experience so memorable. Also visiting the markets, taking a spin on the Estrella de Puebla and shopping at some of their fancy malls is a ton of fun.

Let me know if you still have any questions and I am happy to answer them in the comments! 

xoxo, 

 

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Best time to visit Costa Rica and Panama – avoid the rain season!

Best time to visit Costa Rica

Best time to visit Costa Rica and Panama – avoid the rain saison!

This will be a very open blog post about my experience in Central America in the rainy season. You definitely want to find the best time to visit Costa Rica and Panama and it should definitely not be the rain season.

I visited Costa Rica in October and Panama in November and would love to share my insights on the rain season here with you now.

To start off, when I booked the trip I stupidly enough didn’t research the weather beforehand. This turned out to be a big mistake. I spent 1.5 month traveling through Panama and Costa Rica and literally had rain every single day. I think we got like three afternoons of sunshine in total. The rest it was just pouring rain.

Oh and put aside your concept of rain because I am sure it not nearly describes how much rain you can actually take. When it rains it doesn’t just drizzle a bit, it seriously rains cats and dogs for hours.

The difficult thing is that you cant really trust the weather report. There are so many microclimates and it can change so fast and so much. The weather is very unpredictable and this makes it extremely difficult to plan trips and activities. Every single time we wanted to go out and do an activity we were surprised by a humongous amount of water ruining pretty much everything we had planned. This made it quite hard to enjoy the trip, because I always felt like I would only get half of the experience. Sometimes it would rain all morning and would be nicer in the afternoon and then the next day it would be exactly the opposite.

 

In Costa Rica we also got quite a bit of fog. So combine rain and fog and you have the perfect weather to do absolutely nothing outside. I remember this one time we wanted to see volcano Poas which has the biggest crater of the world. We were standing centimeters away from the crater and did not see anything because of the rain and fog. It’s like I have never been there. Really sad.

Best time to visit Costa Rica
Seeing nothing at Volcano Poas

Now looking back I think I actually kind of fell into a slight rain depression. I am a person who simply needs sunshine and sunlight to be fully happy. Imagine going 1.5 month without a proper day of sun. It made me really sad, cranky and disappointed! 

One more thing I simply need to add as it also bothered me a lot traveling through Costa Rica and Panama. I just couldn’t get my head wrapped around how crazy expensive they were. Especially Costa Rica. I mean that fact alone would be fine if the quality of life, infrastructure and public transport availability would match the price levels. Unfortunately that was not the case. Besides the fact that it was dirty almost everywhere it was also difficult to get from A to B, I was missing a lot of the tradition cuisine (couldn’t find much more besides beans, rica and plantain) and couldn’t find any really nice restaurants to go to. As a food blogger the national cuisine is always super important to me and I just couldn’t find many traditional dishes or inviting restaurants. Most of them had plastic chairs, plastic banners, loud music and neon lights.

I know this sounds all very negative and there were obviously also some benefits from the rain.  Everything was sooo extremely green and beautiful. You will find any shade of green you can imagine and the entire country is blossoming and flourishing. Another positive thing I need to add is that it never gets cold. It is still going to be so much warmer than Europe – even with the rain.

We got one afternoon without clouds and the sunset was simply magical. I believe I might have also just been really unlucky with the weather. Nevertheless, it simply does rain a lot during that time of the year.

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San Blas with coming storm

I also quickly wanted to share my highlights of the trip if you ever consider going to Panama and Costa Rica yourself:

  • San Blas Islands: These are little indigenous islands in the Caribbean about 2.5 hours outside of Panama City. Beautiful blue water – if the sun is out (which wasn’t the case when we were there). You are hosted by local Kuna people and do boat trips everyday to tiny little islands.
  • Bocas del Toro: A group of islands right by the Costa Rican border. I can recommend Playa Estrella as you will be seeing so many star fish in the water.
  • Panama Canal: I was really impressed by the Panama Canal. My tip: go to the restaurant Atlantic & Pacific for dinner around 4.30pm. Like this you can avoid the expensive visitor center and still see the ships passing through from the terrace of the restaurant.
  • Rincon de la Vieja: This is a volcano in Costa Rica we went to. Even though we didn’t see the actual volcano because of the fog, the hiking trail was stunning and so interesting to see all the boiling and bubbling waters everywhere.
  • Buena Vista Lodge: this is a big adventure lodge in the rain forest north of Costa Rica. We went horse riding there, zip lining and visited beautiful volcanic hot springs.
  • Escalante: this is a nice neighborhood in San Jose filled with cute restaurant. It was the only place in Costa Rica I found restaurants that I actually wanted to go to and spend my money.
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Water Fall by Rincon de la Vieja

So to summarize October and November are the worst months to visit those countries. Therefore the best time to visit Costa Rica and Panama is after those months. They start getting much more sun in December. From December to April its dry season. Still with occasional rain every once in a while, but much much better than if you were to go in the autumn.

I met many travelers throughout the weeks and most of them had the same experience. Others got really lucky with the weather and got some good days of sunshine. I guess it just really depends on luck over there in the rain season.

Sorry for this quite negative blog post on the best time to visit Costa Rica – but it only reflects my experience there. So better an honest post than if I would tell you everything was amazing and you being disappointed if you end up going in October or November to these countries. If you want to read a more upbeat blog post about a place I actually love I recommend you check out my Tulum food guide and my Riviera maya travel tips. Here is also my Instagram for more travel inspo! 

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Riviera Maya photo spots and travel tips

Riviera Maya photo spots

After two road trips through the Riviera Maya I would like to share my highlights here with you. It is such a magical and wonderful place to visit. In this blog post you will find the best Riviera Maya photo spots and travel tips to give you the best experience possible there. 

Each paragraph of the blog post talks about one of my travel highlights there always giving away the best photo spots in the end, so you can stay assured to leave with the best Instagram photos possible 😉 

Tulum

Tulum is a separate little world, nothing like you will have ever seen before. Away from the loud party city Cancun with its fancy hotels you will find a lot of eco tourism here. Everything has this very specific nature & hipster vibe. There are candles literally everywhere and each place looks like out of a fairy tale. They have a concept of creating true sustainability, thats why they take care of all the details from the materials of the constructions to the ingredients of the food prepared in the restaurants.

The main town of Tulum is basically just one main street with a couple of nice restaurants and bars. The real deal is the hotel zone. This is where you find all the well-known Instagram hotels and super hip food places. Make sure to visit my blog post on food in Tulum, where I am sharing all my favorite food spots.

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Visiting the hotels at Tulum beach 

Here are some hotels you should go and check out for a unique experience. You don’t need to stay at them in order to have a look. We always pretended to want to eat something at the restaurant and walked right through. They are all super fancy and have amazing picture places. You definitely have to be a certain kind of person to stay at these places. Although every hotel offers extreme luxury and fancy cabanas you get this hippie eco vibe everywhere. We were interested and googled the prices of some hotels on the main hotel street of Tulum. Most start around 600 euros per night.

Photo spots:

Any of these hotel will offer some of the best Riviera Maya photo spots. The resorts are all beautifully designed and you will find something cool and new in every single one of them. 

  • Delek – is strongly focused around the concept of sustainability which is reflected in the construction style and the menu choices in the restaurant.They have a super nice beach are with big beach beds.  http://www.delektulum.com/
  • The Nest – is celebrating simplicity within its hotel and fits right in with the other eco hotels on the beach. The private villas and bungalows are all styled individually and the beach bed area looked so cosy. https://nesttulum.com/
  • Beach Tulum – I have only seen this one from outside, but it fascinated me with all the lights and candles. Would have checked it out from inside if there had been more time.
  • Azulik – no wifi, no electricity, the entire hotel is a piece of art. You can visit the restaurant and art gallery
  • Be Tulum – went through this hotel on the first hotel to get to the beach. They have a really nice pool we used for some photos. The beach bar also looked absolutely fantastic.

In Tulum you will also find old Maya ruins directly at the beach. The white old stones in contrast with the stunning clear blue water is a must see. Highly recommend you go early in the morning, as it can get super hot otherwise.

Riviera Maya photo spots

Riviera Maya photo spots

Cenotes

A must see at the Riviera Maya are the Cenotes. These are beautiful sinkholes, resulting from the collapse of limestone now exposing groundwater underneath. Back in the days most of them were sacred spaces for the Mayas. Their crystal clear water is breath taking. There are may different types, from open Cenotes to caves. We visited four different ones this time and one last year, each unique in their own way.

Cenotes are definitely included in my list of best Riviera Maya photo spots! Here are all the ones we went to:

  • Crsitallino: 30 pesos entry, beautiful open pool with a little cave for snorkeling
  • Cenote Azul: 120 pesos entry, open Cenote where you can jump from a little cliff
  • Gran Cenote: 180 pesos entry, most famous one, cute little turtles there and beautiful blue water 
  • Ik Kil: 5$ entry – go in the morning to avoid the tour buses, most impressive Cenote I have seen
  • Suytun: 70 pesos entry – go in the afternoon to avoid crowds. complete cave and super epic scenery 
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Gran Cenote

Chichen Itza

These old Maya ruins are one of the seven world wonders. They were constructed 600 years BC and are very well maintained. I have seen some Asztek ruins in Mexico City and the Maya ruins are quite different in the way they are built and the stones that were used. We enjoyed our time there a lot as it is simply fascinating to walk around and absorb the stories the buildings tell.

Photo spot:

Right in front of the main pyramid you should take one of those hand holding looking back photos. Not sure if there is a specific name for that? It is a great shot though 🙂

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Holbox – day trip to paradise

Holbox has to be on my list for best Riviera Maya photo spots. This is a magical little island we came to for one night. Drive to Chiquilá and take the ferry to the island. You can leave the car in one of the many supervised parking lots. We stayed in this super cute hostel where we slept in hammocks for the night. This was the budget version though and you can obviously find more comfortable accomodation on the island, but the hammocks were a once in a lifetime experience!
The water on Holbox is so blue it seems almost unreal. Punta Mosquitos and Punta Coco have the best beaches. Downtown Holbox is also perfect for a nice dinner. They have so many stunning restaurants and we couldn’t choose where to go first!

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At Punta Mosquitos you find a beautiful beach with hammocks in the water reading the word “Holbox”. Each hammock pole has one letter. It looks so cool. Overlooking this beach you find a bar with a rooftop pool. I honestly have to admit I forgot the name, but when you are there you certainly will see it.

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Cozumel – beach pictures!

Cozumel is an island right in front of Playa del Carmen. You will need to take a ferry which takes 30 minutes and is extremely nauseating. On the way there so many people will try to sell you stuff. They are all trying to rip you off by selling you cars for a day because they say taxi rides are crazy expensive on the island. Don’t do any of that. Just buy your ferry ticket at the main counter in front of the harbor (Fast Ferry). We paid around 10$ each way. Once you get there you can walk around downtown a bit and then take a taxi to one of the beaches. To Playa Azul where we have been to the last two times we paid 90 pesos in total, so really cheap. I have heard Palancar should be super nice, but I have never been there before.

Photo spot:  Cozumel is surely one of the best Riviera Maya photo spots simply because of the gorgeous beaches you will find there. What I love about Cozumel and especially Playa Azul is how crystal clear and blue the water is. Absolutely perfect for beach pictures.

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Playa del Carmen – dinner in the city

This is a quite busy city and we always only passed through the main street close to the beach for dinner. It is bustling with people and you will find a lot of cool restaurant. We went to a place called 100% natural and were amazed by the healthy food choices and nice atmosphere. In the main street you will also find so many different ice cream shops. The best ice cream was at Aldo (Ferrero, Cookies and Kinder Bueno), but we also found spectacular ice cream in the shape of roses where every peddle would be a flavor of your choice. The place was called Amorino. 

Bacalar – the lagoon of seven colors

Certainly the most beautiful lagoon I have ever seen and one of the best Riviera Maya photo spots. The lake in Bacalar spreads out with its crystal clear blue water in different shades that give you the impression you are looking at the Caribbean ocean. I can recommend this awesome healthy place there called: Mango and Chile. Their protein smoothies are incredible. Bacalar is much more quiet than all the other places mentioned above. You still get much more of an authentic Mexican experience than anywhere else in the touristic areas.

Riviera Maya photo spots

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and it was helpful to plan your trip. I am certain you will love it there and the Riviera Maya photo spots are simply amazing. If you are going to visit Tulum you should have a look at my more detailed food guide on the best restaurants in Tulum. 

In case you have more questions feel free to contact me directly on IG or leave a comment here and I will respond right away. 

xoxo,

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Tulum Restaurant Guide – food & Instagram spots!

Tulum Restaurant Guide

After having been to Tulum two times and having sampled my way through all kinds of different restaurants, bars and healthy places I feel like I simply need to share my favorite food spots with you. Here you find a Tulum restaurant guide so you can have the best experience possible in this wonderful town! 

Why I love Tulum 

Tulum just has this incredible vibe you have to experience for yourself.  Everything in Tulum is so artsy and unique. All the hotels, restaurants and bars kind of follow the same style guide. You will find a lot of wood, candles and palm leaf roofs. Some hotels adapt a digital detox concept and don’t have wifi or electricity. They have a concept of creating true sustainability, thats why they take care of all the details from the materials of the constructions to the ingredients of the food prepared in the restaurants.

Tulum is a unique place and much different than any other part of Mexico. Forget the posh and shiny hotel resorts you find in Cancun and expect a more down to earth, eco nature vibe. This is also reflected by the cuisine you find there. Tulum is packed with raw and vegan cafes and fancy designer food. I had so much fun eating and sampling my way through the food places and will tell you about my favorite spots in my Tulum restaurant guide now. 

Tulum Restaurant Guide

Raw Love

Raw love is a super cute beach bar that will make your heart beat faster if you are even remotely interested in nice cream bowls. I had to include Raw love in my Tulum restaurant guide for its  incredible selection of superfood bowls that will convert any non vegan into a nice cream lover. They are served beautifully in coconut bowls and you can even add protein (vanilla, chocolate or hemp) to any of the yummy treats. Enjoy the bowls right by the beach and crystal clear blue water. They also have the option of turning your bowl into a smoothie for take away. What I loved is the idea of their Pharmacy shots, which are super high dosed superfood shots. Pure life elixir for your body.

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Raw Love Cafe
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Acai Bowls

Matcha Mama

Top Instagram food spot you need to go to when you are in Tulum. It is a must to take a photo with your healthy superfood smoothie on the cute white swings outside the little street stand. Even our short visit at Matcha Mama made me so happy because it is the perfect place to soak up these tropical beach vacation vibes. Fresh fruit everywhere around the shop, happy people and friendly staff. They even had wifi there which is perfect to upload that quick swing boomerang 😉
The drink menu is quite extensive and you can decide if you want either a smoothie or a bowl. I had the Mamacita smoothie which included matcha, almond milk, banana, mango and peanut butter. The smoothies are for Mexican standards pretty expensive, but definitely worth it! A smoothie is around 150 pesos (7$) and the bowls 200 pesos (10$). A definite highlight on my Tulum restaurant guide. 

Tulum Restaurant Guide
The cutest little street stand
Tulum Restaurant Guide
Mamacita smoothie
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Menu at Matcha Mama

Ahau

Ahau is a hotel with a beach club and restaurant on the main hotel street in Tulum. After a morning workout in the jungle gym which is very close, we headed over to Ahau for breakfast. They have a generous menu of different breakfast choices ranging from Mexican to super healthy vegan food. I ordered the chocolate chia pudding in coconut milk with strawberries, banana, roasted almonds and cacao nibs. Alberto got the huevos rancheros, which is a very traditional Mexican breakfast dish and sooo delicious. They atmosphere is so chill and you have a direct view onto the beach. Certainly, my favorite breakfast location of this trip.

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Huevos rancheros and chocholate banana chia pudding 
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The view onto the beach from the restaurant

Gitano

This place is another world and on top of my Tulum restaurant guide list. I don’t think I have ever been to a more beautiful restaurant. We went for dinner and there were little lanterns, lights and candles everywhere. The atmosphere, style and setting was simply breath taking. The food was one of the best I had in Mexico and the waiters super nice. My Mexican room mate recommended me Gitano and we actually already wanted to go last year, but then a huge rain shower came and we stayed at home. So happy we went this time. They have such healthy options on the menu. We had sweet potato, hummus, asparagus, tuna carpaccio and pulled beef tacos. It’s not cheap for Mexican standards, but still absolutely affordable for us Europeans. 

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Atmosphere at Gitano
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The food was so incredible

Burrito Amor

In Avenida Tulum you find the super cute Burrito Amor restaurant. It has a super laid back and chill atmosphere. We went there for lunch. The boys ordered burritos and us girls had a smoothie and a salad. Honestly I would not recommend the salad – it was super sour and small, but everything else was really good. The owners of Burrito Amor introduced a clean eating concept and thats why you will find a lot of healthy options on the menu. It is a great place if you are in or out of the city to grab a quick snack. Portions aren’t super big, but the atmosphere definitely has its charms and the vanilla bread is the best sweet bread I have ever tried. 

Nü Tulum 

’s goal is to make you discover the richness of the modern Mexican cuisine through flavorful and original recipes. We only walked by it several times and I admired its simplistic setting. It is quite pricy, but the dishes on their Insta and Homepage look super exquisit. NÜ is run by 7 talented Chefs and this restaurant was on top of my list. Unfortunately, not enough time to try them all. Therefore, I would highly recommend you going there and tell me if the food really was as delicious as I imagined it to be. Since we didn’t go there I also unfortunately don’t have a photo of this place. 

Batey 

This is a Tulum restaurant guide recommendation from the first time I visited Tulum. We went twice to this bar because we loved it so much. Batey has life music and each cocktail comes with a real sugar cane that you can nibble on. They also have this super cool old Volkswagen parked out side and spraypainted, as well as a sugar cane machine in the bar where they make fresh syrup. Again I really liked the setting an atmosphere there. It is in Tulum downtown so pretty far away from the beach & hotel area. Depending on where you stay you might need to catch a cab there. Was trying to find a picture I took last year, but unfortunately couldn’t find one – you simply have to trust me on this one 😉 

Last but not least – my little sad Taco al Pastor story

When I was in Tulum last year I fell in love with this super local Pastor place. We came back so many times because the super local tacos al pastor were so good. You can imagine how excited I was to go back there this year. Literally days before getting to Tulum I was dreaming of those Tacos. Well, long story short – we spend half an hour driving up and down Tulum main street trying to find the place. We were certain we still knew perfectly well where it was located. After a while and passing the same street multiple times we could make out the building of the Pastor place. Empty, deserted. We found out the had closed the place down. You have no idea how disappointed I was for the next 15 minutes. I had been looking forward to this place for week by then.  Sad story, but luckily still so much other amazing food around to make up for the loss. 😉

Tulum Restaurant Guide

Tulum restaurant guide and Insta photo spots

I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you ever go and visit you might find this Tulum restaurant guide helpful. If I had to choose one place out of all the ones I mentioned about I would strongly urge you to go and have dinner at Gitano. It is one of the most magical restaurants I have ever been to. 

Regarding the best photo spots you need to take a picture at Matcha Mama on the cute swings. When you walk up that same street a bit in the direction of Tulum downtown you will find a sign that says „Follow that dream“ which is also perfect for photos. Besides that any of the stylish hotels offer plenty of photo spots (Be Tulum, Azulik, the Nest) and the Jungle Gym is also a great opportunity to get some workout photos. 

Make sure to also check the blog post on the Riviera Maya photo spots and travel places sharing my entire travel route. 

xoxo, 

 

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