Bamboozy sustainable brand of the month February

Bamboozy sustainable brand of the month February

Bamboozy sustainable brand of the month February

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Bamboozy sustainable brand of the month February

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One of the first sustainable products I bought myself were cotton buds made of cardboard instead of plastic, and reusable cotton pads. Regarding the cotton pads, I think everybody knows that fish, birds, and turtles can swallow the sticks. As with straws and lollipop sticks, they choke slowly as the stick remains stuck in their throat. Nice way to die..  So, time for an alternative! Cotton is also anything but good for the environment, despite not being harmful to animals. And like that, there are many products we use every day, that now have much more eco-friendly alternatives. Bamboozy has put together a nice collection, so time to dedicate an article to this!

What do they sell?

Bamboozy makes a lot of zero-waste products. Or well, as little waste as possible. Everything needs replacing eventually. But with these products, that takes many years, rather than just one-time use. Moreover, they don’t sell any products that contain plastic in any way.

All the products they sell:

  • Shampoo bars
  • Washable cotton pads
  • Washable cotton buds
  • Metal razors with refill blades
  • Menstrual cups and underwear
  • Detergent laundry strips
  • Bamboo hairbrush
  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • Metal and wooden shaving brushes

What sustainable aspects are implemented?

Foremost, they’ve chosen not to use any plastic in the products they sell. In doing so, they consciously select materials that last, such as bamboo and metal. Metal basically doesn’t decay, so your purchase will last forever. Bamboo is an incredibly sustainable alternative to plastic. Bamboo can grow up to a metre a day. That’s much more than the pandas can eat, even as the population grows. Plus, there are species of bamboo that isn’t a food source for animals anyway. As long as they don’t cut down the whole plant, it can continue to grow and will basically never run short. Until we start making everything out of bamboo, of course. But right now, it is a good alternative, and it lasts a very long time.

Furthermore, they focus on sustainability by using materials that last, to avoid single-use waste. All products last for years, or even a lifetime. This reduces the huge amount of waste we throw away every day but also prevents a lot of production emissions. Did you know that production consumes a huge load of our drinking water? Which will lead to less drinking water in the world. If we produce less, we have more drinking water. It’s as simple as that. Recycling products also consume an awful lot of water. It’s an alternative to single-use products, but the best thing you can do is buy items that simply last a long time.

One of those water guzzlers is cotton. And yet, we throw cotton pads in the bin every day. Some even use several to remove all makeup. An unbelievable waste, and there are alternatives, like bamboo again. Believe it or not, bamboo is incredibly soft and durable, making it a perfect alternative for cotton pads, menstrual underwear and even clothes.

Ethical aspects

In 2020, Bamboozy switched to another manufacturer because they felt the previous manufacturer wasn’t running the business the right way. Which manufacturer they are working with, and where it is located, is unknown. But they say they carry out their own check-ups and clearly are willing to switch if they feel the staff isn’t treated properly.

Furthermore, they do a lot for a better world. 1% Of the proceeds go to various charities, such as Greenpeace and WWF. They also work with organisations to provide girls in poorer countries with menstrual cups. Did you know that there are still countries where girls have to miss school because they don’t have menstrual materials to continue their days?

And there are more amazing things they do, both for the sustainability of their own business and for society. On their website, they keep a list of recent updates.

Is it vegan?

All products are free of animal testing and are vegan.

General verdict:

I’m a fan. It really seems like this brand is taking steps to make a difference both in terms of sustainability and social issues. They want to offer their products as cheaply as possible so they really are an attractive alternative for their customers. It should be as easy as possible to switch to these sustainable alternatives, and meanwhile, they still contribute to charities and social initiatives.

In doing so, they continue to develop. They keep looking for even more sustainable alternatives and, for example, even more, sustainable ways to ship their products. I believe this company really is run with the right intentions and I am convinced of their products anyway.

Where do they ship to?

Bamboozy ships within The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Do you live in another country? Then try Bol.com, they sell all the products and deliver worldwide. It’s basically the Dutch Amazon, but better 😉

Why sustainability and travel are a great fit

Why sustainability and travel are a great fit

Why sustainability and travel are a great fit

Lizet Wesselman -

Why sustainability and travel are a great fit

Lizet Wesselman -

The end of the year is always a great time to evaluate the past year and think about your goals for the year after. In 2022, I was regularly asked “why sustainability and travel? They don’t even go together.” And even though I had never done an official calculation of my own footprint, I knew that it most definitely does go together. Sustainability goes with so many things if you’re willing to make different choices. So time to calculate my footprint and prove it! And I can tell you, even I was slightly surprised by these figures.

How to calculate your CO2 emissions

Technically, everything you do causes some emissions. From your own car, energy and gas consumption to the products you buy, new clothes or that plastic bottle of shampoo. Your food choices are also part of this, as a piece of meat is more polluting than a load of vegetables. On the other hand, you also have CO2 offsets. Have you participated in an ocean clean-up or tree-planting project, for example? Then you can deduct that from your CO2 emissions. This is also how companies produce “CO2 neutral” or even “CO2 negative”. So as long as you offset enough, your emissions go down.

This is all quite a lot of work to figure out, you’d have to keep receipts to make a list at the end of the year and calculate everything. You can also make an estimation, of course. There are online tools that can help you calculate your emissions, based on estimates. Or you can calculate exactly what you consumed of everything if you know exact numbers.

I personally chose to only calculate my transport-related emissions. The distances rolled out of my Google Maps summary, so I just had to fill in those numbers. My energy consumption is a bit difficult to keep track of, without owning my own home. And apart from that, I don’t really buy that much. And of course, the question was about whether travel and sustainability go together, so let’s calculate that.

My travels in 2022

2022 Was the first year I travelled “full-time”. Down the line, that came down to 8 or 9 months of travel. I stayed within Europe and visited Spain + Mallorca, France, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic (twice), London and Greece. All of these distances could have been covered by train, but I had some tight timeframes with conferences, concerts and petsitting jobs. I got on a plane a bit more often than I would have liked, namely 9 one-way trips.

In total, I covered a distance of 16,149 KM! That’s not even that impressive honestly, but I saw a lot of beautiful things! And in the end, that’s the most important thing, right? Let’s start with the numbers.

Average CO2 emissions vs mine

Although I don’t spend much time in the Netherland, I wanted to compare my figures to Dutch people, it seemed logical. The average CO2 emissions of a household in the Netherlands are 19,000 KG of CO2 per year. This is almost 3x as much as the global average. Yeay the Netherlands! Nicely done. The average in Europe is 6,800 KG per year and the global average is 7,000 KG per year.

But that’s total emissions, including energy, food and products. So I made my own calculations for the average emissions per mode of transport in the Netherlands.

  • Car: Dutch people drive an average of 11,000 KM per year by car. That’s an emission of 2,041 KG per year, based on an average fuel-efficient petrol car.
  • Plane: Dutch people fly an average of 5,000 KM per year. An emission of 1,000 KG per year.
  • Train: Dutch people travel on average 1,488 KM per year by train. That’s only 50 KG of CO2 per year.

This is an average emission of 3,091 KG CO2 per year per person, for so transport only.

Now my numbers:

  • Car: I don’t have a driver’s licence, so this is really low for me. Although still 2,927 KM in 2022. That’s 543 KG of CO2.
  • Plane: I boarded the plane 9 times with a total distance of 5,809 KM. That’s 1162 KG of CO2.
  • Train: An impressive 6,364 KM, more so than the plane. This provided only 230 KG of CO2.

This is a total emission of 1,935 KG CO2 in 2022. That’s about 30% less than the average in the Netherlands! And that while I’ve been travelling all these months. Something that can’t be sustainable according to a lot of people.

Sustainable conclusions

Travel and sustainability go together just fíne! As long as you choose consciously.

As you can see, the biggest part of my travel distance was by train. But this also generated by far the least emissions. My distance by car was less than half the distance by train, but generates 2x as many emissions! This distance is all from 1 month, with 2 trips to a distant airport and renting a car for 5 days. So this gives a bit of an idea about the impact of renting a car for a week’s holiday.

My average distance by plane is a bit higher than the average in the Netherlands. Which makes sense when you travel so much. But despite this, my total emissions over 2022 are still 30% lower than that of the average Dutch citizen. Flying is definitely not good for the planet and I will always advise everyone to try to find alternatives where possible. But it doesn’t automatically mean that 1 flight is a terrible thing and there’s no way you’re making up for it.

What can you do for sustainable travel?

Trains!!! With this, I literally handed you simple proof that trains can make any situation more sustainable. You don’t necessarily have to give up your flight to your holiday destination for the train. But try to take the train, bike or other public transport more often in your daily life to compensate for that flight. And take trains on your destination, instead of renting a car to get around.

Take public transport from the airport to the city, instead of a taxi because it’s so convenient. That short time difference between a taxi to the hotel or a train, tram or subway isn’t going to have a huge impact. I’ll promise you that after your trip you won’t come home saying “I wish we took a taxi that first day from the airport, ruined the holiday!”. In the city itself, also take the train, tram, metro or rent a bike.

Cars are almost as bad as planes in terms of emissions. The only difference is that a plane flies closer to the ozone layer, making its impact much higher. But cars aren’t a great alternative. A roadtrip is almost as bad an renting a car will add up to maybe even more CO2 emissions than the initial flight. Do you still want to rent a car? Then make sure you rent an electric one!

I’ll teach you about sustainable travel

So this is basically why I started this blog. To show you that you can live sustainably, without always having to leave everything out. You don’t have to live vegan, plastic-free and car-free to do your bit for the environment. Sure, that has the most impact, but we still have to live a little too, right? If that really doesn’t make you happy, find ways that do work for you. But when you get on that plane, be aware of all the other things you do that have a bad impact on the environment. And then offset that flight somewhere else.

Would you rather not give up anything? Than plant trees. It’s quite a forest to compensate for any lifestyle though. For 1,000 kg you’ll need 31 to 46 trees, so you might want to get started. At WoodYouCare, you can plant a tree for as little as €5 and you can track where your tree ends up and how much CO2 you compensate with it.

4 Ways to make friends while solo travelling

4 Ways to make friends while solo travelling

4 Ways to make friends while solo travelling

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4 Ways to make friends while solo travelling

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Would you like to travel solo, but are you afraid of getting lonely? Or are there certain activities you’d prefer to do with a travel buddy, but you don’t know how to meet people who want to travel with you? No need to. After all, you’re not the only solo traveller and there are several good ways to meet people while solo travelling. Here are 4 tips to make friends while travelling.

1. Hostels

Hostels are literally made for people who travel alone and would like to make friends while travelling. Hostels come in all shapes and sizes and if you read reviews carefully, you will know exactly which one suits you. Does the thought of a shared room scare you a bit or do you value your privacy? Then you always have the option to go for a private room. But you’ll still have the benefits like a bar, common room, kitchen and maybe a rooftop or a pool, where you can still meet the other people in the hostel. Hostels can roughly be divided into 4 groups, there’s something for everybody.

Party hostels

The name kind of says it all, here you’ll mostly meet partypeople. Often young people who want to party all weekend and then lie in bed until sometime in the afternoon. These are often hostels with a bar in the hostel itself. Some stay here all night, others have a few drinks here and then go into town. This definitely doesn’t mean that all hostels with a bar are party hostels! And sometimes the isolation in these hostels is really top-notch, which means that the bar doesn’t bother you much, but you can still have a good time. Many party hostels also organise activities themselves such as pub crawls or activities in the hostel such as a pubquiz or karaoke.

Pros: Always people who are up for a drink, dance, fun and a party. Probably lots of extroverts who will strike up a conversation with everybody, so ideal if you find that hard yourself.

Cons: It can be noisy, most people coming back drunk in the middle of the night aren’t very quiet. Fat chance that people will come barging into the room at 11pm to get ready for going out. So if you want to sleep early, this is often not the right place.

Business hostels

Huh? Yes. You can also call them coworking places, but these tend to be more focused on long stays. You also have hostels where they make space for working travellers. You will recognize these by looking at the photos, they often feature working people. In these hostels, you’ll find people who’ll be up early, don’t drink excessively and are more often up for a Saturday morning hike, or visit to a museum or Sunday brunch, than a late-night party. The hostel is quiet with few activities organized by the hostel and often a bit of an older crowd. Like people in their 30’s or over.

Pros: Quiet, perfect for early birds who just wants a good night of sleep and usually a good option for slightly older travellers.

Cons: Sometimes people solely stay in these hostels to save money over a hotel, and aren’t interested in meeting people. So it’s a bit of a hit or miss if you come to meet people.

Actieve hostels

Hostels located in nature or on the outskirts of cities are often mainly chosen by people who prefer being in nature rather than in the city. Most people really come to hike, ski, surf or do yoga and are often out early. During the day, these hostels are really deserted, but most people come back around dinner time to freshen up and grab a bite to eat. So, here you can easily find hike buddies, but also someone to have dinner with and have a nice chat. There’s a bigger chance of sports-related activities than parties, but you definitely have these kinds of hostels where you can do both.

Pros: Easy to find likeminded people, you can be pretty certain that everybody here loves nature and an active lifestyle. People will go to sleep early so you’ll have a good night’s sleep.

Cons: Because people come for nature, they might not hang around a lot for a chat, drink or meal so you might be flying solo a lot. There might also be very early alarms for people who want to see the sunrise.

Pod hostels

Pod hostels are quite a new concept, coming from Japan. You have them in different shapes and sizes, but the basic concept is that you have your own “pod”, a single room with a door, but usually not bigger than the actual bed. So, basically, it’s a bunk bed, but with a door. Usually, there are a lot of pods in 1 open space, instead of 6/8/12 beds in a closed room. You won’t have much more space than in a bunk bed, although you have pod hostels where you have a tiny room that fits a bed but also offers room for luggage. You can meet absolutely every kind of people here. Some you won’t see because they are either out or in their pod. Like the business hostel, people might simply choose this as a cheap option over a hotel. So if you want to meet people, check the common areas. If there’s a bar, kitchen, rooftop or game room you’ll be able to meet people there.

Pros: Your own little closed-off place to revert to after a long day, when you don’t feel very social. Usually not too noisy.

Cons: It can feel very claustrophobic if the pods are small and you have to check the common rooms to ensure you’ll actually have the option to meet people.

Number 1 tip: check the reviews!

Of course, there are also hostels that do not fit into these categories. Hostels that organise activities, but do not have a big bar where people hang out all night. Or a hostel where a lot of people work during the week, but there is a party on Saturday night. These are actually a great option if you are open to everything, and therefore not specifically looking for something quiet or loud. You can meet people there incredibly easily, but also retreat much more easily than, say, at a party hostel. In any case, the most important tip is to read the reviews carefully to see what kind of vibe there is, then you will know exactly what kind of target group comes to it. People who stay in hostels really follow these reviews, so if it says it’s a quiet hostel, only quiet people will keep on going. It’s actually quite hard for a hostel to get rid of the image, once the reviews start flowing in.

2. Contacts through social media

Social media can be an incredibly great medium to connect with people you would otherwise never meet. Instagram is bursting with travel accounts, and everywhere you go there are people who would love to meet other travellers. Connect with people before you travel to see if you have a click, and then ask if they fancy hanging out.

Another option is Facebook. There are endless Facebook groups for travellers, but also local groups for expats or digital nomads. Post a message there saying when you’ll be around and that you would like to discover the hidden places with someone who lives there. Also, if you want to do a day trip, you can often find people there who’ve had that on their list for a while but haven’t gotten around to it yet, they are often happy to join.

You have groups with the sole purpose of finding a travel buddy, or general groups about travel where you can always ask for people to meet up. Or find local “digital nomad” or “expat” groups for specific locations. For the women there are plenty of female specific groups like “Girl gone international” groups that can be found in almost every city, “Solo female traveller” or “Host a sister”, where you could even ask to stay with people to save money on accommodation.

Pros: You can already set up something before you go or even before you book. You can already chat with people up front, to get to know them a bit and make it feel like you’re meeting up with an old friend.

Cons: You’re meeting up with a random stranger you met online. Unfortunately, you’ll never know who’s behind the account, and they might not be who they say they are. Please be careful and meet in a public place. However, this is my absolute go-to, everywhere I go, and it’s always been a success. But ALWAYS trust your gut feeling.

3. Events and tours

You don’t necessarily have to be in a party hostel to join the events. For example, many hostels offer a pub crawl for anyone who wants to join. It often costs a few euros and sometimes there is a discount for hostel guests. Other events and tours like a day trip to another city, a bike tour, (free) walking tour, yoga class, salsa class or trip to a popular hotspot are also simple ways to do what you want to do and get to know people at the same time.

You’ll often find a wall in your hostel or hotel with leaflets featuring local tour operators, but other options are:

  • GetYourGuide – Professional tours and with locals
  • Viator – Professional tours and with locals
  • Tiqets – Professional tours. You can also buy entry tickets to musea and stuff here, so everything in 1 place. But do check if you’re booking a tour or just an entry ticket.
  • Bajabikes – Bicycle tours all over the world. Usually organized by Dutch people, of course.
  • Book a trekking – Join a hiking trip. All trips are for multiple days, with a 2 day minimum.
  • Tours & tickets – Professional tours and entry tickets for musea and such.
  • City Unscripted – Tours with locals
  • Airbnb experiences – Tours with locals.
  • Free tours – Free walking tours. You decided what kind of tip you give at the end, they do count on something but it’s up to you.

Pros: 2 Birds with 1 stone, you get to do the things you wanted to do anyway ánd meet people while doing it. Even if the group isn’t all that fun, you still got to see what you wanted to see.

Cons: You never know who else is joining. You might be in a group of couples or families and still be solo. But even if that’s the case, you’ll usually get to chat with the guide if they’re not talking about the sights.

4. (Volunteer)work abroad

This might get hard during your long weekend away, but if you want to spend a longer period abroad, this is an ideal solution to get to know locals and to easily get into the community. When volunteering, you often have a few hours with chores around the house, for example farm chores, helping out at a B&B or babysitting the kids. Or choose the options where you can actually use your skills or education, like taking photo’s for a tour guide company or help building a new website for a company. In return for your help, you get free accommodation and often meals. Many also offer extra services such as language classes or creative workshops that you can join for free.

Paid jobs include teaching, working with animals or a job as an au pair. There are several websites dedicated to this, which don’t cost a fortune and where you can choose exactly what you are interested in.

Some examples:

Pros: You meet locals, rather than just fellow travellers. This allows you to really dive deep into a culture and make friends you can always come back to. You often learn a thing or two about the culture and may learn some extra skills like local cooking. For example, you help out at a vineyard in Italy, where you learn about wine making, but you also learn how to make fresh pasta.

Cons: It is work. They expect you to help out for a certain amount of time, so it’s not just a holiday where you can do whatever you want. It can also take a few tries to find a place you really want to go, where they actually pick you. Your application is not automatically accepted, so you might not end up where you hoped.

Bamboovement, sustainable brand of the month January

Bamboovement, sustainable brand of the month January

Bamboovement, sustainable brand of the month January

Lizet Wesselman -

Bamboovement, sustainable brand of the month January

Lizet Wesselman -

Bamboo is an increasingly popular alternative for all sorts of things. You have well-known alternatives like bamboo straws, bamboo toothbrushes and bamboo sunglasses. But bamboo is increasingly being creatively incorporated into products that were previously far from sustainable. Bamboo, on the other hand, is an incredibly sustainable solution because it grows at a gigantic speed. There are bamboo species that can grow up to a metre a day, so the stock recovers a lot faster than, say, when you cut down a tree. Also, cotton, for example, is used a lot more than there actually is available, making bamboo another interesting alternative for sustainable clothing. Bamboovement has made it their mission to collect all these fantastic sustainable initiatives in one webshop.

What products does Bamvoovement sell?

They make natural and plastic-free products, most of which are made of bamboo. But they also sell products that go well with it, such as toothpaste tablets to go with your bamboo toothbrush.

For corporate customers in The Netherlands, they also have a nice collection of sustainable gift packs, in collaboration with other sustainable brands. Unfortunately, these aren’t available in other countries yet and only go by 10, so not a gift package to give to your loved ones. 

Which sustainable aspects are implemented?

The founder of Bamboovement is a fellow traveller who travelled the world in 2014. There, he encountered all the ill effects of plastic. From endless plastic washing up on beaches to a baby seagull almost suffocating from the amount of plastic in its stomach. After meeting someone in Indonesia who had built a beach hut from bamboo because it’s such a durable and sturdy material, they decided to work together on sustainable bamboo alternatives.

The ingredients of the products Bamboovement sells are therefore key to their sustainable mission. All products are completely natural and plastic-free. With a mission to “prevent there being more plastic than fish floating around in the oceans by 2050”. This also applies to the packaging, which is completely plastic-free. Substantial steps are also being taken to offset more than CO2 is emitted with shipping.

They also collaborate with other organisations. Because the people behind Bamboovement also realise that the fight for a sustainable planet is not one you can fight alone. We need to work together to really make a difference.

Bamboovement, therefore, collaborates with the organisation IAHV and specifically their project “Climate Action Now”. In doing so, they partner again with one of the biggest reforestation companies in the world, Eden Reforestation Project. They have already planted billions of trees in recent years and, with Bamboovement’s help, will continue to do so. Bamboovement plants trees for every order and newsletter subscription. When ordering gift packages, even 3 trees are planted per package.

Ethical aspects

ERP, the tree-planting organisation, has launched an initiative called “Employ-to-plant”. Unfortunately, the biggest polluting countries are often not the ones feeling the consequences. Those who feel the effects are the often already poor countries that also lack the resources to repair the damage. Trees preserve ecosystems and help prevent sandstorms and floods, among other things. So it’s mainly the local people around these deforestation projects who suffer.

With the employ-to-plant project, they engage local people in the tree-planting projects. They get a normal living wage for planting forests. So not only is nature restored and their habitat made safer, but living conditions are also improved. So everyone is better of.

This is one of Bamboovement’s motivations for working with ERP, as they also believe that cooperation with local people is crucial for a successful project.

Unfortunately, little is known about the production of the products, except that the project thus started with a local entrepreneur in Indonesia. So, it started out incredibly ethical, and I don’t actually assume that that has suddenly changed. But I don’t know if that collaboration is still there or if the products are now made somewhere else.

Are the products vegan?

Yes, all products are vegan. The bamboo used is a form that Pandas don’t eat. So they don’t suffer either.

General verdict about Bamboovement

I myself haven’t ordered from Bamboovement yet, but have been using some of the products they offer for years. If you read all my blogs, you know that I am a huge fan of reusable cotton pads. I’ve also been using bamboo cotton buds myself for years. I still find that reusable version a bit of a strange concept, but really wanted an alternative to those plastic sticks. So as soon as that alternative arrived, I never looked back.

I will definitely order the bamboo brush heads! We’ve had electric toothbrushes pretty quickly and I really can’t imagine how people still brush with regular toothbrushes. I used to take them on trips but my teeth just really don’t feel clean. Bamboo toothbrushes have been around for years, but brush heads lagged behind. I don’t think I saw the first version until early 2021, but then again those were only suitable for the durable toothbrush that you had to buy with it. As I I only had mine for 2 years, I also didn’t want to throw it out for a new one. These fit all the usual toothbrushes, so that’s perfect!

Other than that, the story really appeals to me and I think most travellers can relate to this. I too come across endless litter on my travels. Just yesterday on Zakynthos, people apparently thought it was okay to throw their rubbish off the mountain and even at 550 metres, I still found plastic cups. This was also definitely a reason for me to live more sustainably and share tips & tricks with my readers, because it can simply be done differently. So I am personally a fan! And also really believe in the company’s motivations and their commitment to keep doing the right thing.

In which countries does Bamboovement deliver?

Bamboovement ships within Europe

The 7 best brunch places in Prague

The 7 best brunch places in Prague

The 7 best brunch places in Prague

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The 7 best brunch places in Prague

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Those who know me know that I am a big fan of brunch. I used to not be much of a morning person, and although that is changing, I still love the concept of brunch. Taking it easy on the weekend and enjoying a nice meal with great company. A meal that could be anything mixed together because you’re basically mixing 2 meals. Eggs with potatoes? Hell yes, bring it on. So, I loved going for brunch in Prague and tried quite a few joints! These are my favourites.

Sweet & Pepper days

I think I have taken everyone I know to Sweet & Pepper days at least once. This really is top of the list and I will continue to recommend it to everyone for the rest of my life! A little summary of why:

  • Possibly the best coffee in Prague
  • Family-run and a really nice family at that!
  • New menu every month or 2 months
  • All-day brunch on weekends
  • Involved, you can always buy some art or items from local makers
  • Vegan friendly
  • Yummy pastries! Also vegan friendly

It’s run by a very friendly Czech family, I think no less than 3 generations work there. The owners have travelled around a lot themselves and got inspired by all kinds of different dishes from different countries. To apply all this, they regularly renew the menu. Before covid, it was every month but now I think every two months.

Each menu is based on a different region, such as Texmex, British, Eastern European or Middle Eastern. The latter is definitely my favourite, and I actually make some of the recipes myself at home! The nice thing is also that the menu is never the same as the last time they chose this region. Although, that also means you may not be able to order your favourite dish a year later…. Maybe that’s why I came there so often.

Globe bookstore & café

Globe is one of my favourite allround places in Prague anyway. They almost didn’t survive the pandemic so they could definitely use your support to get back on track! It’s a bookstore with a cafe in the back where they have everything from breakfast to dinner as well as fun activities like pubquizzes and karaoke. A summary:

  • HUGE choice! And all equally delicious.
  • Vegan friendly
  • Pretty sustainable, the first place I ever got a glass straw
  • Lots of coffee choices, also vegan friendly
  • Tasty homemade lemonades

Globe is a very American-style place. Despite the fact that I think the owner is Czech. But it really is the hotspot for Americans. So the dishes are definitely American-sized! Delicious for brunch. And my personal favourite: most dishes come with rösti/hashbrowns, which I absolutely love and haven’t been able to find anywhere else.

Do make sure you come early, brunch is only until 1pm. The weekend menu is also different from the menu during the week, so keep that in mind if you want to visit for a second time. Don’t have plans in the evening? Then this place is worth coming back to. They have activities almost every night. Check their website or the posters in the toilets for an up-to-date schedule. The shop also sells English books, so be sure to take a look if you’re a book lover!

Vejce – everything eggs

This one is a bit outside of the city centre, but is well worth a visit. “Vejce” is the Czech word for egg. If you love egg as much as I do, this is definitely your place to be! From pancakes (made with egg) to eggs benedict. Although they have some other choices too, like yoghurt and croissants. Plenty of vegetarian options.

Marthy’s kitchen

Website – 2 locations

To be honest, my first experience at Marthy’s was really bad. We were given cold food, after waiting for 45 min. So, it was already made but never brought to us. Still gave it a second (and third) chance and I must say the food is so good, it made up for the poor service.

They have 2 branches and a super extensive menu. Do you have a hard time picking from an extensive menu? Then this might not be the ideal place for you. But if you just want lots of choices, or are with a group who all want something different, it’s ideal! From egg dishes to sandwiches and pancakes. With lots of vegetarian options and the possibility of having dishes made gluten- or lactose-free.

Kafe Francin

A specialised coffee shop where you can buy delicious coffee beans. Kafe Francin is a cute café outside the city centre. But aside from very good coffee, you’ll find everything from pancakes to bagels to a full French breakfast. Or go for the brunch classic eggs benedict or avocado toast. Plenty of choices and definitely a good place for a group with diverse tastes. Vegetarian options and the option to make it vegan as well.

Cathedral café

Right in the city centre, you will find this super cute café. Inside, it’s already very cozy on the inside, but if you walk through, you enter a beautiful courtyard garden. This really is an oasis of calm in the busy old town. There are a lot of these courtyard gardens in Prague, but this one is definitely worth a visit for a delicious breakfast. From English breakfast to a ham and cheese omelette and vegetarian options.

WAFWAF wafel walhalla

Website – Chain, multiple locations

Do you prefer waffles or pancakes for brunch? Then WafWaf really is heaven on earth. Because here you put together your own meal. You choose a base, which can be waffles, pancakes or American pancakes. Then you can choose from 50 ingredients! From chocolate sauce, biscuit crumbs, marshmallows and fruit to egg, bacon, haloumi and avocado. So you can choose sweet or salty. Enough choice to eat new combinations for months.

Too much to choose? Then choose 1 of the ready-made choice options. You can also order juices, milkshakes or coffee.