For all of you vegans out there planning on visiting the lovely city of Florence, Italy, have no fear, veganism is here! When I initially made the decision to study abroad here, I was extremely nervous about how I would survive as a vegan in a place that essentially revolves around meat filled pasta dishes and cheesy pizzas. I am pleased to inform you that being a vegan in Italy is nearly as easy as being a vegan at home in the states. While there are several vegan eateries I have discovered, one of the first ones I stumbled upon is a place called Shake Café.
In picture: Apple, carrot, ginger cake and cappuccino.
Envision a modern, sleek, hole-in-the-wall-cafe, filled with plants, pastries, sandwiches and customers eating salads, and sipping on fresh squeezed juices; this is the ambiance of Shake Café. Being that it is fairly quaint (can seat about 12-15 people), I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going with a large group of friends, however it is a perfect place to grab a vegan cappuccino, a fresh squeezed juice or a quick bite to eat. They offer a large variety of juices and smoothies, however they use dairy in all their smoothies except for the tropical one, so if you’re vegan I suggest sticking to the juices. Shake Café offers a variety of wraps and salads, however not all of their food is strictly vegan, so if you ever find yourself hanging with your non vegan friends, and are in the mood for something delicious, this is absolutely a place for them too. Everything that is vegan is clearly labeled so you will never feel like you don’t know what to expect. (This has been a struggle for me in a lot of foreign countries).
-Acai bowl: You can create your own. I suggest adding peanut butter, granola, fruit and vegan protein powder.
-Quinoa Salad: Quinoa, spinach, walnuts, lettuce, pears. Dressing: Dijon mustard, balsamic, olive oil, salt, pepper.
-Vegan Bagel: Made fresh every morning. Perfect for a grab and go: Hummus, tomato and spinach on multigrain bagel.
-Vegan “Ruben” Wrap: Not a traditional Ruben at all. This comes as a wrap with tofu, sour kraut, kale, avocado spinach and hummus. Only get this if you like sour kraut.
In picture: Vegan Ruben wrap
-Boost Juice: carrot, lemon, ginger, orange
-Digestion Juice: Pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, carrot
-Iron man Juice: strawberries, kiwi, apple
-Tropical Juice: strawberries, orange, pineapple, apple
-Vegan cappuccino: (Rice/Almond/Soy) (best with soy milk)
-Tropical smoothie: same as juice with protein powder (100% vegan)
-Carrot, apple, ginger cake
In picture: Vegan croissant
-Juices: small: 4 euro, Large: 5 euro
-Cappuccino: Small: 1.50 euro, Medium: 2.50 euro, Large: 3.50 euro
-Vegan croissant: 1.50 euro, cakes/other desserts: range in price, around 2-3 euro a slice.
-Wraps: 6 euro
-Salads: 7.50 euro
-Staff speak english
-Vegan protein powder
-One of the only places in Italy that has organic peanut butter
-Coffee/food to go
-How to say “to go” in Italian: ” da portare via”.
-Get the cappuccino with soy milk; it foams the most.
-Get there early for a fresh vegan croissant.