The Netherlands isn’t a very big country and I live in the dead-center of it, meaning it is never an excruciating long drive to the farthest regions. Groningen is our most northern large city and quite big on vegan stuff. Maybe because of all the students there. So for a day with my sister, that is where we went.
We had made reservations at 11AM in one of Groningen’s cat-cafe’s Op z’n Kop for coffee. Besides the tea, the soy-cappuccino was really all the vegan they had to offer. It was kinda crowded and not really for the amount of people or cats that were there. But some of both the cats and humans were really young and wanted to play relentlessly and luckily the space was big enough to do so. Along the walls and close to the ceiling steps and catwalks were made for the cats to get away. Some did not seem to be bothered by people and noises, and just slept where they felt like, being right next to your coffee off-course!
I am still not entirely sure how I feel about cat-cafe’s. They are really booming in The Netherlands these days, which scares me a bit. You really need to have extensive knowledge about cat (and human!) behavior to start this. The Dutch government solely looks at the hygienic part of these cafe’s, stating the kitchen and the cats living-area need to be separated. There are no rules regarding the welfare of the animals, leaving room for error. Then again, I have only visited two, so who am I to judge.
For lunch we met with a friend of mine I dearly love, truly one of the most beautiful and inspiring people I know. We went to De Herbivoor, one of Groningen’s main vegan hotspots. I had the best wrap ever! Filled with greens, lentils, mini vegan-burgers, all freshly made and bio. I stuck to tea, but they had many drinks to offer, including of course various juices and smoothies. This could really become my go-to lunch place when visiting Groningen.
We continued the day shopping, both buying most stuff for my niece and nephew. The last place we went was on my sister’s list of things to see, a shop called Lovely Little Living. They also served coffee, tea and loads of sweets, besides the tea non of which were vegan. But it made her happy and I had my fresh mint tea and some inspirational posters. It was a good day, pleasing both vegan and non-vegan.