When walking around in Como you’ll get lost in its fairytale labyrinth. On every corner there is a coffee bar and around lunch time the smell of Pasta Pomodoro fills the streets. However, when following your nose a little longer you’ll be pulled into another authentic side street in which you’ll find a cafe named Mystic Burger. This cafe doesn’t only look cute they also serve the most tasty vegan burger in the whole of Como.
What to have
You come here for a real burger experience and don’t you worry the Vegan Burger will give you the full package! Your first bite into this burger is a true mouthful. Whether you are vegan or not, when craving a burger you are looking for the whole experience. You want to use your hands, take a bite of a burger that should obviously be too big to fit in your mouth while the sauce slowly drips from the back onto your hands. You want to get down and dirty and believe me, this burger will tick all those boxes!
The Vegan Burger (€11,- with sides €14,-) consists of a vegetable patty, layered with a tomato & baked black olive salad, topped with a vegan fruit cheese and served in a homemade wholewheat bun. It’s a burger which is rich with lots of different flavours and textures. As you take a bite the vegan cheese will drip down your hands and the fresh flavour of the salad will kick in. Each bite is the combination of crunchy and fluffy textures. This includes the bread, it’s fluffy with a slight crunchy layer on the outside – super delicious!
The side dishes consist of fries and a freshly made salad. The fries look hand cut and are crispy from the outside while fluffy from the inside. Also to add a little healthy twist they serve it with a sidesalad of spelt, mixed veggies and beans. Its something I have never had as a side to a burger before, but I honestly love it. Its a little health kick that tastes amazing and even when ordering a kick-ass burger you also fuel your body with veggies – win win!
Where to go
Mystic Burgeris open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-1:00 and closed on Monday.
Their address is ViaDiaz, 78/80 and it’s located in a cute street in the centre of Como.
You can sit inside but also outside on the terrace which is located opposite the cafe. Its a lovely spot in the middle of beautiful buildings, plus you can do some people watching whilst waiting for your ultimate burger to arrive!
When you’re in Italy you can expect to be finding yourself stuffing your face with ice-cream, lets be honest here. My diet has consisted of espresso’s, pasta and ice-cream in the last few days and apart from going for that extra run I feel great! Being vegan in Italy has always been seen as a very difficult task. But that’s not always true. I have been going to Italy for quite a while and have found some amazing Italian meals that even I can order in a restaurant or cafe. Nevertheless, I have recently discovered an ice salon which is now one of my favourite spots in Como.
What I like
In a small side street you will find a spot namedVanilla Bio. Vanilla Biois an ice salon which only sells vegan and bio ice-cream. Two bubbly girls make you try all the flavours you want and make you even more indecisive as everything you taste is as good as the other. However, if you want to dulge in delight you have to try two of my favourite flavours, ‘coconut’ and ‘chocolate’. They are both vegan and absolutely delicious. Imagine a crispy cone with the most creamiest and flavoursome ice-cream, all plant based.
When you visit Como you can’t miss out on this spot, and trust me you wont be returning just once.
Where to go
They are open everyday and the address is Via fontana 15 in Como, Italy.
I will let you in on a little secret. When I first came to Lake Como to visit my boyfriend he took me on our first date to a very special place. On a summery night we drove past the lake to a destination that had the most beautiful view. On one side of the road you would overlook the water and the beautiful mountains, on the opposite side you would find a small square in which there were 2 restaurants, an ice cream parlour, a fountain and girls in cute dresses laughing and chasing each other in circles. Its a dream destination, like you are playing in an old Italian movie.
You walk into the movie scene and sit down, yet to find out you are about to experience something extraordinary. Your fairy tail experience is about to become even better! At the restaurant named La Piazzettathey serve the absolute dream pizza. You are about to take a bite into a slice with crispy thin dough, topped with the most fresh and flavoursome tomatoes, sprinkled with fresh basil that smells so strong the scent remains on your fingers. Isn’t it magical when your eyes close to take in the flavours, but when you open them again and look over the mountains the magic continues.
La Piazzettais my absolute favourite pizza restaurant. For the people that like to take their loved ones on a date, this is definitely the place to go! ( It definitely worked on me!!)