Dresden is divided into the Altstadt and Neustadt, on opposite sides of the river. Most of the sights are in the Altstadt, but most of the vegan eateries are on the other side. Of course, it’s worth crossing over just for the good food (like these burgers), but it’s nice to find a sight worth seeing there as well.
The two sides are pretty different, from the grandeur of the dramatic buildings in the Altstadt to the eateries and art of the Neustadt. And nestled in the Neustadt on Goerlitzer Strasse is the Kunsthofpassage, a network of little alleys full of colourful buildings and interesting little shops and cafes. This blue house with the water trickling down was my favourite, but there were some other impressive ones as well.
Animal lovers rejoice!
And lots of pretty mosaics.
Goerlitzer Strasse seamlessly transitions into Rothenburger Strasse, home to Cafe V Cake, a lovely all-vegan cafe. There was some nice mismatched furniture and a selection of board games, so it looked like a nice place to sit and eat, but we actually picked up some food to take away and eat on the train home to Prague. This pasta salad was cheap and cheerful: farfalle, chickpeas, slices of spicy sausage and vegetables in a mayonnaise dressing reminiscent of coleslaw. It was creamy and really satisfying. The pots were nice and easy to transport as well, making it the perfect takeaway food.
If an establishment has the word “cake” in the title, it would be rude not to get a slice. There was a fantastic selection, and we got this slice of chocolate speculoos cake to share. It was delicious! Sometimes I find vegan chocolate sponge a bit too dry, but this was perfect. The icing was nice and not too sweet, and the sprinkling of speculoos crumbs on the top were delightful.
It just goes to show: you should always trust a place with “cake” in the title.