San Domenico Caffe

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    ( 4 reviews )

Dominiknske Namestie 3, Kosice, Slovakia

Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe and tea room offering some vegan choices including raw cakes, vegan cakes, salads, and other light food. Has fresh juices, lemondade, and coffee. Rice, soy, and coconut milk options. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-8:00pm, Sat 8:00am-8:00pm, Sun 9:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Raw, Western, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Bakery, European, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by elbobro

A Veggie & Vegan Gem, Must visit when in Kosice - Edit

It's hard to find a great place to eat in Kosice for Veggie & Vegans, with those elusive ingredients.... "flavour & taste"!!
San Domenico Caffe has evolved into the No1 choice for healthy eating in the centre of Kosice. The outdoor tables look over the local farmers market & the cafe is regularly full with locals. Fantastic atmosphere, good music, perfectly executed food & drinks packed with awesome taste. Without a doubt some of the most wonderful staff you'll find in all Slovakia.
Although not exclusively Veggie or Vegan, the best thing for us is that we can come here with any of our friends or family, as San Domenico has something for everybody, even our dog :-) This is a place you'll be glad you visited & more than likely go back fo more. When in Kosice check out San Domenico for breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. Grab any of their smoothies, juices, coffee, tea, cocktails, wines & beers at any time of day.

Pros: Great atmosphere & popular with locals, Something for everyone, Multi-lingual, friendly & professional staff

Cons: There's not a San Domenico in every place we go

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Sweet dreams - Edit

Fantastic raw cakes, fresh juices, sandwiches - all look fabulous and taste great. Bio, raw, no sugar, plant milk, vegan options, a bit more expensive, clean, seating on the charming street, hipsters everywhere.

Pros: cakes & drinks, location

Cons: prices

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Hidden gem - Edit

Kosice in Eastern Slovakia is a beautiful town full of nice-looking eateries, but any veg*n reading up on Slovak cuisine in advance would have approached the issue of eating there with a good deal of trepidation. Meat and dairy-heavy, traditional Slovak food exists firmly in a universe in which there is no concept of the vegetarian or vegan. Add to that the fact that while it is Slovakia's second-largest city, Kosice lies deep in the rural East, on the other side of the country to its cosmopolitan sister Bratislava, and you can see why the prospects don't look good for the plant-based eater.

So thank goodness for the San Domenico Caffe. Strictly speaking the menu would receive that bland label 'veg*n-friendly', but in fact it offers far more to the vegan than that label might imply. The ethos appears to be using bio ingredients (for which read: organic), with an emphasis on health. An extract from the menu:

'We use quality stuff, oftentimes in bio quality... We sweeten with cane sugar, homemade honey from local Slovak beekeepers or with bio agave or maple syrup (not refined white sugar)... In our desserts we use wholemeal, corn or no flour... many of them are suitable for people with coeliac disease, lactose intolerance or a raw food lifestyle... Milk with fruits is hard to digest, so our milkshakes are made of light rice milk.'

Soy, rice and goat's milk are available, as are a range of veg*n sandwich fillings served on such delicious mediums as toasted rye. There is a little meat on the menu, but the menu I received was, importantly, in English (a boon not to be taken lightly in Eastern Slovakia). As the other reviewer has noted, the fresh cakes are perhaps the star of the show - they vary between non-vegan, vegan and gluten-free.

The San Domenico Caffe is so named for its position next to the beautiful San Domenico Church, one of the seemingly hundreds of churches dotted through the city. I sat outside in the plaza on a summery morning in July, munching my rye and chickpea sandwich with my peace disturbed only once - and then only momentarily - by the arrival of my drink, a soy creme brulee cappuccino. Which I recommend as a delicious and quite beautiful innovation in sugar-crusted coffee foam; only, if you are vegan/hungover, both of which characterized your reviewer that morning, beware of the Baileys, and perhaps invest a bit more time than I did in making it clear that you'd like it without.

Pros: vegan selection, soy coffees, beautiful location

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Great cakes - Edit

In the middle of the town centre, offering vegan options. Great raw vegan cakes, some sandwiches (chickpea spread, rucola etc.), coffee and chocolate with plant milk. Prices higher than other in town/region, but fair for what you will get.

Pros: great cakes, plant milk used

Cons: more expensive

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