Vegan Come Koala

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Via L'Arancio, 21, Pisa, Italy, 56126

Vegan organic fast food with menu items that include hot dogs, burgers, piadinas, crepes and more. Has vegan cheese and salami. Organic beer, wine and fruit juice. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, International, Italian, Organic, Fast food, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out

29 Reviews

First Review by TofuCelt

Cute place! - Edit

Was glad this little place existed after a quick visit to the leaning tower on a hot day. Was in a hurry and also very thirsty. Welcomed by a sweet man who was happy to help me decide what I wanted, although there was a lot of choice and it wasn't immediately clear what one could have which was a little off-putting as you feel like you have to decide in the moment, but I only wanted a drink really anyway.

Had a freshly made fruit smoothie which was delicious and refreshing. Would have had some food to take away for my train ride to Siena too but didn't have space to carry it (and wasn't majorly hungry either) which was a shame. There is a number of yummy things like seitan, tofu and other products that can be added to wraps, salads etc. and lots of drink options too.

As the only vegan place in Pisa it is definitely worth visiting and in a great location too. We need to support vegan-only places like this, especially if there is a lack of options in the town. These little places are gold-dust :)

Pros: Choices/options - all fresh too, Location, Helpful, friendly owner

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Good vegan spot - Edit

I liked the vibe of this small place, food was ok, and the owner was friendly, buuut I think many improvements could be made so non-vegans wouldn't walk away right away.
Place was so small and the thing that hung in front of the door gave me the impression the place was closed (I think it was to keep flies out? But also customers)! Menu was way too extensive and unclear, everything written small in an unlogical order. Could easily be half and still have a lot of options. People that came in when we were waiting left. And after we made a decision from the huge menu we were asked which sauces and which salad we wanted, like c'mon, I'm not the chef here, just make something nice... ;-)

Pros: Lovely oldskool vegan vibe

Cons: Unclear menu

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Food is Good, Service is Great - Edit

I'm so glad I made the effort to visit this little "hole in the wall" cafe during my visit to Pisa. The food was delicious and made for a lovely lunch spot. The owner was incredibly friendly and willing to answer any questions. I would definitely recommend this place. The prices are really good too - far better than any tourist trap prices you pay around the leaning tower.

Pros: cheap, friendly service, extensive menu

Cons: a little hard to find (without google maps)

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excellent - Edit

excellent vegan food made with love (one can sense it); excellent service; a small cozy place one feels at home.

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fast food & shop - Edit

A really nice place with a very cool owner !! The menu has a lot of choices. I tried a kebab and a sandwich, both was good (the kebab was really good) =D

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All vegan food in Pisa - Edit

Credit to Vegan Come Koala for being the only all-vegan joint in Pisa, plus for being conveniently located half way between Centrale station and the leaning tower. Thankfully the friendly guy serving spoke English as there are a lot of options when it comes to producing your sandwich! Made a change from eating plain pizza and pasta pomodoro for a week so for that I was grateful. Not a 'destination' vegan joint per se but good solid option if you're after a healthy option in Pisa.

Pros: all vegan, healthy food

Cons: very small, not a simple menu

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Great hotdogs and friendly service - Edit

We just popped in for a snack Saturday evening, as we really wanted to test this place and they are closed Sundays. The owner speaks good English, he made us a lovely hot dog and wraps and we paid just approx 11 EUR for both :)
They were delicious, so definitely give it a go :)

Pros: Food + prices, Location, Variety of food and drinks

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Very good sandwiches - Edit

This small take-away counter offers many different dishes, including sandwiches and wraps to take away. I took a hot dog, a sandwich with the "cutlets" and a wrap. The hot dog was fairly good but the other two sandwiches were amazing. I really loved the cutlet inside and the wrap had a very good taste. The owner was very friendly and helpful and the place is centrally located. It is very small so I suggest to take away and to go to the place at the end of the street. I would definitely go back there if I come back to Pisa.

Pros: good sandwiches, affordable, friendly staff, central location

Cons: small (only to take away)

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Nice take away - Edit

In a small street close from the tower.

Food is ok but not THAT tasty, i was kind of disappointed after i read all the 5* reviews...

Pros: 100% vegan, nice owner

Cons: small portions

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wrapalicious - Edit

had concearns about going for 'fast food' but the food was great. had a corn wrap with pumpkin burger. excellent. plently of fillings, sauces and veg or salad items to make up the wraps with. buonissimo!

Pros: good selection

Cons: only few stools for sitting down

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Great Food Served With Compassion! - Edit

This little hole in the wall is an absolute gem! The food was delicious and the host was very friendly and explained all the options to us in English. I had a spelt wrap with spicy seitan (not hot at all but very tasty), rocket, tomatoes, mushrooms and rice cheese with a mild mustard sauce. My partner had a seitan hotdog with rice cheese and ketchup. We enjoyed them so much that we went back for seconds!

My food contained no oil (good for HCLF vegans) and little salt.

The store has plenty of organic fizzy and non-fizzy drinks as well as some snacks for those on the go (raw chocolate, fruit bars and crackers).

Everything is recycled and composted, even the packaging that the food comes in is compostable.

I really enjoyed everything about Vegan Come Koala and would recommend to all visiting Pisa!

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Very yummy panini - Edit

I took the panini with pumpkin tofu, some vegs and mayo and it was suuuper delicious. The bread was toasted perfectly and the tofu was real good. Yes, it's all warmed-up convenience food, but come on, in most restaurants, bars, Cafés, bakeries, ... they just warm up food with the only difference they don't tell you about it. The price was totally okay, 4 or 5€. The shop could be a little bigger tho, it is really really tiny. I would also reconsider the "decoration" and the menu should be written cleaner because it's hardly decipherable. Some background music would be nice aswell. Nonetheless a cute tiny shop with yummy food

Pros: Great variety considering the space, Price, Friendly owner who speaks English well enough

Cons: Really tiny, not that comfortable, Weird stuff hanging from the door which could scar

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great sandwich place - Edit

great place to get a vegan panini. You can choose the bread, fillings, dressing to make it to your own taste. I will definitely go back

Pros: not expensive , large choice of drinks

Cons: too small to sit inside

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Tiny snackbar near the tower - Edit

When I was visiting the tower of Pisa I was quite surprised to find this tiny place via HC.
I had a Falafel and stocked up with some vegan italian snacks. Everything was fine. However, it's a bit tricky to find it.

Pros: Speaks English

Cons: Located in a tiny street, hard to find

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Perfect vegan place to buy snacks and panini - Edit

Great panini, too much choice, everything was delicious. Too much bread if you don't add extras but not too expensive and sooooo good. Plus, they sell snacks like shitty milk chocolate, the kind of thing you can't help but miss... well this one is vegan. Perfect for our long night in the train back to France :)

Pros: all vegan, documentation, snacks

Cons: small portions

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Closed... - Edit

I'm very disappointed because when I came with my friend, the restaurant was closed, but there was a message on the door warning people about it (they were at a vegan festival, on August 1st and 2nd). Disappointed because on August 3rd at non I was waiting for the doors to open but they never did. No word about vacation period and time changes. We waited 15 mins and decided to go elsewhere. Too bad because I was very happy to eat there with reviews and photos that other people posted here.

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Lovely place in the city centre! - Edit

Nice simple food, what I need after see the tower. Nice service and there are also vegan products that I bought for later. like vegan cookies, chocolate from rice milk, etc.

Cons: moderate

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Tiny take-away - Edit

There is really nothing special about this place other than it's 100% vegan. It's a tiny take-away where ready-made food (mostly from the supermarket) is warmed up for you. Better than nothing but there is so much good vegan food in Italy that I don't quite see the point in eating convenience food.

Pros: 100% vegan, friendly staff/owner

Cons: convenience food, small portions

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Koalizziamoci! - Edit

I was lucky enough to visit Vegan Come Koala twice during a visit to Pisa. I was greeted by Marco, one of the owners who has been vegan 10 years and spoke great English.

The motto here is "koalizziamoci" ("koala's come together" or "become a koala"). Koala's are vegan, so this means a place where vegan's are welcome and everyone can learn more about it. :)

There is a lot of variety on the menu; burgers, hot-dogs, pizza, crepes, wraps, panini, raw bars, and an assortment of drinks, including beer and soya cappuccino. All made to order on the spot with your choice of sauce (mayo, tahini, etc). I had a seitan sandwich with Vegusto cheese on fresh bread that was outstanding, and tofu spring rolls that were also lovely.

There's room to seat 4 inside, but 30 meters down the street (to the east) are nice benches and some shade if the shop is busy. Worth a visit!

Pros: Menu variety, Flavors!

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The only vegan place in town! - Edit

Unless you have a car or fancy a bit of cooking, this is your only 100% vegan place in town (at least as far as we could see).
Excitedly we walked into the restaurant, which is very small. We took a look around and had heard that it had terribly graphic posters up. Thank God it did not. The worst was a cow looking at us with the captions:

"A life for a burger...





Are you serious?"
If anything, we were glad to see such blunt yet none stomach churning activism.

FOOD REVIEW:
Very tasty, not the biggest portions. Whilst the food doesn't cost much and is inexpensive, we felt that we could have been given more in the way of filling foods.

The Quinoa burger wasn't the best in terms of flavour. But we bought some uncooked spinach burgers and had them at home, They were brilliant. The hotdogs were a must, and the pizza we had had veg-gusto on it. Perfect!

Unfortunately a lot of the food was simply bought and just cooked. Not masses of it was made in store. Which might go a long way to explaining the difficulty in portion sizes.

We also had chocolate crepes. They were divine.


ATMOSTPHERE:
Not great to be honest. The owner seemed shy at best, and awkward and untalkative at worst. But after our second time in the shop at the very end, I did manage to get a smile out of him. Perhaps he'd had a bad day? Or perhaps that's just how he is?

Probably better for taking food away rather than staying in was my reaction.


LOCATION: Very central, quite near the leaning tower of Pisa. Brilliant!

Overall I'd recommend going to this place if you're in Pisa, but not making a special effort if you're not. But try the spinach burgers, hot dogs and crepes if you go!

Pros: Taste, Location, Price

Cons: Atmosphere, Size, Reliance on shop bought foods

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Ironic discovery- heaven lead me - Edit

At a non vegan restaurant eating a banana on free wifi looking up vegan places around & just for fun in pisa- only one here & address obviously didnt know, took a stroll outside & came across the street name it looked familar, didnt believe that this could be the street it was in but walked down the street anyway & amazed, jaw dropping discovery it was there-the vegan come koala, walked in- very tiny, & couldnt decide what i wanted still paralysed from the discovery. I ordered a wrap with tempeh, capers, mushroom, beetroot, onion, lettuce, tomato & an amazing spicy ketchup & vegan cheese, it was toasted. Had some good for sale food aswell, biscuits, wine, bars,soft drinks. The place was small, too small for such masterpieces I bought what i thought was chocolate but surprised by small macarons with chocolate filling. The wrap was the best thing i have ever tasted in my life couldnt stop raving about, salivating thinking about it, and only about 3.5 euros, depressed that i probably wont have another one for atleast anpther 5 years. Ladies & gentleman i give you paradise

Pros: Excellent value, Lots of variety, Taste sensation

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Little vegan heaven - Edit

yesterday, my boyfriend and me ate for lunch and also for dinner at this great vegan restaurant. we have tried 5 different food options (we even have taken some burgers to eat them at the aiport!) - and all tasted great! The "stuff" of the "vegan come koala" are very nice and it was really nice and interesting to talk to them. We hope that the restaurant has a lot of success in the future and that one time we can eat there again when we are back in Pisa! summing up: a huge recommendation!
Go vegan...vegan come Koala :-) !

Pros: Cruelty-free, healthy, extremly friendly

Cons: to small for a dinner inside

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amazing vegan take out! - Edit

We were thrilled to find this little fast food vegan place! The guy was so nice and friendly and the food was amazing. Great veggie burgers with toppings, sandwiches, crepes, etc. We ate there and took some for later! Definately worth stopping by!

Pros: vegan, great food, fast

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really vegan delicious sandwiches - Edit

How delightful to know there is a vegan panineria in my town. Owners are very friendly and give suggestions about what to tske. I had a panino with tempeh, pepper and onions... sublime! and a glass of organic red wine! Really recommended!

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, healthy cuisine

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"As vegan as a koala!" - Edit

The sign outside the establishment had this translation of the restaurant's name, which I found charming. What awaited us inside was most welcome. It's a very small place, and most people stopped by for carry out. I can see grabbing food and going out for a picnic by the leaning tower, but we chose to eat at two of the four bar stools in the place. The young man behind the counter was incredibly sweet and helpful, and he offered to explain any of the ingredients on the menu if we didn't understand the Italian. It's not a huge menu, but there are enough options to please different tastes. I had a salami panini with vegan cheese and it was just delicious. I was also able to choose whatever toppings, such as lettuce, pickles, etc. For dessert we split the chocolate croissant and a type of crepe-like wrap with more melty chocolate (they didn't have "real" crepes available that day, but typically do.) We chatted about veganism in Italy with the man behind the counter and had a nice conversation during our meal. I highly encourage you stop check them out when you're in Pisa!

One minor complaint was that there were some flyers on the walls with some disturbing images of animal abuse in an effort to educate the public about these issues. For me, I'm already batting for the team, so I don't really want to stare at images of cruelty while I sit down for dinner. It's a small personal objection, and it wouldn't keep me from going back or fully recommending that you eat there, too. Maybe next time I will get take-out.

Overall, this was solid vegan food. Hurray for the faux salami!

Pros: faux salami! , friendly, helpful staff, chocolate croissants

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Friendly and off-the main streets in Pisa - Edit

Pisa was a very happening place on the Monday we found ourselves there. While much of the activity seems to be centered around three general areas in the city, Vegan Come Koala is among these on a less busy street south of the tower and between the main street and university.
The owner is extremely friendly and knows his food very well. He seems really committed to providing the best, most-environmentally/animal-conscious, and healthiest food possible to his customers.
Many of the diners this evening came in and got a quick meal (usually a sandwich) and then left. The place is run entirely by him and is only one small place with four stools and a lot of animal welfare/vegan literature about the place. We had a lot of fun trying out his different creations and talking with him about veganism in Italy (turn s out that we missed a Seitan Festival by one day!). I had a DOUBLE SPECIAL BURGER with Tabasco sauce and a few other interesting additions. We then had some chocolate desserts.
Everything was really great and I suggest that any veg-conscious people stop in this place. It was a very positive and welcoming experience.

Pros: Plenty of Options

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Fully recommended! - Edit

I live in Pisa and am able to be a vegan thanks to this place!If you are a vegan or vegetarian living in Pisa or visiting Pisa, this place is a must!
I go here nearly every day for lunch, sometimes also for dinner,and have tried most things on the menu - all of which I have found absolutely delicious! I especially recommend the piadinas and the spinach cheese burgers. There is also a wide range of drinks on offer including excellent vegan wine and a range of beers as well as lots of juices and teas. Vegan come Koala is very central and, although small, has a warm and very welcoming atmosphere and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The prices are also very reasonable, in my opinion. Around 4/4.50 euros for most sandwiches or burgers. One more thing - fantastic crepes!

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, warm atmosphere

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