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Ah, spring. Feel like immersing yourself in the trees, indulging in a little vegan food in the city or relaxing in nature as it comes into bloom? Summum knows which places will lure you into spring straight away.

Green food: Gare du Nord, Rotterdam - Amid the cosmopolitan concrete of Rotterdam, you'll find a little haven of calm. Gare du Nord, an adorable organic vegan bistro is located in a beautiful old train carriage in ZoHo, Rotterdam's industrial district. It is an inspiring environment where lots of sustainable initiatives are developed. You can eat inside – a very cosy setting – and soak up the (now) quiet surroundings through the carriage window. During the summer, the garden tables are placed outside so you can eat in nature. Oh, and the food: delicious organic and vegan bistro food such as beetroot carpaccio with truffle, pine nuts, balsamic and cashew parmesan, juicy burgers and clafoutis with pear and vegan cream for dessert. The four-course menu changes each week and is made from seasonal and local produce. So there is not a huge choice of dishes, but this kind of menu does guarantee minimal food waste – and it tastes amazing. It feels like a home away from home, where there’s a slower pace of life.

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