Afforable Eating: Freiburg Edition

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Johannes Ong
March 28, 2024
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Studying abroad comes with the excitement of adventures, the challenge of adapting to a culture, and the quest for delicious yet affordable food. Many students are concerned about eating on a budget while exploring the world. Freiburg is no exception with its lively food scene. This guide is here to help you not eat affordably but enjoy your meals without feeling like you're missing out making your time in this charming German city even more memorable.

The first step to mastering the art of budget dining in Freiburg is assessing your kitchen setup. Whether you're in a student residence with a shared kitchen or in an apartment with roommates, your cooking options will depend on the tools. With basics like a stove, oven, pots, pans, knives and cutting board on hand you have what you need to cook up a variety of dishes. Getting comfortable with these essentials from the start will set the stage for exploration. Make your cooking experiences more fulfilling.

During your days in Freiburg, before settling in dining out might be a convenient choice. Freiburg boasts a variety of pocket dining options where you can savor meals without breaking the bank. From the cuisine at La Piazza to the satisfying quick bites at various Döner kebab joints and the ready to eat meals at supermarkets there's something to suit every taste and budget. Depending on how hungry you are, prices for meals can range from 5 to 10 euros offering a choice for your initial days or occasional dining out. However, as you settle in your kitchen calls out to you offering an way to enjoy your daily meals.

Transitioning from eating out to cooking at home supermarkets like Penny Mart become companions. Renowned for their budget prices and convenient operating hours these stores are havens for students looking to make their euros go further. Yet deciding what dishes to prepare can be a challenge. For those who value convenience and simplicity meal prepping emerges as an answer. By selecting an to make and freezer friendly recipes such as fried rice, chicken with noodles, or chicken fajitas you can cook in bulk saving time and money. This method ensures that you have meals throughout the week while high quality storage containers keep your dishes fresh and appetizing.
One of the things about cooking while studying in another country is the sense of community it brings. Cooking together not helps to save money by splitting costs among friends. It also turns meal preparation into a fun social activity. When you cook with friends or classmates, you get to try recipes share your cultural dishes and create lasting memories. These moments of exchange and bonding over meals in shared kitchens become a part of your study abroad experience adding depth and enjoyment to your time away from home.

To sum up, exploring the food scene in Freiburg on a budget is a part of the adventure of studying. By making food choices mastering meal prepping skills and enjoying cooking with others, you can taste all the culinary delights without breaking the bank. Remember that studying abroad is about exploring and trying things, including different foods. By being organized, creative and open to experiences you'll not only manage your finances well but also enhance your overall adventure in this lovely city, creating unforgettable memories along the way.

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Hello! I'm Jo, an economics student at Pomona College, originally from New York and later a CA San Diegan since the age of 11. I love to run and am excited about the program!

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