15 CEE food and drinks startups for lazy days
Whether you’re busy, lazy, or just unable to boil an egg without burning your flat down, there’s always a reason to order in. From eye-candy cupcakes to strong booze, we’ve put together a mouth-watering list of CEE startups that make fine foods delivered to your couch or your desk without questions asked. Have we missed anyone? Let us know!
Founded in 2008 by Angelo Laub, Mjam is a platform that allows you order food from over 700 restaurants in 51 cities across the country, covering a wide range of cuisine types. The team has also recently developed an app for iOS and Android for hungry people on the go.
If you feel like cooking a scrumptious meal yourself but are appalled by the tragic emptiness of your fridge, this one is for you. Feinkoch offers to choose a dish from their appetising selection, then gathers all the ingredients and delivers them to you, together with the recipe. In a nutshell, the Vienna-based startup aims to restore the fun of home cooking while sparing you the time – and the chore – of going grocery shopping.
In the same spirit, KochAbo created a food box service, proposed in weekly plans or twice a month. Customers choose between a set of three or five classic or vegetarian recipes, created by its chef, according to the number of guests. Corresponding ingredients and fresh products are then delivered at home, free of charge. The company also proposes a fruit box plan, delivering three or six kilogrammes of fresh fruits at your door.
BGMENU allows ordering meals from 250 restaurants across the country, from sushi to burritos, available for takeout or home-delivery. This foreigner-friendly platform possesses an interface both in Bulgarian and in English, and many filters to speed up the research process.
Thanks to the online ordering service offered by Take-a-Cake bakery, customers can compose a set of at least six pieces picked amongst sweet cupcakes or savoury muffins, according to the flavours of the day (displayed forthe week to come). Their order is then available for pick-up or home delivery, coming fresh from the bakery on the day chosen. Sadly, only the lucky dwellers of Sofia can enjoy this service for now.
On a single platform, Murzelivo combines the resources of an online supermarket and a restaurant. It offers a variety of products to deliver within one hour in selected areas of Sofia, from fresh burgers and energy drinks to classic grocery items and household goods.
This web and mobile app offers an ordering service from a large number of restaurants in Zagreb, as well as user ratings and reviews. Numerous search criteria such as minimum order amount, delivery time, and types of food facilitate the navigation, also proposed in English for voracious foreigners.
Through multiservice platform TurboDeliver, Tallinn inhabitants can get sushi, pizzas, kebabs from over 30 restaurants delivered to their doorstep from 9am to 11pm. The most romantic of our readers will be delighted to hear that, in addition to food, the website also proposes aflower delivery service across the country.
Founded in 2011 by Columbia University grad Eugene Birman, and Tartu University Law School grad Tanel Ader, Mychef.ee is an online platform for individuals and businesses that allows the order and delivery of various types of food – including frozen yogurts and smoothies – from many restaurants initially within Tallinn.
Pizzaportal gathers over 2.500 restaurants across the country to order from, via an online portal and a mobile app. Unlike its name suggests, the service is not limited to pizza but also includes sushi, kebab, pierogi, Chinese food and other local and exotic delicacies.
Here is where serious things start. This British-Slovenian startup offers to responsible adults – and others – the possibility to discover fine spirits and hard-to-find liquors from all around the globe thanks to its subscription service. Every month, members of this tasting club receive a pack containing five sample bottles with three shots each of various alcohols carefully selected by Flaviar curators.
Created by Jernej, Žiga and Borut, students in IT science and electrical engineering, this startup aims to simplify online food ordering within the country by proposing a unique and user-friendly platform. Featuring ratings and user reviews for more transparency, Ehrana also offers special deals.
eDonaska is a one-stop online portal for food and beverage delivery in over 85 cities across the country. Colourful and accessible even to English speakers, the website puts an end to the interminable leaflet-browsing-before-picking-the-phone practice, by offering an extensive variety of food to order with just a click or two.
Zakaz is a platform offering a wine and groceries delivery service in Kiev, Donetsk and Sevastopol from six selected retailers. The offers on the website are all at shelves prices and customers can choose between different types of delivery, getting items at their doorstep at up to 11pm.
Launched in Kiev by Yevhenii Vizhul, Restoris gathers hundreds of restaurants to order online from, proposing an extensive assortment of food types. The young startup aims to implement a pyramidal reward programme, in which each customer would get 1% from its order added to its virtual wallet, as well as 1% of the order of friends invited to join.