Berlin is one of the hippest, coolest and for sure it is the vegan-friendliest city in Europe. All the different cultures and ethnicities make Berlin a huge melting pot – fortunately this is also reflected in the cuisine the city has to offer. So why not try the vegan version of your favourite food?
From breakfast to midnight-cravings, here are 10 hotspots you should try, even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a vegan hipster with a jute bag.
1. Café Morgenrot
Close to the Underground station Rosenthaler Platz in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg you’ll find Café Morgenrot – a real insiders’ tip. Their breakfast buffet in the weekend is just amazing. From Friday till Sunday you can eat as much as you like from 11am till 3pm from their vegetarian and vegan buffet. Here you’ll find homemade spreads, vegan scrambled eggs, salads and tofu. Their concept is also pretty unique – you can pay between 6 and 12€ depending on your financial situation. You’ll hardly find another place which is so Berlin!
Haferkater is a porridge bar in Friedrichshain. The owner tried to revitalise the popularity of porridge in Germany as it was almost forgotten and connoted as old-fashioned but Haferkater proves that it’s super healthy and varied. The ingredients are all organic and vegan and easy to take away. You should try the Knusperkater – very yummy, nutritious and together with a Detox-Matcha a perfect recovery for a hangover (in German: Kater).
3. Superfoods Berlin
Speaking of take away, Superfoods is probably the best option if you’re looking for a quick lunch before heading back to the office. Most meals are gluten-free, sugar-free and diary-free. Obviously the food contains all the trending superfoods as chia seeds, acai and goji berries, acerola, raw cocoa to name but a few. Their smoothie bowls are almost to beautiful to eat.
Right on the opposite of Superfoods at Rosenthaler Platz with similar kind of food but with a slightly different concept you’ll find Daluma. The design of the furniture is rather minimalist but their juices have what it takes. The owners try to get the max from their raw and vegan ingredients and their products are super high in nutrition. You’ll find a breakdown on every bottle so after consuming you’ll surely feel like a saint and not a sinner.
5. Oh La La
Fancy something sweet? Oh La La is (obviously) a French café. Primarily Oh La La is a vegan pastry shop located in Friedrichshain but their brunch is also divine! Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm you won’t only find colorful vegan pastries but also vegan spreads and eggs, bread rolls and not to forget coffee. Another bonus – the food is not only vegan but also gluten-free, so relish without regret.
We’re sure you’ve heard of the Döner Kebab – it’s like THE favourite dish of the Berliner and you’ll hardly find another Kebab on earth which is as good as this. So clearly it’s no big surprise that you’ll also find the best vegan Kebab here. The place I’m talking about is called Vöner and is based at Boxhagener Straße 56. They prepare their meatless food since 2007 and beside the Vöner they also offer some yummy vegan burger-alternatives. So what are you waiting for? Grab a Vöner and a Club Mate and nobody will recognise you as a tourist.
7. The Bowl
Another hotspot you need to know is The Bowl. You’ll find this cozy place close to the Warschauer Straße in Friedrichshain. It’s almost like the vegan center of Berlin: Next to The Bowl is a vegan supermarket called Veganz where you can also get some ice-cream and great smoothies. Another vegan Café called Goodies is also in the hood. But back to The Bowl: it’s the first clean eating restaurant in Berlin. Their slogan is “Nature is our guru and that’s why they cook 100% gluten-free and sugar-free” From breakfast till dinner, open every day from 10am until 11.30pm.
Momos is the Nepalese dumpling-heaven. The dumplings are vegetarian or even vegan and only organic ingredients are used. You can get them steamed or fried with some nice dips. They’re filled with spinach, potato, pumpkin, cabbage and so forth. If you haven’t had Nepalese dumplings before I can recommend the Momo Experience: It’s a big choice from all sorts of dumplings with 3 dips for 2 people. So why not having your next date in there?
9. Sfizy Veg
You know now where to get dumplings, burger, salads and veneer but what about the traditional Italian cuisine? Sfizy Veg is the first vegan pizzeria in Europe. Two Italian women had the idea to offer the typical Italian pizzas but only with vegan cheese made from farina. They have more than 200 different pizzas and pasta on offer and also fight for animal rights and more ecological awareness. Their mains are about 8€ so really affordable. „Sfizy“ means pleasure in Italian and indeed it’s a vegan joy of living.
This is definitely the best place for midnight-cravings. Unlike the other healthy hotspots they don’t even want to pretend that vegan food has to be low-fat, low-sugar and low-calories. Chaostheorie is the first vegan Cocktailbar in Germany. Their mantra is “fat and drunk” so you’ll only find burgers, tortillas and cake on the menu – and cocktails of course. The Berliner Smaragd is probably the best vegan gin tonic you can get and so worth a sin! Best part: the opening hours have an open end every night!