The ultimate guide to eating vegan in Berlin

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The ultimate guide to eating vegan in Berlin

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The ultimate guide to eating vegan in Berlin

In Berlin, vegan options abound. A standardized green “V” symbol marks every product in the supermarket that’s vegan, and your average falafel, döner and currywurst fast-food stands all have a green side to their menu to highlight the requisite vegan options. Your problem as a traveler, then, is not finding places to eat vegan, but deciding which of Berlin’s many great vegan-friendly establishments to prioritize. The city has truly earned its reputation as one of the most vegan cities in the world.

Just how veganism took over Berlin so quickly depends on who you ask, but there are several key factors. Berliners already consider themselves outliers, people who question authority with a social consciousness that extends to the environment and animals. German culture is also deeply rational, and as more and more investigations expose the realities of factory farming, many people want to stop, or at least reduce, their consumption of animals.  Finally, Berlin is an extremely international city, and one where it’s still relatively cheap and easy to start a business. This combination makes the perfect conditions for veganism to rise.

So, with such a plethora of options, where’s a person to eat? In the weeks I was in Berlin, it was difficult to even scratch the surface, so I enlisted the help of professional local vegan food writers to corroborate my picks for the best places to eat vegan in Berlin.

Kopps

Though the other main vegan fine-dining restaurant in Berlin – Lucky Leek – gets the most attention, Kopps has, to me, the best high-end vegan food in Berlin. With an emphasis on whole foods that are locally sourced and seasonal, Kopps offers truly beautiful food. By American standards, the €70 tasting menu (I suggest it with the German wine and cocktail pairings) is actually a real deal – this is world-class vegan fine dining. Locals also highly recommend Kopp’s brunch as one of the best in the city. Go in the spring and you’ll have a great view of the cherry blossoms outside.

Vöner

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Döner is the classic, ubiquitous drunk food for Berlin residents. Luckily, thanks to Vöner, vegans and those looking to eat less meat don’t have to go without this Turkish treat. The seitan-based döner is even placed on a traditional meat spindle, where it’s scraped off and served in a pita with all the fixings for a truly modern Berlin experience.

Kanaan

Kanaan likes to claim it has the best hummus in town. And though competition is steep, the hummus is indeed impressive – but the falafel may be even better. The story behind this vegetarian spot and its social initiatives is also compelling: co-owned by an Israeli and a Palestinian, the restaurant encourages immigrant communities to come together over food.

Goura Pakora

Oliver Fritzsche, who runs the site Vegan Berlin, recommends Goura Pakora as one of Berlin’s top spots for vegan fare – and I have to agree. The Indian cuisine is flavorful without being overly salty and the portions definitely won’t leave you hungry. Order a thali or a dosa and a chocolate milkshake and you might just be set for the day.

Häppies

Häppies is a labor of love for owner Ulrike, who works there every day. This unassuming restaurant – rated #1 on TripAdvisor for cheap eats in Berlin – serves up Asian-style dumplings with a variety of traditional and Western flavor combinations. “The restaurant started as an omnivore place, but now offers more and more vegan options, since Ulrike is personally transitioning to veganism,” Fritzsche says.

Alaska Bar

Neukölln – a traditionally Lebanese and Turkish neighborhood where hipsters are converging – is the newest frontier in Berlin-style gentrification. It’s a unique area worth checking out, and while you’re there, stop at Alaska Bar, a vegan Spanish-style tapas and cocktail bar, and enjoy a sexy atmosphere along with animal rights decor. Johannes Stiegler, who co-runs the group Berlin-Vegan, especially recommends the chocolate caliente with churros.

Wilder Hase

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Spent our Sunday wandering through Friedrichshain! The neighborhood near #boxhagenerplatz is overflowing with vegan restaurants. Seriously, there are so many options it is hard to decide where to eat. We decided on a single scoop of cheesecake Eis at the 100% vegan @balaram_eis before heading to @gourapakora for delish pakora. Next, we headed to a vegan bakesale at outdoor market #RAW-Gelände. @veganz was closed but the awesome restaurant @thebowlberlin was serving famished vegans. We accidentally found world famous nightclub Berghain. Just looking at the crowd lined up at 5 pm & the techno pulsing through the building made me feel very middle aged. Happily, we found the vegan #biergarten #wilderhase to cheer me back up!!😂 @_techno_hard_techno_

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Head to Friedrichshain – one of the hippest, most vegan-friendly neighborhoods in Berlin – to get a drink at Wilder Hase, a traditional German beer garden where everything from the beer to the food is vegan. “This is unpretentious Berlin at its best,” Stiegler says. “Order the plum nut cake – or any cake of the day.”

Tribeca

While the vegan ice cream spot Balaram is more beloved by local vegans, to my LA-spoiled palate, Tribeca has the best, creamiest ice cream in the city. The flavors are unique and satisfying in a way that makes Tribeca’s vegan ice cream taste like gelato, and soft serve “nice” cream, sweetened only with fruit, is on hand for health nuts. Tribeca used to be entirely vegan, but recently introduced one cow’s milk flavor into the rotation – something I hope the owners will change their minds about.

Geh Veg

Located in Tiergarten, Geh Veg is an unassuming but satisfying cafe. The Power Salad was probably the healthiest deal I found in all of Berlin, and the ice cream was the best I had in the city, next to Tribeca. This is a real vegan spot – not only do animal rights stickers adorn the walls, but I even witnessed a barista bring a dog a bowl of water, unprompted.

Lucky Leek

Be sure to reserve a table if you want to go to Lucky Leek, which has a reputation for being the best vegan fine-dining restaurant in Berlin. Indeed, the food is exquisitely plated and tastes wonderful – especially the homemade cheese plate. Though Kopps was to me the clear winner at this price point, Lucky Leek is also not to be missed, if you can afford it.

Veganz

While it’s not a restaurant, no vegan’s trip to Berlin would be complete without a pilgrimage to Veganz, one of several all-vegan supermarkets in the city. Go to the one on Schivelbeiner Str. and you’ll be able to order fresh pastries, coffee and cakes from the cafe (and snag some Wi-Fi). Then go shopping at the all-vegan, all-ethical shoe store Avesu and fair-trade vegan clothing store DearGoods right next door. This supermarket is truly vegan heaven, so plan to assemble your picnic in one of Berlin’s 2,500-plus parks accordingly.

Quy Nguyen

Vegan Vietnamese food is all the rage in Berlin, and while I found that the more Instagram-savvy 1990 and SOY didn’t quite live up to the hype, Stiegler insists Quy Nguyen is the best out there – and Yelp and vegan review site HappyCow agree. Located in the central Mitte neighborhood, +84 is another Vietnamese vegan spot worth checking out.

Satt & Glücklich

Healthy options are sometimes harder to come by in Berlin, so head to Satt & Glücklich if you want a hearty vegan bowl or different salads – or homemade vegan cheese plates (though I can’t personally attest to the cheese). While you’re there, you’ll be able to check out one of the cutest streets in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood.

La Stella Nera

This vegan Italian restaurant is actually run as a collective and makes the best vegan pizza in Berlin, according to every local vegan foodie I’ve spoken to. “I have never been disappointed by the quality of the pizza here,” says Amélie Gagné, who writes the Berlin-based vegan lifestyle blog Mostly Amélie. “Their vegan cheese is great and the prices are super fair. One of my favorites for sure.”

Ataya Caffe

If you want to try something unique, head to Ataya Caffe, where Senegalese and Sardinian influences combine with veganism. Insiders recommend you go here for brunch.

Bamerang

For some Berlin grunge, head to Bamerang, one of several all-vegan bars in Berlin. Bamerang is known for its milkshakes, flaming drinks and satisfying drunk food like pizza and cake, and it has a sexy nighttime atmosphere in the trendy Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood.

Vaust

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Predictably, when it comes to vegan restaurants, the edgier East Berlin reigns supreme. But if you’re in West Berlin and want to try a more traditional German restaurant, head to Vaust, which serves veganized versions of many traditional German dishes, like geschnetzeltes, a creamy pasta dish normally made with mushrooms and pork.

Kojiterie

This vegan cheese shop and deli is off the tourist-beaten path in the Schöneberg neighborhood, but insiders know it’s well worth the trip. “Kojiterie serves cheese you didn’t dream of ever eating again when you stopped eating dairy cheese,” Stiegler says. Try the Cashewbert or the blue cheese.

Vux

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If it’s traditional German pastries you want, locals swear by Vux, an unassuming cafe where everything is vegan. “I would make the detour any time for their peanut butter cupcake,” Gagné says. “It’s literally the most delicious thing I’ve ever had in my life.”

Viasko

Viasko is known for having one of the best vegan brunches in Berlin – which is saying something, since, as you might have gathered by now, locals are very into their vegan brunches. The extensive buffet is definitely worth waking up before 3 p.m. for (beware: you’ll become slightly nocturnal if you enjoy Berlin properly), but if you don’t make it, don’t worry; it’s also open for dinner.

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