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Vegan Food City Guide: Berlin

The German capital is known for its art scene, architecture, and partying. But Berlin is also one of the world's most vegan friendly cities.


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With vegetarian and vegan options at just about any and every place in the city, Berlin is an easy place to go meat-free. In fact, the city is known as the vegan capital of the world.


If schnitzel and currywurst aren't your cup of tea, and you're sick of eating fries as your main, you'll find plenty of meat-free alternatives in Berlin. The city boasts an impressive number of vegan and vegan friendly restaurants and cafes.


But you'll also find vegan butchers, vegan cake shops, grocery shops, as well as vegan shoe shops, beauty shops, a vegan bio hotel (Hotel Almodovar), a vegan sex shop (with vegan sex toys, condoms and no leather), and even a vegan summer festival.


Whether it's fast food, healthy food, salad bowls, sweet treats, the best humus, kebabs or fine dining, we have a lineup of the best vegan, vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes in Berlin, so you can eat your way through the city.


Here's our fave 13 (in no particular order of preference)


 

1

Daluma



Originally just one cafe in the heart of Mitte, Daluma has now branched out into lifestyle and wellness with a line of clean skincare and self care products, kombuchas and juice cleanses, and two new locations in Kadewe and Kudamm. But the Mitte location is still a fantastic and beloved breakfast and brunch spot. Here you'll find delicious plant-based salads, stews, soups, bowls, as well as a menu of fresh pressed juices, smoothies and free-trade coffee. Lunch hour is usually pretty packed, so wrangle a seat outside if the weather is nice and enjoy the people watching on Weinbergsweg.


Weinbergsweg 3, 10119 Berlin

order@daluma.de

 

2

Cookies Cream



You'll be forgiven for thinking you have the wrong directions and that you're heading to a secret club to get to Cookies Cream. You have to walk through a Mitte alley lined with bins and loading docks to get to this restaurant, and after buzzing the door you'll step into an industrial space dressed in red velvet and pulsing with electronic music. Owner Heinz “Cookie” Gindullis used to work one of Berlin's renowned underground clubs, and he's brought his nightlife flair to Cookies Cream, a fine dining one-Michelin-starred vegetarian and vegan restaurant using seasonal local produce. Set menus come in five to seven courses and are beautifully presented. And of course, delicious!


Behrenstr. 55, 10117

+49 306 8073 0448

cream@cookiescream.com

 

3

No Milk Today



This cozy all-vegan cafe is tucked away on a pretty residential street between Hasenhseide and Maybachufer in Kreuzberg and is a great breakfast spot (one of our favourites). Using organic and fair-trade products, their menu offers coffee, cakes, smoothies and they make a mean vegan scramble and bagel with vegan schmear. Drop by No Milk Today and then take a walk in the gorgeous hood to check out some of the vintage stores in the area.


Fichtestraße 3, 10967 Berlin

+49 3081 797 797

 

4

Brammibal's Donuts



Donut fans, rejoice! With 6 locations across Berlin, you now don't have to stray to far from your kiez to find the best berliners (donuts) in Berlin. And they happen to be 100% vegan! Made with freshly milled, locally sourced, nut butter and high quality, sustainable ingredients, Brammibal's Donuts have donuts from classic glazed and sugared cinnamon to donuts you never knew you needed to try, like blueberry lemon cheesecake, cherry pie, red velvet and tiramisu donuts. So good you may as well just order a boxful.

 

5

Kopps



Established in 2011, Kopps is a 100% vegan fine dining restaurant. Choose from a set menu of four to seven courses made from ingredients sourced from small local famers and a gardening workshop for disabled in West Berlin. Pair with biodynamic German wines or some very creative cocktails. On the weekend and holidays they offer a brunch buffet which is worth checking out. Their cheese platter is not bad either.


Linienstraße 94, 10115 Berlin

+49 304 320 9775

kontakt@kopps-berlin.de

 

6

La Stella Nera



I'll confess I'm not the biggest pizza fan, mainly because historically for me eating pizza required peeling off the cheese to make it edible, resulting in nothing more than bread with tomato sauce and messy fingers. However, La Stella Nera has converted me into a pizza fan, and if quite a number of locals are to be believed, it has the best pizza in Berlin, vegan or not. Located in cool Neukölln, this collective-run pizzeria brings you crispy Neapolitan pizzas straight out of a wood-fire oven with an extensive choice of vegan cheeses and toppings. They also have a menu of pasta and desserts (the tiramisu is a must!). The stellar reviews don't do it justice, just go and have a pizza. But if you want to eat in, book a table in advance as it's always busy.


Leykestraße 18, 12053 Berlin

+49 3023 949 708

 

7

Lia's Kitchen



If it's meat and dairy free comfort food you're after, then Lia's Kitchen should hit the spot. This little cafe in Prenzlauer Berg serves up healthy plant-based burgers with a variety of homemade sauces that are anything but junk food. Patties are homemade from whole foods like the oyster-shiitake mushrooms, quinoa and lentils, chilli bean and seitan. Try it with a side of sweet potato fries and vegan nuggets.


Kollwitzstrasse 47, 10405 Berlin

+49 1634 648 436

 

8

Vöner



A staple on the Berlin vegan food scene since 2006, Vöner is the home of the first vegan doner kebab in Germany. The doner kebab along with the currywurst, are practically synonymous with Berlin. But, if you're vegan you haven't experienced the rite of passage of lining up outside a kebab shop in a booze-fuelled nocturnal quest for sustenance. Fomo no more. Made from wheat protein and veggies, Vöner kebab is roasted on a spit, served in a pita bread, as a dürum-wrap or on a plate with chips, fresh salad and your choice of homemade sauce. Their currywurst is also free of preservatives and artificial flavours. Schlep over to Friedrichshain and get yer teeth into a Vöner.


Boxhagener Str.56, 10245 Berlin

+49 176 9651 3869

 

9

Restaurant Pasternak



If you're craving Eastern European home cooking, head out to Restaurant Pasternak. They serve authentic Russian and Jewish specialties like blinis, borscht, latkes and vareniki, and while East bloc cuisine is known for being pretty meat (and sour cream) heavy, don't worry, there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options here. Pop by for breakfast for plant-based blinis, kasha and smoothie bowls. Their sister restaurant in Mitte, Cafe Datscha-Gorki Park (playing up Russian cliches with Soviet-era kitsch and doilies), also has a selection of meat and dairy-free Eastern-bloc home-cooking, and a large enough selection of vodka that you'll be singing Ochi Chyornye to the room after a few shots.


Knaackstraße 22/24, 10405 Berlin

+49 (0) 030 4413399

reservierung@restaurant-pasternak.de

 

10

Kanaan


This vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg was established by an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian Arab descendent of the Samir family that own the famous "Humos Samir“ in Israel and Palestine, so you know their hummus and felafel (made from a family recipe) are going to be great. They have delicious mezze, salads, stuffed vine leaves, and they do an epic and filling Israeli and Palestinian brunch perfect to revive you after a big night out in Berlin. My mouth is watering just writing about their hummus. Kanaan also employs refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Make hummus not war.


Schliemannstraße 15, 10437 Berlin

+49 30 45956801

 

11

Richard



Located in a historic building that doesn't look like much from the outside, and sitting at the cross section of the former East and West Berlin on Köpenicker Strasse, once you step inside you'll be met with gorgeous interior filled with art, and carved wooden ceilings. This fine dining restaurant is known for its modern French cuisine, offering eight course menus to its guests—vegetarian and non-vegetarian— and they can do vegan menu on request. They have a fantastic wine menu too. The restaurant received its first Michelin Star in 2015. Perfect for a special night out.


Köpenicker Str. 174, 10997 Berlin

+49 30 49207242

 

12

Momos



I've never come across a dumpling I didn't like (except for meat filled ones). From veg-filled jiaozi, pelmeni, knishes, kreplach, empanadas, Japanese gyozas and of course Nepalese momos, I've tried veganised versions of them all. They're quick and easy to eat, filling and come with an assortment of stuffings, especially the momos at Momos. Their creative momos include Hokkaido pumpkin, chickpea, lemon zest & fried onion, spicy seitan, miso, chili & leek, and broccoli, shiitake mushroom, tofu, carrot & fried onion, as well as a fried banana momos served with cinnamon and maple syrup. Pure joy!


Chausseestraße 2, 10115 Berlin

+49 160 268 8177

 

13

Bistro Bardot



Located in vegetarian bio hotel (I told you there's plant-based options for everything in Berlin), Hotel Almodovar, has a strong focus on sustainability, using renewable energy, efficient lighting and recycled materials. But they also offer a vegan and vegetarian brunch at Bistro Bardot, with a fantastic vegan brunch spread of cheeses, pastries, dips, and meats, using organic locally sourced ingredients. And you don't have to be a guest to enjoy it.


Boxhagener Str. 83, 10245 Berlin

+49 30 692 097 08 – 2

info@bistrobardot.de

 

14

1990 Vegan Living



As their name suggests 1990 Vegan Living has been around since 1990, serving Vietnamese food in a cosy environment that feels like a welcoming family home in Vietnam. This place has an amazing variety of delicious vegan bowls, noodles, curries, dumplings and salads, as well as juices and shakes. So lecker!


Krosseren Str. 19, 10245 Berlin

+49 30 856 147 61


 

15

Ataya Cafe



Decorated with vibrant African print fabrics, this vegan cafe, run by a Sardinian naturopath and a Seneglase musician, serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, with a mix of different cuisines including vegan scrambled eggs and vegan cheese, Senegalese vegetable stew and West African spicy jollof rice with plantains, momos, pasta and vegan tiramisu. Service at Ataya is super friendly and the atmosphere cosy and lively, with musicians often performing. Book for brunch on Sundays as is gets very busy.


Zelterstr. 6, 10439 Berlin

+49 30 330 210 41