Berlin is a great place for vegans, my vegan paradise (besides probably New York, London and Melbourne). There’s so much to explore in Berlin that I can’t (or don’t want to) mention it all. So here are just a few of my favourites. For everything else, it’s always worth checking out HappyCow, of course, and also Berlin Vegan (http://www.berlin-vegan.de/bv-guide/). Both of them have an app that might come in handy when you’re roaming around, while I prefer the HappyCow one that I always use wherever I am.
Favourite Brunch Buffets:
Café Vux offers a lovely assortment of dishes (mainly salads and dips) in a nice atmosphere. It’s best to be there a bit before 12 pm, since it’s usually quite busy.
Café Vux, Wipperstrasse 14, Neukölln, http://www.vux-berlin.com/; Sundays, 12 – 15, for 9.50 €, reservation not possible
The food they offer at Laauma is rather creative (you kind of never know what you’ll get) with also gluten free and raw options. Their speciality is cold brew coffee with coconut milk froth, and they also serve home-made almond milk. They have seats inside as well as outside, but sitting near the buffet can get uncomfortable/crowded.
Laauma, Sonntagstrasse 26, Friedrichshain, http://www.laauma.com/; every second Saturday of the month, 11 – 16, for 12 €, reservation recommended
I like about Ohlàlà that their brunch is completely vegan and gluten free. If you don’t care for gluten free food, there might be better buffets though.
Ohlàlà, Mainzer Strasse 18, Friedrichshain, http://www.my-ohlala.com/; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 – 19, for 11.90 €, reservation not possible
playing with eels, Urbanstrasse 32, Kreuzberg, http://www.playingwitheels.de; Saturdays, 11 – 17, for 13 €, reservation appreciated, which can be easily done through their website
At Viasko, they might offer the most extensive vegan buffet in Berlin, which is definitely worth checking out. They have several tables inside as well as outside, but still reservation is recommended.
Viasko, Erkelenzdamm 49, Kreuzberg, http://www.viasko.de/; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 – 15, for 13 €, reservation only possible for 11.00 and 11.30
I love the concept of Café Morgenrot, where they don’t ask for a fixed price, but let you decide how much you can afford and are willing to pay (from 6 to 12 €). Their buffet is vegetarian with several vegan dishes, mainly salads and dips, bread, vegetables and fruit. They have many tables inside and also a few outside.
Café Morgenrot, Kastanienallee 85, Prenzlauer Berg, http://morgenrot.blogsport.eu/fruehstueck/; every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 – 15, 6 – 12 €
For some more ideas, have a look at my post in German on vegan brunch buffets where you can find the links to other places: https://angryprincessblue.com/2015/07/26/veganes-berlin-ich-3-du/.
Favourite Coffee Places:
If you are looking for vegan Cupcakes, Cupcake in Friedrichshain is the place to go. They usually only have one flavor a day, unfortunately, but sometimes they also offer a vegan and gluten free option with carrot cake. They also serve hot and cold drinks as well as some other vegan baked goods as brownies or banana bread.
Cupcakes, Krossener Strasse 12, Friedrichshain, http://www.cupcakeberlin.de
One of my favourites – if not my number one – is no milk today, a cozy little café in a quite area of Kreuzberg. I especially like their „coffee vietnamese style“ as well as one of their brownies (they seem to have several ones, but one – a normal one with walnuts (?) that my friend once ordered – was possibly the best brownie I’ve ever had!) and their raspberry cream cake.
no milk today, Fichtestrasse 13, Kreuzberg, http://no-milk-today-berlin.de
Also in Kreuzberg, I used to like Charlie´s Asian Bakery and Coffee, since they offer quite a few cakes that are vegan as well as gluten free and they have a cozy interior. But their service is terribly slow and not very friendly. Furthermore, the last few times I went there, neither the cakes nor the drinks were particularly nice, unfortunately. I’d say you have a 50/50 chance of getting something that’s worth the visit…
Charlie’s Asian Bakery and Coffee, Oranienstrasse 187, Kreuzberg, http://www.charliesberlin.com
Chaostheorie is a vegan cocktail bar that offers a huge choice of drinks and cocktails, among others even vegan Baileys, as well as sweets, breakfast, croissants and toasts. It’s definitely a place worth checking out if you want to get a taste of vegan Berlin.
Chaostheorie, Lychener Strasse 4, Prenzlauer Berg, https://www.facebook.com/ChaostheorieBerlin
Vegan Ice Cream:
The one place to go to for vegan ice cream is the vegan ice cream parlour Kontor Eismanufaktur in Prenzlauer Berg. They offer some very creative flavours such as matcha with white chocolate, strawberry-aloe vera or salty caramel with popcorn that change regularly (they always post on their Facebook site which ones they are serving at the moment) and that are based on different sorts of milk alternatives, which is labelled. You can also buy Brammibal’s Donuts (https://www.facebook.com/brammibalsdonuts) or vegan waffles there and combine them with the ice cream.
Kontor Eismanufaktur, Danziger Strasse 65, Prenzlauer Berg, https://www.facebook.com/ZeitfuerEis
Most ice cream parlours offer some sort of vegan ice cream, at least sorbet. In Friedrichshain, Caramello might be a place worth checking out (I wouldn’t recommend their iced coffee though, there are nicer ones available) or, in Neukölln, Mos Eisley.
Caramello, Hufelandstrasse 14, Friedrichshain, http://www.caramello-dopamino.de
Mos Eisley, Herrfurthplatz 6, Neukölln, http://moseisley-gelateria.de
For further recommendations on vegan ice cream and vegan coffee places in Berlin, have a look at my German post https://angryprincessblue.com/2015/08/08/veganer-suesskram-in-berlin-oder-wenn-der-innere-schweinehund-mal-wieder-gewinnt/
The Bowl is part of this amazing building at Warschauer Strasse 33, where you also find Veganz, a vegan supermarket (http://veganz.de/en/), avesu, a vegan shoe shop (https://www.avesu.de), as well as Goodies (see below). All the food served at The Bowl is vegan, gluten free as well as refined-sugar free.
The Bowl, Warschauer Strasse 33, Friedrichshain, http://www.thebowl-berlin.com
In the same building as well as in other locations in Berlin, you also find Goodies. They offer healthier takeaway food such as bagels, wraps, salads, cakes or chia puddings as well as quite a choice of hot and cold drinks and smoothies. Whereas the ones at Veganz are completely vegan, not all of them are. So make sure when you order a drink (or anything else) to mention that you don’t want dairy (I tend to forget…).
Goodies, Warschauer Strasse 33 und 69, Friedrichshain, http://www.goodies-berlin.de,
In Friedrichshain, I further like Goura Pakora, which offers lovely Indian food (mainly dosas and thalis) as well as just next to it Patta, one of my absolute favourites. They serve kumpir, baked potatoes with various fillings.
Goura Pakora, Krossener Strasse 16, Friedrichshain, http://www.goura-pakora.de
Patta, Krossener Strasse 16, Friedrichshain, http://www.patta-berlin.de
In Prenzlauer Berg, they serve yummy hummus with different toppings at Zula, and Indonesian surabis (pancakes) with different sweet or salty toppings as well as a lovely iced avocado latte and other Indonesian drinks at Warung Surabi.
Zula, Husemannstrasse 10, Prenzlauer Berg, http://www.zulaberlin.com
Warung Surabi, Hufelandstrasse 16, Prenzlauer Berg, http://www.surabi.de
In Mitte, I like Daluma’s concept. They offer breakfast, mains as well as salads where you can choose the base and combine it with a choice of toppings, and they also have juices, smoothies and other drinks. While I loved their Super Treat dessert, the main dish I had (lentils with almond sauce) was way too sweet for my taste.
Daluma, Weinbergsweg 3, Mitte, http://daluma.de
Furthermore, there are many lovely markets in Berlin that are always worth a visit. You can find some nice vegan food for example at the Breakfast Market at Markthalle Neun or at Nowkölln.
Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnhstrasse 42-43, Kreuzberg, http://markthalleneun.de/?lang=en
Nowkölln, Maybachufer 31, Neukölln, http://www.nowkoelln.de
Favourite Fast Food Places:
I’m not a big fan of fast food, so maybe not the one to ask, and there are lots of places all over Berlin. But here a few that I’ve been to and that I would or do go back to whenever I’m in need of some fast food:
- For all sorts of fast food:
Rootz, Skalitzer Strasse 75, Kreuzberg, http://rootzberlin.tumblr.com
Yoyo Food World, Gärtnerstrasse 27, Friedrichshain, http://www.yoyofoodworld.de
- For hot dogs (and lovely soups at Hot Dog Soup):
Hot Dog Soup, Grünberger Strasse 69, Friedrichshain, http://www.hot-dog-soup.de
OiShii, Schönhauser Allee 65, Prenzlauer Berg, http://oishii-hotdog.de
- For burritos, quesadillas and such:
Emma Pea, Rewaler Strasse 99, Friedrichshain, http://emmapea.com
Dolores, Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 7, Mitte, http://www.dolores-online.de/1000.html
- For burgers, french fries and as I would say the best vegan currywurst in Berlin at Frittiersalon:
Schiller Burger, in many Locations all over Berlin, http://www.schillerburger.com
Frittiersalon, Boxhagener Strasse 104, Friedrichshain, http://www.frittiersalon.de/index.php/de/
- For pizza (I don’t like cheese alternatives, so I rather have my pizza without any kind of cheese. But if you do like Wilmersburger vegan cheese, you might want to come here):
Zeus Pizza und Pide, Boxhagener Strasse 29-30, Friedrichshain, https://www.facebook.com/zeuspizzeria
For further recommendations on slow and fast food, have a look at this German post: https://angryprincessblue.com/2015/08/17/vegan-in-berlin-slow-fast-und-anders/
Vegan beer garden, hair stylist and fitness center:
Berlin also has a vegan beer garden every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, a lovely vegan hair stylist as well as a vegan fitness center (have never been to that one).
Wilder Hase im Nirgendwo, Helsingforser Strasse 10, Friedrichshain, https://www.facebook.com/wilderhase
Veganja, Kopenhagener Strasse 75, Prenzlauer Berg, https://de-de.facebook.com/VeganjaVFriseur
Berlin Strenght, Revaler Strasse 99, Friedrichshain, http://www.berlinstrength.de