A Vegan Guide to Berlin
We have devised a list of all of the places we’ve tried out in Berlin. We may feature a photo diary of the places of interest we visited while there in the near future as it was truly fascinating and beautiful.Travelling as a vegan can be daunting, but I’ve found using the Happy Cow app in a strange country or city really helps take the fuss out of trying to find somewhere to eat. Some places are easier than others, it has to be said, and I was overwhelmed by how easy it was on a recent visits to Berlin. It seemed everywhere we went there was food to gorge ourselves on and I found I was eating more than usual!
Vöner, Boxhagener Str. 56
Located not far from the Ostkreuz Station, Vöner is somewhere even non-veggies suggest you should try if visiting Berlin. This small cafe-diner serves homemade vegan doner kebabs, burgers, proper chips, and desserts daily. I had to try out the Wagenburger Spezial, which was topped with a cheese sauce and salsa.
You can’t eat one of these daintily and I was covered in food. Well worth it though.
The rotating kebab is not merely there for laughs and ‘meat’ is sliced off to create a generously stuffed, freshly made pita with lots of salad and another delicious sauce. It is so filling there isn’t a need for the chips, but it would be a crime to miss out on these lightly seasoned beauties.
Far superior to anything you’ll find from a kebab house in the UK, I wish I lived in Berlin for Vöner alone.
Lucky Leek, Kollwitzstraße 54
A Michelin Guide-listed vegan restaurant in Berlin is not one we’d pass up on the opportunity to try, especially as we don’t have anything of this standard in Newcastle unfortunately.
We opted for a 3 course tasting menu and the staff were kind enough to allow us to have different dishes for main course so we could sample the full gamut of what Lucky Leek had to offer.
We were presented with amuse-bouche of Egg Salad & Caviar and Smoked Tofu to start, followed by a Potato Cream and Black Winter Truffle Soup.
The mains of Hoi Sin Aubergine and Olive-Courgette Crusted Tempeh were superb and beautifully presented. We were worried about portion sizes but found that these were, as my Mum would say, ‘elegantly sufficient’.
Mr. Canny opted for the homemade Cheese Board to round off his meal, while I was treated to a New York Cheesecake with chocolate and olive oil ice creams. While Lucky Leek isn’t exactly budget-friendly, if you’re in Berlin for a special occasion it is well worth a visit. Card payments only accepted on bills over EUR100.
Kopps, Linienstraße 94
Another Michelin Guide featured vegan restaurant is Kopps. The service was stellar, especially in relation to an overly tired tot who happened to be dining with us in this elegant establishment. There’s the choice of a 3, 4 or 5 course tasting menu as well as a selection of mains to choose from. We opted for the 3 courses with wine pairing to really push the boat out.
Each plate was more beautiful than the next and the delicately balanced flavours all worked well together.
There was an element of theatrics with Weck Mich! – a jar which came filled with smoke – and the stunning dessert which featured egg free meringue. Even Dinky helped clearing the plates of food by the end of the meal.
Eating here served as a reminder that we are not well served in Newcastle for vegan fine dining at the moment and I hope this situation is rectified soon.
Let It Be Vegan, Treptower Str. 90
Let It Be‘s Woody Harrelson was the first time I’ve profaned whilst eating vegan food. Yes, this creamy ‘facon’ stuffed pancake made me use the eff word! I’ll be attempting to replicate this incredible concoction at home and will share the recipe once I’ve perfected it. Simple but sublime. It reminded me of a combination my Mum used to make when I was a child, and these are often the best food memories we have. There wasn’t a whiff of grass or healthiness about this and that suited me just fine.
The Snickers-esque dessert crepe Mr. Canny had was pretty good, although a little on the sickly side after a while. The portions here are pretty generous, it has to be said.
The menu features dishes inspired by famous vegans like Thom Yorke and Alicia Silverstone. The burgers looked tasty, but having eaten a few hours before in Vöner we didn’t have the tummy capacity for anything else. Service was spot-on and really child friendly too.
Coffee Fellows, Various Locations
We dropped into Coffee Fellows on our way to the airport for a light breakfast. This coffee shop chain has a menu and cabinets featuring their vegan options helpfully labelled and plant milk is available.
Our own UK chains like Costa Coffee could pick up a few tips from this German company, that’s for sure! The Avocado Bagel was filling and tasty, while Dinky seemed to like the lemon-flavoured biscuits they had.
Cafe Tuong, Kastanienallee 89
The menu of Cafe Tuong may be as small as the restaurant itself but the food is excellent. We started off with Seitan-stuffed Bao, followed by main courses of Cary Do and Banh Canh Xao.
The dishes were well-presented and portions were good for the price. With wine we paid EUR27 for our lunch, which is on a par with prices here in the UK.
Kiez Vegan, Körtestraße 22
We popped into Kiez Vegan for a light bite while passing through the area.
The colourful counter filled with freshly prepared salads, pizza, and Borek were enough to sucker Mr. Canny in to ordering a Pide while resting our weary legs. Cheap and cheerful, we paid a mere EUR3 for this snack. Worth stopping by for a tea and cake if you’re in the vicinity.
Curry at the Wall, Zimmerstraße
Who would have thought you could get a vegan Currywurst? Not me! As an afternoon snack after a lot of walking we stopped by Curry at the Wall to try out their Happy Cow recommended Tofu version. Well worth a pit stop before heading to wander round the Topography of Terror exhibition nearby.
On our second visit we also tried out the vegan Bratwurst, but I have to be honest and say I found it incredibly dry. It is the same sausage used for the Currywurst, but for some reason it is so much nicer drenched in the special sauce.
Soy was highly recommended by Happy Cow and was not far from the hotel we were staying in. We were able to walk in and grab a table but booking is usually advised.
I was told that all of the food is vegan, although I have seen the restaurant referred to as veggie-vegan. We started off with Gyoza to share and then had substantial main courses.
The Teen enjoyed his Pho Chay, a fragrant noodle broth packed with Tofu and Seitan, while my Com Thap Cam meant I had no room for dessert. The prices were reasonable for the portion sizes and the staff were lovely. If you’re in the Mitte area pop in for lunch or supper here and you won’t be disappointed.
Vapiano, Potsdamer Platz
The Teen decided we should try out this restaurant before heading to the Dali exhibition nearby. I can’t say I was particularly impressed by my Marinara but he hoovered up his vegetarian Margherita with gusto. I was surprised to learn this is a chain and we’ll be welcoming more in the UK soon. The prices were reasonable enough and the counter service was ‘quirky’. You go up to a pasta or pizza station to place your order, and there the chef prepares your food in front of you. It was a little awkward as my GCSE German complete escaped me!
Also close to our hotel was Delores, a great burrito restaurant that reminded me a lot of Canny Food favourite Zapatista back home in Newcastle. I was served a behemoth of a burrito packed with corn soy meat, guacamole, smoky peanut salsa, Mexican super rice, black beans, and fajita veggies which cost a mere EUR7.50. There was definitely no space for anything else! The Teen enjoyed a vegetarian Quesadilla, while there were other vegan combinations on offer. He also polished off a side of their tasty corn chips. We’d happily recommend the place for its welcoming atmosphere and budget friendly prices.
Katjes Café Grün-Ohr, Rosenthaler Straße
Behind the cutesy exterior of Cafe Grün-Ohr is a quaint little cake and sweet shop. We stopped by for breakfast on the promise they served up vegan pastries. I was not disappointed.
Featuring solely vegetarian and vegan products, the staff were friendly and helpful in recommending what was dairy and egg free for me. I’m disappointed to say I completely missed the fact that there was vegan Chocolate Cake on offer and plumped for a Cinnamon Bun instead, which was washed down with a freshly squeezed juice.The prices were extremely reasonable too, and it was a great spot to people watch while we formulated our plan for the day ahead. We also picked up some gifts while we were there for Dinky.
Hummus and Friends, Oranienburger Straße
Every city should have a Hummus and Friends! ‘Make hummus not walls’ is the motto of this restaurant, and we couldn’t agree more. Food is all homemade, vegetarian or vegan, & kosher. If you don’t like hummus it probably isn’t the place for you, although even the Teen gamely gave it a try. He’s now a convert 🙂 The Baked Cauliflower is a thing of beauty. One of their specialities, it is baked in the oven and served with tahini. Even after two servings of pita we still had lots of hummus leftover and used to cauli to mop this up.
Mauerpark, Gleimstraße 55 (Check locally for opening times)
We were advised to visit Mauerpark on the Sunday of our visit and I’m so pleased we did. While open throughout the week, the Sunday Market encapsulates the very best of Berlin’s alternative scene. A mix of park, public hangout, historical area and flea market, even the normally disinterested Teen got into the spirit of things as we browsed the clothing and bric-a-brac stalls. Musicians serenaded us and it seemed most food stalls had at least one vegan option on offer. The weather was glorious which also helped. I’m sure those who attend will vary from week to week, but that makes it all the more interesting. I’m looking forward to trying out more street food options next time I visit.
I sampled a vegan Gyros, while the Teen had seconds of Suppli. We took our food and sat watching a band, soaking up the sun.
For those who love their food and like hunting for a bargain the Mauerpark Market has to be top of your to-do list when visiting Berlin. A short walk away is the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße which is definitely a must see, too.
Brammibal’s Donuts, Maybachufer
A must-visit. Seriously, even those who claim not to have a sweet tooth will go ga-ga for Brammibal’s delicious doughnuts.
With a great selection of glazed or filled treats we were wowed by how moreish they are. We bought 4 with the idea we were going to save some for later. We sat and gorged them there and then. Hey, we walked them off later!
No Milk Today, Fichtestraße 3
This wonderfully kitsch cafe serves up breakfasts, cakes, and hot drinks. We had already eaten but popped in to No Milk Today to sample a milkshake from their selection and to change the little one. Dinky enjoyed playing with the toys and we soaked up the atmosphere while consulting Google as to where we were heading next.
You will find that many cafes and restaurants promote the fact they accommodate vegans as you’re wandering round the city streets, reminding you that you’re visiting one of the most vegan-friendly cities in Europe. Even street food vendors announced the dishes they have available! We still have so many places left to try on our list so it may be that this extensive guide is added to again in the future 🙂
Thanks for reading,
Travelling soon? Check out our Vegan Guide to Dublin here.