It’s taken me the best of the last three years to wrap my head around all the vegan food near me here in Berlin and I’m excited to finally present you the best of everything. Just for you guys, I’ve eaten my way around the finest vegan kebabs, burgers, doughnuts, cakes… in fact, just pick your favourite food. I’ve probably eaten it in Berlin. The problem with spending three years trying to eat all the vegan food is that it’s such a vibrant scene, it’s constantly expanding. I keep thinking I’ve eaten everywhere, then overnight another five incredible vegan food Berlin places appear.
This is, therefore, by no means a definitive list of everywhere you should eat… but it is, in my humble opinion, the best Berlin vegan food. So read on, drool, book your flight to Berlin, and feast to your heart’s content.
Vegan in berlin? Hungry? I know I am. Vegan Berlin, here goes.
Best Berlin Vegan Restaurants: My Current Favourites
For the best vegan Berlin doughnuts
In a small shop in Neukolln, opposite the canal, a small part of the American dream lives on with this classic treat which has been oh-so-deliciously veganised. If the song “Oh I went downtown and walked around the block/I walked right into the doughnut shop…” was part of your childhood, then Brammibal’s will be a sugary sweet heaven for you. Not only are their doughnuts hands down the best in Berlin (or, might I even say, in Europe) but they’re also wildly creative with their flavours. Try the cranberry pistachio, coffee sesame, lavender… whichever you pick, it’s sure to be the first of many more. A vegan breakfast Berlin staple for those with a sweet tooth.
Danziger Str. 65, 10435 Berlin
Alte Potsdamer Str. 7, 10785 Berlin
2. Chay Village
For the best vegan Vietnamese food
Something that may surprise you about Berlin is that there’s a large Vietnamese community. The Vietnamese currently living in Berlin are the result of two influxes into the city – the first in the 70s, fleeing the Vietnamese War, and the second influx arrived during East Berlin’s communist days as contract workers, who were then contained in communities. After the wall fell, many integrated and learned German, and started their own businesses. Can you see where I’m going with this? AMAZING Vietnamese food, many of which is vegan. Of all of those, Chay Village is my current favourite vegan restaurants in Berlin.
For the best cupcakes in town Oh Em Gee.
Vux has some pretty incredible food, and Berlin has some pretty incredible vegan cakes. So when I say that Vux has the best cupcakes in town, that should not… repeat, should not be taken lightly. In particular, the peanut butter cupcake. Mmmhhmmmmm. It’s like peanutty heaven in cupcake form. If that’s not up your street, there’s sure to be something else which will suit you – Vux has so much choice for cakes that to say you’re spoiled is a massive understatement.
4. Zeus Pizza
For the best not very fancy pizza? But maybe I’m just trashy?
Ok, so haters (and Italians) gonna hate, but I friggin love Zeus. I know Stella Nera or Zero Stress would perhaps deserve this spot according to some (and they are both excellent in their own right, don’t get m wrong), but, I don’t know. Zeus, is… No frill and friendly and chilled out and next door to where I live. Grab yourself a “vegan pikante” and a späti beer and eat it by the curb on a hot summer day and come tell me this isn’t vegan food Berlin at its best… I dare you.
5. Hot Dog Soup
The best damn vegan hotdog
The name says it all. They do hot dogs, and they do soup. Which would you like? Not the typical combination perhaps, but this unusual blend somehow rocks it out of their pocket-size shop. Me? I’m a hotdog person. In particular The Brazil one (mix of tomatoes, green peppers, onions, cilantro, and chili sauce). Because chili. And because cilantro. And Berlin vegan hot dogs. When I’m hormonal, this is the best vegan restaurant Berlin has to offer.
For a lovely breakfast with friends
Getting out of my way to go to Prenzlauer Berg is not something I do on the regular, but perhaps it’s all about to change because of the amazing waffles at Café Neue Liebe. It’s a little yuppie and the coffee was horrendous, but disregard this and get yourself a waffle with berry and cream. The whole menu is vegetarian with a lot of vegan options. Prenzlauer Berg is actually quite nice for a weekend stroll too, and has a large part of all the vegetarian restaurants Berlin has.
For the best Mexican Food, period.
We have Vietnamese food, raw food, desserts, American food… so what’s missing? There isn’t yet a Mexican vegan restaurant Berlin, what are you waiting for? Meanwhile, Santa Cantina does an excellent job at catering for vegans. They take traditional flavours and give them a modern twist that has to be tasted to be believed. The moment you walk in, you’ll be sold – because the smell in the air is incredible. The roasted aubergine and hibiscus tacos are both vegan and absolutely amazing. Also, yuca fries are delicious and the margaritas are bitching.
For the best vegan burger of all history of burgers
I wish Vincent Vegan had chosen a better location to finally set sail in Berlin, but I understand that they are trying to reach the mass, and I guess I a brand new shiny mall is the place to do that. The fact remains that the brand new East Side Mall is an eyesore like I’ve rarely seen one, and the only ever reason I will step food inside is to grab me one of the amazing Beyond Burger from Vicent Vegan. I’m sure everything else is also good, but that’s all I’ll ever eat from there, despite the hefty price, and despite the shitty location. That burger trumps everything else possible. Grab two or three, just in case and cross over to the East Side Gallery to eat them.
For all the vegan groceries!
How many cities can pride themselves on having a fully vegan grocery store? Well, Berlin obviously does and Veganz is your one-stop shop for amazing snacks, cheese, yogurt, chocolate, granola bars, ice cream, and everything else you could think of. Veganz has it! We were lucky to receive some products to sample and made a little video of the unboxing and tasting test:
For great Thai food!
Li.ke hasn’t been opened for that long but already has a jam-packed terrace most evening, and there’s a good reason for that: it’s delicious and some of the best vegan food Berlin currently has in store. The decor is extremely garish and fun and tacky and so very Thai, and that’s what drew me in the first place. Beyond the great atmosphere, there’s some really amazing vegan Thai food to be had (it’s all vegan, yes!), sticky rice (yes!!!!) and what the hell, vegan fried eggs (try them, they’re amazing!). The #28 is my personal favourite (quite spicy, beware), as well as the curries.
11. Café Bärbucha
For fermentation fanatics
It’s hard to find good kombucha in Germany, so I was mega excited when I discovered that there is a kombucha and fermentation cafe in Berlin called Café Bärbucha. A big part of their menu is vegan and contains things like burgers, sandwiches, and salads, all with house-made fermented ingredients, all absolutely freaking delicious. They also have over 15 kombucha flavours to pick from, water kefir and kvass. Schöneberg is suddenly my favourite neighbourhood!
VEGAN-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN BERLIN
If you know anything about vegan travel destinations, then you’ll have seen Berlin consistently appearing – and now you understand why. It’s quite simply unrivalled — it even has vegan and vegan-friendly hotels! And if you’re planning your trip to Berlin, you need at least a week or two to get round everywhere – and you’d better practice your competitive eating before you visit. And a cozy place to roll to at the end of the day. Here are my picks.
Nested in the heart of vibrant Friedrichshain is the wonderful oasis that is Almodóvar Hotel. Such a special place! If you are bored of cookie-cutter hotels, then Almodóvar is definitely the place to be! The decor is cosy and warm with beautiful chunky wood furniture and nothing at all is sourced from animals. The rooms are huge and the bed in comfy with nice little touches such as a provided yoga mat, which made it extra special for me. The breakfast buffet at Bardot Bistro (one of the best vegetarian restaurants berlin could ever have) is absolutely delicious and in large part vegan and the wonderfully peaceful spa on the top floor is the perfect place to end a busy day exploring the city. A truly special place!
Boxhagener Str. 83, 10245 Berlin (directions)
Hotel Otto is located in the peaceful neighbourhood of Charlottenburg, remote enough to catch your break and unwind, yet just a short train ride away from the centre of things. Otto really shines in the quality of its service, priding themselves to cater to special needs or any dietary requirement. And boy did they deliver! We were served amazingly fluffy vegan pancakes each morning alongside vegan yoghurt and I’m pretty they would have obliged to any of our special requests. The rooms are modern, bright and airy, with super fluffy beddings and nice lounging areas. There are quite a few Berlin vegan restaurants just around the corner too.
Knesebeckstraße 10, 10623 Berlin (directions)
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