You may be surprised to hear that Germany a country known for currywurst, pretzels and other meaty foods has a capital which is amongst the most vegan friendly that I’ve ever visited. There are vegan restaurants aplenty but you’ll also find vegan options clearly labelled on most menus as you stroll around the streets of Berlin.
Based on a long weekend, here’s what I tried and what I thought of Berlin’s vegan eateries. It’s by no means an extensive list of what Berlin has to offer. I would take more than 6 months of constant eating to make a dent in their vegan cuisine offerings, but hopefully you’ll find my recommendations helpful.
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You’ll find Vietnamese food at every turn in Berlin. It’s no surprise as Vietnamese are the largest South East Asian community in Berlin, comprising 1.16% of the total population. We tried two Vietnamese restaurants in total.
The first was SOY, an all vegan restaurant in the Mitte district of Berlin. Their menu is extensive with soups, dumplings, salads, noodle dishes, curries and more.
We went for fried dumplings, which were divine, a vegetable bao bun and a stuffed tofu curry which came with oriental mushrooms. All the food was nicely spiced and left you feeling very satisfied.
1990 Vegan Living
After visiting the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall we strolled to Friedrichshain. There were so many vegan restaurants here it was unreal. We saw vegan after vegan sign, but we settled for 1990 Vegan Living because of the colourful decor and the beautiful plates that we saw on other tables.
At 1990 Vegan Living you can select a range of small dishes (a bit like tapas), which then come on a big round dish. I can’t remember the names of all of the dishes, but we went for their green curry, vegetable dumplings, fried dragon roll, some tofu with a crispy outer layer, wok fried vegetables and a few other dishes. The presentation was an absolute ten out of ten. The food was very aesthetically pleasing however we found it all quite bland in taste. We still cleared our plates but I imagine that there are better Vietnamese restaurants in Berlin.
La Stella Nera
If you’re looking for vegan pizza with deliciously soft and fluffy bases then look no further than La Stella Nera. Their bases rival Franco Manca’s in the UK and the variation of toppings left me puzzled with what I was going to choose. I went for a pizza with spinach, walnuts and homemade vegan ricotta and the boyfriend went for a simple cheeseless pizza with green olives and capers. My pizza could have done with some sun dried tomatoes to give it a bit of a zing, but it was delicious. I’d come back here in a heartbeat. The pizza with potato, red onion and vegan cheese is calling my name…or maybe it’s their calzone. If you’re in Berlin then this is one to visit!
Unfortunately I didn’t record the names of the falafel places that we went to but there are plenty around! We found falafel wraps and plates a great and cheap option to eat during the day. We tended to eat them as brunch amidst our exploring and were never disappointed. So look out for falafel shops if you’re looking for a quick and cheap meal.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth like me then this is the section that you’ll be interested in. Berlin has no shortage of vegan friendly cakes, ice cream, cookie dough and donuts. Here’s what I tried.
Delabuu Ice Cream
Is ice cream your kryptonite? If the answer is YES then look no further than Delabuu where they make scrolls of ice cream combined with delights of your choosing. The ice cream base itself is vegan and then you can choose fruit, sauces and sweets to be combined with it. I went for Oreos, vegan Nutella, blueberries and strawberry sauce with some nuts and coconut on top. Very strange combo but I really couldn’t decide and became a bit illogical in my choices, however it turned out great! If we had longer in Berlin I would have made a return visit as it was absolutely delicious and unlike anything that I had seen before. This is their small by the way and it was huge, so very generous portions too.
Spooning Cookie Dough
If you like your cookie dough then this may be the place for you. Spooning Cookie Dough had a number of vegan options and I went for their Brownie Peanut Crunch. You could choose one of three sizes (this is their small) and add toppings too. Unfortunately this cookie dough wasn’t quite what I expected. I thought that it would be more chunky but it tasted like a smooth less yummy form of peanut butter. Perhaps I should have gone for a plainer option but who knows. If you’re into cookie dough then you may love it, but personally I wasn’t a fan.
Now you can’t visit Berlin without making a trip to the insta-famous Brammibal’s Donuts. Their selection of Donuts is quite something. Whether you want a Cinnamon Sugar Donut, a Strawberry Basil Donut or a Melon Coconut Donut, they’ll have you covered and what’s more…they’re all vegan!
We went for Nougat and Banana Chocolate Fudge and then very greedily took two away for our plane journey home, which included their Peanut Butter Cheesecake and Strawberry Cream. The Nougat Donut was by far our favourite followed by the Strawberry Cream. The dough of the Donuts was so soft and light. A must visit if you’re looking for somewhere to chill away from the hustle and bustle of Berlin with a sweet treat in hand.
So there you have it, an honest review of the eateries that we tried in Berlin. It truly is a vegan paradise so you won’t find yourself wandering around for hours in search of a salad or a vegan friendly burger. Instead you’ll be confronted with choice…so much choice that you may become a bit overwhelmed!
If you’re traveling to Berlin then have a fabulous time. It’s great for vegan food but it’s also a fantastic city to explore with so much recent history that you’ll leave feeling very pensive.
If you’ve been to Berlin comment below with your favourite vegan or vegan-friendly eateries. I’m sure that i’ll be back in no time.