Veg*n Berlin

(Last updated: 21.10.17)

Welcome to my vegan (and vegetarian) guide to Berlin! First things first: Berlin is vegan paradise and this is was a big factor in why I moved here. Not only are there lots of cafés and restaurants that don't just accommodate veganism but support it, but clearly-marked and affordable vegan products in supermarkets and even drugstores (such as dm) are commonplace, so that cooking vegan meals at home doesn’t have to break the bank. Not all of the establishments listed here are 100% vegan - a couple of them even serve meat - but I've included them on here because the food is tasty and I find staff there have been respectful (plus, when you're out with meat-eating friends, it's cool to find a place where you can all have a meal of your choice). I've divided it into different districts of the city. There is also a memorial section at the bottom for my favourite places that have since dichtgemacht (closed their doors for good). From what I understand, in many cases it is not a lack of business, but leases running out. Please note that I'm not a "health vegan". While, obviously, I do try to regulate my nutritional intake as best as I can, I am vegan first and foremost for ethical and environmental reasons. I don’t give much of a shit about clean eating or paleo (I do not like the shaming culture that often comes with it), so you're probably better off asking someone else about the best places in Berlin to do that. I am mostly interested in fast food that it is not easy to find vegan versions of in other cities.
Brunch at Chaostheorie, Prenzlauer Berg

KREUZBERG

Kaffee und Kuchen

Café Eliza, Sorauer Straße 6 (U1 Schlesisches Tor)
Very pretty and twee café to snuggle up in on a rainy day and enjoy a slice of vegan cake or a vegan sandwich. Eats Nil, Oppelner Straße 4  (U1 Schlesisches Tor) I don’t think I have had the chance to try Sudanese food outside Berlin. It’s delicious and here, it is very vegan friendly. Plates of tofu, falafel and vegetables, all with a hearty helping of PEANUT SAUCE. Also, they have two more shops in Friedrichshain! Bergmann Curry, Bergmannstraße 88 (U7 Gneisenaustraße) Come here if you’re keen to try a vegan version of the Currywurst, Berlin's signature snack: a hot-dog-style sausage sprinkled in curry powder. Kiez Vegan, Körtestraße 18 (U7 Südstern) I am in love with this underrated gem. Vegan cuisine with Anatolian roots, including luscious salad plates, hearty pizza, veganised versions of classic Turkish baked goods like pide, and sweet treats too. Villa di Wow, Ohlauer Straße 30 (U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof + U8 Schönleinstraße) New York-style Italian pizza slices! So good! There is always a vegan one available! There are also calzones! They own a bar/record shop across the street called Wowsville, too. Hellogoodpie, Falckensteinstraße 9 (U1 Schlesisches Tor) You can choose from a daily selection of savoury pies (always a couple of vegetarian ones and one vegan one) and have them with salad for a very decent price. The seating space is limited inside, thought. Yellow Sunshine Burger, Wiener Straße 9 (U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof) Nice burgers for great value. For around €6, huge selection of mostly-vegan burgers that would be very laborious to prepare at home, plus fries and salad for not much more.
NEUKÖLLN


Kaffee und Kuchen

Vux, Wipperstraße 14 (S41/S42 + U7 Neukölln)
Lovely interior, delicious all-vegan baked goods! Just a great place to relax.

Brammibal's Donuts, Maybachufer 8 (U8 Schönleinstraße)
Vegan doughnuts: does anything else need to be said? Since they opened in spring 2016 they are getting more and more popular and I tend to get doughnuts to go, but otherwise, I can't fault this place! The staff have really nice, friendly attitudes and on a rare quiet day, it is really chill and pleasant to sit in. It’s impossible to choose just one doughnut - and if you follow their social media pages, you can find out about the end-of-day deals they sometimes do to clear the day’s stock.

Black Sheep, Bouchéstraße 15 (S41/S42 Treptower Park)
Technically this is in Alt-Treptow, on the other side of the former Wall trail, but it is just a hop and a skip over the canal from Neukölln. The focus here is on healthy vegan food but it is never smarmy - it's just very inventive and tasty and you can tell that a lot of care goes into it. As well as coffee and cake, you can also get a bagel lunch or, at the weekend, brunch. The ladies who run it are very nice too!

HOM, Wildenbruchplatz 5 (U7 Rathaus Neukölln)
A relatively new addition to Neukölln’s café scene, HOM is run by two women - one English, one Austrian. The atmosphere is cosy and welcoming. The majority of the cakes are vegan, as are the small lunch items like salads and bagels. Pêle-Mêle, Innstraße 26 (S41/S42 Sonnenallee) A really nice 100% vegan café and coworking space, so it's perfect to while away an afternoon laptopping, coffeeing and even lunching.
Eats

Al Andalos, Sonnenallee 40 (U7/U8 Hermannplatz)
This is the home of the €1.50 falafel wrap (the going rate in Berlin is around €3.50, just for reference). There's no catch, though; everything is so tasty, can be easily made vegan and portions are massive.

Burrito Baby, Pflügerstraße 11 (U7/U8 Hermannplatz)
Berlin's best burritos, tbh (I have confirmed this with a Texan). At very reasonable prices, too.

Let It Be, Treptower Straße 90 (S41/S42 Sonnenallee)
Sweet and savoury vegan crêpes and burgers - each one is named after a vegan celebrity! Learn something new!

La Stella Nera, Leykestraße 18 (U8 Leinestraße)
An all-vegan, co-op pizza place. You can have them Neapolitan style or you can have more of a "German" pizza without tomato sauce and with potatoes.
MITTE

Kaffee & Kuchen

Katjes Café Grün-Ohr, Rosenthaler Straße 32 (U8 Weinmeister Straße)
You know the big bags of Katjes gelatine-free foam sweets that can be found in just about every German supermarket for under €1? (Step up your game, British sweets!) Well, they've got a flagship café in the middle of Berlin! What's more, they have a lot of vegan cakes on offer, as well as coffee that can be had with soya and almond milk! Plus, obviously, all the Katjes you could want, including a pick'n'mix section.
Eats Soy, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30 (U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz) 100% vegan Vietnamese restaurant - a pretty decent choice if you're in the area. The lunch menu is a bargain - starter and main for €6-7. Dolores, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7 (U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz) Great burritos - "Vegan Friend" is a great-value tummy-filler for €5, whereas I like "Vegan Lover" with its smoked peanut sauce, soya mince and spicy kick for when I've really worked up an appetite. On the downside, the hygiene of the restaurant is not the greatest and you can't really hang out for a while because it is always really packed in there. Tip: get your burrito to take away and walk down Rochstraße to the river, or sit down at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Savory Chay, Kronenstraße 70 (U2/U6 Stadtmitte) A vegetarian restaurant in an unlikely area, offering all manner of Asian cuisines. I tried vegan duck here for the first time - covered in sesame seeds, it was delicious! Almost everything seemed to be served in mango sauce. Brewdog, Ackerstraße 29 (U8 Rosenthaler Platz) Alright, really this is a Scottish craft beer brewery... but their pizza is fabulous! There is currently one vegan one, "The Hero" (courgette ribbons, pine nuts, mushrooms) and a few vegetarian ones. Still, settling down here with pizza, a drink and board games isn't the worst way to spend an evening. Scoom (S-Bahn/U6 Friedrichstraße, S-Bahn/U2/U5/U8 Alexanderplatz) I love Scoom! It offers the only affordable, decent veggie food in the - ahem - bland and touristy parts of Mitte, such as wraps and salads involving chickpeas, falafel and couscous. It even has tasty vegan desserts to take away, like chia pudding and a silk tofu chocolate pudding. The coffee is also good and reasonably priced - and soya milk is added for no extra charge. W - Der Imbiss, Kastanienallee 49 (U8 Rosenthaler Platz) It's a vegetarian restaurant boasting wacky creations such as naan pizzas. A bit on the pricey side, but there is always something interesting and full of flavour to be found here.
PRENZLAUER BERG


Kaffee und Kuchen

Chaostheorie, Schliemannstraße 15 (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
In 2016, the cultlike Chaostheorie moved from their tiny, living room location on Lychener Straße into a larger place a block or two away. It's a café by day, cocktail bar by night. Alles vegan, a tongue-in-cheek punk vibe, easy-going staff and a distinctive pink and turquoise colour scheme complete with mirror balls and dog artwork. As well as drinks, they have lots of snacks on offer like croissants and nachos, as well as themed food days, like Dönerstag on Thursdays. Chaostheorie sticks up two fingers to clean eating - its motto is "fett und betrunken" (fat and drunk). Be vegan, live your fucking life.
Eats

Café Morgenrot, Kastanienallee 85 (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
A leftie, co-op café that also offers some events, e.g. donation-price vegetarian/vegan brunch every weekend and even a queer-feminist knitting circle a couple of times a month.

Red Dragon, Danziger Straße 28 (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
If you're in the area, have never tried Thai and Vietnamese food before and are wondering what's on offer vegan-wise, start here! There's a whole vegan section of the menu. My recommendation: the Dragon Shake. Deliciously coconutty, avocado-y and fruity.
SCHÖNEBERG Kaffee und Kuchen Linds, Kolonnenstraße 62 (S1 Julius-Leber-Brücke) Cute place to go and refuel with a drink and something sweet (there's usually at least one vegan cake on offer daily). Also, there's a vegan breakfast every day! TuMaBe, Belziger Straße 26 (U7 Eisenacher Straße) Pretty much all vegan and raw stuff here, in a very New Age-y setting. I like sitting here on a rainy day with coffee and cake, looking out of the window.
Eats

Chay Village, Eisenacher Straße 40 (U7 Eisenacher Straße)
Purely vegetarian Vietnamese restaurant. It does get full but I like that you can pay by card there!

Pizza Klub, Katzlerstraße 10 (S1/S2+U7 Yorckstraße)
My favourite pizza in Berlin. It's hard to find a vegan pizza that's great rather than good, passable; where the cheez plays an integral role rather than just being an afterthought. Not all the pizzas here are even vegetarian, but most of them can be made with vegan cheese for €1 extra. The "Jimi Hendrix" is the best pizza in Berlin, as far as I'm concerned. There are posters of different musicians on the walls too, like PJ Harvey and Nick Cave, so it's just really cool.
FRIEDRICHSHAIN

Kaffee und Kuchen

Velicious, Lenbachstraße 13 (S41/S42 Ostkreuz)
A nice vegan café, which seems to be rare in Friedrichshain. The cakes are wonderful, many are gluten-free, and there are lots of guinea pig motifs!
Eats

Neu Delhi, Boxhagener Straße 85 (S41/S42 Ostkreuz)
A really good Indian restaurant with a solid page of vegan and vegetarian options, including vegetables I've never tried before, like white pumpkin. Got huge amounts of food for €11. Lily Burger, Am Friedrichshain 34 (various random trams) This place is nuts. Don't be put off by the fact its full name is Lily Burgers & Steaks - or its trashy nightclub vibe, for that matter. Simply appreciate the fact that there are, like, 10 different tasty vegan burgers on offer here (and that’s in addition to - not including - the 10 vegetarian burgers). 1990 Vegan Living, Krossener Straße 19 (U5 Frankfurter Tor + U1 Warschauer Straße) Vietnamese restaurant that, as the name suggests, is 100% vegan. Its main appeal is the small, tapas-style bowls, which make coming here with friends part of the fun. Personally, my appetite stretches for one main dish plus one small bowl (as much as I love trying lots of different things, it’s more economical that way as each bowl is €3.50). My favourite one is the tofu wrapped in betel leaves.
MOABIT, WEDDING & CHARLOTTENBURG

Kaffee und Kuchen

Valladares, Stephanstraße 46 (U9 Birkenstraße)
A relatively new discovery and a tiny bit hidden up - but this is a really cute, all-vegan café. It is also a tiny vegan store, selling stuff like Wilhelmsburger "cheese".

SPONTAN, Gotzkowskystraße 29 (S41/S42 Beusselstraße + U9 Turmstraße)
A café with good coffee, run by people who are not stuck-up, where you can play board games? This ticks all the boxes.
Eats

Crunch Kantine, Siemensstraße 16 (S41/S42 Beusselstraße + U9 Birkenstraße)
Little vegetarian (mostly vegan!) canteen run by Michael, a Michelin chef from England! All you can eat for a reasonable amount of money.

Humbaba Falafel, Turmstraße 65 (U9 Turmstraße)
There's shawarma here too, but basically everything is vegetarian - and all the tasty sauces are vegan!

Satyam, Goethestraße 4 (U2 Ernst-Reuter-Platz)
We needed a good vegan option for those who might find themselves in the area around Zoologischer Garten. Come here for the Sunday brunch - it’s some of the best Indian food I have found so far in Berlin.

Vaust, Pestalozzistraße 8 (S-Bahn Savignyplatz)
Fancy vegan restaurant with a focus on traditional German cuisine and in-season vegetables! It is very expensive, and I have only been once, on my birthday (which is in May, so everything was very asparagus-heavy). But it is very, very good, should you ever get the opportunity to go.

Let's have a moment's silence for:

  • Fast Rabbit
  • Freckles
  • Dandy Diner
  • Rootz
  • Playing with Eels (techically it is still open, but on Saturdays only... as a brunch spot. I mean, the brunch is really nice, but it used to be a lovely café and bookshop - and I am really, really sad that's gone. Nothing else is going on in the premises during the week, it seems, and I have a lot of opinions about how brunch is inaccessible to most people.)