(Last update: 28.06.17)
2016 unfortunately saw the closure of Fast Rabbit - Prenzlauer Berg's purveyors of the perfect wholesome-wrap-and-greasy-fries combo - as well as Neukölln's short-lived Dandy Diner, which was a pretty tasty gimmick. Ruhet in Frieden.
But, I've gathered a few additions since I last updated my guide to places I would recommend to vegan (and vegetarian) visitors in Berlin!
First things first: Berlin is vegan paradise. Not only are there lots of vegan cafés that don't just accommodate but support it; supermarkets and even drugstores, such as dm, make it easy to cook at home without breaking the bank.
Not all of the places listed here are 100% vegan, a couple of them even serve meat, but I've included them on here because they're tasty and I have had good experiences (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: Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Schöneberg, Friedrichshain, Moabit + Wedding. Plus, bonus ice cream section at the bottom.
NB: I'm not a "health vegan" and I'm not at all interested in where the best clean eating or paleo places are, so you're probably better off asking someone else about that.
Kaffee und Kuchen
- Playing With Eels, Urbanstraße 32 (U7 Südstern)
- One of the loveliest places in Berlin, this used to be a café and bookshop - and I really, really miss the fact this part is defunct. As of 2017, it is now only open on Saturdays for brunch. It's still really worth a visit as their vegan culinary innovations are great.
- Café Eliza, Sorauer Straße 6 (U1 Schlesisches Tor)
- Very pretty café to snuggle up in on a rainy day and enjoy a slice of vegan cake or a vegan sandwich.
- Rootz (U1 Schlesisches Tor)A really consistently good veggie lunch spot. There is a daily soup special and a general daily special, the latter often consisting of some ingredient or concoction I'd never thought to use before. There is also a regular list of burgers, wraps and salads. Also, the cakes are absolutely not to be missed (most of them are vegan).
- Tutti Island, Zossener Straße 17 (U7 Gneisenaustraße)All-vegetarian Sudanese food! Come here if you're a fan of peanut sauce, which features in most of the dishes.
- Bergmann Curry, Bergmannstraße 88 (U7 Gneisenaustraße)
- Try a vegan version of the Currywurst, Berlin's signature snack: a hot-dog-style sausage sprinkled in curry powder.
- Kiez Vegan, Mehringdamm 25 (U6/U7 Mehringdamm), Körtestraße 18 (U7 Südstern)
- Self-described Anatolian vegan cuisine! The salad plates are comprised of various vegetables, past and beans. This is also your chance to try out veganised versions of classic Turkish baked goods like pide!
- 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.
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)
- I simply can't fault this place! First of all, how many all-vegan doughnut places have you ever come across? Secondly, the staff are so friendly and the atmosphere, though it can of course get busy, is really chill and pleasant to sit in. Impossible to choose just one doughnut!
- 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 friendly too! They also run Berlin Kombucha Society.
- Al Andalos, Sonnenallee 40 (U7/U8 Hermannplatz)
- This is the home of the famous €1.50 falafel wrap (the going rate in Berlin is around €3.50 these days). There's no catch, though - everything is so tasty, can be easily made vegan and portions are massive. There can be a long wait for a table, though!
- Pêle-Mêle, Innstraße 26 (S41/S42 Sonnenallee)
- This is a really nice 100% vegan café and coworking space, so it's perfect to while away an afternoon lunching and laptopping. I can particularly recommend the potato salad - a hefty portion for €5.50.
- 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!
- Pizza a Pezzi, Weserstraße 208 (U7/U8 Hermannplatz)
- Pizza slices made by real Italians, always at least one vegan slice available. Great for grabbing on the go!
- 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.
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.
- Soy, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30 (U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz)
- 100% vegan Vietnamese restaurant. A 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 €4.50, whereas I like "Vegan Lover" with its smoked peanut sauce, soya mince and spicy kick for €7 when I've really worked up an appetite. However, the hygiene of the restaurant is not the greatest. Also, you can't really hang out for a while because it is always really packed in there.
- 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 craft brewery... but their pizza is fabulous! There is currently one vegan one, "The Hero" (courgette ribbons, pine nuts, mushrooms) and a few vegetarian ones. Settle down here for an evening with friends and play one of their board games alongside a beer!
- Scoom (U6 Friedrichstraße, 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, reasonably priced and soya milk is added for no extra charge.
- W - Der Imbiss, Kastanienallee 49 (U8 Rosenthaler Platz)
- Also technically in Mitte, it's a fusion restaurant, boasting naan pizzas - which I am now inspired to create at home. A bit on the pricey side, but there is always something interesting to be found here.
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.
- Café Morgenrot, Kastanienallee 85 (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
- A leftie 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.
- Vego Foodworld, Lychener Straße 63 (S41/S42+U2 Schönhauser Allee)
- There was a time when I wasn't such a fan of this place because I found the food a bit greasy and the service rather, hmm, standoffish. However, I've been back a couple of times when hungry in the area and had positive experiences - mainly because I have realised what good value it is. For around €6, huge selection of vegan burgers that would be very laborious to prepare at home, plus fries and salad for not much more.
- 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.
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.
- Die Leckereienfabrik, Gustav-Müller-Straße 15 (S1 Julius-Leber-Brücke)
- A little more high-end, this "treat factory" is like a tiny living room offering homemade treats - cakes and traditional German dishes, all vegan!
- 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)
- 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.
- Velicious, Lenbachstraße 13 (S41/S42 Ostkreuz)
- A nice vegan café, which seems to be rare in Friedrichshain. The cakes are great and there are lots of guinea pig motifs!
- 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. Simply appreciate the fact that there are, like, 10 different tasty vegan burgers on offer here.
MOABIT + WEDDING
- 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 €6. Just so great.
- Humbaba Falafel, Turmstraße 65 (U9 Turmstraße)
- There's shawarma here too, but basically everything is vegetarian - and all the sauces are vegan!
- Satyam, Goethestraße 4 (U2 Ernst-Reuter-Platz)Really in Charlottenburg, but I don't anticipate dedicating an entire section to that area just yet - but we needed a good vegan option for those who might find themselves in the Zoologischer Garten area. Come here for the Sunday brunch. This is the best Indian food I have found so far in Berlin.
- 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".
Special section: ICE CREAM (summer months only)
- Mos Eisley, Herrfurthplatz 6 (U8 Leinestraße)
- Not all of the selection is vegan, but here are three words: peanut butter crunch. Just a couple minutes' walk from Tempelhofer Feld, too!
- Konto Eismanufaktur, Danziger Straße 65 (U2 Eberswalder Straße)
- This is absolute paradise for lovers of vegan sweet treats. Not only are there overwhelming choices of yummy vegan ice cream, but there are also waffles!
- Tanne B, Eisenbahnstraße 48 (U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof)
- Quite a few vegan flavours here, to be enjoyed while having a leisurely summer stroll around Kreuzberg.
- Vanille & Marille Various locations in Kreuzberg, Schöneberg and more - see website! As for flavours: the vegan mint chocolate keeps me coming back, as does the "Birne Luise" pear sorbet.