Veg*n Berlin

Last updated: 24th March 2018

Welcome to my vegan (and vegetarian) guide to Berlin! It is not comprehensive, and I'm always adding to it whenever I remember a place that I think is worth recommending to others, whether they're visitors or they live in Berlin.

First things first: Berlin is vegan paradise and this 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 staff there have been respectful. Plus, when you're out with meat-eating friends, it's cool to find a place where everyone can have a meal they actually want and not have to make compromises.
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 (shut down for good). From what I understand, in many cases it is not a lack of business, but leases running out.

Please note that I am expressly not a "health vegan". In fact, I regularly refer to myself as a "junk food vegan". I am vegan first and foremost for ethical and environmental reasons. Nutritional benefits are obviously a wonderful side effect, but I don’t give much of a shit about clean eating or fitness diets (I abhor the shaming culture that often comes with it), so you're probably better off asking someone else about the best places in Berlin that focus on that.

P.S. "Kaffee und Kuchen" = coffee and cake, which is an alliterative German tradition!

Brunch at Chaostheorie, Prenzlauer Berg


KREUZBERG




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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.


No Milk Today, Fichtestraße 3 (U7 Südstern)

This is a relatively new discovery for me! Tucked right between Bergmannkiez and Graefekiez, I love stopping by here in the afternoons after work to unwind with a book and a slice of vegan cake. They also serve quiches, bagels, and other savoury snacks.

Kék Ló, Graefestraße 65A, (U8 Schönleinstraße)

This Hungarian-owned joint may have been a butcher's 100 years ago, but today it's a vegan café and upcycling boutique. The original tiles and ceiling are beautiful.

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.

Viasko, Erkelenzdamm 49 (U1/U8 Kottbusser Tor)
A little more upmarket, this all-vegan restaurant specialises in seasonal dishes and unusual flavours. It has a sort of warm pub vibe. They do not let in anybody wearing fur or other animal products. 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, however.

Soya, Falckensteinstraße 36 (U1 Schlesisches Tor)
The tastiest Vietnamese food in Kreuzberg, for sure, and all vegan. 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




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


Brammibal's, 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.

White Crow, Bouchéstraße 15 (S41/S42 Treptower Park)
Formerly known as Black Sheep before a name change for legal reasons, this is technically 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




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Katjes Café Grün-Ohr, Rosenthaler Straße 32 (U8 Weinmeister Straße)
You know those big bags of Katjes gelatine-free foam sweets that can be found in just about every German supermarket for under €1? 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. (NB: The sweets contain beeswax.)


grüngut, Köpenicker Straße 53 (U8 Heinrich-Heine-Straße) This odd corner of Mitte is very dry when it comes to nice spots to stop by at, so I was pleased to stumble upon grüngut. It's a tiny little vegetarian café that does bagels and cakes, too.

Eats

Dolores, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 7 (U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz) Great burritos that come in very handy if you work up an appetite while exploring the Alexanderplatz area. "Vegan Friend" is a great-value tummy-filler for €5, whereas I opt for "Vegan Lover" with its smoked peanut sauce, soya mince and spicy kick for when I really need to refuel (and at €7.50, when I am feeling flush). 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 walk a couple of blocks to 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 — it was delicious!

Scoom, (S-Bahn/U6 Friedrichstraße, S-Bahn/U2/U5/U8 Alexanderplatz) I love Scoom! It is a station chain that 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. Oh, and the Alexanderplatz one is open 24 hours. 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




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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). Go 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


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Linds, Kolonnenstraße 62 (S1 Julius-Leber-Brücke) Cute place to go have a coffee 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




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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.


Zeus Pizza, Boxhagener Straße 29-30 (U5 Frankfurter Tor / Samariter Straße)
Ever had a pide pizza? You can have one here! This is one you can take your non-vegan mates to, as they have the regular menus and than entire menus with the vegan versions, which include various vegetables pizzas as well as ones with fake meats. And really nice vegan cheese. The service isn't super forthcoming — in my experience you have to go up and fetch menus yourself — but hopefully their award-winning pizzas will win you over. (All their certificates adorn the walls...)

Lily Burger, Am Friedrichshain 34 (various random trams from Alexanderplatz)
This place is nuts. Be warned, it's not the sort of place you just drop into casually... you have to be prepared, because you may not sleep for how full you are. 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). Also, they will deep-fry chocolate bars for you, with vegan whipped cream. OMG.

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




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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 don't take themselves too seriously, 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)
This is hands-down my favourite falafel joint in Berlin. There's shawarma here too, but basically everything is vegetarian — and you can choose from up to five tasty vegan sauces with your meal!


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, which did the best wraps and soups around Mauerpark
  • Freckles, which did unbeatably lovely vegan cakes in Bergmannkiez
  • Dandy Diner, the best place to go for burger and chips of a lazy and possibly hungover Sunday
  • Rootz, a great veggie lunch spot where I would grab a slice of cake to go if it was going to be a tough afternoon at work
  • Playing with Eels, which is technically still open, but on Saturdays only — and as a brunch spot only. This happened without any warning or explanation. I mean, the brunch is really nice, but its USP was being a vegan café-bookshop, and I'm really, really sad it's gone. Nothing else happens on the premises during the week, as far as I'm aware, and I have a lot of opinions about how brunch is inaccessible to a lot of people and generally a really cost-inefficient way to eat.