Recently I heard from a friend who travels a lot to the United States that The N.Y. Times loves three cities: first and foremost New York City, obviously. Then Portland, Oregon, and Berlin, Germany. Having adored Berlin myself for many years now, I am very happy to hear that I am living in such a beloved city. Besides from great art, culture, and events, Berlin offers a vast selection of eco friendly and vegan restaurants, cafés, and even an all vegan supermarket. In this article, I want to share some of my personal favorites with you.
- Viasko: This all vegan restaurant just celebrated its one year anniversary. Inside the restaurant, it feels like an Irish pub, very cosy for fall and winter. The tree filled terrace is a lovely place to spend summer evenings with the greatest combination of all: food and friends. I have not met one single person who has not been raving about the food at Viasko: The Gyros platter is by far my favorite dish, and the salad is one of the very best I have eaten in Berlin. The menu varies each week, luckily the Gyros and the Flammkuchen always remain. There are gluten free options, and a very accommodating staff to help with any kind of question. Furthermore, lunch is offered. Restaurant Viasko, Erkelenzdamm 49, 10999 Berlin Kreuzberg
- Lucky Leek: A new addition to the very veggie friendly district Prenzlauer Berg, is the vegan restaurant Lucky Leek. The place is very small, but nevertheless inviting and comfortable. There a plenty of seats outside, to enjoy the beautiful Berlin summer. The food is delicious, gourmet vegan cuisine. Every Sunday there is brunch, which I can highly recommend. The motto changes weekly, so far there have been Mexican, Asian, Spanish, English, Italian and even Barbecue brunches. Lucky Leek, Kollwitzstraße 46, 10405 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
- Goodies: When you are looking for the best coffee in town, Goodies is the place to find it. But this deli in Friedrichshain offers more than just coffee: bagels, a variety of cakes, rice and noodle salads, sandwiches, and soups. Everything is made with fresh, regional and seasonal products, and also available to go. Goodies is certified organic, vegetarian with a large selection of vegan food and beverage choices. I cannot get enough of the Smoothie “Green Harmony” (made with Japanese Matcha Tea) and the banana bread. Goodies, Warschauer Straße 69, 10243 Berlin Friedrichshain
- Dolores: This place makes the best burritos in Berlin, if not even in the whole country. Every vegan dish is clearly marked with a little green heart, and the staff is very helpful when choosing the ingredients for a burrito or bowl. When I went there for the first time, I fell in love with the “Dolores vegan burrito”, filled with lime tofu, black beans, rice, and guacamole. I have tried a few other dishes, but this California Gourmet burrito will always be my favorite choice. Their lemon, mint, and brown sugar lemonade is beyond good, they also offer fresh juice or organic beer. Dolores has two locations: Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 7, 10178 Berlin Mitte near Alexanderplatz. A new and larger Dolores is located in the West, right across from KaDeWe on Wittenbergplatz: Bayreuther Straße 36, 10789 Berlin Charlottenburg.
- Veggie: This restaurant does nothing less than Chinese Gourmet Cuisine, and is located in the Western part of the city, near Kurfürstendamm. The owners, two very lovely ladies who are more than attentive hosts, make any trip you might have to this location worthwhile. From my own experience, I can tell that it is not easy to decide between all the delicious dishes. Every recipe is originally from China, adapted to be cooked without the meaty ingredients (which are replaced with tofu or seitan). The place is vegetarian, but most of the dishes are vegan anyways, and the ones that aren’t can easily be adapted. My recommendation is Wan Tan Soup or Bang Bang Tofu with peanut sauce for starters, followed by Szechuan Beef or Red Tofu Curry with vegetables. Restaurant Veggie, Leibnizstraße 45, 10629 Berlin Charlottenburg.
- Vego Foodworld: Vegan Fast Food? At Vego’s you get the real vegan deal. Pizza, burger, wraps, fries and salads, currywurst, hot dogs and nuggets, shakes and lassi. This place is heaven if you are in the mood for serious fast food business. Vego Foodworld, Lychener Straße 63, 10437 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg.
- Café Vux: This is the most beautiful café in the whole city, and not only because everything is vegan. The interior is very unusual and elegant but edgy and punk rock at the same time. The food is simply amazing: cakes and pies, muffins, and bagels with “cheese” or seitan. Located in the up and coming district Neukölln, Café Vux is a definite must visit location in Berlin. Café Vux, Richardstraße 38, 12034 Berlin Neukölln.
- Veganz Supermarket: This supermarket opened mid July and is the talk of the town: an all vegan supermarket, located in Prenzlauer Berg. In stock are over 6,000 products available (quite a few of them US-imports nowhere else available in Germany), from frozen pizza, raw food and treats, fruit and vegetables, ice cream, to beauty products and animal food. In addition to the sales area, there is a café, bistro, and bakery, offering coffee, green smoothies, bagels, cake and cupcakes. In no other German city a vegan supermarket this size can be found, luckily there are plans to open more markets all over the country soon. Veganz, Schivelbeiner Straße 34, 10439 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg.
- Umasan: Vegan food is great, but a vegan and ecological high fashion label is amazing and one of a kind. Twin sisters Anja and Sandra Uman founded Umasan, inspired by the philosophy of yoga and their own vegan lifestyle. The materials are organic, all very luxurious and soft, tailored in Italy, and sold in the Umasan flagship store in Berlin Mitte or via their online store. The store itself is an oasis of calmness and in the middle of this – sometimes very loud and crowded – city, a real retreat for the soul and the eyes. Besides, the clothes are stunning and a delight to wear. Umasan, Linienstraße 40, 10119 Berlin Mitte.
- i+m Naturkosmetik: Over 30 years ago, Ingrid Stamm founded the Berlin-based brand for natural cosmetics. At that time, she was a pioneer – and she still is. The brand is certified organic, 100% vegan, uses only cold pressed oils, no artificial ingredients or mineral oils, no preservatives, like Parabens, does not test on animals, and supports fair trade projects. i+m for example sources argan oil from a Moroccan women’s cooperation. The product range includes skin, hair, and body care. There is a line for men and one for allergy sensitive skin. The packaging is also environmentally friendly, following the cradle to cradle design. Reflecting the spirit of i+m’s hometown, the Berlin-line was created which comes in a very nice travelling package with shower gel, body cream, hair shampoo, and conditioner. This makes a great, eco friendly, and vegan souvenir for all loved ones at home, or a way to remember this trip for a long time. The products are available at whole food stores, such as Bio Company, LPG Biomarkt, Basic, Alnatura or at Belladonna Naturkosmetik in Kreuzberg.
When in Berlin, enjoy everything this city offers and do not miss out on the great food that can be found in so many nice locations!
Love and Veggies, Franziska