Berlin food guide: A vegans paradise!
If there is one city in Europe that is absolutely perfect for vegans, it’s Berlin. I still call it THE food paradise. Due to my studies and the semester abroad I had the chance to live in Berlin for five months in 2016/17. As you can probably image I tried (well almost) every vegan café, bar and restaurant in town – and I’ve been still processing that list with new stuff every time I visit Berlin again (I stopped counting btw because I go back so often).
It would be a shame to just keep the best spots for myself so I thought about writing this blog post for you where I recommand you some of the best places. Have fun and let me know if you’ve already tried one of these too (or if you know others of course).
This place located in Berlin Mitte has the best acai bowls in town. Probably not only in Berlin, in fact it’s the best one I’ve ever had. It’s a little bit more pricy at Superfoods Berlin if you compare it to other cafés BUT the portions are huge. Sometimes I even came here to grab a smoothie bowl for lunch since it was absolutely filling. They top each bowl with cacao nibs, granola, buckwheat and some fresh fruits.
Also there are two other smoothie bowls on the menu – one with matcha, one with mango. I’ve tried them both, especially the matcha has become one of my favourites too. If you’re not a smoothie person you could also go for a chia pudding, a sandwich, a big bowl of salad (they offer different dressings) or a juice and coffee. For me this was the perfect spot to catch up with friends, to study for my exams or just grab something on the go after a good workout session at the gym.
The only negative aspect I could figure out it that they use a lot of unnecessary plastic. If you order a salad bowl or a chia pudding they would take it out from the fridge where those products are prepacked for people who want to take them away. Maybe just ask for an alternative and mention that you would appreciate it if they would go for a plastic free option! Together we can change something – hopefully.
- Acai Bowl
- Matcha Bowl
- Iced Matcha Latte
- Marble Cake Muffin (gf, sf)
Normally I get my smoothies at Superfoods but because we went to a Yoga Class nearby we tried out a new café. My Goodness serves every smoothie as a bowl as well plus they have great coffee, beetroot und turmeric latte. There are also some savoury bowls on the menue. If I had to decide between Superfoods and this place I’d rather have my smoothie at Superfoods and just go there to grab a drink.
- Beetroot or Turmeric Latte
When I first visited Belrin Haferkater had only one small location. Now you can also find them at Prenzlauer Berg in a very stylish and bigger café. But even if there isn’t a place to sit you order your oatmeal for take away. The prices here are really fair and the portion size is good. Still make sure to order the bigger portion though, the difference between this and the little bowl isn’t worth the price difference! Note: Not all the bowls are vegan due to their toppings. Just ask the staff which ones are plantbased. In the afternoon in winter they also have a soup of the day which I haven’t tried yet. Furthermore: New on the menue are also some quinoa bowls and toasts.
- oatmeal with homemade apple sauce
- oat cappuccino
If you love cold pressed and fresh juices make sure to visit The Juicery. This place is super cute as well as it is decorated with a lot of fresh stuff. I really loved the atmosphere there and the green juice definitely was super refreshing.
During my last stay in Berlin when I came back after my semester abroad, I went to Hum Vegan Cuisine. The menu is quite similar to the one you can find at Soy but the atmosphere is much nicer and the staff is really friendly as well. I tried their Mi Quang and really liked it a lot (never really wanted to try something else after this though, haha). My friends are ordered something else and everything was super good, especially the steamed bun and the rice/lentil omelette filled with veggies.
- Mi Quang
- one of the homemade and fresh virgin drinks (order without sugar though)
When it comes to a good Pho Noodle Soup the one at Cat Tuong is definitely my favourite. The place is quite small and they don’t take reservations. But it’s totally worth it to wait for a table and they also have some tables to sit outside during summer.
Beets and Roots is the place to go if you love healthy vegan fast food. The restaurant itself also offers vegetarian options but there are a lot of plantbased bowls and of course you can also create your own version. I tried three different bowls, the protein bowl was definitely my favourite. Tip: Order without dressing and add more fresh herbs instead! I can also recommand you the curry bowl and the green salad. Super fresh and tasty. You can find the restaurant in Berlin Mitte, they have two different locations.
Surprise, surprise: It’s another vietnamese restaurant. Sorry for that but I couldn’t skip this one. Chén Che is a very lovely tea house which offers a great range of fresh tea but also a great vegan food menu too.
Do you love ice cream? Make sure to check out this place at Prenzlauer Berg. Especially if you’re a chocolate lover! I also tried the caramel maca one plus the lemon-poppyseed. So good!
Last but not least: This new place at Warschauerstrasse is really cool as well. The owner is kurdish and serves traditional food. I tried the Kumpir with 10 vegan salads, super tasty, satisfying and healthy. They also make pizza, pide and other eastern food. Give it a try! I would especially recommand it for lunch.
- Kumpir with 10 salads