Vegan Advegtures: Berlin

I don’t know about the “wurst” place to eat vegan, but it’s fair to say that Berlin is definitely one of the best. I knew that this was a cool city, I’d been once before prior to this trip, but I’d never been as a vegan and was curious to find out if it lived up to it’s reputation of being one of the vegan capitals of the world.

Whilst we were only there for three days, we managed to squeeze eight restaurants  into our trip and both Chris and I agreed that not only are there a plethora of vegan restaurants, the quality of the food is high and there are also a number of omni restaurants boasting vegan options. A very vegan friendly city indeed!

I received some recommendations from the Instagram community on where to eat and decided to visit the ones which received the most votes! There are obviously some incredible ones we didn’t get to visit on this occasion but no doubt we’ll be back there again to try them out… For research purposes, of course.

If you’d like to see a little more from our trip, you can watch our YouTube video here.

As always, I apologise that the quality of photos isn’t the same as my Instagram page. This was a holiday and I didn’t have my photography equipment with me.

Here’s the list of places we visited in the order we visited them:

🌱 Voner

🌱 1990 Vegan Living

🌱 Ataya Caffe

🌱 Brammibals

🌱 Momos

🌱 Lucky Leek

🌱 Kopps

🌱 Soy

Here’s a map showing the location of all of the restaurants:


 

So, down to the nitty gritty. Here’s what we ate and what we thought:

1. Voner

 

Within two hours of being in the country, we were already on our way to Voner. This was one of the most highly recommended restaurants from the Instagram community!

Where is it?

Boxhagener Str. 56, 10245 Berlin, Germany

What’s it like?

This is a casual little cafe serving up doner kebabs (hence the name),  burgers and a variety of other hearty vegan replicas of traditionally meaty dishes.  The venue itself is very casual, cute and quirky. It’s comfortable, clean and the staff are friendly. It seems like the kind of place you pop in to grab a quick bite. It’s not a formal dining spot but that’s it’s appeal. It’s 100% vegan.

What did you eat?

  • Voner Kebab – 5 Euros
  • Currywurst Mit Pommes – 5.50 Euros

What did you think of the food?

  • Voner Kebab – I was a little disappointed with this. It wasn’t terrible but I’ve definitely had better. The seitan and the bread were both lacking in moisture which resulted in a bit of a dry kebab. It was like a crusty panini which, for me, didn’t really work because the bread didn’t soak up any of the flavours. The salt levels were far too high (even for me, a self-proclaimed salt lover) and the seitan was a bit grainy. Having said all of that, when you did manage to take a bite which included the sauce, it was quite nice and the flavours mixed together well. More sauce would go down a treat!
  • Currywurst Mit Pommes – This was delicious and I think, my first ever currywurst (vegan or not). The chips (which were more like wedges) were perfectly seasoned cooked and I could’ve happily eaten an entire plate of them. The texture of the sausage was really nice and went well with the sauce. There was a lot of paprika and salt in the dish but it didn’t feel overpowering at any point. Delish!

More information:

Check out their Instagram

 

2. 1990 Vegan Living

 

Where is it?

Krossener Str. 19, 10245 Berlin, Germany

What’s it like?

This restaurant came with the most positive feedback from my Instagram followers so I knew that it would be a good’un! Firstly, it’s a lot bigger than I thought it would be! It was a Friday night when we visited and it was buzzing and busy. The service is quite fast and nice enough although not overly engaging. It’s got a nice feel to it and is quite quirky and fun. It’s somewhere you could go for a casual date night or with a group of friends and have a great time!

What did you eat?

What DIDN’T we eat. Gahd. The food was great.

Every dish we had was from the 3.50 Euros menu and our meal cost us 50 Euros in total including wine:

  • Thit Bung – Crispy soy strips wrapped in sesame with a tamarind-chilli sauce
  • Shaolin Pockets – Homemade steamed pickets filled with spinach and vegetables with a mango curry sauce on top
  • Ha Cao – Steamed dumplings filled with vegetables, soybeans, served with a soy-chilli sauce
  • Cary – Green curry with tofu coconut milk, lemongrass and vegetables
  • Goi Cuon – Fresh rice paper rolls filled with tofu, rice noodles and salad served with a hoisin-peanut dip
  • Bun Bao Taco – Steamed bao bun with a soy patty, mango, cucumber & herbs with hoisin chilli sauce
  • Secret Garden – Crispy baked wanton filled with tofu and mushrooms, served with an exotic guacamole
  • Dim Sum – Crispy fried dumplings filled with radish, carrots & garlic
  • Pearl on Spoon – Tempure seaweed balls with wasabi, soy sauce and ginger

What did you think of the food?

I won’t go into detail on every dish but the food was fantastic!

The sweet sauce which accompanied the crispy dumplings, the perfectly thick texture of the dim sum, the ridiculously nice mango sauce, the prawn-like texture of the soy balls, the fresh rice paper rolls with a divine hoisin-peanut dip, the crispy wantons which reminded me of samosas (in the best way) – Everything about this meal was brilliant. This was our favourite restaurant from our trip!

More information:

Check out their website

 

3. Ataya Caffe

** Disclaimer – My meal at Ataya was complimentary but all views are honest and my own

 

Where is it?

Zelterstraße 6, 10439 Berlin, Germany

What’s it like?

What an awesome little spot! This is the kind of place that you wouldn’t discover unless you knew about it but people definitely know about it. There was a queue of people waiting for it to open when we arrived on the Saturday morning, but the restaurant was easily big enough to accommodate everyone waiting. The food has Senegalese and Sardinian influences (how many times can you say you’ve experienced that?) and is focused on fresh, wholesome, homemade vegan food. It has a very laid back vibe, almost as if you’ve just been invited into someone’s living room to eat. The restaurant is covered in brightly coloured decorations with funky tunes and rustic furniture giving it a cosy feel. I also want to point out that the owners are just so lovely and they’ve ensured that this place is zero waste (including glass straws). It’s 100% vegan.

What did you eat?

We visited on a Saturday morning when the Afro-Italian brunch is in full swing!

  • Afro-Italian Brunch which comes with a giant plate full of fresh, healthy food including tomato pasta, pearl barley, fresh fruits and veggies, the most divine hummus, vegan yoghurt etc. – 13 Euros each
  • Fresh fruit smoothies – 4.50 Euros each

What did you think of the food?

I can guarantee that you won’t leave this place hungry but you’ll feel great for it. The food is prepared so lovingly and you can taste such an array of flavours in each bite. The hummus was unreal, dare I say the best I’ve ever had! The peppers are perfectly cooked, the pasta has just enough bite, the potatoes are heavenly. Everything is just executed so well. This was the best possible way to fuel our day of sightseeing. We left feeling well and truly stuffed but not uncomfortable.

More information:

Check out their website

 

4. Brammibals

Where is it?

They have three separate locations:

  • Maybachufer 8, 12047, Berlin
  • Danziger Straße 65, 10435, Berlin
  • Alte Potsdamer Straße 7, 10785, Berlin

What’s it like?

I meannnnn. It’s a shop full of vegan doughnuts. What’s not to love? The branch we visited (Danziger) was modern and airy with great light. It’s not really designed to be a sit down cafe but you could sit on the high stools at the front and watch the world go by for a while I suppose! It’s 100% vegan.

What did you eat?

It was 2.75 Euros if I remember rightly!

  • Boston Cream
  • Chocolate Peanut Fudge

What did you think of the food?

Chris had the choc peanut fudge because that man loves peanut butter more than most things in life (apart from pizza and me, of course) and he loved it. I had the Boston cream  which I thought was relatively plain until I hit the creamy centre… Absolutely dreamy. Fantastic doughnuts!

More information:

Check out their website

 

5. Momos

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Where is it?

Chausseestraße 2, 10115 Berlin, Germany

What’s it like?

This is a fast, casual style restaurant where you order at the front and collect when your buzzer beeps. Ideal for a light lunch or snack rather than a sit down meal. Its veggie but not 100% vegan so be careful when you’re ordering that you order the right thing!

What did you eat?

5.90 Euros for eight dumplings

  • 2 x Steamed, 2 x Fried Mushroom & Potato dumplings with a soy-sesame dip
  • 2 x Steamed, 2 x Fried Pumpkin & Chickpea dumplings with a tomato, ginger & chilli dip

What did you think of the food?

I love dumplings. To the point where they might even be my food of choice when asked ‘What food could you live on for the rest of your life?’ and so I was super excited when a few people recommended this place, but I’m going to be honest, I didn’t love them. I thought that the flavours were quite basic, they weren’t very well seasoned and they just didn’t blow me away. The fried ones reminded me more of pasties than dumplings. Sorry, Momos!

More information:

Check out their website

 

6. Lucky Leek

Where is it?

Kollwitzstraße 54, 10405 Berlin, Germany

What’s it like?

Whip out your fancy pants, people because this place is all class. It’s dimly lit, which is great for ambience but not so much for photos so you’ll excuse me if these are a bit dark! My first impression was that the waiters were a little frosty but as the night went on, they warmed to us. The restaurant was packed and it had a more formal feel to it. It’s not the kind of restaurant where you have to dress up particularly but it did feel a little more flashy (for want of a better word) and subdued than other places we’d visited. It’s also 100% vegan.

What did you eat?

Chris and I had saved this place for the Saturday night and we decided to go all out and treat ourselves to the 5 course chef’s menu (59 Euros) with wine degustation (29 Euros) so all in all it came to 117 Euros in total which I still think was quite reasonable considering the amount of food and wine we ate.

The five courses were:

  • Prelude: Radish carpaccio, green pea creme, fennel salad, kalamata olive and balsamic walnut
  • Upswing: Celery cream soup, winter truffle and spinach pistou
  • Entree: Carrot risotto, buccola, roasted vegan feta and salted almonds
  • Main: Seitan fillet, porcini potato puree, salsify Savoy cabbage ragout, portwine pepper sauce
  • Dessert was your choice of either farina pudding with chocolate crumble, raspberry and plum ice cream OR a cheese board with chutneys and jams (we ordered one of each)

What did you think of the food?

I was really impressed with the food here and would definitely recommend it for a nice, sit down meal. The portion sizes are really generous and while it has a fine dining feel to it, the food is filling and has substance to it. First of all, they bought us out a little extra dish with vegan sausage and chickpea hummus and it was amazing!

The prelude was the dish I was least looking forward to and I think it ended up being my favourite! The range of flavours was delicious – salty olives mixed with sweet walnut flavours and lovely little crunches from the nuts and bread. Beautiful!

The soup was so creamy and the truffle flavour comes through nicely. There was a little crunch which kept it interesting and I found myself wanting more, which was so tasty!

The “cheese” with the entree was super creamy and also quite salty, and the tomato flavour in the risotto was beautiful. It was clear that the chef enjoys using nuts to add texture which I really enjoyed and thought worked well with all of the dishes we tried! I don’t love rocket but I did actually think that it added something to this dish!

The main was the dish I was most looking forward to and the one I enjoyed the least, sadly. The seitan was too salty and too soft for me but Chris loved it. The veg was done well and the balsamic worked well with the sauce but I wasn’t wowed. At this point, I should also mention that we were quite full so despite enjoying the portion sizes, perhaps a little less would’ve meant that we had more room to enjoy our dessert!

One thing I will say is that while I’m no wine connoisseur, I’m not sure the wines worked very well with every dish. I’ve had wine pairings before and really been impressed by the way the wines brought out the flavours in the dish but some of these didn’t work for me. I did like the sweet dessert wine though!

The cheesecake was absolutely beautiful. It was light, refreshing and worked well with the ice cream. The cheeses were a bit too doughy and grainy for my liking so I’d recommend choosing the sweet dessert!

This restaurant is great but it wasn’t quite perfect for me. Still, I’d recommend a visit on your trip.

More information:

Check out their website

 

7. Kopps

Where is it?

Linienstraße 94, 10115 Berlin, Germany

What’s it like?

This is a beautiful restaurant which I can imagine feels semi-casual during the day but more formal during the evening. We visited in the morning and the light was shining through perfectly which made the whole place light up. It’s got a very trendy, contemporary feel to it and the staff were all very friendly. It was packed but not overly noisy and the chefs are focused on fresh, local food which I like. It’s also 100% vegan.

What did you eat?

I received lots of recommendations for this place but one person told me that I needed to visit them for their ‘all you can eat’ brunch buffet and it doesn’t take much to convince me that an AYCE buffet is a good idea!

  • Brunch is 18 Euros per person and you can quite literally eat as much as you want (and we did). I imagine the menu chooses daily but you can choose from warm and cold food including noodle salads, “egg” salads, vegan cheeses and meats, tofu scrambles, toast, pasta, fruits, veggies. There’s quite a range!

What did you think of the food?

I loved the food here! Everything tasted incredibly fresh and well made. I really loved the tofu scramble and can really get on board with the fact that everyone here seems to serve pasta for breakfast. The vegan meats and cheeses were nice although not super realistic, although the experience did take me back to every holiday breakfast buffet I ever had before turning vegan! Overall, I was really impressed with both the venue and the food. I’d definitely add this one to your list. I’d be interested to see what their dinner menu is like!

More information:

Check out their website

8. Soy

Where is it?

Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin, Germany

What’s it like?

This is a cute spot with beautiful, moody yet trendy decor and chilled vibes. The staff are friendly, the service is quick and the food is tasty! It is 100% vegan and whilst it’s all delicious, the menu isn’t extensive as the one as I’d have liked.

What did you eat?

  • Cari – Homemade curry made from spicy red curry coconut sauce in a clay pot with soft silk tofu, spicy seitan and fresh veggies with rice
  • Banh Bao – Steamed Vietnamese bun filled with veggies, various beans and mushrooms and served in a bamboo steamer
  • Ha Cao – Steamed dumplings filled with veggies and tofu, served with a soy dip
  • Van Than Chien – Fried dumplings filled with tofu and morels, served with a sweet & sour dip

What did you think of the food?

I really enjoyed most of the food here! The fried dumplings had a nice crunch to them and the sauce packed just enough heat for this little wimp to handle. The texture was a tiny bit chalky and dry but I still enjoyed them!

The bao was too dry for me. It was very doughy and didn’t hold much flavour.

The curry was absolutely delicious. I absolutely love silky tofu and the sweet flavours in the sauce were brilliant. I actually think that the dish would’ve been better without the seitan, and I’m normally a big fan of fake meats. I do think that it was perhaps a little rubbery.  I would’ve loved more tofu instead of seitan. Also, shoutout to the carrots and courgettes which were perfectly cooked!

More information:

Check out their website

 


 

So, if you’ve b-erl-een (Sorry, that is truly awful) thinking about visiting this wonderful city, I hope this blog post has helped you understand the vegan scene there a little better.

If you want any tips, head over to my Instagram page and send me a message: @thelittlelondonvegan

Book your flights immediately and danken me later!

TLLV

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