With 42 completely vegan restaurants at last count, Berlin has such a huge range of vegan options it’s actually difficult to choose where to go (and it even has vegan hotels, too!). Compound that by only having a short time there, and it’s pretty much impossible. Here’s your solution.
I was so desperate to try the best of the best of Berlin that I actually made a spreadsheet of fully vegan restaurants and cafes in Berlin, then added in their rankings on Happycow and Tripadvisor (and factored in the number of times they’d appeared in “top 10” listings on blogs or magazines), then ranked them based on an aggregate score. Yeah, I’m a massive vegan nerd. But it’s all for your benefit!
Here’s how the rankings panned out:
Top 10 Vegan Restaurants & Cafes in Berlin
- Let It Be (Neukolln) – vegan creperie
- Daluma (Mitte) – healthy eatery (all vegan except dairy milk option for coffee – why do places insist on this?!)
Ohlala (Friedrichshain) – vegan French pastry shop(CLOSED)
- Chaostheorie (Prenzlauer Berg) – vegan cocktail bar & cafe
- Vaust Braugaststatte (Charlottenberg) – vegan microbrewery and restaurant
- Kopps (Mitte) – vegan restaurant
- Viasko (Kreuzberg) – vegan restaurant serving traditional German food
- Sfizy Veg (Neukolln) – vegan pizza place with over 100 different vegan pizzas
- Voner (Friedrichshain) – vegan doner kebab
- Lucky Leek (Prenzlauer Berg) – vegan restaurant using fresh, seasonal produce
Oh, the things I do. In the interests of sampling as many of these places as possible, we packed in a lot of vegan food (and in particular, cake). Of the top 10, we managed to get to Let it Be, Ohlala, Vaust Braugaststatte and Viasko, plus we also visited Pele Mele (for brunch) and ‘vegan street’, which consists of Veganz supermarket, Avesu shoes, Deer Goods (vegan clothes shop), and Goodies Cafe.
Let it Be
I was a little disappointed not to see a vegan nutella crepe, but I settled for the cinnamon sugar crepe, which smelled and tasted like Christmas. It was huge and very satisfying. I didn’t get a chance to try their savoury crepes but they sounded excellent, too. All of the crepes on their menu are named after famous vegans, which is a cool idea.
I was really excited to see these Halloween donuts at their counter display. I don’t know if they always have donuts but these were really good and were a great Halloween surprise to bring my friends, who flew in after me and therefore missed the Let it Be experience.
Let it Be: website
Viasko offers a menu of mainly German specialties, so it’s a perfect place to check out if you want to try veganised versions of typical German dishes. The restaurant has a very unusual layout, with part of the restaurant in what looks like a converted wine cellar – which has great atmosphere but can’t comfortably accommodate four at a table, as we found out (we were very squished)!
Oh la lal (NOW CLOSED)
The Peanut Conspiracy, the little chocolate peanut butter and caramel chocolate bar on the left was also amazing. Kind of like a fancy Snickers bar with cream inside, but a million times better.
Go to Oh la la. Get the Tresor. You won’t regret it. Although you might not be able to eat for the rest of the day.
Ohlala: Facebook page (SADLY NOW CLOSED!)
Berlin is home to a vegan shopping street around number 35 Schivelbeiner Straße, which has Avesu, a vegan shoe shop, Deer Goods, a vegan clothing shop, and Veganz, a vegan supermarket with the attached Goodies Cafe. Goodies offers coffee, tea, smoothies, cakes and a few savoury options. We sampled a black forest cake and their speculoos and chocolate peanut butter lattes. The cake was light and moist and very good – the lattes not so much. They didn’t have much flavour, either in terms of coffee or the flavourings. Stick to the cake here, folks.
Goodies Cafe: website
A microbrewery and 100% vegan restaurant, Vaust Braugaustatte was the top ranked restaurant (rather than cafe) on my list and it is well worth a visit. The menu is limited but inventive and interesting, and the food is on par with some of the best vegetarian restaurants I’ve been to, from Candle 79 in New York to Terre a Terre in Brighton. The atmosphere is lovely too, relaxing and candelit. Perfect place for a special occasion or a splurge meal.
As I said, the menu is very small, with only two mains and one special (plus starters and desserts) the night we visited. So, we managed to sample all of the mains. We were given bread to start, made from the remains from the beer brewing process (which I thought was a very clever idea and good re-use of food ‘waste’) with rapeseed (canola) oil and a BBQ spice mix. The main I tried was the incredible pumpkin ravioli, which the menu describes as “Filled pumpkin ravioli with hokkaido-pear-chili-mousse, chili-strands, pumpkinseeds parmesan and caramelized pieces of pear.”