Berlin is a city known for its wild nightlife, spectacular vegan food, and “anything goes” attitude. It’s a city where one’s inhibitions can take a back seat to fulfilling hidden fantasies and desires.
So, it’s no surprise that Berlin’s vegan culinary scene is full of fanciful concoctions that, at times, feel like they’re straight out of a decadent dream. It’s even possible for your tastebuds to take you on a long journey down memory lane to a time before you were vegan, because Berlin has some of the best veganized dishes in the world. Nearly anything you an imagine including burgers, dumplings, donuts, tacos, and more are there for the taking. All ready to be devoured, cruelty free, of course.
Note: This article was produced as a result of the Two Vegans One Country: Germany Edition project with my friend and fellow blogger Amelie from Mostly Amelie.
Here are my picks for the Best Vegan Food in Berlin
Vegan Burgers at Lily Burger
Go big or go home. That’s a saying Lily Burger seems to embrace, which is blatantly obvious from the moment you’re handed their 20+ page menu, to the very last naughty bite.
Lily Burger is not a vegan establishment, so it’s shocking just how incredibly imaginative and fantastic their veganized burgers are. You can get their towering meat-free masterpieces stuffed full of a variety of toppings, including vegan cheese, onion rings, bbq sauce, and even vegan bacon. These monster burgers can be on the pricy side, but they’re worth every last cent.
If you have a healthy appetite, love vegan burgers, and want Instagram worthy pics then Lily Burger in Berlin is the place for you to live out all your dirty burger fantasies. This is definitely some of the best vegan food in Berlin.
Vegan Tacos at Santa Cantina
I grew up in Texas for the most part, and I’m very picky about Mexican food. So when I tell you that the vegan tacos from Santa Cantina in Berlin are hands down the best damn tacos I’ve had in Europe, that should mean something.
The restaurant’s vegan menu was like a wet dream. Even so, I was a little skeptical of the Hibiscus tacos, but after one bite I was in love with the crunchy, tangy, spicy parcels. Their eggplant and black bean tacos were even more delightful, especially paired with one of their incredible fruity cocktails. Pretty impressive that a Mexican restaurant in Germany run by an Aussie is serving up some of the best vegan food in Berlin!
By the way, Santa Cantina is the sister restaurant to Santa Maria Mexican Diner, home to truly fantastic soy chorizo tacos. If you’re in Berlin, don’t leave before you visit one of their restaurants…or both!
Caesar Salad at The Bowl
Salad as a meal? No thanks. At best, a salad is a nice side dish but should never try to intrude as a main course. The idea that lettuce and smattering of raw vegetables can satisfy my desires for a real meal are pretty laughable. That is, until I had the Caesar salad at The Bowl.
The tangy dressing, mock chicken (that tasted so much like the real thing, I had to keep remining myself that I was in a vegan restaurant), zesty radishes, crunch chickpeas, and sharp parsley all made this an especially delicious dish. This salad was completely satisfying and hearty enough to silence my hunger paings. I’d happily eat The Bowl’s veganized Caesar salad any day of the week. If you’re craving some of the best vegan food in Berlin that happens to be healthy and delicious, make a trip to The Bowl.
Vegan Hot Dogs at Hot Dog Soup
Hot Dog Soup serves stellar dirty-ballpark-style vegan hot dogs that seem like they’re straight out of a childhood memory.
Their simple soy dog are served on a soft fluffy bun, piled high with fresh and tasty ingredients like pickles, onions, sauerkraut, peppers, tomato, and mustard. The menu has several tempting pre-designed hot dogs to choose from, but I couldn’t resist the Red Hot Chili dog both times I went. It was a composition of hot chili pepper sauce, pickles, and onions. Absolutely outstanding, and possibly the best vegan hot dogs in Berlin.
The restaurant also serves soup, hence the name, but really, who cares? The hot dogs are the main star here.
Vegan Brunch at Hotel Almodovar
I love brunch, and can you blame me? Breakfast combined with lunch,accompanied by coffee and booze…I can’t think of many things that are better in life.
Hotel Almodovar, a vegetarian bio hotel in Berlin, offers a vegan and vegetarian brunch for guests and the general public. Their vegan selection is the best I’ve seen in my life. Cheese, meats, dips, vegan butter, and even flaky buttery croissant! It’s enough to keep you full for most of the day, and the best reason I can think of to get out of bed in the morning.
So for the best vegan brunch in Berlin, head to Hotel Almodovar.
Vegan Crepes at Let It Be
Before becoming vegan, crepes were my go-to-easy-to-make dinner dish or late night dessert. They’re simple, filling, and oh so good! Unfortunately, these thin French pancakes are traditionally made with lots of eggs, milk, and butter so they’ve been removed from my normal routine almost entirely.
Needless to say when I first learned about Let It Be in Berlin, I was ecstatic. Though, not quite as ecstatic as I was after my first creamy mouthful of Woody Harrelson. Oh, maybe I should explain that?
The vegan crepes at Let It Be in Berlin are named after famous vegan celebrities. The Woody Harrelson, my favorite, comes with vegan ham, cheese, leeks, and a healthy dose of vegan cream. The sultry Erykah Badu is a savory crepe filled with sweet potatoes, spinach, and coconut peanut sauce. These are, hands down, the best vegan crepes in Berlin!
Don’t worry, if your tongue fancies something sweet they have plenty to choose from, including the chocolate filled Prince crepe (pic above).
Vegan Döner at Vöner
Doner kebab was first brought to Berlin in the 1970s by Turkish workers. Since then, the entire country has embraced this meaty dish. You can’t really walk far without running into a doner shop in Berlin. They’re literally everywhere.
No longer do hungry vegans in Berlin have to settle for falafel. Vöner, which opened in 2006, veganized the Doner kebab thus filling a void that once existed in the city’s vegan fast food/junk food scene.
We opted for the Vöner-Teller, a plate full of thinly sliced, roasted seitan shaved right onto a plate and served with greasy crisp french fries, salad, and garlic sauce. The Voner was so good, I teared up a little after the first bite. Even so, the portions were so big that one plate was enough for both of us to share.
Vegan Chicken Burger at Der Vegetarische Metzger
Der Vegetarische Metzger (The Vegetarian Butcher) wasn’t even on our radar after researching Berlin’s best veganized dishes. Amelie and I just happened to come across this shop one day. Curiosity got the best of us and we decided to check it out.
Maybe it was divine intervention, maybe the stars aligned, or maybe it was just dumb luck, but the chicken burger at The Vegetarian Butcher in Berlin was one of the most authentic tasting veganized dishes I’ve ever had. I don’t know how they make their chicken patty, and I really don’t care because it’s cruelty free, but I do know that I’ll be thinking about it for the rest of my days.
Vegan Egg Salad at kopps
Kopps is probably the most fancy and best vegan restaurant in Berlin. It’s famously known for its beautiful food and fine dining experience.
Unfortunately, a full meal at Kopps is out of my budget, but the restaurant has two veganized dishes I knew I had to try – the cheese plate and the egg salad. Lucky for me neither are a main course.
Honestly, the cheese plate was a bit underwhelming. It was fine, but nothing to write home about. On the other hand, the egg salad was superb. This mayo and chickpea concoction came in a mason jar served with freshly baked bread. It tasted incredibly similar to the “real” thing and was well worth the trip to Kopps alone.
Vegan Pizza at La Stella Nera
Eight years in New York changed me in a lot of ways. Most importantly it altered the way I thought about pizza. My first apartment, on the Upper East Side, was half a block from one of the best brick oven pizza places in the city, so let’s just say my standards are high.
La Stella Nera in Berlin serves one of the best vegan pizzas I’ve had outside of NYC.
The heavenly pie was delivered to our table piping hot, straight out of the brick oven. The crust was exactly how I like it – thin, chewy, crispy and slightly charred. The molten vegan cheese was the perfect partner to the thin slices of peppery oily vegan sausage. It was a delightful experience.
So, if you’re seeking the perfect vegan pizza in Berlin, head to La Stella Nera now!
Vegan Momos at Momos
Momos are fluffy, crispy, little pockets of heaven. It’s perfectly acceptable to eat these South Asian dumplings by the dozen, and the best place in Berlin to do so is at the aptly named Momos.
Four of the six options on their menu are vegan and all of their sauces are vegan. I highly recommend getting the pan fried version and choosing as many as you can possibly stuff yourself with.
The Best Veganized Desserts in Berlin
The Best Vegan Cake at Cafe Vux
See that cupcake in the back? That’s the best cupcake I’ve ever ever had in my life, and it’s vegan!
Cafe Vux is a sweet little vegan cafe in Berlin with a daily variety of outstanding desserts. I really don’t think there is a bad choice to be made, but if you do go and they have the peanut butter cupcake, get that one. The other desserts I had that day (an apricot vanilla cake and the cinnamon chocolate cupcake) were stellar, but the peanut butter cupcake is the stuff of dreams.
Vux also has, from what I’ve heard, an outstanding vegan brunch on Sundays. Unfortunately, my bus arrived in Berlin late and I didn’t get there before it ended. Sad but an excellent reason to go back!
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, and are looking for the best vegan cupcakes in Berlin get to Cafe Vux.
Vegan Donuts at Brammibals
To say that I’m a fan of donuts is a massive understatement. In fact, on my last trip to New York, I made it my sole mission to discover the best vegan donuts in the city.
Visiting Brammibals in Berlin was a bit like what I assume visiting the Vatican would be to a devout Catholic. Anticipation and excitement filled my body on bike ride over and became almost uncontrollable at the first glance of all the doughy gems.
My choice? The coconut bacon maple donut of course. It was everything a good donut should be. Fluffy interior, crispy exterior, and crystalized sugar glaze. I could have eaten 20 because these are the best vegan donuts in Berlin, and maybe Europe!
Veganized Groceries at Veganz
Fancy a Willy Wonka and the Vegan Chocolate Factory kind of experience? Then head straight to Veganz.
This all vegan grocery store has more varieties of vegan chocolate than you can shake a stick at. Bars, balls, wafers, cookies, cakes, it comes in all forms. They also offer vegan chips, drinks, cheeses, meats, produce, and other groceries.
Veganz is a one stop shop for all your vegan grocery needs and it is amazing. They even sent us two huge boxes of their products to try when we were in Germany. We went crazy and filmed it all. Take a look below.
The Best Vegan Friendly Hotels in Berlin
Looking for the best vegan and vegan-friendly hotels in Berlin to lay your head at night? You’ve come to the right place.
We were lucky enough to stay at two spectacular hotels in Berlin. Don’t hesitate to book either when you visit.
From the moment you step into Hotel Almodovar’s gorgeous lobby you’ll wish you lived here. Each piece of furniture in the hotel feels like it was custom made and placed with tremendous thought and care. Ample hearty wood is used throughout, and delicate textiles and striking artwork make long lasting impressions.
The hotel has an amazing restaurant, Bistro Bardot, that serves organic vegan and vegetarian breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. It also has a fantastic sauna and spa where we relaxed after two long days touring the city.
Almodovar is a truly special hotel that will make you long for the day you return to Berlin.
If you’re looking for a vegan friendly hotel in one of Berlin’s most charming and quaint neighborhoods, look no further than hotel OTTO in Charlottenburg!
hotel OTTO’s aim is to create a space where strangers become guests. Their warm and friendly staff, inviting and whimsical decor, and cozy yet cheerful furnishings accomplish that goal. hotel OTTO is an oasis of calm and peace amidst the hustle and bustle that is Berlin.
Vegans staying at hotel OTTO will be pleasantly surprised by the number of fantastic options at the breakfast buffet, including made to order vegan pancakes, fresh ripe avocado, sautéed mushrooms, vegan yogurt, delicious coffee, and even DIY mimosas.
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Sponsorship Disclaimer: Big thank you to Hotel Almodovar, Hotel Otto, Santa Cantina, The Bowl, and Vux for hosting us and serving us some of the best vegan food in Berlin. Thank you to Veganz for sending us samples to taste for this article, and thank you to GoEuro for sponsoring us. As always, opinions expressed are completely my own.
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