Vegetarians, rejoice: Berlin’s young, innovative dining scene is huge, so it comes as no surprise that the German capital offers plenty of meat-free dining options. In fact, there are few restaurants left that don’t cater to the health-conscious vegetarian lifestyle. Here’s our insider’s guide to some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Berlin.
The restaurant’s motto is simple: eat chay and live long (chay meaning vegetarian in Vietnamese). The fresh, sustainably sourced ingredients speak for themselves in their meat-free version of classic dishes like pho and bun bo hue. Vietnamese star chef Nguyen Dzoan Cam Van lent a helping hand with the menu, so you know you’re in for a treat.
The name might be a tongue-twister, but don’t let that hold you back from reserving a table at Berlin’s one and only vegetarian Chinese restaurant. This bright and spacious joint combines Chinese flavours and plant-based goodness perfectly. Must-try: the spicy and sour cucumber salad followed by smoked Wuxian tofu with coriander. Welcome to modern Chinese eating in the heart of Berlin!
kopps combines high-quality ingredients, craftmanship and creativity to achieve extraordinary compositions. We promise you’ll never have tasted vegetables like this before. Take some friends for dinner or try their weekend brunch, but make sure to reserve a table first. The New York Times is a fan and CNN has reported about this vegan hot spot, so it tends to get a little busy…
Cookies Cream is a well-established vegan and vegetarian restaurant that serves traditional German food with a focus on health and wellbeing. It is a favourite amongst the odd catwalk model and German celeb, too. So, book a table and enjoy a bit of celeb-spotting while you tuck into dishes like leeks with black sesame or Parmesan dumplings with truffle stock.
Up for some people watching? Daluma is a hipsters’ paradise. We promise you won’t get bored sitting in this über-stylish café decked out with herringbone flooring and whitewashed brickwork, sipping on the latest raw juice and tucking into your vegan bowl. Located in Berlin Mitte, where you’ll find plenty of cool boutiques and galleries, Daluma is the place where the it-crowd gets their vegan and raw food fix. Healthy, stylish and super cool – a must-visit if you want to hang with the locals.
Interested in eating out at a typical German brewery? Vegetarians can have a blast at Vaust, Berlin’s only vegan brewery located in the heart of Charlottenburg. The beer available at Vaust is brewed by the owner himself and you even try a seitan version of the famous Berlin currywurst.
This vegan Vietnamese restaurant proves that vegan food can be full of flavour and exotic spices and far from boring. SOY, located in the heart of hip district Mitte, has perfected the art of Asian tapas and the team’s outstanding customer service will make you feel super comfortable. Win win!
Chipps offers a vast range of vegetarian dishes which you can choose according to your mood. Are you up for a fresh salad, huevos rancheros, or a ‘dancing queen’ breakfast of eggs Florentine? There’s even a ‘walk of shame’ option with tomatoes, feta, and chilli. The good news is that Chipps’ food always hits the spot and this fuss-free restaurant offers one of the best breakfasts in town.
If you’re looking for a quick veggie bite on the go, then Momos is the restaurant for you. This organic self-service joint specialises in homemade vegetarian dumplings that come with a choice of vegan or vegetarian fillings. Their dumplings paired with a fruity smoothie will give you enough energy to walk along the entire stretch of the Berlin Wall for sure. We recommend their ‘Mean Green’ drink made with spinach, lemon and cucumber.
Lucky Leek is a must-visit for serious food lovers. The restaurant gets rave reviews and anyone who has tried chef Josita Hartanto’s ambitious cooking will understand why. Expect inventive dishes like potato-ricotta crespelle with turnip schnitzel or braised aubergine with hazelnut and olive salsa. If you are up for treating yourself, then head to Lucky Leek in trendy Prenzlauer Berg where you will find an array of fairtrade shopping options, too.
This is a guest post from freelance journalist Beatrice Clark. She has written for Vogue, Glamour and Vanity Fair, among others, and has spent the past 15 years living in France, England and Scotland. She is currently based in Berlin and is always on the hunt for the perfect Eggs Benedict.