A Vegan Guide to Berlin by Xana Ramos

29 Jun 2022

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Berlin is known to be one of the best places to find vegan food in Europe. We would know, as Berlin is one of our Cities of the Future!

See also: abillion Cities of the Future 2022 Report

The city boasts a vibrant culinary scene and wide range of vegan restaurants – even classic German dishes can be easily veganized. Take for example how there’s plenty veganized versions of Berlin’s iconic Currywurst where a vegan sausage is served with a side of french fries and slathered with curry ketchup and curry powder.

In fact, Berlin has some of the best veganized dishes in the world. From vegan burgers, sushi, donuts, tacos, and more. All of these dishes ready to be devoured – without the cruelty, of course.

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It’s a massive sign that Berlin, like many European countries, are riding the vegan wave. Just ask Xana Ramos, our Berlin-based member who has provided her favorite spots in Germany’s capital for this month’s city guide.

Xana, a vegan for five years, says that “Berlin is the place to be. On every corner, you have a vegan restaurant, and almost every other restaurant has vegan options…Sometimes you forget that you live in a non-vegan world. It has been very easy for me to surround myself with like-minded vegans, I live a 100 percent vegan life in Berlin and it’s so so easy.” She’s also helped friends and co-workers to go vegan.

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Take a look at Xana’s top eight vegan and vegan-friendly spots to dine at.

Vegan Cafes

Geh Veg

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Geh Veg is a cozy, easy-going vegan cafe dishing up brunch, homemade soup & baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth. Xana recommends trying their Süßes Frühstück (sweet breakfast), a spread with fruits, vegan yogurt, and quinoa puffs. For a meal that packs a punch (and lots of protein), go with the Herzhaftes Frühstück (hearty breakfast). This dish comes with tofu, tempeh, sweet potatoes and bread.

Frea Bakery

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If you love bread, this is the place to be. FREA Bakery is the first 100% plant-based and zero-waste bakery in Germany. They use organically grown products to provide the freshest dishes, and serve up an amazing selection of bread and baked goods.

Xana recommends getting the FREA-mix, as it’s “perfect for sharing” and contains just about everything you would want: various loaves of bread, pastries with spreads and a plate filled with mushrooms, hummus, cucumber salad, and vegan butter.

Vegan Restaurants

GaYaYa Mitte in Mitte

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Gayaya offers plant-based Asian-fusion dishes in the heart of Berlin, and their dishes are prepared exclusively with fresh herbs, without any coloring or preservatives. Tuck into their hearty avocado and beetroot sushi first, then indulge in the Gayaya curry next.

Bask in the ambience with beautiful lowlights, and a calming zen vibe. Xana says this is the perfect restaurant for a date. “Gayaya is a hidden gem of berlin…All the dishes provide an explosion of Asian flavors in your mouth, and the food is stunning.”

Note: This establishment does not accept card payments.

The Secret Garden

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Take a trip to Kyoto while in Berlin by visiting The Secret Garden. This vegan Japanese restaurant offers plant-based dishes and meat-free sushi in a gorgeous dining room with lanterns and bonsai.

Be sure to try their signature dish, Glückgeselligkeit für Zwei (Happiness for Two). At €36, you get a good variety of food, and the portion is just right for two people.

Note: This establishment does not accept card payments.

Neue Republik Reger

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Satisfy your burger cravings at Neue Republik Reger. Their interior is eclectic, colorful and welcoming. Xana describes this burger spot as “homemade indulgence”, as their burgers are all made in-house.

The portions are generous, and all burgers come with plenty of sauce and fresh vegetables. A must-try item on the menu would be their Black Bean Patty Burger.

Tip: Try to visit on weekdays as this spot is usually crowded on weekends.

Alaska Bar

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Pay a visit to Alaska Bar for amazing vegan tapas, cocktails, and great vibes all round. Upon entering, you’ll feel like you're walking into an antique shop as every piece of furniture is unique and vintage.

This establishment is “another gem of Berlin”, according to Xana. She suggests ordering one of everything on the menu to eat, and getting a Bloody Mary to pair with the dishes. Her favorite tapas item is the Salmon Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese.

La Stella Nera

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Xana regards La Stella Nera as having “the best vegan pizza” in Berlin.

You can have different types of pizzas, whether you’re in the mood for Marinara, Bianca, Calzone, La Stella Nera will have you covered. Its ingredients are of high quality, as the restaurant sources only organic, vegan ingredients.

The restaurant also has the “best selection of antipasti, bruschetta, crispy polenta sticks and much more” and their Tiramisu is a must-try!

Vegan Grocer

Veganz

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The vegan supermarket has developed over 470 products since 2015 and their packaging is made of compostable materials. In 2020, a total of 84.4 percent of all Veganz packaging was found to be recyclable, reusable and/or compostable.

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@theveganway99 profile image
theveganway995 MONTHS AGO
Good to know!
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@marapahara profile image
marapahara4 MONTHS AGO
Reason enough to move to Berlin hehe
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xanaramos4 MONTHS AGO
Oh yes!!! 🤤🤤🤤
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xanaramos4 MONTHS AGO
Berlin is the perfect place for vegans ❤️🌱
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vegayn4 MONTHS AGO
The zero waste Frea restaurant is absolutely the best fine dining experience I’ve ever experienced
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andreina282 MONTHS AGO
Oh yes now it’s on my bucket list
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