Germany - Berlin's top 20 Vegan and Raw Friendly Restaurants
Anyone who’s been to Berlin knows the city is a foodie haven - a mecca of all things delicious. A merging of histories and cultures to produce some of the most interesting, innovative restaurants and cafes. And the options feel endless! Whenever we visit a new city we google maps and star all our favourite places. Then as we walk through the city we check out neighbourhoods that host all the stars. We spend a week in Berlin, almost entirely on foot, and still couldn’t get through them all! What was even better was the range of healthy and plant-based eating options. Berliners seem to have embraced this lifestyle, and we certainly dived in during our trip.
Alexander Lobrano from Saveur Magazine did a great post on Germany’s meat loving capital, where vegetables have surprisingly captured the culinary imagination.
“vegetarian eating incarnates a trinity of values—idealism, virtuousness, redemption—that creates a deeply hopeful and soothing mental balm for the inhabitants of one of the world's most spectacularly traumatized cities. For many Berliners, the decision to stop consuming meat and to start eating as locally and seasonally as possible is a public affirmation of a personal desire to make the world a better place.”
Indeed, while touring the cities sites, old meets new, and the history of Germany has a deliberate visibility. Our tour guide told us how Berlin chose not to hide the past, but to embrace and live with it. The influx of cultures and the #refugeeswelcome movement is strong here, with Berlin attracting a new wave of immigrants, including hipsters!
Healthy Eating in Berlin
Below are our 20 top pics for eating in Berlin. Remember, the city is always changing! If we've missed any, please comment below so others can see your recommendations! The list below contains vegan, raw and vegetarian-friendly places, most of which we visited while in the city. We'll have to go back to try more!
Soho House Berlin - The Stores Kitchen
Soho House establishments always offer beautiful design and good eating, and their new Berlin location is no different. What we love is that the ground floor is open to the public via 'The Stores', a massive space full of pop-up style shops, salon, hang out areas, and a great cafe. You could sit there for hours watching the world go by, munching on delicious salads, cold-pressed juices, and amazing raw desserts from pastry chef Laura Villanueva of Tausendsuend (she did the food for Deliciously Ella's Berlin book launch!) I highly recommend the chocolate ganache cake!
We went here for Ryan's birthday, and it had to go on the list as the ambience and food were incredible. You walk off the main road into a hidden square, and feel like you're almost entering someone's home. Every part of restaurant/bar has a distinct feel, from the upstairs nooks, to bookcase corners, to downstairs family-style tables. I asked for veggie recommendations and they certainly delivered. The oak leaf salad with mushrooms and sweet potatoes was a salty/sweet, and my main was a stuffed artichoke with roasted peppers and almond. The menu changes constantly to offer unique specials and seasonal favourites.
Cookies Cream is the crème de la crème of the Berlin vegetarian restaurants. Opened by Head Chef Stephan Hentsche in 2007, this passionate chef was working in Michelin-star restaurants and was known for his roast meat with sauces before deciding to focus on 'caressing carrots'. Celebrities alike visit when in town, and there are numerous articles on the restaurant from top foodie magazines like Saveur and Food & Wine. The Cookies Cream menu gives you an idea of the high-standard of dishes, from parmesean dumplings with cream of artichoke, to grilled pineapple with brioche and coconut sorbet. If you like fine dining that is cruelty-free, go here.
Chipps is Chef Stephan Hentsche's second restaurant, a quaint little cafe in the embassy district of Berlin. The restaurant is known for its veggie-friendly lunch/brunch options, although the restaurant does serve some meat. The veggie bacon was delicious, along with the blueberry waffles!
Chipps// Mitte, Berlin // Jägerstraße 35, 10117 // Open Mon-Sat 9-16:00 and 18:00-22:00, Sun 9-17:00.
Bar & Restaurant Kopps
Kopps takes traditional German cuisine and transforms it to be veggie friendly. The Chefs focus on getting fresh, seasonal produce and supporting local industry. The brunch looks really fun, as they set out loads of different options from marmalade, to buttermilk pancakes, to scrambled eggs. The family-style tables are also perfect for going with groups.
This was my favourite place in Berlin. I wish I had a Daluma in every city I went to. The laid-back and welcoming vibe, the wooden forest-like decor, the cold pressed juices (try the Matcha or Pink Fuel!) The concept is healthy food on the go, build your own style. I enjoyed an acai bowl, topped with banana and superfoods, and a 'burning man' ginger shot. Daluma also offers soups, energy bars and some mouth-watering desserts. Next time I plan to try the quinoa-okra salad with algae-miso dressing. I need to go back to Berlin, if not only for Daluma!
Daluma // Mitte, Berlin // Weinbergsweg 3 // Open Mon-Fri 8-20:00, Sat-Sun 10-19:00.
Try the Veggie burger with pickled tofu and and grilled aubergines, or the Toad burger with Portobello mushrooms. On the side, home-made fries, vitamin-rich Kimchi and Edamame beans. Need we say more?
Royals & rice
What we loved about this place was the atmosphere. Another outdoor courtyard with exposed brickwork, twinkle lights, and live music. Inside, a cozy bar area, and lounge sofas, plus full dining room. The Vietnamese inspired menu was fun - my meat-eating husband had the award-winning shimmy shimmy ya, voted Berlin's best burger (on a bao bun), while I enjoyed a fresh noodle seaweed salad with sweet potato. There are many veggie options, including sushi!
We didn't make it here, but I've been told again and again that it's the place to go (especially for cheap eats). Organic vegetarian dumplings, home made dipping sauces, and edamame. As a big fan of dumplings (I grew up on perogies!), this is on our must-visit list for next time.
The Bowl is continually showcased by plant-loving foodie bloggers, including Deliciously Ella. It's the first restaurant in Berlin to focus exclusively on 'clean eating', and every dish is lovingly made. The restaurant is completely organic and offers vegan and raw menu options. I enjoyed a fresh salad with shaved veggies, a turmeric latte and a raspberry cheesecake. I went right at sunset, enjoying a beautiful view over Berlin. The restaurant became packed quickly and I ended up sharing my table, meeting two new friends. Always a win in my books! The downstairs Veganz grocery store is a good place to stock up on necessities, along with vegan shoes and accessories!
The Bowl Berlin // Friedrichshain, Berlin // Warschauer Str. 33, 10243 // Open Tue-Sun 10-23:30, Mon 12-23:20.
This is another restaurant we didn't get to visit but came highly recommended. We walked by, to see the bistro, and the food looked fresh and inspiring. The mediterranean flavours wafted down the road, from fresh basil, to spicy paella. If you like eating well, this seems like the kind of place where you won't go hungry, best shared with friends.
Ca.B.Slam The California Breakfast Slam
After living in Africa for the past three years, my husband really misses brunch. Anytime we travel we're on the lookout for good diner-style fry-ups. I love pancakes like any good North American, so I usually don't mind. We were happily surprised to discover Cabslam, a california-style eatery in the heart of Berlin. The relaxed atmosphere was so welcoming, and Ryan got his eggs and bacon, while I enjoyed freshly-made juices and huevos rancheros. The veggie options are endless - breakfast burritos, biscuit sandwiches, banana-walnut pancakes, home made soups. Definitely try the I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Vegan Burrito!
Chef Josita Hartanto rivals Cookies Cream with Lucky Leek, although this restaurant is 100% vegan. We stopped by for an after-dinner drink and dessert, just to check it out. Of course, the menu looked so good I couldn't decide, so I went for the dessert trio. Every single element was beautifully executed - the chocolate cake so rich and decadent, the mango puree adding a tangy twist. If I moved to Berlin, I'd live in Prenzauer Berg just so I could become a regular at Lucky Leek!
This 100% raw vegan restaurant opened right after we finished our trip. We liked their page on facebook and have been seeing the positive reviews ever since. Every last item is made with care, from kombucha, to chocolate brownies, to pizzas with cashew sauce, to the chocolate chia pudding. The Chefs also offer events such as cooking classes. As a Matthew Kenney Culinary graduate, I gotta support the raw chefs out there! Check out a recent review of Rawtastic. It's top of my list when I go back! *If you want to know more about raw food in Germany, check out this Germany goes Raw.
WestBerlin Coffeebar and media shop
Why do we love this place? It's where coffee met design and had the most beautiful baby. Right down from Checkpoint Charlie, WestBerlin is a great place to stop off and relax after tourist activities, or to come for brunch on a rainy weekend morning. The cafe serves up our favourite Five Elephant coffee, along with baked goods and breakfast bowls filled with superfoods. There is a great library with trendy design magazines, and tables perfect for sitting with a laptop to catch up on emails. We loved it!
WestBerlin Coffee // Kreuzberg, Berlin // Friedrichstraße 215, 10969 // Open Mon-Fri 8:30-19:00, Sat/Sun 10-19:00.
Vaust was recommended to us by some beer-loving friends. They frequent a lot of watering holes in Berlin and are avid supporters of local breweries. They also know Ryan's love for a good pint! "It's a brew house meets vegan restaurant - it's perfect for both of you!" Sadly we didn't make it during out short stay, but plan to go next time (seems I'm building quite the to-do list of delicious eateries)! Food looks wholesome and delicious!
Let it Be
Crêpes. Burgers. Drinks. Seems like a great combination to us - in the morning or after a night out (well not too late, as this place closes at 10 pm!) The crêpes are 'made from wheat and whole grain flour, mineral water, soy milk, rapeseed oil, salt and a bit of soy flour'. The names are creative - do you feel like a Pamela Anderson, a Woody Harrelson, or an Erykah Badu? Love it! The Beatles reference is good too.
Funk You - Natural Food
I found this outlet in the Bikini shopping centre while visiting Berlin Food week. Firstly, the pop-up style cafe has a unique view - the Berlin Zoo! You can sit with your smoothie and watch the wildlife through the grand windows overlooking the baboons. And the cafe has so much healthy foods on offer - I loved the chia pudding, and the muesli. Stop by and enjoy a soup, sandwich, wrap or salad. Superfoodists rejoice!
We wandered into this 24 hour cafe after finding it on a road close to our hotel. The place is so quirky - with an expansive menu (changing weekly!) Options include smoothies, brunch, pasta, salads and mains. Although non-vegan, the tomato soup was one of the best I've ever had! If you want to spend a while relaxing, check out Schwarzes Cafe.
We couldn't name our favourite places without recommending Monkey Bar. On a tall tower overlooking all of Charlottenburg, and the Zoo, this place serves some seriously good cocktails, appetizers and desserts. Evenings shows a DJ, and the sunsets on a clear day are one-of-a-kind. Stop by for a drink, you won't be dissapointed!