Vegan Berlin

If you’re vegan and looking for a travel destination where you’ll feel at home, you couldn’t do much better than visit Berlin.

Germany has been ahead of the game in terms of vegetarianism and veganism for some time, but a recent visit to Berlin proved that the UK still has a long way to go to make vegans feel truly at home. Most cafes and restaurants in Berlin have several vegan options and, according to Berlin-Vegan (http://www.berlin-vegan.de/english/), there are more than 60 eateries that are exclusively vegan. The Happy Cow website lists 173 vegetarian and vegan cafes and restaurants in the city (https://www.happycow.net/europe/germany/berlin/).

There’s something to suit everyone, from vegan cocktail bars, microbreweries, and crêperies to outlets selling doner kebabs and currywurst, the traditional Berlin snack that is said to have originated from a post-War fusion of ‘British’ and German foods. There are plenty of healthier options too!

We stayed in the Mitte district and found numerous options within easy walking distance. Momos (https://momos-berlin.de/) offers a selection of organic vegetarian and vegan dumplings that are really good value and great for sharing. If you want to convince meat-eaters that vegetarians and vegans can eat tasty burgers, then Peter Pane’s (https://www.peterpane.de/) fairytale ‘burgergrill bars’ offer five choices of vegetarian burger and four vegan ones, as well as a temping vegan chocolate brownie with ice cream and peach compote; the restaurants are very popular, so you will need to book in advance. Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers (https://www.facebook.com/fathercarpentercoffee/), situated in a recently renovated courtyard, is a great spot for breakfast or lunch and offers dishes including avocado on sourdough bread and a very tasty selection of winter root vegetables and spicy chick peas.

You’ll never find it difficult being vegan in Berlin and there is no shortage of websites that offer recommendations; the only difficulty you’ll have is knowing where and what to choose. For further information and suggestions, check out these websites:

http://www.berlin-vegan.de/english/

https://theveganword.com/48-hours-in-berlin-what-to-eat/

https://www.happycow.net/europe/germany/berlin/

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/berlin/travel-tips-and-articles/berlins-10-best-vegan-restaurants-that-carnivores-will-love-too/

Anne Orgée

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(A meal at Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers, Berlin)

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