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For a city whose culinary roots can be summed up as a trifecta of sausage, schnitzel and salami Berlin has come a long way.
Despite Germany’s heavy culinary history of thick sauces and pork-centric menus, Berlin now boasts more than 50 exclusively vegan eateries. With affordable fare that fits well into a post-economic-downturn economy and with a growing young population of socially-conscious, health-centric and humane diners flocking to its tables, Berlin’s vegan restaurant scene is mighty.
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Start your journey at Voner, a laid-back, hipster-friendly quick-fare spot in artsy Friedrichshain. Voner delivers mouthwatering German fast food—doner kabob, currywurst and doughnuts among them—that are packed with flavour but 100 per cent animal-free.
The restaurant sits in the heart of Berlin’s artistic hub. Making it easy to pop into the Urban Spree nearby, a massive art space/workshop exhibition hall committed to preserving urban art in Berlin. And if you’re in the area on a Sunday, don’t miss RAW Flohmarkt, one of Berlin’s biggest and best flea markets.
Love your carbs? You’ll find a vegan mecca of crepes and vegan burgers at Let It Be. A creperie and burger establishment in Neukollin (an easy 30-minute U-Bahn ride from both Hotel Indigo Alexanderplatz and Hotel Indigo Berlin – Ku’Damm). Or you can head one block over to Sfizy Veg, a kitschy, Italian-run pizzeria whose loyal local following swears you won’t even miss the cheese.
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If you have room after your feast, walk off the calories to make room for second dessert at nearby Brammibal’s Donuts. Where every delectable flavour, like matcha, strawberry white chocolate and even maple bacon, is totally vegan.
Hip Neukollin offers endless opportunities for shopping and sightseeing as well. Fight off your food coma with a visit to Tempelhof Field. The world’s most interesting abandoned airfield that today encompasses a city park, refugee shelter, habitat for endangered birds, dance school and botanical gardens. Bring your rollerskates—the airport’s former taxiway is now a cycle and skate park.
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And it’s not just street food where visitors to Berlin can feast, fauna-free. In the heart of bustling Rosenthaler Platz, vegan gourmands on date night savour elegant and upscale cuisine in the dimly-lit, uber-chic space that is Kopps. A bistro and cocktail bar whose menu features meat-free delicacies like wild garlic soup with sour apple; buckwheat risotto with hemp seed, local asparagus and herbs; and “raindrop cake” with birchwater, black currant and vanilla.
And for Berlin’s favourite meal, brunch. Vegan options abound, but the most in-the-know locals recommend a leisurely repast at Viasko. Reservations for its much-Instagrammed weekend breakfast buffet—with innumerable salads, pastas and desserts—are essential.