Before booking our trip to Berlin we received some great recommendations from friends of ours who raved about the city and how good all the food was on their trip. Berlin is a multicultural city with large Turkish and Vietnamese communities and therefore is home to some fantastic Turkish and Vietnamese as well as classic German cuisine. We received such a wide range of recommendations for this trip that it was hard to fit them all in. As well as classics like Bratwurst and Falafel, we wanted to cover as many different options as possible – including vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Here’s our experience of a veggie weekend in Berlin.
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This was a recommendation from one of Alex’s colleagues. Distrikt coffee is a beautiful, rustic cafe that specialises in great coffee (from Fjord in Berlin) and a delicious all day breakfast menu. Distrikt is based a little out of the way in the Mitte district but was well worth the trip across town from our hotel – the Hotel Zoo, Berlin. Each dish was excellent, I went for avocado and poached eggs on sourdough toast served with yellow beets, toasted hazelnuts, spring onions and radish. It was excellent. Alex had a meaty dish of spicy merguez sausage and chickpea ragu served on sourdough toast with a poached egg and parmesan. He said it was his favourite dish of the trip – good to know if you are travelling with a meat eater.
The interior of Never Ending Love Story really lives up to its name. It’s a small cafe painted in pastel pink with flowers on every table – a real Instagram moment. We chose Never Ending Love Story as it was close to the hotel and had great reviews. It didn’t disappoint. I chose a Mexican bowl for breakfast which consisted of blackbeans, avocado and scrambled eggs. Alex also went veggie and had French toast. The French toast was really indulgent topped with a blueberry compote and quark. Never Ending Love Story wasn’t the cheapest breakfast of our trip but the portions were a good size and the service was very friendly. We could have stayed longer as it was so comfortable but we had a lot of sightseeing to do!
Alex lived in Germany and good Currywurst was one of his favourite things to eat – particularly on the way to a football match in Hannover. Berlin is known as the capital of Currywurst so there was only one thing we wanted to try after landing at Berlin Airport. We had seen online that Curry 36 had started selling a new vegan Currywurst so when we arrived at Berlin Zoologischer Garten train station we headed straight for the Curry 36 Kiosk. I had the vegan Currywurst and it was excellent. I hadn’t had a Currywurst before but I really enjoyed it. It was great to be able to try a vegan version of a traditional German dish and I loved eating with the locals who had been queueing outside the train station for their lunch. Definitely one to try!
Markthalle Neun is a street food market which came highly recommended to us by some friends and our free walking tour guide. Although we didn’t get a chance to visit on a Thursday evening, it is apparently even better then as there are even more options on offer. The market has a wide variety of food stalls serving hot food and other local produce. I headed straight for the vegan burger stand, Tofu Tussis. Tofu Tussis has an environmental policy which focuses on sustainability and only uses soybeans produced in Germany. I can see how this stand would get a lot of repeat customers as it offers tasty vegan food prepared to order with a great story behind the brand.
There is a small cafe, Vote Coffee just outside Markthalle Neun that we ducked into to warm up. The coffee was nice but the carrot cake was excellent. Worth a trip if you are heading to the market.
Berlin has so many great places for lunch – there is great street food, restaurants offering lunchtime specials and of course, falafel. Berlin is known for its authentic falafel and doner kebabs as it is home to a large Turkish community. We visited one of the Esra restaurants as they were highly recommended online and it was close to the Fernsehturm. I had a vegan Falafel Teller, a large plate of falafel, fries, hummus, salad and flatbreads. The falafel were freshly made and delicious and I really enjoyed the hummus and couscous too. Everything was full of flavour and it was great to have the vegan yoghurt as you don’t see this offered very often.
Frea is the must visit restaurant of our trip. At Frea the team have created a sustainable restaurant on a mission to showcase the best of plant based cuisine. The stunning interior decor is modern and minimal with beautiful plants, wooden furniture and exposed concrete. We decided to go for the surprise set menu which was very reasonably priced. The set menu comprises dishes making the most of ingredients that are in season and in stock whilst ensuring that there is minimum food waste. I loved the concept of minimising food waste whilst creating an experience for the customers.
The waiters came over and explained each of the beautiful dishes that had been prepared. Thankfully some of the staff spoke English so that Alex did not have to rely too heavily on his German to explain all of the wonderful processes that had been put into the dishes. My favorite dish of the night was the pear dessert which utilised the entirety of the pear in a pear sorbet, caramelized pear cream and walnuts. I haven’t had anything like it before and the textures were great! If you get the chance do go and support this brilliant zero waste restaurant!
This Vietnamise restaurant prides itself on serving delicious food with a clear conscience. With a 100% vegan menu it was a real treat for me and Alex to be able to order loads of small plates and be able to share everything on the table. We both really enjoyed our meal at 1990 Vegan Living. The staff were accommodating and the food was great value. Make sure to order the gyoza and the bao buns. You might want two portions though – both were too good to share.
Our final recommendation is another Vietnamese restaurant in the Mitte district, Monsieur Vuong. This family run restaurant has been open since 1999, offering banquet style seating and a range of daily specials. We sat with some lovely locals who told us that they visit Monsieur Vuong once a week, every week – a rave review indeed. We both really enjoyed our dishes at Monsieur Vuong. I went for a mushroom pho and Alex picked the chicken pho which was packed with coriander and lemongrass. We felt at home in this busy restaurant, it had a buzzing atmosphere with many people coming in from the cold to enjoy the great food. This is one to visit if you are in the area but make sure to order off the daily menu if you can.
Have you been to Berlin and enjoyed the food? We would love to hear about any of your favorite restaurants. Have you been to one of the restaurants mentioned above? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below.