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Germany’s Vegan Paradise + Tips from Expert World Travelers

Germany’s Vegan Paradise + Tips from Expert World Travelers

| On 29, May 2014

This is a guest post by Capri.

In April of 2014, my husband and I embarked on a two week adventure to Germany. We chose to spend the bulk of our trip in Berlin after hearing about the amazing vegan scene. Berlin is also full of fabulous street art, museums, and history all wrapped up in a vibrant European city with excellent public transportation. Before departing I read up on the many great Berlin offerings on the informative English site, The ExBerliner. I highly recommend utilizing the site, and the print magazine (available for purchase in many spots in Berlin) to get in touch with events, dining, shopping, nightlife, music, and culture.

I always travel with is my Happycow iPhone App, which is a guide to vegetarian, vegan and veg friendly dining and shopping around the world. Over the years, I have used it or the website, in all seven continents. (As you guessed there aren’t any listings in Antarctica).

Hack Your Smart Phone

To make travel even easier, I recommend traveling with an unlocked smart phone and picking up a sim card on arrival at your destination. I travel with an iPhone 5, which is also my sole camera. I recommend getting your sim card from an established mobile shop as they can assist you in setting it up. In Frankfurt, I got a Ortel Mobile sim card and a one month plan with 3 gigs of data for about 30 euros. I never ran out of data even with loading photos to Instagram and making a wifi hotspot for my husbands’ phone. Having a smart phone is very valuable in navigating the metro, using maps while walking, looking up sites to see, and using the GPS function in the Happycow app. I love getting to know a city through exploring the streets on foot and public transportation.

Feet First, Transit Apps, + Google Translate

I recommend good walking shoes, the fitbit activity tracker, and a metro pass. I also love using transit apps to flawlessly plan trips around unknown cities. For Berlin I used Citymapper, which includes NYC, Berlin, Paris and London. It worked perfectly and we did not get lost once. Another tip I recommend is using Google Translate to translate webpages into the language of your choice. This has been very helpful in checking out menus, events, and learning more about the country.

Europe’s Vegan Grocery Store Chain + Abundant Vegan Eats

After landing in Frankfurt, we settled into our hotel and immediately searched out Veganz, the all vegan grocery store chain. Veganz has several stores across Europe stocking every vegan grocery item imaginable including an extensive offering of vegan candy/chocolate, vegan cheese, fruits and vegetable, frozen items, personal care items, household cleaners, books etc. They also stock my two favourite vegan cheeses, Vegusto, fragrant sharp cheeses, and CreamyRisella the luscious soft cheese. It was refreshing to be able to purchase anything without scrutinizing labels for hidden animals ingredients. Fearing poor selection at the train station, we selected some snacks and treats for our train trip the next day. We had a nice lunch of pizza buns at the attached Sesamo vegan cafe. The cafe serves smoothies, sandwiches, pastas dishes, deserts etc. Frankfurt also has a funky vegan bakery, Edelkiosk, which offers sweet and savoury items including cakes, pizza buns, and chocolate bars. We enjoyed a lovely dinner at the vegan Wondergood restaurant.

Frankfurt Veganz
Frankfurt Veganz
Edelkiosk cupcake
Edelkiosk cupcake

Wondergood walnut stuffed ravioli
Wondergood walnut stuffed ravioli

Wondergood Seitan medallians
Wondergood Seitan medallians

We spent the night in Frankfurt and headed by train to Berlin in the morning. We easily accessed the train station via the metro and were pleasantly surprised to see several vegan options labelled at the different train station establishments. We ended up having a vegan burrito from Burrito Bande. The train was about four hours and very comfortable, and gave us a chance to see the German countryside as well.

We chose our Berlin accommodations via the vacation rental site, AirBnB. We found a fantastic, affordable, flat in the central neighbourhood of Kruezberg. The location was perfect, close to metro stops and an easy train ride or walk to the Veganz vegan grocery store, with two locations in Berlin. Our flat had a kitchen which we though might come in handy but we found the food so amazing in Berlin that we only ever ate breakfast at home before heading out for a full day of adventure. Berlin is really a vegan paradise and we attempted to check out as many vegan spots as possible.

Sometimes we didn’t even eat breakfast at home! Our favourite breakfast was the expansive weekend brunch buffet at the vegan Miomatto, the lovely Italian style eatery above the Veganz grocery store, and next door to the Avesu vegan shoe store. We enjoyed both sweet and savoury items including a bread basket, vegan cheese platter, vegan deli slices, assorted salads and hot dishes, plus desserts. We thought it was a fair price for the selection too. Miomatto became a favourite place for us where we ate many memorable lunches and dinners. There is also a good review of Mio Matto on The Exberliner; “Mio Matto: Easy Vegan.” Check out some of my photos below:

Mio Matto
Mio Matto

Gnocchi
Ravioli


Potato Soup
potato soup

Bread Basket
bread basket

Brownie and mousse
brownie and mousse

There are a variety of vegan and vegetarian dining establishments including bakeries, fast food, and fine dining. A favourite bakery was Ohlala Vegan French Bakery. The desserts were very decadent! (Be forewarned that it is closed Mondays, which is why the photo shows a closed up shop).

Ohlala Bakery
Ohlala Bakery

Bakery counter
bakery counter

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pyramid
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pyramid

And what about vegan crepes? We had some tasty ones at Let It Be Vegan Creperie. They offered both sweet and savoury crepes.

For fast food my all time favourite was the vegetarian Yellow Sunshine diner. They have a separate vegan menu which includes the amazing breaded chickin’ burger with yummy fries. They also had desserts including vegan mousse, cake and tiramisu (selection varied day to day). They were just around the corner from us so we visited a few times.

Vegan chickin’ burger and fries
Vegan chickin’ burger and fries

We also checked out Voner the vegan doner and kebab spot. It had a rotating spit of seitan which was sliced up and loaded into a sandwich with lots of topping and sauce options, including vegan mayo for the fries. We had a wonderful time at the all vegan pizzeria, Sfizy Veg. The pizza dough was cooked to perfection and topped with amazing vegan “gorgonzola” cheese.

Sfizy Veg storefront
Sfizy Veg storefront

Sfizy Veg pizza
Sfizy Veg pizza

As mentioned above we adored Mio Matto for more upscale dining, but it was edged out only slightly by Kopps Bar and Restaurant. We had amazing meals there in the fresh and bright atmosphere. They recommend reservations as it can get very busy later at night. However, we generally arrived for dinner when they opened at 5:30 and never had a problem with immediately getting a table with no reservation. Check out the delightful offerings:

Bread Basket with faux egg salad
Bread Basket with faux egg salad

Savoury Strudel
Savoury Strudel

Potato Skewer
Potato Skewer

Pumpkin pannacotta
Pumpkin pannacotta

Chocolate lava cake
Chocolate lava cake

Berlin also offers unique vegan shopping including two different locations of the Avesu vegan shoe store. As mentioned earlier, one of the Avesu shops is located next to Mio Matto restaurant and Veganz grocery. The other one is on the ‘vegan avenue’ located next to the other Veganz and the DearGoods vegan clothing store. Avesu offers a large selection of casual, athletic and dressy shoes, shoe care products, and bags. DearGoods had unique and beautiful clothing for both men and women.

Avesu
avesu2

DearGoods
insidedeargoods

After the shopping is done and you are feeling stuffed from all this delectable food, check out the recently opened, all vegan gym, Berlin Strength. After all Patrik Baboumian, Germany’s Strongest Man is also vegan.

If you’d like to see more of my photos check out my flickr stream HERE.  And to follow along on my adventures check out my blog: VoyageVixen.

caprir
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Capri is a community builder, a vegan, a traveller, a lover of the arts. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss 

 

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  1. Paul

    We’re heading to Berlin in June and also in search for vegan food (air bnb with kitchen too!) Good write up – I didn’t realise it was this good. We have a 4 year old so posh evening dining is out of the question, what do you recommend for kid friendly lunchtime vegan munching? Thanks.

    • I really like yellow sunshine and the cafés in Veganz. Saw children in both:)

      Capri

  2. I really enjoyed this post. I’ve heard good things about Berlin in regards to vegan food but have not yet been there. My husband and I travel to Europe every few years and it’s great to find some places to try.

  3. Yes! My partner and I are actually planning to make Berlin our home later this year, and the amazing vegan scene is no small part of that decision! We recently spent a month there checking out the city and loved Ohlala as well, and actually went there for brunch, served buffet style, which was amazing. I also just reviewed Sfizy on our site, which I found surprisingly good. Let It Be, Yellow Sunshine and Kopps are all on my (extensive) to-do list for Berlin, but I hadn’t heard of Miomatto, so thanks for that recommendation! I can’t wait to go back to Berlin next month!

  4. All the food looks amazing. I’ll be in Berlin in the summer so this is really helpful, thanks for sharing!

  5. Your food look so beautiful and delicious and I would like Thanks for that post..

  6. What delicious options. Would love to get a car rental and have a vegan food fest & sampling around Europe. Sounds fun.

  7. This awesome article make me miss Berlin so much. Me and Dale stayed there for four months and absolutely loved the amount of vegan food available. We tried several places mentioned above, being Italian though I loved a lot the vegan pizza at Sfizy Veg, we also couldn’t help returning to Voner fpr the vegan kebab, it’s so good!

  8. I don’t think it could get much better than a delicious vegan pizza, kebab and a nice car rental to top it all off. Definitely missing Berlin right about now. Would have to agree with Franca regarding kebab and pizza options.

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