Oh how we love Sunday brunch! There’s something special about it, isn’t there? The friends, the food…the food, and the friends. I’m a big fan. In Berlin, there are several restaurants that host a weekly all-you-can-eat, pay-what-you-can vegan brunch. Cafe Vux quickly became our favourite place to hangout on Sunday mornings.
Cafe Vux’s brunch is full of healthy options. The buffet has many bean, grain and vegetable salads, as well as spreads, seitan, smoked tofu, fancy breads, fresh fruit and sweets. You can load up your plate as many times as you like. As you can see above, my strategy is to try a little bit of everything.
We went for brunch at Cafe Vux three times during our stay in Berlin. The buffet had the same items each time, but we never tired of them.
Here are some close ups…
The mini muffins are very popular and tend to be gone within seconds of being refreshed.
There are some fresh rolls, as well as sweet coconut bread (my favourite!), and olive & tomato focaccia. Make sure you try some bread with their lavender hummus. I will definitely try to recreate it at home.
Now let’s not forget about dessert! Chances are you will be full after enjoying several plates of the lovely brunch fare but don’t let that stop you from buying dessert to take home and enjoy later. We tried several desserts and were always super impressed with the light, moist cakes. It’s not everyday vegans have the chance to enjoy such beautiful and tasty multi layer cakes!
All of the desserts we tried were lovely but the traditional German Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, known to most North Americans as black forest cake, was the best. This isn’t too surprising considering it’s Germany’s most famous cake. It had three layers of chocolate cake, lots of creamy icing, a layer of cherries and rich, dark chocolate shavings on top. Generous slices of Cafe Vux’s fancy vegan cakes will cost you €2.50-3.00 Euros ($3.18-3.81 USD).
There were so many vegan desserts but, of course, we could not try them all. Here are some that we admired from behind the glass counter…
Brunch is pay-what-you-can, €6.00-9.00 Euros ($7.63-11.44 USD). Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and seats fill up fast so your best bet is to arrive early, especially if you’re with a large group. People tend to stick around for quite awhile, chatting, enjoying the food and atmosphere.
Cafe Vux also serves coffee, tea, smoothies, bagel sandwiches, soups, waffles and other vegan goodies during the week. But for the cakes alone, they are worth a visit any day of the week.