This is my 10th and final blog post about the amazing city that is Berlin. To cap it all off, I wanted to bring you a roundup of vegan treats that you can look forward to spotting at supermarkets and health food stores throughout the city.
Please note: Hans Wurst has closed as of January 2011.
Before arriving in Berlin I asked a lot of people for restaurant recommendations and everyone suggested I check out Hans Wurst. The restaurant serves organic vegan food and has an interesting menu with a mix of seasonal specials and standard items like salads, burgers and pizza. I ate there twice, once for brunch and once for dinner.
If you haven’t caught on yet, I’ll tell you straight up that Berlin is a very vegan-friendly city. In addition to all of the restaurants, cafes and fast food joints serving up vegan food, there are a lot of bio shops and regular supermarkets that have a great selection of vegan items you can buy to make meals at home. Another place worth checking out, although you may have to make a special trip to get there, is Veni Vidi Vegi. It’s an all vegan store with a whole lot of vegan food, books, shoes and clothing packed into one small shop.
Maja’s Deli is one of the few restaurants in Berlin that falls somewhere between fast food and fancy. It’s pretty causal, but has a really nice atmosphere, healthy dishes, and affordable prices.
Wanna hear a cool idea? Wouldn’t it be fun to start a monthly meet up where a bunch of people make vegan cakes and get together on a Sunday to eat cake, have a coffee or tea, chat and relax? It’s simple but just so perfect. In Berlin, there is a monthly event called Fika Berlin that brings together a group of people who want to enjoy all of these simple pleasures without all of the commercialization.
If you’re a fan of vegan fast food, get yourself to Berlin pronto. There are lots of vegan takeout places, but just a handful of fancy and casual places where you can sit down and enjoy a meal. Personally, I don’t really like typical fast food. Mock meat products made with soy don’t get me very excited. But sometimes, eating a big, greasy meal can be a nice treat. John, on the other hand, loves this kind of stuff. I owe him a big thank you for helping me eat my way through Berlin’s vegan fast food scene. If you’re like me and prefer to eat healthy meals most of the time, you’ll be happy to know it’s not all burgers and pizza. Berlin also has some semi-healthy takeout options for you and me.
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.
I’m going to skip over our time in Brussels (it was two days, we didn’t eat out and my camera was broken) and move on to the sweet stuff. The sweet stuff being all of the vegan eis, the german word for ice cream, we enjoyed in Berlin. We spent six weeks in Berlin. Six lovely weeks without carrying around our backpacks and moving cities! We rented a cute apartment in Friedrichshain, which put us within walking distance to many of the city’s vegan restaurants and two ice cream shops known for having a wide selection of vegan flavours. As part of our strategy to survive the intense July heat, we frequently went on ice cream dates. Keeping cool was our first priority, the second, of course, was research. After many tastings and flavour pairings, I’m excited to bring you a review of vegan ice cream options in Berlin…