One of Berlin’s hippest restaurants happens to be vegetarian; it is a bit hard to find, but that’s part of the experience (follow the back alleyway of the Westin Hotel and look for a door bell); the ueber-cool, industrial-looking Cookies Cream offers an inventive menu that changes with the season and celebrates regional ingredients; it may include dishes like carrot mouse with pumpernickel crumble; pearl barley strudel with morels, parsley root, and wild herbs, and for dessert, there's crunchy rhubarb tartelette with pistachio and yoghurt ice cream. One of the beloved classics all year round is the Parmesan dumpling with artichokes. You can order a la carte or get a 3-course menu for a reasonable 36 Euros.
Behrenstr. 55, 10117 Berlin
This great little lunch spot in the heart of Kreuzberg claims to be Germany’s first certified organic Fast Food restaurant: Yellow Sunshine serves up hamburgers, sausages, and gyros – all without meat and for very reasonable prices. Burgers are the thing to order here, whether you opt for a classic Vega Burger (fried vegetarian hamburger patty served on a bun with tomatoes, pickles and ketchup), or a spicy Mexico Burger (with nachos and peanut sauce). Vegetarians can even try Berlin’s most iconic snack, Currywurst: Instead of pork, it is prepared with seitan, topped with a spicy curry sauce and served with organic fries. Even meat eaters will like this healthy alternative to German fast food.
Wiener Str. 19, 10999 Berlin
Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean you can’t try the classic German cuisine; if you want to get a taste of Schnitzel, Weisswurst, and Tafelspitz, head to Kopps restaurant in Berlin Mitte, which offers these traditional dishes – all prepared vegan. Kopps is well-known for its seasonal German cuisine with local ingredients, but you’ll also find an array of international dishes on the menu; risotto with Beluga lentils and sautéed chanterelles; braised cucumbers with vegetarian meatballs and mashed potatoes (a Berlin classic); and for dessert, order the vegan mousse au chocolat. There is also a bar with an extensive cocktail menu, and a DJ spins records on the weekend.
Linienstr. 94, 10115 Berlin
This vegetarian bistro close to Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg has a simple yet elegant vibe with antique furniture, classical music, and art on the walls; diners choose from a wide selection at the counter, including over 15 salads, various entrees (including some vegan options), cakes, and pastries. Among the international dishes are lentil salad, chickpea couscous, and spinach lasagna. If you are in a hurry, everything can be ordered to go.
Mehringdamm 47 10961 Berlin
Close to many of Berlin’s sights (Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz), Samadhi offers South East Asian vegetarian cuisine in a casual atmosphere. This no-frills restaurant offers simple and straightforward dishes such as curries, sates, soups and pad thai; most dishes are also vegan and everything can be ordered as-spicy-as-you-want-it.
Wilhelmstr. 77, 10117 Berlin
Döner kebab goes vegetarian! The Turkish snack, usually rotisserie lamb or chicken carved thin and packed with salad and sauce in a toasted flat bread, is one of Berlin’s most popular street foods. Finally vegetarians can enjoy it too: The small hole-in-the-wall restaurant Vöner in Friedrichshain specializes in seitan kebabs; also on the menu are vegan burgers, soups, and organic fries.
Boxhagener Str. 56, 10245 Berlin
7. Majas Deli
This small deli in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg specializes on vegan take away treats; sandwiches, salads and quiches are freshly prepared, and so are the cakes and desserts; you can choose between muffins, cupcakes, brownies, tiramisu and more. The baked goods are made with spelt flour and raw sugar.
Pappelallee 11, 10437 Berlin