It turns out that for being the land of wurst, Berlin’s vegan scene is arguably the best outside of New York City.
Options abound for cruelty-free eaters:
It’s a good time to be a vegan in Berlin — plan ahead and you can find a slew of completely vegan restaurants and cafes on all price levels, from The Lucky Leek toward the higher end to small shops like Veggie Vegan Shop for groceries or lunch. For after class, Chaostheorie is a cafe/bar near the Academic Center that specializes in vegan drinks and cocktails. Download the free Berlin Vegan app, which pinpoints nearby vegan and vegan-friendly locales of all types.
Ist dass vegan?
It is not uncommon to find vegan-friendly options, labeled as such or otherwise, at omnivorous eateries. Trendier spots around the Academic Center frequently advertise daily vegan offerings, but old standbys work too. Falafel shops are on every corner, and at Italian restaurants, a simple marinara pizza usually sits alongside its cheesy counterparts.
The Self-Made Vegan
Cooking at home is an important way to save money for people on any diet, but for the vegan-inclined, most grocery stores in Berlin have vegan/vegetarian sections where you can find tofu and mock meats — including wurst. For everything else, learn the German words for egg, milk, and other unwanted ingredients so you can scan packaging quickly.