When you’re vegan, going away can be a little daunting as you can never be sure how well you will be catered for in another country, especially if, like me, you also suffer from serious food allergies. Before heading to Berlin, I was a little apprehensive about finding some gluten-free, soya free vegan food for the week, but luckily, the Berlin vegan scene is booming.
My Berlin vegan guide will have you well on your way to sourcing some delicious vegan food and drinks across the city that will keep you satisfied and happy on your city break.
Whether you’re raw vegan, or just enjoy fresh, delicious vegan food, then you must visit Rawtastic when you’re in Berlin. The raw vegan restaurant is also gluten free, meaning that pretty much anyone can find something on the menu here and it’s that good that even your carnivore friends will want to come back!
Open from 11am-11pm most days (12pm-10pm on Sundays), Rawtastic is the perfect stop-off point for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. With a huge range of smoothies, raw cakes, raw breakfasts and mains – including raw Pad Thai and raw Pizza – you’re sure to be stuck for choice when you visit.
The first time I visited Rawtastic, I was absolutely starving! I ordered the Raw Pad Thai and a berry smoothie, both of which were absolutely delicious and I left feeling far too full! The Raw Pad Thai was made from kelp noodles, spiralized veggies, lime, coriander and a delicious creamy, tahini-based sauce.
On my second visit to Rawtastic, I couldn’t resist sampling their raw vegan crepes which were made from a mix of banana, flax seeds, vanilla and salt and were served with fresh berries, banana and a delicious cashew cream sauce. Whether you visit Rawtastic for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner – I’d HIGHLY recommend the raw crepes and I’m even tempted to go back to Berlin just for a second serving, they were just that good.
The one thing that let Rawtastic down was the fact that it wasn’t in the nicest of areas and if you sit outside, your only view is of a busy main road. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that the food is incredible!
After spending about an hour walking through Berlin to find Lia’s Kitchen, we were a little underwhelmed when we arrived. The tiny open-plan café/fast food restaurant seemed a little under developed upon first impressions, despite being in a cool, hipster neighbourhood.
After mulling over the menu, I went for the vegan Greek Salad and my friend ordered the Chilli Bean Burger with Sweet Potato Fries.
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We went and sat on one of the benches outside and waited for our food to arrive, not really sure what to expect. However, our food arrived in record time and the portions were absolutely huge! My salad was one of the best I’ve ever had, with almond ‘feta cheese’, olives and loads of salad vegetables. The huge Chilli Bean Burger was ‘absolutely incredible’ according to my friend, who couldn’t actually finish the huge portion.
Just before I left, I had to try one of the raw chocolate balls, made from dates, cacao and nuts, which tasted like a gooey chocolate brownie.
We stumbled across Café KRONE when Distrikt Coffee were unable to cater for allergies – and what a find it was! Although it’s not strictly a vegan café, there are loads of vegan and gluten free options on the menu, which is great if you’re dining with non-vegans.
I ordered a hot lemon water, which was the first time I’d seen this on the menu in Berlin, along with the Flower Power salad which was absolutely delicious. The mix of seasonal salad, sprouts, sesame seeds and grilled avocado was just divine – I would highly recommend a visit to Café Krone if avocado is your thing!
Another thing I loved about this café was that it was located in a really quirky, bustling neighbourhood and the staff were really friendly and fantastic at catering for allergies. If we had been staying in Berlin for a little longer, we most certainly would have gone back!
Most non-vegan restaurants in Berlin were great at catering for vegans/allergy sufferers and were more than happy to make a few substitutions to their dishes for me, for example, swapping out chicken for olives in a salad, so if you visit a non-vegan restaurant in Berlin, don’t be afraid to tailor the dish to you!