Generally, the vegan scene has somewhat of a reputation for being strict and exclusive, so a vegan restaurant might not necessarily be at the top of everyone’s ‘to-visit’ list. There are, however, a number of cafés and restaurants in this city which are accessible to everyone, with a surprising amount of tasty food on offer that might just change the way most people think about vegan dining. If you’re after some good honest food, refreshingly friendly customer service, and all-round good vibes, here are a few vegan restaurants to start with.
Two Planets is a relatively undiscovered cafe on Hermannstrasse that has, up until now, been known as an American-style Bagel shop. Well, things have changed, and though the cafe is going by the same name, the bagels have been dropped from the menu and replaced with vegan-friendly ‘dope ass toast’. On offer are some mouth-wateringly good staple dishes, such as a light, Italian-style tomato bruschetta, and a hearty brunch of peanut-soy sautéed mushrooms on crusty bread. All toasts come served with a zingy, citrus-infused side salad and, if ordering the avocado toast, be prepared to sample the delicious homemade pesto too.
But it’s not just the food that makes this place special. The friendly chit chat available from the staff at Two Planets makes people feel right at home. Here, it’s easy to while away the hours on a Sunday, listening to music and watching the world go by. Or, for the more sociable, it’s also the kind of place to bring the crew and order every type of dish to swap and share. Keep in mind, though, that it’s not the largest of establishments: ‘small but sweet’ sums it up perfectly.
Despite essentially being a vegan cafe, they’re happy to make a few exceptions. Perfectly poured flat whites, with or without soy, can be enjoyed, and if you want honey in your mint tea it’s not a problem. The idea is more about getting people interested in vegan food and creating a warm and positive atmosphere that keeps people coming back again and again. The portions here are generous, the prices are cheap (even for Neukölln), and the menu is growing, so check it out before everybody catches on!
Let It Be
This cozy vegan restaurant is the perfect setting for a relaxed evening thanks to the laid-back, hippy interiors, mood lighting, and the more than decent wine and beer list. A 0.2l glass of wine is reasonably priced and will leave people feeling nicely mellow before tasting the delicious mac ‘n cheese, or ordering the crispy wedges with vegan mayo.
What you get is essentially top notch, guilt-free comfort food, and it’s easy to fill up on the sides alone but then the homemade burgers and crepes would be missed out on, which would be a gastronomic tragedy. The Mexican style bean burger, or the ‘Omar-Rodriguez-Lopez’, is a must-try. It’s wise to come here with an empty stomach to finish the food, as the portion sizes are certainly generous!
An unpretentious and welcoming place on Eberswalder Strasse, Fast Rabbit is the perfect spot for a quick lunch and an immune-boosting smoothie (‘The Juicery’ is just next door). The tagline ‘Delicious as Fuck’ painted on the wall makes a bold promise, but the food here doesn’t disappoint. Fresh, flavorsome and filling, it ticks all the boxes for vegans and non-vegans alike. Seitan (or ‘gluten meat’) fans, need to try the Asian style wrap. The Mexican wrap with a mixture of veggies, beans and salad is also a perfect lunch option, but for something lighter, the Snow White soup is guaranteed to impress.