There are branches of Goodies all over Berlin, but Freidrichshain has two – the all-vegan branch inside Veganz and another on Warschauerstraße that does serve some dairy. With a huge variety and speedy service, Goodies is perfect for a speedy lunch or a relaxed afternoon coffee and cake. Indulge in a comforting bowl of chili con tofu soup or one of the many filled bagels, the satay tofu comes highly recommended. There’s also a wide range of salads, smoothies, and hot drinks, to eat in or take away. If you’re dubious about the idea of raw cakes, don’t be – the stracciatella ‘cheese’cake is to die for.
The Bowl is not even a year old yet, but it’s already made a name for itself as the clean eating hotspot in Friedrichshain. The premise is simple – big, healthy portions served in the humble crockery after which The Bowl is named. The buddha bowl (with Sumatra curry, asparagus, and beetroot carpaccio) and the macrobiotic bowl (with tempeh, pink kimchi and quinoa) in particular are heavenly heaps of vegan goodness. The décor strikes the perfect balance between stripped-back cool and effortless class, making The Bowl ideal for both a laid back lunch or an evening out.
It’s not easy to find a fast food joint with more than just a token meat-free option, but Yoyo Foodworld is going a long way towards righting that wrong. It has a grungy dive bar aesthetic and – at last count – 29 varieties of vegan burgers. Plus there’s pizza, schnitzel, and currywurst, served with a person’s bodyweight in fries, and salad – but let’s be honest, it’s all about scratching that junk food itch here.
Understated and unpretentious, Chay Village is a Vietnamese restaurant located in a quieter part of Friedrichshain, between Boxhagener Platz and Frankfurter Tor. Meat’s off the menu, of course, as is alcohol, but that in no way holds it back. Vegetarian versions of many Vietnamese classics can found, from Bahn Xeo (savory fried pancakes) to Pho (noodle soup), and there’s a hint of a Thai influence as well, with delicious red curries and spicy salads. It’s definitely worth hunting out.
Currently undergoing refurbishment and due to reopen in the coming months, Goura Pakora is a veggie and vegan paradise for those who love Indian food. Lentil dahl and masala dosa (big rice batter pancakes crammed full of fluffy potato curry) are the order of the day, alongside filling and delicious thali platters to share or enjoy all to yourself. Goura Pakora makes regular appearances at the Green Market Berlin, too, where it often offers imaginative twists on its staple dishes.