Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany


Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany

You may or may not know that Berlin has been dubbed "The Vegan Capital of Europe." So, when we were deciding what city we wanted to visit while visiting family in Ireland, Berlin was a no brainer. Berlin has an astonishing vegan community and vegan offerings on every corner it seems, not to mention it's vast historical significance. We had a time in Berlin we will never forget and not all for positive reasons. 


One of the reasons that we chose to visit Berlin close to Christmas was to visit one of the Christmas markets. Berlin has many Christmas markets through out the city, which with their own unique atmosphere. We chose the Gendarmenmarkt because it was close to our hotel and was more focused on arts and crafts. I loved the look of the square it was held in and it was even more beautiful in person as you can see below. The atmosphere was so nice and everyone was having a great time around us. I bought some earrings made by an artist and some wooden Christmas ornaments for family members. Unfortunately, this experience was marked by a tragedy when later that night, while having dinner at Kopps, we discovered that a terrorist attack had happened at a different Christmas market. It was a tense night trying to get back to our hotel and letting everyone know that we were safe. We were lucky, but it is important to remember these Christmas markets are a beautiful experience with a great atmosphere.

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Another thing that I just had to do while we were in Berlin was to visit Veganz! The world's first vegan grocery store chain. We walked out of there with lots of seasonal treats to take back to Ireland and eventually home to California. I was like a kid in a candy store in there, which you can see from the look on my face.

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As a lover of history, there was so much to see in Berlin. We went on a 3 hour walking tour our first morning in Berlin and it was a great experience. So many historical sights to see in the city, pretty much one on every corner.
 
 Berlin Wall

 Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Just a Berlin parking lot? Hitler killed himself in his bunker under this parking lot in 1945.



Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyVego Foodworld
Lychener Str. 63
10437 
Berlin, Germany
+49 30 30347975
Menu

Vego Foodworld was our first meal in Berlin. I love vegan fast food so I had to give it a try. Also, it's open 23 hours a day. So cool. Almost 24 hour vegan junk food! I had a super hard time deciding what to get here. I was overwhelmed by all of the options on the menu. In the end, I decided to get the bacon cheese burger with fries. From my research, I was told their fries were not to be missed. That was a great recommendation because the fries were out of this world. Something I discovered that Berlin does well is fries. Odd! The burger was great and seemed to be of a higher quality than one usually finds at a run of the mill fast food joint. I can't wait to go back next time I'm in town and try something else on their huge menu!



Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany
Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyGoodies
Schivelbeiner Str. 34
10439
Berlin, Germany
Menu

We ate at Goodies because we wanted to visit Veganz and were starving when we arrived. Goodies is a small cafe within the vegan grocery store, Veganz. From their website it seems like they have an array of hot food as well as smoothies and things like that. That didn't seem to be the case at this location. Mostly everything was picked over (it was mid-day) so we kind of ordered a few small things.

Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyI saw that they were serving banana bread and had to order it since I am a big fan! It was super dry but edible. We got a potato salad type thing from the refrigerator section which was better than expected but not amazing. The best things we had there was what they called a spring roll and a veggie wrap. The spring roll had a sweetness to the wrap and it was amazing. I was shocked at how good it was. The veggie wrap was warm and grilled (it was freezing outside) so it warmed me up and tasted fresh.

If you are already going to Veganz and want to grab something small and quick, then take a stab at Goodies. Otherwise, don't bother and avail yourself of some other vegan option in Berlin.














Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany
Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyKopps
Linienstra├če 94
10115 
Berlin, Germany
+49 30 43209775
Menu

I had really high expectations for Kopps. It's reviews online are outstanding and everyone I know personally that has been there loved it. So of course we had to stop there while we were in town. Kopps is a fine dinning restaurant so it has low light and dark wood. We made a reservation but the restaurant was only about half full on a Monday night.

We started off with these interesting green avocado soups that were brought to the table. I wasn't in love with these but they did have a different flavor.

While Matt enjoyed his non-alcoholic German beer, we also had our starters. I had the Autumn KOPPS salad with elderberry dressing, pear, pomegranate and pine nuts. This salad was amazing. Top notch. Matt ordered the Mushroom forest, with mushroom ravioli, wild herbs and elderberry. It was served on a piece of wood, which we thought was really cool. Matt is a big fan of mushrooms, so he loved his dish.

Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyOur pretty but very small main courses came next. Matt ordered the braised ragout of celery with truffled puree, walnut and mushrooms. Again, being a mushroom based dish, Matt loved it. With their high mushroom content, these dishes would not have been for me. I ordered the beetroot ravioli with horseradish, pear, poppy seed and sprouts. Now this dish was good but even though it seems like it has an array of flavors other than beet, the beet flavor over powered them coming out. It was just beet overload, which was disappointing.

While the meal up to this point has it's high points, I wasn't blown away. But the fat lady wasn't going to sing until we had tried a dessert. I'm so glad we did because the dessert we had made the trip to Kopps worth it. We ordered the Kopps lava cake with pear mousse, chocolate ice cream and chocolate. Look at that picture! This thing was beautiful. It came out without the melted chocolate, with a chocolate disc laying over the top of a round cake. When the server poured the warm melted chocolate over the cake, the disc melted and the chocolate filled up the hollow cake. OMG this dessert was as good as it looks. Made the whole night of just ok food worth it. If you do go to Kopps, do not leave without trying the lava cake.

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Now for the service. The servers were very nice and explained the ingredients of every dish they brought to our table but the service was painfully slow. I mean hours and hours to eat dinner here. Be aware of that if you are trying to stop in for a quick dinner. Kopps made for a nice night out but I think it's atmosphere and food is overrated. Give it a try if fancy food is your thing and see what you think.
Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany
Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany


Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany
Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany


















Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyNo Milk Today
Fichtestra├če 3
10967 
Berlin, Germany 
+49 30 81797797

Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyNo Milk Today was one of the great surprises of our Berlin trip. We were planning on stopping there to maybe have something warm to drink before moving on to the next thing on our itinerary. Honestly, I wasn't expecting very much. I'm a fan of mix and matched things, so that was what I first loved about No Milk Today. Mix and match everywhere! This place is seriously cute and I was smitten before we even ordered anything. I had a good feeling about the place so we deicded to try more of their menu than just a hot drink.

Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyBut to start, I ordered a hot chocolate and Matt ordered a latte. While Matt's came in a glass, which we thought was interesting, look at how cute my hot chocolate is! It tasted as good as it looked. It was so nice to just sit in this adorable cafe on a cold Berlin morning drinking cute drinks with your guy. And then the food came.

Matt ordered the tofu scramble, while I went for the everything bagel. Both were outstanding. I loved this little cafe so much. Don't let the mix and match lover in your life miss this cafe while in Berlin.






Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany

Traveling Vegan: Berlin, Germany
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Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyBrammibal's Donuts
Maybachufer 8
12047 
Berlin, Germany
+49 30 23948455
Menu

Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyBrammibal's Donuts is a new addition to Berlin's vegan scene. I was excited to find out about this place and give it try. I was never a donut person before becoming vegan but I have really developed a taste for vegan donuts. Brammibal's is in a very cool area of Berlin. It's right on the water and there was a bustling farmer's market going on right outside on the street. Inside, the place was insanely busy and super trendy. We managed to eat a half of a donut while standing in the corner before taking the rest of our donuts on the road.

We really didn't want to go too crazy in here so we decided to only get two donuts each. That's responsible right? We chose the maple coconut bacon, banana and peanut butter. I think they actually had more fancy names but those were the flavors. The best thing about these donuts for me? They were not sickly sweet. Sometimes I will have a donut and my teeth and stomach are hurting half way through. Way too much sugar. These donuts were just right. Delicious and tasty without being too much. Next time I'm in Berlin, I'll be sure to stop by Brammibal's again.


 
Traveling Vegan: Berlin, GermanyVoner
Boxhagener Str. 56
10245 
Berlin, Germany
+49 30 99265423

Voner is the kind of hole in the wall place that I love to eat at while traveling. It's a smallish out of the way place but I had heard so many great things about their kebabs and fries that it was on our must try list of vegan Berlin spots.

Since we had been eating and eating some more all day, we had to take our Voner to go to enjoy later in our room. Take out or sit in, this place is a must. I got a traditional kebab which was super filling and delicious. The fries were the real highlight which is saying something because the kebab was outstanding in it's own right. The thing has sets Voner's fries apart from all the other fry severing joints is that they are prepared with paprika. This really takes simple fries to the next level. These fries alone make the trip to Voner worth it. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about them. So, in short, get to Voner if you are in Berlin but come starving and ready to be wowed.

What are your favorite vegan spots in Berlin? Let me know in the comments!



All photos by Ashley of theveganadventure.com

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