Top 3 Venues for an Upscale Vegan Dinner in Berlin
Berlin is vegan paradise. With over 500 restaurants catering to vegans and vegetarians the choice is truly overwhelming, especially if you’re in town for just a short visit.
Here are our top 3 vegan Berlin picks for a special occasion or when you’re simply feeling like dressing up a little:
Where do you take a discerning vegan diner who cares about taste, presentation and origin of ingredients? Try Kopps in Berlin’s hip Mitte neighborhood. This award winning 100% plant based venue is also among the top 11 world’s vegan destinations by the CNN and Germany’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
In addition to being vegan, their wines are carefully selected to include sustainable wine growers.
Kopps has crafted an impressive menu of inventive plant based dishes with a German twist. Think celeriac-truffle-saurekraut-pear. They also offer tasting menus of up to 7 courses with optional (vegan) wine pairings for a truly exceptional dining experience or a very special treat.
In addition to being vegan, their wines are carefully selected to include sustainable wine growers, and to highlight organic wineries and feature lesser known producers. That’s feel good food and drinks to match!
Should you wish to splurge a little less, stop by on a Tuesday evening for their very popular Come Together dinner – a first-come first-served $25 surprise set menu served communal style. Or how about a $20 weekend buffet brunch? Yep, all vegan! Bring your buddies, vegan or not, and feast on tofu scrambles, plant based cheeses and scrumptious vegan pancakes.
Also on the higher end of the vegan spectrum is this charming Prenzlauer Berg venue. The ambitious vegan chef Josita Hartanto works her vegetable magic to create exciting seasonal menus. Go a la carte or opt for one of the two tasting menus with wine pairing (3 or 5 courses).
How about beetroot steak with potato leek tartlet and pear?
Current offering at Lucky Leek features tempting combinations such as sweet potato salad with passion fruit, cocoa crumble and mushroom dumpling. You had me at passion fruit! Or how about beetroot steak with potato leek tartlet and pear? Combined with their cozy plant-filled interior, this will be a creative vegan dinner to remember.
One thing to note is that Lucky Leek doesn’t accept card payments below 100€ which in this day and age is completely absurd, even in the city where apparently cash is king (looking at you “progressive” Berlin!).
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Last but certainly not least, how about a veggie dinner with a Michelin star? Cookies Cream is sophisticated warehouse dining that will make you feel that special Berlin cool and is sure to please even the most sophisticated vegetarian and carnivore alike. I mean, if it’s good enough for George Clooney it’s good enough for you and me, right?
One of the best known personalities in Berlin’s gastronomy scene ‘Cookie’ Heinz Gindullis founded the legendary Cookies Club in 1994, which was to shape Berlin’s nightlife for 20 years. Himself a vegetarian since the age of eight, he then opened Cookies Cream in 2007.
When Cookies Cream opened, chef Stephan Hentschel was 25 years old and has since served as head chef. In order to elicit as many flavors as possible from vegetables, Stephan experimented with various techniques like fermenting or baking in salt crust. Chef Hentschel’s cuisine was awarded its first Michelin Star in 2017. More importantly though, he and his team have blazed the trail for the Berlin vegetarian food scene.
Cookies Cream is sophisticated warehouse dining that will make you feel that special Berlin cool.
In warmer season their ingredients are freshly harvested from a friendly farm in Krielow/Brandenburg, while during autumn and winter preserving and fermenting is the focus. The menu changes in accordance with the seasons and focuses on regional products. Which is why Cookies Cream is worth visiting over and over.
From the current menu: Essence and ravioli of champignon with leek oil. Parmesan dumplings with Périgord truffle stock. Apricot saffron ice-cream with jalapeño popcorn. I dare you to resist.
Don’t miss their wine pairings by sommelier Camille Darroux. Their extensive wine list features interesting niche wines partly made from indigenous grape varieties, bio dynamic cultivation, as well as lightly filtered natural wines. It includes up-and-coming wine growing regions such as Slovenia, Georgia, Moravia, Austria and of course Germany. Or why not try the alcohol-free pairings by bar wizard Dada Daoud. Cookies Cream is definitely a vegan Berlin classic.
Last updated: June 2023
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