Berlin is cool, no doubt – cool cool, normal cool, I wish I was that cool cool, trying really hard to be cool, out of this world cool, wannabe NYC cool – you name it, Berlin is it.
The historian in me LOVES Berlin. The past controls the city; he is everywhere you look. The Hamburger in me thinks it’s not that pretty and dirty and full with wannabes.
Both historian and hamburger in me really love Vegan Berlin. The scene is overwhelming, growing and has a lot to offer – very exciting! (almost like in Tel Aviv! But that’s for a different post). Last month I wrote about my wonderful experience at the gourmet restaurant La Mano Verde and today I present a few reviews from my last weekend in Berlin.
Veganz – yes yes, this awesome (not so cheap) supermarket is really a dream come true.
Us, European Vegans, can finally enjoy those American Vegan products that so far I have only seen in photos of my IG friends from the US. I got some lovely Daiya cheese, and Coconut Bliss ice cream (peanut butter and chocolate) that was eaten by non-vegans as well and was really tasty. I got some Goji berries that I always wanted to try (alas, I did not like them AT ALL) and even some vegan cat food for Václav the cat (he liked it!). And oh, cold soy cappuccino to go… mmmmm…!
I was more than happy to find out that Veganz will open their Hamburg branch at the end of June!
The highlight of Veganz, in my opinion, is the coffee shop in it, Goodies. This tiny café & bakery offers freshly baked vegan goods: wraps, salads, sandwiches and of course excellent vegan tortes!
It was my second visit to Goodies and I am happy to report that every torte that I tried was absolutely tasty [we took some to-go for the next days…]. The chocolate-cheese torte, the poppy seeds-lemon cream torte, the coffee-cherry torte, the double chocolate-something red and yummy torte and even the rhubarb torte that the husband tried.
But enough words… look! [no, I did not eat them all at one visit, and no I did not eat them all alone!]
Vegans & Goodies / Schivelbeiner Straße 34 / Prenzlaurberg / 10437 Berlin
Another good cake was eaten at the Café Morgenrot. This collective café offers rich vegetarian/vegan buffet brunch on Fri-Sat-Sun. There are many vegan options, all freshly made: salads, creams, veggie mixes, spreads. Price is reasonable (and if you have no money you can pay as much as you want) service is pleasant and the atmosphere is wonderful.
But back to the cake…
We stopped at Morgenrot for coffee and it was a pure pleasure to discover this delicious carrot cream cake (I am running out of adjectives for cakes):
Café Morgenrot / Kollektivbetrieb / Kastanienallee 85 / Prenzlauerberg / 10435 Berlin
A big surprise was Seerose, a vegetarian/vegan buffet in Kreuzberg. The original plan was to check the vegan buffet at VUX, but sadly the attitude of two employees there was unacceptable and we decided not do them the favor of us eating there and look for a different place.
The owner of Seerose smiled at me when I asked what’s vegan and then guided me dish by dish, salad by salad, explaining what’s in it. I choose the 3 “things” plate and on it they also piled fresh salads. It was a meal I was longing for: of homemade cooked food, fresh, aromatic and healthy. When I asked for red beets, one of the employees who overheard my vegan inquiries made sure that I will know it had honey in it.
What can I say? I loved the service and how much they cared although the place was packed and there was a huge street fest going on outside, and the fact the food was simple, tasty, healthy and pretty cheap made it all perfect!
Seerose / Mehringdamm 47 / Kruezberg / 10961 Berlin
Another favorite spot of mine is the Vego Foodworld – a self-service vegan fast/junk [in a good way] food spot. Last time I had wonderful vegan nuggets and wanted to have them again, sadly they changed their nuggets and the new ones were not as good as the old ones. But… nuggets, vegan mayo, fries and a salad; we all need junk sometimes!
Vego Foodworld / Lychener Straße 63 / Prenzlaurberg/ 10437 Berlin