In this post I collected some paces I went to on my recent trip to Berlin and found that they are must-go places for everyone interested in sustainability and veganism. I did not only include sustainable shops and an amazing museum, I also inserted a few vegan cafes I love.
Of course, this is not a complete list of all places that fit into that category and certainly not a complete list of all the superb vegan cafes and restaurants, so feel free to share more in the comments below for everybody to check out.
Near Berlin Station.
The place I loved most in Berlin is definitely the Futurium! It is an interactive museum resolving around the question about how we are going to live in the future, featuring sustainable paths and the science behind them. Moving through the exhibition, it is possible to explore many different possible futures including city planning, robots, how we recycle and design products, how life on mars might look like, pharmacy and so much more. This exhibition will leave you introspecting on your own way of living and inspire you to take actions towards a more sustainable future.
For those who don’t have the time or energy to read every single information (and there is a LOT of interesting information), you can actually borrow a little bracelet which will save all the information that appears interesting to you by just taping it at certain signs. When you want to leave, just throw it into the future machine on the second floor and get a card with a code. You then can enter the digital number on the homepage and read everything from the comfort of your home.
What impressed me was that a cute robot explains how to use the bracelet in German and English. Also, the building itself is built climate neutrally, producing all the energy it needs with solar panels which you can have a close look at if you climb up to the skyway on the rooftop. Also, it was build in a way that rain water gets collected in order to be used as cooling water for the building. Awesome, isn’t it?
Visiting the Futurium really left me inspired and contemplaiting about what I personally can do in order to live a more sustainable life protecting our planet.
Btw, all information available in both German and English.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Closed on Tuesdays)
Address: Alexanderufer 2, 10117 Berlin
Thrift-shopping at Who killed Bambi?
At Hackescher Markt.
If you got inspired to live more sustainably, too, or you have been thinking about it anyways, why not check out „Who killed Bambi?“? This is a truly unique thrift store as they do not only sell vintage clothing, they also upcycle the pieces to make them look modern and chic. I personally found two unique blouses there which I adore!
Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 10:30 - 20:00
(Closed on Sundays)
Address: Litfaßpl. 2, 10178 Berlin
Check out a vegan supermarket!
Near the East Side Gallerie (Friedrichshain).
Yes, you heard right! There are vegan supermarkets in Berlin. Awesome, right? Finally a place vegans can shop without having to check all the ingredients lists.
So, if you are vegan, the Veganz supermarket is going to be paradise for you! Offering useful ingredients and snacks from different brands, this supermarket has everything a vegan could wish for. There are two more Veganz supermarkets, so be sure to check out their locations to find the one most convenient for you.
I chose to give you the address of the one in Friedrichshain, as it shares a building with a vegan shoe store I think you should check out, too.
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00 - 21:00 (Closed on Sundays)
Address: Warschauer Str. 33, 10243 Berlin
Shop at a vegan shoe store
Next to the Veganz supermarket in Friedrichshain.
This small store carries shoes made from 100% vegan material and they are produced by ethnical and sustainable companies. They are not only cruelty free but also super chic. Actually I think they have much cooler designed than normal shoe stores and there is something for every occasion, be it chic shoes, sneakers, hiking shoes or sandals. The shoes are not the cheapest, but they are made ethnically and with high-quality material.
If you like none of the shoes in the store, I recommend you checking out their online shop which has an enormous collection of vegan shoes and even some bags and belts. I once ordered a pair of Dr. Martins there which are my favorite shoes!
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 15:00 - 20:00
Friday: 13:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 13:00 - 18:00
(Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)
Address: Warschauer Str. 33, 10243 Berlin
Discover how people in East Germany used to live at the DDR Museum
Near the Museum Island, on the opposite side of the river.
You might wonder how this museum has to do with sustainability. The reason is, people living in the DDR didn´t have as many things as we have today and therefore treasured and repaired them, which we should do as well. I believe this museum can be an inspiration for us to think more about what we really need and it shows us that it is possible to live with more limited resources than we nowadays have. And it is just interesting in general to see how people used to live in the past.
Of course the focus of this interactive museum is to teach about life there in general,so you can see furniture, food packages and toys, you can try out how people vote, see how they worked, have a look at laws, all the contradictories the government said and did or watch DDR TV. I believe there is something interesting to see or do for everyone. Even my mum who grew up in East Germany discovered things about the country she hadn’t known before.
Admission: 9,80€ (6€ for students)
Opening Hours: 9:00 - 21:00
Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin
(V = vegan, VG = vegetarian, NV = non-vegan)
Chimney cakes filled with soft serve
At Friedrichshain and Mitte.
This is the sweets shop I was most looking forward to checking out when I planed my trip to Berlin. Chimneys has a huge selection of different chimney cakes filled with various falvous of soft serve and topped with sprinkles, marshmallows, macaroons and more. The best thing: everything is completely vegan! Because there were so many delicious looking options, it was hard to decide which one to get. In the end I opted for one lined with white chocolate and filled with strawberry soft serve. It tasted heavenly!
Price span: 5€ - 8€
Opening Hours: 13:00 - 22:00
Brunnenstraße 173, 10119 Berlin
Warschauer Str. 81, 10243 Berlin
Katchi Ice Cream (VG, V)
There are two stores, one at Savignyplatz and one near Hackescher Markt.
The one at Hackescher Markt only offers ice cream, but has a bigger selection of vegan flavors. Among them are additionally to the usual sorbets milky flavors like biscoff, macadamia brittle, Willi Wonka chocolate or cookie flavor. In general, the whole left side of the counter is vegan, but better ask the staff to be safe.
The other location at Savignyplatz (I believe it is the original shop) had a smaller selection of vegan flavors but therefore offers vegan bubble waffles topped with ice cream and vegan sauces and sprinkles. They also have sundaes, but I don’t know if they are vegan as the menu does not state which are vegan options. Be sure to ask the staff if unsure. However, expect a huge line in front of this branch.
Price span: 120€ - 15,50€
Katchi Ice Cream Savignyplatz
Address: Grolmanstraße 14a, 10623 Berlin
Opening Hours: 13:00 - 21:00
Katchi Ice Cream Hackescher Markt
Opening Hours: 12:30 - 21:00
Address: Oranienburger Str. 89, 10178 Berlin
Brammibal's Donuts (V)
This all vegan donut shop has everything a donut lover could dream of! They have many different options with yummy fillings or/and toppings. I personally got the tiramisu one which was topped with whipped cream. It was super fluffy and delicious! They are quite big tho, so I had a hard time choosing just one^^ By the way, they also offer drinks like coffee etc.
Price span: 2,50€
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 - 20:00, Sunday: 11:00 - 19:00
Address: check links above at "Locations"
Vedang - plantburger (V)
Burgers, fries, cheesy fries, tofu nuggets, ice cream
Have you ever dreamed about a all vegan MacDonalds or Burgerking but with better ingredients? Well, this place is pretty close to that.
Vedang has everything from different burgers to cheesy fries, tofu nuggets and ice cream. The food definitely tastes like real junk food (not the healthier version) but is just sooo yummy! Perfect for a day shopping at the mall.
Price span: 2,80€ - 10,40€
Mall of Berlin: 12:00 - 20:00 (Closed on Sundays)
Alexa: 12:00 - 19:00 (Closed on Sundays)
Bikini: 12:00 - 17:00 (Closed on Sundays)
Address: See links at "Locations"
Curry 61 (NV, V)
Curry Wurst (sausage with curry-ketchup sauce)
Near Hackescher Markt.
Curry Wurst is a real Berlin food you have to try! This Curry Wurst chain offers a vegan option made from seitan, which is not exactly like real sausage, but pretty close to it and very delicious! The curry ketchup sauce however is exactly the same as on the regular meat option. For an extra 40 cents you can get some vegan mayo for your fries if you choose to add them (which I absolutely recommend for the „real“ Curry Wurst experience).
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 - 22:30
Friday, Saturday: 11:00 - 23:30
Sunday: 12:00 - 21:30
Address: Oranienburger Str. 6, 10178 Berlin