The vegan lifestyle is becoming more popular every day in Berlin. As of this summer, there are 43 restaurants in the German capital that use no animal products in their cooking. That’s 31 more than five years ago. More than 340 restaurants in Berlin also feature animal-free dishes on their menus. Vegan ingredients are not only the basis of the latest food trends in the German capital, but the city’s also becoming a centre for designing and making fashion, shoes, and cosmetics without animal products.
One of the latest trends is raw food. At Rawtastic in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin’s first raw vegan restaurant, the food is not heated above 42°C (108°F). The careful handling of the food ensures that it not only retains its nutritional value, but also gains flavour. The menu includes such things as Koodles (noodles made from carrots and zucchini) and a ‘shroom burger made from mushrooms.
Daluma in Mitte works with super foods with higher nutritional content than other foods. In addition to detoxifying power smoothies, the menu includes dishes based on lentils, pasta, rice, or quinoa. Just a few doors down at Super Foods & Organic Liquids, there are plenty more nutritious things to enjoy on the spot or to take away. Liquid Garden in Prenzlauer Berg, meanwhile, specialises in super food juices and smoothies.
Clean eating, which focuses on natural, unprocessed food, is offered at The Bowl in Friedrichshain – on a vegan basis. Whether you choose an Italian bowl with vegetable noodles and tomatoes or a Mexican bowl with avocado and corn, every dish is 100% sugar- and gluten-free.
Fashionable without animal products: Umasan Healthstyle in Mitte is the world’s first label offering only organic vegan goods under fair trade conditions. Instead of leather, twin sisters Anja and Sandra Umann experiment with innovative fibres. The matching vegan shoes to an outfit can be found at avesu in Prenzlauer Berg.
Und Gretel produces high-quality make-up with natural ingredients, dazzling colours, and durability. Founders Christina Roth and Stephanie Dettmann use only natural materials, without synthetic preservatives, chemical ingredients, and, of course, no animal testing.
The latest vegan trends in food and lifestyle can be checked out every year at Berlin’s Vegan Summer Festival held on Alexanderplatz (19-21 August), at Green Market Berlin in the old Kindl Brauerei (autumn event being held 17-18 September), and the VeggieWorld trade fair (26-27 November) at Station Berlin.
Courtesy Berlin Tourismus & Kongress GmbH