Berlin – Europe’s Youthful Veggie Mecca

In the developed world, going vegetarian is more popular than ever, and young folks are often in the lead, whether for health or ethical reasons. Not so long ago Europe was a tough place to go effortlessly meatless, but these days the picture has changed in many cities across the continent – and Germany’s capital is one of the best examples.

A visit or stint of studying in Berlin will show not just that besides fantastic monuments museums and culture Berlin has some of Europe’s coolest neighbourhoods, like Kreuzberg and Prenslauer Berg, but also nearly 300 vegetarian eateries (at least 30 of which are vegan).

One which is particularly trendy these days is Cookies Cream, though it’s on the pricey side, so for students perhaps best saved for a special occasion. Also highly recommended is Lucky Leek (Kollwitzstrasse 54), and the especially affordable Yoyo Foodworld in the Friedrichshain district (Gärtnerstrasse 27) is great for soy-cheese pizzas, vegan kebabs, and veggie burgers that will win over even the most carniverous. Another veg value is Soy” (Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30), where for 10 euros a head you can feast on some of Berlin’s best meatless fare. Finally, the newish, nonprofit Restlos Glücklich (“Totally Happy”) pulls in veg-heads with not just funky décor of recycle materials but also tasty dishes made from supermarket leftovers, and a mission focussing on solidarity and sustainability.

And these days, even many non-veg food stands and establishments which serve the ever popular kebabs now also offer veggie versions. Clearly, in Berlin these days, Vegetarismus ist cool!

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