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Travel Germany: Where to Eat Vegetarian in Style in Berlin

Does the world need vegetarian restaurants? It is a very exclusive and somehow almost a restrictive concept. This is like saying I can only eat at places where people wear cute cat jumpers. Not really the thing to think, do or say right? I love to go to places where everybody can feast on whatever she/he feels like (from the menu). In every country I have been to, it was easy to find and eat vegetarian food, and that also goes for Berlin.

Absurd, I never told you about my most loved restaurants in Berlin. There are a lot of restaurants in town, more than 6,000 or so. Some of them see me fairly regularly. The following ones are my definitely-go-back-to-restaurants, and without a doubt sooner or later I will eat there again.

Just one thing, usually the service in Germany is different to what you probably will have experienced in many other countries, don’t ask me why. It is best not to expect welcoming and brightly smiling faces, that way you won't end up being overly disappointed. How is the saying: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. What I am trying to say is, respect the beliefs of the local culture and never smile at someone. Ha-Ha, not. I recommend you smile extra wide, and that usually leads to a break through.

I wrote down all my darling restaurants in the Berlin borough of Mitte, and ended up with
a list of 13, so sorry for the odd number really. It was hard work finding them, read: How to Spot a Fantastic Restaurant: Look at these Three Things.

Where to Eat Vegetarian in Style in the Berlin borough of Mitte

1. Lokal – Eat European in Mitte

Nice ambience, lovely whitewashed walls, wooden tables, candles, fresh flowers and cloth napkins, and very friendly waiters/waitresses.The menu changes with the season.

Here is a silly story: I once googled their phone number to book a table for the following night. The lady who answered the phone was super friendly, she was very understanding when I described the table I wanted to sit at. At the end of our chat we both said we very much look forward to the night of the dinner. It was only hours later that I realised I had booked a table at The Lokal in Ottawa. I rang Lokal in Mitte and they were fully booked. Better book early if you would like to eat here.

Info: Lokal. Linienstrasse 160, Berlin.

2. Al Contadino Sotto Le Stelle – Eat Italian in Mitte

Not your average Italian. Ravioli with cinnamon and candied lemon peel and Tagliatelle with figs …. Service super, atmosphere equally top.

Info: Al Contadino Sotto Le Stelle. Auguststraße 36, 10119 Berlin

3. Mozzarella Bar & Bottega Al Contadino sotto Le Stelle – Eat Mozzarella in Mitte

Equally great food experience to sister restaurant Al Contadino Sotto Le Stelle in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Info: Auguststraße 36, 10119 Berlin

4. Pauly Saal – Eat German in Mitte

They have a bar too, and that is the space to start the evening. All starters, main courses and desserts are well cooked, it is fantastic down to the bread (to start with). Pretty interior. Friendly staff. This is a place where you will have a special night throughout. Note: It has a Michelin Star.

Info: Pauly Saal. Auguststrasse 11 – 13, 10117 Berlin.


5. Claerchens Ballhaus – Eat German and Pizza in Mitte

There is a restaurant and also a beer garden in a stunning garden setting, with gravel and lampions and a massive old building in the back. This place simply rocks ... you can dance if you like. Check out their schedule of events, there are concerts at the upstairs Spiegelsaal too.

Info: Claerchens Ballhaus. Auguststrasse 24, 10117 Berlin.

6. Lutter & Wegner – Eat German (or is it Austrian?) in Mitte

This place has a really long history. The merchants Lutter and Wegener leased 1811 the premises on the ground floor (in a property a few doors down the road), and it quite quickly became a success. In 1818 they bought the restaurant and operated it under their names. Over the centuries it was popular with E.T.A Hoffman and Heinrich Heine, and much later with Josephine Baker and Marlene Dietrich.

After the Berlin Wall came down and during onsite construction works in 1993 archaeologists discovered an overturned shelf in the basement. Some pieces of damaged silver tableware, cutlery and glasses were rescued, and are today exhibited at the Neues Museum (Bodestrasse 1-3).

The restaurant reopened in 1997. Fresh food, great choices of wine (choice of 700 wines). Lovely interior and an excellent location at Gendarmenmarkt. Even their coffee is delicious.

Info: Lutter & Wegner. Charlottenstrasse 56, 10117 Berlin.

7. Alpenstueck – Eat South-German in Mitte

The interior is all white, and I would probably best describe it as minimalist Austrian. This is a really good place to eat Spaetzle, that typical noodle dish from South Tyrol, southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Their desserts are to die for, like for example rhubarb compote with poached egg whites and ginger.

Info: Alpenstueck. Gartenstrasse 9, 10115 Berlin.

8. Hummus and Friends – Eat Kosher in Mitte

Chickpeas. Cauliflower. Tahini. Olive Oil. Salt. Bread. Fava Beans. Aubergine. Do you wonder how Hummus can be the main dish to eat during dinner? It works very well.

Info: Hummus and Friends. Oranienburger Strasse 27, 10117 Berlin. 


9. SOY – Eat Vietnamese in Mitte

The wait staff is super friendly and welcoming. The food is really good, and then there are smoothies and fresh ginger tea. This is a pretty and relaxed place. The residence dog is the cutest guy.

Info: SOY. Rosa-Luxemburg-Strasse 30, 10178 Berlin.

10. einsunternull – Elemental Fine Dining in Mitte

I have been here only once so far since it is a fairly new restaurant. Really lovely food, wine, interior, china, napkins and glassware, members of staff are welcoming and friendly. This is a true feel good place.

Info: einsunternull. Hannoversche Strasse 1, 10115 Berlin.


11. Papa Pane di Sorrento – Eat Pizza in Mitte

Believe it or not, it is not easy to find a decent Pizza place in Berlin. At this place the bruschetta is made with juicy tomatoes on homemade bread. The Pizza tastes like Pizza. Members of staff are friendly. Location is central. The interior is rustic and the menu is sealed in plastic but this place is all about the Pizza.

Info: Papa Pane di Sorrento. Ackerstrasse 23, 10115 Berlin.

12. Kaefer – Eat German in Mitte

Make a reservation at this restaurant, and skip the queues for the Reichstag. This place is a true crowd pleaser, location and food and service all good. Every time I visited I was so lucky to sit at a lovely table right at the window or directly on the rooftop terrace, from where I had a fantastic view over the city. And when you are well fed, enjoy a leisurely wander in and around the glass dome.

Info: Kaefer. Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin.

13. Café-Restaurant „Ursprung – eat-drink-dream“ in Mitte

Organic ingredients, food and wine are free from artificial colours and flavourings. Dark wood. Comfy leather sofas. A vertical garden. Friendly place that has a little bit the atmosphere of a department store (it is at a bookstore).

Info: Ursprung. Friedrichstrasse 90, 10117 Berlin.


Where is your favourite place to eat vegetarian in Berlin Mitte? Can’t wait to hear from you.


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