Meet Sophia, Berlin’s Resident Vegan Expert

Vegan subcultures have been spreading like wildfire in Berlin, and Sophia (journalist, food blogger and vegan extraordinaire) is here to show us the ropes. Her creative and colorful recipes are inspiring, and her passion for food is infectious. Since 2011, Sophia Hoffmann has been sharing her own delicious and innovative recipes on her blog assuring the world that animal products are not needed to create beautiful, delicious and nutritious meals. If you thought veganism couldn’t be fun, healthy and enjoyable as a lifestyle, think again. Sophia is here to bring light to vegan living with her themed vegan dinners, restaurant recommendations and the launch of her exciting new cookbook. Learn more about this quirky lady and let her spruce up your vegan experience in Berlin with events and ideas after the jump.

2014 saw the launch of Sophia’s first very own cookbook, Sophias vegane Welt. Open her book and you will find yourself inside her creative and playful world, where she shares her own elegant, refined recipes and vegan cuisine philosophy. In Sophias vegane Welt, she serves up more than 50 recipes to combat culinary mundanity. Totally suitable for vegans and non-vegans alike, her cookbook makes vegan-cooking fun and accessible, with lovingly designed illustrations as colorful as she is. She has also introduced two adorably playful aprons made with fair-trade organic cotton, complete with veggies in a food pyramid and veggies on the run. In 2016 she followed with a second book titled Vegan Queens (order here) which you can read more about in our interview.

Crowned by HappyCow as the number one city for vegans to live in, it comes as no surprise that Berlin houses innumerable vegan eateries, bars, shops, markets and events. We consulted our resident vegan expert to scope out 6 of her favorite vegan destinations that might have slipped below our radars.

1) Let It Be – Vegan Crêperie

Got a craving for crêpes? Vegan crêpes have finally made their delicious debut in Berlin with the arrival of Let it Be- Vegan Crêperie in Neukölln. This informal, cozy little restaurant offers a great choice of regional and seasonal vegan food, from salty and sweet crêpes, to sandwiches, salads, cakes, burgers and gluten free options. Surprise your taste buds with the “Erykah Badu” crêpe – all dishes are named after celebrities – or the “Omar Rodriguez-Lopez” burger!

Wednesday – Friday: 15:00 – 22:00h, Saturday & Sunday: 13:00 – 22:00h. Treptower Straße 90.

2) Cookies Cream

Enjoy a delightful dining experience in the city with Cookies Cream, a true vegan gem located down a dark alley next to the Westin Grand. The charming restaurant serves sophisticated high-end vegetarian and vegan delights, each with distinct flavors, ingredients, and creative presentations. Get yourself started with delicious Austrian wine before tucking into a great dinner you won’t soon forget.

Tuesday – Saturday: 18:00 – 1:00h. Behrenstraße 55.

3) Chaostheorie Berlin

Visit Berlin’s first 100% vegan cafe & cocktail bar Chaostheorie and you will not be disappointed. Lots of drinks to choose from make this little cafe a great place to chill before your night out begins. And of course vegan delights and healthy food with innovative flavours is on the menu, so come hungry!

Tuesday – Sunday: 11:00 – 00:00h. Lychener Straße 4.

4) Pêle-Mêle

If you’re in the Neukölln area and up for a delicious meal, Pêle-Mêle just might be the place for you. Expanding the vegan culinary scene with a vast selection of brunch and lunch options, this charming café and workplace brings together different cultural and culinary influences. Experience all that they have to offer, from salads and soups to tasty shakes, and make sure to try a serving of buckwheat cherry cake for dessert!

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00h, Sunday: 10:00 – 22:00h. Innstraße 26.

5) Bistro Bardot at the Almodovar Hotel

Indulge in a little bit of luxury at the Bistro Bardot and excite your senses with the delicious breakfast from the vegetarian organic kitchen of the Almodovar Hotel. Serving predominantly vegan food, Bistro Bardot spoils hotel guests and non-residents alike with irresistible local seasonal ingredients and Mediterranean delicacies.

Monday – Sunday: 7:00 – 11:00h. Boxhagener Straße 83.

6) Loveco Shop

This newly inaugurated Friedrichshain store initially began as a crowdfunding project by the lovely ethically and ecologically conscious duo Christina Will and Moritz Marker. After receiving copious amounts of support, their crowdfunding project ended having surpassed their goal, and now Loveco, an entirely vegan, fair-trade and eco-conscious store is open to all. The shop proudly features clothing and accessories sourced from small, independent labels that prove we shouldn’t have to compromise design, aesthetics and quality when creating products from the fair treatment of humans, animals and our environment.

Monday – Friday: 12:00 – 20:00h, Saturday: 12:00 – 18:00h. Sonntagstraße 29.

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