Located in a magnificent building next to a church in the heart of Schillerkiez, crafted oak tables invite people for a delicious home-cooked brunch, lunch or dinner. Selig follows a zero-waste policy and works with local producers to maximise the sustainability of their business as well as the quality of their dishes. With Eggys Benny, vegan sourdough toast and fluffy pancakes you can make your brunch dreams come true. You’ll also find plenty of surprising vegetarian and vegan options such as fried brussel sprouts with miso.
Delicious, organic, home-made, regional and seasonal are the 5 principles followed by this slightly rustic yet cosy café in Neukölln. As well as vegan and vegetarian friendly all-day breakfast options you can indulge in warm soups and stews, cakes and speciality coffee. Tofu sausages and tempeh crumbles successfully replace meat in their hearty cooked brunch dishes and are sure to satisfy any appetite.
A zero-waste café specialising in coffee and brunch with a modern and seasonal twist. The minimalist decor and sophisticated food presentation disguise the complexity of the dishes. If perfectly poached eggs or vegan cauliflower steak don’t quite fill you up, opt for one of their sweet dishes: brioche with homemade sunflower butter and lemon thyme jam, bircher muesli with a poached pear rosewater compote, croissant bread and butter pudding. Find them in Kreuzberg and Mitte.
A vegan café serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. Pêle-Mêle is French for “mixed up”, which reflects the ethos of the café; cultural exchange is whole-heartedly embraced through food influenced by a mix of cultures as well as regular events and exhibitions. Their menu is as colourful as the Neukölln district they are based in with a range of breakfast options, a daily lunch special, burgers, soups and cakes- all homemade! On Sundays you can even feast all day on a gourmet brunch buffet.
As the name implies, fresh and healthy organic superfoods can be found in abundance at each of the Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte and Charlottenburg branches. Starting your day right is easy with a huge choice of nutritious breakfast bowls: smoothie bowls, bircher muesli bowls, chia bowls, yoghurt bowls and porridge bowls in various flavours with customisable toppings. Their breakfast bowls, superfood salads and quinoa bowls are ready to take away in compostable packaging for a super-fast, super-convenient yet super-healthy meal. With a daily soup, gluten-free and low-carb sandwiches, fresh pressed juices and a huge range of smoothie options, you’ll never leave hungry! For a sweet treat pair a coconut-rice milk matcha latte with a matcha cookie or opt for an oat milk cappuccino and the raw cacao bliss balls.
This little plant-based sanctuary in Friedrichshain serves fresh, seasonal and vibrant food. Everything from the pesto to the burger buns is homemade. Hearty yet healthy dishes include sweet potato pasta with a “cheesy” vegetable sauce, a tempeh burger, a creamy mushroom stroganoff, red beetroot risotto and a fully raw wrap option. If you manage to get a reservation for their weekend brunch buffet, you’ll be lucky enough to sample their vegan take on scrambled eggs.
Like the Jivamukti yoga studio, the Jivamukti canteen in Mitte promotes love and compassion for ourselves, others and our planet. Plant-based breakfast bowls, soups, salads and stews are prepped in reusable “jivajars” and you can buy your own reusable coffee cup, straw, bowl and water bottle there and then. To showcase their commitment to organic and seasonal produce, they welcome customers into their kitchen to see the ingredients for themselves. After a nourishing soup and sandwich with extra vegan bacon, tuck into the banana bread with almond butter and maple syrup.
Kreuzberg-based Kaffeebar believes in healthy eating that tastes good and is sustainable. Their coffee, sweet treats, juices and brunch items are all homemade and there is something for everyone from eggs benedict to a vegan buddha bowl. Just be sure to leave room for their cookies, or energy balls for the health-conscious!
Unlike other cafes, K-fetish is a self-sufficient collective business run by a team of likeminded individuals who all share an anti-discriminatory consensus amongst left-wing and anti-national political beliefs. Their goal is to support and promote diversity by creating a space where everyone feels comfortable; fair service, fair food and fair prices for every customer. Head to Neukölln for one of their spelt croissants and a coffee (or cocktail) on ice with an optional side of political discussion.
+ Words: Yasmin Razzaque
Yasmin Razzaque is a Biochemistry graduate with a keen interest in health and nutrition. She uses her scientific knowledge and ability to critically analyse research to write articles about healthy and sustainable eating and wellbeing.