Last Updated on March 18, 2023 by Nina Ahmedow
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With all the vegan food in Hamburg, it was time to completely revamp this post. I present to you the new and much-improved version of my vegan Hamburg guide, sorted by specific categories because this vegan Hamburg guide keeps growing!
The Only Vegan Hamburg Guide You Need
Vegan Fast Food in Hamburg
I always say I’m not the biggest fan of fast food, but the truth is that burgers and the like are things I never make myself so I actually quite enjoy ordering them when I get the chance. And there are a ton of fast food options to start this vegan Hamburg guide with.
One of my absolute favorites is Vincent Vegan. The first time I went back to Hamburg from Athens, I found their stall at a street festival and was immediately impressed. They had several vegan burgers (insert bad joke about vegan Hamburgers in Hamburg here), and it was amazing to stroll through a street festival and be able to get vegan food.
To my delight, I noticed when I went back to Hamburg several months later, that they had by then also established a permanent location at Europa Passage, a mall in the center of Hamburg. While food courts in malls aren’t exactly the coziest spots, it’s amazing to have such great vegan options in a mall. So if you go shopping with non-vegan friends you won’t be forced to buy from a non-vegan business. On top of that, they also make excellent fries so getting the menu option is worth it.
But it doesn’t end there! The next time I went back to Hamburg Vincent Vegan had yet another fixed location at another Hamburg mall, Mercado. And then a location opened right at central station – absolutely perfect for when you arrive from a long train ride! No wonder this vegan Hamburg guide keeps on growing!
By now, I’ve had Vincent Vegan burgers plenty of times, but my favorite would have to be the falafel quinoa burger with cranberry sauce. Make sure to try it!
Ballindamm 40. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 8 pm.
Ottenser Hauptstraße 10. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 8 pm.
Steintorwall 18-20. Open Monday to Sunday 11:30 am to 8 pm.
On our first trip to Hamburg, Alfonso was not yet vegan, so we also tried a place called Most Wanted Burger in the neighborhood of Eimsbüttel. Otherwise, I’d probably have even fewer non-vegan places on this vegan Hamburg guide. Eimsbüttel is probably our favorite neighborhood to stay in, and Most Wanted Burger was really close to our Airbnb.
The best thing about them was that even though I didn’t expect them to have vegan options they actually did have a vegan burger. Their jackfruit burger was a bit too sweet for me, but considering the super friendly staff and cozy atmosphere, I think Most Wanted Burger is a good option if you’re going out with friends and are the only vegan in the group. They also have a second vegan burger now!
Osterstraße 31. Open Monday to Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm.
Then there is Apple & Eve, a new vegan fast food restaurant that operates similarly to the big chains. You order at the counter and wait for your meal before you take it to an empty table. It is, however, much cozier and doesn’t give you those cold vibes the big chains have.
The catch is that while Apple & Eve serves fast food, they don’t use preservatives in their food which makes it a restaurant for those who want a quick meal but still prefer something on the healthier side.
I wasn’t too impressed with the burger I tried, but the prices are decent and the location is top-notch (right outside metro Sternschanze).
Schanzenstraße 107. Open Monday to Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.
Right across from Apple & Eve, on the little square facing Sternschanze metro, you can find a tiny stall called Vegan Vandal. There is limited outdoor seating, but because it’s such a small place the prices are really affordable.
The burgers here are really good and filling. I’d definitely go back.
Sternschanze 9. Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm.
One of my favorite places on this vegan Hamburg guide would have to be Fried Club. This is the perfect location for warm summer nights. There is a terrace, and as Fried Club is right at the beginning of Reeperbahn, you can start your evening with fries or burgers and some drinks here and then head out to party.
I ordered one of their loaded fries options which consisted of sweet potato fries, spring onions and peanuts with a peanut sauce and aioli. Alfonso chose their Beyond burger and said it was one of the best Beyond burgers he had, and not only because they used a black bun for this. My non-vegan friend was also very happy with her fries.
In addition, there are lots of refreshing drink options such as lemonade. Definitely my top tip for a vegan summer in Hamburg.
Reeperbahn 7. Open Tuesday to Thursday 6 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm.
Now, if you spend a lot of time in the city and get bored with all the other options on this vegan Hamburg guide you may want to venture outside of the city center. In that case, innerluck is another option for vegan fast (and healthy) food. It’s a bit difficult to find (tucked away in between the gardens surrounding a sports complex), and the neighborhood is of no interest to vegans (in fact, the zoo is right across the street) so it’s not the first place you would want to try when in Hamburg.
But the food is good, and because it’s so far away from the center it isn’t busy at all. The restaurant is actually inside the sports complex called Sportwerk, but don’t worry it’s not for fitness freaks only. Innerluck offers burgers and sandwiches, but salads are available as well (and they’re quite filling!).
Hagenbeckstraße 124a. Open Monday to Friday 1 pm to 9 pm.
Now fast food isn’t restricted to burgers. What if you’re more into pizza? Well, don’t worry, vegan restaurant Froindlichst has got you covered. There are two locations: One in trendy Winterhude and the other one in the former Danish village of Ottensen.
The Winterhude location is super cozy which is much needed in a city that is known for being rainy and windy most of the year. You can have pizzas, burgers, or simply salads here, but no matter what you order it’s going to be huge, and you’re going to be really full. And while pizza, burger, and salads may not sound like anything special, at Froindlichst they manage to add a special touch.
For the New Amsterdam pizza I ordered, for instance, they used a Hollandaise sauce along with broccoli, smoked tofu, and cherry tomatoes. Likewise, the burgers are not your average meat replacements like seitan, but rather lentil patties which are again complemented with delicious vegan sauces like aioli.
Another thing I liked was that the Hot Amigo burger I ordered once was actually slightly spicy. Too often when items are listed as spicy they are anything but. The only problem with Froindlichst is that their meals are so filling that I have never been able to try one of their desserts.
The other location in Ottensen is a lot larger and more spacious. They offer brunch on Sundays which I wanted to check out with my brother, but, sadly, they were completely booked, so if brunch is your thing make sure to make a reservation. So I went back a few days later and had the Mexavo pizza which was gigantic. I struggled to finish it and, after that, definitely didn’t have room for dessert. It was topped with guacamole, nachos, and corn. In other words, it’s definitely better to share this with somebody else.
But this past July, when we went back here, we were a bit disappointed. We met with a friend for drinks, and the prices seemed to really have gone up while the quality of the food went down.
The peanut butter chocolate shake I got was definitely delicious and refreshing for a hot summer day. Our mozzarella pizza, on the other hand, was quite a disappointment. It was okay but not super delicious. I also ordered an iced tea which sounded really interesting but really wasn’t good at all.
In the end, I didn’t feel the quality of the items justified the high price at all. However, I would go back because this was the first time I had issues with their food.
Barmbeker Straße 169. Open Monday to Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm.
Daimlerstraße 12. Open Sunday to Thursday 12 pm to 10 pm, Friday to Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm.
Maybe Rå doesn’t qualify as typical fast food as it’s on the healthier side with it’s salad bowls, but the whole setting and service are very much in the spirit of fast food as you order your bowl at the counter and then take your bowl with you. I honestly wasn’t a big fan of the food here and found the atmosphere very cold and uncomfortable, but if you’re looking for something that’s both quick and a little healthier this is definitely your best bet in Hamburg.
ABC-Straße 52. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 7 pm.
My final tip for fast food on this vegan Hamburg guide is Bäristo, a food truck which I found in the modern HafenCity. I had the hot dog wrap which was tasty and filling. While €5 seems expensive for a wrap you have to keep in mind that this neighborhood is extremely pricy so you can’t really expect to find cheaper fast food here. Check their website for locations.
Vegan Cafés and Bistros in Hamburg
I love the cafés in Hamburg. Hamburg is actually quite a Scandinavian city in many ways, and I like the Scandinavian style of cafés: super cozy because it’s usually cold, rainy, and windy, and always beautifully decorated. I like spending time with a hot beverage and maybe a good book. Likewise, I love the casual atmosphere in bistros, so here are my favorite additions to this vegan Hamburg guide in the category of more casual places for slow food.
My first recommendation is HappenPappen. First of all, I love the sign outside against racism, sexism, homophobia, and fascism. Those who are a bit more active in the vegan community know that there is a big problem in the activist movement with people who put animal rights issues above everything else, forgetting about human rights issues. (Check out my post on intersectionality and the privilege of white vegan men for my thoughts on that.) It’s great when vegan places make a clear statement against discrimination of any kind.
I also love that from what I’ve seen, the owner and entire staff appear to be female. (While women are often used in vegan advertising, they’re often underrepresented in vegan businesses.)
HappenPappen has a changing menu. One of their regular items is their vegetable quiche which I’ve ordered various times. But last time I tried one of their burgers which was also really good and filling.
HappenPappen also offers fantastic cakes. I love their banana bread, but there are so many different things to try!
Feldstraße 36. Open Monday to Friday 1 pm to 7 pm.
Then there is Nasch in the up and coming Gängeviertel. Artists and activists rediscovered this old neighborhood, and with the Schanze area having been completely gentrified, the Gängeviertel appears to be the new center of the alternative scene in Hamburg. However, as there are many businesses in the area, you can also find some men in suits having their lunch at Nasch. In fact, this place is so popular that the daily special sells out quickly and you may not always find a table.
Nasch is not entirely vegan (they offer dairy milk), but the dishes are always vegan. There’s a daily special, but some of their most popular dishes are the vegan börek and the quiche. And the salads are always fresh and tasty.
The atmosphere at Nasch is really cozy and relaxed. The fact that it’s so popular can make your lunch even more interesting as you can easily start conversations with the people at the next table.
Caffamacherreihe 49. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 3 pm.
Another vegetarian café with vegan options is Café Koppel. You can find this place in an artists’ center off Lange Reihe. They offer soy hot chocolate and sometimes have vegan cakes as well. In addition, it’s a nice and cozy spot to relax after exploring the St. Georg neighborhood.
Koppel 66. Open Monday 12 pm to 5 pm, Wednesday to Friday 12 pm to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.
Now, if you are staying in the Eimsbüttel neighborhood, Café ZeitRaum offers a vegan breakfast which consists of muesli, toast, and some vegan spreads including jam. It’s really good and filling, and I loved that there were so many different flavors. It was a culinary journey from sweet to salty and back to sweet again.
This vegetarian café is very cozy which is perfect for those rainy days in Hamburg. However, it is a bit far from the city center so I would only recommend it if you are staying in the neighborhood. But I didn’t want to leave this off my vegan Hamburg guide.
Müggenkampstraße 45. Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 11:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 11:45 pm.
Another must is In guter Gesellschaft (“in good company”). It’s the first zero-waste café in Hamburg and used to be vegetarian but recently turned vegan. The atmosphere is very cozy, and the first time I went there for breakfast, they were playing 90’s rap. I felt so at home!
They have different breakfast options, such as porridge or different spreads with sourdough bread. Germans really love bread, so you can be sure that the quality of the bread is very high. The spreads range from a lentil spread to vegan cream cheese, and then you also get grilled vegetables along with that.
Beware if you want to have breakfast here on a Sunday since Sunday is a day that many Germans go for breakfast with friends. It will be really full and you might not find a table. If you do, you might have to wait quite a while to be able to order and even longer to get your food.
Above all, In guter Gesellschaft helps you figure out ways in which you can live a zero-waste lifestyle. It’s a really fantastic concept, and I’m so happy that they finally went fully vegan.
Sternstraße 25. Open Wednesday to Monday 10 am to 6 pm.
By far the cutest place on this vegan Hamburg guide is Katers Köök, a cozy cat café that is fully vegan. All the cats here were adopted from shelters and have found a new home at the café. Because I really like the interior and the concept of this place, I had breakfast here various times.
I can say that almost every time I was here the cats were absolutely free to do what they wanted without people bothering them. The staff are very friendly and you can tell that they really love cats. There is a lot of information on ways you can help animals in need which is more than I can say for most of the vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Hamburg. Like most places that offer breakfast on this vegan Hamburg guide, they open very late though. This can be inconvenient for tourists who want to start their day early.
As for the food, I tried the sweet breakfast with bread and marmalade as well as the smoothie bowl which is available in a red (berry) and green (vegetable) variety. Everything I tried here was really good and filling, and I definitely want to come back next time I go to Hamburg.
Kleiner Schäferkamp 24. Open Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
Another mindful option for breakfast is Ændrè. You can find this beautiful café in a more residential neighborhood. We were able to sit on the terrace, but it’s purely for takeaway now.
You can definitely taste that the food is made with love. Both the banana bread and the muesli we ordered here were delicious. However, it’s quite an expensive place which kept us from coming back even though it seems to be the only entirely vegan place in Hamburg that is open early enough for breakfast.
Lehmweg 31a. Open Monday to Sunday 9 am to 3 pm.
A new favorite of mine, but one that is a bit out of the way for the average tourist is Soul. This vegan café makes instagrammable bowls, breakfasts, and cakes that don’t contain any refined sugar. It’s located in a beautiful residential neighborhood close to the Alster so why not combine a visit here with a walk by the water.
I loved the spacious interior and the interesting mix of people that were there. To me, it was a great place for people-watching, and it’s definitely one of the coziest vegan cafés in Hamburg.
Eppendorfer Landstraße 109. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
International Vegan Food in Hamburg
While fast food and bistro food are really nice, eventually you need something a little more exciting. That’s why I added a section of international cuisine to this vegan Hamburg guide.
Schanzendöner, right across from metro Sternschanze, offers a vegan döner. If you’re vegan and you miss having döner you definitely must try this. There’s not much vegan junk food that can compare to this deliciousness. As there are no seats, the best thing is to simply take it home, or, if the weather permits, you can sit outside to devour your scrumptious döner. What’s really helpful is that they have a sign listing the different vegan sauces making it very easy to fully veganize your meal.
This is one of my must-visits whenever I’m in town.
Schanzenstraße 99. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 am, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 am.
A place that not everyone might consider suitable for this section is Mamalicious. I am simply adding it here because they mainly focus on Canadian food which really isn’t comparable to German food. I used to go here regularly when I still lived in Hamburg (I remember it from its first location in St. Pauli, called Don’t Tell Mama.)
My first breakfast here were the vegan pancakes with Canadian maple syrup, and wow, were they good. In Europe, it’s very difficult to get North American style pancakes, but since the owner of Mamalicious is actually Canadian, she makes sure these get done right. Having lived in Canada myself, I obviously drowned my pancakes in maple syrup not knowing when I would next have the chance. I so wish there was a place like that here in Athens.
We also had the French toast which is vegan, and it was so unbelievably yummy. I absolutely recommend that if you go with at least one other person you order both the pancakes as well as the French toast and share. A truly delectable vegan Canadian breakfast in Hamburg!
The only disappointment was the vegan chili I tried once for lunch. There was absolutely no flavor in the chili, and I had to add a lot of hot sauce to make it at least somewhat decent. So I recommend going here for breakfast instead.
Max-Brauer-Allee 277. Open Wednesday to Monday 11 am to 5 pm.
A friend of mine introduced us to a Turkish/Kurdish restaurant called Bona’me. There are several locations in Germany, and they follow the same concept as Vapiano where you receive a chip card upon entering which keeps track of your orders from different counters and you pay once you leave the restaurant. After placing an order, you receive a disk which later blinks and vibrates to signal that you can pick up your food.
Personally, I’m not a fan of this procedure. It’s highly impersonal and not actually more efficient than the regular way of ordering food. Also, people eating together will not necessarily get their food at the same time which defeats the purpose of going out together in the first place.
So much for the concept. The decoration is absolutely lovely in a style you could describe as modern oriental. Food-wise they don’t have a lot of options for vegans, but the ones they have are really good and filling. The first time we came here I wanted to get the kısır salad but thought that a salad might not be enough so I also ordered a çiftlik saç and got some bread with that as well.
When I got the kısır, I immediately realized I had ordered too much. The salad was so huge that it was definitely filling enough for me (and, by now, you may have realized that I eat a lot!). Of course, I still finished everything, but beware that the meal-sized salad is very filling. Both meals were really good, but the kısır, in particular, was excellent and something I’ve been missing from my life for far too long now as Athens is not really a hot spot for international cuisine.
Note that the regular bread they give you with the salad is not vegan. Also, be aware that the salad can come either as a starter or as a full-sized meal.
While this may not be the most vegan-friendly place on this vegan Hamburg guide I believe it’s a good option for when you go out to eat with friends who are not very open to trying vegan food.
Burchardstraße 17. Open Monday to Sunday 10 am to 10 pm.
If you’re in the mood for Indian food and find yourself near the university campus, you can give Gopalam a try. This vegetarian Ayurvedic restaurant will veganize absolutely everything for you if you ask. We started off with some pakoras, the obligatory papadam, and lentil soup. Then I had my first shahi paneer in ages. Shahi paneer had always been my favorite Indian dish when I lived in Montreal. I was really happy to finally be able to have a vegan shahi paneer at Gopalam. Whilte it was good, it was still a long way from what I used to eat in Canada.
However, I have to say that this was one of the least interesting Indian restaurants I’ve ever been to. Somehow it lacks atmosphere, and the presentation of the food didn’t show much effort. On top of that, it seemed that some of their meals were frozen. For example, when I glanced into the kitchen I saw the owner cut open some frozen yellow cubes packaged in plastic which could very well have been the lentil soups for the next table.
I can’t complain about the taste of the food but wouldn’t say this is the best place on this vegan Hamburg guide. It is, however, an option if you’re in the area.
Grindelallee 159. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 9:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm to 9:45 pm.
Of course, I can’t ignore the two different Loving Hut locations on this vegan Hamburg guide. Loving Hut is an international vegan restaurant chain and quite popular with vegan travelers.
The first one we tried was a bit of a letdown. I had summer rolls followed by a dish of fried tofu with vegetables and a peanut sauce. While it was tasty and presumably very healthy, the presentation was a bit lackluster, and the flavors were not exactly impressive. This was my first Loving Hut visit, and I couldn’t understand the hype at all. From what I heard, this location is actually expected to close down soon.
But I was convinced by an Instagram follower to give Loving Hut another chance, so I went to their second location in Hamburg. Wow, what a difference! The atmosphere was so much better here. It was a proper restaurant and quite cozy. I ordered a vegan seafood dish which was pretty tasty although not outstanding. But I did have a spectacular chocolate cake for dessert.
Markusstraße 2. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 3 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 5:30 pm to 10 pm.
Ferdinand-Beit-Straße 7. Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 3 pm, 5:30 pm to 9 pm, Saturday 6 pm to 10 pm.
Another recommendation from Instagram was Cai Kitchen. As I didn’t have enough time to have dinner there I simply took home some dumplings. But even if I wanted to I wouldn’t have been able to sit there as the tables were already full. This is an authentic Chinese restaurant that used to offer cow’s milk like some of the other places on this vegan Hamburg guide. However, they are now completely vegan. The dumplings I got were very tasty, and I would like to go back and actually eat a proper meal there.
I recently made another attempt at eating at Cai Kitchen, but as the place is so small, I didn’t manage to get a seat. I ordered a tofu soup to go which was very good though. It seems that you really have to get here as soon as they open so you can get a seat, as I’m not sure they take reservations.
Glashüttenstraße 85a. Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 3 pm, 5 pm to 7:30 pm.
For ethnic fast food you can also check out Oses Çiğ Köfte. This food stall in the St. Pauli market hall offers a traditional Turkish/Kurdish street food that was veganized due to necessity. The small meatballs would conventionally be made with raw meat, but due to hygiene laws, the street food version is now vegan with nuts and potatoes as a substitute for meat.
Because ayran is traditionally consumed with çiğ köfte, Oses Çiğ Köfte is not an entirely vegan food stall, but you can also drink water. The food is delicious, and, most importantly, we loved the outstanding service by the friendly lady behind the counter.
Neuer Kamp 31. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 8 pm.
If you’re looking for vegan sushi, then there are options in Hamburg for that as well. Very Very Veggie Vegan Sushi is a fully vegan sushi place that opened in the summer of 2020 and is located in a residential neighborhood. I once got takeaway from there, and although I wasn’t very impressed with the flavors (the vegan sushi in Amsterdam is significantly better), I think it’s great to be able to get vegan sushi in Hamburg so easily.
Non-vegan sushi places tend to only have very basic vegan options, such as avocado, cucumber, and maybe vegetables and mushrooms. At vegan sushi restaurants, you have so many more exciting options, such as the tofu menu I got from Very Very Veggie Vegan Sushi.
Barmbeker Straße 3. Open Tuesday to Friday 12 pm to 3 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 2 pm to 8 pm.
For something a little more different from all the other vegan options in Hamburg you should definitely try Dadashi. This fully vegan place is located in a mall so it’s more like a quick eatery at a food court, but the food is really good. They focus primarily on veganized Persian food which made me so happy. I used to love Persian food and had it a lot because we had Persian family friends, but unfortunately, traditional Persian food isn’t very vegan-friendly. I was really excited to be able to order vegan ghormeh sabzi at Dadashi, and it was absolutely delicious.
The service was excellent as well, but that’s of course expected from a Persian place. Even though this isn’t an actual restaurant and the area is not necessarily interesting for tourists, I highly recommend at least having lunch here once so you can have something different from all the other vegan food in Hamburg.
Beim Strohhause 8. Open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 8 pm.
If you’re interested in cooking your own vegan Persian food I have a recipe for a legume soup in my post on vegan iftar recipes. And if you want to go even further and travel to Iran as a vegan you should definitely check out the website of Iran Vegan Travel.
If you’re a fan of Korean food then you should opt for dinner at Kini in the bustling Sternschanze neighborhood. There’s a really good vegan Korean restaurant in Amsterdam so I wasn’t too impressed by Kini, but it’s really popular and might be the only place in Hamburg where you can find vegan Korean food.
Susannenstraße 15. Open Monday to Thursday 12 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 12 pm to 11:30 pm, Sunday 2 pm to 11 pm. (Note that the kitchen closes at 10 pm on most days and at 11 pm on Saturdays.)
Vegan Vietnamese Food
Finally, there’s Vietnamese food. At this point, Hamburg has more than ten entirely vegan Vietnamese places. Who would have thought? To be fair, most of them seem to have similar if not the same menus which gets a bit boring if you go to Hamburg on a regular basis.
Bao Bao is a lovely place in a residential neighborhood. There is both indoor as well as outdoor seating, and it feels very cozy and intimate. The menu is extensive, and, as a result, I didn’t even know what to order at first. I ended up having the vegan fish and vegetables with spices and herbs. The meal was filling and very tasty. I hadn’t had Vietnamese food in way too long and was thrilled to have the chance to order absolutely anything off the menu.
The service was very good, and it was great to get away from all the tourist crowds and enjoy a meal in a more residential area of Hamburg. I can’t wait to go back.
Schrammsweg 10. Open Tuesday to Friday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Saturday 4 pm to 10 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 10 pm.
The other vegan Vietnamese restaurant on this vegan Hamburg guide is An Vegan House which is definitely one of the best vegan restaurants I have ever been to. This, too, is located in a residential neighborhood so you get to see a different side of Hamburg.
We were lucky enough to get a table for two on the terrace, but the restaurant quickly filled up and was entirely packed within minutes. But there is a reason for the restaurant’s popularity. The food is outstanding. While they have main dishes, it’s far more common here to order various small dishes and share them. We ordered a total of seven small dishes for the two of us which was a great way of trying different items. Every dish tasted heavenly, completely out of this world. It was such a delight to try all these phenomenal foods.
I’d highly recommend making a reservation, but the most important thing is to go here at all. You won’t regret it. An Vegan House is definitely one of my highlights on this vegan Hamburg guide. And people seem to agree because An Vegan House recently opened a second location in the neighborhood of St. Georg.
The second location feels a little less cozy despite being less busy, but that’s probably because it’s so close to central station on a very popular street and there might be more people coming and going. At least, that’s what I felt like. It’s the same menu, and the food is delicious, so since this is a bit easier for tourists to reach you may actually prefer this location.
Mühlenkamp 19. Open Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday 11:30 am to 11 pm.
Lange Reihe 95. Open Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday 11:30 am to 11 pm.
Another Vietnamese addition to this vegan Hamburg guide is TA Vegan House. Vietnamese cuisine is so delicious, and this restaurant is one of the top-rated vegan restaurants in Hamburg. I have been to both of their locations and really liked the food and the atmosphere. The service was great at both locations as well.
Reimarusstraße 13. Open Monday to Thursday 12 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday to Sunday 11:30 am to 11 pm.
Neue Große Bergstraße 11. Open Monday to Sunday 11:30 am to 10 pm.
If you’re close to the central station and perhaps still have quite some time until your train, Chay Vegan is your best bet for filling your stomach with some good vegan food. Even my non-vegan brother and mother loved the food here, and at this point, I think my brother has been there more times than me.
The menu is very similar to the other Vietnamese vegan restaurants in Hamburg: different bowls and soups. I think the flavors could be a bit more intense here, but there’s sriracha on the tables so you can adjust the level of spice to your own taste.
The restaurant is very spacious, and I’ve never really experienced it being full so this is a spot where you can easily get a table even in a group.
Lilienstraße 9. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 10 pm.
If you’re staying in the Eimsbüttel neighborhood and want to find a place for dinner you don’t have to head all the way to the busier parts of the city. Right in Eimsbüttel you can go to Citta for vegan Vietnamese food. Again, the menu isn’t really different from the other vegan Vietnamese places in Hamburg, but I found the staff here more stressed and less friendly than at the other spots. It’s also very busy, so you may have to make a reservation here.
Osterstraße 98. Open Sunday to Thursday 12 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm.
For a vegan Vietnamese restaurant with a different menu, you should try Lam Vegan. The interior is absolutely gorgeous and the service is absolutely adorable. The menu feels more like what you would get at a non-vegan Vietnamese restaurant in Germany, but everything is 100% vegan. The food is really delicious and very filling. My non-vegan sister fell completely in love with the restaurant and keeps asking me to go back there with her.
Kleiner Schäferkamp 14. Open Wednesday to Sunday 12 pm to 10 pm.
Finally, there is Greentable which is a rather new restaurant close to City Hall which makes it a good choice for when you’re sightseeing. Again, nothing new on the menu here, and at this point, I’m wondering if all these vegan Vietnamese restaurants in Hamburg are owned by the same person and simply use different names or if there are really so many people copying An Vegan House which was the first Vietnamese vegan restaurant in Hamburg.
My friend and I weren’t too impressed by this restaurant, but it was okay. I think if it had been the first restaurant of this type I had visited I would have been more excited by it, but by now I’ve had similar food at so many other places that this restaurant didn’t stand out. If you haven’t been to any of the other spots though or are in the area you should definitely consider eating here.
Schauenburgerstraße 55. Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 9:30 pm.
Vegan Sweets in Hamburg
While many of the above-mentioned restaurants offer cakes or other sweets, there are two things that I want to mention separately.
First of all, sadly, Hamburg doesn’t have a single vegan ice cream parlor. There are, however, various places that offer vegan ice cream.
I tried L’Italiana Gelateria in Europa Passage. Their vegan options consist of sorbets and are quite refreshing and tasty. In my opinion, they’re a bit too sweet, however. Also, don’t even think about getting more than one flavor because one scoop is huge!
Ballindamm 40. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 8:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 8:30 pm, Sunday 10:30 am to 8 pm.
Secondly, there are Franzbrötchen, a typical cinnamon pastry from Northern Germany that you can’t find in other regions of the country. I have always loved them, but, unfortunately, they are not vegan. I thought it would be easy to find vegan ones, but it actually isn’t. Bakery chain Nur Hier are the only ones that advertise vegan Franzbrötchen (regular and chocolate), but they don’t taste as good as other Franzbrötchen. However, I couldn’t leave them off this vegan Hamburg guide.
But the best thing that has happened is the opening of a total of four vegan doughnut places in Hamburg. Yes, you read that right, there are four different places where you can get a bunch of vegan doughnuts. These are actually two different companies which both have two locations each.
The first vegan doughnut place that opened in Hamburg is Kjeks. I was so excited to find this place and loved their doughnuts so much. My favorite is the Bienenstich one inspired by the traditional German cake of the same name – lots of whipped cream and caramelized almonds. So, so good!
They always have a special of the month which sometimes is more interesting and other times not that intriguing, but their regular options are plentiful so there’s definitely something for everyone at Kjeks – provided you have a sweet tooth. They also have cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
Schanzenstraße 79. Open Monday to Sunday 11 am to 7 pm.
Bahrenfelder Straße 216. Open Monday to Sunday 11 am to 7 pm.
Then there’s Brammibal’s Donuts which started in Berlin and finally opened two locations in Hamburg as well. I didn’t think it would be possible, but I like their doughnuts slightly more than the ones by Kjeks even. They taste a little fresher and not overly sweet. But really, I can recommend both of them.
Harkortstraße 79e. Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 7 pm, Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.
Neuer Kamp 3. Open Monday to Thursday 11 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 7 pm.
Where Not to Go
Because I always want to be honest on this blog I had to create a section on this vegan Hamburg guide for the places that disappointed me.
Golden Temple Teehaus is located in the university quarter of the city which is probably why it’s so cozy. It’s the perfect place to study or to simply chill and relax when the Hamburg weather acts up. There are books and magazines on various issues, and I got my hands on “Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip-Hop” which made my time there so much more enjoyable. The people are very friendly as well and will answer any questions you may have.
That makes it even more disappointing that the food was such a disaster. I went here with a Pakistani friend of mine, and we both ordered a curry, but whoever made the dish has probably never had a curry before. Both dishes were unbelievably bland and tasted like absolutely nothing at all.
I went back for breakfast another day and ordered the waffles, but while these weren’t as horrible as the curry, they were quite dry and not fluffy at all. In addition, I thought the selection of teas was quite limited considering that they call themselves a tea house.
The only thing that I tried here that was really good was the carrot cake so there’s a slight chance that if you stick to the desserts you’ll be much happier here than I was. This could be a great place for vegan food in Hamburg, but I wouldn’t recommend them except for their desserts.
And then there’s Azeitona, a falafel place with two locations. I will refer only to the location in Eimsbüttel here as it has been years since I visited their first location. I will definitely not go back to this location either though.
All I can really say is that these were the worst falafel I have ever had. Dry, flavorless, and there wasn’t even hummus in the pita. The guy behind the counter was either having a bad day or simply didn’t like his job which didn’t improve my perception of Azeitona. All of that for €5 – definitely not worth it when there are so many good falafel places in Hamburg.
Out of the vegan Vietnamese restaurants in Hamburg, I personally wouldn’t recommend Bodhi. The menu is very similar to the one at An Vegan House and TA Vegan House and is just as good. Unfortunately, when I was there one summer evening I saw a mouse running around inside which, even as a vegan, is quite off-putting. I let the guy working there know, and he said they were aware of the issue. They have a second location though which might not have the same issue.
Vegan Hair Salon in Hamburg
That’s it for vegan food in Hamburg, but I have to add something special to this vegan Hamburg guide because Hamburg is home to a fully vegan and cruelty-free hair salon! Yes, you read that right: There’s a hair salon that works exclusively with vegan, cruelty-free products! Can you imagine my excitement when I found out about this and made my appointment?!
That’s not all, however: Schnittstube Verde is also owned and operated by one of the loveliest people you will meet and certainly the coolest hairdresser I’ve ever had! Yasemin is extremely passionate about veganism and very knowledgeable about the subject matter. We exchanged lots of opinions and experiences and also talked about things such as racism in the vegan movement.
You can read all about my experience with the hair dye by Organic Colour Systems that Yasemin uses. I absolutely recommend making an appointment with Yasemin if you’re ever in Hamburg.
Zimmerstraße 14. Open Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm.
Places I Look Forward To
As I haven’t been able to go back for a while to check out the new Hamburg vegan restaurants I wanted to add a separate section for those of you who are currently there. These are vegan spots in Hamburg I haven’t been able to try personally yet but which I’m definitely planning to visit as soon as I can.
The Vegan Eagle: Although this is one of the best-rated vegan restaurants in Hamburg I haven’t managed to visit yet. That’s due to the fact that this restaurant is quite far from the city center (and actually quite close to the airport), but I really want to try it at some point. The food looks really great, and there’s supposed to be a cozy garden as well. Wischhöfen 4. Open Tuesday to Sunday 5 pm to 9 pm.
Vistro: One of the vegan restaurants in Hamburg I’ve been wanting to try for a long time but still haven’t got to around is this vegan pizza place. The reason is simple: It’s a bit far from the center (actually within walking distance of where I used to live), and so I’ve never gotten around to it. But as it’s one of the best-rated places on this vegan Hamburg guide I really have to make it there soon. Bramfelder Chaussee 265. Open Friday to Sunday 5 pm to 9 pm.
Kurkuma: Cooking courses are all the rage among travelers, but they can be tricky for vegans. This school is fully vegan and offers courses on different cuisines. What’s great is that some of the courses on international cuisine are actually offered by people from that culture though it would be nice to see more of that. Methfesselstraße 28.
Schmako: Another place on this vegan Hamburg guide I’ve been wanting to try for a while but still haven’t made my way to, this vegan food truck is located outside of a club in the summer. Neuer Kamp 30. Open Thursday 5 pm to 10 pm.
Where to Stay in Hamburg
In order to be able to reach most of these fabulous places quickly, you should book your accommodation in the center of Hamburg. Here, you can find some hotels in Hamburg.
If you’re looking for a completely vegan place to stay Green Haven is a B&B in a residential neighborhood that looks like a lovely place to spend a few days. Mühlenstieg 3.
To sum things up, there is a lot of good vegan food in Hamburg, and this vegan Hamburg guide keeps growing. Whether you’re in the mood for fast food, Vietnamese food, or want a filling vegan breakfast, you will not have to search long.
What’s your favorite place for vegan food in Hamburg? Is there anything that’s missing from this vegan Hamburg guide?