This post was last updated on January 28th, 2019
Update #1: I recently went back for another trip in the beginning of December so I wanted to update this post with more details and another special vegan tip for Hamburg.
Update #2: I have tried some new spots and returned to some old favorites recently. Check out the updates below!
Update #1: Vincent Vegan now has a permanent location at the food court of the Europa Passage mall. I had another really great burger with excellent fries and one of the fresh lemonades they offer. With the typical Hamburg climate being very rainy and rather cold it’s great to have a place to enjoy Vincent Vegan’s burgers inside. However, the atmosphere at a food court is not exactly cozy so I will continue to hope for an actual Vincent Vegan restaurant.
Update #2: You can now find Vincent Vegan at the food court of the Mercado mall in the neighborhood of Ottensen.
I got the falafel quinoa burger twice on my most recent trip. It’s so delicious, and even though I am not a fan of sweet sauces, the cranberry sauce that comes with this burger is fantastic.
Ballindamm 40. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.
Ottenser Hauptstraße 10. Open Monday to Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm. http://vincent-vegan.com
My mother had also made a super delicious vegan coconut cake with a coconut spread to add on top. It was her first ever vegan cake and so good that I will have to make it myself soon. She actually gave me some of the coconut paste to take home, but airport security was not cool with that, unfortunately. I don’t even want to know how much food is wasted every day at airports because security throws it out.
In the evening, as we took a walk through our neighborhood we stumbled upon a place called Most Wanted Burger – with a name like that it obviously caught my boyfriend’s attention. We were asked if we wanted a table for two, and my boyfriend said that I was vegan to let the guy know that only one person would actually be eating, but the guy replied that they had a vegan burger as well – as if it was the most normal thing in the world! This is what happens when more people are vegan: You walk into a random eatery, and they have vegan options.
In fact, Most Wanted Burger has two vegetarian burgers and the vegan pulled jackfruit burger which I had. I have to say that for me it was too sweet (probably the sauce they used), but if you like you don’t mind that you should try it out. It was also the first time I tried jackfruit, but I can’t really comment on it much, as I think the sauce may have been a bit overpowering. (Unless, of course, that’s the taste of jackfruit, and it’s simply not for me.) The staff were very friendly, and the atmosphere was very relaxed.
Osterstraße 31. Open Friday to Wednesday 12 pm to 10 pm, Thursday 2 pm to 10 pm. https://www.facebook.com/pg/MostWantedBurgerHHâ€‹
Update #1: I did indeed go back to what I thought was the best vegan restaurant in Hamburg. I ordered the same vegetable quiche, but it was extremely salty (and I like salty food), so it was a rather disappointing experience. I hope that I was just unlucky and would definitely give them another try next time.
Update #2: I took my brother to Happenpappen on my most recent trip and had the vegetable quiche again which was much better than last time. My brother who’s transitioning to a vegetarian diet had a sandwich but wasn’t very impressed with it. We also had a few teas and two pieces of cake. The berry one, in particular, was heavenly.
Feldstraße 36. Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. http://happenpappen.de/
The food was really tasty, and I loved that while it was simple (pizza and burger) they made an effort to add something special like the vegan hollandaise and vegan aioli. Both dishes were very filling so that we could, unfortunately, not try any of the desserts.
As we left, we saw that they also had several flavors of ice cream, but even if we had not been really stuffed already, it was too cold for us what with being used to the Greek weather.
Update #1: I went back to Froindlichst with a friend and her daughter. I had the excellent Hot Amigo burger which was slightly spicy, and my friend had a huge “chicken” salad. My friend’s daughter and I also had fries which were absolutely amazing. However, I was pretty confused when my friend was offered honey dressing on her salad. It seems that Froindlichst is not fully vegan after all.
Update #2: People on Instagram guaranteed me that Froindlichst is indeed fully vegan. They now have a second location in the neighborhood of Ottensen. My brother and I tried to go there on a Sunday, but they were out of tables because of how popular their Sunday brunch buffet is. If you plan on going to the brunch, make sure you reserve a table in advance.
I went back a few days later on my own and had a gigantic “Mexavo” pizza. As the name suggests, this is a Mexican-inspired pizza. Toppings include guacamole, nachos, and corn. I think it would be best to share this pizza with another person as it is extremely filling.
Barmbeker Straße 169. Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm, Sunday 10 am to 10 pm.
Daimlerstraße 12. Open Monday to Thursday 12 pm to 10 pm, Friday to Saturday 12 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 10 am to 12 pm, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, 3 pm to 10 pm. http://www.froindlichst.com/
The food was excellent and very filling. While it was not simply a veganized version of a traditional börek, it was really delicious.
Update: I met my friend for lunch again on the last day of my recent stay. I had a quiche with a salad which was decent, but nothing spectacular.
Caffamacherreihe 49. Open Tuesday to Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm, Saturday 11 am to 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm. https://www.facebook.com/pg/cafenasch
Koppel 66. Open Monday to Sunday 10 am to 11 pm. http://cafekoppel.de/
Update #1: I went back here as well and still loved the döner here. I’m glad that they even have a sign listing the different vegan sauces now which makes it much easier to fully veganize your meal.
Update #2: There isn’t really anything new to report about this place, but it’s still around and I picked up food twice from here on my recent trip.
Schanzenstraße 99. Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 2 am, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 am.
Update: My recent trip was timed with that of a friend who moved to Canada a few years ago. We met at Mamalicious for old times’ sake, and I decided to order the vegan chili, but was seriously disappointed. There was absolutely no flavor in the chili, and I had to add a lot of hot sauce to be able to taste something. I would probably go back only with a friend who would really want to meet here.
Max-Brauer-Allee 277. Open Monday and Tuesday 9 am to 6 pm, Wednesday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 7 pm. https://www.facebook.com/supermamalicious/
So much for the concept. The decoration is absolutely lovely. I guess you could call it modern oriental. Food-wise they don’t have a lot of options for vegans, but the ones they have are really good and filling. I knew 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 if you come here to eat don’t feel the need to order different courses. 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 hotspot for international cuisine.
Overall, while I’m not particularly into the concept, I would highly recommend checking out boname because both the atmosphere and the food are great!
Update: I went back here with the same friend because she works in the area. I had the kısır salad again, but this time I was smart enough not to order anything else. It was delicious and very filling.
Burchardstraße 17. Open Saturday to Friday 10 am to 12 am. https://www.bona-me.de/hamburg
Grindelallee 159. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 9:45 pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 pm to 9:45 pm.
The cafe was very cozy which was needed again as it was raining in Hamburg as per usual.
Müggenkampstraße 45. Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 10 pm. https://www.facebook.com/Caf%C3%A9-ZeitRaum-155509157817042/
Update: I was convinced by an Instagram follower to give Loving Hut another chance, and so I went to their second location on my recent trip to 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. I did have a spectacular chocolate cake for dessert, however.
Markusstraße 2. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 3 pm and 5:30 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. https://www.facebook.com/LovingHut.VeganAsiarestaurant.Hamburg/
Update #1: I had a vegan Franzbrötchen at Nur Hier on my recent trip, and after so many years it was absolutely amazing. Maybe if I still lived in Hamburg I wouldn’t have been impressed, but this is the expat life.
Update #2: Obviously, I had another Franzbrötchen on my recent trip to Hamburg, but what’s so great about that is that it’s so easy to walk into a regular bakery and find something vegan. Don’t miss out on this if you travel to Hamburg!
Update #1: I didn’t actually check out new places or many different dishes, but there is one thing I have to tell you about and that’s my first visit 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 ever meet and certainly the coolest hairdresser that’s ever given me a haircut! Yasemin is very 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, but this is nothing compared to how great of an experience my appointment at Schnittstube Verde was. I absolutely recommend making an appointment with Yasemin if you’re ever in Hamburg.
Update: After a really bad experience with a hairdresser here in Athens, I was glad to make a new appointment at Schnittstube Verde to fix the mistakes.
Zimmerstraße 14. Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. https://www.facebook.com/Schnittstubeverde/
The first new place I got to try was a previously vegetarian one that now made the switch to a fully vegan menu. 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. Unfortunately, with all that said, the food really just isn’t good at all. The first time I went there, my friend and I each had a curry which was terribly bland with no spices in sight. (We later saw that there were spaces at the counter, but for a curry, this really shouldn’t even be necessary.) However, the raw chocolate cake my friend’s daughter was really good, so I decided to go back another day for breakfast. I had waffles this time but was disappointed again as they were quite dry and not fluffy at all. Apparently, there is quite the hype around this tea house, and maybe it’s great for tea and cake, but I wouldn’t recommend the food, sadly. Also, they open quite like considering they offer breakfast.
Grindelallee 26. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. www.gt-teehaus.de/
I went back on Sunday for the vegan pancakes, but since Sunday is a day that many Germans go for breakfast with friends, it was really full. I managed to find a table, but I had to wait quite a while to be able to order and even longer to finally get my food. The pancakes were nice and fluffy and were probably a better breakfast option than the previous one I had tried. The music was not the same as the first time I was there, but they’re not marketed as a hip hop café so I can’t really complain about that.
I really like this place and would go back there next time I go to Hamburg. I would simply avoid Sundays. Of course, I hope they will eventually switch to a fully vegan menu, but at least their zero waste approach is unique in Hamburg.
Sternstraße 25. Open Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am to 9 pm. in-guter-gesellschaft.com/
First of all, you should know that Vabiou’s started as a vegan and organic grocery store that added a restaurant. It’s not the kind of cozy restaurant you go to with friends as everything is very brightly lit. My friend and I also found it very cold as it doesn’t seem to have proper insulation. This is definitely something that needs to be improved given that the weather in Hamburg is usually cold and windy.
There are not many dining options so my friend and I both had the jackfruit bowl which looked very pretty and tasted really healthy. It was quite a small serving, however, so we each had a cake as well. The banana bread was too dry, but the other cake we had tasted very good. I loved the fact that they had different types of hot chocolate, like a peanut one that I had. The staff were super friendly and were definitely the highlight of the place. I would love to see some improvements concerning the atmosphere and the menu, but would definitely like to go back.
Kleine Freiheit 70. Open Monday 9 am to 8 pm, Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 9 pm. www.facebook.com/vabious
By far the cutest place I went to on my recent trip to Hamburg was Café Katzentempel, a cozy cat cafe which is mainly vegan but still offers cow’s milk for drinks. I do hope that these semi-vegan places will soon turn fully vegan because it’s so much easier to go to a place and know that you can order everything off the menu rather than having to read everything carefully to make sure you don’t accidentally order something non-vegan.
All the cats here were adopted from shelters and have found a new home at this cafe. Because I really liked the interior and the concept of this place, I had breakfast here three times, and I can say that every time I was here the cats were absolutely free to do what they want without people bothering them. In fact, the first time you come in, the waitress will tell you that you should leave the cats alone while they’re sleeping or cleaning themselves. From what I saw, everyone respected these rules so there is nothing to worry about in terms of stress levels for the cats. Personally, I didn’t interact with any of the cats, as I don’t think it’s nice to push yourself onto 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. As most of the other places, they open very late for breakfast. This could be particularly annoying for tourists who want to be able to make use of the day.
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 had was really good and filling, and I definitely want to come back to this place next time I go to Hamburg. I do hope they become fully vegan by then, however.
Kleiner Schäferkamp 24. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.
Glashüttenstraße 85a. Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 3:30 pm, 5 pm to 8 pm. www.facebook.com/CaiKitchenHH/
Do you have any favorite vegan spots? Let me know in the comments below.