Vegan Travel: Hamburg, Germany

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 post on vegan food in Hamburg, complete with specific categories for a better overview!

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 vegan fast food options in Hamburg.

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, 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.

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 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

On our first trip to Hamburg, Alfonso was not vegan yet, so we also tried a place called Most Wanted Burger in the neighborhood of Eimsbüttel. 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.
Osterstraße 31. Open Friday to Wednesday 12 pm to 10 pm, Thursday 2 pm to 10 pm. https://www.facebook.com/pg/MostWantedBurgerHH

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 Sunday to Thursday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11:30 am to 11 pm. https://appleeve.hamburg/

Just 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 Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.

Another one of my favorites 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. https://www.facebook.com/FriedClubStPauli/

Now, if you spend a lot of time in the city and get bored with all the other options for vegan food in Hamburg you may want to venture out 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 just 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 10 am to 10 pm. https://www.innerluck.de/

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. I mean, 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 nothing special, and don’t tell me mozzarella pizza is by default not special. After all, Margherita is the original pizza, and if you can’t make this one right, I don’t trust your pizza making skills. I also ordered an iced tea which sounded really interesting but really wasn’t good.

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 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/

My final tip for vegan fast food in Hamburg 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.
Überseeboulevard 4-10. Open Tuesday 11:30 am to 2 pm. https://baeristo.com

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 Hamburg favorites 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 12 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday 10 am to 5 pm. http://happenpappen.de/

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 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

Another vegetarian café with vegan option 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 some exploring of the neighborhood.
Koppel 66. Open Monday to Sunday 10 am to 11 pm. http://cafekoppel.de/

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.
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/

Another must is a vegetarian place called In guter Gesellschaft (“in good company”). It is the first zero-waste café in Hamburg and offers vegan options. The atmosphere is very cozy, and the first time I went there for breakfast, they were playing lots of great 90’s rap music. I felt so at home! They have two vegan breakfast options: grilled vegetables and bread with various homemade spreads as well as pancakes. The savory breakfast is huge and definitely very filling. Perfect for when you want to spend the rest of the day exploring the city. But for a lighter breakfast, you could share this with another person. The pancakes are nice and fluffy like they should be. I slightly prefer the pancakes because I’m more into sweet breakfasts.

Above all, In guter Gesellschaft helps you figure out ways in which you can live a zero-waste lifestyle.

Just beware if you want to have breakfast 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.

It’s a really fantastic concept, and while I hope they will eventually switch to a fully vegan menu, 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/

By far the cutest place in Hamburg is Café Katzentempel, a cozy cat café 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 anything 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 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. However, last time there were some people bothering a cat that was sleeping. The first time I went to Café Katzentempel the waitress actually explained to me that the cats should not be disturbed while they sleep or clean themselves, but it seems that these people didn’t get the memo.

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 places that offer breakfast, though, they open very late. This can be pretty 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 Monday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. https://katzentempel.de/hamburg/

Another mindful option for breakfast is Ændrè. You can find this beautiful café in a more residential neighborhood. This makes it much less busy which adds to the cozy atmosphere here. At Ændrè, they put a lot of effort into everything at (the bathroom, for instance, is an experience of its own). And you can taste that the food is made with love.

Both the banana bread and the muesli we ordered here were delicious. However, it is quite a pricy 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 Sunda 8 am to 8 pm. https://aendre.de/

My new highlight in the café/bistro section would have to be Limu. This lovely little place is tucked away in a street very close to the Schanze, but not quite at the center of it. Perfect for when you need a break from all the crowds.

They have different daily specials which should suit different tastes. I had gazpacho and a filled savory pancake here. What a scrumptious lunch indeed! Who doesn’t like gazpacho? It’s perfect for summer days.

Our Spanish waitress was super friendly, and while Limu has nice outdoor seating it also looks cozy inside which is a must for those 333 days a year when Hamburg is cold and rainy. In conclusion, Limu offers amazing vegan food in Hamburg with great service and in a lovely atmosphere.
Bellealliancestraße 38. Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 7 pm. https://www.facebook.com/limuCafeBistro/

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 am including this section of international cuisine.

Schanzendöner, right across from metro Sternschanze, offers a vegan döner. If you’re vegan and you miss having döner you definitely must get 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 2 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. And 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 which is out of this world.
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/

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. For instance, 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 in Hamburg 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 Saturday to Friday 10 am to 12 am. https://www.bona-me.de/hamburg

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 Canada. 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 Montreal.

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. When I glanced into the kitchen, for example, 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 needs to be on your priority list of vegan food in Hamburg. 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.

When talking about vegan food in Hamburg it’s important to mention that the city has two different Loving Hut locations. 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.

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 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/

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 which sadly offers cow’s milk like some of the other places in Hamburg. However, the food is completely vegan. The dumplings I got were very tasty, and I would like to go back and actually eat a proper meal there.
Glashüttenstraße 85a. Open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 3:30 pm, 5 pm to 8 pm.www.facebook.com/CaiKitchenHH/

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. https://www.osescigkofte.de/

Finally, there’s Vietnamese food. Hamburg even has two entirely vegan Vietnamese places. Who would have thought?

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 authentic area of Hamburg. I can’t wait to go back.
Schrammsweg 10. Open Tuesday to Thursday 11:30 am to 10 pm, Friday 12 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 5 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 11 pm.

The other vegan Vietnamese restaurant in Hamburg is An Vegan House and 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 a true highlight of vegan food in Hamburg.
Mühlenkamp 19. Open Monday to Wednesday 11:30 am to 10:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday 11:30 am to 11 pm. https://www.facebook.com/anveganhouse

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. http://www.litaliana-gelateria.de/

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, when talking about vegan food in Hamburg I have to mention them.

Where Not to Go

In this section, I want to tell you about the two places for vegan food in Hamburg that I wouldn’t recommend as I was extremely unhappy with the food there.

Firstly, 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. The 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 at all fluffy. 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.
Grindelallee 26. Open Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. https://www.gt-teehaus.de/

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.
Osterstraße 172. Open Sunday to Thursday 11 am to 11 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 12 am.

Vegan Hair Salon in Hamburg

That’s it for vegan food in Hamburg, but I have to add something special. 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 that’s ever given me a haircut! 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 Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 3 pm. https://www.facebook.com/Schnittstubeverde/

Conclusion

To sum things up, there is a lot of vegan food in Hamburg. Whether you’re in the mood for fast food, Vietnamese food, or want a filling vegan breakfast, you will not have to search long. As a result, one week in Hamburg is definitely not enough to try all of the vegan food the city has to offer.

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What’s your favorite place for vegan food in Hamburg? Let me know in the comments below.

8 Comments

  1. Nice to know veganism seems to be jumping in Germany! I think we get so wrapped up over here with the struggles the US has in terms of new fast food vegan options that we forget this kind of progress has to be made in other countries as well. It’s truly a global effort.

    Also a lot of this stuff looks AMAZING.

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