When someone asks about our recent vacation to Berlin, the first thing I share is how inspirationally green the German capital city is. From the children and adults of all ages riding bicycles (undaunted by the 50 degree weather and rain), to the plethora of “Bio” (organic) produce and markets, to the energy efficient architecture straight out of Dwell magazine, healthy living and sustainability are embedded in the city’s DNA. It’s easy to be healthy in Berlin since fresh juice bars line the streets, some bars stock kombucha next to their top shelf alcohol (no joke!), and organic skincare lines such as Dr. Hauschka and Weleda are at the local apothecary.
While you explore Berlin’s scorching hot street art, check out its architectural wonders, or walk in the steps of its powerful history, I’ve included some of our favorite places for healthy, green snacks and meals. A vacation without healthy and delicious food seems more like work travel to me, and it’s easy in Berlin to stumble upon affordable, fresh, organic food. Whether your diet tends to be more vegan, vegetarian, or healthier meat eating, there’s something for everyone’s palette. A caution to aspirational vegans visiting Berlin: the plethora of delicious German bakeries is extremely tempting!
Cookies Cream - If one of our favorite NY vegetarian restaurants, Dirt Candy, were to have a soul sister in Berlin, it would undoubtedly be Cookies Cream. There’s a hipster chic vibe in this vegetarian restaurant, tucked away in a remote alley in Mitte, behind the Grand Westin Hotel. We splurged on the $32 euro vegetarian prix-fixe menu, although it’s possible to order a la carte as well. Cookies’ creative spin on my porcini mushroom appetizer consisted of two mushroom soups followed by mushroom ravioli. The parmesan dumplings and pumpkin gnocchi entrees were also delicious. Be sure to check out Cookies’ website (to navigate, you click the 'dots" on the model's backs) for a glimpse into their Williamsburg-meets-Berlin vibe and so that you don’t get lost en route to your reservation. google map