Munich

Das Vegane Deli

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We were just one bite into our food when Wei turned to me, wide-eyed, and said, “We need to come back to try the rest of the menu.” I agreed. While Wei enjoyed a generous warm serving of a Morrocan veggie stew and cous cous, I dug into a lightly toasted veggie hummus sandwich and a cherry poppy seed streusel cake, which was, by far lightyears, the best slice of cake I’ve ever had in my life. The cherries on top weren’t cringe-worthy tart, they were just sweet enough to complement the custard-like mid-section of the cake, which was made delightfully crunchy with the abundance of poppy seeds. The delicious base was crumbly (but not too crumbly) and balanced out the overall texture of the otherwise mushy cake, which I loved. An easy 11 out of 10.

This bistro was small, cosy and saturated with customers (if not for the two who left, we wouldn’t have scored seats) and delectable smells. The servers were smiley, the service was quick, the price tags were really affordable — this was, hands down, one of my favourite dining experiences in Munich to date.

Location: Augustenstraße 5, 80333 Munich

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed


Gratitude

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Gratitude is a minimalistic bistro serving organic Vegan food with gluten-free and raw options, and if not for the ‘Vegman’ app, I certainly would not have found this amazing foodie hotspot. Their dishes are absolutely beautiful and taste simply phenomenal. (The drinks they serve are so delicious too oh my!) Once or twice I did receive a dish that proved to be too salty for me, but perhaps it was just me because whoever I was sharing the meal with said that it was just fine for them.

What’s so special about Gratitude is that their menu changes weekly and You’d be up for a surprise every time You go there. I’ve tried falafel wraps, whole rain salads, quesadillas (oh gosh the way the mushrooms went so well with salad and the chickpea hummus + avocado spread… simply super duper delizioso), asparagus risottos (with a generous sprinkle of crunchy onions, flower petals and sprouts), and a palatable plate of grilled avocados, grilled veggies, crispy tempeh, a sweet potato puree, which was topped with many many sprouts. All just lovely beyond measure, definitely a favourite in my books!

Location: Türkenstraße 55, 80799 Munich

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 12midnight
Sunday: 6pm – 12midnight


Orangebox

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We ate and laughed together over a glass noodle salad, a vegetable curry, a sandwich and two glasses of mango lassi. It was my first time trying glass noodle and mango-lime lassi (made Vegan with soy yoghurt!), and I’m glad that my introduction to these was at Orangebox, because man do they get Asian cuisine.

Some thoughts on my warm glass noodle salad: the sweet chilli-soya dressing was just incredible (although erring slightly on the side of being too spicy for me… probably expected, considering I can’t handle spicy very well), the crunch of the strips of various vegetables complemented the silkiness of the glass noodles, the crumbled peanuts were such a thoughtful touch and my favourite part? THE RAISINS. I didn’t think I’d love having the hints of sweetness in a bowl of all out savouriness, but I sure did! And the lassi! Mi oh my, it was so thick, so smooth and so flavourful!

Location: Türkenstraße 61, 80799 Munich

Daily 11am – 10pm


SuperDanke!

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Click here to see the full list of organic smoothies, cold-pressed juices and acai bowl, and then You’ll know why I sometimes spend a good 7 minutes staring at the menu at the store just trying to decide what I’d want to purchase. The tropical flavours burst in every spoon/ sip — there’s a something special about their products that I just can’t seem to get enough of regardless of how many smoothies and nice cream bowls I make at home.

 Location 1: Türkenstraße 66, 80799 Munich (Corner of Schellingstraße)

Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Location 2: Fraunhoferstraße 32, 80469 Munich

Monday – Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm


Ice Date

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Germany’s first Vegan organic ice cream shop! Dates instead of sugar, cashews instead of milk and fruits instead of aromas — simply incredible!! I had their chocolate and peanut flavours and was just blown away. The scoops of ice cream were not as creamy as I’m used to with my homemade nice cream, but man, so so tasteful nonetheless, and what made the whole experience better was knowing that eating this ice cream won’t harm my body in a single way! Absolutely guilt-free, absolutely good for You! Thank me later. 😉

Location: Amalienstraße 91, 80799 Munich

Daily 12.30pm – 8pm (only from April – October)
(Closed the rest of the year for their Winter break, BUT You can still get their ice cream from Katzentempel, mentioned below, either to have at the cafe or to take away in cones/ cups/ tubs.)


Katzentempel

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Here’s an extract from the café’s website, which explains the reasons for running the business the way they do with cats – allowing customers to interact with the cats and adopt them if they wish to.

“Unfortunately, in Germany, there are a lot of unscrupulous breeders who see the animals only as a ‘money-making machine’. Thus, it often happens that these animals lack socialisation with humans because the handling lacked love. The animals often end up in a poor state of health. This is where Pedigree Cats In Need comes in. At this animal protection organisation, the animals will be cared for and nursed by a veterinarian. All of the temple cats come from Pedigree Cats In Need, and the owners of the Katezentempel appeal to all guests and animal lovers to help with the existing overpopulation of dogs, cats and other animals by adopting animals from the shelter, from reputable animal welfare organisations or from abroad. Animals are living beings and therefore should not be treated like commodities. These “rescued animals” will thank you with unconditional love.”

All of the options on their menu are Vegan, with the exception of an alternative for organic dairy milk for some dishes/ drinks (simply opt for plant-based alternatives which are also available).

During the two occasions that I’ve been there, I’ve tried their veggie kidney bean chia seed burger which was served with greens, mushrooms, and a savoury tomato spread on toasted Vegan bread, their peach-apple-pear salad, their Mexican cous cous wrap, coconut curry rice, and a large smoked tofu salad… all were delicious! To top everything off, the meals were in the company of cats, which was just the most adorable thing ever. :’)

Oh! Here, You’ll be able to get Ice Date‘s ice cream all year round, either to have at the cafe or to take away in cones/ cups/ tubs!

Location: Türkenstraße 29, 80799 München

Monday – Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm


Mutter Erde

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Mutter Erde (literally translates to ‘Mother Earth’) is a gem of a bistro-cum-grocery store hidden in little Amalienpassage and requires just a little bit of a curious heart to lead You behind the front row of shops, off the beaten path. It’s really simple how this bistro functions: Besides their usual bread and desserts, they’ll have a Tagessupe (‘soup of the day’), a Tagesgericht (‘dish of the day’), a Tagesteller (‘plate of the day’) made up of the Tagesgericht and a salad, and a Rohkostteller (‘raw food plate’) made up of 4 different salads. The Tagessuppe and Tagesgericht changes every day (Vegan from Monday till Thursday, and also on Saturday; Vegetarian on Friday), and the weekly menu is renewed every week. They don’t have much variety to choose from, but there doesn’t need to be because one can easily feel satisfied (absolutely delicious) and satiated (very generously served) with whatever is up on offer.

If one were hungry, one should go for the bigger portion of the Tagesteller, because, for the reasonable price of 9 Euros, the bigger Tagesteller REALLY fills You up. Believe me, it’s huge — the diameter of the plate was a good 30cm and piled on top of it were layers upon layers of my pumpkin pearl barley risotto and the side salad, leaving just a bit of the plate’s white rim visible! Mutter Erde really brought the whole ‘be generous with portions’ game to a whole new level. What blew me away, too, was how perfectly rainbow-esque my plate was — white, beige, yellow, orange, green, pink, purple — and Robert commented straight away, “You just know you’re getting all the nutrients you need,” and I agreed.

Location: Amalienstraße 89,  80799 Munich

Monday – Friday: 12pm – whenever the supply runs out
Saturday: 11am – 1pm


Vapiano

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What initially drew me into Vapiano was the fact that they bothered picking out the Vegan options from their original menu and forming a whole new Vegan menu just for their Vegan customers. A personal favourite of mine is the Verdure pizza (ordered without the cheese), because although it seems really simple with homemade marinara sauce, grilled vegetables and mushrooms, it tastes phenomenal. Furthermore, it is absolutely huge and, yet, is still so affordable (around 8 Euros)!

Vapiano is great for meetings/ get-togethers because of the large seating capacity and speed of service. They have an interesting system here — You get something that looks like a credit card and You have to go to the respective cooking stations with Your card to order something. You will then see Your food being cooked freshly right in front of You (unless You order pizza/ lasagne, they’ll call You back once it’s done)! Adds a bit of a fun factor to the dining experience. 🙂

Locations: Literally all over the world — check it out


My Indigo

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So laidback and chill, this place rocked my socks.

My Indigo is healthy (no artificial additives!), versatile and ideal for those who have little time, but who want to eat consciously. They offer a wide range of sushi, fresh salads, curries and soups with ramen, couscous or rice, organic brownies, fair trade coffee, organic juices or homemade lemonades! The best part about having meals here is that they allow customers to mix it our way and fill our dishes with what we want. This place isn’t entirely Vegan, but does a great job at catering to Vegan customers. 🙂

Location: Click here for all their locations and respective opening hours.


Sasou

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It’s been a while since I’ve had proper Japenese food ever since I’ve gone Vegan, so this brought me much excitement! Sasou certainly didn’t disappoint — the service was quick, the prices were reasonable (the portions were SO generous oh my!), and there were so many Vegan-friendly options! Definitely coming back for more soba noodles and sushi! 😉

Location: Marienplatz 28, 80331 Munich (right beside the Apple store)

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: Closed


Taj Mahal

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At Munich’s best Indian restaurant (stated on their website, and I do agree), Taj Mahal, I had a veganised version of usually vegetarian Mango Sabzi (milk was omitted in the veganised version). There was a satisfying sweetness that came from the mango (which interestingly tasted slightly like pineapple) in the mango-saffron-cashew sauce and paired with mixed fresh vegetables and perfectly stewed biryani rice (they were so generous with the rice!), the dish was, simply put, bliss. Indian cuisine lover or not, this place is definitely a must-try! (About 50% of the menu are Vegetarian dishes that can easily be veganised.)

Location: Nymphenburger Straße 145, 80636 München (In the corner of Landshuter Allee)

Monday – Saturday: 11.30am – 2pm & 5.30pm – 12midnight
Sunday & Public Holidays: 11.30am – 11.30pm


Basic Bio Restaurant/ Buffet

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I was spoilt for choice! From curry-coconut soups to tabouleh to pies and oh gosh so many many yummy yummy things! I settled for the salad bar because I would be assured a good mix of everything since I couldn’t decide on one thing for a meal. I picked up tomato-Mint tabouleh, sautéed beet root-apple, a zingy serve of fresh cucumbers, baked pumpkin wedges, beautifully steamed cauliflower, broccoli and kidney beans, lentils, and a mixture of brown button ‘shrooms and some sort of black algae-looking string-like things (tasted much better than it looked!) which presumably were mushrooms too. Mmmh!

Their menu (click here) changes every week, but don’t worry, it’ll always be delicious. 😉

Location: Herzogstraße 129 80797 Munich

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm
Sunday: Closed