Leipzig is the holy grail of German cities for vegans – hailed the country’s most vegan-friendly city by PETA. Here’s your ultimate guide to the vegan establishments of Leipzig.
If you’re cooking for yourself while staying in Leipzig, or need to pick up some vegan supplies, there are some wonderful vegan shops in the city.
Biomare is one of our favourites in the Leipzig region, and it’s found in three locations across the city. Biomare has large supermarkets which have a range of vegan, organic and fair-trade products. There’s a particularly impressive range of seasonal fruits and vegetables from local organic farmers. The many vegan products to be found in Biomare include soy milk, spreads for bread and even a vegan chocolate ice cream. Vegan products are clearly labelled, making shopping super-easy here.
Open: Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 20:00; Saturday, 9:00 to 18:00
Where: Simildenstrasse 20; Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 27; Karl-Heine-Strasse 43-45
To keep you going in between meals, Leipzig is brimming with local spots to find vegan-friendly snacks.
Vleischerei is a kebab shop with a difference – serving only tofu and seitan kebabs, as well as vegan gyros and hamburgers.
Open: Monday to Thursday, 11.30 to 23:00; Friday and Saturday, 11.30 to 00:00; Sunday, 13:30 to 23:00
Where: Eisenbahnstraße 128
Atacolypse is a vegan food truck with a Mexican twist – find vegan tacos, burritos and a range of other Tex-Mex dishes here. Viva Leipzig!
Open: Monday to Sunday, 16:00 to 23:00
Where: Wolfgang-Heinze-Strasse 38 (in the beer garden of the Black Label Pub)
Le Cygne is a café specialising in vegan goodies. You can equally check it out in the morning for its infamous vegan breakfast, or visit late at night for a drink or to pick up some soy milk if you’re run out.
Open: Monday to Thursday, 10:00 to 23:00; Fridays, 10:00 to 1:00; Saturdays, 11:00 to 1:00; Sundays, 11:00 to 23:00
Where: Herderstrasse 1; Karl-Heine-Strasse 51
Lazy Dog is a late-night vegan hot dog spot, not too far from Le Cygne.
Open: Sunday to Thursday, 17:00 to 1:00; Saturday and Sunday, 17: to 2:00
Where: Wolfgang-Heinze-Strasse 20
Shahia is a low-key vegan eatery with a massive range of vegan snacks, ranging from vegan pizzas and nuggets, to kebabs and cordon bleu. The portions are huge too.
Open: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00
Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 98; Wolfgang-Heinze-Strasse 20
dein deli is found in the vegan mecca of Connewitz, with everything from vegan burgers and sandwiches, to soups and cakes.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 11: to 22:00
Where: Wolfgang-Heinze-Strasse 12a
Bavarian Dürüm is an eclectic mixture of Bavaria and the Orient, serving vegan goulash, red cabbage and dumplings, as well as vegetarian gyros and steak baguettes.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 to 21:00
Where: Pfeffinger Strasse 18
Curry Sud: Burger am Kreuz may sound like a meat-eating place, but it’s a spot with vegan burgers of every variety, from New York style to spicy with jalapeño peppers. If burgers aren’t your thing, they also serve a vegan version of currywurst, which comes with chips or bread.
Open: Sunday to Thursday, 11:00 to 22:00; Friday and Saturday, 11:00 to 13:00
Where: Kochstrasse 134
The Leipzig region is well-known as being brilliant for vegan foods of all styles, and this cranks up a gear when it comes to lunch and dinner in restaurants.
Zest is an award-winning vegan restaurant loved by vegans and non-vegans alike, with amazingly indulgent five-course menus that change every two months.
Open: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 to 23:00
Where: Borna Street 54
Symbiose is Leipzig’s only organic vegan restaurant, with a seasonally changing menu based on the produce of regional farms. Sundays are popular for the vegan brunch.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 17:00 until the last customer: Sunday, 10:00 to the last customer
Where: Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 112
vVasabi is a vegan sushi restaurant, demonstrating the true breadth of Leipzig’s vegan scene. This high-end spot serves rolls with tofu instead of fish. Instead of soy sauce, a variety of exotic homemade dips are served.
Open: Wednesday to Monday, 13:00 to 21:00
Where: Borna Street 42
Green Soul in the east of the city has a wide variety of vegan Asian, Mediterranean and German dishes. Try everything from vegan goulash with spaetzle and green curry, to burgers and spaghetti bolognese. There are child-friendly vegan treats too.
Open: Monday to Friday, 11:00 to 22.30; Saturday, 17.30 to 22.30
Where: Johannisallee 7
Being vegan doesn’t mean denying yourself in Leipzig. Here’s a range of vegan spots to sate that sweet tooth.
Minastique is a family-run shop with a passion for cakes and desserts, where you can find everything from vegan cupcakes to lactose-free ice cream.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 12:00 to 18:00
Where: Strasse des 17. Juni 11
TONIS is a Leipziger favourite specialising in organic vegan ice creams, which also have no colourings, artificial flavours or flavour enhancers.
Open: Tuesday to Friday, 14:00 to 18:00; Saturday and Sunday, 13:00 to 19:00
Where: Könneritzstrasse 21
Konditorei & Café Krüsmann serves everything from vegan cookies and cakes to pies, served by talented pastry chef Mario Krüsmann.
Open: Wednesday to Friday, 9:00 to 18:00; Saturday, 8:00 to 17:00; Sunday, 12:00 to 17:30
Where: Endersstrasse 5