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I have been living in Düsseldorf for over 2 years now. On Instagram, I often get asked for restaurant tips in the city I chose to live in. When I eat out, it is important to me that there are good vegan options and that the food is tasty & healthy. In this post, I will introduce some of my favourites.
Vegan in Düsseldorf
In general, the vegan scene in Düsseldorf is quite small. There are some fully vegan restaurants and cafés but they are the exceptions.
If you like Asian food, you will really get your money’s worth in Düsseldorf. At nearly every corner there are Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese and Korean restaurants. Near the central station, there is the Japanese quarter “Little Tokyo”, in which you can find one Asian restaurant next to the other.
In the following, I will list some of my favourite restaurants and cafés. For me, good food means using many healthy ingredients for the dishes, which are fresh and taste good without flavour enhancers or vast amounts of oil and salt. Here are my favourites:
Two Australians founded this restaurant. They have 2 restaurants in Düsseldorf. They offer healthy bowls with fresh vegetables, superfoods like buckwheat, but also cheese and fish. The vegan options are lavish and also the variety of smoothies and sweet dishes is very impressive. The coffee tastes very good here, too. At lunchtime, Greentrees is very crowded.
Opening hours: weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If the vegan heaven exists, you can definitely find it at Sattgrün. There are 3 locations in Düsseldorf which offer a lavish, purely vegan buffet. You choose a plate size and then scoop on the plate whatever you like. You are spoilt for choice between numerous cold and warm dishes and salads as well as soups and raw vegetables. Depending on the size, a plate costs €8, €10 or €12 depending. Takeaway boxes are also available.
Tip: The sweet and sour soy ‘schnetzel’ does not look spectacular, but its taste was the biggest surprise for me. Dishes with meat alternatives are prepared like nowhere else. Also, the different sauces of the various stews and curry dishes are an absolutely amazing.
Opening hours: Every day from 12-11 p.m.
I like to co-work there. Of all the food spots, it has the most of the industrial “Berlin Vibe” and that is rarely seen in Düsseldorf. On the menu you’ll find classic barfood, some vegan options, coffee & (partly vegan) cake.
Opening hours: Saturdays to thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
This cute café has everything my superfood heart desires. Healthy bowls, gluten-free cakes, matcha and fluffy pancakes. It is very comfortably furnished and flooded with light. So Lina’s Coffee is perfect for appointments, reading a book or enjoying a Sunday feast. It is not a purely vegan café, but everything is vegetarian.
Opening hours: During the week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the Californian style, they offer smoothie bowls, bagels, lunch bowls, and good coffee. You can put together your own “poke” style bowls and fill them with colourful vegetables of your choice. There are many seats and the restaurant is decorated in ‘surfer-look’. Not only meat eaters but also vegans get their money’s worth here. This restaurant is perfect for breakfast or a quick, healthy lunch.
Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mondays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fridays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed on Sundays
Laura’s Deli is strategically located directly at Carlsplatz. Every day there is a colourful hustle. The city centre is only a few meters away. Laura’s Deli has become a hotspot for all kinds of health-conscious people and gourmets. Some vegan dishes are available as a buffet in the bar and on the changing menu.
Opening hours: closed on Sundays, otherwise open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
More vegan-friendly restaurants:
- Shari’s Kitchen (very cute vegetarian café in Derendorf with a nice backyard)
- GREENKARMA (Bowls Bowls Bowls!)
- MaKE (Salads, bowls and soups)
- Pythagoras vegan (very delicious buffet with a huge variety, rather casual, “cafeteria” style)
- JADE Vegetarian Kitchen
- Greeny in a bottle
- Kyodaina Poke & Sushi
- coa Wok & Bowls (they do have vegan options but they are unfortunately disappointing)
- VeJuice (Juice Bar)
- Die Kurve (very delicious and authentic Israeli food like Falafel, cauliflower with Tahini & co.)
- Space Burger (here you find many vegan options)
A selection of Asian restaurants with vegan options:
- Suzie Q (Vietnamese)
- Pricknyoo (Thai)
- AN BANH MI (Vietnamese)
- Sila-Thai (quite fancy, well-attended, very delicious)
- Huong Viet (Vietnamese)
- Banh Boyo (Vietnamese)
- ZEN (Vietnamese)
- Chi Bay (Vietnamese)
- Lai Thai
- Scaramanga’s (Vietnamese)
- Quintooo (Vietnamese)
- Hallo Vietnam Imbiss
- VIVU – Der Asiate
- Vietnam Street Food
- Eat Tokyo (Japanese)
- Korea Haus (my favourite Korean restaurant, vegan dishes only on demand)
In less than 30 minutes you get from Düsseldorf to Cologne by train. So, it makes sense to visit the largest city in NRW from time to time. Cologne also has a lot of restaurants with vegan options. As a little bonus I list my top 7 here:
- Maki Maki (100% vegan sushi)
- Bunte Burger (purely vegan burgers & co.)
- Osho’s Place (vegetarian/vegan buffet)
- Sattgrün (same variety as in Düsseldorf)
- Maloa Poke (healthy bowls)
- Rich’N’Greens (bowls and burritos)
- Bento Box (vegan Ramen with Tofu noodles)
In Cologne, there are many restaurants and cafés with vegan options. Just look at Google Maps or Freachly (for the Instagram people). Maybe there will be a separate post for Cologne. Would you be interested?
If you have some more tips, let me know in the comments.
Enjoy the feast!