Its the little things, which make the world a better place! Berlin might be known as the city of sin, but its restaurants and cafés are all about sustainability. From locally produced to circular models and indoor farms, the city is alive with local and green dining. Here’s my favorite pick of the Top 5 sustainable restaurants you have to try in Berlin.
Many cafés in Berlin are minimizing waste by reusing cups and sustainable boxing for food delivery. Part of the drive to sustainability is because of flavor — fresh, local food simply tastes better than the same food out of a package — and part of the recent resurgence of sustainable practices in restaurants is because it’s what the people want. While there are locations where local and sustainable food has always been present, this new crop of environmentally conscious restaurants take the concept to the next level. Below, you’ll find places that value sustainability without compromising on flavor and experience.
Dean & David
Dean & David has its on reusable tupper ware. You can buy it for 8 Euro. When you go there you can bring your box and they will refill it, as a reward you can order an additional topping for their awesome bowls. I also brought Kulero cutlery. This Cutlery you an EAT! Dean & David also offer a cup to go.
They stand for freshness, quality and a sense of responsibility - for healthy food, high-quality ingredients and sustainable consumption. The food not only tastes good, but also feels good - without flavor enhancers, colorants or preservatives.
Monbijouplatz 5, 10178 Berlin (Mitte), www.deananddavid.de, +49 30 24345740, Mon-Fri 10:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-19:00, Station: S3, S5, S7, S9 Hackescher Markt
The restaurant Ryong uses on reusable tupper ware from Vytal. When you go there you can bring your box and they will refill it. If you have your own tupper ware or glasses you are also welcome to bring it, as I did as well ;). I brought cutlery from Kulero which you can EAT!
In case you want to stay for lunch, they have an awesome lunch menu and a beautiful, hidden backyard.
The list of delicacies ranges from classic edamame as an appetizer to noodle dishes, burgers and wraps as a main course, or a little bit more exotic like a hot broth with noodles, pak choi and tofu, and a steamed and deep-fried bao bun lined with tofu, avocado and teriyaki sauce. Just like the sodas, everything is homemade.
Torstraße 59, 10119 Berlin (Mitte), +49 30 30307047, www.ryong.de, Mon-Thu 12:00-15:00, Mon-Sun 17:00-21:30, Station: U2 Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Royals and Rice
At the vietnamese restaurant Royals and Ricen you can order takeaway in reusable tupper ware by Vytal. When you go there you can bring your box and they will refill it too.
18.9 million tons of packaging waste are generated in Germany every year, which is two bathtubs per person. About half of this is generated by private households, as Svenja Schulze stated, Federal Minister for the Environment. I love food, but I love the enviroment more <3.
In case you want to stay for lunch, they have an awesome lunch menu and a beautiful, hidden backyard. Enjoy some authentic asian food!
Torstraße 164, 10115 Berlin (Mitte), +49 30 66405111, www.royalsandrice.de, Mon-Sun 12:00-2300, Station: U6 Oranienburger Tor
At Lawrence you can not only enjoy lovely cooked food, you can also bring your own tupper ware in case you need something to go. As there are 155,000 t of waste per year in Germany - ONLY - from to-go disposable packaging, which is approx. 400,000 meal trays per hour, I always use my reuseable glasses :D (source: Deutsche Umwelthilfe). If you like arabic cuisine, this is your restaurant and maybe you even have time to stay. Guaranteed authentic and fresh, whether breakfast menu or day and evening menu, Lawrence will offer you a rich selection of starters, main courses and desserts, hot and cold drinks, with and without alcohol.
Not only get healthy food like açaí bowls and power smoothies, you can also bring you own glasses and reduce waste… Crazy but true: No country in Europe generates more packaging waste than Germany!!! So lets try to enjoy food, but be sustainable...
Oranienburger Str. 69, 10117 Berlin (Mitte), +49 3055104430, www.lawrence.berlin, email@example.com, Mon-Fri 12:00-22:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-22:00Station: U6 Oranienburger Tor
At the resataurant Cowei you can not only get healthy food like açaí bowls and power smoothies, you can also bring you own glasses and reduce waste…
Discover the modern Asian culinary specialties of Japan and Vietnam, as well as many exotic drinks and cocktails. Convince yourself of the high quality of this cuisine. Experience two popular cuisines of Asia combined with international influences and see for yourself the freshness and vitality of the food. While eating you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Spree.
James-Simon-Park 152, 10178 Berlin (Mitte), firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cowei-berlin.de, +49 30 60051647, Mon-Sun 12:00-22:30, Station: S3, S5, S7, S9 Hackescher Markt