Bonn. Vegan food is no longer a niche subject. In Bonn there are also more and more restaurants and cafés offering dishes free from animal products. Here is a brief guide.
1. Cassius Garten
Cassius Garten in the Cassius-Bastei directly opposite Bonn central station is the Grande Dame of the meat-free restaurants in Bonn. The restaurant was opened in 1989 by family Lüth who offer a variety of premium vegetarian food. Many of the dishes are now also vegan – completely free of any animal products. As well as salads and hot dishes, there are also vegan cakes and ice cream. The restaurant/café’s concept: the diners serve themselves at a large buffet and the price is calculated on the weight of the food. Vegan meals are marked with a green dot and therefore easily recognisable. Cassius Garten also offers a vegan catering service for parties.
Our tip: between 7-8pm the prices of all weighed dishes are reduced. Food can also be taken away.
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 8am – 8pm (Café) and 11am – 8pm (Restaurant), Closed on Sundays and public holidays
Address: Maximilianstr. 28d, 53111 Bonn-Innenstadt
Tel. (0228) 65 24 29
The vegan café and restaurant Mae's in the Südstadt has perfected the beautiful historic atmosphere of the former Bonn coffee roasting house Zuntz with lovely furnishings. You will find not just coffee, tea and hot chocolate specialties, but also homemade cakes and tarts, salads and hot dishes such as burgers, curries, and soups. Every Sunday there is a vegan brunch from 10am – 2pm. The team also offers a vegan catering service.
Opening times: Fri: noon – 6pm, Sat: noon – 8pm, Sun: 10am – 6pm
Address: Königstraße 78, 53115 Bonn-Südstadt
Tel. (0228) 92 124 124
3. Black Veg
In Adolfstraße by the Bonn Frankenbad, the café and bistro Black Veg offers vegan snacks, salads, coffee specialties, smoothies and seasonal dishes as well as homemade cakes.
Our tip: every Friday they have vegan doner kebabs.
Opening times: Weds-Sat 11am – 7pm, Sun: 10am – 7pm, closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
Address: Adolfstraße 43, 53111 Bonn (at the Frankenbad)
Tel. (0228) 18 03 10 19
If you think that Bavarian and Austrian cuisine is all about meat, you will certainly know better after dining at Kaiserhüttn on Wilhelmsplatz nearly the Beethovenhalle. In a rustic wooden chalet style ambience, traditional Semmel bread rolls are served with warm non-meat loaf, as well as Kaiserschmarrn (chopped sweet pancakes with raisins), vegan goulash and sausages with Bavarian style potato salad. Everything is 100% animal free. Kaiserhüttn also offers a catering and delivery service.
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm, closed on Sundays
Address: Wilhelmsplatz 1 a, 53111 Bonn-Innenstadt
Tel. (0228) 93 19 79 84
The food truck Bi-Bu at the Bonn weekly market supplies vegan food to passers-by, hungry shoppers and people on their lunchbreaks. You can buy vegan currywurst, chips, burgers and soups made mainly from organic ingredients. The vegan food can also be delivered to you by bike with the truck’s catering service.
Opening times: Mon-Fri: 11.30am – 6pm, Sat: 11.30am – 4pm at the weekly market on the market square, next to the historic town hall in Bonn
Tel. 0160 97 92 73 11
Admittedly, the pavilions by the platforms at Bonn bus station do not look particularly inviting at first sight. But it is definitely worth a a second look, as here you will find a real insider’s tip for vegan food: the Turkish snack bar Çiğköftem.
The Turkish-French company has been in business since 1993 and has over 300 branches in 10 different countries. Çiğ Köfte are actually heavily spiced raw meatballs. But here a vegan version is made using bulgar with tomato puree, garlic, a variety of herbs and spices and pomegranate, and is served as classic "meatless meatballs", either in a wrap or as burgers. At the Bonn Çiğköftem you will only find vegan food, which is not the case in all branches.
Opening times: Mon-Sun:11am – 10pm
Address: Am Hauptbahnhof (Bonn central station), ZOB Pavillon
In addition, there are many other restaurants and cafés in Bonn with vegan dishes on their menus.
(Original text: Johanna Heinz, Translation: Caroline Payne)