If you are already vegan or vegetarian or you aspire to embrace a reduced meat or even just an organic (‘bio’) food diet, then Leipzig is the place to be. There are so many veggie dining and shopping options here that maintaining this lifestyle couldn’t be easier.
Veganz in the Zentrum (Nikolaistraße 53) opened last year and is now Leipzig’s most popular vegan supermarket. Goodies café inside Veganz serves soups, salads, bagels, and desserts (all vegan), plus coffee, and is a cozy spot to surf the Internet.
Even newer is the recently opened Green Soul in Reudnitz (Johannisallee 7). Friendly staff will explain the unusual ingredients used in their interesting dishes. Try their good value ‘business lunch’ menu.
Despite the growing competition Symbiose (Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 112) remains one of my all-time favourite restaurants in Leipzig. Don’t be afraid to try this place even if you’re out socializing with carnivores. Many dishes while completely vegan have meat-like flavours and textures.
Vegan Leben (Kurt-Eisner-Straße 11) is primarily an online vegan/organic food store but you can go in, buy snacks and eat them on benches outside.
Residents in the west of the city have plenty of vegan options. Vleischerei (Zschochersche Str. 23) has an almost entirely vegan menu of fast food type items. Beard Brothers (Karl-Heine-Straße 69) does a mean vegan hotdog. Located at Merseburger Straße 44 süß + salzig offers many affordable vegan/vegetarian options. Vegele (Merseberger Str. 68) is a vegan café with smoothies, salads, soups etc. Generally speaking, in Plagwitz it’s rare to find a restaurant that doesn’t cater to veggie diets.
In keeping with its anarchist/alternative streak, Connewitz is positively brimming with vegan options. Atacolypse2 (Wolfgang-Heinze-Straße 15) offers vegan tex-mex, pool tables and a grungy vibe – you might feel out of place without a tattoo or some piercings. Deli across the road (Wolfgang-Heinze-Straße 12a) is more mainstream with delicious meat-substitute burgers and sandwiches – try the Sojasteak. There are many other places along Wolfgang-Heinze-Straße that offer vegan and veggie options including Robotnik Café, Natur Backstube and Shahia.
Nearby Bornaische street has another clutch of vegan eateries. Look out for Lamies, Brakers Go, Lazy Dog etc. VVasabi (note what they’ve done there with the double V) at Bornaische Str. 42 serves vegan sushi with a seasonal menu. Delicious and quirky.
Zest (Bornaische Str. 54) is a hippy-free zone and a lovely spot for introducing your carnivore friends to the meatless alternative. It doesn’t hurt either that Zest transforms into a cool bar in the evening.
Finally, there’s the vegane vokü scene. These are so-called people’s kitchens where volunteers cook vegan meals in a community setting. Nu R Leipzig in the east of the city (Mariannenstrasse 89) is one long-standing example. In Alt-Lindenau, Hausmark Schanke and PizzaLab (Georg-Schwarz-Str. 10 ) are vokü operated out of an alternative housing project. Connewitz has a big vokü community also.
Much of this is an underground scene with changing hours and locations. Do a search for ‘volxküche’ or ‘voku(e)’ in Leipzig for the latest info.