Berlin may be known for hedonism, but health is quickly catching up and as the two converge a hip and edgy wellness scene is forming.
Today, underground clubs house upmarket vegan restaurants, fitness fanatics hang out at functional training grounds and the hungry eat clean at all-day dining concepts.
The cool capital won’t wait for anyone, so wellness bloggers Victoria Sardain, of sailingthroughfitness.com and Stefanie Jung of wholesomestef.com raced through the city to uncover the best it has to offer.
Here are the hippest and healthiest spots according to Victoria and Stefanie:
Sxills Athletes Training Club | Functional Training Sxills
Athletes Training Club in Tempelhof / Marienfelde, Berlin is run by uber fit duo Alexis Kuraby and Cem Tuna. The semi-private group training sessions are based around a holistic approach to fitness with a strong emphasis on improving form and athletic performance. Individual progress is recorded on a private database where clients are able to keep track of their improvements over time.
And if Tempelhof is too far for you, fear not, a new studio in central Berlin, Schöneberg is set to open in May 2016. Featuring personalised training, high-tech equipment and expert instructors you won’t leave Sxills without breaking a sweat.
Trachenbergring 85, 12249 Berlin
Cookies Cream | Modern Gastronomic Vegetarian Restaurant
The Cookies Cream experience begins as you walk through the shabby back alley looking for the entrance. But don’t be fooled, behind the door lies one of the trendiest vegetarian hotspots in Berlin.
The menu, a modern gastronomic take on vegetarian and vegan cuisine, is full of elegant and innovative dishes using unusual flavour combinations and produce so high-end even the biggest meat lover won’t miss his/her steak.
Signature dishes including the parmesan dumplings and country fried egg yolk with beluga lentils and wild herb salad are a definite crowd pleaser.
Behrenstraße 55, 10117 Berlin
Pêle Mêle | Vegan and Organic Café
Tucked away in a little side street in Neukölln, Pêle Mêle looks like a simple and modest cafe from the outside. The location however not only boasts one of the best fully vegan buffet brunches in town, it also offers comfortable seating, a small co-working space, catering services and a variety of events.
Besides the Pêle Mêle classics like the veggie burger and ciabatta, the menu features an impressive breakfast selection. Think tofu scramble, homemade granola and ten different savoury and sweat bread spreads. With cute seating, friendly staff and competitive prices, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth here.
Innstraße 26, 12043 Berlin
The Bowl | All-day clean eating restaurant
Despite Berlin’s ever growing healthy restaurant scene The Bowl, the city’s first clean eating concept, remains hugely popular. As the name suggests, dishes are served in colourful bowls bringing to life flavours from all corners of the world.
Come for breakfast, lunch or dinner to enjoy a delicious 100% plant-based, gluten-free and sugar-free meal. The comfortable, cool and ultra trendy vibe makes The Bowl the perfect stop for some guacamole and crackers accompanied by a glass of organic wine after a long day of work. Oh, did we mention the beautiful view onto Friedrichshain?
Warschauer Straße 33, 10243 Berlin
Yoga Sky | Vinyasa Yoga Studio
Located in an ex brewery in Berlin Kreuzberg, Yoga Sky is one of the most beautiful places to practice in the city. With its high ceilings, large windows and bright rooms you can’t help but feel zen from the moment you enter.
Although the main focus revolve around vinyasa, different courses range from pregnancy yoga and hatha yoga to shiva shakti; an original style of practice developed by one of the founders Amanda Leones himself. Most classes are taught in German, however the studio also offers French and English courses.
To continue your relaxing experience even after your class has finished sip on a complimentary tea in the lounging area or sweat it out in the sauna.
Am Tempelhofer Berg 7D, 10965 Berlin
Rawtastic | Berlin’s first raw food restaurant
The streets of Berlin may be filled with vegan restaurants, however the capital’s first raw restaurant opened only four months ago. Owners, Simon and Tugba moved from Sweden with the ambitious goals of making raw food accessible to all – their concept to educate people about the wonders of raw food.
They do so by providing a menu full of classic favourites such as pizza and lasagna but cut out the “cooking”.
Methods such as marinating, dehydrating, seasoning and pureeing are used to give the dishes just as much if not more flavour than the original. But it’s the raw desserts that steal the show.
From carrot cake to cacao goji slices, you’ll wonder why you ever needed to bake cakes in the first place.
Danzigerstrasse 16, 10435 Berlin