Looking for vegan food in Bern, Switzerland? Here are the best vegan restaurants in Bern!
I have to admit that finding vegan food in Switzerland was a little bit of a challenge at times. In the bigger cities, it’s always easier. However, as the towns and villages get smaller, the vegan choices generally grow fewer and fewer. Of course, this doesn’t affect whether or not I decide to travel there. I’ll always find a way of making it work! While there aren’t many vegan restaurants in Bern, there are many establishments with vegan options.
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While we only spent one day in Bern (and one day taking a day trip to the villages of Thun and Spiez, Switzerland), we had the opportunity to sample lots of vegan and vegetarian food throughout our stay. Looking for where to eat in Bern? We outline our top choices in our vegan Bern dining guide.
The first place that Justin and I headed was Tibits, a buffet style restaurant where you pay by the weight of the food. If you’re a vegan in Switzerland, you’re in luck: Tibits has two locations in Bern, two in Basel, one in Lausanne, one in Lucerne, one in Winterthur, one in St. Gallen, and three in Zurich. There are also Tibits restaurants in London and Darmstadt, Germany.
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Tibits is a vegetarian and vegan Bern restaurant. If you’re looking for vegan restaurants in Bern, this spot will have tons of options for you (although it’s not entirely vegan). Thankfully, the dishes at the buffet are clearly marked. You’ll be able to quickly tell what’s vegan and what’s vegetarian. They also have allergen information clearly posted in case you follow a gluten-free diet or have any food allergies.
Justin and I filled up our plates with so many delicious plant-based selections. I had pasta, pizza, cucumber salad, couscous, and other salads. There was even some vegan dessert choices, so I couldn’t resist trying one of their apple turnovers. Yum!
While saving money in Switzerland can be a challenge, we didn’t find Tibits to be very expensive. This definitely makes it one of the best restaurants in Bern. You can fill up your plate and won’t have to worry about breaking your budget.
Mishio is an Asian restaurant in Bern, and they also have two locations in Zurich. You’ll find culinary influences from Vietnam, Thailand, and China. While Mishio has a huge indoor dining room, we loved eating our delicious plant-based meals out on the patio. Mishio is on the second floor, and their balcony overlooks the neighborhood plazas. Definitely grab a spot by the edge of the balcony if you can.
We loved the amount of vegan and vegetarian selections at Mishio. While it isn’t one of the entirely vegan restaurants in Bern, there are so many options that I’m sure you’ll love. The vegetarian options are marked with one leaf, and the vegan options are marked with two leaves. Here are some of the vegan choices, making it one of the best restaurants in Bern:
- Samosa – Deep-fried pastry stuffed with vegetables and curry
- Spring rolls – Deep fried vegetable spring rolls with sweet and sour dip
- Vegetarian Tempura – Deep-fried tempura vegetables, served with soy sauce dip
- Miso Udon Soup – Miso soup with udon noodles, tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and kombu seaweed
- Yasai Yaki Udon – Stir-fried noodles with shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, peas, carrots and tofu
- Chop Suey Hot Pot – Rice ribbon noodles with bok choy, Chinese cabbage, cabbage, peppers, carrots
- Malaysian Rice Noodles – Stir-fried rice noodles with mushrooms, carrots, peppers, basil, bean sprouts
- Tofu Teriyaki – Deep fried tofu with teriyaki sauce
- Ma-Po – Tofu with peas, mushrooms, and peppers
- Szechuan Seitan – Organic seitan (wheat protein) with Szechaun sauce
- Sweet and Sour Seitan – Seitan in a sweet and sour sauce
As you can see, there are an absolute ton of vegan meals at Mishio. Justin and I decided to split a variety of dishes, including the tempura, the spring rolls, and the sweet and sour seitan. It was absolutely delicious! I could have eaten this meal again and again. I don’t think we saw seitan on a menu during the rest of our time in Switzerland, so I’m really glad we ordered this flavorful and substantial plate.
One night, we decided to stay in at our hotel after a long day of adventures. Thankfully, it was 5 Stagioni to the rescue! It’s a pizzeria with three vegan pizza choices and two vegan pastas. And yes, they deliver!
We ordered two vegan pizzas: the Pizza Verde (with Violife cheese, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, seitan, capers, and zucchini) and the Pizza Barbaro (with Violife cheese, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, seitan, onions, capers, and olives). Both arrived to our hotel within a reasonable amount of time and they were super tasty. Sometimes it’s nice to have a night where you stay in! Plus, our hotel balcony at the Hotel Allegro Bern was the perfect place to dine outdoors with a view as the sun went down.
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As we only had about a day and a half in Bern, there was only so many places we could try. Even though there were a lack of strictly vegan Bern restaurants, there were a ton more on our list that we’ll have to dine at next time. Here are a few that you might like to try, in addition to the ones we recommended above:
- Grüner Gaumen Pop Up – This is a pop up restaurant inside a yurt. It’s one of the few vegan restaurants in Bern that’s 100% plant-based. Be sure to check their Facebook page for details on when they’re open.
- Outlawz – This is a new Bern vegan restaurant that wasn’t open when we visited. I’m so happy to hear that Bern has a new vegan place. They used to be inside a food truck, but they’ve expanded to become a full restaurant.
- WonderWaffel – A build your own waffle restaurant that has vegan waffles and ice cream.
- La Chouette – We tried to go here on a day that they were supposed to be open, and it was sadly closed. They have a couple of vegan crepes on the menu, both sweet and savory.
Places We Don’t Recommend
I had read online that the restaurant called Marta had vegan food in Bern. We went there to see if they had any vegan dishes or snacks. When I asked about vegan options, the woman working there gave us a look like we were crazy for asking. She said that they have nothing available for vegans. So, don’t waste your time there unless you’re thinking of popping in for a beverage only.
While there wasn’t too much information online (in English, anyway!) about Bern vegan restaurants, I found lots of guidance and help at the Vegan in Bern und Umgebung Facebook group. Thanks so much to everyone there who offered suggestions. We hope that you enjoy this vegan Bern dining guide for when you visit this beautiful city in Switzerland.
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