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Berlin named vegetarian capital of the world

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Vegetarian food with panashe at La Mano Verde. Photo: DPA
17:25 CEST+02:00
Renowned American culinary magazine Saveur has anointed Berlin The New Vegetarian Capital of the world, it was revealed over the weekend.

The New York-based magazine said that Berlin is the only city in the western world in which vegetarian cuisine has achieved "complete culinary parity" with a carnivorous diet.

In handing the German capital the award, the foodie-bible glowingly describes Berlin as the "most avant-garde culinary laboratory" in Europe.

Restaurants such as Lucky Leek in the chic Prenzlauer Berg district, La Mano Verde, and Cookies Cream in the Mitte district are singled out for the mark they have made on Prussian taste buds.

As the scene has grown under inspirational chefs such as La Mano Verde's Jean Christian Jury, the city has become home to "the world's most talented constellation of vegetarian and vegan chefs," the magazine said.

These pioneers have turned vegetarianism from something drab and worthy into an art form which combines taste and ethics, Saveur argues.

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This growth is reflected in the fact that the city has more than 30 vegan restaurants and many other restaurants often offer vegetarian menus as long as their meat menus.

"Berlin has attracted a creative class who think a lot about what they eat. These people care about animals and care about the environment," Marcus Jänsch, managing director of Cookies Cream, told Saveur.

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